Skye Wrap

I’ve admired Skye Wraps for a while, they’re a pattern from Cool Crafting, (the home of Luna Lapin!!) and they keep appearing on my facebook feed. I finally bought the pattern at the Harrogate Show in November. Whilst sorting out my sewing room I found a length of light-weight blue and purple wool which I felt would be pretty good as a wrap, it had plenty of drape and it was the sort of weight which would work as an extra layer indoors. Even better I found a leftover length of Liberty lawn which matches pretty well.

It was also a nice simple sewing project to sew on my new sewing machine!! My 20 odd year old Janome was starting to make funny noises and I wanted to get one whilst it still worked, rather than waiting til it goes bang with a puff of smoke (like the last one did!!) So I spent the last few months looking at different models, deciding what features I wanted. I went to the Harrogate show with an open mind but pretty much set on a Janome…and came home with a Brother Innovis 1800, it was a good deal anyway and then I got an extra £100 off as I bought the show demo! It’s a bit scary though!!

I’m having to learn from scratch – it threads up different to my old one, everything is different, so the instruction manual has been out quite a few times – I have now managed to get it to thread the needle after three failed attempts!

So, back to the wrap! It’s basically just a lined rectangle with buttons down the side. One useful feature is that the lining is cut slightly shorter so it makes like a one inch facing strip. What this means is that when turning the wrap the right way round it’s much easier to get the corners neat as there’s not so much bulk.

Skye wrap

The pattern calls for three large feature button, and by large it means about 1.5″. I had a rummage in my button box, there were some smaller blue buttons, but nothing so big. Then I noticed a pack of three large wooden buttons, I’ve no idea where they came from – I’m pretty sure I didn’t buy them! I decided colourwise they looked OK, I would have preferred blue or purple, but actually the brown wood worked. I also noticed they were very light, buttons of this size can be pretty heavy and that could change the drape of the wrap.

Buttons chosen, I just had to make the buttonholes. I found the buttonhole attachment, found the right page in the instruction manual. The first thing I read was maximum size 1.1″!!!

I pulled out my old Readers Digest Complete Sewing Guide – it’s a gem is this book, worth getting if you spot one in a charity shop as it goes through all the different techniques you need when sewing – different seams, collar styles, zip insertion…and buttonholes! This was written before machines had automatic buttonhole feet. I was thinking of just refreshing my memory on how to do a machine buttonhole, but the first type described was a bound buttonhole (three different methods were given – I chose the easiest!!). I decided that would be rather nice in the Liberty lawn. I had a practice first with a scrap and it looked OK.

I made three bound button holes on the wrap – one useful tip in the book was to do all the buttonholes at the same time – each stage stitch all three, it makes it easier to get an even finish, rather than completing one buttonhole and then moving on to the next one.

The only bit I changed on the buttonholes was the finish on the back, the book just suggested trimming the edges neatly. I wasn’t keen on the raw edge and as Liberty lawn is so fine I decided to slip-stitch it under.

I can see me making a few of these, they’re an ideal make from short lengths left over from skirt or dress making.

Skye wrap

This is definitely the final finish for 2019, so I wish you all a very happy 2020!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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15 Responses to Skye Wrap

  1. endrickwater says:

    Perfect! And those buttons were obviously meant to be with this wrap.
    Here’s to a good Hogmanay, and a wonderful 2020 when it comes.

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  2. I like it. Been thinking of getting my sewing machine out from under the boxes back of cupboard under the stores and maybe after this I will. I spent happy hours making clothes for my sisters children when they were small.

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  3. What beautiful buttonholes! You are going to love that wrap:)❤️❤️

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  4. Pauline says:

    Those colours go so well and those button holes just finish the wrap off. Happy sewing for 2020.

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  5. Gail says:

    I learned how to do that type of button hole in high school but have not done one since. Yours looks great!

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  6. claire93 says:

    well done! I love both fabrics.

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  7. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Love the wrap. The buttons do make the look. Congrats on the new sewing machine. I know you will sew miles with it.
    Happy 2020!

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  8. kathyreeves says:

    That wool is soooo lovely, and the wrap is perfect use for it. Your lining works so well, and I too ❤️❤️❤️ my Reader’s Digest Sewing book, it is THE BEST! Happy finish and a Happy New Year to you, Margaret!

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  9. magpiesue says:

    That looks ideal for an extra layer of warmth in the house. It wouldn’t interfere with whatever your hands need to be doing. You’ve proven that old books shouldn’t be tossed willy-nilly too!

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  10. Laura says:

    Yup…I love my Reader’s Digest sewing book, too! 🙂
    Great wrap, Margaret!

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  11. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, Happy New Year to you and yours. This wrap is amazing, it looks so good on you. I also have that Readers’ Digest book, and use it often. I’ve never tried that type of buttonhole. At the moment I’m having trouble just stitching in a zip, which is upsetting. lol. I don’t really use my machine often enough. I have an Elna Carina which is over 30 years old. Kind Regards Mandy xx

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Hi Mandy, I usually hand stitch zips in with a row of tiny stab stitches down each side, I find it much easier to get a neat finish than with a machine and I’ve never had one come unstitched. The only time I use my machine is for an invisible zip – then it’s take a deep breath and go for it!!

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  13. anne54 says:

    Perfect Margaret, just right for an extra layer, and stylish as well !

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