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Spotlight on: Marking tools

We have a number of great fabric marking tools in stock, but which one to choose?! Here is a quick round-up to help you decide.

Sewing marking tools at This Village Haberdashery

Good old fashioned Tailor’s Chalk

This is a hard chalk that is perfect for making crisp lines on fabric. It is most popular with tailors and dressmakers as it gives an accurate line to follow. We have two to choose from, either a set of three different colours or the beautiful Merchant and Mills chalk.

Tailors chalk

Tailor's Chalk

Water Soluble Pencil or Pen

These are very popular for embroidery projects to draw out your design on the fabric before stitching. Also handy for quick and easy pattern labelling/marking as you can just write like you would on paper. As it says in the name, it disappears with water… easy!

Water Soluble Pencil

Water Soluble Pen

Chaco Liner Pens

The modern day tailor’s chalk! This little pen is filled with loose chalk and has a rollerball on the end to distribute the chalk as you roll it along the fabric. It works very well when drawing straight lines with rulers as the fine point can get right up close to the side.

Chaco pens

FriXion Pens

“But these are for paper?” I hear you cry. They are excellent for fabric too! Their best feature is that they disappear when ironed over… magic! Perfect for short term temporary marks.

Frixion Pens

Hera Marker

This cool little gadget leaves a temporary crease which can be seen on both the front and back of your fabric without leaving any residue… super discrete! It is particularly popular with quilters to mark patchwork piece before stitching and can also be used to finger press seams.

Hera marker

Tracing Wheel (blunt edges) and Carbon Paper

This is used for tracing paper patterns onto your fabric. Super useful and means you don’t have to cut into your precious pattern!

Tracing wheel and carbon paper

Tracing Wheel (serrated edges)

Similar to the above but this tracing wheel has sharp spikes to leave a trail of tiny holes in the fabric. It is mainly used for thicker fabrics and you don’t need to use any carbon paper.

Serrated edge tracing wheel

You can buy all of our marking tools online here, or in person at our West Hampstead Shop!



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Let’s all wear…food!

(I don’t mean let’s all have a massive food fight!) We have so many fun food related prints in stock at the moment just waiting to be stitched up into some amazing outfits. Here are a few ideas to work up your appetite!

This super cute strawberry print from Sevenberry would make the most adorable Geranium Dress! (I actually have some stashed myself to do just this!)

How about an Oliver + S – Art Museum Vest in this fun banana print (also by Sevenberry) for all those little monkeys out there!

A super sweet and simple sew with more Strawberries… the Two Stitches Frida Dress and Swing Top would work great with this quilting cotton from Riley Blake. (And it’s in the sale too!!!)

The most perfect Seersucker with Pineapples to make a summer dress…. the Christine Haynes Lottie Dress perhaps?

The Grainline Studios’ Willow Tank would be perfect in this cute apple print from Cotton + Steel.

And finally… Cocktails! Dressed up with the Sew Over It Eve Dress, or could be more casual with the Closet Case Patterns – Kalle.

Don’t forget to share your food outfits with #thevillagehaberdashery we can’t wait to see what you make!

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Top tips: Pattern matching stripes and plaids!

So you have found the perfect sewing pattern, and you have found the most perfect plaid or striped fabric but you are dreading getting all those lovely lines to match up! These fabrics are such a popular choice at the moment and look so good, don’t be put off by the pattern matching. Here are our top tips for matching those lines!

how to pattern match stripes and plaids

1.  Make any sizing alterations to the pattern and test with a muslin first. Once the pieces have been cut out any alterations will ‘mess up’ all your hard work with the matching! Always make a muslin!

2. Decide what falls in the centre of the garment. Depending on the type of plaid/stripe you will need to make decisions on which way up you want the pattern to be and which ‘line’ falls in the centre. As a general rule, it is best to place the most dominant colour or the one you want to be featured in the centre of the garment.

3. Make sure that your pattern is running in the same direction for all the pieces you cut. Sometimes plaids can look different when placed different ways up. Unless you are creating a contrasting section, you will want all your pieces to be placed in the same direction on the fabric.

4. Never cut on the fold! Most of the time stripes and plaids turn out slightly uneven and it is so difficult to get the pattern to sit straight when you can only see half of it. Lay your pattern piece on the fabric and draw around it in a water soluble pen, pencil or tailors chalk and then flip it over to do the other side. This way you will be able to get it perfectly in line.

