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Special Offers on Sewing Supplies Across the Site....
January is always a hard-up month, especially when it gets to the week before payday. We just wanted to remind you that we've got you covered with our January sale - so you can still bag a bargain and keep sewing this month!
From Makower fabrics to DMC crochet yarn, and all the habby delights in between, don't miss out on these short term offers!
A quick update on what's been changing on our website, to help improve your customer experience! We've been making changes to how you can order samples of our fabrics, and updated pricing changes.
Ordering Fabric Samples & New Lower Fabric Prices
New Sample Ordering System
We're happy to announce that we've made it easier than ever to order your samples from us! Previously, we required you to email us your details and a list of samples you wanted which was very long-winded. We've improved this to make it much easier, by allowing you to add samples straight to your basket. Simply select the 'FREE sample' option in the drop down box of any fabric product page, and add to cart.
This means you can easily order samples alongside other products in one order, and we'll receive your delivery details right away. Don't forget, if you decide to make an account with us, you can store your details for when you come back next time!
New lower prices
We're always looking at ways to offer the best value for our customers, and having reviewed some of our products and prices lately, we decided it was time to give you even better value! As our Makower fabrics are so popular, we have reduced the price of them to £11 per metre so that you can order more for your money and make every project special but affordable.
If you haven't noticed already, we've also recently got a new range of crochet supplies including crochet wool. We think that the DMC Natura Yarn is just so gorgeous that we want you all to be able to afford to use it, so we've reduced the price from the RRP of £3.50 a ball to £2.99 per ball, which is especially good value if you're working on a larger crochet project. Our Natura XL yarn is also now permanently reduced to £4.49.
And lastly... don't forget that all our regular cross stitch kits, including DMC cross stitch kits and the stitching shed kits, are 20% off this week!
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:
- Makower Ahoy bunting panel
- Backing fabric in your choice of colour - we used Linen Texture Cream
- Sewing machine
- White or cream thread
- 1.5m bias binding
- Point turner (optional)
How to make:
- Begin by cutting out all the flags from your bunting panel.
- 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.
- 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).
- Trim the point carefully using embroidery scissors, being careful not to cut too near your stitching.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
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:
Free Delivery on Fabrics & Haberdashery
We know that buying for the first time online with someone you've never bought from before can be a little nerve-wracking. You're not sure whether it will turn out like it looks, whether it will be the same when it's in your hands or even that all that money spent on delivery will be worth it. But we're confident that you will love our fabrics, because we love them too - and so do all our customers!
We've never had any complaints about the quality, design or colours of our products, and are happy to have happy customers all round! We pick only fabulous quality fabrics to stock in our store, because we believe that that's what makes good sewing projects great. All of our Makower fabrics are 100% cotton and British-designed, ideal for quilting and other homeware products, toy-making, dressmaking and more! Our dressmaking fabrics are all sourced from London design houses, so are of good quality and weight - exactly what you want with wearable items especially.
So if you want to give us a go, we'd be thoroughly thrilled - and to encourage you to take the plunge, we're giving you free delivery off all orders this weekend. Nobody likes to spend money on delivery when we know that all that money could be spent on buying extra fabric! (or so say all fabric addicts we've ever met!)
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Happy sewing - it's time to get started on those valentine's and spring projects soon!
How to Make a Makower Christmas Stocking
There's nothing as special as a handmade Christmas stocking, but if you're still feeling a bit unsure about your sewing skills, don't fear! Makower have these fabulous pre-printed stocking panels to help you create a beautiful traditional stocking using basic sewing skills.
By Makower Fabrics
Materials Needed (makes 2)
- Makower Stocking Panel
- 1 metre squared of wadding
- 1m of lining fabric
How to Make
- Cut out each stocking and use as a template to cut one of each shape in wadding and lining.
- Place wadding to wrong side of each stocking and quilt as desired, (if wadding catches on machine dog feeds place a light fabric (eg Muslin) under the wadding).
- Place stocking pieces right sides together and sew round edge leaving the top open.
- Clip into seam allowance around curves for ease of turning. Leave right sides inside.
- Lining - Place right sides of lining together and sew round with a seam approximately 6mm / 1⁄4" larger than the stocking seam, leaving a gap of 15cms / 6" down the middle of one side (to enable turning inside out of stocking). Once again leave top unstitched.
- Clip around curves and turn lining right sides out. Place lining inside stocking matching seams. Insert a hanging tab if required and place between stocking and lining. Next sew completely round top of the stocking.
- Now pull the stocking through the gap in the lining and then sew the gap together. Push lining inside the stocking.
- Top stitch around the top of stocking to keep lining in place and make top more stable. Stitch approximately 1cm / 3⁄8" From the edge.
How to Make Makower Stocking Advent Garland
Fabric advent calendars are pretty cool, but you can go one better on the fun-factor with Makower Stocking Advent Panels! When complete, you'll have 24 individual mini-stockings to fill and hang whilst you count down the days to Christmas. If you're feeling quirky, you can string them together to make some stocking bunting!
