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How to Make a Simple Scandi Table Runner

How to Make a Simple Scandi Table Runner

Looking to dress up your table for Christmas? Our theme of #12WeeksofStitchmas this week is table decor, so we've put together this sweet little scandi project just for you - don't you love it when we make it easy! 

How to Make a Simple Scandi Table Runner 

Finished size approx. 1.22m x 40cm

You Will Need

How to Make

  1. Start by cutting your fabrics. For all your patterned fabric except for the trees and scandi hearts, you will need to cut two strips measuring 14cm x 32cm including a 1cm seam allowances  - these will create the strips in the middle of the table runner.
  2. For the scandi hearts fabric, cut to size of 42cm x 32cm including seam allowances of 1cm. This will form the centre of the table runner.
  3. Next you will need to cut your trees fabric to create the border. Cut two pieces measuring 40cm x 7cm including 1cm seam allowances, and four pieces measuring 58cm x 7cm including 1cm seam allowances. Make sure the trees sit straight along the long edge on all pieces. 
  4. Start by making the middle of the table runner first. Take your scandi hearts piece and pin a strip of scandi reindeer to both of the short sides, right sides together. Stitch together with the 1cm seam allowance you allocated when cutting.
  5. Next, pin the red deer scatter strips onto the ends of the scandi reindeer pieces and stitch together as before.
  6. Continue steps 4 and 5 to attach the checked heart fabric on the ends.
  7. Now you need to create the border. Start by stitching two of your 58cm x 7cm tree print pieces together, short sides next to each other, to create one long piece 116cm x 6cm. Don't forget about your seam allowance! Repeat for the other two pieces this size.
  8. Pin these long tree print pieces to either long edge of your table runner middle section, making sure the trees face outwards on each side. Sew with your seam allowance.
  9. Do the same for the short edges on either end with the remaining pieces of tree fabric, and sew with your seam allowance. You now have the front of your table runner!
  10. Time to sandwich! Lay your backing fabric out on a flat surface, and use sellotape to stick down the edges, and make the fabric as taut and flat as possible. 
  11. Next, lay your wadding out on top of the backing fabric. Then lay the top section of your table runner on top of the wadding. If your wadding is too big to see the backing fabric, trim it to the same size as your backing fabric. 
  12. Making sure the edges of the runner top are within the space of the backing fabric and wadding, use quilting pins to sandwich and secure all three layers together. Try to place your pins in the main sections of the fabric instead of the joins! 
  13. Remove the sellotape from the backing fabric, and take your sandwich to your machine. Quilt down the long edges of the middle sections and all the way around the inside edge of the border - or add your own quilted design if you prefer.
  14. Now trim your backing fabric and wadding layers down to size. You want them to be just a couple of millimetres bigger than the size of your quilt top, so they fill the binding. 
  15. Use your red bias binding to edge the table runner. Start on the long side, pinning and attaching your bias binding on the top first. Then tuck under to the back, pin in place and sew in place, but sew on the top so that it catches the binding on the back - this will give you a neater look on the front. 
  16. Bind the remaining edges of your table runner, making sure you neaten the corners, and you are done!

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PS. If you need extra guidance, I found these videos from Expert Village on key quilting techniques really useful!

 

 

October 16, 2017 by Amy Gilbert

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.

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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Crafts for Christmas - Top Ten Christmas Projects To Get Started On In Autumn

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:

    

 

Don't forget that we have an exciting array of christmas fabrics for any size project, simply take a look at our Christmas Collection - including our new Christmas Fat Quarter Bundles

 

September 12, 2014 by Amy Gilbert

What are Fat Quarters?

Ever heard or seen talk of 'Fat Quarters' but not quite sure what is being referred to? Read on to find out more about the rise of a new cut of fabric...

 

 

Fat Quarters are becoming increasingly common with the rise in popularity of quilting in the UK. Originally an American term, a Fat Quarter refers to a cut of fabric which is essentially half of a half-metre of fabric, but cut in half as a square (along the selvedge) as opposed to across the width of the fabric (which normally creates a quarter-of-a-metre strip much wider than it is high).

 

What's the point? I hear you ask...

Well, Fat Quarters are usually associated with quilting and offer a great solution to buying a variety of different fabrics in small quantities to make up parts of a quilt. Their size means they are great for creating sections of a quilt with a variety of textures/colours/patterns that can co-ordinate, without having to waste money buying extra metres of fabric just for the sake of needing a square sized piece of a certain height. But they are being used for more than just quilting nowadays, and in the UK they offer a great option for sewers that enjoy patchwork, applique or making lots of smaller sewing projects, along with those who want to try out quilting.

How do I find/buy a Fat Quarter?

Most fabrics (especially craft fabrics and cotton fabrics that are suitable for quilting) are now offered as Fat Quarters, including most fabrics on our own website. To purchase, simply find your desired fabric and select 'Fat Quarter' from the drop down box to add one fat quarter to your basket.

Fat Quarters are also frequently sold in bundles that take the hassle out of co-ordinating colours, themes and patterns between fabrics as they comprise of a pre-selected bundle of fat quarters, usually in packs of 5 or 6. We offer Fat Quarter bundles ourselves, which can be found here, which are a great-value option for those wanting to try them out. You get a great selection of fabrics to use and a discounted price from buying them all separately - simple and hassle-free to get started!

Take me to the Fat Quarter Bundles!