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50 Gifts to Sew for Christmas

When you have the gift of being a sewer, the festive season is the perfect time to share your gift with loved ones - by indulging them in a handmade gift! Male or female, old or young, check out some of these ideas of what to get stitching for them...

50 Gifts to Sew for Christmas

 

A great gift for people of all ages, this quick and easy infinity scarf is achievable for all skill levels and makes a practical gift that can be personalised with their favourite colours and prints. 

Treat a little one to a unique cuddly toy like this pretty Flora the Elephant pattern from Bustle and Sew - use floral fabric for an extra special finish.

How to sew a personalized reading pillow with a pocket and handle - free sewing pattern and tutorial on polkadotchair.com

Practical gifts don't always have to be boring - a colourful personalised reading cushion makes a great gift for an avid little reader! We love this tutorial by Polkadot Chair.

DIY Phone Charger Holder Holder - LOVE this idea!! Supplies needed include - fabric, fusible fleece, ribbon, pom pom trim, and a shower curtain grommet.

For the gadget-obsessed, try out one of these handy charging pod projects from Lil Luna that can keep everything together in one place while they charge their phone. 

If you'd like to make something for the furry friend in your life, have a crack at this simple dog bandana project - make it in festive fabric for something fun, or pick an exciting or colourful print. Extra points for embroidering their name on it!

We ADORE these bright little pen holders by Sew Can She - they make a great add-on gift alongside a beautiful journal, and save you always searching for a pen when you want to write!

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Treat a hard-working mum or couple to a beautiful new baby accessory to make their lives easy, like this wipe clean baby mat from Vicky Myers Creations.

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Know someone that's always burning their hands on their lunch, straight out the microwave? Knock together a couple of these simple washable soup bowl cozies by Happy Hour Stitches and they'll thank you forever!

Alternatively, if you know someone who loves to cook or bake, why not make them a pretty oven glove like this one? Cut up a panel for the centre and use insulated wadding to protect from heat.

 Dino tail tutorial

Little boys will love these fun dinosaur play tails, in bright colours by Andrea's Notebook!

how to make pattern weights tutorial

If you know any other sewing enthusiasts, whip them up a set of cute pattern weights like these ones from Tea and a Sewing Machine - bonus points for using sewing themed fabric!

For those who love to wine and dine, make a matching set of gorgeous fabric placemats by utilising a fabric panel or some scenic fabric. Just quilt round the design to pick out some details for a simple but thoughtful gift.

padded tablet case sewing pattern

Make a cool tablet case like this one from Polka Dot Chair for anyone in the family or a friend, with this simple pattern. Choose cool fabrics and pretty binding for extra wow-factor.

 Make laundry day a little more fun with this easy-sew shark clothespin holder! Part of Polka Dot Chair's Summer Sewing series!

Add a bit of fun to laundry day for mum, and have a go at this cute little shark peg bag by Hey Let's Make Stuff.

Button Lunch Bags | Purl Soho

Even the most fussy people have to eat lunch, so if you're stuck for what to make somebody who has everything (or likes very little), run up one of these cute lunch bags by Purl Soho - why not add their name in embroidery?

Encourage little ones in their love of reading by making a book cushion! It has a pocket on the front to tuck their latest book into - why not give it with a book as a lovely co-ordinating gift?

adult mermaid tail free pattern

Get snuggly with one of these trendy mermaid tail blankets, for adults! Made from supersoft plush fabric, Sew Much Ado has got your covered with her comprehensive tutorial!

You can still sew for fashion-conscious friends; check out these stunning envelope style clutch bags by See Kate Sew that are perfect for an extra special accessory.

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Treat mum or grandma to some cosy slippers for their tired feet with this simple tutorial by Todo Manualidades (you can use Google translate).

How to make a Double Pot Holder with Hand Pockets | via www.makeit-loveit.com

Go classic with a new pair of oven gloves! The key to making a good pair is picking a good fabric that your recipient will like either due to novelty factor or colours/patterns that match their kitchen - then simply follow this tutorial by Make It & Love It.

For the jetsetter in your life, nothing but a passport cover will do! Use bright colours or bold patterns to make sure it's easy to find in amidst all their luggage. We love this Liberty tutorial from Mollie Makes!

If you don't have time to sew or aren't very confident with a machine, try this no-sew Liberty fabric covered notebook for a quick and easy gift.

DIY Bow Tie Drool Bib...for BOYS! (from a Men's shirt) | via Make It and Love It

Here's one for all those handsome little boys you know - a cute novelty bow tie bib by Make It & Love It!

We love how versatile this honeycomb basket by Love From Beth is - whether they use it like this for crafty bits, or you make it up in a more masculine fabric for him to store his DIY bits and pieces in.

How to make a fish bag for your laundry

Make sure nobody misses out, a sew up a bunch of these adorable fish drawstring bags for all the kids - personalise with their name on the back. Tutorial by Eclemo for Women's Weekly.

 

Roll Up Travel Toothbrush Holder

For someone that's always on the go, a thoughtful travel toothbrush holder is a lovely gift - pick some fun towelling and go crazy! Tutorial by Must Have Mom.

