• 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

    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

    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…

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    Felt Mouse Pattern Review

    I have been looking at the House of Zandra patterns and kits for a few years and I finally got on with it and bought one for a felt mouse. Here I will tell you all about my experience with the pattern and provide any tips I can to help you succeed with it. House of Zandra produce patterns for felt animals and they sell complete kits to make animals including the pattern. Once you have purchased a pattern you can make as many animals as you like and sell them if that is your wish. I just purchased the pattern without the felt, thread, etc.  It was £6 but…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Doorstop – Full Tutorial

    This summer we had the doors and windows open a lot and doors were banging shut so we needed at least one doorstop. They tend to be rather ugly or boring so I had a go at making one. It was actually quite easy and looks great in my dining room. It is certainly more elegant than the temporary one it replaced (details of that later). You will need: Fabric of your choice (o.5 yard or 0.5m is plenty). I used a thick hard,wearing fabric. Wadding (optional) Filling (dried beans, pulses, rice or sand work well) Matching thread Sewing machine (optional) Rotary Cutter and cutting mat   Step 1: From…

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    How to make a tool/make-up brush storage roll

    This tool roll is so easy to make in under an hour and fabulous for keeping all your make up brushes tidy and easy to select. In this tutorial I have made a tool roll for a set of nail art brushes and at the end you will see pictures of the roll I made for a set of spanners. 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. What you will need: Fabric (I used a fat quarter) Thread Ribbon (or similar) for tie Pins Air erasable fabric marker (optional) Step…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    15 Fat Quarter Makes Kit Review

    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. I saw this fat quarters kit and it appealed to me. A book full of ideas and some fat quarters to get started with. So, I jumped right in and bought it. It is a nice size kit and I thought that it would probably make a nice gift. I decided to use the kit and review it on here. If I like it I will buy another for a gift! The book is a cute little book with, not surprisingly, 15…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Easy Peasy Cushion Covers

    Cushion covers can be so easy to make, without press stud fastenings or fiddly zips. All the skill you need is the ability to sew in a straight line. I do mine on the sewing machine but you could even do them by hand. This demonstration will use a latchhook kit I made and then needed to turn into a cushion cover. You can see how I got on with the latch hook kit on my earlier post. Any fabric or panel you choose can be used to make a cushion cover. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a commission if you use those links at no cost to…