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...................................... ...................................... ...............Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Firstly I would like to thank Marika, who has managed to bring .....my..projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . to life through her photos with her expressive talent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beauty, kindness, spontaneity: a genuine thank you to Lara .....who . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . has modelled for this book. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thanks from my heart to Rosa, Sonia, Giovanna and John .....for.. .....work. . . . . . . . . . . . . the.translation . . . . . . . . . . . . I certainly cannot forget the precious help and.encouragement from .....my..great . . . . . . . . friends Jenny and.Stella, who.are . always there for.me:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . thank.you. girls,.you.are . exceptional! .....A . . . . . . . . . huge.thank you to.Jenny’s parents, who.have.hosted us at. . . their amazing country house to.take.photos for the.book. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . well-deserved thank you. goes . to the.sweet.Zeno and Vittorio who,. . . .....A . . . . . . . . . with my little Giorgia and.my.darling Vincenzo, loved.playing the . . . . . . . . . . . . . . for.me.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .....models . Finally thanks to my husband Gaspare with whom I share . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . day.the.fantastic adventure of. growing up together with.our. . . .....every . . . . . . . . . two brilliant children. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................


..................................... ...................................... .................“Back . . . . . . . . . . home” . . . . . . . . . . . Among the pages of this book you will find everything I love: ......country ....style, ... . . . . . . . . . . . . ideas inspired by.nature, projects focused on flowers . . . . . . . . . . . . ........and..dreaming ....leaves, ...a.poetic ..hint ... . . . . . . with. a vintage flavour... . . . . . . . . the creations in this book have come alive by themselves, resulting ..........from ..a.trip..through . . . . . . . . . . . memory, poetry and nature: . . . . . . . . . . . . what makes us who we are! ......I.do.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . hope you.enjoy flipping through the.pages.of. “Back home”, . . . . . . . . . . . ......not..only ..for..the.satisfaction . . . . . . . of creating the.little.projects that.are . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . included here, but also as you steep yourself in the romantic .......atmosphere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . that the wonderful Marika Righetto was able to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . capture with her amazing photos. ............... . . . . . . . . . . . Happy travels back home,. . . . . . . . . . . . ..................Francesca .................... .....................................


Contents Materials........................................................6 General Instructions........................................8 Star puzzle Bag...........................................12 Constellation Plate Mat.................................20 Pincuschion Sheep........................................24 Little Star Quilt............................................28 Sheep Tic-tac-toe...........................................34 My little doll.................................................42 Moon Bag....................................................50


Dreamin Leaves...........................................54 Say it with a flower........................................58 Romantic Clutch Bag..................................62 Nuna’s Bag..................................................66 Étoile Bag.....................................................72 Vintage Flower brooch.....................................78 ‘20s Cloche hat..............................................82 Mary Poppins Bag......................................88 Patterns.........................................................96


Materials INTERFACING (e.g. Vlieseline速,Vilene速) Interfacing is a type of material employed to stiffen our fabric craftwork. It looks like a light cloth, and has one side covered with a special glue; you use it by ironing the sticky side on to the back of the fabric you want to reinforce. WADDING Synthetic wadding, perfect for stuffing fabric creations, the body of dolls, etc., is made of light, soft feather-like balls, odourless and washable. It can be easily found in specialist shops. QUILT STUFFING The quilt stuffing can be of various types, cotton or synthetic and in different thicknesses. It is usually sold by the metre and in different heights. QUILTING THREAD In order to properly carry out hand quilting, there is a specific thread. This thread is covered by a thin layer of wax that helps it to pass more easily through fabric and wadding without getting entangled. It is sold under many brands and colours, and can be found in specialist shops.

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VANISHING INK PEN Depending on customers’ needs, there are several different vanishing ink pens. The mark left by these pens disappears in different ways, according to the type of pen chosen: with water, in the air or with the heat. To draw the embroidery outlines or the patterns of our appliquÊs on to the fabrics, I normally use pens with thermo-sensitive ink, which is easy to remove just with a hot iron. On dark fabrics it is better to use specific white lead pencils, whose marks can be washed or brushed away. Thermo-sensitive ink pens, in fact, can leave on these fabrics a subtle light mark. FELTING NEEDLES Needles used for felting or carding wool are long needles with lots of tiny hooks on their tip. To attach felt or wool to a fabric surface underneath you need only come in and out with the needle perpendicular, mimicking the movement of the sewing machine. They are either sold separately or attached to a plastic/wooden handle that holds several of them together (any can be substituted if they break).

