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15 Spring Sewing Projects You Have to Make

Spring is in the air, with lighter days and buds beginning to bloom! So we thought it was about time to turn our hand to some spring and Easter sewing projects...

15 Spring Sewing Projects You Have to Make

felt bunny project
Go pretty with a hand embroidered felt bunny - it's the extra little touches that count. We love his little pompom tail too!

 

 easter bunting

Decorate your home the way sewers know best, with some bunting - but not just any bunting, bunny bunting!

Bunny Bunting Project by Crafts Beautiful

 freehand embroidered bunny

Embrace your creativity with some freehand embroidery art like this beautiful romantic bunny scene!

Bunny Art by Pootle

fabric bunny toys 

Create something the kids will love, like these fun stuffed bunny toys! The pompom trim on the bottom really finishes them off!

Little Love Bunnies by Jennifer Jangles

felt flower wreath 

Fashion the most beautiful egg hunt bag ever, like this sweet Miffy-inspired bunny bag!

Easter Egg Hunt Bag by Minna's Room

bunny cushion 

If you only want a subtle Easter touch for your home, pick a pretty Easter fabric and create a colourful spring cushion with a fun trim!

Bunny Cushion by Clarabelle Interiors

bunny wreath 

Make something fun to put a smile on the face of all your guest this spring - all you need for this bunny door decoration is some hessian or burlap and a pompom!

Hessian Bunny Decoration by Sue Starley

mini felt bunny toys 

We adore these mini felt bunny toys that the kids can carry round in their own travel sized carrot pouch!

Mini Bunny Pattern by Molly and Mama

fabric tulips

Have flowers that last all season long, by making them from fabric - these tulips look pretty achievable!

Fabric Tulip Bouquet by Kreatywne Zycie (use Google Translate)

easter egg placemats 

Add a bit of fun to your Easter table with these colourful egg-shaped placemats! Then bring them out every year...

Easter Egg Placemats by Quilting Digest

flower brooches

Make some simple freehand embroidery flowers finished off with buttons, and turn them into whatever you like; magnets, keyrings or brooches!

Fabric Flowers by Mollie Makes 

bunny tea towels 

Add a sprinkle of Spring to your kitchen with these adorable applique tea towels - they double as a great gift for anyone who prefers a chocolate-free Easter!

Bunny Tea Towels by Lolly Jane

chick treat bags

Cute as a... well, a chicken! Make something worthy of all your colourful Easter treats with this easy chick treat pouch project!

Chick Candy Cuties by Pickle Pie Designs

mini egg cosies 

Keep your breakfast nice and toasty with these mini egg cosies - pretty AND functional, now that's what we like!

Mini Egg Cosies by Sew and So

fabric easter basket 

Use all those leftover fabric scraps to create a colourful fabric wrapped basket like this one from Moda!

Fabric Easter Basket by Vanessa Christenson for Moda

March 08, 2017 by Amy Gilbert

6 Nautical Sewing Projects to Get Ready for Summer

 The sun's out this week, and we're looking forward to months including sun, sand and more colourful sewing! And what's more summery than a nautical project or two? Our nautical fabrics are super popular at the moment, so if you've got your hands on some but need to find something to make with it, take a look at some of these great nautical sewing projects!

6 Nautical Sewing Projects to Get Ready for Summer

 

fabric sailing boats

Sail the high seas with these cute fabric sailing boats by Sew and the City

 

denim fabric doorstop with beach hut applique

Bring a little of the seaside into your home with a beach hut applique doorstop project by Kirsty Robertson.

 

nautical themed folding stool

Take the seaside into your garden by having a go at making your own folding stool project - either print the fabric yourself if you're feeling brave, or pick a nautical themed print that you love! Tutorial by Look What I Made

 

cross stitch embroidered anchor design on paper

If you're looking for an easy project to stitch in a few hours, why not try out a bit of cross stitch/embroidery with this cute anchor design by Matildigt

 

anchor shaped cushion

Brighten up your living room with an anchor shaped cushion by Camelot - comfy and stylish!

 

crochet anchor

If crochet is more your thing, this crochet anchor is just irresistible! A great little tutorial by Petals to Picots, which makes a fantastic little gift for a loved one.

 Need some fabric for your next nautical project? Check out our Nautical fabric collection here!

6 Easter Pompom Projects

 So you've heard about the new Multipom, right? The easiest way to make a ton of pompoms all in one go. Well, we thought we'd better feature some good pompom projects to make off the back having all these poms at your fingertips! And because it's not a long way off now... they gotta be Easter pom projects!

