• Craft,  Sewing

    Super Simple Dressmaking Pattern Weights.

    On this site there are various tutorials showing you how to make your own sewing supplies. You can make your own needlebook, make a pincushion that sharpens your pins and make some pattern weights. This tutorial shows you how to complement those items with some small, simple dressmaking pattern weights. I use both kinds of weights when I am sewing but you may have a favourite! They are super quick and really inexpensive to make. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a small commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and trust. You will need: Small pieces of fabric…

  • Craft,  Gardening

    Best Fruit Jelly/Jam Recipe Ever!

    So, you have all that fruit either from your garden or the hedgerows. Now what do you do with  it all? Well this fruit jam (fruit jelly) is gorgeous and so easy to make. No complicated quantities to remember and no specialist equipment needed. Just use your normal kitchen equipment. Then you can sit back and enjoy your fruit all year round. Toast and jam (jelly)! Obviously I am English and I call it jam but I do appreciate that many countries call it jelly so I will try and use both terms!                   This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a…

  • Craft

    Paper Organiser from a cereal box

    In many houses we get through so many cereal boxes. Like me, you probably squash the box and put it out for recycling without really thinking about it too much. But maybe that box could be useful in helping you to organise your home. This tutorial will show you how to take any cereal box and turn it into a paper organiser. The size of organiser you make will depend on the size of cereal box that you start with. So, take a look and follow these instructions to start organising the paper in your life! This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a commission if you use those links…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Make your own Pattern Weights

    This is the third part in the series showing you how to make your own sewing supplies. The first part was a pincushion that sharpens your pins that you can find here. The second part was a needlebook to store all your needles safely and that is available here. This tutorial will show you how to make your own pattern weights so that you no longer need to pin your pattern pieces to your fabric. You may well have seen them used on television programmes like The Great British Sewing Bee. Pattern weights save you time and prevent pin marks on fine fabrics. I am loving them so I have…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Make your own Simple Needlebook

    This is the second tutorial in a series that will show you how to make your own dressmaking supplies. This tutorial will show you how to make a really simple needlebook to store all your needles. It will also give you great tips on adapting it to suit your needs. So simple yet so effective. I have made mine out of the same fabric as my pincushion and pattern weights so that I am making a sewing set. You can see the full tutorial for the pincushion at ‘How to make a pincushion’ and the pattern weights at ‘How to make pattern weights’. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    How to Make a Pincushion (that sharpens your pins!)

    This tutorial will show you how to make a gorgeous pincushion that you can use for all your sewing tasks. If you include wire wool in your pincushion it will also sharpen your pins whenever they are inserted. You can use any item you like to make these. As you can see, I used various containers but I must confess that my favourite are the little bucket and the teacup and saucer. This is the first in a series of tutorials showing you how to make various items to help you with all your sewing so keep coming back to the blog for some more ideas. The set includes how…

  • Craft

    Button Art – DIY

    Button art can be so pretty and I have been admiring some on-line for some time. I thought I would have a go and I loved it. It is really relaxing to do and the results are really impressive. This tutorial shows me completing a tiny canvas (7.5cm or 3″ square). It was a great way to ‘have a go’ and I recommend starting small. The result is so cute! Keep reading and you will see how I developed onto a larger canvas. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a small commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    How to Make a Fabric Corner Bookmark

    This tutorial will show you exactly how to make a quick fabric corner bookmark. These are great for using up fabric scraps and make lovely gifts. They are great to give with a book or gift card to make the gift extra special. It will only take you about 15 minutes to make one so what are you waiting for? This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a small commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and trust. You will need: Basic sewing supplies Iron and ironing board Three squares of fabric 10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″). Great craft…

  • Craft

    French Knitting – How to Cast off and Create Masterpieces

    Well in the previous 2 posts we learnt how to Make a French Knitting Nancy and Cast on and Knit. Now we will learn how to cast off and create a masterpiece with your knitting. This is for when you have got enough French Knitting to make whatever you are wanting to make. You will Need Your French knitting on your Nancy Scissors   Step 1: Select one post, in my case the blue one. Take the loop off the post and carefully place it over the next post along (anti-clockwise) in the same direction as you have been knitting. You should now have 2 loops on that post. Take…

  • Craft

    French Knitting – How to Cast on and Knit!

    Last week I showed you how to make your own French Knitting Nancy in this post. Well, whether you are using one just like that or one you have bought the technique is the same. You will be able to produce a beautiful tube of knitting to make into a craft item of your choice. If you want some ideas take a look at 22 things to make with French Knitting. You will need: French Knitting Nancy (or doll) Yarn   Step 1: Form a loop using a slip knot as if you were going to do ordinary knitting or crocheting. Place the loop over one of your posts (or…

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