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How to Make Nautical Bunting

It's spring again, which means although there's a few blustery showers about, sunshine is on its way! And when I think sunshine, I think seaside... so I'm super excited to share this lovely nautical project with you! It's so easy to make, which is great for beginners, or those more experienced who just want a quick project to complete!

How to Make Nautical Bunting

 

You will need:

How to make:

  1. Begin by cutting out all the flags from your bunting panel.
  2. Now lay out your flags onto your backing fabric, and cut out enough to back each flag, using the pre-printed flags as a size guide. 
  3. Pin your flags right sides together, and sew along the seam allowance guides on the two long sides(the white bits down the side of each printed flag).
  4. Trim the point carefully using embroidery scissors, being careful not to cut too near your stitching.
  5. Turn the right way out and use a pencil or point turner to create a sharp point at the bottom of the flag. Press flat. Repeat steps 3-5 until you have completed all your flags.
  6. Now lay out your flags in your preferred order, making sure to leave an equal amount of space between each flag. Pin your bias binding to the top, ensuring that it folds down in the middle over each side of the open end of your flags. Don't forget to leave a bit of bias binding on each end for putting up your bunting!
  7. Carefully sew along the bias binding to attach the flags, remembering to start at the very ends of the bias binding to create some ends to pin or tie it up easily.

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Video Tutorial: How to Make a Lampshade Using a Kit

Say hello to our first ever Youtube video! We know that crafting is a lot easier when you can see what you should be doing rather than just reading the words, so we decided it was time to start making some tutorials... And what better project to start on than a lovely lampshade!

How to Make a Lampshade Using a Lampshade Kit

 

You will need:

  • 20cm Lampshade Kit
  • 0.25m of your fabric - we used Ahoy Yachts Sky
  • Scissors or a craft knife
  • Tape measure
  • Two weights/ heavy objects (optional)
  • A metal rule (optional)
  • A lamp base 
June 16, 2015 by Amy Gilbert

Mother's Day Gifts for Mums Who Sew

Mother's Day is coming up, and I've been stuck for gift ideas for a while. A bit of research, however, has uncovered some great gifts for mums who stitch, and here's the pick of our products that we reckon mum might like if she's a bit crafty too!

Mother's Day Gifts for Mums Who Make

 

beginners quilting book

For a mum looking to explore different sewing techniques further, why not try out Elizabeth Bett's fantastic book, The Beginners Guide to Quilting? With tons of handy tips and tricks, as well as a comprehensive introduction to the basics of quilting, she'll help mum to build on her new skills project-by-project.

If mum wants to try something new, get her one of these fab needle felting kits! Each kit comes in a beautifully packaged box and includes everything you need to learn to felt your own creature. They're perfect for beginners, and needle felting is the latest trendy craft that everyone's keen to try.

Sewing boxes are the classic gift for any stitcher, but don't just get her a boring old plain one - pick up a beautifully designed box in a range of sizes from our range. Choose from glitter finish, embroidered, extra large, small and drawer-style boxes!

For the mum that already has a million sewing gadgets and boxes, it can be hard to find something that she won't already have. But we reckon these sewing machine bags are pretty neat, and not only look lovely, but are also great at protecting her prize possession from dust, moisture and damage!

Chic Boutique Cross Stitch Kit

For a mum who loves a different type of needlework, our cross stitch kits are an excellent idea! This pretty one is ideal for mum to put up in the kitchen or lounge once complete, but you'll also find a ton of other designs, including ones for kids bedrooms too.

love to sew printed grosgrain ribbon

There is no more classic gift for a sewer than an expression of their passion in any and all forms. So why not dress up their gift with some Love to Sew ribbon? Whether you get a few metres to give as a gift or tie it round the gift itself, this is one piece of haberdashery that is guaranteed to be loved and re-used!

One-Off Deluxe Fabric Box - Floral Romance

One-Off Deluxe Fabric Box - Kiss Me

One-Off Deluxe Fabric Box - Kimono

What self-respecting sewer can resist more fabric? Whether you get a couple of metres to really indulge her fabric addiction, or a fat quarter, she'll love seeing her stash increase! Our one-off fabric boxes are a great idea, including a selection of fabrics with co-ordinating habby for a beautiful gift to wow her.

Trimits Elephant Sewing Kit

If mum has only just started sewing, or wants to tackle her first project, pick up a sewing kit for beginners that she can get stuck into right away. We have a great selection of different projects that she'll love!

Ditsies Fat Quarter Bundle

And if one fabric alone isn't enough, what about a fat quarter bundle? These are especially great for quilters or those who enjoy having a variety of fabrics to hand for their next project (or to stroke while they sip their cup of tea, surrounded by 10 cats...)

