The colour of the month for October is light blue!

This month’s Colour of the Month Club members will be receiving these bundles of beautiful light blue stash builders! Many of these fabrics are now sold out but you can get a limited edition extra of this bundle here and shop our selection of light blue stash builders here.

Clockwise from the top our selection is:

Checkers1/2″ Gingham in Sky (Cotton + Steel)
Chroma BasicsScallop Dot in Powder (Dear Stella)
Friedlander – Elevation in Sky by Carolyn Friedlander (Robert Kaufman)
ArchitexturesCrosshatch in Lake by Carolyn Friedlander (Robert Kaufman)
Wing & Leaf – Circle in Periwinkle by Gingiber/Stacie Bloomfield (Moda)
Honeycomb Dot – Aqua (Riley Blake)
Nightfall – Luminaries in Silver by Maureen Cracknell (Art Gallery)
Garden DreamerTerra Firma in Humid by Maureen Cracknell (Art Gallery)
Sevenberry Novelty – Tie Dye Stars in Blue (Sevenberry)
Wonderful Things – Joy Crossroads in Azure by Bonnie Christine (Art Gallery)

And now for our solids bundle:

Clockwise from top our Kona Cotton Solids  selection is Candy Blue, Cornflower, Cloud, Sky, Baby Blue, Robin Egg, Niagara, Alegria, Lake, Blueberry.

Want a hand-picked bundle of fabric delivered to your letterbox each month? Join one of our monthly clubs!

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Sew Saturday is this weekend!

Don’t forget to visit our West Hampstead store this Saturday 21 October for our Sew Saturday Party!

Organised by Sew Magazine, Sew Saturday is a celebration of the independent fabric store and haberdasher and it’s a way of showing some love for your local bricks and mortar stores.

We will have balloons, party food, prizes, Prosecco, and of course crafts!

Sew Saturday at The Village Haberdashery

We love seeing all of your handmade creations. Come in wearing (or bring something) handmade to receive 10% off in store and be in with the chance of winning a £50 voucher.

Get a free ‘Make Something Amazing’ tote bag with every purchase over £75.

Also be sure to visit our portable photo booth and share a selfie in our shop on social media using #thevillagehaberdashery to be in with the chance of winning a £5 voucher for the store!

This year’s Sew Saturday mascot is the adorable Daisy Dachshund. We will have supplies on hand to make your very own Daisy to take home with you as well as other little make and take craft projects!

Charlotte Newland winner of  BBC’s The Great British Sewing Bee 2016 will be joining us for the day too, come and say hello!

Here are the quick facts for the event:

Date: Saturday 21 October 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm
Location: The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead
Cost: Free

Looking forward to seeing you all!

 

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A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

It’s time for the October wreath in our Year of Wreaths series with Laura Howard! Read on for her super cute Cat Lady wreath tutorial and pick up a kit here! Take it away, Laura!

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

This month’s wreath is all about cosiness: curling up with a colourful blanket, like this cute sleeping kitty!

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

I’ve stitched a grey cat but you could easily customise this wreath and make a cat that looks like your own pet – switch the felt colour, add some felt patches, and use embroidery thread to add stripes or other markings. You could also sew the sleeping kitty onto other things (maybe a bag or a cushion?) or use the cat’s head templates to sew a cute cat brooch.

You will need

*The template sheets provided (click here to download and print the PDF)
*A 30cm polystyrene ring wreath base
*Wool blend felt in Purple, Wisteria, Baby Blue, Silver Grey, White, and Cotton Candy
*Black and white embroidery thread
*Pink and grey sewing thread (to match the felt)
*Toy stuffing
*Sewing needle and pins
*Sewing scissors
*Embroidery scissors for cutting out small shapes
*An air erasable fabric marker pen (optional but very helpful!)
*A ruler and pen/pencil
*Fabric glue or other strong craft glue
*A glue gun and glue
*A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
*Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips

To make the wreath:

1. Use the rectangular template provided to cut the felt strips for wrapping the wreath: 12 purple, six wisteria, and six baby blue (24 strips in total).

2. Lay the strips on top of the wreath in colour order, as shown (every other strip should be purple, with wisteria and baby blue alternating between the purple strips), overlapping them slightly so that none of the polystyrene ring base will show through at the edges of the wreath. When you’ve added all the pieces and are happy with the arrangement, insert pins to hold the felt in position then turn the wreath over. One by one, wrap the felt pieces around the wreath inserting pins to hold the felt in place.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

The back of your wreath will now look something like this:

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

3. Use a glue gun to secure the ends of the felt at the back of the wreath. Work on one piece of felt at a time, removing the pin(s) holding it in place and folding the felt back slightly. Carefully add a dab or two of hot glue to the wreath base then very carefully press the felt down into position.

