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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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Our favourite modern origami inspiration and tutorials

We have so many cute origami supplies in store right now and we thought we would share our latest pin board with you for some super fun paper folding ideas and inspiration!

Origami Pinboard

Here is a quick round up of a few of our favourite projects…

This origami cornucopia roundup by The House that Lars Built is blowing our minds. We have colourful origami paper in neon, pastel and basic colours so you can get a colourful assortment of produce for your own festive tabletop display!

Origami Cornicopia from The House that Lars Built

How cute are these paper dresses by jillianinitaly.com! These would make perfect cards and bunting for dressmakers. Check out her video tutorial here! The Tropical Spring and Romantic Flowers Origami Papers would works brilliantly for these! Our Paper Pads are another fun choice for these with some super cute patterns available!

liagriffith.com has an excellent tutorial for this sweet paper Geode Garland. The perfect embellishment for lots of occasions! How awesome would some neon ones be using this paper set! We also have a great selection of twine to hang your garland with too!

Lia Griffith Geode Garland

 

Kids will love these flying origami birds to hang in their room. deliacreates will show you how!

Deliacreates Paper Crane Tutorial

We hope we have got you inspired to get in a paper folding frenzy! Head over to our Origami Pin Board for even more ideas and find all of our Origami Supplies here!

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Reminder: Saturday is our Christmas Crafts Party Day!

Reminder: Saturday is our Christmas Crafts Party Day!

Don’t forget to join us in our West Hampstead shop this Saturday 4th November as we kick off our Christmas season with our Christmas Crafts Party!

We’ll have a craft table full of mini make and takes including gift tags, felt ornaments, Christmas cards and more. We’ll also be serving up mulled wine, mince pies and chocolates to really get you in the festive spirit!

Plus shop our fun selection of Christmas craft supplies and kits, cards and gift wrap. We can’t wait to inspire your Christmas crafting this year!

Here are the quick facts for the event:

Date: Saturday 4 November 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm
Location: The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead
Cost: Free

See you there!

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Tutorial! Vegan leather star headband

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 first of four tutorials she’s written for us! Take it away Laura…

Vegan Leather Star Headband Tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

I’m so excited to share some ideas for using these awesome packs of synthetic leather. I love this stuff (especially the super-cool metallics – they’re so shiny!), it looks great and it’s really easy to cut and sew. There are loads of things you could use this fun faux leather for. Hair clips, bracelets or cuffs, patches, keyrings… you could even use your leftover scraps to add some interesting texture to cards or gift tags.

Today I’m sharing a tutorial for how to make a star headband! Show off the gorgeous metallic faux leather with a star headband! You can add lots of stars to make a super star crown, or just add a couple of stars for a bit of subtle glamour.

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

To make the headband you will need:

* A synthetic leather kit
* A sewing needle
* Sewing scissors
* An air-erasable fabric marker pen or an ordinary felt tip pen
* The headband template sheet – click here to download and print the PDF
* A plastic headband
* Coordinating felt (I used black to match the headband)
* Craft glue
* A glue gun and glue
* A heatproof mat for the glue gun
* Newspaper or scrap paper to protect your workspace

To make the headband:

Use the templates provided to cut out as many stars as you want – I cut one large star and four small stars. Trace the star shapes onto the back of the leather using a pen then cut them out with sewing scissors.

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Cut pieces of felt slightly bigger than each star. Turn the stars over and place them on some newspaper or scrap paper. One by one, cover the back of each star with a layer of craft glue and then firmly press a piece of felt on top covering the star completely. Turn the felt and attached stars over and set them aside to dry.

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Once the glue has completely dried cut away the excess felt, leaving stars which are leather on one side and felt on the other.

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Use a glue gun to stick the stars to a headband. Add a line of glue down the centre of one of the stars, on the felt side. Carefully press the star into position on the headband, holding it in place until the glue has dried enough to stick it firmly. Repeat to add the rest of the stars.

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

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.

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

A huge thank you to September Pictures for taking photos for this post (tutorial photos taken by Laura herself) and to Sophia for her excellent modelling!

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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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