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    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. You could make a…

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    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…

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    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…

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    The Simplest Skirt Tutorial

    This skirt is so simple to make and is great for summer (or winter) depending on your choice of fabric. This tutorial makes a summer skirt but if you chose a thick fabric it would work just as well for winter. Great for kids skirts too. Just scale it down to fit! You only need basic sewing skills and away you go. No pattern needed! You Will Need: Chosen fabric (I used a thin cotton similar to this one) – 1m (1yd) for a narrow skirt – 2m (2yd) for a fuller skirt Elastic – 2cm (0.75″) wide and long enough to comfortably go around your waist and overlap Matching…

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    Lavender ‘Teabag’ Sachet Tutorial

    As you know from my post, how to grow a lavender hedge for £1, I grow my own lavender and harvest it. I make all sorts of lavender bags with it. I decided to share the lavender teabag sachet with you here as a tutorial. NOTE: This is a lavender bag for smelling not making tea with. I have called it a lavender teabag sachet because of its shape. You will need: Fabric (or used tumble drier sheet) Lavender Embroidery thread or string Free printable pattern and labels – Lavender Teabag Template, lavender teabag labels Stapler or glue Sewing Supplies (thread, scissors, needle or sewing machine) This page contains affiliate…

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    Clothespin / Peg Bag To Make

    Whatever you call them, most of us use pegs or clothespins to peg our washing out to dry. There are several main types of clothespin bag but I prefer to carry my pegs around with me so I make my own ‘over shoulder’ clothespin bag. It means that I always have a peg when I want one! They are really easy to make and I am going to show you how. 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: Material of a reasonable thickness. It must be robust…

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    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…

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    Fabric Greeting Cards

    These fabric greeting cards are great for using up fabric scraps and you can let your creativity run wild. You could design cards for particular events or holidays. I have made general greetings cards to send to friends ‘just because’. I must confess to loving old fashioned ‘snail mail’. It is so nice to receive a card! 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: Fabric scraps Plain cards or card stock (and envelopes) Sewing machine and thread NOTE: you will need a sewing machine needle specifically…

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    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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    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    Step 1: Place your template onto the fabric. Mark the circle. I use an…