• 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

    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,  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

    Teabag Wallet Tutorial

    I do not drink tea so I always carry my own ‘teabags’. In fact, they are fruit and herbal infusions (no tea involved). But using a small plastic bag is not ideal and I sometimes burst teabags in my handbag or pocket. So, I decided to make a teabag wallet to carry them around. This tutorial will show you exactly how to make  a gorgeous little teabag wallet to take your own teabags out with you. Never be caught without again! This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a little commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and trust. You…

  • 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…

  • Craft

    Fabric Hexagons

    This tutorial shows you exactly how to make gorgeous fabric hexagons with very little sewing. In fact, you could glue the completed hexagon together and do no sewing at all! I have made them in various sizes and used them for a couple of different uses. They could be used as a brooch or to decorate just about anything. How about a cushion cover made from them? You Will Need: Fabric of your choice (fat quarters are ideal) A circular template (I used kitchen plates) Fabric Scissors Iron Needle & thread or fabric glue Amazon Links:         Step 1: Place your template onto the fabric. Mark the…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Simple Bag Tutorial

    This is a full tutorial for making a simple bag. Depending on the size you make it can be used as a gift bag, a decorative storage bag or even a shopping bag. It is very easy to make and is great for using fat quarters if, like me, you hoard them. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and trust. You will need: Two different fabrics (for the A4 or A3 pattern 2 fat quarters is plenty) HobbyCraft  and Amazon have a great selection of fat quarters Iron on interfacing available from…

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