When I came across this piece of sewing the other day, I realised with shame that it was almost four years since I started it!
I was going to make a label for Coco’s food jar and I started it whilst on holiday down in Wiltshire. I’d bought some scraps of fabric from a charity shop and hand embroidered ‘Coco’s food’ on a piece of cream linen type fabric before hand stitching that to the larger patterned piece using blanket stitch.
Since then, the sewing has lived at the bottom of a basket until the other day when I decided it was time to finish it!
As you can probably see from the photo above, I’d managed to sew the cream linen on lopsided so the first job was to cut the patterned fabric nice and square. I then set about finding a suitable backing fabric that I could attach the patterned fabric to and that was long enough to go almost around Coco’s food jar. I ended up with a rather nice purple material that had small flowers on it.
Once I’d cut this to size I folded over and ironed a small hem all the way around, before sewing all the hems down on the machine. I’d made sure that the fabric almost joined at the back of the jar, but not quite. This was so that I could add some elastic that would enable me to pop the label on and off the jar easily in case it needed washing.
After that I placed the multicoloured fabric in the centre of the purple fabric and sewed it in place.
All that remained now was to attach 3 pieces of elastic to the back. Because the pieces of elastic were so small I just hand sewed them in place on the inside of the label.
And there you have it – one finished piece of sewing and a much prettier food jar for Coco!