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

Tip: you may find it helpful to test glue a couple of scrap pieces of felt before you start, so you can see how much glue you need to use to hold each piece in place.

Once the glue has dried, turn the wreath over and remove the pins from the front. The front of your wreath will now look something like this:

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

4. Use the templates provided to cut out the cat pieces from felt: two body shapes, two head shapes, two pink ears and one pink nose.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

5. Sew the ears and nose onto one of the cat head shapes, sewing them with whip stitch and matching pink sewing thread.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

6. Cut a length of black embroidery thread and separate half the strands (so, for six-stranded thread just use three strands). Use the black thread to backstitch the cat’s eyes and smile, then add three very small stitches on each of its cheeks.

I used an air erasable fabric marker pen to draw the markings onto the felt first then followed the ink lines when stitching. If you don’t have an air erasable marker, just sew freehand using the photos as a guide.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

7. Use half strands of white embroidery thread to add the whiskers. Sew the whiskers with backstitch, using the air erasable marker (if you have one) to draw guide lines for your stitching.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

8. Place both cat head pieces together (so the decorated side is facing upwards) and sew them together with grey sewing thread and either blanket stitch or whip stitch. Then place both cat body pieces together and sew them as well.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

9. Use the templates provided to cut out six Zs from white felt (one of each size). Using embroidery scissors will help you cut out the small shapes more precisely. You can hold the paper templates to the felt as you cut around them, or use an air erasable fabric marker to draw around the templates then cut along the ink lines.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

10. Cut four felt rectangles measuring 7 x 2.5cm and two felt squares measuring 2.5 x 2.5cm. Use a ruler and an air erasable fabric marker to draw straight onto the felt, or use a ruler and pen/pencil to draw paper templates. I cut these pieces from silver grey felt but you could use any colour you have spare as they will be hidden behind the cat in the finished wreath.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

11. Sew the felt pieces together to form a box. Use whip stitch and matching sewing thread to join the long edges of the rectangles then add the squares on each end. When you’ve sewn three sides of the final square, stuff the shape firmly with toy stuffing then sew up the gap.

Tip: add small pieces of stuffing at a time, pressing it down into the shape with your finger.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

The finished shape will look something like this:

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

12. Use the glue gun to attach the shape to the bottom of the wreath, as shown. Add plenty of glue to one of the long edges then press it into position on the wreath. You’ll be using this shape to support the cat, so make sure it’s positioned towards the front of the wreath.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

13. Arrange the cat pieces and the Zs on the wreath, as shown, with the Zs getting larger as you move up the side of the wreath. When you’re happy with the position of all the pieces, pin them in place.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

14. Carefully glue all the pieces into position, removing the pins as you work. Use the glue gun to stick the cat to the wreath base and the stuffed felt shape. Then use fabric or other strong craft glue to attach the Zs (these are a bit too small for using the glue gun!).

Hang the finished wreath with a matching piece of yarn or ribbon, or directly from a hook or nail.

A Year of Wreaths: October Cosy Cat Felt Wreath by Laura Howard

Thanks Laura!

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Janome Halloween Offers 2017!

In addition to their current Sewing with Style offers, Janome have some spooky Halloween special offers for you! Here is a quick round up of what is available…

Janome J3-24 – £199.00

Save £30!

Janome J3-24

Top of the J3 series this model offers the facility of variable stitch width and length, allowing maximum benefit from the 16 utility and eight decorative stitches. A hard cover provides great protection when not in use.

This is an excellent machine which is packed with a superb selection of stitches and features. It is a really easy to use three dial model, one for stitch selection one for adjusting stitch length and the other for stitch width adjustment. It just couldn’t be simpler. The automatic 1-step buttonhole produces perfect buttonholes in one easy step whilst the automatic needle threader takes the strain out of threading the needle. There’s plenty of accessory storage and a hard cover for protection.

Find out more and shop here.

 

Janome TXL607 – £499.00

Save £100 and get a free Quilt Kit!

Janome TXL607

Top of Janome’s XL series the TXL607 is the complete package! With over 400 stitch options including alphabets and numbers it offers great versatility.

It’s a touch heavier than other models in this series but it really does offer a tremendous range of stitch options and features. The memory facility allows for the combination of letters, numbers and even stitches to make creativity so much easier. Fully computerised, it has a maximum speed controller which allows for precision sewing whilst the auto needle threader and the auto 1-step buttonhole make sewing with the TXL607 so simple. There a needle up/down facility – great for pivoting on corners and an auto-lock stitch for a perfect end to stitching. It also has a start/stop button which means the machine can be used without the foot control. And if that is not all it has an automatic thread cutter to trim threads at the end of sewing. There’s plenty of accessory storage and a hard cover for protection.

