Hello again!  I’ve been excited to share about some projects that I’ve made from the Tilda Hot Chocolate Sewing book.  The making of these projects occurred during COVID-19. Sewing for me during the Coronavirus has meant making many silly mistakes and lots of seam ripping. I’ve decided to embrace the mistakes and be gentle with myself. I would rather continue to sew and make mistakes then stop sewing all together (in this time).

For the fabric, I’m using fat quarters from an Art Gallery Fabric box. I had two previous posts that I’ve also shared with this same bundle (the Forage Bag and Patchwork sewing). These fat quarter kits are so fun to explore different prints. It’s been impressive to me how many projects you can make from one bundle.  Including this post, I still have not used up all of the fabrics.  I’m looking forward to finding more projects to continue enjoying the box.

I’m sharing today about the Tilda Hot Chocolate Sewing book. This book mentions being focused on Cozy Autumn and Winter sewing however I thought I could use some cozy sewing right now.  The Tilda brand has been new to me.  I’ve quickly learned that there are a variety of patterns and fabrics that are featured in the Tilda line. 

I have been surprised that there is not as much detail online about the projects in this book. I did see one person that shared a video on YouTube with a nice browsing of the book’s patterns. I decided to make a few items from this book but I wanted to share more photos of the patterns included in case you are not familiar with this book as well.  Admittedly I am very drawn to the styling and aesthetic. The patchwork and elements included are so sweet and functional to enjoy.

The following are the Contents for this book:

I didn’t think ahead at the amount of hand sewing needed for these projects.  I will be sharing about making the Little Birds and Delicate Bowls in this post.  The following are a list of other projects in this book that I LOVED (and would love to also make).  As you can see from the Contents photo, there are even more projects included in this book then what I’m showing in this post.

Rag Doll Friend:

Toiletries Bags:

Cozy Coasters:

Apples

Butternut Squash:

Hot Chocolate & Marshmallows Quilt:

Winter Quilt:

For the first project I thought I would make a patchwork fabric bowl. They are so cute and I thought it would be fun to make more of these in the future as gifts.

Delicate Bowls

I decided to sew up the small bowl. I love projects like this that pair functional elements with a pleasing aesthetic. I wanted to note that I veered a bit from the recommended supply list. A very important element to the bowls is the recommended Vlieseline Decovil material. The pattern notes that for the small bowl, a less stiff interfacing was used (but the pattern did not mention a specific recommendation).  I noticed that Vlieseline offers a Decovil Light, which may be a nice option for the smaller bowl.  

This is the recommended supply list for the bowl patterns:

I wanted to share a photo for reference of the recommended supply list.  I wanted to share this to note that I used slightly different supplies for my project.

Supplies

AGF Fat Quarter Color Master Collectors Box, Freshwater Edition

6 pieces of Fusible fleece 4”x 6”

90/14 Universal needle

Matching thread

Hand sewing needle

Iron

Glass head sewing pins

I decided to work with multiple prints for the bowl (rather than mixing in a solid with the prints).  The seam allowance is not included in most of the pattern pieces.  The book requires the seam allowances to be added in as you trace off the patterns.  

As I subbed fusible fleece for the suggested interfacing, I decided to modify the interfacing pieces.  Initially I cut out the fusible fleece pieces as suggested (with the ¼” seam allowance included).  I then decided to cut the seam allowance pieces off the pattern piece and then trim this edge off the fusible fleece (to reduce bulk in the seams).

The fabric pieces looked like this (with the fusible fleece slightly inside the fabric seams):

At the inside seams I decided to trim off the points where the bowl segments fit together:

For the bowl construction, you save one section on the inside of the bowl that you leave open (to turn the bowl right side out).  One mod that I made is I basted this seam first with a basting stitch and the thread ends left long:

Then I ironed this seam so that the edges of the fabric are folded toward the center of the bowl:

I then pulled out the basting stitches and then turned the bowl right side out.  With the previous basting seam, the raw edges of the fabric are neatly folded under and ready to be stitched closed:

I used a hand sewing needle and thread to stitch the seam closed:

I enjoyed including the little bird print in the bowl as a nod to the next project:

Little Bird

This was my favorite project in the book.  I wanted to note the recommended supply list (as I again ventured away from the suggested list again):

The supply list that I used for this project:

Supplies

AGF Fat Quarter Color Master Collectors Box, Freshwater Edition

6” square grey linen

100gm Natural Toy Filling Stuffing

6” square of bamboo batting

90/14 Universal needle

Matching thread

Contrast thread

Black embroidery floss

Embroidery needle

Hand sewing needle

Fabric marking pen that is iron dissolvable (or water dissolvable)

Iron

Glass head sewing pins

Small Paint brush

This project is one that I admittedly started and later went back and read the directions in more detail.  The first bird that I started did not have the seam allowances added into the pattern pieces.  I made an error with the wings and decided to stop sewing this version (but I think it would be fun to come back and finish this smaller version of the bird): 

I enjoyed using linen for the base of the bird and the AGF prints for the other elements:

I like using a thin paint brush handle as a point turner.  It helps push the fabric out of a small space (like in this case, the tail of the bird) but it won’t poke through the fabric and cause a hole to form:

For the wings, I accidentally made the wings larger than designed.  I sewed the wings on the tracing line rather than sewing the wings at the ¼” seam allowance.

I used contrast thread to sew the next portion of the bird.  I marked the feathers on the wings with a Frixion pen (or a iron dissolvable pen):

I noticed that I had some variation with my final wings (the feather lines on the wings weren’t symmetrical) but I ran with it:

I LOVE using wool fiber when stuffing handmade animals/toys.  Wool is a natural fiber that gives the item an extra special touch.  I’m a spinner so I usually have a wool fleece around my home.  I love that Minerva carries wool stuffing and I used a bag of wool stuffing from Minerva for this project:

For the beak, I used stuffing as recommended.  I aligned the top seam of the beak with the seam at the head and the bottom seam of the beak with the seam along the throat:

For the eyes, I didn’t use black paint (as recommended in the pattern).  I decided to mark the eye locations with a steam soluble pen after attaching the beak.  Once I marked one eye, I used a sewing pin to note a mirrored location for the other eye (on the other side of the head).  It’s easier to get a view of how the face will look after the beak is attached:

I used 3 strands of black embroidery thread and an embroidery needle to sew the eyes.  I used the Colonial knot to stitch the eyes.  I mention utilizing this knot in this previous post.  I sewed the eyes before I stuffed the bird (so that I could hide the beginning knots on the inside of the fabric):

Final thoughts:

This was a really fun project for me.  In the end, the bird that I made reminds me more of a chicken.  I think I overstuffed the beak a bit and the slightly larger wings remind me more of a chicken.  I may go back and add a fabric comb to the top of the head to further push the chicken theme.  We decided to get a small flock of chickens last month so I just may have chickens on my mind right now.

A tip I learned through this process, read and follow the directions.  This may sound funny as you might think this is always a given.  I have to admit that I don’t always follow the directions when I sew patterns.  I learned from this book that they approach the designs with some neat elements that fall into hand quilting, small softie sewing, and structured pieces.  The tips that are included make the process easier and faster.

Happy sewing to you.  I hope that sewing brings you a tiny bit of enjoyment, in this time.

Rachel (@oakbluedesigns)

www.oakbluedesigns.com