We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a happy and creative new year 2017!
To get quilts and pillows ready for spring we need to get an early start so here is a look at the spring collection “Bumblebee” witch will be available this January.
Last summer we had a bumblebee nest just by the studio door, and although we sometimes had to run through the door to avoid bumblebees inside, it gave us a satisfying feeling.
There are not enough bumblebees in the world but we have a whole nest by our door.
Our bumblebee neighbors and reading The Bees by Laline Paull gave me the idea of a bee-inspired collection.
The Bumblebee collection is soft, sweet and full of flowers and beloved bees and bumblebees.
A happy colour palette reminds us of light and delightful spring days.
Have a bee-utiful day!
We just had our annual Christmas workshop in the Tilda studio and this year we made lovely Christmas birds.
They are quite easy to make and great for a workshop if you do some preparations.
The body is sewn, and we had pre-sewn bodies for our workshop.
Here is the christmas-bird-pattern
You will need:
Cardboard or a plastic sheet for templates
Fabric for the body, wings, tail and beak.
Filling for the body
Flower stick for turning
Needle and thread
Thin cardboard for wings, tail and beak
Fast drying craft glue
Small sharp scissors
Purls for eyes
String, thin metal wire or thin ribbon
Make sure you have a needle with a head small enough to go trough the small purls you choose for eyes.
First you need to make cardboard or plastic templates for all the pattern pieces, then iron the body fabric right sides together and trace the body onto the fabric using the body template.
Sew on the line and leave an opening for turning as shown in the pattern.
(Sewing the bodies is all the preparations we did for the workshop in addition to making all the necessary materials available.
We also printed out a pattern for each participant so they could make their own templates for wings, tail and beak.)
Cut around the body shape approximately 4 mm or 0,3In outside the seam and use the flower stick to turn the body.
Fill the body and tack the opening shot.
Glue fabric onto thin cardboard and trace two mirrored wings, a tail and a beak on the back using your templates.
Cut the pieces out with small sharp scissors.
Fold the tail a little on the middle so that it’s easy to glue it onto the bird. Glue the wings onto each side, and fold the beak before you glue that on.
Sew small purls on as eyes.
To hang the birds you can use a thin metal wire, string or thin ribbon.
The birds are cute as decor on the Christmas tree or on your wrapped gifts.
This seasons new decorative floral clothespins are useful for more than hanging the wash. Here at the studio we use them for hanging cards, fabric and ribbon samples, scraps and what ever inspire us.
They are also useful for Christmas calendar bags, or for hanging dolls by the ears. We love the vintage floral look.
These lovely pincushions are very easy to make, and how you choose to put the fabrics together has a big effect on the result.
You need 8 lovely matching fabrics, embroidery yarn and needle, and 2 buttons.
Here is the Pincushion Template.
The dotted line on the template shows the seam, and the outside line is the 0.25in (6mm) seam allowance.
We suggest printing the template onto thick photo paper; you can then just let the pen slide along the edge of the paper shape when drawing the shape onto the fabric.
Draw the shape onto the back of each of the eight fabrics. See figure A. Cut out each piece along the drawn line.
Place the pieces in a “flower shape” on the table to see in what order the fabric pieces look best before you sew. See figure B.
Place two pieces right side together and sew 0.25in (6mm) in from the edge. See figure C.
Open these out and then place the next piece right side against one of the sewn together shapes. Sew on in the same way as before. See figure D.
Continue until all the shapes are sewn together. Now place the two end pieces right side together and sew along the line until you have a couple of inches of opening left for turning through. See figure E.
Turn through to the right side, fill the pincushion with toy stuffing/wadding and then hand-stitch the opening shut. See figure F.
Next, thread a needle with a long strand of embroidery yarn. Insert the needle through the back of the cushion to the front, through a button placed in the centre, and then back from front to back and through the other button at the back.
Pull the yarn ends to make a little indentation in the cushion where the buttons are and then tie the ends together securely and trim thread ends.
We are very exited to share that two of the beloved Tilda characters – a fox and a rabbit will be available as lovely pre-sewn dolls this august!
Many of you are experts on sewing Tilda dolls and animals and Tilda will as always be about making your own personal dolls, but pre-sewn bodies are perfect for those who find doll sewing a bit daunting, or for young people learning to create and sew.
It’s so much fun making clothes and accessories!
Some of you might know that Tilda started as an idea of a children’s concept that emerged into a craft brand many years ago, and it’s a dream come true for us to be able to provide pre sewn Tilda dolls approved for children in all ages worldwide.
Crafty friends that can inspire creativity.
It has been a long process getting the look right and the quality perfect, and we are very happy with the result.
Among the autumn news you will find sweet patterns for clothes, and we will share ideas and patterns on the blog on how you can personalize and make accessories.
We had so much fun creating a colorful world around these characters, and hope to continue with more pre sewn Tilda characters in the years to come to inspire creativity and playfulness.
We’ll see you in august!