Find out more and shop here.

 

Janome Atelier 3 – £699.00

Save £100 and get a free Quilt Kit!

Janome Atelier 3

One of Janome’s newest range of computerised sewing machines which has been designed to for all types of sewing with easy to use features.

With a total arm length of 310mm (over 12”) and 210mm (8.3”) arm space right of the needle, this machine is ideal bigger projects and yet is equally suited to precision sewing, offering 71 needle positions. It has a superior feeding system and comes with a semi-rigid cover.

Find out more and shop here.

 

Janome FM725 Embellisher – £299.00

Save £30 and get a free table and needle kit!

Janome FM725 Embelisher

The FM725 will bring out the artist in you, select from your palette of fabrics and threads and blend together to create unique textures and surfaces. It’s easy, by simply moving the fabrics freely under the needles you can quickly and easily create beautiful surface embellishments. Watch your own design develop…anyone can do it!

Find out more and shop here.

 

Feel free to drop by our West Hampstead Store to chat about which machine will be best for you!

All offers are available until 31st October 2017 while stocks last! Get yours online or in store today!

Happy Halloween!

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10% off Prym espadrille soles at The Village Haberdashery

New in stock at The Village Haberdashery

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Woodland Winter by Michael Miller

We’re starting to feel all wintery here at The Village Haberdashery, and planning lots of cosy makes!

Woodland Winter by Michael Miller

We love this Woodland Winter fabric collection by Michael Miller, perfect for quilting and home decor accents.

Woodland Winter - Winter Friends in Grey

The cute Winter Friends in Grey features rabbits, foxes, deer and bears, surrounded by pine trees and snowflakes.

Woodland Winter - Winter Birds and Berries in Snowdrop Grey

The sweet Winter Birds and Berries in Snowdrop Grey features cute hearts in the design, and is just perfect for making a fun festive dress!

Woodland Winter - Trees and Birds in Winter Grey

The lovely Trees and Birds in Winter Grey would make stunning cushions and other home decor accents.

Woodland Winter - Stitches and Stripes in Santa Red

The co-ordinating Stitches and Stripes in Santa Red would make an awesome shirt, and is perfect for creating stylish cushions, tablecloths and napkins. We also love this for quilt bindings!

Kym is planning on making a quilt with the Woodland Winter collection, but we would love to see what you make! Shop the Woodland Winter collection here.

Luna by Dear Stella

Continuing our woodland theme, how adorable is the Luna collection by Dear Stella!

Luna by Dear Stella

Those moons! Those foxes! Super sweet and going quickly! Shop Luna by Dear Stella here, and shop all our Dear Stella fabrics here.

Stitch & Story The Chunky Wool

We’ve restocked The Chunky Wool by Stitch & Story, and these colours are just perfect for Autumn!

Stitch & Story The Chunky Wool

Super soft like candy floss, Stitch & Story’s 100% Merino wool yarns are easy to knit up. We also have some gorgeous new Knit Kits in stock, including the super popular Fur Pom Pom Hat, available in navy with Mint, Hot Pink or Grey pompoms. Shop Stitch & Story The Chunky Wool here, and shop their Knit Kits here.

Oliver + S Buttoned-Up Button-Down Shirt Pattern

A wardrobe staple for boys and girls, this shirt is both versatile and polished.

Oliver + S Buttoned-Up Button-Down Shirt Pattern

The pattern features many professional details like separate button-down collar and collar band, tower sleeve placket, and collar and cuff facings to help you sew great looking shirts with a comfortable, relaxed fit. Find the Buttoned-Up Button-Down Shirt Pattern here, and shop all our Oliver + S sewing patterns here.

Ric rac in a rainbow of colours

Ric rac is such a fun trim, and we have it in a rainbow of colours!

Ric rac in a rainbow of colours

Stitch it to the hem of a dress or skirt (remember this adorable little girl’s skirt?) or use it to add a fun detail to cushions. We really love the new antique gold colour, perfect for the festive season! Shop ric rac here, and shop all our trims here.

New greeting cards by Meri Meri

We have so many awesome new greeting cards by Meri Meri, and this Fox Badge Birthday Card is one of our favourites!

New greeting cards by Meri Meri

It comes with a fox style badge created from etched and printed wood, so it’s really a card and Birthday gift in one! So cool! We also love the new 3D honeycomb cards, including this Flamingo one. Shop all our super fun Meri Meri greeting cards here.

Sew with Great British Sewing Bee winner Charlotte Newland!

