A close up on our Narnia Vignette!

Christmas is approaching and our first seasonal shop display is up! We decided to go for a Winter Wonderland / Narnia theme for our first this year and we love it!

When searching for a winter quilt pattern I (Kym) came across the Quilting in Black and White book and this amazing pattern! Just perfect for our Narnia forest scene.

The Michael Miller Woodland Winter collection was the obvious fabric choice here, it is so pretty! The trees are in Trees and Birds in Winter Grey,  Winter Birds and Berries in Snowdrop Grey, and Flurry – Black Spot (by Susan Driscoll for Dashwood Studio).

The sweet appliqué birds and the binding are Essex Yarn Dyed Metallic – Copper. I just love how it sparkles and gives it a real festive Christmas feel!

The border is Architextures – Crosshatch in Charcoal by Carolyn Friedlander. With advice from our teachers Charlotte and Jenny, I decided on diagonal lines quilting on the Kona Cotton Solids – White background.

On the back I have used Winter Friends in Grey, also from the Woodland Winter collection.

Our Snow Queen is wearing the Mimosa poncho from I Am Patterns, a pattern company that we will be stocking very soon! Yes that is the red Colette Myrtle dress from our Valentines Day vignette you can spot underneath!

Fabric is Wool – Chanel Tweed in Dove Grey and Cream and is so super cosy for chilly winter days.

I especially love the big cowl neck and welt pockets.

This pattern is perfect for sewists of all levels with different options depending on your experience.

The hem is bound with some Ivory Bias Binding for an elegant finish and some winter berries finish off her outfit just lovely!

Guys! It is snowing in our store! I had such fun making these snowy pom poms with some yarn from my stash using the Large Clover PomPom maker!

Our forest floor is littered with some winter berries, acorns, mushrooms, twigs and snow! The snowy floor is Poly/Spandex/Lurex Jersey – White.

The Snow Queen has also brought along a box of Turkish Delight to tempt you into our store!

Our wooden wall charms are the perfect finishing touch to the display. I released my inner child with the gold paintglitter, and Mod Podge here!

We hope you enjoyed reading about our Narnia vignette as much as we enjoyed creating it. Keep an eye out for more Christmas themed displays coming soon!

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November Baby Quilt Club reveal!

Our Baby Quilt Club members this month will be receiving these super sweet bundles. Our starting point was the cute Luna collection from Dear Stella. With its adorable foxes and starry night sky fabrics, combined with a couple of our favourite basics and our selection of Kona Cotton Solids, this would make the perfect baby quilt!

We have a couple of extra bundles this month and you can find these here.

November 2018 Baby Quilt Club Bundle from The Village Haberdashery

Clockwise from the top this bundle includes:

Kona Cotton Solids – Navy
LunaNight Sky in Navy by Dear Stella
Kona Cotton Solids – Denim
Chroma BasicsScallop Dot in Powder by Dear Stella
Kona Cotton Solids – Blue
LunaFox Tales in White by Dear Stella
Kona Cotton Solids – White
Cotton + Steel BasicsNetorious in Melody and Pink (Cotton + Steel )
Kona Cotton Solids – Woodrose
Clouds in Pink and Yellow – Quilting Cotton
Kona Cotton Solids – Meringue
LunaLuna in Navy by Dear Stella

 

Want an awesome bundle of fabric delivered to your letterbox each month? Why not join one of our monthly clubs.

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New in stock at The Village Haberdashery

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Our favourite Christmas fabrics!

It’s happening! Christmas is around the corner, so we thought we’d share our favourite Christmas fabrics so you can start planning your projects.

We just love the Nutcracker Act I collection from Michael Miller fabrics. With hints of sparkling gold ink, this collection is just perfect for making festive decorations and outfits.

Christmas Fabric

The beautiful Woodland Winter collection, in a minimal colour palette of white, grey and red, is perfect for making a stylish festive quilt.

Christmas Fabric

Cosy Christmas in Teal and Reindeer in White are super cute kid-friendly festive prints, and the colourful Santa Express print is perfect for making PJ’s!Christmas Fabric

We love these fun red and white typographic prints, especially Good Cheer with hand-lettered greetings.

