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How to Make a Nautical Lampshade

Think it's too complicated to make your own lampshade? Think again! Use this easy video and written instructions to be on your way to a beautifully handmade lampshade in merely a few hours. 

How to Make a Nautical Lampshade



For a 20cm lampshade, you will need:

  • 20cm lampshade kit
  • 0.25m Ahoy Yachts Sky fabric
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Metal rule (optional)
  • Weights (optional)
  • Lampshade base

How to make:

  1. Lay your fabric out flat, right side down. 
  2. Lay the backing paper from your kit onto the fabric and cut around the fabric if necessary to remove excess.
  3. Next you need to stick the backing paper to the back of your fabric. The easiest way to do this is to weight your fabric down at the far end, and peel away the backing of the paper gradually, using a metal rule to help stick down and remove any air bubbles as you go.
  4. Trim the fabric to the size of your backing paper.
  5. Bend along the perforations at the top and bottom of the backing, then tear off these strips.
  6. Using the double sided tape in the box, cut a strip long enough for one short edge. Stick down onto the edge which you would like to be on top on the finished lampshade.
  7. Next, use the double sided tape to cover the round edge of the lampshade drum top and bottom. Ensure that they are well covered.
  8. Peel off the tape covering and align your wire top and bottom at the opposite end to your double sided tape strip, remembering to ensure the bottom one is facing the right way.
  9. Gently and evenly, roll the wire circles down the length of your fabric, keeping the edges aligned right up against the edges of the paper backing.
  10. When you get to the other short edge, remove the tape covering on the double sided strip and stick down firmly. 
  11. Cut notches in the top and bottom areas of fabric where the cross wires are. This will help create a professional finish.
  12. Using your hands, roll the fabric in and over the wire circles, trying to stick down firmly and tuck the ends underneath as much as possible.
  13. Using the tool provided in the box, tuck under the remaining ends of the fabric to keep firmly in place.
  14. Trim any frays away, screw onto your lampshade base and voila - one lampshade!

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!


Best Chicken-Themed Projects for Easter

There seems to be a national day for everything now... and supposedly 19th March is national poultry day! We prefer our chickens looking cute and cuddly, so today we're bringing you the best chicken-themed projects we can find...

Best Chicken and Hen Sewing Projects for Easter


knitted mini chickens

Mini knitted chickens by Woman's Day 


authentic looking stuffed chicken toy

Authentic-look stuffed chicken by Ikat Bag


chicken juggling bags

Juggling Chooks by Red Ted Art


felt chicks with wire legs

Wired leg felt chicks by Myrtle and Eunice


knitted easter egg cosy knitted chick egg cosy

DIY chick egg cosies by Fi & Me


pompom chicks

Pom pom easter chicks by Crafts Unleashed

5 More Cool Valentine's Day Gifts to Make for Him

Following on from the popularity of our previous gifting post, 6 Gifts to Make for Him That He'll Actually Like, we decided to have a rummage around for some more good ideas for handmade gifts. They are just so hard to find! But never fear, here they are...

6 More Cool Valentine's Day Gifts to Make for Him


handmade leather and stamp bracelet

DIY handcrafted leather bracelet by Jegs Santos


personalised tie

Personalised tie project by Boho Weddings

handmade leather card wallet

Leather card wallet by My White Idea


crocheted pacman characters

Crocheted pac-man characters by Penelopy Bulnick


felt iphone case with contrasting interior

Felt iPhone case by Sew Knit Click

Share your own Valentine's gift projects below!

Valentine's Projects for all the Single Ladies (and Gentlemen)

In the words of Beyonce: all the single ladies, put your hands up! Now, although you may think you can't celebrate on Valentine's Day because you don't have a S.O., we say - celebrate being single! So we've put together a selection of fab projects to make for yourself, to celebrate YOU! (Gentlemen, you're included in this party for one too).

Valentine's Projects for all the Single Ladies (and Gentlemen)


geometric style cushions

Abstract painted pillows by A Beautiful Mess


ironic message felt hearts

Ironic hearts by Honey Thistle


pink heart hair barrette

Arrow and heart hair pin by The House That Lars Built


heart headband

DIY valentine's heart headband by Alexi Ueltzen


thread covered bracelet

DIY metallic thread bracelet by Tinsel and Trim


valentines embroidery pattern

Valentine's Emroidery Project by Fort Worth Fabric Studio


hand drawn canvas shoes

Hand drawn oxford sneakers by I Love to Create


blue polka dot bow tie


handmade stretch lace knickers

Stretch lace knickers by Sewaholic


8 Valentine's Projects for Kids

Get the kids involved on Valentine's Day too, by giving them a fun project to do and use to share the love around them! Some are just fun projects, others could be made into gifts for their loved ones, whether family, friends or crushes...

8 Valentine's Projects for Kids


embroidery hoop art

Valentine's embroidery hoop art project


felt heart garland

Felt heart garland by Hello Wonderful


felt heart arrows

Heart stick arrows by An Portraits


felt pocket bracelet

Felt heart pocket bracelet by Merriment Design


felt treat baskets

Felt treat baskets by Two More Minutes


heart headband

Valentine's heart headband by Sugar Bee Crafts


easy coffee cup cosy

Easy coffee cup cosy by The Perfect Pear


yarn heart garland

Easy yarn heart garland by Lacquer and Linen

Share your thoughts or any other great projects you've found below!

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!

NEW: Star Stitcher Competition!

Want to show off your fab sewing projects AND be in with a chance to win some goodies from our website? Read on...

NEW: Star Stitcher Competition!


From 1st February, we will be launching our new Star Stitcher competition. Every month, we will be giving away a £10 gift voucher for our products to the project we think deserves to win.

Some months there may be a theme, others we will leave it open to you! 

We'll be accepting entries from all abilities and will pick based on originality, design and execution according to your skill level - so beginners, don't be put off!

You can enter once a month, by sending in photos of your projects with a short description and your contact details (name, email address and/or postal address). Please email in your entries to or share with and tag us on Facebook or Twitter, using the hashtag #starstitcher

Entries will close at midnight on the last day of each month, and we'll pick a winner within 7 days. If you're the winner, we'll be in contact within a week via email.

Don't forget to share this post on your social media accounts so everyone can have a chance at winning!

Happy sewing - we look forward to your entries!

10 Great Sewing Projects for Using Up Scrap Fabric

Got so many scraps that you don't know what to do with them? Work on your overflow in the best way possible by stitching up some fun projects to decorate your home or give away as little presents. Scrap-busting doesn't have to be painful!

10 Great Sewing Projects for Using Up Scrap Fabric

All work and no play...

fabric play blocks for kids

Fabric Play Blocks by Hello Wonderful


fabric scrap dolls

Fabric Scrap Dolls by While She Naps

Artistic Sewing

handstitched card

Fabric Scrap Card by Minki Kim


stitched sewing machine theme canvas art

Scrap Art Tutorial by Mad for Fabric

Decorate your home

scrap initial ornaments with ribbon loop

Initial ornaments by Alice and Lois


scrap bunting tutorial

Birthday party flags by Minki Kim


fabric and felt mushroom decorations

Felt and fabric mushrooms by Audrey B

 Easy accessories

fabric tassel keyring

Fabric tassel keyring by My So Called Crafty Life


braided fabric headband

DIY braided headband by The Sassy Life

Mixin' Stitchin'

crochet edged fabric bows

Crochet-edged fabric bows by Mon Petit Four