We are so lucky to have Charlotte Newland teaching in our West Hampstead shop! We created a special class with Charlotte to give you the flexibility to work on any sewing or quilting project you want with her help.

Sew with Great British Sewing Bee winner Charlotte Newland!

In our Guided Studio Time sessions, you can bring a project at any stage of completion to receive personalised instruction.

And we have a special offer for you! You’ll get a £5 gift card to spend in the shop for every Guided Studio Time session you book with us between now and the end of the year! No code necessary, just book your session and we’ll send you your gift card.

Find out more and book your place here!

Special offer

Jetting off to warmer climes and want to make yourself a pair of espadrilles? Get your hands on Prym espadrilles soles with 10% off using code SANDAL10.

 

10% off Prym espadrille soles at The Village Haberdashery

Shop the espadrille soles here.

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Join us for a special event with the V&A!

We are beyond excited to announce that we’ll be hosting a special event to celebrate two beautiful new books from the V&A! On Saturday, 25 November, at 2pm, we’ll be toasting the first two volumes in the V&A Maker’s Guide series, Patchwork and Quilting and Embroidery, with an afternoon of show and tell by some of our favourite contributors to the series.

V&A Maker's Guides

Many of the projects from the books will be on display and you’ll be able to see them up close, hear from the designers and get your book signed. It’s going to be so much fun! This quilt is one of the projects by our teacher, Jenny Haynes, from the Patchwork and Quilting book.

The V&A Maker’s Guide series is completely different to any other craft books we’ve seen. Each volume includes 15 step-by-step projects shown side by side with the museum objects that inspired them. Drawing from a range of handcraft traditions from around the world, these books will make you want to try so many new things. They are exactly what we love – a fresh, modern spin on traditional craft.

V&A Makers Guides

Please note this event is free but it is ticketed – we are expecting a full house so please reserve your place via Eventbrite to avoid disappointment. You can also pre-order a book (or both books!) with your ticket to ensure you have one for signings on the day!

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Sew with Great British Sewing Bee winner Charlotte Newland! Plus a special offer

We are so lucky to have Charlotte Newland teaching in our West Hampstead shop! Not just because she’s famous (as the winner of the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee, she’s a big deal in certain circles!) but because she’s an extremely talented and prolific dressmaking and quilter and so much fun to sew with.

Sew with Charlotte Newland

We created a special class with Charlotte to give you the flexibility to work on any sewing or quilting project you want with her help. In our Guided Studio Time sessions, you can bring a project at any stage of completion to receive personalised instruction. Classes are kept small so you’ll have plenty of one-on-one time.

Sew with Charlotte Newland

This class is for you if you:

  • want Charlotte to hold your hand whilst you set sleeves, insert an invisible zip or tackle a fly front
  • feel frustrated that you can’t get your home-sewn garments to fit right and want to learn how to adjust a pattern for your body
  • are interested in trying out reverse appliqué, foundation paper piecing, improv or any other quilting technique
  • love the look of one of Charlotte’s classes, but the date doesn’t work for you
  • or just want to hand-stitch your quilt binding and eat cake whilst listening to Charlotte tell rude jokes!

Your class fee includes personalised instruction, the use of all equipment and 10% off all materials in the shop.

Sew with Charlotte Newland

And we have a special offer for you! You’ll get a £5 gift card to spend in the shop for every Guided Studio Time session you book with us between now and the end of the year! No code necessary, just book your session and we’ll send you your gift card.

Sew with Charlotte Newland

To see all of our upcoming classes at our West Hampstead shop, click here.

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Reminder! Make Like a Boss with Emily Quinton is on Wednesday

Our October Make Like a Boss is this Wednesday evening! We are so excited to chat with Makelight founder Emily Quinton! Makelight is a learning community for makers and entrepreneurs to grow, inspire and support each other. Makelight offer a series of courses to help people to start or grow their creative business and an international Membership community to support people with their learning and growth.

We’ll be talking to Emily about starting and growing Makelight, how online courses transformed her business, what it’s like to work with her husband and manage work/life with four children, and get some advice about sprucing up our Instagram accounts! You can sign up for a free ticket to this event here.

Makelight with Emily Quinton

Make Like a Boss is a networking series for creative small businesses that we host at our West Hampstead shop. Each super fun, free event features a Q&A with a small business owner followed by time to hang out and chat, learn, share, moan and come away with some new contacts and ideas for your business. Drinks and nibbles are provided!

