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Our favourite tutorials for making soap!

We are now stocking soap making supplies and man are we excited! I’ve been pinning my fave tutorials to a new pinboard called Making Soap is Cool (oh, please share your faves with me too!) and I thought I’d share a few amazing looking photos for you here to get you on team soap too. Plus don’t forget, soap makes an excellent gift and our collection even includes special soap gift wrap!

A Beautiful Mess have some brilliant soap making ideas and this one for gradient soap is a stunner! What an amazing bar to suds up with every morning, right?

A Beautiful Mess Gradient Soap Tutorial

We love Fall for DIY‘s soap ideas and these monstera leaf soap bars look so cool. And so perfect for those of you obsessed with all things botanical!

Monstera swiss cheese leaf soap by Fall for DIY

Honestly WTF has created a gemstone soap tutorial with gorgeous results! How sophisticated do these look? And so zen!

Gemstone Soap Tutorial from Honestly WTF

Forever true to her brand, Studio DIY has created a tutorial for birthday cake soap that looks incredibly delicious!

Birthday cake soap tutorial from Studio DIY

So, what do you think? Is making soap cool or what? Find our soap making section and let’s get started!

 

 

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New in Stock at The Village Haberdashery

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Last chance to get your Easter crafts supplies and gifts!

We have everything you need to get your Easter craft on…! Order as early as possible today to get your shipment in time, or pop in to our West Hampstead shop. You can find our Easter weekend opening hours here.

For America’s favourite Easter tradition, we are so excited to have Paas Easter Egg Dye Kits! Use this kit to dye hard-boiled eggs and you can eat them afterward. Dye white eggs for truer colours and brown eggs for richer colours. The kits contain everything you need to decorate your eggs!

Paas Egg Dye kits

Easter would not be quite the same without an Easter basket and we have you covered with our wicker baskets, sparkly Easter grass and our favourite gold fillable eggs! For tips, check out our super cool post How to Fill an Easter Basket on The Daily Stitch.

Easter Basket

We also have a great selection of craft eggs that you can decorate to your hearts content. We have polystyrene, craft paper, and hanging plastic eggs to choose from. They are perfect for decoupage, colouring in, washi tape, painting, and more! Plus these hanging wooden Easter egg decorations are perfect for the kids (and big kids!) to colour in with pens or paint.

Easter eggs to decorate

Feeling stitchy? We love these cute Easter-themed embroidery cards to cross stitch for Easter tree ornaments, decorations and more! For kids age 5+ we also have Easter bunny wooden cross stitch kits with everything kids need to get started.

Easter embroidery kits

For all of these craft projects and more, head over to our Easter shop! We can’t wait to see what you make!

Kinder by Heather Ross fat quarter bundles

Heather Ross‘ darling new collection Kinder is inspired by her daughter Beatrix’s year in kindergarten! The collection is complete with learning letters, paper dolls, story time, and even an apple for the teacher in a classic rainbow colour palette. Heather built the collection with bright quilts, illustrative appliqué’s, nap mats, and reading poufs in mind and we agree – it’s just right for children’s bedroom decor and has endless fussy cutting potential! And to that end, we have created some limited edition Fat Quarter bundles of a selection of the collection for you! There are two to choose from and one comes with matching Kona Cotton Solids too! The perfect amount for a small baby quilt. Find them in the shop here.

Kinder

Ombré gift wrap

We are totally smitten with this new wrapping paper! We love everything ombré here at The Village Haberdashery and are going gift wrap crazy with this new design by Rico. It is an absolute stunner! And it works really well with our specialty print wraps too. Each roll contains two metres of 70cm wide wrapping paper. With three colourways to choose from it is perfect for just about any occasion! Find it in the shop here.

Ombre gift wrap

Mila Dungarees by Tilly and the Buttons

Sew your own dungarees for a casual everyday look that’s bang on trend with Tilly and the Buttons‘ latest pattern! The Mila dungarees are slim fitting on the hips and legs, with stylish side button openings and essential pockets on the front bib and booty. Make them in a woven fabric with a touch of stretch for comfort and fit. Cute, practical and great for all seasons, wear your Mila dungarees with a t-shirt, button-down shirt or roll neck sweater. This easy-to-use sewing pattern will take you through the steps to making the Mila dungarees, with jargon-busting instructions and photos showing you how to sew each part. Find it in the shop here.