5. Always mark the reverse of your pattern pieces. Sometimes it is not always clear which is the right and wrong side of a striped or plaid fabric and there is nothing more frustrating than spending all that time lining up your pieces to then not be able to work out which way up you intended them to be! It is also a good idea to mark the top/bottom of any square or rectangular pieces.

6. Prioritise the matching on a garment as follows: front and back, sides and shoulders. Seams that run down the front and back of a garment are the most noticeable so match these first. Then look at the side seams and shoulders which are not quite as essential.

7. Don’t be afraid to draw on your paper pattern pieces. This can help a lot. Once you have one piece ready, draw the pattern lines to help line up the next piece. Also adding the seam lines to your pattern pieces can help you to see which line/section of the print you need to be matching too.

8. Use the bias to create contrasts. Sometimes it is good to break the pattern up a little with a bias section. Turn your pieces so they sit diagonally on the fabric like we did with the waistband and pockets on our Sylvie Dress.

9. Take your time when cutting out. This is the most important step in the pattern matching process. Make a mistake here and you will be kicking yourself further down the line! Find a time to cut out your pieces when you can really concentrate without interruption and your results will be top!

10. Use plenty of pins to match up that pattern before sewing. You don’t want to spend hours getting all your pieces cut out to then rush the sewing bit! Pin each line together before sewing and take it slow on the machine. A walking / even feed foot may help with thicker fabrics to stop them shifting about.

I really hope these tips have given you more confidence to work with these amazing fabrics. As long as you take your time and really think about the placement you will be pattern matching like a pro in no time!

Don’t forget to show us your ace pattern matching with #thevillagehaberdashery

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Let’s get to know Lisa Falconer and The Avid Seamstress!

We are so happy to be now stocking the beautiful patterns by The Avid Seamstress and we invited the lovely Lisa Falconer to join us for a quick Q&A so you could find out all about her pattern company. You may recognise Lisa from her This is a Sewing Machine classes at our West Hampstead shop.

Lisa Falconer The Avid Seamstress

Tell us about The Avid Seamstress!

We’re a London based pattern company dedicated to helping modern women enjoy the art of sewing. With a dedication to producing quality products with easy-to-follow instructions, we strive to bring together a community of women to empower and inspire each other through sewing.

Describe the style of your garments in three words:

Versatile, multifunctional and understated.

Tell us about the woman you design for:

We design for the modern day woman who loves to create things that are beautiful. Age (and the trends that go with it) aren’t as important, so she wants timeless, quality patterns that she can put her own style into.

What body shapes work best with your patterns?

Our patterns are drafted on a B cup but our size range is 6-22 so you can adapt them accordingly.

Each pattern suits a different body shape:

The Day Dress has a fitted bodice which finishes on your waist and a gathered skirt so great for those wanting to accentuate their upper half. This is such a pretty dress!

The Sheath Dress is such a great pattern as it has a kimono sleeve so works with most bust sizes, the skirt has a pencil shape and you can decide if you want to put in the elasticated waist to nip you in at the waist. With minimal pieces to cut out this is a perfect beginner dress or those wanting to whip something up quickly!

The Raglan Adult Dress / Top is perfect for those that want a relaxed but gorgeous shape – it’s fitted around the neck/upper chest and then the dress flares out into an A-Line shape – perfect for those wanting nothing fitted around their waist but not look like they are wearing a sack!

Our new A-Line dress has a fitted bodice which sits on your high hip and has such a classically flattering silhouette. Featuring loose sleeves and sophisticated V-neckline, this garment will add timeless elegance to any wardrobe. A gorgeous full skirt with optional inner pockets makes this a beautiful day or evening dress.

We have a gorgeous new pattern that we have been working on for over a year! It’s called The Shift Dress and is so flattering! We’ve also changed our instructions with this dress, so they are now photographs instead of images! You are going to love it!

What should home dressmakers know about using your patterns?

Our patterns are designed to make sewing fun, we cover every step and guide you through the journey of making one of our garments. Our sewing patterns come in a gorgeous re-closable envelope to keep your lovely pattern pieces together once you have cut it out. Our instruction books are beautiful and will teach you new ways of sewing, such as our way of inserting an invisible zip! We include handy tips & hints cards to give you all the guidance you need.