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My little doll Patterns on page 109 YOU WILL NEED BODY Two 70x30cm rectangles of cotton fabric, cream Padding for dolls TROUSERS Two 33x30cm rectangles of cotton fabric, cream One 62x6cm strip of broderie anglaise Elastic band - 50x0.5cm PETTICOAT One 30x110cm rectangle of American fabric Elastic band - 60x0.5cm DRESS One 10x110cm strip of American fabric, floral pattern 8

One 30x110cm rectangle of American fabric, floral pattern One 110x3cm strip of broderie anglaise, beige One 33x3cm of broderie anglaise, beige SLEEVES Two 15x22cm rectangles of American fabric, floral pattern One 44x3cm strip of broderie anglaise, beige SHOES Two 7x25cm strips of American fabric, dotted pattern


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Moon Bag Patterns on page 111 The pattern of this project includes the sewing margins YOU WILL NEED 63x110cm of American fabric, floral pattern 66x110cm of matching American fabric 30cm long zipper Thin padding for quilts Interfacing (i.e. Vilene速) Matching threads PREPARATION OUTSIDE Two 40x52cm rectangles of floral American fabric Two 40x52cm rectangles of thin padding Two 40x52cm rectangles of interfacing INSIDE Two 40x52cm rectangles of matching American fabric POCKET Two 15x22cm rectangles of floral American fabric One 15x22cm rectangle of thin padding

ZIPPER To hem the 30cm zipper: two 8x35cm strips of floral American fabric two 8x35cm strips of thin padding two 7x8cm rectangles of floral American fabric one 2.5x30cm strip of floral American fabric

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STRAP Two 13x105cm rectangles of matching American fabric Two 6.5x105cm strips of interfacing Two 6.5x105cm strips of thin padding


METHOD OUTSIDE Draw the outline of the bag on the back of the two floral rectangles chosen for the outside and cut out carefully. The Moon Bag pattern includes sewing margins and shows the sides of the bag. To obtain the full outline, you have to trace the profile of the bag near the two short sides of the rectangles and join them with two straight lines. Place the padding on top of the interfacing and the back of the fabric on top of the padding. Fix the three layers with pins. Fold the fabric face to face by the triangles at the bottom of the bag and sew (FIG.1).

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Place the two outlines face to face ensuring the four seam lines at the bottom perfectly align and sew (FIG.2).

POCKET To make the pocket, draw the outline on the back of one 15x22cm floral rectangle. Place the padding on your desk and position the two 15x22cm floral rectangles, facing each other, on top. The pocket you have just traced will have to face upwards. Fix in place with pins. Sew the pocket leaving a small opening as shown on the pattern by a dashed line. This gap will be used to turn the work to the right way out. Cut the outline leaving about 0.6cm sewing margin. Turn the pocket to the right way out and iron. Understitch the opening and, if you wish, finish the upper side of the pocket with a decorative stitch.

FIG.2

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Étoile Bag Pattern on page 115 The pattern of this project includes the sewing margins. YOU WILL NEED One 25x80cm rectangle of floral American fabric for the exterior One 25x60cm rectangle of matching fabric for the lining Metal handle for bags (in this case I have used the PrymŽ Sofia Gold Bag Fastening Clasp, 155x145 mm) Matching threads Vanishing-ink pen

PREPARATION EXTERIOR Cut out two 25x40cm rectangles from the floral American fabric LINING Cut out two 25x30cm rectangles from the matching fabric PATTERN The pattern for this project includes the sewing margin. The outline shows the curved corners at the bottom of the bag: in order to use it correctly, you have to place the outline at the base of the bag. Do so for both the exterior (which you will have already folded and sewn as per instructions below) and the lining. Make sure that the straight lines of the pattern coincide with the sides of the rectangle.

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Say it with a flower Patterns on page 114 YOU WILL NEED LEAVES Two 10x40cm rectangles of green American fabric One 10x40 rectangle of thin padding for quilts Matching thread One 2x80cm strip of green American fabric One 2x50cm strip of green American fabric 140mm soft metal thread (6 or 8mm wide) Flat–headed pliers Nail clippers BODY Two 5x20cm strips of green American fabric Padding for dolls 14


FACE Two 10cm squares of cotton fabric, cream Thread, dark brown Brown chalk or blusher Padding for dolls COROLLA One 20x110cm rectangle of patterned American fabric One 25x55cm rectangle of thin padding for quilts METHOD BODY Place the two 5x20cm green strips on top of each other face to face and stitch three sides leaving a short one unsewn. (FIG.1)

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Turn the work to the right way out through the opening and fill the body with padding. Fold in by about 0.5cm and understitch the opening. FACE Draw the circle of the face on the back of one of the cream squares, (note that the smallest circle in the patterns will also be used to create some petals

of the corolla). Place the two squares on top of each other face to face and sew along the circumference you have just drawn, leaving a small opening. Cut the shape out and make some small incisions around the sewing margin. Turn to the right way out through the opening and fill it in with padding before understitching the gap.

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‘20s Cloche hat Patterns on page 116 The measurements of this project include 0.6cm sewing margins. PATTERNS All patterns already include sewing margins. On page 112 you will find the patterns to make three hat sizes (56, 57 and 58). The pattern to make the lining of your cloche hat is the same as the one for the exterior, just 1cm longer. This extra length is shown with a dashed line at the base of each different size’s outline.