Mila Dungarees

Mila Dungarees

Mila Dungarees

Sew Your Own Activewear by Melissa Fehr

Make your own unique activewear sewing wardrobe that’s perfect for your workout using four basic sewing blocks! Sew Your Own Activewear by sewing expert and marathon runner Melissa Fehr will teach you how to make 13 different styles, including yoga pants, crop tops and running leggings, that you can customise to your heart’s content. Packed with tips, this book also expert advice on how to choose and sew with performance fabrics like lycra and spandex. Plus, you can meet Melissa at our free Make Like a Boss event at our West Hampstead shop tonight! Find the book in the shop here and RSVP to the event here.

Sew your own activewear

Sew your own activewear

 

Sew you own activewear

Easter activities in the shop this weekend!

Easter is almost here and we have a few fun things happening this weekend:

Friday, 11am – 1pm: Free egg dyeing workshop. Bring along your hard-boiled eggs and we’ll provide the Easter egg dye!

Saturday, 11am – 5pm: Free Easter craft table for all ages! Create decorations using some of the fun Easter craft supplies we have in the shop.

All weekend (Friday to Monday): We’ll have eggs hidden around our West Hampstead shop with special offers in them! Find an egg and bring it up with your purchase for a special offer or gift.

Find out more here!

Easter activities at The Village Haberdashery

Sale!

Christmas fabric and craft kits are now on sale at 25% off! Shop our special After Christmas Sale to find all the offers.

Christmas sale!

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DIY felt Chicken & Egg Easter tree ornaments

Laura Howard is back today with a brand new tutorial for cute Easter tree ornaments you can make out of felt! Over to you, Laura!
DIY felt Chicken & Egg Easter tree ornaments

Felt ornaments aren’t just for Christmas! Decorate a Spring or Easter display with these cute felt chicken and egg ornaments – they’d look fab hung from doorknobs, or from a cluster of budding twigs in a vase. You could also use the templates to sew felt chicken brooches (you definitely can’t have too many fun felt chickens!).

DIY felt Chicken & Egg Easter tree ornaments

You will need:
*The PDF template sheet
*Wool blend felt in assorted colours, including Halloween orange for the beaks
*Matching sewing threads
*Embroidery thread
*Narrow ribbon
*Toy stuffing
*A sewing needle and pins
*Sewing scissors (embroidery scissors are perfect for cutting out small felt pieces)
*A ruler

To make each ornament:

1. Use the templates provided to cut out two chickens, two wings, and two eggs. If you’re making a set of the ornaments, plan your colour choices in advance so they’re mixed and matched across the set. I used Candyfloss, Wisteria and Baby Blue felt to make my ornaments.

2. Position the wings on the chickens, as shown. Sew them in place with running stitch and matching sewing thread.

DIY felt Chicken & Egg Easter tree ornaments

3. Cut a length of contrasting embroidery thread and separate half the strands (so you’ll be using three out of the six strands). Use the thread to sew three long stitches on each of the wings and one stitch on each of the tail feathers.

DIY felt Chicken & Egg Easter tree ornaments

4. Add a black bead or small black sequin to each side of the chicken, creating its eyes.

Tip: don’t have any black beads or sequins the right size? Cut tiny circles of black felt instead, or sew a few overlapping stitches with black embroidery thread.

DIY felt Chicken & Egg Easter tree ornaments

5. Use the beak template to cut one beak from orange felt. Turn over one of the chicken pieces and position the beak, as shown. Sew it in place with whip stitch, taking care to sew into the felt of the chicken but not through it (so your stitches won’t show on the outside of the ornament).

DIY felt Chicken & Egg Easter tree ornaments

DIY felt Chicken & Egg Easter tree ornaments

6. Cut two pieces of narrow ribbon: one 18cm (7 inches) long, one 4cm (1½ inches) long. Fold the longer piece into a loop and sew it at the top of the chicken, as pictured, with whip stitches (again make sure you sew into the felt but not through it). Then use more whip stitches to add the smaller piece to the bottom of the chicken, as shown.

DIY felt Chicken & Egg Easter tree ornaments

7. Place the two sides of the chicken together and join the edges with blanket stitch or whip stitch and matching sewing thread. Leave a gap along the bottom edge, lightly stuff the chicken with toy stuffing then sew up the gap.
Tip: for even stuffing, add small pieces at a time to gradually fill up the shape.