Make Like a Boss with Emily Quinton

Here are the quick facts for the October event:

Date: Wednesday, 18 October
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead
Guest: Emily Quinton of Makelight
Cost: Free
RSVP: Via Eventbrite or to [email protected]

Good to know: 

Our Facebook Group is now active, so even if you can’t make it to the events you can get in on the conversation and connect with other creative small business women by joining the group.

Want email updates about Make Like a Boss events? S

 

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Tutorial! Cross-body bag with adjustable strap by Kym

We shared the details of our ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ Vignette with you all the other week and promised the tutorial to make your own cross-body bag so here we go…!

Cross body bag tutorial

Cross Body Bag Tutorial

Cross Body Bag Tutorial

What you will need:

*50cm of medium-heavy weight woven fabric for the outside of the bag (I used Essex Yarn Dyed MetallicSand)
*50cm of fabric for the lining (I used Kona Cotton SolidsEggshell)
*Medium weight fusible interfacing
*Paper to make your pattern
*This downloadable pattern guide sheet
*Magnetic snap fastener
*Strap slider
*2 x D-rings
*2m webbing
*Matching thread
*General sewing supplies

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

PLEASE NOTE: Seam allowances are 1.5cm unless otherwise stated.

1. Draw out your paper pattern using the pattern guide sheets.

2. Using your paper pattern cut out your fabric. See the pattern pieces for how many pieces you need in the main fabric, interfacing and lining and fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the main fabric pieces. Remember the rough side is the glue side and use a dry iron. Mark on the snap placement marks.

3. Cut 4 extra pieces of interfacing approx. 8cm x 8cm.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

4. Fuse these extra pieces of interfacing to the centre top of pieces B main, C main and E just inside the seam allowance as shown below. This is to add extra strength to the fastening and strap.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

5. Cut a two 10cm pieces of webbing and slide a D-ring on each piece. Fold the webbing ends in so they meet in the middle.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

6. Place them 4cm from the top of each of the bag sides piece (C main) on the right side where the extra interfacing is in the centre. Stitch a box with a cross in it to hold them in place. Go slow on the machine as it is a thick piece of fabric.

7. They should now look like this…

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

8. Attach the magnetic snap fastener to the pieces as shown on the pattern pieces.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

9. Place pieces A and E right sides together lining up the sides and  front flap edges.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

10. Pin and sew around the top and side edges, pivoting at the corners and back stitching at either end.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

11. Clip corners and turn to right side. Press with the lining rolled in to the inside slightly.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

12. Hem the top edges of your side pieces (C main), and main front (B main) by folding them 1.5cm to the wrong side and stitching.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

13. With right sides together pin one side (C) to your back/flap (A) piece align the bottom raw edges and the hem on the C piece should be in line with the raw edge of the flap lining (E).

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

14. Stitch taking care not to catch the flap lining making sure you lock stitch at each end.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

15. Repeat with other side and press seams towards bag back.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

16. With right sides together pin the bag front (B) to one of the sides (C) aligning the top hem and bottom raw edges. Stitch.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

17. Repeat with the other side and press seams towards the bag front.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

18. With right sides together pin the bottom piece (D) to the bottom of your bag.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

19. Stitch, pivoting at the corners and being sure not to catch any of the bag up in the seam.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

20. As best as possible, press the seams toward the bottom of the bag. Under-stitch along the two long sides as much as is possible. This will help to strengthen base of the bag.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

21. Turn to the right side and push out the bottom corners.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

22. Place your lining side (C) pieces right sides together with one of the lining front pieces. Pin and stitch.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

23. Place the other lining front piece right sides together with the other side of the lining side (C) piece. Pin and stitch. Press all the seams towards the bag sides. You should now have a tube.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

24. Pin the lining bottom piece in place and stitch as you did with the main bag pieces in step 19.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

25. Fold the top edge of your lining 1.5cm to the wrong side and press.

26. Turn the bag lining so wrong sides are facing out. Place the right side of the fold you made in step 25 so it is sitting on the flap lining about 4mm away from the raw edge. The rest of the bag lining should be lying between this side and the bag flap. Without shifting the placement, unfold the edge of the bag ling and pin down through all layers of the bag.

Red line is where the raw edge of flap lining is. Blue line is the fold line on bag lining.

27. Using the fold as your stitching line, stitch along the flap from side seam to side seam. Make sure you don’t catch in the rest of the lining. You may find it helpful to place it under the free arm on the machine to keep it out of the way.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

28. Push the lining into the bag so wrong sides are together.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

29. Pin the folded edge of the remaining three sides to the top hem of the bag and pin in place matching the side seams.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

30. Stitch together by hand using a slip stitch. When you get to the corners with seam allowances make sure you only catch the outside of the bag in your stitches and the seam allowance will slip between and be hidden.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

31. To make the adjustable carry handle slide the slider through the webbing like this (over the centre bar)…

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

32. Then thread it through one of the d-rings on the bag so the slider faces the right way.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

33. Thread it back through the middle bar on the slider like this…

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

34. Fold over the raw edge and stitch using the box shape used before.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

35. To attach the other side simply pass the other end of the webbing through the other d ring taking care not to twist it, fold the raw edge under and stitch in the same way.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Ta da!! Enjoy using your new bag… everyone will want one!