By Makower Fabrics
For each stocking on the panel you need a back and two lining pieces and a three and a half inch piece of ribbon.
How to Make
Cut out a stocking, a back and two lining pieces.
With wrong sides facing, pin the tops of the front and front lining and the back and back lining
pieces together. Stitch along the top edge to neaten the raw edge – zig zag or serpentine
stitch for example.
With the front and back units facing each other, stitch a 1⁄2" seam down the side, heel, toes
and back up again.
Trim the seam allowance to a scant 1⁄4" and carefully clip the inside curve.
Turn over the top neatened edge up to the printed design.
Stitch around the top edge of the stocking.
Turn the stocking right side out and gently ease out the heel and toe with a blunt tool.
Take a 3 1⁄2" piece of ribbon or tape, fold it in half and stitch in place along the previous line of
10.Repeat this process for the other 23 mini stockings.
Crafts for Christmas - Top Ten Christmas Projects To Get Started On In Autumn
So I know we all hate being reminded how long we have left til the impending doom of mass present buying begins again, but guess what...it's only 16 weeks til Christmas! Whilst an annoying reminder about hitting the shops, this is the perfect time to start thinking about a crafty Christmas.
You'll need realistic time to prepare between now and December, so I'd recommend setting aside at least a couple of evenings a week (depending on how much you want to make) for sewing. It seems like a long time but it means that your gifts will be personal and much more magical for it! (And think about how many hours you've put into trying to find the perfect present in the past....probably about the same time as it would take to make the perfect gift!)
Here is our top ten list for Christmas makes to get going on in advance!
*From 9th-17th September we are running a special offer on Makower fabrics by the metre - all reduced to £9 a metre for 9 days! Great for getting started on some of the christmas projects below...*
1) Personalised Christmas decorations
I've seen a lot of ideas for these on Pinterest lately, and they are just adorable! They make a superb little gift, especially for the children's friends and people that you won't get to see nearer christmas day. Best of all, they can get them out and use them every year, looking fondly upon your friendship for years to come. Also a great project to get the kids involved with, as most only require simple hand sewing stitches and a bit of felt/fabric! You can personalise them either by adding names/initials or by including some of their favourite things.
Some of my favourite ones:
2) Felt Christmas Tree
If you're longing for a more fuss-free Christmas this year, but the children can't live without a Christmas tree, get going on a needle-free (well, pine needle-free!) beauty! Simple enough for children to have a go at, they can proudly display in the house afterwards and will love putting little presents underneath it. A fantastic decoration!
Find the instructions here.
3) Fabric Advent Calendar
Not strictly a gift, but a great idea to save money in the long run and add a bit of a homemade touch to your christmas decorations. We've had one for years, and they are always great fun - plus we get to choose which sweets we want to put in them! Simple to make and beautiful to look at, they also mean that if you don't want to shovel your kids full of sugar every morning you can opt for other pocket fillers.
Makower do an excellent range of pre-printed Advent panels, that include all the pockets, the background, and the instructions on the panel. All you have to do is cut out the pockets, stitch them on the front as per the instructions, and then back (and pad out if you want) with a backing fabric of your choice.
Check out the designs below, which range from easy (left) to slightly harder (right). All are still beginner-friendly, and the stocking advent is particularly quirky as you can pin them up on the fireplace or string them along as a bunting!
4) Christmas Table Runner
Finish your Christmas banquet off in style (and add to the festive feel all December long) by proudly displaying a homemade Christmas table runner on your dinner table.
These designs are simply stunning, but you can make them as easy or decorative as you feel comfortable with, and with whatever colours suit your Christmas decs!
5) Christmas quilt
For the more adventurous sewers, or those looking for a challenge, get working on a Christmas quilt! Beautifully adorned with a range of fabrics, make them with your favourite fabrics in mind if you'll be getting it out whilst you sit in front of the fire on a cold winter night. If you're making it as a gift, make it extra special by including colours, fabrics and patterns that you know they'll love. You could even add initials or a name in applique on the top (and other applique detail such as shapes & ribbons).
Here's some great ideas:
6) Christmas pixies
Nobody can resist these cute and mischievous little pixies as they sit on your mantelpiece whispering their secrets to each other! Make them yourself with our handy little kits which include everything you need, including materials and instructions - just add your thread and glue! You won't find a prettier pair of pixies in all the land; their little personalities come out as you place them in different positions together!
7) Santa Chair Covers
Add a little novelty to your Christmas dining table by making these novelty chair covers! Great for getting kids in the Christmas spirit and a bit of fun for the adults too, they aren't too hard to whip up on the sewing machine. Make a start now, and you might find yourself making a few extra for friends and family - plus it's one less thing to do in December.
8) Christmas Stockings
In recent years, handmade stockings have really come into their own. Once again, they are not only fantastic in your own home, but make a wonderful special gift for friends and family.