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How cute is this hair clip holder from Emma Bee? Great for a little girl's bedroom!

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If there's a new arrival expected soon, whip up a few cute little things to give to the expectant parent - including these beautiful (yet easy) baby hats by Coral + Co, which goes from Preemies all the way up to 12 months. 

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Ruffles are big this season in clothing, so why not add them to accessories too? Great for fashion-conscious recipients, we love this tutorial from See Kate Sew!

DIY Needle Felted Rainbow Pillow | Club Crafted

Get mixed media with this sewing AND needle felting project that's as uplifting as it is colourful! Try out this needle felted rainbow cushion by Club Crafted.

Swallowtail Bow Scrunchie from craftystaci.com

Upgrade the basic scrunchie with this gorgeous bow scrunchie project from Crafty Staci.

diy pom pom oven mitts

Don't have time for a full sewing project? DIY your own cute cactus oven glove by embellishing a ready-made oven glove for a fun gift - tutorial by The Proper Blog.

DIY Wrist Key Chains - Tutorial!

Make up a bunch of these simple but stylish wrist key chains for easy presents to stash away in case you get caught in need of one! They're a great way to use up ribbon and fabric scraps too. Tutorial by Making Things is Awesome.

Free Cardigan Pattern and Tutorial - Heather Handmade

For those who love to be wrapped up, make one of these fits-all draped cardigans with this handy tutorial from Heather Handmade.

Baby Quilt Patterns: Triangle Modern Quilt Pattern! - easy quilt patterns

Keep them cosy with a gorgeous triangle quilt project by Making Things is Awesome - it's achievable even for beginners. 

Make something to keep those expensive glasses safe as well as stylish with this gorgeous glasses case project from Riva La Diva.

How to make a strawberry doll

Put a smile on the kids faces with one of these cute fruit inspired dolls from Lovely Indeed.

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You can't beat a good accessory and we love this beanie with a twist by Friday Pattern Company - it's made from velvet!

How to sew a basic burp cloth with terry cloth.

Use up your fat quarters or smaller pieces of fabric and make beautiful burp cloths for friends with babies using this tutorial from The Willow Market.

Schritt-für- Schritt Anleitung für ein selbst genähtes DIY Lama Kuscheltier. Upcycling aus altem Frottee Handtuch. Mit kostenlosem Schnittmuster zum Download.

Llama's are so popular right now, so hop on the trend and make some cute cuddly llamas with this tutorial by Johanna Rundel.

For older llama lovers, make a beautiful piece of embroidery hoop art for the wall with Bustle and Sew's project.

The Easiest DIY Heat Pack Ever

Keep those cold people in your life warm with a DIY heat pack by The Crafting Nook.

DIY tweed hand warmer (moustache shaped!) - click through for more

Or make it more fun for the guys with this novelty moustache version by The Crafty Gentleman.

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Make something unique for the coffee lover in your life with this cute coffee bag tutorial from Minki Kim.

DIY Waxed Canvas Tool Apron @themerrythought

We love a practical gift, and this one's great for tool enthusiasts and artists alike - follow the tutorial by The Merry Thought.

DIY Loose Leaf Tea Bag | wildwildwhisk.com

It might be a bit unusual, but you can use your machine to make your own customised tea bags too! This is a great project for tea lovers, from Wild Wild Whisk.

Hexagon Fabric Tray Tutorial by A Spoonful of Sugar

For the person that has everything, give them somewhere to put their bits and pieces! These handy trays are good for everything from hairbands to spare change - just use A Spoonful of Sugar's handy tutorial.

10 minute pouch video tutorial on sewsomestuff.com

These pouches are so handy for inside your handbag, they'll keep all your essentials together like lipstick and eyeliner. Tutorial by Sew Some Stuff.

Tutorial: Quilted Ukulele Bag

Make something unique for the music lover in your life, and quilt your own ukulele case with this tutorial from The Sewing Party.

Make a Tortilla Warmer {Tutorial} | The Good Hearted Woman

Foodie lovers will love this tortilla warming wrap! Project by The Good Hearted Woman.

September 25, 2017 by Amy Gilbert

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

14 Cutest Crochet Projects for Spring

So we've lost an hour of sleep as the clocks go forward, and although that sucks, it can only mean one thing - spring is here, finally! With warmer weather comes the resurgence of spring/summer crafting... and nothing is hotter right now than crochet! Check out these cute projects to get you off to a great start... and don't forget to make the most of our 3 for 2 yarn offer!

