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Reminder…Our special event with the V&A is this Saturday!

Reminder…Our special event with the V&A is this Saturday!

This Saturday (25 November) we’ll be hosting a special event to celebrate two beautiful new books from the V&A! 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!

See you there!

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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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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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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! 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! 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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