Friday, 19 June 2015

Party Bird Brush Roll Tutorial .....

This sweet little bird is off to a party
resplendent in her sparkly crown!

I made this pretty brush holder almost two years ago now
(how time flies)
It was a project I made for Mollie Makes Feathered Friends book
The very kind people at MM have given me permission to share the project with YOU
and I'm SO pleased about that because I love it!

I adore mine (so much) and have used it ever since it returned from the publishers
 although I wear pretty minimal amounts of make~up
(I need some otherwise I would scare people)
I like to store my brushes somewhere, and somewhere pretty is always good, no?
I like things to be tidy and organised ..... that makes me HaPpY.

It could easily be used for storing all manner of things
crochet hooks
sneaky choccy supplies
special pens
cake forks
  (oh I've just given myself an idea
I have some pretty vintage ones that need a home, better add that to my  L I S T)

Shall we get going?

Party bird brush roll

You'll need

  • Natural linen
One rectangle 25cm x 32cm
One rectangle 23cm x 34cm

  • Patterned fabric: (I used Tilda’s folklore bird in blue)
One rectangle 25cm x32cm
One long strip 50cm x 3cm

  • Cotton batting:
One rectangle 25cm x 32cm

  • Fusible interfacing:
One long strip 50cm x 3cm
One rectangle 25cm x 32cm

  • 35cm Cotton lace trim
  • 135cm Velvet ribbon
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Rotary cutter
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Iron
  • Rubber stamps (I used BIRD NOTES clear art stamps by crafty secrets)
  • Black ink pad such as Versacraft and an acrylic stamp block
  • Thread

How to

1. First of all, let’s make the ruffle for the front of the brush roll, following the manufacturer’s instructions iron the long strip of fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the long strip of patterned fabric.
Using a sewing machine baste stitch (the longest straight stitch that your sewing machine can do)  down the centre of the strip, or you can make a running stitch by hand if you prefer, pull one thread to ruffle it to just over 25cm, fasten the ends, even out ruffles and press gently with an iron. Set aside for now.

Tip: If you use a matching thread (I used white) then there is no need to pull it out later

Make the pocket
2. Take the slightly longer rectangle of natural linen (23cm x 34cm) and fold in half length ways; press.  Pin then stitch the lace, then the velvet ribbon, along the folded edge.

3. Iron the rectangle of fusible interfacing onto the wrong side of the rectangle of patterned fabric. Place the decorated linen pocket along the bottom edge of the patterned fabric (right sides facing up) aligning the raw edges and allowing a little overlap at each end, place a couple of pins to hold together and then turn over (wrong side up) and pin along the bottom and side edges.

Continuing to work on the wrong side, draw the stitching lines for the pockets and then stitch (also from the wrong side) starting with the centre most line, and using natural coloured thread, start stitching from the bottom long edge up to where you can feel the top of the pocket and then follow your stitch line back down again.
Now stitch down each side of the pocket strip just a few millimetres from the edges and trim excess fabric.
I stitched 6 lines which will give 7 pockets.

This is what it will look like on the front of the pocket piece.

Tip: Remember to check the size of your brushes before making the pockets!

Decorate the front 
4. Take the natural linen rectangle (25cm x 32cm) and measure 7cm up from one short edge, mark with pins and then pin the ruffle along this line. Stitch with matching thread, along the centre of the ruffle to attach it.
If you wish to, you can now remove your basting stitches

   5. Now it’s time to stamp.

Tip: practice this first on some scrap fabric until you're happy.

Take your acrylic block and place your desired rubber stamp on the block, lay this on a flat surface, with your ink pad, gently pat onto the surface of the stamp, making sure that you gently cover the whole stamp. Stamp onto the fabric firmly, keeping the stamp absolutely still to get a lovely crisp image.

I added a crown to the bird’s head (because she is off to a party!) to do this, all you need to do is firstly stamp the bird onto the fabric, then on a sticky note, stamp the bird again cut around the birds head and attach this to the stamped bird on the fabric using the sticky of the sticky note to hold it down, this is called a 'mask', ink up the little crown stamp and stamp onto the birds head over the mask, remove the mask and now the bird is wearing a party crown which fits her perfectly. I also stamped two feathers. Heat set the stamped images on the wrong side with an iron.

Idea: you can stamp any image you like even a name.

Assemble the brush roll 
6. Lay the rectangle of cotton batting on a flat surface, on top of that, lay the pocket layer (right-side up), then fold the remaining velvet ribbon in half (right-sides together) and place just above the pocket to the left. Lay front layer on top right side down, stamped edge to the left also. Pin

Tip: roll up the excess ribbon into the centre section of the brush roll so that it doesn’t get stitched by mistake.

7. Stitch around 1cm (3/8in) from the edges, leaving a turning gap on the short edge with no ribbon, from just below the top corner to just above the top of the pocket.

Carefully trim across corners and around the sides if you need to.
Turn the right way, push corners out and press with the iron
Blind stitch the opening closed by hand.

Fill the pockets ..... roll up and tie with a bow!

Mollie Makes Feathered Friends is published by Pavilion (Collins & Brown)
Main project photography by Rachel Whiting

If you make one, I'd absolutely LOVE to see!

❤ ❤ 

Back soon!

BIG love
x Jooles x


  1. It is gorgeous Jooles! Thank you for sharing it with us!!! xx

  2. So pretty! I am adding this to my very long to-make list:) Thanks for sharing.

  3. That's such a sweet project, and practical, too. Thanks for posting it!

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  5. It is beautiful, would make a perfect gift for someone special too x x x

  6. That is such a gorgeous roll. I'm not really a make up girl but I am already thinking crochet hooks :-) Have a lovely weekend. x

  7. This is beautiful Jooles! I really love the effect of stamping the fabric - a bird motif and feathers are just too gorgeous! Thanks for sharing, J9 x

  8. Ahh, you'd scare people, haha!! No, that's me! Thanks so for this; it's beautiful! Look forward to making : ) Jen

  9. It's lovely, perfect for a present to mum or a friend.... Thanks very much! Pati x

  10. Such a nice tutorial! Thanks a lot.


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