DIY felt Chicken & Egg Easter tree ornaments

DIY felt Chicken & Egg Easter tree ornaments

8. Attach one of the felt egg shapes to the small piece of ribbon sticking out from below the chicken. Use whip stitch and matching thread, sewing into the felt but not through it.

DIY felt Chicken & Egg Easter tree ornaments

9. Place the two egg shapes together and join the edges with blanket stitch or whip stitch and matching sewing thread. Leave a gap at the bottom, lightly stuff the egg with toy stuffing then sew up the gap.

DIY felt Chicken & Egg Easter tree ornaments

DIY felt Chicken & Egg Easter tree ornaments

DIY felt Chicken & Egg Easter tree ornaments

DIY felt Chicken & Egg Easter tree ornaments

DIY felt Chicken & Egg Easter tree ornaments

DIY felt Chicken & Egg Easter tree ornaments

DIY felt Chicken & Egg Easter tree ornaments

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DIY felt butterfly hairclips tutorial

Our A Year of Wreaths project with Laura Howard ended in December and we wanted to do a few more posts to show you how the templates and tutorials she shared in the series could be used to create a whole bunch of different projects! This tutorial for sweet butterfly hairclips is the second post in this spin off series. Over to you, Laura!

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

To make these pretty butterfly hairclips you will need:

* The template sheet from the Butterfly Wreath tutorial
* Wool blend felt in assorted colours (I used Fuchsia, Cotton Candy and Baby Blue)
* Matching sewing thread
* Binding clips or hairclips
* Sewing scissors or embroidery scissors
* A sewing needle and pins
* 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 hairclips:

Use the templates to cut out the butterfly pieces from your chosen felt colours (I used butterflies 2, 4 and 5).

Follow step 3 of the Butterfly Wreath tutorial to sew the butterfly pieces together.

For each hairclip, cut a felt circle approximately 17mm in diameter in the matching felt colour. Sew each circle to the end of a clip using matching sewing thread, as shown. This felt circle is the base onto which you’ll glue the butterfly pieces.

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

Very carefully glue the butterfly pieces to the circles. Add the wings first, adding a small amount of glue to the circle then carefully pressing the wings into place.

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.

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

Then add a very small amount of glue to the back of each body piece and carefully press them into position between the wings.

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

How sweet are these clips!

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

Additional photography by September Pictures.

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DIY felt daffodil headband tutorial

Our A Year of Wreaths project with Laura Howard ended in December and we wanted to do a few more posts to show you how the templates and tutorials she shared in the series could be used to create a whole bunch of different projects! Here is the first post in this spin off series, with a tutorial for a pretty spring daffodil headband. Daffodils have recently become available again and they are just the best! So it’s perfect timing for this spring headband which is just as cheerful as the flower it represents. Over to you, Laura!

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

One of the awesome things about felt crafting is how easy it is to get creative and adapt projects to make new things. Swap ribbon for a brooch clasp to turn an ornament into a brooch, stuff a pincushion with lavender to turn it into a lavender sachet, enlarge some brooch templates and use them to add an applique design to a cushion…there are always so many crafty possibilities!

Inspired by this, here is the first of our series of fun ideas for things you can make using templates and tutorials I’ve previously shared here on The Daily Stitch

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

To make this cute and colourful felt headband you will need:

* The template sheet from the March Daffodil Wreath tutorial
* Wool blend felt in Banana Cream and Hallows Eve
* Orange stranded embroidery thread
* A plastic headband / Alice band
* Yellow sewing thread
* Sewing scissors
* Embroidery scissors (these are great for cutting out small or fiddly shapes!)
* Optional: pinking shears
* Sewing needles and pins
* A glue gun and glue
* A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
* Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

To make the headband:

Use the Narcissi templates from the Daffodil Wreath tutorial to cut out the following felt pieces: ten yellow petal pieces, five orange trumpet pieces and five orange circles.

When you cut each trumpet cut along three sides of the template with sewing scissors and along the remaining (long) side with pinking shears – just above the edge of the paper template. If you don’t have any pinking shears you could use embroidery scissors to cut a zigzagged edge, or just cut a straight edge.

Follow steps 3, 4 and 5 from the Daffodil Wreath tutorial to sew the trumpet and petals together.

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

Use a glue gun to stick the flower pieces to a plastic headband: first the petals, then the trumpets. Start with the central flower and work outwards, adding a small amount of glue to the felt pieces and pressing them in place very carefully.

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.

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

DIY felt daffodil girl's headband tutorial

Additional photography by September Pictures.

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