More chain stitching

So I got Pokemon X for christmas last year (OH got Y) which brought out my pokemon love! The best bit is that they’re released a new Eeveelution – Sylveon. This means there’s now 9 Eeveelutions… so of course my brain thinks, “Hmm that would be a perfect patchwork cushion!” I tried to match the fabric and the thread to the pokemon. I completed Espeon, Jolteon and Glaceon last January, but lost interest and did some cross stitching instead :$ I picked it up again recently and here’s what I have so far!

Espeon

Espeon

Sylveon

Sylveon

Jolteon - I used some long stitch to give it that spikey appearance

Jolteon – I used some long stitch to give it that spikey appearance

Glaceon

Glaceon

Flareon - I tried to make him look a bit fluffy

Flareon – I tried to make him look a bit fluffy

Eevee - the obvious centrepiece

Eevee – the obvious centrepiece

Here's them all together. I'm trying to find the best combination of colours so it's not fixed yet. Just working on Vaporeon up the top.

Here’s them all together. I’m trying to find the best combination of colours so it’s not fixed yet. Just working on Vaporeon up the top.

I’m not looking forward to Umbreon (on black) since I’m not sure how to mark on the lines. When I’m finished I will sew them all up into a cushion cover 🙂

My Sewing Projects #10 – Patchwork Ball

I’ve seen patchwork balls on the internet and thought they looked pretty simple to make, so I decided to make one out of bits of fabric I have in the cupboard (mostly old trousers).

Sewing the pentagons together actually got pretty addictive! Now I’m going to hunt for other things to use pentagons for (a wall hanging) and I’m going to find reasons to give balls to my friends! The great thing here it that the balls are so easy to resize.

I used ihanna’s tutorial which you can find here.

1. Firstly you cut out 12 identical pentagons from stiff paper (glossy magazine cover works fine). The ball is made by paper-piecing which means that the paper patterns end up on the inside of the ball!

Tip: if you’re using a see through material think carefully about which bit of magazine you use. I learnt this the hard way!


2. Use the paper templates to cut out your pieces of fabric remembering to leave a <1″ seam allowance

3. Tack the fabric onto the paper. The tacking stitches will be removed later. The ‘outside’ will be left as is.

4. Taking one base pentagon sew 5 other pentagons around it so that the bottom edge of each pentagon is sewn onto an edge of the base pentagon. You want to sew these on the paper side.

5. Sew up the sides of each pentagon together to form a bowl shape

6. Do steps 4 and 5 again until you have another bowl

7. Stitch the 2 bowls together (I found this to be tricky, so I stitched most of the seams with the ball inside out. I left 3/4 edges unsewn in order to turn it the right side round. )

8. Stuff!

My ball isn’t pretty exciting, and it’s not too tightly stuffed. I do think it’s pretty good for a practice attempt! I’m already on the lookout for interestingly patterned fabric scraps.