• Craft,  Sewing

    Easy Drawstring Bag to Sew- great for gifts

    This adorable little easy drawstring bag is such fun to make. YOU can make one any size you like even if you are a complete beginner. They are superquick and you can make them for lots of different uses. From cute gift bags that are a gift in their own right to sports storage bags, they really can be scaled up or down for your own needs. Throughout this tutorial I will show you the instructions while making a little bag for a car key. Why not attach it to your house key I hear you shout? Well I share the key with my son so it is easier to…

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    Re-cover a lampshade – coordinate your room on a budget.

    Re-cover a lampshade! When you re-vamp a room you want your lampshade(s) to match but they can be so expensive. You have painted the walls, bought new furniture and soft furnishings but what about the lighting. It is so expensive, even for new lampshades. Getting lampshades to match perfectly is often impossible. So instead of buying new what about upcycling the ones you already have. This tutorial will show you exactly how to re-cover a lampshade to match your new decor. This lampshade is being covered with a beautiful burgundy fabric to match my bedroom curtains (that I made)! Tip: If you buy your curtains ask if they have fabric…

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    How to make a folded napkin arrowhead

    In this series of napkin related posts I have been guiding you to make your own fabric napkins which can be found here and to fold them into a rose which you can find here. This post will show you how to fold them really quickly and easily to form a folded napkin arrowhead. These are great if you need your napkins to lie quite flat or, like me, you like symmetry in your displays. They will help you make a stunning table display especially if you have double sided napkins like the ones I am using. You will need: Fabric or paper square napkins   Step 1: Make sure…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Fabric Napkins – Make your own in minutes!

    There is something very sophisticated about fabric napkins. They are so much more stylish than paper ones. Perhaps you use them every meal or save them for a special occasion. Either way it is really easy to make your own double sided fabric napkins to match your decor or table setting. You can also make as many as you like so if you are entertaining a lot of guests you can make enough for everyone to have a matching napkin. You can use any fabric you like. Just remember that you need to launder them and they need to feel nice when you use them. Cotton is the easiest and…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Fabric Covered Notebook

    Turn any inexpensive notebook or diary into a luxurious, top of the range product. Make a fabric cover that slips on and off. You can even transfer it from book to book as you fill each one. A fabric covered notebook is a great gift idea. How about personalising them for those special people in your life? I have made one for a trusty notebook to carry around and one for my next diary for 2020. This tutorial will show you step by step how to achieve a great finish. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a small commission if you use those links at no cost to you.…

  • 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

    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,  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,  Sewing

    Silk Ball Flowers – Make Your Own

    These adorable little silk ball flowers are ideal for accessorising so many items. They can be sewn or glued onto bags, hairslides, clips and many more. They are quick and easy to make and I have really enjoyed making them. It is quite relaxing, not too fiddly! 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: Silk fabric (or you could make these with other soft, thin fabrics) Embroidery thread (matching or contrasting) Toy filling/stuffing (really small amount) Small bead Needle Scissors Air erasable pen (or similar) A…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Patchwork Bag

    Patchwork bags are adorable and never go out of fashion. You could make one to store your latest craft project in, to do the shopping or take your packed lunch to work. You could even make a small one as a gift bag. I have made them all different sizes. This tutorial shows you how to make a simple, fully lined patchwork bag. I use a technique called strip quilting which makes the patchwork bag quick to make. The small pink and blue gift bag used strips 7cm (2.75″) wide and the large shopping bag used strips 17cm (6.7″) wide. You could, of course, add more strips or perhaps a…

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