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NEW IN: The Multipom Pompom Maker

Want to get your hands on the hottest thing in crafting right now? Poms are all the rage at the moment, especially with easter coming up and pretty pastels and soft textures becoming a star attraction for spring! Find out more about this fantastic product...

NEW IN: The Multipom Pompom Maker

 So, what's all the hype about?

What it does

The multipom is a unique tool developed to enable you to make up to 20 pom poms in one go - impressive, right! The tool is designed so that you can use any type of yarn, of any thickness, fluffiness or colour, to make your own unique pom poms in larger batches. It's a massive time saver for projects that require a lot of poms, and even better, means that each pompom you make will be the same size and thickness.

What's included

Included in the pack is your fantastic Multipom frame, a set of easy to follow step-by-step instructions on how to use the Multipom, and also a handy help sheet for tips, tricks and ideas. The help sheet shows you how to make multicoloured poms, trim them into cool shapes, and how to make them into a cord.

What to make

The possibilities are endless when it comes to using your finished product! Multipom recommends making them up into trim to use in sewing projects, sewing them onto a cushion for a fun touch to your homewares, or making them up into pretty pieces to hang about the house. How about this fun union jack flag made out of poms?

For more project ideas, check out the Multipom blog at www.multipom.com

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introductory offer - only £12 (RRP £12.99)

February 16, 2015 by Angela Gilbert

Top Gifts for Sewers

Stuck on what to get for someone who loves to sew? Never fear, our top gift guide is here! With ideas to suit all budgets and skill levels, from beginners to advanced, take a peek and get them the perfect gift.

Top Gifts for Sewers  

Top Gifts under £50

If you're looking for a great all-rounder for someone who loves sewing, look no further than this Sew Obsessed box. It's full of a mix of both pretty AND practical items to satisfy them in every way, including pretty illustrated mugs, notebooks and also practical scissors that are great for fine work and fun sewing novelty buttons too.
This fantastic thread set gives you a range of colours to expand your stash of threads, with 30 of the most popular basic shades. It's great for a gift for someone who likes sewing or quilting, presented in a beautiful vintage Gutermann tin for that sewing nostalgia!

 

Linen Bee Hive Sewing Box

We adore this unusual style sewing box that's designed to look just like a bee hive! The premium linen fabric screams of rustic style, which fits perfectly with the theme and shape of this sewing box. The best details are the little applique bees buzzing around! The lid opens on one side and inside offers plenty of storage for all your sewing equipment, including a removable plastic storage tray.

Coco Dress Project Box

Including all the materials required to make the classic 'Coco' top or dress by popular pattern designer Tilly and the Buttons, this project box is perfect for making dressmaking a breeze with everything in one place, as well as an ideal present. You'll learn how to sew with stretch fabric, and can choose from a top or dress version, plus an optional funnel neck and pockets. This pattern is designed for confident beginners, but is a great afternoon project for more experienced dressmakers too! 

 

Top Gifts under £35

Bee Embroidered Medium Sewing Box

This chic bee sewing box is a great choice for those who want plenty of space to house their essentials. It features a co-ordinating cotton lining, built in pincushion and removable sorting tray, for all your sewing bits and bobs. We love the stunning bee design embroidered on the top, for a sewing box that's as pretty as it is practical. 

Gutermann Sew-All 100m Thread Set 20pk

This fantastic thread set gives you a range of assorted colours to expand your stash of threads. It's great value if you need to get a lot of colours and also makes for a gift for someone who likes sewing or quilting, presented in a neat Gutermann box.

Iris Knickers Project Box

Including all the materials required to make any version of the 'Iris' knickers by popular pattern designer Tilly and the Buttons, this box is perfect for making dressmaking a breeze. You'll learn how to sew with stretch fabric, and can choose from low, mid or high waistlines and leg options. It's the perfect mix and match pattern - once you’ve made your first pair, you’ll be hooked!

One-off Fabric Box - Over the Rainbow

Indulge a fabric in their very favourite thing - fabric! These boxes of co-ordinating fabrics and thread are a giftable version of our subscription boxes, and offer a selection of smaller cuts of fabric in matching shades for the sewist in your life to stitch up several projects from.

Milward Rose Gold Scissor Set 

Sew and cut in style with this stunning pair of matching scissors! Set off in chic rose gold, this high-quality scissor set includes both a large pair of 25cm dressmaking shears for easy fabric cutting, and a smaller pair of 11.5cm embroidery scissors for finer work like applique and thread snipping. Presented in a neat box, they make for a perfect gift!