6 Easter Pompom Projects

 

bunny shaped garland

 Bunny Garland by Honest to Nod

 

pompom easter wreath with birds and yarn

Easter pom wreath by Eline Pellinkhof

 

pastel coloured pompom wreath

Pompom wreath by Hobbycraft

 

sheep pom pom garland

Pompom sheep garland by Coffee With Us 3

 

pompom giant bunnies

Giant pompom bunnies by Ikat Bag

 

crochet egg cosy hats

 Egg dude hats by Yvestown

Want to know more about the Multipom? Check out the video below, and if you need one for yourself, you can buy one now!

 

National Quilting Day: Makower Coastal Quilt Pattern

Today is not only St Patrick's day, but also National Quilting Day! And to celebrate, we've nabbed a fantastic pattern by Hilary Gooding for Makower to make up into a coastal themed quilt. Our nautical range of fabrics is our most popular range this month, so what better theme could we pick? Find free instructions below to make your wonderful seaside quilt, and feel free to swap in your favourite nautical themed fabrics for the beach huts.

How to make a Makower Nautical Quilt

Quilt Size 40" x 60" (100 x 150cm)

You will need:

Fabric

Quantity

First Cut

SecondCut

Position

Cream Dimples 1867/L2

2 metres

Cut 5 strips WOF each 21⁄4" wide

Binding

Cut a strip WOF 101⁄2" wide

Trim to 401⁄2" long

Top Border

Cut a strip WOF 121⁄2" wide

Trim to 401⁄2" long

Bottom Border

Cut 2 strips parallel to the selvage each 12" wide

Trim to 381⁄2" long

Side Borders

Cut 2 strips parallel to the selvage each 3" wide

Trim to 381⁄2" long

Vertical Sashings

From remaining fabric:

Cut nine 41⁄2" x 21⁄2" rectangles

Horizontal Sashings

Cut twenty four 21⁄2" squares

Beach Hut Roofs

Red Coastal Village 1160/R

Fat 8th
27 x 50cm

Cut two 81⁄2" x 41⁄2" rectangles

Beach Huts

Grey Coastal Village 1160/S

Fat 8th
27 x 50cm

Cut one 81⁄2" x 41⁄2" rectangle

Beach Huts

Red Seagulls 1162/R

Fat 8th
27 x 50cm

Cut two 81⁄2" x 41⁄2" rectangles

Beach Huts

Blue Seagulls 1162/B

Fat 8th
27 x 50cm

Cut two 81⁄2" x 41⁄2" rectangles

Beach Huts

Turquoise Seagulls 1162/T

Fat 8th
27 x 50cm

Cut one 81⁄2" x 41⁄2" rectangle

Beach Hut

Grey Coatsal Icons 1163/S

Fat 8th
27 x 50cm

Cut two 81⁄2" x 41⁄2" rectangles

Beach Hut

Turquoise Coastal Icons 1163/T

Fat 8th
27 x 50cm

Cut one 81⁄2" x 41⁄2" rectangle

Beach Hut

Red Stripe 745/R7

Fat 8th
27 x 50cm

Cut one 81⁄2" x 41⁄2" rectangle

Beach Hut

Blue Coastal Village 1160/B

1.70 m

Backing

WOF = width of fabric (ie from selvedge to selvedge)

How to make your nautical quilt:

All seams are 1⁄4" unless otherwise stated.

Beach Huts

  1. Draw a thin pencil line diagonally across the wrong side of all the cream 21⁄2" squares.
  2. Place a cream 21⁄2" square right sides together in the top left hand corner of one of the 81⁄2" x 41⁄2" beach hut rectangles. Line up the top and left sides. The pencil line should run from the bottom left corner to the top right corner of the square.
  3. Sew along the pencil line. Trim to a seam allowance of 1⁄4". Press seam allowance under beach hut.
  4. Take a second 21⁄2" square and place it right sides together in the top right hand corner of the beach hut rectangle. The pencil line should run from top left corner to bottom right corner of the square. Line up the top and side edges.
  5. Sew along the pencil line. Trim back to a 1⁄4" seam. Press the seam allowance under the beach hut.
  6. Prepare all the beach huts the same way.

Assembly

  1. Lay out all your beach huts in three columns and four rows in an arrangement of the colours that is balanced.

  2. First sew the columns together by sewing a cream 4 1⁄2" x 2 1⁄2" rectangle between the beach huts in each column. Press all the seams.

  3. Now sew the columns together with the two 3" x 38 1⁄2" vertical sashing strips between the columns. Press.

  4. Sew the two 12" x 38 1 ⁄2" side borders to the left and right of the centre panel. Press seams.

  5. Now sew the 10 1⁄2" x 40 1⁄2" top border to the top of the quilt top

  6. Sew the 12 1⁄2" x 40 1⁄2" bottom border to the bottom of the quilt. Press seams.

Quilting

  1. Lay the backing out on a smooth, flat surface with the wrong side facing up.
  2. Spread the batting over the backing smoothing out any wrinkles and bumps.
  3. Lay the quilt top over the batting.
  4. Baste the layers together using your favourite method - safety pins, hand tacking, spray basting or micro-tacking
  5. Quilt as you like by hand or machine.
  6. Trim back the excess backing fabric and batting to the edge of the quilt top. Square up the quilt if necessary.