We love sewing at The Avid Seamstress and find joy in empowering and inspiring women to create beautiful articles of clothing.

You can find out more about The Avid Seamstress on her website, follow her on Instagram and find The Avid Seamstress patterns in our shop here.

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Janome Spring 2017 Sewing with Style promotions!

This spring Janome have some amazing offers for you all! If you’re looking to buy your first sewing machine or you’re ready to upgrade, there is something for everyone at a great price!

Janome Sewing Machines

One of the best offers in the promotion is on the much desired Atelier 5 (also known as the model Great British Sewing Bee winner Charlotte uses!) You can save a massive £100 saving and you’ll get a free quilting kit worth £169 with your purchase. This is such a smart, elegant machine with loads of features – if you’ve been thinking about upgrading to the Atelier 5 you would be crazy not to grab one at such a great price!

Janome Atelier 5

There is a fantastic £70 saving on three of Janome’s computerised models – the Janome XL601, Janome DXL603 and Janome QXL605. You will also receive a free quilting kit worth £119 when you purchase one of these machines during the promotion.

If you have ever taken one of our classes or booked our studio you will have been using the Janome XL601. We are huge fans of the machines in this series because they are easy to use, packed with features and perfect for all levels of sewist, whether you want to focus on quilting or dressmaking or both!
Janome DXL603

Ready to treat yourself to a coverstitch machine? For that totally professional finish choose the CoverPro 2000CPX. This machine’s innovative design marries the convenience of a home sewing machine with the robustness of an industrial style cover hem machine. You can save £20 on this model during the promotion!

Janome Coverstitch 2000CPX

Janome also have a fabulous combo offer: throughout the promotion you can purchase the 8002DG Overlocker for only £99 (regular price is £199) when you purchase it together with our Sewing with Style promotional computerised models! This includes the the Janome XL601, Janome DXL603 and Janome QXL605 and the Atelier 5. Please contact us if you’d like to take advantage of this special offer.

Janome 8002DG

You’ll also find £30 savings on two great mechanical models – the Janome J2-34 and the robust Janome 423S. The 423S  is a solid metal-bodied machine with a great range of stitches and features. It is well loved in schools where reliability and robustness are essential. The J2-34 is one of the easiest machines to use and is packed with a superb selection of stitches and features.
Janome J3-24

Janome 423S

Don’t forget… If you buy a sewing machine from us you can book onto our This is a Sewing Machine Class for free!

The Janome Spring 2017 Sewing with Style promotions are available until 4th June! Happy Shopping!

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Sewing Inspiration for Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel

Hi all – Kym here! We have all been super excited about the arrival of Wonderland, the latest collection by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel. We are busy stitching up our display pieces that are coming soon to our West Hampstead Shop!

Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel

I have loved checking out what you have all made already with this stunning Alice in Wonderland themed collection and wanted to share some of my favourites. Plus check out the tags #wonderlandfabric #riflepapercofabric and #riflepapercowonderland on Instagram for lots more amazing project ideas!

I am totally in love with this darling purse by @finchknittingsewingstudio.

Wonderland Purse

…and her amazing quilt!

Wonderland Quilt

@melissamckelvey has made these aprons using the Wonderland collection and Rifle Paper Co. previous Les Fleurs collection.

Wonderland Aprons

How sweet are these little Baby Bibs by @lucyandmabs!

Wonderland Baby Bibs

@posypincushion has got the pattern placement just right in this lovely quilt block.

Wonderland Quilt Block

These bow ties in Painted Roses in Black and Painted Roses in Orange rayon by @east_of_ordinary are very smart.

Wonderland Bow Ties

Wonderland Bow Ties

@kneesocksandgoldilocks has been super busy creating some gorgeous little dresses in Caterpillar Dots in Cobalt Metallic, Cheshire Stripe in White, Garden Party in Crimson, Cheshire Stripe in Orange, Garden Party in Navy, Mad Tea Party in Neutral, Cameos in Rose, and more!

Wonderland Dress

Wonderland Dress

Wonderland Dress

Wonderland Dress

Wonderland Dress

@kneesocksandgoldilocks has also made these fab collars!

