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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 third of four tutorials she’s written for us! Find all of the tutorials in the series here.

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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Meet Santa on 16 December at The Village Haberdashery! Plus festive holiday classes for kids

We are thrilled to have some really fun Christmas activities coming up for kids at our West Hampstead shop! Bookings for Santa can be made online here and class bookings can be made here. We hope to see you!

Christmas events for kids at The Village Haberdashery

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Seersucker summer shorts!

I decided to whip up some shorts for Harvey to get through this heat wave. Breakers Seersucker from Robert Kaufman was an obvious choice – it’s so summery and playful! Plus, seersucker has a unique slack-tension weave which creates puckers all over the fabric that hold small pockets of air next to your skin to keep you cool in hot weather. Cool, right?

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I downloaded the Kid Shorts pattern from Dana at Made and decided to make two pairs at once. It’s quicker that way! I also chose this fun plaid from the Planet Buzz collection.

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The basic pattern is pretty quick. I sewed up two pairs in a morning. I love sewing two things at once, assembly line style!

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I kept them a bit longer than the pattern intends so that when he falls on his knees, he’ll be covered. He’s been walking for a couple of months now but he still stumbles sometimes!

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I made the 18 month size and they fit right now, although I had to reinforce the bum seams after Harvey split them in both pairs! He could use just a bit more room for those nappies. But they’ll get us through the rest of the summer and that’s all that really matters.

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It’s hard to get good pictures of this little guy on the move!

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We have a great play area right behind our building. We’ve been heading down to the sand pit every chance we get! The mornings are especially nice because it’s shady and cool.

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These photos are a mix of Ed’s profesh looking ones and my phone – but I wanted to share some of both pairs.

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I highly recommend this pattern and love these cute shorts!

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Tutorial: Julie’s cosy kid cowl (using knit fabrics!)

Julie from forestpoppy is back with another quick, fun project: a cute and cosy kid’s cowl! Julie used our adorable Woodland Knits collection and although we are running very low on these fabrics, we are stocking lots of other fun striped interlock knits and plain interlock knits that can be substituted here. I had fun posing Harvey in one of these cowls for our homepage photo shoot. Thank you, Julie!

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Thank you, Annie, for letting me have fun with your lovely fabric again. Katie was very delighted with her new cowls…….and a little miffed when I had to confiscate them for Annie to work her photography magic!

Fabric:
1. I used the gorgeous Woodland Knits by Monaluna – a lovely thick organic interlock cotton knit
2. Prewash first – knit fabric can shrink a lot!
3. For 1 cowl you only need two pieces 20″ wide by 9″ deep

Kid cowl tutorial

General notes:
1. Change to a ball point needle and use ball point pins
2. Use a stretch stitch (lightning bolt symbol on my machine) or a zig zag stitch is fine too – you want to use a stitch that isn’t rigid and which will move with the fabric
3. Use whatever seam width you are happiest with, I just followed the edge of my sewing foot which is around 3/8″
4. There’s lots of information about sewing with knit fabric online, including Kitschy Coo and Made by Rae
5. This size will fit from a teenager down to a toddler……..obviously it will be a little baggier on a toddler but the Monaluna interlock knit is so thick that it still fits well with lots of snuggle factor (and you could, of course, make it a little smaller if you’d prefer it more snug on a very small person)

Kid cowl tutorial
To make:
1. Cut two 20″ by 9″ rectangles from your fabric – I used two complementary fabrics for each cowl. Cut so that the long side of the rectangle runs across your fabric from selvedge to selvedge……..it should stretch most from side to side rather than top to bottom

2. Pin the two pieces together with right-sides of the fabric facing each other

Kid cowl tutorial

3. Sew along both long edges

Kid cowl tutorial

Don’t worry if it looks a little wrinkly, it will settle down once it is pressed

4. Turn right-sides out and press

Kid cowl tutorial

It is possible to get this next step wrong but it is easy if you do it exactly as set out below

5. With your fabric right-side out, bring the two short un-sewn ends together so that one top fabric edge matches up with the opposite top fabric edge (e.g. mushrooms with mushrooms, in this instance). With matching fabric edges lined up move your hand along towards one of the seams – then start pinning, working out from the seam so that matching fabric edges are pinned together

Kid cowl tutorial

Mushroom raw edge pinned to opposite mushroom raw edge and blue dots with blue dots

6. As you keep pinning you’ll end up swallowing the cowl inside itself with only the wrong sides of your fabric showing. Pin all the way round

Kid cowl tutorial

7. Sew round the pinned edge starting with whichever fabric you consider to be the wrong side – stop when you’re almost back at the start and leave a gap for turning right-sides out

Kid cowl tutorial

8. Turn right-sides out through the gap

Kid cowl tutorial

10. Sew the gap closed neatly. I like to use a ladder stitch – if you are not familiar with ladder stitch there’s a great tutorial here. Then put onto your small person and ask them to model for you……..cheekiness isn’t guaranteed but is likely!

kids cosy cowl collageThank you for posing, Katie! The cowls are on their way back to you!

 

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Learn to sew with knits – three new classes added!

The new organic Elk Grove Knits collection from Birch Fabrics is coming soon and we’ve lined up a fabulous new sewing teacher to help us all get over the fear of sewing with knit fabric! Zoe Edwards of the blog So Zo…What do you know? is known as ‘The Queen of Knits’ by her peers in the dressmaking blogger world and we’re super excited that she’ll be teaching not one but three fun classes with us.

All three classes include everything you need to sew your garment, including the sewing pattern, which you’ll get to keep, and your choice of 10 fabric designs from the Elk Grove Knits collection. Sewing machines are provided and students will have the option to sew their garment on the shop’s overlocker. If you have an overlocker at home that you’d like help learning to use, you’re welcome to bring it to class! We know how intimidating they can be.

The Renfrew is one of Sewaholic’s most popular patterns and everyone I know who has made it loves it. It’s a great basic to nail and comes with lots of pattern variations. In this class we’ll be sewing a short-sleeved v-neck or scoop-neck version and you’ll get to keep your pattern so you can try the other options at home!

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For kids we’ll be doing a t-shirt class using Figgy’s Banyan pattern. Zoe sent us the t-shirt below to have as a shop sample and it’s absolutely adorable in real life. It’s a perfect pattern for both boys and girls.

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Finally Zoe will be teaching her own pants pattern. In this class you’ll get to learn some cool new tricks like how to sew with fold over elastic. This would be a fun class to take with a friend!

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For more information and to sign up for Zoe’s classes, click here!

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