Hi there, it has been quiet over here, but I have several blog posts just waiting to be posted! And today I’m starting with something special – special in several ways: It’s not a garment, it’s fabric from a totally new fabric brand and it’s one of the first items I’ve made for our little one! Oh – and keep on reading – you can win some of these fabrics, too!
So let’s get started – Bonnie & Buttermilk? What’s that? Well, Bonnie & Buttermilk is a small indie design label based in Berlin. For five years, the two women behind Bonnie & Buttermilk have been designing fun retro garments for women and children, to be produced in Germany. And now they have ventured into selling fabric, too! The fabrics available are from their ready-to-wear collection. And this week the ladies participating in the Bonnie & Buttermilk blog tour will show you some of these fabrics!
Bonnie & Buttermilk work with two different types of fabric: a cotton jersey and a medium weight cotton canvas. I have only worked with the canvas, but I am really impressed by the fabric: It is a canvas, but thin enough for garments. It has a slight silky sheen to it, making the fabric look extra nice. Unlike some other cotton fabrics, it isn’t prone to wrinkling, and its – just slight – cross-wise stretch makes it comfortable to wear and easy to sew with. You can find all the available fabrics here.
I chose to make the Divided Basket by Noodlehead for this blog tour. I thought it might be practical having a basket for small baby things in the bathroom! And, as you know, I am not much used to making bags and baskets, so starting with something rather simple seemed like a good idea. I chose two cotton canvas fabrics for my project: this fabric in black with white stripes and dots, and this one with green trees. For the lining I chose a simple natural coloured quilting cotton from Stoff & Stil. The cotton webbing I used is from Stoff & Stil, too, and so is the thick interfacing/batting I used to give the basket a nice shape.
I am not very experienced with these interfacings used for bags and baskets, but Dominique from kreamino told me that it’s very similar to the interfacing sold as Soft and Stable. I really love how it gives the basket a nice shape, while still keeping it flexible. It doesn’t feel stiff at all! The interfacing isn’t fusible, to I chose to buy some vliesofix (also known as bondaweb?) to attach the interfacing to the outer layer of fabric. That keeps the interfacing in place and makes handling the layers easier.
Sewing the Divided Basket wasn’t very difficult. The instructions are good and there aren’t too many pieces. The only thing that was quite a challenge was sewing the first row of stitches at the top of the basket. The lining is attached to the outer layer of fabric by simply folding the top of both the outer and the inner fabrics to the wrong side, stacking the lining inside the basket and topstitching around the whole basket. That was quite difficult for me, since I had to use a lot of pins and the basket divider in the middle of the lining was in my way. But with some patience and slow sewing I managed just fine – although you can see that the top row isn’t sewn very evenly. Oh well …
Another (self-inflicted) issue I had, was the cotton webbing I chose for the handles. I had bought two different webbings, and the wider one was too stiff for my liking – more like the nylon webbings used for bags. The natural coloured webbing I ended up using was a little too thin and not really stiff enough. But I interfaced the webbing before attaching the fabric cover to the handle. I also chose to cut the fabric cover for the handle a little less wide, since my webbing is thinner than suggested and I didn’t want to cover the whole handle. Problem solved!
I am very pleased with my first basket and I am sure that we’ll use it a lot. The only thing I realized after finishing it was that the divider attached to the lining “drags” the lining towards the inside. I am not sure if I have been cutting/sewing a little inaccurately, or if this is intended to keep the basket in shape. It isn’t very noticeable, but still something I’d love to eliminate the next time I’ll make a basket like this.
I had some fabric left after sewing the basket and decided to sew one more of my favourite softie out there: a turtle. I discovered this free pattern a couple of years ago and this is the fifth turtle I’ve sewn so far. And the first we get to keep! They are so cute, perfect for scrap busting and a lovely gift for young children. Aren’t they cute, with their little tails and little legs??
Well, that’s nearly all from me for today – but not all about Bonnie and Buttermilk! Make sure to check out the blog posts by the other ladies posting today and during the next few days. I can promise you some amazing makes!
Bonnie & Buttermilk Blog Tour
Last but not least: The giveaway! We have organized a little rafflecopter giveaway – five people can each win one meter of Bonnie & Buttermilk fabric of your choice. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
– The fabrics for this blog post was given to me for free. However, all opinions are, as always, my own. –