Wonderland Collars

@gemsystudio has stitched herself a Deer and Doe Cardamome Dress in Follow Suit in Navy Metallic Cotton Lawn. Perfect for summer!

Wonderland Dress

What a great idea from @ohhellobug with these covered pendants!

Wonderland Pendants

@meghanrbuchanan‘s Wonderland quilt is totally totally lovely!

Wonderland Quilt

Here is @littlesewitall wearing her Grainline Studio’s Scout Tee in Painted Roses in Black.

Wonderland Scout Tee

@thepincushion has created this fun Tote bag.

Wonderland Tote Bag

I would love to have this quilted cushion by @fabricmutt on my sofa! Learn to make a quilted cushion of your own in our upcoming class.

Wonderland Cushion

@shopiwasmadeforyou‘s little girls dress in Wonderland in Periwinkle Metallic makes my heart melt! So cute!

Wonderland Dress

@thebaconandmegssews has made this cute purse in Wonderland in Navy Metallic! You can learn to make a similar purse to this in our Zippered Pouches class in June.

Wonderland Bag

You can find the Wonderland collection in stock in store and online What will you make? Please share your makes with #thevillagehaberdashery because we love to see them!

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Let’s get to know Saara and Laura Huhta and Named Patterns!

We are super happy to be now stocking the fantastic patterns by Named Clothing and we invited Founders Saara and Laura Huhta to join us for a quick Q&A so you could find out all about them! The sisters have followed their dream of turning a passion for designing clothing patterns into their career and want to encourage fellow fashion lovers to give sewing their own garments a try.

Saara and Laura Huhta and Named Patterns

Tell us about Named!

Named is a Finnish clothing pattern label founded by sisters Saara and Laura Huhta. Named garments are a combination of Scandinavian clean-lined simplicity and interesting details. The aim of the collections is to bring a new perspective to making one’s own clothes and to support ethical and ecological consuming in contrast to a clothing industry focused on fast fashion. Named launches two collections a year, and the patterns have five levels of difficulty, which means that anyone from a beginner to a more experienced sewer can find patterns suited to their skill level.

Describe the style of your garments in three words:

Relaxed, Feminine, Simple.

Tell us about the woman you design for:

A Named woman likes to dress classic with a twist. She likes to experiment with new sewing techniques, interesting cuts and fun fabrics! She mixes casual styles with dressy, and follows her own style rather than trends. A Named woman likes to create her own unique look by making her own wardrobe.

What body shapes work best with your patterns?

We have lots of patterns that work with different body shapes. We have both fitted and lady-like pieces, and loose-fitting, casual styles. Our patterns are drafted for a 172 cm tall, slightly pear-shaped woman, but they can of course be altered according to one’s own measurements. We also have lots of casual styles that don’t require much fitting!

What should home dressmakers know about using your patterns?

Something that distinguishes us from many pattern labels is that we design our collections as ‘mini capsule wardrobes’, so to speak. We try to create collections that are easy to wear, easy to modify and also easy to combine. Our paper patterns are printed on a heavier paper instead of tissue paper, so they can be traced and used multiple times. The instructions include all necessary from measurements to fabric requirements to illustrated instructions, but we also often give additional tips and instructions by e-mail whenever needed.

You can find out more about Named on their website, follow them on Instagram and find Named patterns in our shop here.


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Tutorial! Felt Christmas Baubles by Laura Howard

We’re thrilled that Laura Howard is back with a tutorial for her lovely vintage-style felt Christmas baubles! Read on for the tutorial and if you’d like to take one of Laura’s classes you can find them here.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

Sew a set of felt ornaments for your Christmas tree or to give as gifts this season! These decorations were inspired by pretty vintage glass baubles and are so much fun to sew.

Make them in classic red and greens, retro pink, turquoise and lilac, or any colour combo that takes your fancy. Mix and match the colours across the set, and decorate them with co-ordinating embroidery thread, ribbons and trims, plus sequins and beads to add some festive sparkle. You could also use things like mini buttons and mini pompoms, or even strips of festive fabric cut with pinking shears.

