This is one of my favourite projects, and it's the best use excuse to buy a Christmas tin of sweets!
Here's what you need:
Sweet tin (or biscuit tin)
Piping cord: 1m
Wadding: 50cm x 1m
Toy stuffing: approx 50g
Newspaper or large sheet of paper
Pins & Needle
Sewing machine with zipper foot
And here's how you do it!
1. First make the bottom pattern piece: Place your tin on top of the paper, draw around the tin and cut out to make the bottom pattern piece.
2. Make another copy of your pattern, this time leaving a 1cm margin all round the edge. This will make the top pattern piece.
3. Measure around the side of the tin to find the circumference, and measure the height of the tin.
4. Mark a rectangle on your fabric that measures the circumference plus 5cm x the height plus 5cm. Cut out this side strip.
5. Lay the bottom and top pattern pieces on the remaining fabric. Pin in place and cut out.
6. Mark a rectangle on your wadding that measures the exact height x the exact circumference of the tin, and cut out.
7. Fold the remaining wadding in half and pin the bottom pattern piece onto it. Cut out, so that you have two wadding pieces.
8. Cut a piece of piping cord to the length of the circumference of the tin plus 6cm. Cut a piece of bias binding to the same length.
9. Open the bias binding out flat. Place the piping cord in the centre on the wrong side, and fold the bias binding in half over it. Pin together to hold the cord firmly in place. Attach the zipper foot to your sewing machine and machine stitch down the length of the bias binding, close to the piping cord.
10. Lay the top fabric piece right-side up and pin the bias-covered piping all around it, matching all the raw edges together. Overlap the piping at the start and finish.
11. With the zipper foot still attached, sew all the way
the edge on the flat bias binding, close to the piping cord, to attach the piping to the fabric. Begin sewing 3cm in from where the piping overlaps and finish 3cm the other side of the overlap.
12. Trim the ends of the piping cord so they butt up against
each other. Trim the bias so it overlaps by 1cm, then fold over the piping cord. Pin in place and stitch the gap closed.
13. Take the side strip of fabric and, with right sides together, pin it around the edge of the fabric top piece, matching up the raw edges. The bias-covered piping will be sandwiched in between.
14. Using the zipper foot, stitch all the layers together, close to the piping. Leave the first 1cm of the side strip free, and stop stitching when you reach the point where you began.
15. Stretch the long piece of side wadding around the side edge of the tin. It should be a taut fit. Hand-sew the ends together.
16. Place the wadding top piece on top of the tin and sew the side wadding to the top wadding, all the way round the edge.
17. Turn the tin over; place the wadding bottom on the base of the tin and sew this tightly in place, too, to encapsulate your tin with wadding!
18. Put the stuffing on to the wadding top, spreading it out roughly – don’t worry if it looks like a lot, as it will be compacted in a moment.
19. Take the fabric cover, turn it right-side out and pull it down over your padded tin, catching the stuffing inside.
20. Hand sew the ends of the side fabric piece together, pulling tight (it’s really important you get a tight fit).
21. Turn the tin upside down. Working your way around the tin, pull the raw edges tightly up over the bottom and pin to the wadding base. Go round several times, pulling and re-pinning, until you have stretched the fabric as taut as it will go. (Just think how much use this foot stool will get – you don’t want the fabric to go baggy.)
22. When you’re happy with the stretch, hand sew the fabric to the wadding base with a few large stitches, just to hold it in place.
23. Take the bottom fabric piece, turn over a 1cm hem to the wrong side of the fabric all the way around and iron in place. Place the bottom fabric piece on the base to hide all the raw edges. This will leave a 1cm gap all the way around the edge. Stitch in place.
This project and many others is in my second book 'Makery: Sewing'.
It's a collection of lots of sewing projects including our infamous Flying Ducks, a Clasp Purse, PJ Bottoms and lots more!