 Stitch in Time Hexagonal Sewing Kit

Sewing lovers will fall in love with this fun little sewing kit in a gorgeous hexagonal collapsing design that fits together neatly and prettily when not in use. Take the lid off and unfold each side to reveal the contents, which includes all the essentials like seam ripper, pins, tape measure and more.

Contrast Tote Bag Project Box

Make this cute tote bag with contrast bottom to take out – it fits all the essentials and more, and features a boxed bottom so it can stand up for ultimate practicality. The pretty contrast handles and base make for a point of interest for a tote that's both cute and practical.

Top Gifts under £25

 

Sew Obsessed Mug 

Mugs are a great gift, because we all know a good cup of tea or coffee is what sees us through those tricky projects! Plus, how can they resist these pretty stitch-inspired designs?

Sewing Notions Spill Bag

Keep your sewing space neat and tidy while you stitch with this handy spill bag that can sit by your machine (or side if you are hand sewing). The rectangle part is weighted and features a special grippy patch on the underside; simply pop it on the table next to your machine and let the bag part hang down to catch all your snippings and scraps.

Stitch in Time Woven Storage Basket

When you spend all your time sewing, your sewing things should bring you joy! This gorgeous woven basket is great for keeping on your sewing table, and housing all those little bits and pieces you use all the time, like your seam ripper, embroidery scissors, bobbins and more.

 Drawstring Make-Up Bag Project Box

Make a handy drawstring make-up bag with this simple project that's ideal for beginners. Simply shove all your most-used cosmetics inside, draw together the cord and go; then when you want to use something later, slacken off the cord and everything will lie flat and easy to find again. 

Rainbow Thimble Craft Organiser

Rainbow Thimble Craft Organiser

Storage is always one thing that most crafters struggle with, and these rainbow thimble organisers are a fun and colourful way to solve the problem! Sturdy and made in a gorgeous metallic ombre finish, they're fantastic for storing equipment like scissors and rotary cutters which can be in hand in a moment.

 

Prym Love Magnetic Wrist Pin Cushion

Prym Magentic Wrist Pin Cushion

Clearly, you can't underestimate the power of a magnet for sewists! What makes these pin cushions so great? Firstly, the silicone strap means they're easy to fit to any wrist size. Secondly, the metal plate means you don't end up stabbing yourself in the wrist when you put your pins in it. And lastly, the fact it's magnetic means no more scattered pins and also makes for easy clear up if you accidentally drop a load!

Sew Easy Sewing Machine Slip Reduction Mat

The soft cushioned mat helps to protect both your work surface and your machine, and features waffle grooves for extra grip to prevent slipping. At a sizeable 40 x 60cm, it's plenty big enough for all machines to fit with room to spare. Simply pop underneath and notice how much quieter and smoother your sewing machine is!

Bee Hive Pin Cushion

We adore this creative bee hive pincushion, in a gorgeous natural textured fabric, complete with little bees buzzing around it! You use your pin cushion constantly, so why not invest in the best?

 

Top Gifts for Beginners

Jaimie Pyjama Bottoms Dressmaking Project Box

Learn how to make your own simple pj shorts with this handy project box! The Jaimie bottoms are an ideal first project for a complete newbie to dressmaking or sewing, with an easy-to-fit style and simple instructions. They also come in an extended size range. All fabric options have been chosen with beginners in mind, for the best possible experience on your first project!

 

Stitch in Time Medium Sewing Box

Stitch in Time Medium Sewing Box

If you're going to get them one piece of essential sewing equipment to keep their bits and bobs all neat and tidy, this is the one! Our sewing boxes make a great prezzie, and the medium size boxes are a great size to start for a beginner - if you're feeling generous, you can fill it with a few haberdashery bits too.

Trimits Monkey Toy Making Kit

Create your very own patchwork monkey toy with this cute kit from Trimits. The box includes everything you need to get stitching this adorable item, including fabric, thread and stuffing. 

Hemline Double-Sided Bobbin Box

Get your sewing space organised with one of these handy bobbin boxes, perfect for keeping all your bobbins stored neatly, safely and easily. It also comes with 50 standard plastic bobbins in rainbow colours too - you'll never have to keep unwinding bobbins to re-use again, something that happens a lot for beginners!

 

Fat Quarter Basket Project Box

Make a handy fat quarter basket with this simple project that's ideal for beginners. They're great for storage at home, whether in your sewing room or bedroom, and also make a nice gift basket to give to friends (especially when filled with goodies!).

Top Gifts for Dressmakers

Sew Obsessed Pattern Weights Set

Ideal for dressmaking, especially when working with very fine and slippery fabrics which are hard to cut accurately with scissors. Don't you love the cute sewing design too?