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-Body Bag Tutorial

Cross-Body Bag Tutorial

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

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November Classes at The Village Haberdashery!

We are so excited about our November schedule! It’s packed with new classes and some really fantastic events. Want to learn something new? Come and join us this November in our bright and airy studio space in our West Hampstead shop! We have something to suit every level, interest and schedule!

Read on to find out what we have planned for the next few weeks or browse all of our classes here. Plus, don’t forget about our weekly events, including our Crafty Mamas Coffee Morning on Thursday mornings at 10:30am and our fun, free drop in Knit Night every Thursday from 6pm. You can find out more about these events and lots of other free happenings on our Events page!

Want to work on your own project in our studio? Check out out studio bookings page to book a slot! Want to book one of our classes as a private party? Get in touch at [email protected] with your requirements!

Let’s do this, November!

Studio

Want to work on your own project in our studio? Check out out studio bookings page to book a slot! Also many of our classes can be booked as private parties for groups of 8 to 18. Get in touch at [email protected] with your requirements!

Embroidery for Beginners with Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Saturday 11 November, 10:30am – 1:30pm or Tuesday 14 November, 11am – 2pm (£40)

The class is a fun and colourful introduction to hand embroidery that is designed for beginners or those who want a refresher. You will start by learning the tools of the craft, how to use a hoop and how to transfer a pattern. Next, we’ll explore a selection of stitches – running stitch, back stitch, stem stitch, French knots and more – by creating a sweet modern sampler designed by Carina. You’ll leave with everything you need to know to complete your sampler at home and the confidence to try your next embroidery pattern independently! Find out more and sign up here.

Embroidery for Beginners with Carina Envoldsen-Harris

Crochet Basket Workshop with Rachel Rogers
Monday, 6 November, 7pm – 9:30pm (£40)

Learn to crochet while creating a fun and endlessly useful crochet basket out of recycled t-shirt yarn! This class will introduce you to the basics of crochet, how to follow a crochet pattern, how to change colours and how to finish a crochet project. All materials are included in the class fee. Find out more and sign up here.

crochet basket Rachel Rogers

Sew a Wrap Circle Skirt with Elisalex de Castro Peake
Sunday, 12 November, 11am – 5pm (£85)

Sew a fun, flirty wrap circle skirt with Elisalex! In this relaxed one-day class we will learn how to draft and construct a simple circle skirt and elaborate on it to make a gorgeously flattering wrap skirt. The best bit? No fiddly zippers or fastenings! Find out more and sign up here.

Crochet a Toft Animal with Annie Windley
Monday, 20 November, 7pm – 9pm (£50)

In this fun class you’ll learn the amigurumi method of crochet working on the Toft animal or monster kit of your choice! You’ll learn how to start and finish each body part and how to sew them all together along with how to read a crochet pattern. We’ll also review your pattern with you to help you understand any special stitches or techniques you’ll need to know to complete your chosen design. This class is a perfect next step if you know crochet basics. Everything is included in your class fee and is yours to take home. Find out more and sign up here!

Toft Animals

Make a Lampshade with Suzie Kemner
Monday 13 November, 7pm – 9pm (£45)

In this fun two hour workshop, Suzie Kemner will lead you through the process of turning a fabric of your choice into a beautiful drum lampshade. You’ll learn how to line up the fabric, attach it to specialist lampshade vinyl (glow tested and certified) and then craft it into a 30cm lampshade that can be hung from a ceiling rose or mounted on a standard lamp. Once you’ve learned the technique, you’ll be able to create lampshades of your own in different sizes. This workshop is perfect if you want to create a beautiful, lovingly made lampshade to brighten up your home, and is a wonderful, relaxing way to pass the evening. You don’t need any experience at all as Suzie will take you through every step of the process. Find out more and sign up here!

Learn to Make a Lampshade

Cross Stitch for Beginners with Kym Armstrong
Tuesday, 7 November, 10:30pm – 1pm or Wednesday, 8 November, 7pm – 9:30pm (£35)

Cross stitch is portable, relaxing and seriously addictive! This one-evening class will cover the cross stitch basics from tools to techniques while you stitch a modern cross stitch design to take home! You’ll learn how to work with embroidery floss and the various types of cross stitch fabric, how to get started by anchoring your thread and reading a stitch chart, how to follow a pattern including basic stitches, working rows and changing colours and how to finish your work to display it at home. All materials are provided. You’ll be able to choose from our selection of kits on class night. Find out more and sign up here.

