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Felt bookmarks for party bags

Add one of these to your party bags.

Approximately 13.5cm height (5.31′) by 4.5cm width (1.77′).

Flower pincushion

Based on pattern and instructions by Anna Maria Horner, Better Homes and Gardens website.

The pincushion is quite a lot larger than I expected.

Bunting tutorial

I used 5 fat quarters in assorted blue and pink colours, one sided fusible interface and 2 sided fusible paper for the letters, and 3 metres of blue ribbon.
Seam allowances are 1/4′.

You can use the bunting templates (pdf) I used or draw your own.

Cut as many triangles of you need, two per flag of fabric and one per flag of fusible interface.

The letters should be traced as if seen from the back so when they are fused they display the right way.

Cut the letters, if you’ll be using any and fuse them to the right side of the fabric.

Iron the fusible interface to the wrong side of each flag and fuse a letter in place.

Applique the letters at this stage. Stabiliser is not necessary.

Place both sides of each flag right sides together and stitch with a 1/4′ seam. Snip the corner so it’s crisp when turned inside out.

Turn inside out and iron. Top stich 1/4′ from the edge.

Measure the distance between flags and pin flags in place.

Stitch to the ribbon.


And another example.

Headband in 15 minutes or less


  • 1  15in x 5in rectangle and
  • 2  8in x 4.5in rectangles
  • 7 in elastic band 1/5 in wide

Cut 15x 5 inches ectangle, fold with right sides together and stitch with a 1/4′ seam allowance.

Turn inside out and iron with seam in the middle and the edges turned inside.

Cut second rectangle and fold in half. Then cut the corner off one side like in the picture.

Snip the pointy edge and make a cut in the corner so that the angles are neatly ironed. Turn inside out and iron.

You’re now ready to put everything together.

Slide elastic band in one side together with one of the side bits like in the picture. Pin in place.

Do the same on the other side.

I made a little fold on each side so that the headband wraps better around the head. This is particularly important with wider headbands.

Fold is more visible in this photo. Stitch in place.

Tie the sides to match the head size.


Simple headband without the sides

This headband is slightly wider at 6 1/2′ wide.

Patchwork headband

I still have leftovers from my celtic string quilt so I thought I’d make a headband out of it.

Same method as above, but without the flaps.

You can adjust the width to your liking. Only make sure that you make folds on the sides for wider headbands.

And a couple more – I seem not to be able to stop making headbands!

The finished headbands.

One with quilted flower.

Reversible headband made with Heather Bailey fabrics.

Hot water bottle quilted cover


You will need enough fabric to cover the bottle surface plus one inch and a quarter around it.

2  10′ x 11.’5 rectangles of fabric for the outside
2  11′ x 17.5′ backing fabric
1.5 metres ribbon to match

For this project I used some of the leftovers from other projects.

I used left overs from my string quilt and laptop folder and I still have some left overs!

I used some ribbon I had left from my headband hanger project a week earlier.


Cut the fabric to measure.

Stitch the patchwork strings to the main body, then stitch the ribbon over the seam.

Time to add the batting and pin in place.

I self seamed the top part of the cover, front and backing. Leave a gap at the top to thread some ribbon through and tie the cover.

Then quilt the piece as usual. I didn’t quilt mine. I hope the batting doesn’t disintegrate when I wash it.

A view from the back.