Making A Quilt – Part 1

I love making quilts and have made a few for family and friends but I’ve always stuck to a fairly basic block pattern or made up my own (which doesn’t always go according to plan and usually needs one or two adjustments)! I’ve been trying to find a quilt pattern that is easy to follow but with a unique end result and that’s when I stumbled across the Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt. It’s a basic nine patch pattern but you cut the block into four, hence the ‘Disappearing’ part! I’ll be... Read More


How To Make Continuous Bias Binding

You may already know what bias binding is or you may have heard about it but never been too sure what it actually is. So first things first, let’s explain what the term ‘bias’ really is… The bias is the diagonal line that runs across the grain of a fabric. It’s stretchy which allows it to be moulded easily around curves such as necklines or arm holes. Bias binding is a great addition to your sewing basket whether you like dressmaking, soft furnishings or even craft projects! It can be used... Read More


How To Make…A Superhero Cape!

Do you know someone who is mad on superheroes? Do they dream to one day be a superhero themselves? Make their dream come true with this quick and simple personalised superhero cape! What you will need: Red polycotton (Measure the length you would like the cape to be – this is how much fabric you will need!) Yellow felt 22cm Blue felt 22cm Red & yellow thread Small amount of velcro Bias binding Lay your fabric out and fold in half. The fold line will become the centre of the... Read More


How To Make A Ballet Slipper Bag

For the last two years my daughter has been carrying her ballet shoes around in the plastic drawstring bag they came in – it’s starting to look very battered so I decided they need a prettier mode of transport! This is a really quick and easy method for sewing a sweet fabric drawstring bag and the beauty of it is, it can be used for carrying anything small and light (think sunglasses, hairbrush, etc.)! Made on a smaller scale, they are perfect for party bags or carrying rings or bracelets.... Read More


How To Make….A Tote Bag with Plaited Handles

Aah, the humble tote bag! Practical, dependable, robust….and essential in the days of the carrier bag charge! Use it for shopping, trips to the library, days at the beach – whatever the occasion, a tote bag is a useful item to have around and this tutorial shows you how to make your own. You don’t need a lot to make it – you may just need to raid your fabric stash, or if not, have a wonderful excuse to visit your local fabric store! The ideal material to use is either a... Read More


How To Make Envelope Cushion Covers

If you are looking for a quick way to freshen your home decor, why not try making these easy cushion covers? There is a wealth of fabric out there and they are so simple to create! I have been sewing for a few years now and still haven’t got my head around inserting a zip so these covers are perfect! You just need the following (these measurements will make covers to fit a 45cm square pad). 1 x square of fabric for cushion front, 45 x 45cm 2 x pieces... Read More