New cross stitch kits by The Make Arcade!

Decoupage for Beginners with Gabriela Szulman
Saturday, 11 November, 10am – 1:30pm (£50)

Decoupage is a fabulous DIY skill to have! Once you’ve learned the technique, you’ll be able to upcycle furniture, home decor pieces and even your own clothes! In this class you’ll learn all of the tricks involved with applying layers of thin paper to a glass surface, working with both a plate and a small tea light holder to create your own useable works of art. All materials are provided. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew a Rope Bowl with Sarah Jeffrey
Monday, 6 November, 7pm – 9pm (£35)

Sarah Jeffrey creates beautiful rope bowls for her brand Haar East and now you can learn to make them too! In this fun class you’ll learn how to sew a rope bowl on a home sewing machine, picking up tips on how to manipulate the rope into different shapes and how to use thread colours to create different results. You’ll be able to finish one medium-sized bowl or two small bowls in class – perfect for a gift or a treat for yourself! All equipment and materials are included and no experience with a sewing machine is necessary. Find out more and sign up here.

Rope Bowls

Crochet a Hipster Tie with Annie Windley
Monday, 27 November, 7pm – 9pm (£40)

Crochet a hipster tie for yourself or a gift! in this beginner-friendly class we’ll cover basic crochet stitches, how to follow a crochet pattern or chart and how to finish your tie at home. All materials are included in the class fee and are yours to take home. You’ll be able to choose from five colours – black, blue, green, red and gold. Find out more and sign up here.

Hipster Tie

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland
Saturday, 4 November, 10am – 5pm (£95)

Would you love to make clothes but find patterns impossible to understand? This one-day class will demystify the dressmaking process, using the Zinnia pattern to make a beautiful skirt in the fabric of your choice. You will learn standard sewing terms and techniques that you can apply to other patterns and gain the confidence to sew your own clothes. This class will cover taking accurate measurements, accurate cutting and invisible zip insertion. Find out more and sign up here.

Fitting Masterclass with Charlotte Newland
Sunday, 19 November – 10am – 5pm (£95)

This intensive one-day class is designed for students who know how to sew, but want to learn how to make a dress that fits beautifully. Working with the dress pattern of your choice, our experienced instructor will teach show you tips and techniques for taking accurate measurements, making a muslin, evaluating fit, basic pattern adjustments (blending between sizes, bust adjustments, lengthening/shortening) and altering your pattern. You’ll leave class with a finished muslin and a corrected pattern so you can make the dress of your dreams at home! Students are welcome to bring two patterns to class – depending on your personal pace you may be able to start the fitting process on a second pattern. Find out more and sign up here.

Gifts Workshop with Judith Dahmen: iPad Cover, Frame Purse, Fabric Bucket or Drawstring Bag
Tuesday, 21 November, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

Make like Santa’s little helper in our fun Christmas gifts workshop! Choose from five projects – a Christmas stocking, a frame purse, an iPad, Kindle or laptop cover, a fabric bucket or a drawstring bag – to make with the guidance of our experienced instructor. Find out more and sign up here.

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland
Thursdays 2 November, 16 November or 30 November, 6.30pm – 9pm (£40)

Want help with a dressmaking or quilting project or just want to sew in a social setting and pick up a few tips along the way? Our Guided Studio Time sessions were created for you to work on the project of your choice with the help of our talented instructor. You’re welcome to bring a project at any stage of completion for help. Find out more and sign up here.

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland

Learn to Crochet Granny Squares
Tuesday 14 November, 7pm – 9pm or Tuesday 28 November, 10:30am – 12:30pm (£35)

Learn to crochet the classic granny square! In this two hour class, you’ll learn to create a granny square that can be used as a drinks coaster or as the start of a blanket, accessory or anything else you can dream up! We’ll cover basic crochet stitches, how to finish a square and how to connect squares to create larger projects plus how to follow a crochet pattern or chart. All materials are included in the class fee. You are welcome to bring your small baby to our daytime classes! Find out more and sign up here!

Learn to Crochet Granny Squares

Introduction to Free Motion Quilting with Trudi Wood
Saturday, 18 November, 10am – 4pm (£85)

Join experienced Free Motion Quilter Trudi Wood in a hands on class to learn (or build on your) free motion quilting skills. Focussing on technique, this class will show you how to set yourself up for success by sharing tips and simple designs which will enable you to finish a project without unpicking or throwing it out of the window! Find out more and sign up here.