Christmas Fabric

Want some inspiration? We’ve got it!

Shop all our Christmas fabrics here.

Vegan leather in new colours

We have new colours of vegan leather in stock, including packs of natural and black. They can be cut with normal scissors, sewn using a sewing machine, glued and painted. Use them for clutch bags, jewellery, book covers, toys and more! See our tutorials to make vegan leather notebooks here, and this cute star headband here, and shop our vegan leather here.

Vegan Leather

Chasing Rainbows quilt kit

We’re super excited to show you the gorgeous new quilt Kelly (aka Jeli Quilts) made for our shop! Her new Chasing Rainbows Quilt is a quick and easy log cabin quilt pattern and this stunning version has been made with the Chroma Basics collection by Rae Ritchie for Dear Stella and Andover Chambray in Sage. Read about the quilt on our blog here, and shop the Chasing Rainbows quilt kit here.

Chasing Rainbows Kits

Wooden toggle buttons

We love toggles! They’re so much fun, and the perfect finishing touch to your Grainline Cascade Duffle Coat or Walden by Colette Albion Coat. Shop the wooden toggles here, and shop all our jacket and coat sewing patterns here.

Wooden toggle buttons

Carve-A-Stamp Kit by Yellow Owl Workshop

Carving your own custom stamps is easy and fun for all skill levels! This ultimate DIY kit by Yellow Owl Workshop contains everything you need to carve and print your own custom rubber stamps. This kit makes the perfect crafty Christmas gift! Shop the Carve-A-Stamp Kit here, and shop all our Yellow Owl Workshop stamps and ink pads here.

Carve a Stamp Kit

Paper punch keychains

Stocking filler alert! We have cute new paper punches and you are going to want them all because they are so fun! Why are they also a keychain? We’ll never know… but they are super cute and perfect for paper crafts, custom confetti and more! Shop the paper punch keychains here.

Paper Punches

Learn to knitting with Renée Callahan

Learn Brioche stitch knitting with Renée Callahan in this two-evening class. You will learn Brioche stitch basics and get started knitting a beautiful Brioche stitch scarf. New to knitting or need a refresher on the basics? Learn to Knit with Renée Callahan is the class for you! Find out more about our knitting classes with Renée and book your place here.

Learn Brioche Stitch Knitting

Sale!

This week save 20% on all of our fun Riley Blake fabrics! Florals, text prints, stash builders, Christmas fabric – there are so many fab fabrics to snap up with this offer! Use code RILEYBLAKE20 at check out. Offer ends 21 November.

Riley Blake Fabric

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Lets all wear…Christmas dresses!

With Christmas fast approaching, we thought it was time to inspire you with different outfit and inspiration ideas for your perfect Christmas dress! Whether you want something modern or with a more retro vibe, we’ve got you covered!

Christmas Dress fabric and pattern ideas

The  Tilly and the Buttons Martha Dress is a gorgeous dress pattern has so many different options to play with, its great if you wish to make more than one! Whether you want long sleeves, short sleeves, add some trim, a long hem or a midi hem, you absolutely can! We’ve chosen Pixie Noel – Pixie Socks in Navy as we think it would look gorgeous and cute at the same time! Who else loves navy at Christmas?

Tilly and the Buttons Martha Dress

The tie up bow feature from the ‘Sudley dress‘ by Megan Nielsen, makes it a must have! Its one of those dresses you want in multiple fabrics for all seasons and occasions. The festive Highland Leaves in Natural woodland fabric features evergreen leaves on a natural background and would suit this dress pattern amazingly! Great if you want an every-day dress, that you can wear with some comfy, chunky tights and boots.

Megan Nielsen Sudley Dress

The Collette Wren Dress has such a lovely shape and drape that a simple knit fabric would work wonders. It has a wrap-style front with optional sleeves, suitable to flatter all shapes and sizes! The ‘Interlock Solid in Tango Red‘ is a super soft, organic knit and the ideal colour for Christmas. Why not dress it up with a brooch or two?