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Little Star Quilt Patterns from page 101 YOU WILL NEED FOR EACH ROSETTE OF STARS Twenty 14cm squares of matching patterned American fabric (you can use the same fabric several times) Ten 14cm squares of thin padding for quilts OTHER Vanishing-ink pen Threads matching with the fabrics Thin cardboard QUILT One 190cm square of light fabric for the background One 2m square of thin padding for quilts One 2m square of fabric for the back of the quilt FRAME OF SQUARES Seventy-two 11.2cm squares of matching patterned American fabric 18

BINDING Eight 7x110cm strips of patterned dark fabric OTHER Waxed thread for quilting Embroidery thread, DMC 840 Vanishing-ink pen APPLIQUÉ OneApprox. 20x50cm rectangle of linen fabric (for the head, legs and ears of the sheep) OneApprox. 9x120cm rectangle of cream fabric with tone on tone patterns (for the body of the white sheep) One 9x13cm rectangle of grey fabric (for the body of the black sheep) OTHER Thread, dark brown (for the eyes of the sheep) Padding for dolls Threads matching with the fabrics Vanishing-ink pen


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Mary Poppins Bag The measurements given for this project assume a 0.6cm sewing margin.

YOU WILL NEED Three mini-charm packs from the same collection or 126 6cm squares of various matching fabrics 80x110cm rectangles of patterned American fabric (for the sides, lining and edge of the zipper) 35x110 cm of matching fabric (for the handles, strap and back of the inside pocket) 45cm zipper 6x23mm buttons (to be covered with fabric) Two wooden decorative clasps Thin padding for quilts Interfacing (i.e. Vilene速) Synthetic filling for dolls Vanishing-ink pen Matching thread 20


The Mary Poppins bag is very special because it can change shape according to the way the buttons interplay with the eyelets. The basic model is a shopping bag (FIG.5). If you insert the central side buttons in the corner eyelets you will obtain a trapezoid bag (FIG.6). Finally, if you fasten the bottom and insert the central side buttons in the zipper eyelets, your Mary Poppins bag will become a small travelling case (FIG.7)!

STRAP As you have previously done, prepare two small ribbons for the wooden clasps by folding the 2x10cm strips. Now fold the 90x10cm strip in half, face to face. Double it up with the padding strip. Before sewing the three open sides, insert one clasp into each end: the clasps will have to be placed between the fabric layers with the ends of the ribbons coming out a few centimetres from the margin of the fabric (FIG.8).

Sew the three open sides of the strap leaving a small opening approximately in the middle of the long side. Turn the strap to the right way out through this opening ensuring the clasps emerge properly from the ends. Understitch the opening and iron. The strap will need to be hooked to the bag with the clasps in the eyelets of the zipper. The travelling case version of this bag does not have a strap.

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FIG.5

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Patterns All the outlines in the patterns do not include the sewing margins, unless specified. Dashed lines show the parts that must not be sewn straight away therefore remember to leave small openings where indicated so that you can turn your work to the right way out. Once you have finished padding, handstitch this opening with small hidden stitches. The parts that won’t be visible once the work is finished are also shown with dashed lines on the patterns of the appliques. You do not need to fold the fabric and attach the applique but rather leave the margin open and fix it to the background fabric with a simple stitch. Dotted lines show either incomplete parts of the pattern (to be composed by joining more than one piece) or the central line of a pattern from which to rotate and mirror the image in order to create a complete outline. To help your understanding, some patterns have the numbers 1 and 2 preceded by “x”. These indicate whether the fabric on which the outline of the pattern has to be placed is single or doubled-up: “x1” for single fabric, “x2” for doubled-up fabric.


.................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... About the author... Since childhood, Francesca Ogliari has been keen on creative hobbies. Happily married, thanks to the unconditional support from her husband, she turned her passion, creative sewing, into a job after the birth of her second child. In 2009 she published her first book “Beautiful Creations�, spreading through enthusiastic word of mouth online. Thanks to this unexpected and greatly valued success, Francesca has been writing and publishing creative sewing books trying to share her passion and style through her creations. Since 2009, Francesca has been organising courses in Italy and Spain, and has written and published four books, reaching out as far as to the remote Australia.


.................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... Do you like the country mood, nature, hand-sewn patchwork and vintage style? Then this book is just for you! Lots of projects to create, with patterns and clarifying drawings, wonderful photos, plays of light and colour over country meadows… a journey to undertake together with the face brightened up by a smile. Shall we go then? It’s time to go “Back home”! You can follow the development of my future creations and new projects by visiting the blog: www.francescashabbyhome.blogspot.com Other publications: Shabby Home Beautiful Creations Shabby Home The Joy of Christmas Shabby Home The Song of the Sea Shabby Home The Enchanted Garden

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