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer
Wednesday 1 November, 6.30pm – 9.30 pm or Tuesday 21 November, 10am – 1pm (£45)

This class will introduce aspiring stitchers – or those who need a refresher – how to use a sewing machine! In this comprehensive three hour class, you’ll get sewing machine-savvy and leave with enough knowledge and confidence to start making your own projects at home! This workshop is focussed solely on the skill of sewing and the entire three hours will be spent practising each element below to ensure that the methods stay in your mind after the class. You are welcome to bring your small baby to our daytime classes! Find out more and sign up here.

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer

 

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker
Tuesday, 7 November, 7pm – 9:30pm or Friday, 17 November, 10:30am – 1pm (£60)

Modern calligraphy is perfect for all; its relaxed approach enhances your natural hand writing style to create a unique and beautiful lettering form that is totally individual. Led by Suzie Dicker, founder of luxury stationery brand A L’aise, this beginner’s workshop will guide you through making your first stroke to writing beautiful quotes that will be lovely enough to hang on your wall at home! Whether you are a bride-to-be wanting to learn so you can address your wedding invitation envelopes, or you are the creative sort wanting to learn a new skill; this class is the one for you! Find out more and sign up here.

Modern Weaving with Amy Ilić
Sunday, 26 November, 10:30am – 2:30pm (£75)

Have you been coveting the gorgeous woven wall-hangings in your Instagram feed and are dying to try your hand at this beautiful craft? In this inspiring workshop, experienced weaver Amy Ilić will teach you how to make your own woven wall hanging using a table/lap loom! You will learn how to set up your loom, make knots to start and end your weaving and use weaving tools. You will play with texture and colour through different techniques including Rya knots (tassels), twining, soumak, and learn how to add a 3D sculptural element to your weaving. You will leave class confident to set up and weave on your own and with your own gorgeous hand-woven wall hanging that you can put up in your home or give away as a generous handmade gift! Find out more and sign up here.

Modern Weaving with Amy Ilic

Knickers Masterclass with Charlotte Newland
Mondays, 20 and 27 November, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£95)

The only knickers class you’ll ever need! In this fun two-evening class you’ll learn how to make two pairs of knickers. The first evening, we’ll make knickers using stretch knit fabric and fold over elastic. The second evening, we’ll make knickers using a lightweight woven fabric and picot elastic. You may never buy knickers from a shop again! Find out more and sign up here.

Learn Brioche Stitch Knitting with Renée Callahan
Wednesdays, 22 and 29 November, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£85)

Brioche stitch creates a distinctive, widely ribbed fabric that is wonderfully lofty and cosy. This two-evening class will cover brioche stitch basics and get you started knitting a beautiful brioche stitch scarf. On the first evening, we’ll cover brioche stitch terminology, how to knit plain brioche stitch, how to work two-colour brioche rib stitch. After a week off to practice, on the second evening, you’ll learn cast on and how to work increases and decreases for two-colour brioche stitch, how to read a brioche stitch chart and how to gauge swatch for brioche stitch and you’ll be ready to get started on your project! Find out more and sign up here.

brioche stitch knitting

Watercolour Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block
Wednesday 30 October, 7pm – 9:30pm (£60)

Taught by illustrator Emma Block, this contemporary brush lettering workshop will focus on developing skills and learning techniques allowing you to grow in confidence and start to develop your own brush lettering style. We’ll start with exercises to practice making shapes, creating lines of different thicknesses and using different brushstrokes. You’ll then practice writing the alphabet, words and phrases with plenty of help and guidance on hand. You will be given a complete set of materials which you can take away after class, including guide sheets, a brush and a tube of watercolour paint. Find out more and sign up here!

Sew a Jersey Moneta Dress with Charlotte Newland
Sunday, 5 November, 10am – 5pm (£95)

Learn to sew with knits whilst making yourself the stylish and comfy Colette Moneta Dress! In this class we’ll cover key skills for sewing with knits on a home sewing machine, from fitting to finishing, plus you’ll learn handy techniques like how to use clear elastic for gathering. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew a Moneta Dress with Charlotte Newland

Learn to Knit with Renée Callahan
Wednesday 1 November, 7pm – 9.30pm or Wednesday 22 November, 10am – 12.30 (£45), 

Do you want to learn to knit or need a refresher on the basics? This class is for you! In this class, experienced knitting teacher and knitwear pattern designer Renée Callahan will start from the very beginning and cover everything you need to know to get started knitting: knit stitch, purl stitch, casting on and off. Find out more and sign up here!

Learn to Knit with Renee Callaghan

 

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