I have been procrastinating, for days now, trying to decide how to sew my new quilt / So this weekend, with a little help from my Facebook Friends (You know who you are ;) I decided to just start sewing.
... as I wanted to update the look of our guest bedroom, I decided to start with a simple "easy as" headboard slip cover.
This fabric slip-cover, is fabulously easy to make, and can transform the look of an existing headboard (be it modern, antique, painted or stained, timber or chipboard ;) in a matter of hours.
... And at least now I know where the quilt will live once it is made ;)
'Easy As' Headboard Fabric Slipcover: Make your own pattern:
- To measure the required length of your headboard: simply measure from the top of the headboard / to the middle of the top mattress / times this length by two / and add your seam allowance.
- Then measure the width of your headboard: (This single headboard was 12.5 " wide) and add your side seam allowance to each side (if making from one piece of fabric) you have the required pattern size.
- Or you can feature strips of fabric: As shown: 2 strips of plain linen either side of a strip of patchwork fabric (made from sewing small strips of fabric together) Or design your own featuring as many strips as you want: just remember to allow for the extra seam allowances when working out your required widths.
- Sew all strips together (if using more than one piece of fabric ;)
- Hem around all sides.
- Fold slip cover in half (along the width line) front side up.
- Cut 12 ribbon ties and pin into place as shown:
- 3 on left (inside front) and 3 on right (inside front) then directly behind
- 3 on left (inside back) and 3 on right (inside back) and sew into place.
Today on an overcast Saturday I'm sure the sunshine appeared, from behind the clouds, just so I could photograph Spoonflowers new Organic Cotton Sateen: For as soon as I'd clicked the following photos it disappeared again. This is the first time I've sampled the new bright white,Organic Cotton Sateen - and I can describe it in one word: LOVE
This 100% organic cotton fabric, is beautifully soft, with a lovely silky lustre and is Certified organic cotton by: Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS)
Did someone say shoes? Kristopher K Design meets the Iconic Classic Keds Shoe. Warning - This could be addictive - lol :) Can be customised with your choice of stitching, laces, lining etc Available now in a variety of 'Kristopher K' patterns in styles to suit: Men, Women and Children: See the 'Kristopher K' store at Zazzle
I feel like a child at Christmas time :) Yesterday along with the new fabric proofs, my quilt fabric arrived (YAY!!! I can hardly wait to start quilting) And the new Cotton Lawn fabric, from Spoonflower, in my opinion, couldn't be more lovely: The only way I can describe it is, soft, breezy, and as light as air :) Then later in the day, when I'd finished arranging and photographing yesterdays proofs, more arrived ... Here are some of them:
Finally, just to round out a totally fun, fabric filled day, I made another little dress.
(using the same New Look Pattern #6195 - that I now know I can sew - lol ;) with my fabric design: White Wild Rose
What a beautiful day it has been today.
The sun shone brightly and a gentle sea breeze kept everything nice and cool - I couldn't have asked for a better day to photograph the following new Kristopher K Designs - All available now on a variety of natural fabrics exclusively at Spoonflower :) Daisy Garden Blue
- Designed as a 2 yard panel - featuring an urban bokeh glow, that sparkles and falls down 2 yards of fabric, in a subtle gradation of colour from the lightest pretty pink to a gritty city plum - with long flowing dresses in mind :)
Let me start this post by saying:
At the end of a full days sewing, I was very glad I decided to sew my niece an EASY sew 1 hour dress - lol -
But now that it's finished, I'm so happy with the final result (as is my niece :) that I can't wait to make her another one :) I started with a New Look Pattern #6195 - making dress B And I followed the pattern exactly - with the exception of a little bit of ribbon to decorate the front panel, (as shown) - which I added before sewing the side seams.
Here is the finished dress (in Linen-Cotton Canvas) featuring my original fabric design: Floral Chintz
Also today, the proofs for several of my new fabric designs arrived - including a sample of the lovely new Spoonflower fabric option: cotton lawn
... I can't wait till tomorrow, so I can photograph the fabrics and post the photos ... stay tuned :)
Yesterday Mermaid from the blog: Buttons and Bows sent me some sunshine all the way from the UK, in the form of a "Sunshine Award" ~ Thank-you :)
This is the very first award the 'Kristopher K Design' Blog has received, so it came as a lovely and very special surprise indeed.
In accepting this award, I will follow along with the spirit of the award and pass the sunshine on to 12 inspiring blogs that represent just a few of the many wonderful blogs that I regularly love to read.
... and only a few pages in, I was already laughing out loud (LOL)
I purchased my copy from Borders books ... after reading the following synopsis:
"Driving Over Lemonsis that rare thing: a funny, insightful book that charms you from the first page to the last... and one that makes running a peasant farm in Spain seem like a distinctly good move. Chris transports us to Las Alpujarras, an oddball region south of Granada, and into a series of misadventures with an engaging mix of peasant farmers and shepherds, New Age travellers and ex-pats. The hero of the piece, however, is the farm that he and Ana bought, El Valero - a patch of mountain studded with olive, almond and lemon groves, sited on the wrong side of a river, with no access road, water supply or electricity. Could life offer much better than that? 'An idyllic life in a remote, sunny part of Europe is a fantasy normally punctured by harsh realities, and abandoned. Chris is made of sterner stuff. Driving Over Lemonsis a wonderful account of his Andalucian adventure.' Peter Gabriel, former Genesis band mate"
And the really good bit (as I'm soooo enjoying this book) is that this is Book One of The Driving Over Lemons trilogy - so I guess I have my reading list set for some time :)
If you know of any other "must read" books about living in France, Italy or Spain, please let me know ...!!!
I really appreciate all your lovely comments, and continued support of my original textile designs :)
We have enjoyed a wonderful break over Easter
- enjoying beautiful blue sky's and warm sunny days.
I'm happy to say after all the rain, it finally feels like Summer - Yay! I look forward to reading all your holiday adventures, and catching up with the latest news on your inspiring blogs soon :) Take care, Kris Paper Daisy - Summer Yellow
- White organic daisy in a variety of sizes, repeating on a sunny yellow background
Vintage Floral is now available at Spoonflower, on a wide variety of natural and organic fabrics :)
- inspired by antique lace, Vintage Floral features little flower stars that twinkle in soft faded colour palettes.
Also this week Gardens are Blooming in Spoonflower's fabric of the week contest. Thre are so many amazing and inspiring entries this week ... It's a good thing you can vote for more than one :) I have entered my new design:
Hello, my name is Kris,
from Kristopher K Design.
I am a textile designer with an absolute obsession for beautiful prints on natural organic fabrics.
I adore an eclectic mix of French Provincial and Modern Interiors, and love to design and decorate with tertiary color palettes inspired by nature.
I hope to update this blog with 'Kristopher K' news, and a variety of other design inspirations.
Thanks so much for your interest and support.
Cheers, ♥ Kris