14 Cutest Crochet Projects for Spring

 

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dragon crochet

 

Crochet Dragon by All About Ami

 

panda baby booties

 

Sleepy Panda Baby Booties by Hopeful Honey

 

crochet daisies

Crochet Daisies by Mama in a Stitch

 

baby seal crochet

Sammy the Seal Pattern by Little Muggles

mini crochet bows

Mini Crochet Bow Hairclips by Hello Yellow Yarn

 

hexagon puffy seat pad

Hexie Puff Seat Pad by Whistle and Ivy

 

colourful baby booties with pompom

Lollipop Circus Booties by Hopeful Honey

crochet under the sea mobile

DIY Amigurumi Sea Friends Mobile by Petit Bout de Chou

 

crochet cheeseburger keyring

 

Cheeseburger Keyring by Hello Yellow Yarn

 

Crochet monkey with posable arms and tail

Posable Crochet Monkey by All About Ami

 

 

instagram camera bag

Camera Satchel Bag by Hopeful Honey

unicorn hat

Unicorn Hood by Mama in a Stitch

crochet donuts

Crochet Donuts by Hello Yellow Yarn

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April 04, 2016 by Amy Gilbert

Sponsored Project: Infinite Architecture-Performance

Read all about this fantastic project that we are sponsoring, put together by project Infinite, the personal project of a hard-working and inspirational student from Arts University Bournemouth....

Project Infinite

National Architecture-Performance Tour Launches in Bournemouth 
 
Saturday 29th August marks the Bournemouth launch of INFINITE, a performance project which will be touring the UK.  INIFINITE will allow audience and performers to become united as one, demonstrating that disability does not mean a lack of ability.  These first performances of INFINITE will take place in the central garden at the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) at 12.30 and 2.00pm.
The performance is structured around a specially designed and commissioned set which consists of a series of architecture frames, creating a ‘Mountain’ set and presenting the opportunity for challenge and risk, potential and discovery, whilst contrasting freedom and constraint.
The driving force behind INIFINITE is Katie Thomas, a Master’s student at AUB, whose passion for fusing architecture and dance hopes to break boundaries within the realms of theatrical design, performance and disability.  “INFINITE is about inspiring people to use their personal challenges as a motivation to succeed, instead of as a reason for giving up” explained Katie.
Shaw Trust, a charity that helps disabled and disadvantaged people into work across the United Kingdom, are a key sponsor of INFINITE. Roy O’Shaughnessy, Chief Executive of Shaw Trust, said:
 
“Shaw Trust is delighted to sponsor the development of an accessible performance set for the launch of INFINITE. It is important to promote greater inclusivity in the arts and help talented disabled performers to begin an exciting career in the industry. We are proud to be associated with this project and look forward to the launch.”
 
Inclusive performance group Diverse City are premiering a new performance at the launch. Claire Hodgson, CEO of Diverse City, said:
“We work to ensure that all people, irrespective of background and identity, have equal rights, opportunity and access to the performing arts. Collaborating with INFINITE allows us to explore new art forms and means that our work will be seen by wider audiences.” 
Kirolite, a high-end wood joinery, lacquer finishing and solid surface fabricator based in Poole, have commissioned the build of the INFINITE set. Bonnie Randall, Managing Director of Kirolite, said:
“It is fantastic to see someone so passionate about a project that can significantly contribute to the breakdown of barriers that disabled people face." 
More information can be found at facebook.com/infinitecharity or by emailing thomasdesignstudio@outlook.com
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My Sewing Box have helped out with this fantastic event by donating fabric to be used for the performances and set. We think it'll be a fab event to go and see, and if you'd like to go along too, get yourself a FREE ticket using the following link:
August 06, 2015 by Amy Gilbert
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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!

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

Best Videos for Crochet Beginners

So you've seen all the new cute crochet yarns and patterns on our website right? And you've looked at them wistfully, wishing you could create something as lovely as that... well guess what, you can! Although it can seem daunting, crochet is a great needlework to have a go at, and in some ways much simpler than things like knitting - so why not have a go? 

It's always hard to learn from written instructions, so we're here to show you the top youtube videos we've found for beginners crochet, to teach you all the tricks and techniques you need to know!

And once you feel like you can give it a go, take advantage of our fab offer - grab yourself a FREE pattern of your choice when you spend £15 on crochet yarn!

Top Videos for Crochet Beginners

How to Crochet a Granny Square for Beginners

First up, here's a great little video that clearly explains how to get you going on a few basic crochet techniques. It's quite a long video (about 25 minutes), but well worth the time as it takes you through step-by-step to create a sweet little granny square. Granny squares are one of the most popular projects for crochet beginners as they are fairly easy to complete and come together reasonably quickly.

 Learn to Crochet - Chain Stitch and Single Crochet Stitch

If you've got a little less time on your hands and just want to try out some basic techniques without a specific project in mind, this little 5 minute tutorial on chain stitch and single crochet stitch is great. It's supposed to end up being a crochet dishcloth project but you don't necessarily have to continue all the way to the end. It's handy for showing you how to crochet lines of stitches across and back, and for practising these two stitches. 

How to Crochet in a Round - Magic Ring and Chain Stitch

If you're looking to have a go at crocheting things like hats and mittens later down the line, one of the best methods to learn is how to crochet in a round - and this video is great for teaching you two techniques to do so. Once again, it's really only a technique tutorial so you won't get a project out of it but it's great for practising before you start on something new.

 How to Crochet a Rose for Beginners

 

One of the most popular crochet projects out there is how to make a crochet flower, and this tutorial is a fab walk through how to do a pretty little rose. You'll need a standard needle to sew it up a little at the end, but this is a great little crochet project for beginners to get started!

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