Join me as I chat about the latest Bishy Barnababes free-motion applique patterns and the Swhetty Betties Designer Pairs challenge. I explain how I’m getting on with my coverstitch and the differences between this and a sewing machine or overlocker/serger, and of course what I’ve been sewing in my Sewing Room!
The Bishy Barnababes Patterns Facebook group has reach over 500 members – yay! It happened very unexpectedly in the middle of the latest pattern releases but it’s very exciting. I didn’t have the chance to plan some amazing celebration so instead asked people to tell me which pattern they would like and whom they would make it for. I would then draw a random winner and they would get the pattern they chose.
So drum roll……..the random winner is:
Congratulations and the Prairie Petticoat and Skirt will be heading your way!
In today’s episode I share with you more about the latest Bishy Barnababes pattern releases – more free-motion appliqué, the difference between interfacing and stabilizer and what I’ve been sewing in my sewing room!
I love free-machine appliqué and want to share my passion for it with all sewers! It’s so much fun, you get to use up all those scraps you’ve horded and you create cute embellishment for clothes, bags, quilts and more!
In this episode, a very exciting delivery interrupts the podcast – my new sewing machine and coverstitch! I chat about which machines I’ve bought and why, the latest Bishy Barnababes pattern – the Ballerina Briony free-motion appliqué (FMA) – the essential foot for FMA and what I’ve been sewing in my sewing room!
Free-motion appliqué, or FMA, is a great way to add fun, unique details to hand-made or ready-to-wear items that children will love.
Ballerina Briony is the first to be released with many more designs in the pipeline, including designs for boys. Ballerina Briony can be added with her head to be a complete dancer, or without a head so that the child is the ballerina. I have been wanting to make headless appliqués as they are so fun for the children to wear – and, speaking from experience, much more practical to wear to the park than dressing up clothes! Briony, my daughter, loves to do ballet around the house, and other places too, even though she only did a few weeks of class last summer (something went wrong and she refused to go back). She loves getting to be the ballerina and I love making something unique for her.
I’m pleased to get the next episode of the podcast out to you, after hopefully the last of the website problems. This episode I share about the latest Bishy Barnababes testing (free-motion appliqué), a little about my fabric addiction and another favourite product (Kam snaps) that can also be addicting to collect, and of course what I’ve been sewing in my Sewing Room!
There are several methods to turn fabric straps but my all time favourite is using turning tubes. I use the Prym Turning Set as these were the ones I came across in a sewing shop in the UK – I didn’t even know turning tubes existed until then but bought them anyway to give them a try and I am so glad that I did!
After a longer break from the podcast than I had wanted, due to website sagas, I am excited to share the latest Bishy Barnababes pattern – the Cuddly Carrier – and a great tool that makes turning the straps a breeze. I tell the story of the website saga and share what I’ve been making in the sewing room.