year I try to make something for all the kids in the family. They
always get so many toys that I like to give them something handmade
that they can enjoy. Previous years they have received quilts,
backpacks, Christmas stockings and more. I thought I would
make them something that was personalised and be fun for them this year.
year each of the kids received a pillow with their names on them.. The
letters where cut out of the fabric with Steam a Seam 2 on them, then
ironed onto the background fabric. I then satin stitched around each of
the letters. Once the borders were added I backed the pillows with
some of the Shannon's Cuddle - this is a polyester fabric, which wears
really well, is excellent in the wash and has that cuddle feel to it.
look pretty good, but there is one more fun element to them. I use
Superior Threads NiteLite Extra Glow Thread to stitch around all the
letters. Once the lights are out the fun begins! This is a great way to
get the kids to turn out the lights. The NiteLite Thread is available
in several different colours and we have them all in stock at Berrima
For Zara's Pillow I used the purple and pink NiteLite Thread
For Toby's Pillow I used the blue, yellow and purple NiteLite Thread
This is an image from Superior Threads showing how the different NiteLite Threads "glow"
Superior Threads states "Charge
it with natural or artificial light for a few seconds and watch it
glow for up to 6 hours, night after night. NiteLite ExtraGlow 40 wt.
polyester and is dryer and iron safe (low/med. heat). Recommended for
quilting and embroidery. Available in six shades: Yellow, Green, Blue,
Pink, Purple, and White. The thread glows the color of children's
glow-in-the-dark toys. White glows the brightest."
A couple of tips if you try to make these pillows.
Get letters that look great I enlarged an alphabet that when I traced them they didn't look too good so I changed the alphabet to another one.
Don't forget to trace the letters in MIRROR IMAGE onto the steam a seam.
If you use a thicker thread - use a larger eye needle on your sewing machine.
Use a good stabilizer when sewing the satin stitch.
If you are using a polyester thread,
don't place a "hot" iron onto it - I learnt this on a previous
project, some of those threads melt really easily, but so far I haven't
melted any from Superior Threads.
The glow in the dark thread is
great to find out if you have left out sewing any of the letters - I
forgot to sew inside some of the a's.
You don't have to use a glow in the dark thread, variegate threads can look fantastic.
And lastly make sure you spell the
kids name correctly (no I didn't make a mistake but when I was tracing
all the letters I did forget to trace a few of them!)
The holiday season is upon us and Christmas is nearly here. All of us at Berrima Patchwork would like to thank you for your support over 2013 and wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and please if you are out of the roads or travelling have a safe holiday.
We do have special opening and closing hours over this holiday break.
Holiday Opening Hours Monday 24th December to Thursday 27th December - CLOSED Friday 28th December to Sunday 30th December - OPEN 10am - 4pm Monday 31st December - Open 10am - 3pm Tuesday 1st January and Wednesday 2nd January - CLOSED Resuming normal hours from Thursday 3rd January
All the new Morris Apprentice Pre-Cuts are now
available in Store. We have layer cakes, jelly rolls and charm packs
available. This is the latest Morris inspired collection from Barbara
Brackman. To see the full range of fabrics and to place to order CLICK HERE
New book from Kaffe Fasset now in store - Kaffe Quilts Again: 20 Favorite Quilts In New Color way.
Readers are treated to 20 all-new versions of Kaffe's favorite patterns. This flawless how-to guide features an array of new fabrics and expanded colors. Complete instructions for creating museum quality quilts that will become family treasures. We have several of these books available in store and they are a great price. We have these books available for purchase on our website by CLICKING HERE
is approaching........ and we would like to get you organised! How often
do you get the gift you don't want? So we have made it easy, print off
the image below and give it to your loved ones so they know what you
want. A Berrima Patchwork Gift Voucher can be purchased in store or online and is
valid for 1 year. They can be used on anything in the store including
sewing machines, workshops and more. CLICK HERE to purchase a voucher
We have just heard that the new Morris Apprentice from Barbara Brackman is about to be shipped out to us!
SO AS A SPECIAL OFFER we have loaded this range onto our website and until Saturday 8th December 10am if you pre-order any of the fabrics in this range (excluding pre-cuts) you will receive a bonus 15% off! Offer only available to orders placed online and will be shipped on Monday! CLICK HERE to view this collection.
CLICK HEREto view this collection and to place an order with Berrima Patchwork.
Age of Elegance is a range of designs inspired by the work of Alphonse
Mucha. Born in Bohemia in 1860 his most influential work was created in
Paris, where he lived for 20 years at the turn of the 19th century and
an inspiring place to be at the fin-de-siècle. Today Alphonse Mucha is
recognised for bridging the gap between high art and the commercial
world. He was extremely versatile and produced posters, silverware and
jewellery, as well as wallpapers and borders. Mucha’s designs
incorporating the decorative Art Nouveau woman have become synonymous
with this style, as he glamorized and feminized the female form. He
often used Eastern forms and symbols and used a very sophisticated
interpretation of colour and decoration based on natural forms, to
create his very unique decorative Art Nouveau style.
This range is available in two different colourways.
The full collection is now available for purchase from Berrima Patchwork. To view this collection CLCIK HERE
We are also offering this discount on
all fabrics* on our online store. For orders placed via the website,
orders can be placed from 12:00am Saturday 1st December (EST) until
11:59pm Saturday 1st December (EST). These orders will then be processed
on Sunday, stock is subject to availability and will be posted out on
Monday 3rd December - no pick up option is available before Monday 3rd
December on these online orders. Unfortunately if an item has sold out
we may not be able to process the order. Standard shipping costs will
apply to all orders. We will not be able to take phone orders on this day - the sale only applies to orders placed online or in store.
Batting/Wadding /Vliesofix/Pellon/Interfacing and fabrics that are
already on special. MINIMUM CUT FROM FABRIC OFF THE BOLT 50cm & NO
CUTTING OF FAT QUARTERS ON SALE DAY No further discount can be applied
to these fabrics including stash club discount.