These are a project for all ability levels in sewing as you can make them as simple or elaborate as you like! For a simpler stocking, grab yourself one of Makower's easy Christmas Stocking Panels. Preprinted and ready to go, simply cut out and stitch together, adding padding and quilting if you like.
For something a little more advanced, add quilting and applique for extra detailing. These are some lovely examples:
9) Christmas bunting
We can't get enough of bunting, so who says it's just for summer sun and garden tea parties? Scrap the plastic, mass-made Christmas decs and decorate your home in something more luxurious and beautiful that guests can't fail to love!
10) Handmade Toys
Nothing says special like a handmade toy for a child, but they often take a while to put together so make sure you leave plenty of time around the hectic-ness of everyday life to do a little more on them each day. From dolls, to bears, to elves, there's a toy for everyone! Even the adults... Just make sure that there are no loose parts and the stitching is extra strong, as health and safety is super important for anything that a child plays with. We want them to have a great Christmas with your toy!
Some exciting handmade toy ideas:
Makower Special Offer - £9 a metre for 9 days
As school starts and we're all beginning to get down to business again, it's time to get back into your sewing routine and spend some time making new things.
To help out, we want to give you the chance to get a bit more for your money, so we are reducing the prices of our Makower collection fabrics to only £9 a metre for 9 days (from 9th -17th September). You won't find Makower fabrics much cheaper than this anywhere else on the web, so get it while you can!
To redeem the offer, simply use discount code SUPER9 at checkout - please be aware that you will be taken to Paypal to login and continue with your purchase which states the full price, but we will not take this payment until you reach the next Review Order page where you can see all items, add your code and select a delivery. You will not be charged until you have added any codes, selected delivery method and confirmed.
(Sadly you can't add the code until AFTER the Paypal page, but be reassured that we will not charge full price so long as you input the code on our own Review page after continuing from Paypal. Sorry for the complication!)
Love the fabrics but not sure what you'd do with them?
Never fear! We will be posting new project ideas for using Makower fabrics every day on our Facebook page, so give us a like at www.facebook.com/mysewingbox and fill yourself up on sewing ideas. For even more ideas, take a look at our Pinterest boards for extra inspiration!
Today's project idea is this fantastic colourful Teddy featured in Crafts Beautiful, made from Makower Spot On Raspberry fabric - a great project for using roughly a metre of fabric, that can be given as a wonderfully special and unique birthday or christmas gift once you've finished.
Find the free downloadable templates from this issue at:
Looking for a project to fill your Easter weekend? Easter bunting is an easy way for to get to grips with your sewing machine a bit better and brighten up your home with the colours of spring!
Our Flo's Garden fabrics would be great for this project as they are fun, bright and colourful - we recommend alternating Flo's Garden Birds and Flo's Garden Scenic and Pinstripe Citrus Lemon. If you're feeling even more colourful, you can add in Pinstripe Pink and Flo's Garden Toadstools too!
You can find them by clicking on the names above or the images below, which will take you to the correct product pages so you can add them to your basket really easily - just select the length you need and add!
What you'll need:
0.25m Flo's Garden Scenic
0.25m Pinstripe Citrus Lemon
0.25m Flo's Garden Birds
3m Bias Binding or Ribbon
1) Cut out your triangles of fabric size 16cm along top/bottom edge and 22cm along diagonal. You should get six from each patterned fabric and 18 from the plain fabric. Make sure you cut them so that the pattern of the fabric is the right way up with the 16cm edge at the top!
2) Line up your patterned front piece with a plain back piece, right sides together. Sew down the two 22cm sides of the triangle, allowing yourself 1cm border for the seam allowance.
3) Trim off some of the excess fabric towards the point of the triangle you have just sewn, to allow a sharper point when turned out.
4) Turn out the triangle so that the right side of the fabric is now on the oustide. Tip: You can use a pinhead to help you push out the point of the triangle.
5) Do the same for the rest of your triangles. You can iron them flat at this stage if you wish.
6) Now trim off any excess thread or points of fabric hanging out of the top of the triangle.
7) Time to assemble! You can use either bias binding or ribbon. Assemble your triangles in the order you wish to place them.
8) To attach the bias binding/ribbon you will basically be folding it in half lengthways, sandwiching your triangles along the top unsewn edge in between the two halves of the bias binding/folded ribbon.
Start by sewing 10-15cm of the bias together for one end to hang from, then place your triangle between the bias binding/ribbon and continue to sew in a straight line, topstitching over your triangle and bias binding together.
9) Continue to add triangles next to each other, leaving a small gap between, and sewing over the top of the bias binding with triangles sandwiched inside.
10) When you get to the end, sew the ends of the bias binding/ribbon together again like you did at the start.
11) Hang with pride in your beautiful home!
If you're struggling with this project and need a little help, let us know either on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mysewingbox or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll try our best to help you out!