You will need:

The template sheet provided (click here to download and print the PDF)

*Three co-ordinating shades of wool felt for the baubles
*Light grey felt for the bauble caps
*Sewing thread to match all the felt colours
*Embroidery thread in co-ordinating colours
*Narrow ribbon for hanging the baubles (approx. 7 inches per bauble)
*Assorted co-ordinating ribbons, ric-rac, sequins and seed beads for decorating the baubles
*Sewing scissors
*Embroidery scissors (these are great for cutting out small shapes!)
*Sewing needles and pins
*Optional: air erasable fabric marker, a ruler, toy stuffing, and pinking shears

To make each bauble:

  1. Use the templates provided to cut two matching bauble pieces from your chosen shade of felt, and two cap pieces from light grey felt. Pin or hold the paper templates onto the felt as you cut around them.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Use pinking shears to cut a contrasting strip of felt to sit in the middle of the bauble. You can cut this by eye, or use a ruler and an air erasable fabric marker to draw guide lines to cut along. You can make this felt strip as wide or narrow as you like, but it must be long enough to overhang each side of the bauble as shown.

Don’t have a pair of pinking shears? Just cut a straight edge with your sewing scissors instead.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Pin the felt strip to one of the bauble pieces and trim it to size. Using running stitch and matching sewing thread sew along the top and bottom edge, then remove the pin.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

Now comes the fun part: decorating the bauble! You can use the photos in this post as inspiration, or get creative and come up with your own bauble designs. The basic design principle to follow is to add the embellishments in rows, keeping things as symmetrical as possible.

  1. Start by adding ribbon and/or ric-rac. To add each piece, cut a length slightly wider than the bauble (so it overhangs the edges by 1-2 cm at each side). Pin or hold the ribbon/ric-rac in place and sew along it with matching sewing thread. You can use running stitch, or sew tiny whip stitches along the edges. Fold the ends of the ribbon / ric-rac over and secure it at the back of the bauble shape with a few whip stitches, sewing into the felt but not through it.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

You could add one piece of ribbon or add several pieces (as shown above). Create contrast and detail by sewing a narrow ribbon on top of a wider one, or by sewing a piece of ric-rac onto a second strip of contrasting felt (add this felt strip using the same method as in steps 2 and 3, but without the pinked edges).

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Next, add some embroidery. Use co-ordinating embroidery thread, separate half the strands (so for six-stranded embroidery thread, just use three strands at a time) and switch to a larger sewing needle if necessary.

If you’re an embroidery whizz you can add any stitches you fancy. I decorated my baubles with lines of running stitch and simple patterns of Xs and Vs, each sewn from pairs of stitches.

To help keep your designs symmetrical, sew outwards from the centre of each row then fill in the second half with the same number of stitches.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard
Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

Tip: If you have trouble keeping your stitched lines straight, use an air-erasable marker and a ruler to mark guide lines to sew along.

  1. To finish the decoration, add a selection of sequins and small beads. Use matching sewing thread to sew each embellishment in place – I used thread to match the felt / ribbon I was sewing onto, but you could match your thread to the embellishments themselves if you prefer.

Sew each seed bead with a double thickness of thread, using one stitch per bead. Secure each sequin with two or three stitches, depending on the size and shape of your chosen sequins. I used two stitches for the round sequins, and three for the stars.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Turn over the undecorated bauble piece. Position the two cap pieces on the top of the bauble pieces (which will become the front and back of the bauble) and sew them in place with two stitches each: one between each scallop.

You’ll see that the cap pieces are larger than the cap shape on the top of the bauble – this is so that when you sew the grey felt caps together the bright felt of the bauble tops will be completely hidden inside the grey caps.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Turn the back bauble piece over again, and add a ribbon loop to the top. Cut a length of narrow ribbon about 7 inches long, fold it in half to form a loop and sew the ends in place with whip stitch and matching sewing thread. Take care to sew into the felt, not through it.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Place the two layers of the bauble together and begin joining the edges. Start with the cap, sewing around it with whip stitch and matching grey sewing thread.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

If you want to stuff the baubles, add a very small piece of toy stuffing to the cap.

Then start sewing around the edge of the bauble, using whip stitch and matching sewing thread. If you’re leaving the bauble unstuffed, sew all the way round the bauble and finish your stitching neatly at the back.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

If you’re adding stuffing, sew most of the way round then stuff the bauble evenly with small pieces of toy stuffing and sew up the gap.

Tip: When sewing the long bauble, I’d recommend stuffing it gradually as you sew up the second side.


Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

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Christmas 2016 window display at our West Hampstead shop!

