|My first ‘Abakhan’ project!|
In September, Little Sis and I went to the Exeter Sewing Day hosted by Fiona Pullen of The Sewing Directory. During the day I spent some time chatting to Will Abakhan of Abakhan who sell fabrics, crafts and haberdashery both online and in their bricks and mortar shops and I am thrilled to tell you that he and I will be working together occasionally to show you products that they sell and bring you tutorials. Thank you, Will. Thank you, Abakhan.
Today is the first part of this working relationship.
So, now, on to my first tutorial using Abakhan products!
- Two different designs of Christmas fabric (I have used a red design and a green design and will refer to these throughout.)
- Cotton thread in complementary colour(s)
- Scraps of brown felt and red felt
- Beads for embellishment (if desired)
- Rotary cutter
- Quilter’s ruler
- 60° triangle template
- Hand sewing needle
- Beading needle
- Fabric glue
Trim the ends of each piece of Christmas design fabric to ensure they are straight.
Cut a strip of fabric measuring 33” x 6” from the green fabric and from the red fabric.
** If your strip measures 6″ your triangles will be larger than 6″ along each side. The main thing is to ensure that all angles of your triangles are 60 degrees and all sides are of equal length.**
Stitch the triangles together, leaving a gap along one side of approx 2.5”, for turning
Press the triangle, making sure that the opening is neat and level.
Neatly hand stitch the gap closed.
Finger press the fold.
Fold in half into a right-angled triangle again so that points 2 and 3 are together.
Finger press the fold to find the centre of the triangle.
Likewise, fold and stitch the second and third points in place at the centre. This will create a hexagon shape.
Turn the hexagon over. Find the centre of one of the edges of the original triangle (rather than a new folded edge) and fold it in to the centre of the hexagon. Stitch in place.
Repeat the previous step with the other two original edges.
You will now have a piece as shown in these two photographs below.
Now begin to construct your tree as follows:
Place the triangles with right sides facing and stitch the red fold line firmly together.
Cut a bucket shape from the dark brown felt, a tree trunk from the light brown felt and two decorative strips from the red felt, using the pinking shears.
To create the hanging loop, cut a strip of dark brown felt measuring 4” x 0.75”.
I decorated my tree by threading four beads together and hanging them in each gap, as shown.