Binding

  1. Sew all the binding strips together using mitred seams into one long strip. Fold the strip in half along the length with wrong sides together. Press.

  2. Sew the binding onto the quilt front. Turn to the back and hand stitch in place.

 

Don’t forget to label your quilt with your name and the date. Add any other details you might want to remember.

Want to download a PDF of the instructions? Download the free pattern here.

Weird and Wonderful Valentine's Day Projects

Browsing the web for projects can take up an awful lot of time, but the in the process of looking for a great project, you quite often find some quirky ones that you might have a go at too! We've brought the best of the weird and wonderful projects we could find for Valentine's Day together in one place.

Weird and Wonderful Valentine's Day Projects

 

anatomical heart pillow

Anatomical heart pillow by Hearts and Sharts 

 

reverse applique heart detail top

Reverse applique Valentine's top by Grow Creative

 

meme cushion

Cuteness overload meme pillow by My Next Style

 

pretty frilly heart apron

Sweetheart apron by Ame Vee

(if you want to use the beige fabric, Spraytime Natural is a good substitute)

 

crazy cat embroidery

Valentine's cat embroidery project by The Pink Samurai

 

valentines dolly shoes

DIY Valentine's Heart Shoes by Unusually Lovely

 

heart dog bandana

Valentine's dog bandana by Acute Designs

 

pom pom flowers

Pompom flower bouquet by Camille Styles 

Got your own weird and wonderful sewing projects? Comment below to share them!

Project: Embroidery Hoop Art

Embroidery Hoop Art Project

 

In amidst the excitement of several deliveries of new stock this week, we've been getting ready for a very special lady's 80th birthday this week. As we're having a formal party in a function room, we thought it'd be nice to add some homemade touches to the decorations, so we had a go at some embroidery hoop art that we'd seen on Pinterest - what a result! We thought we'd be generous and share our little projects with you lovely lot to get you inspired ;)

 

                                     

                                                    

 

 

Six beautiful little pieces we managed to get done in just one day, using a variety of techniques. Really, it's all about letting go and unleashing your creativity! As we had a specific theme in mind, we were a bit more limited but we think we did alright! Maybe next time we might add a little more appliqué to them, but sadly we were pushed for time this week and had to make-do with what we could do in a day.

 

Our first design was relatively simple, just a pretty 80 appliquéd on using freehand machine stitching to create an outline in a contrasting colour. This is not too hard once you've practiced it a little, but you need to get a special foot for your machine in order to do it, and stabilise the back of your fabric with some interfacing. We cut out a few flowers from the floral fabric we used and just glued them on for a bit of detail. As it was our first one, we decided less was more after spending about 10 minutes trying to decide whether /how to add extras.

 

 

Next, we got a little bolder and decided to try out a bunting design, cutting out some triangles from some scrap fabric in complimentary patterns and colours. We glued these on, and used the free stitching style again to add the bunting string. This time, we wanted to add some lettering so went for some printed stuff - super easy and effective to do! We bought a set of rubber A-Z stamps from a stamp shop (you can get them online too) and some all-purpose ink, and it couldn't have been simpler - the hardest part was spelling and trying to align the letters!

 

As we had to make six, we thought it would be even more fun to get a bit more daring and try out using a patterned material for a background (crazy, i know!). We had this beautifully subtle little pink floral fabric that wasn't too loud. Having recently acquired a beautiful embroidery machine, we decided to put it to use on these and programmed in some fun birthday lettering in cream thread. The machine whizzes away at a speed that would normally have you worried on your usual sewing machine, but we're coming to learn not to get panicked by the sound! 

For these two, we did a little more free stitch style and appliqué to add more detail, including a lace overlay that we stitched down on one design.

 

By this time we were running a bit short of hours in the day, and so decided to repeat the free stitch style for a lovely girly shoe design (as the birthday girl is partial to a bit of shopping and shoe enthusiasm). Beware! This sort of satiny fabric was very slippy and a lot harder to sew, so we definitely needed the interfacing underneath! The reflective surface also stopped the stitching from showing up so much, so we found that you have to go over it a few more times than on other fabrics. We got back to some stamping fun on this design, as we wanted to keep at least one after the event, that wouldn't all be birthday themed!

 

So there you have it - our little collection of embroidery hoop art! As you can see, they aren't too tricky to have a go at, and they really can be as simple or complex as you're comfortable with. They make great alternative party decorations as you can personalise them a lot more and make use of all your scraps of beautiful fabric. We can't wait to hang them up at the weekend!