Colette Wren Dress

Wanting some matching outfits this Christmas? The Trapeze & Trapezette dress patterns by Merchant & Mills are perfect. They are simple silhouettes, but with a beautiful fabric choice like our Garnet shot cotton you’re bound to stand out from the crowd. This fabric and all of our shot cottons are soft, with beautiful drape and a warm glow created by the different coloured yarns used in the warp and weft of the fabric.

Merchant & Mills Trapeze Dress

If you’re wishing for something bold, bright and a little funky, these adorable party Llamas (Llama Navidad in Red) are the perfect fit! The Christine Haynes Emery Dress screams sixties vibes, with the cute waist bow, fitted bodice and hand sewn hem.

We just had to feature the NamedLempi Button Down Dress as it has a great 1940s edge to it. If you’re wanting pockets and something with structure, then give this one a try! The Festive Ornaments in Black is such a cool print and pairs perfectly with this fierce dress pattern!

Named Lempi Dress

How about something with total class? Maybe something you can wear for a Christmas night out? You can’t go wrong with the beautiful Nutcracker Act 1 – Mini Overture in Cranberry fabric. It has such a lovely shimmery metallic print! The Betty Dress by Sew Over it will give a beautiful silhouette shape as it nips in at the waist and flares out. It features an invisible zip and facings.

Sew Over It Betty Dress

I hope this has inspired you to make a Christmas dress this year! And if you’re wanting to make one but feeling a little unsure or rusty with your dressmaking skills, why not take our Sew a Christmas Dress class with Charlotte Newland and make the Emery Dress? Book your place here.

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Tutorial! Vegan leather notebook cover

We have these really cool packs of vegan leather in stock, but what can we make with them?! We put the question to the super talented Laura Howard and this is the second of four tutorials she’s written for us! Find the first tutorial here.

Take it away Laura…

Vegan Leather Mini Notebook

Make a mini notebook with a faux leather cover to keep it protected in your bag or pocket! These little notebooks are simple to make, and you can easily remove and reuse the leather cover once the notebook is full.

To make the notebook you will need:

* A synthetic leather kit
* A sewing needle
* Sewing scissors
* The notebook templates page one and page two – follow the links here and here to download and print the PDFs
* Coloured card (I used one of the blank cards from this pack)
* Plain or scrap paper
Sewing thread to match the card
* 90 cm yarn in a co-ordinating or contrasting colour (I used Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran in Berry). You could alternatively use embroidery thread or narrow ribbon.
Scissors for cutting paper and card
* A large, sharp sewing needle
* A ruler

To make the notebook:

Use the card cover template to cut a piece of blank card, then fold it in half – or just select a card from the pack I linked to. Then use the page template to cut eight pages from plain or scrap paper and fold these in half as well.

Use a large, sharp needle to poke three holes in the fold of the card, measuring their position with a ruler. Make one hole right in the centre of the fold then one above and one below it, each 3cm from the central hole.

Then poke holes in the pieces of paper (two sheets at a time) in the same positions as on the cover.

Line up the pages and the card cover, and sew them together using a double thickness of sewing thread to match the card. I started in the central hole of the card cover, leaving a length of spare thread hanging loose then returned to the centre after stitching the pages and card together, knotting the two ends of thread together securely then trimming away the excess.

Use the leather cover template to cut out a piece of the synthetic leather. Place the paper template on the back of the leather, trace around it with an air-erasable fabric marker pen or a felt tip then cut out the shape with sewing scissors.

Wrap the cover around the notebook until you’re happy with it, then unfold it and open the notebook to the first page. Use the holes in the card as a guide to pierce three matching holes through the leather.

Cut a 90 cm piece of yarn (or embroidery thread or narrow ribbon). Use the large needle to thread the yarn through the two outer holes as shown, threading it through the leather and the card of the notebook. Pull the yarn through the holes so there is an even length of yarn at each side.

Thread both ends through the central hole, pulling the yarn tight. Knot the yarn to secure the notebook and leather cover together.

Close the notebook and leather cover as shown, wrapping the yarn around it and tying a bow to secure it.

Vegan Leather Mini Notebook

Thanks Laura!

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