Prym Love Tube Turning Set

Prym Turning Set

Turning out straps and tubes has to be the worst part of any project, especially if they're narrow. This amazing set of turning tubes from Prym makes it SO much easier to pull them through without losing the will to love or losing an hour to this horrible task!

Billie Sweatshirt/Sweater Dress Project Box

Learn how to make your own comfy sweatshirt or sweater dress with this project box! Including all the materials required to make the popular new 'Billie' top or dress by pattern designer Tilly and the Buttons, you'll learn how to sew with low-stretch fabric, and can choose from either a dress or a sweatshirt length, plus regular or balloon sleeves.

Fiskars 24cm Heavy Duty Dressmaking Scissors
Invest in a good pair of scissors, and you'll never have to waste your money buying new pairs as your cheap ones get blunt - Fiskars are worth their weight in gold for their cutting quality!

 

 

Floral Bee Sewing Machine Bag

For the avid stitcher in your life, nothing will be more prized to them than their sewing machine! Help them keep it safe and clean in a stylish way, with a beautiful machine bag - the oilcloth material keeps out moisture whilst the sturdy plastic feet on the bottom are able to deal with a fair amount of wear and tear. They fit all standard sized machines and feature a large zip pocket on the front for storing all your wires, pedals and accessories! If you take your machine out a lot to classes or on trips out the house, a good machine bag is invaluable. 

 

Top Gifts for Quilters 

Fiskars 45mm Flower Rotary Cutter

Fiskars Floral Rotary Cutter

This essential piece of equipment gets prettied up! No respectable quilter would be without a rotary cutter, but most of them are nothing special to look at - except for this beauty from Fiskars! Not only does it look pretty but it's practical too, from one of the most well-loved scissor brands, known for their excellent quality blades.

Olfa Aqua Premium Quilting Gift Set

Add a bit of colour to your sewing kit with an Olfa cutting set. This gorgeous gift set contains everything they'll need to get cracking with the most important part of quilting - the cutting! 

Sewline Fabric Glue Pen 

Sewline Fabric Glue Pen

For those quilters that like to dabble in different styles, we highly recommend the Sewline glue pen. It's fantastic for paper piecing and any method which requires lots of pinning or tacking, and is a favourite among most quilters!

Quilter's A4 Multi-Mat

Get ready to be wowed by this multi-use, super-handy little mat! Designed with quilter's in mind, this fantastic item is essentially 4 mats in 1. Open it up and on you'll find a sturdy cutting mat for rotary cutting pieces; a sandpaper mat to help when you are transferring markings; a velour layout mat to help you create your blocks; and finally, both outside pieces can be laid flat with the printed design facing upwards and used as an ironing mat. 

Fiskars No-Touch Blade Changing Tool

This handy blade changing tool offers a safer, no-touch approach to changing your sharp rotary blades if you get nervous about handling them. The magnetic system ensures a stable process, and it can be used with Fiskars products that offer easy blade change features - ideal for quilters who regularly change their blades.

 June Tailor Quilt-as-you-Go Alexandra Tote Bag Wadding Kit

Have a go at the Quilt-as-You-Go method with this easy to follow 'sew by numbers' style pre-printed kit. You'll soon have created your own professional-looking quilted tote bag, perfect as a gift or simply a new addition to your bag collection!

 

Stocking Fillers

 

Sew Obsessed Coaster

Protect your work surface in style with this cute sewing-themed coaster! Perfect for decorating your sewing space, pop your cuppa down on your very own neat little coaster to avoid spillages and splashes while you work. Pairs perfectly with our sewing themed mug!

Prym Magnetic Needle Twister with Needles

Prym Magnetic Needle Twisters

There's plenty of sewing gimics and gadgets you can get, but at the end of the day the ones we really want are the ones that make our life easier. These magnetic needle twisters do just that, storing your needles (and pins) safely and securely with the magnetic inner tube. Trust us, you can turn it upside down and shake and they STILL won't fall out - amazing!

Trimits Christmas Robin Mini Counted Cross Stitch Kit

Create your very own fun festive cross stitch with this easy kit from Trimits! Ideal for beginners and kids, these kits come with printed colour-coded designs and make a great slow-stitching project.

Antique Gold Stork Embroidery Scissors

Add a sweet pair of classic stork style scissors to your sewing box with these great quality embroidery scissors. Made from steel with gold handles, they will give you years of stitchy service and are easy to find in your sewing box!

 

Craft Sleep Repeat Project Pouch

This project pouch is a fantastic way to store your smaller craft and sewing projects without getting them all tangled up and messy - and a must for anyone that takes their projects out to a craft group regularly. With a fun printed message on the front and jazzy pom poms, it's as fun as it is practical!

 

December 09, 2014 by Amy Gilbert