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Thursday
Apr182013

Molly's Sketchbook: Rolled Hem Liberty Bandanas

While I have made many simple flat sewing projects, from napkins to burp cloths, I realized recently that I’ve never made a classic bandana!  What an oversight, since bandanas are the most versatile of all squares: a scarf! a headband! a hankie! It’s one of the most useful things you can sew!

Once I got it in my head that I was going to sew a bandana, I knew there was only one fabric that would satisfy my vision: Liberty of London Tana Lawn. I wear a bandana all the time to hold back my hair while I’m sewing, so I kind of couldn’t believe I didn’t have a Liberty Bandana already!

We picked out three stunning Tana Lawn Seasonal prints, each one prettier than the next. After hand sewing them with an easy rolled hem, the bandanas look so sunny and breezy, perfect for spring! And since they’re sized for kids too, little ones don’t have to miss out on the utilitarian beauty  of these Liberty Bandanas!

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Thursday
Feb142013

Laura's Loop: Roll and Dash Hankies

Don't you just love when a new technique is born from a happy accident?!? That’s the story of these hankies. It was business as usual. I needed to whip up a quick gift and so, sat down to make what must have been my hundredth set of Rolled Hem Handkerchiefs.  

I rolled and rolled the edge until Kokka's beautiful fine cotton fabric held the shape on its own. Always amazed at fabric’s sculptural potential, I took a moment to admire this tiny tube along my hankie’s border. It seemed a cause for celebration, and suddenly, I found myself working unlike I had on the previous ninety nine sets.

I ditched the matching cotton thread I would normally have used and chose instead the brightest, most surprising yarn I could find, Alchemy's Silken Straw. I threaded an embroidery needle, and rather than making an invisible stitch in the crease of the roll, I went bold. I carried the silk around the rolled hem, marking the gentle curve with graphic little lines of hot pink.

Form follows function, or something like that... does that apply here? I am not sure it does, but I am sure about how satisfying it was to turn my stitches into functional ornamentation, a series of dashes outlining each hankie. 

So, I rolled and dashed, rolled and dashed, and before I knew it, I had five unique handkerchiefs. Some with many dashes, some with few, some equally spaced, some hiccupping their way around the edges. It’s so fun to just follow your fancy! -Laura

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Monday
May282012

Father's Day Liberty Handkerchief Set

We just can't get enough! Molly recently revamped our Rolled Hem Hankies for Mother's Day, and now, compelled by the beauty of Liberty of London's prints, we're sewing some up for dad too! Hankies for everyone! 

Just as Molly was drawn to the old-fashioned grace of a lady with a pretty hankie, it is hard to not smile at the thought of a charming gentleman unfurling his pocket square. And while it might seem of a different era, Laura's father will tell you that the handkerchief still has a place in this modern world of ours. He is never without one! 

Handkerchiefs are perfectly practical and in Liberty fabrics, they pack a punch too. Super sharp in a summer blazer pocket or peaking out of some lightweight trousers, these hankies will snaz up any outfit. 

They are as delightful to make as they are to sport. All you need is our Father's Day Liberty Hankie Bundle, some thread, a needle and our Rolled Hem Hankie instructions!  Enjoy!

ps- For more Liberty of London inspiration check out our Mother's Day Liberty Handkerchief Set here!

Thursday
Apr192012

Molly's Sketchbook: Mother's Day Liberty Handkerchief Set

I love coming across a pretty stack of vintage printed hankies at a flea market, each one a perfect little bit of whimsy. I imagine the elegant “ladies who lunch” who might have tucked them into a sleeve. A set of floral handkerchiefs is so old fashioned and ladylike... in the best way! These days handkerchiefs aren’t in vogue, although I’m not sure why. They are endlessly useful and so cheerful and handsome.

For this Mother’s Day I'm doing my part to bring the handkerchief back. Using Page’s classic Father’s Day Rolled Hem Handkerchief pattern, I sewed a set of six sweet Liberty of London handkerchiefs perfect for mom. Tana Lawn is a total joy to sew and to use! It is silky soft, and the prints are so satisfyingly exquisite with charming details and beautiful colors. For our special Mother’s Day Fat Quarter bundle I picked out some of my favorite prints in soft pinks and greens, imagining a perfect Mother’s Day brunch, complete with pink lemonade and petits fours! 

Even if your mom isn’t the formal type, this lovely set will make a great Mother's Day gift. It’s practical, pretty, and entirely handmade by you! If you’d like to make your own little stack, you can pick up our Liberty of London Mother’s Day Fat Quarter Bundle here and follow along with the Father’s Day Rolled Hem Handkerchief pattern here! 

Happy Mother’s Day!-- Molly

ps- ps- For more Liberty of London inspiration check out our Father's Day Liberty Handkerchief Set here!