Pretty and practical

Pretty and practical


  • 1 x 13cm (5in) square each of linen, print lining fabric, and heavyweight fusible interfacing
  • 1 x 20.5 x 35.5cm (8 x14in) rectangle each of linen, print lining fabric, and heavyweight fusible interfacing, with one long edge of linen and of print fabric cut on selvage (the finished edge of your fabric, so that it doesn’t fray)
  • Matching sewing thread
  • Pearlised acrylic paint and small paintbrush
  • Fusible bonding web (optional)


Step 1: On a piece of paper, draw a circle 10.5cm (41/ 8in) in diameter. Measure the circle’s circumference; it will be about 33cm (13in). Draw a rectangle with a length exactly equal to the circle’s circumference, and with a width of 18cm (7in). Transfer these two templates onto the wrong side of your linen square and rectangle, using a water-soluble marker or a dressmaker’s pencil, with one long edge of the rectangle on the selvage. Repeat for the print fabric, again having one long edge on the selvage, and for the interfacing. Cut out all the pieces; you should have 3 rectangles and 3 circles. Iron the interfacing circle and rectangle to the wrong side of the linen circle and rectangle.

Step 2: With right sides together, pin the short edges of the linen rectangle together, forming a cylinder shape. Stitch a 1cm (3/8in ) seam and press the seam open. Repeat for the print fabric.

Step 3: Stitch around the lower (non-selvage) edge of the cylinder
1cm (3/8in) from the edge, then make snips almost up to the stitching.
With the selvage edge at the top, stand the linen cylinder, wrong side out, on the right-side-up of the linen circle. The snips in the seam allowance will allow it to sit flat on the circle. With the raw edges even, pin the lower edge of the cylinder to the circle around the edge.

Step 4: Stitch a 1cm (3/8in) seam all the way around. Trim the seam allowance to 5mm (?n). Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the print fabric.

Step 5: Turn the linen cylinder right side out and paint the base and part of the sides with acrylic paint; leave to dry. Slip the print fabric cylinder, wrong side out, inside the linen cylinder, so that the wrong sides are together but the print inside is showing. Line up the vertical seam lines.

Step 6: Either pin around the top and stitch 5mm (?n) from this edge, or use fusible web to join the lining to the linen at the top. Now fold over the top of the pot once or twice to show off
the lining.

bread bowl

To make the stylish bread bowl, draw a larger circle and a rectangle with a shorter height. The one shown here is made from a circle 23cm (9in) in diameter and a rectangle 13cm (5in) high. The rectangles do not have to be cut on the selvage. Make the pot as in steps 1-5, but then bind the top edges of the linen and lining together with bias tape (bias binding).

  • Taken from Stylish Home Sewing, by Torie Jayne, published by Cico Books
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