Make It: Teacup Pin Cushion

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  An incredibly quick, easy project that anyone can do, this delightful teacup pin cushion makes the perfect gift for the sewist in your life!   Materials: Teacup or mini jug Fabric Toy stuffing Pins Sewing needles Scissors Thread   Instructions: Depending on the size of your teacup or mini jug cut a piece of Read More

Make It: Felt Easter Egg Decorations

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    Decorate your home for Easter with these wonderful felt eggs.   Materials Felt (various colours) Paper Pencil Toy stuffing Ribbon Needle Thread Scissors   Instructions   Draw an egg shaped template onto a piece of paper and cut out. Pin the template onto your felt and cut 3 x shapes. (In various colours Read More

Lined Drawsting Bag Tutorial

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Keep your belongings with you in style with this simple to make drawstring bag. Materials Cotton Fabric Sewing machine Thread Scissors Darning needle (Large) Ribbon   Instructions Cut 4 fabric squares that measure 11” x 9.5” Iron flat if necessary Place inside layer of fabric the right side up onto outside layer of fabric wrong Read More

Make a Set of Mini ‘HOME’ Pillows

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  These mini pillows make a marvellous display or an equally terrific gift for someone moving into their new home. Make a set today with our easy pattern:   Materials Cotton Fabric (Fat quarters) Sewing Machine Sewing needles Thread Scissors Stuffing Paper / pencil / ruler Printer   Instructions On a piece of paper draw Read More

From the Bookcase: The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking

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  If learning to make your own clothes is on your list of things to do this year, Wendy Ward’s Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking is a great book to get you started. This 128 page book contains easy to follow projects and pattern sheets to create six classic garments. The book also covers 14 dressmaking techniques with clear, Read More

From the Bookcase: Girly Style Wardrobe by Yoshiko Tsukiori

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    Following on from Stylish Dress Book: Clothing for Everyday Wear and Stylish Dress Book: Simple Smocks, Dresses and Tops, Yoshiko Tsukiori is back with her newest release. Girly Style Wardrobe (Laurence King Publishing) is a delightful book for beginners and experienced sewists alike. Comprising 28 comprehensive instructions for staple wardrobe pieces for girls Read More

From the Bookcase: Sewing for Christmas

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  In case you hadn’t noticed, Christmas is fast approaching and what better time of the year is there to go crazy with the sewing and crafting activities (as if we needed an excuse!). Released this month, Sewing for Christmas by Rebecca McCallion (New Holland Publishers) contains 15 projects to see you through the festive Read More

Crafts We Love: Top 5 Crafts To Try This Week

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  Each week we will be bringing you a selection of our pick of the crafts. From knitting to crochet, sewing to quilting, paper crafts to decoupage and more, there are a whole host of new projects just waiting to be discovered! After all, you can’t have too many projects on the go at once, Read More

From the Bookcase: Vintage-Style Gifts for the Home

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    Vintage-Style Gifts for the Home (Love to Sew) by Christa Rolf is the perfect book for the sewist. Published by Search Press, this book contains 64 pages packed with vintage craft ideas for the shabby chic home. Each design is explained with clear step-by-step instructions and accompanied by beautiful photographs, and full sized templates are Read More