Ten Minute Make….Fabric Flowers

These sweet fabric flowers are so quick and easy to create! They make charming additions to any home or a great, handmade gift for any occasion – Mother’s Day, birthdays, Easter and more. One of the best things about making your own flowers is getting to choose the fabrics! You don’t need a lot of material to make these so they are great stash busters or the perfect excuse for a visit to your local C&H! You will need: 5 circles of fabric Sewing thread Small felt circle Button Sewing... Read More


Making Pom Poms!

This week’s blog comes from our youngest contributor and is a great way to start your children crafting! Hi, I’m Fuzzie Bro. I’m 9 years old and I’ve started making pom poms. I think it’s fun and a calming thing to do.  It’s not particularly difficult when you know how to do it so I’m going to teach you! Get a pom pom maker and the wool of your choice (any will do). The pom pom maker, in my opinion, is the easiest way to make all different sizes and... Read More


15 Minute Make….Knot Fabric Headband

Do you have remnants of fabric you would love to use, but not quite enough to make a garment from? Read our 15 minute make by Sarah from our head office on how to create a useful and stylish knot fabric headband: I finally completed a long overdue task and sorted out my fabric stash which is how I discovered a long ago purchased piece of floral jersey material. I bought it on a whim – as a lot of you well know, sometimes you just have to have a... Read More


How to Make….A Bridal Veil

Whether your wedding is high glamour or more of a low key vintage affair, a veil is perfect for finishing off your bridal look! Veils can be expensive, so if you are working within a budget, why not try making your own? They are surprisingly easy to create and you can add your own personal touches to make it unique to your style. To make a simple one tier veil, all you need is a length of veiling, tape measure, fabric shears, needle and thread and a hair comb. These are... Read More


10 Minute Make….Ribbon Bookmarks

I’m a big reader but do have a tendency to either fold the corner of a page to mark my place or use whatever scrap piece of paper is hanging around in the cavernous depths of my bag! I thought a hand made bookmark would be a good idea and this method has the benefit of being a quick and easy tutorial as well looking lovely! You will need: Two pieces of wide ribbon (at least 50mm width and not satin or organza) Two pieces of iron on interfacing (same... Read More


How To Make..A Fabric Pin Board

A pin board is a great way to stay organised in your home and the perfect place to store invitations, lists, reminders and more! It’s also another way to display photos (especially if, like me, you are starting to run out of space for frames)! This tutorial explains how to take an ordinary notice board and turn it in to something more pleasing to the eye! You will need: A cork notice board Fabric scissors Material (the size of the notice board plus 6cm on each side) 5 metres ribbon... Read More


Upcycling Christmas Cards

Christmas cards are a timeless seasonal tradition and I’ve put together a few ideas for making use of them after the holidays are over. A quick and easy way to recycle old cards is to make gift tags! All you need are some scissors or pinking shears (these give a prettier finish), a hole punch and some ribbon or string! Cut tag shapes out of your Christmas cards, punch a hole near the top, loop your ribbon or string through the hole and tie a knot to secure – all... Read More


How To Make….Table Napkins!

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to think about your festive dining table! You can get lots of lovely paper napkins with beautiful seasonal designs, but I think a hand made napkin adds an extra special touch! They are quite easy to make and you will need the following (this will make four napkins, 40cm square). 90cm cotton fabric Matching thread Sewing Machine Scissors Ruler Iron Marking pencil/chalk First, cut four 42cm squares from your fabric. Take the first square and place right side down. Fold up one... Read More


Making A Quilt – Part 3

This is it – the final part of Making A Quilt! This is (to me) always the fiddliest bit and I like to take my time to make sure I get it right. It’s the finishing touch to most quilts – adding your binding. I’ve had some help from Miranda at the Eastbourne store with the instruction for this as there are many different ways to do this!! For this stage you will need to measure each of your quilt sides and add this together. Now add another half metre... Read More


10 Fun Halloween Projects

It’s coming up to that time of year again – half term and Halloween! I’m a big fan of Halloween and think it’s a great way to be creative (as well as stock up on chocolate)! I’ve compiled a list of fun Halloween projects  – some for grown ups and some for kids (a great way to keep them amused during the school holidays)! From sweet felt finger puppets to pretty patchwork pumpkins, there is something for everyone. These bats are so easy to put together and a very cool... Read More