I’ve been busy these last few days beginning to assemble the June edition of the Magazine. We always begin with “Tips for Stitchers” (you can find some of our earlier tips on this blog – please just select the Tips for Stitchers category from the list on the right). This month’s tip is about making the most of your fabric stash – including using fabrics that may have been in your collection for quite some time. And, having written this tip, it was time for me to put it into action!
I had a good sort out of my stash when I moved from Devon to Somerset, as I knew I wouldn’t have so much storage space. I simply couldn’t bring myself to part with some beautiful 1930’s medium weight cotton fabric (in great condition, freshly laundered and pressed) featuring peonies and jasmine so I brought it with me. I have used some to make new Roman blinds for my workroom windows, but still had a quantity remaining with no likelihood of being able to use it in the foreseeable future.
It seemed such a pity just to leave it in a box, so I wondered what I could do with it….. which is how Flora the Elephant was “born”!
Isn’t she pretty!! She stands around 9″ tall and her tail is hand-twisted (by Rosie and me) cotton twine. Her under body and ear linings are a lovely soft pink wool blend felt and her eyes are two shiny black beads. She’s completely machine stitched (apart from closing her stuffing gap and attaching ears and eyes) so is surprisingly fast and easy to make – my Flora only took a couple of hours to sew. This makes her a great project for newbie softie stitchers!
I have just a very few Flora kits remaining that include this delightful vintage fabric (you can find them here) But as there are lots of other pretty floral fabrics available I thought it would be fun to share the pattern with you – as I’m sure lots of people have some great fabrics in their stash that would be perfect to make up into their very own version of Flora.
If you’d like the free pattern to make your very own Flora then please visit our free patterns page, and if you do decide to make your own Flora, then I’d love to see how she turns out!
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