This window! It is so full of amazing, gorgeous things and I love it so much and am so proud! I hope you’ll come by our West Hampstead shop and see everything in person.

Christmas 2016 Shop Window

First, the garments! These were sewn by Kym.

On our lady we have a stunning party dress made by mashing up two Sew Over It dress patterns! The bodice is from the Betty Dress and the skirt is from the Rosie Dress.

Christmas Betty Dress

The fabric is the Brambleberry in Burgundy Metallic print from Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge by Violet Craft and has gold ink that shimmers when the light hits it.

Christmas Betty Dress

Christmas Betty Dress

We’ve put two tulle underskirts under there to give it that lovely full silhouette. It’s such a stunner!

Christmas Betty Dress

Our little man is wearing a simplified Oliver + S Art Museum Vest in Ho Ho Ho in Red from Winter Essentials IV. Kym used it for the front and the back so it’s just so fun and charming (so stealing this for Harvey!) The shorts are Oliver + S Sketchbook Shorts in Robert Kaufman‘s Manchester in Charcoal.




He’s also wearing a bow tie in Shimmer Reflection in Green from Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge made using this tutorial and our go-to white button down Oliver + S Sketchbook Shirt.

Christmas Bow Tie

Our little girl is wearing a Made by Rae Geranium Dress (we can’t get enough of this pattern) in Timber Valley in Evergreen Metallic from Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge and it’s the cutest, loveliest Christmas dress ever!

Christmas Geranium Dress

Christmas Geranium Dress

Christmas Geranium Dress

Caroline made the quilt using a Christmas tree block she created and it looks so good! We’ll be sharing a tutorial on this quilt next week.

Caroline's Christmas Tree Quilt

We put a bundle of the fabrics she used for the trees together you can find it here. It’s lots of Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge and a few other gorgeous fabrics with metallic gold or red and green designs.

Caroline's Christmas Tree Quilt

It’s hard to see in pictures, but the background fabric is Large Snowflake Pigment on White from Winter Essentials IV by Studio E.

Caroline's Christmas Tree Quilt

A few of the fabrics Caroline used were directional, and when you cut the trees for these blocks you end up with upside-down triangles that are perfect for bunting. If you make both projects, this is a no-waste fabric situation!

Christmas Bunting

Christmas Bunting

She backed the bunting with Tangly Lights in Santa from All the Trimmings by Riley Blake and used white bias binding to string them together.

Christmas Bunting

Kym made the toddler-sized tree based on the free Stanley Tree pattern from Sewaholic. With the larger version of the pattern as a starting point, we re-drew the tree to make it as tall as possible while still fitting on half the width of standard fabric. The fabric we chose for the tree is Corny Cane in Green from Holiday by Michael Miller and it’s so perfect for this project!

Sewaholic Stanley Tree

Kym also made the smaller version of the pattern for our table with scraps from the big tree. We topped both with a simple red ribbon bow.

Sewaholic Stanley Tree

Kym shared her top five tips for sewing a Stanley Tree if you’d like to make your own!

Sewaholic Stanley Tree

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Five tips for sewing a Stanley Christmas Tree

Kym made an absolutely massive stuffed Christmas tree for our new shop window using the free Sewaholic Stanley Tree pattern. The version in our window, pictured below, is an adaptation of the larger size from the pattern, stretched to be as tall as possible while still fitting the pattern pieces on half the width of standard quilting cotton, without losing the shape of a tree. It’s toddler sized and used about 3.5 kg of toy filling. Woah! She also made a bite sized version using the smaller size of the pattern which is adorable too. The fabric used on this tree is Corny Cane in Green from Holiday by Michael Miller.

In the process, she learned a few tricks along the way that we wanted to share with you!

Five tips for sewing a Stanley Christmas Tree!

1. Use a small stitch length for the tight corners.

Five tips for sewing a Stanley Christmas Tree!

2. Double stitch around each tree to help avoid any stitches snapping when filling.

Five tips for sewing a Stanley Christmas Tree!

3. Press the seam allowances in on the gaps at the bottom before filling to make sewing them up easier.

Five tips for sewing a Stanley Christmas Tree!

4. Fill each section a bit at a time.

Five tips for sewing a Stanley Christmas Tree!

5. You will always need more toy filling than you think you do!

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