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Tutorial! Vegan leather necklace

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

Take it away Laura…

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Use a chain from an old necklace, or a length of ribbon, to make a bold geometric necklace. Use the templates provided or get creative and draw your own design!

To make this necklace 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 necklace template sheet – click here to download and print the PDF
* Matching felt (I used baby blue) and sewing thread
* A necklace chain or a length of ribbon

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

 

To make the necklace:

Use the templates provided to cut out pieces A to F from the synthetic leather. Place the paper templates on the back of the leather, trace around them using an air-erasable fabric marker or a felt tip pen then cut out the shape using sewing scissors.

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Sew the pieces together using whip stitch and matching sewing thread (I used blue thread throughout). Start with the smallest pieces, sewing piece A to piece B then piece B to piece C and so on, so you’re only stitching through two layers of the leather at a time.

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Once you’ve sewn all the pieces together, use the leather shape as a template to cut out a matching piece of felt for the back of the necklace.

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Place the felt and leather together then use sewing thread (in the same colour as before) to sew along the top edge, joining the layers together. Place the middle of your necklace chain (or ribbon) between the two layers, so it will be held in place when you sew around the rest of the necklace shape. Make sure there are even lengths of chain (or ribbon) sticking out from each side of the necklace.

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Blanket stitch around the rest of the necklace – making sure you don’t let the chain or ribbon slip out as you sew.

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

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Tutorial! Vegan leather lightning bolt brooch

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.

Take it away Laura…

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

This bold lightning bolt brooch would look great pinned to a black coat or sweater! You can also follow these steps to make brooches using the star templates, or any other shape you fancy.

To make this brooch 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 brooch template sheet – click here to download and print the PDF
* Matching sewing thread
* Coordinating felt
* A brooch clasp

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

 

To make the brooch:

Use the template provided to cut out the bolt shape from yellow or metallic leather. Turn the template over and place it on the back of the leather, draw around it with a pen then cut it out with sewing scissors. Then place the bolt on a backing piece of contrasting leather.

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

Use whip stitch and matching sewing thread to sew the bolt to the backing leather.

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

Cut out the bolt, leaving a border framing the shape.

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

Use the shape you’ve just cut out as a template to cut a matching piece of felt. Turn the felt shape over and add a brooch clasp. Sew the clasp in place securely with a double thickness of matching sewing thread.

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

Place the front and back of the brooch together and sew the edges together with blanket stitch and matching sewing thread.

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

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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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Tutorial! Caroline’s Christmas Tree Quilt

Caroline made the beautiful Christmas Tree Quilt in our new Christmas shop window display and we get so many comments on it! Festive and bright, it mixes traditional colours with modern prints and lots of metallic gold for wow factor! She created this quilt design based on her long-time love of strip piecing and recent discovery of triangle rulers, two elements that simplify the construction.

Caroline's Christmas Tree Quilt Tutorial

We put together a bundle of the fabrics Caroline used for her quilt and you can find it in the shop here. Please note, the default option for this bundle is skinny quarters because that’s what Caroline used so if you want fat quarters please be sure to leave us a comment on your order. Doesn’t this bundle just make you want to start singing dec the halls?

Update/correction: Caroline used 11 fabrics for her quilt. The one that is missing from this picture is Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Timber Valley in Cranberry Metallic by Violet Craft (Michael Miller) because it is now sold out. You need at least nine different quarter metres for this project but you are free to use more!

Caroline's Christmas Tree Quilt Bundle

Clockwise from top, this bundle includes:

Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Timber Valley in Evergreen Metallic by Violet Craft (Michael Miller)
Pixie NoelPixie Floral in White by Tasha Noel (Riley Blake)
Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Shimmer Reflection in Red by Violet Craft (Michael Miller)
Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Brambleberry in Evergreen Metallic by Violet Craft (Michael Miller)
SparkleSnowflake Sparkle in Gold Metallic (Riley Blake)
Juniper BerryHolly Berry in Winter Vanilla by Basic Grey (Moda)
Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Brambleberry in Burgundy Metallic by Violet Craft (Michael Miller).
Postcards for SantaDeer in Gold by My Mind’s Eye (Riley Blake)
Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Shimmer Reflection in Green by Violet Craft (Michael Miller)
Winter Essentials IIIRibbons in Red (Studio E)

Now, over to Caroline! This tutorial will make a 39” x 59” finished quilt – a great size for a throw.

Materials:

Construction:

1. Cut your fabric into 2 ½” x WOF (width of fabric) strips.

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2. Lay the strips out in groups of four. I used eight groups of four strips each. Sew the strips together and press the seams to the darker strips.

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3. Use your triangle ruler and cut the patchwork strips into 40 triangles. Your seam allowance is in the ruler.

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4. Cut your white triangles on the grain. For your half triangles, make sure to leave a ¼” seam allowance and trim with your ruler. I am using the patchwork half triangle for a reference only.

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They will look like this:

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5. Lay out all of your triangles. Number your rows and take pictures so you can refer back to them when sewing your triangles together.

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6. Let’s sew! Sew your triangles together, making sure to match the corners.

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7. Once you’ve completed your eight rows, sew the rows together. After joining the rows, press the seam upwards, so your triangles end up with a sharp tip.

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8. Baste and quilt as desired. I used Dream Puff wading for a fluffier quilt and quilted in the ditch so the quilting lines are two inches apart. If you use Dream Puff, I don’t recommend quilting closer together or you could get some bunching.

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I use Pilot Frixion Pen to mark my quilting lines. The lines disappear with a hot iron (but test your fabric first!)

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9. I used all of my scraps to make a fun binding. My binding was about 5 ½ metres long. Bind using your preferred method.

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Have fun!!! And be cosy this Christmas.

Caroline's Christmas Tree Quilt tutorial

Caroline's Christmas Tree Quilt tutorial

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Tutorial! Quilted Christmas table runner

We have such a fun Christmas project for you today! Caroline designed this quilted table runner based on the simplest of briefs (I want a table runner! made of triangles!) and it is seriously adorable. It brightens up our shop and it is just the perfect thing to decorate your table for Christmas lunch or to put under the mince pies and carrots you leave out for Santa and his reindeer!

Quilted Christmas table runner

The finished table runner you see here is 18” x 28 ½” but you’ll have enough fabric to customise your size if you grab one of the skinny quarter bundles we put together for this project. Our bundle mixes traditional red and green with pops of peach, gold and icy blue. There are so many opportunities for fussy cutting too, using the adorable designs by Aless Baylis from Festive Friends. You can find this bundle in the shop here.

Christmas Table Runner Bundle
This bundle includes, clockwise from top:

Cotton and Steel BasicsNetorious in Anna Peach (Cotton and Steel)
Festive Friends – Friends in Aqua by Aless Bayliss (Dashwood Studio)
Studio ChristmasMini Candy Cane Stripe in Red (Michael Miller)
TwistGold (Dashwood Studio)
Festive Friends – Friends in Pink by Aless Bayliss (Dashwood Studio)
HandmadeDot in Red by Bonnie & Camille (Moda)
Kona Cotton SolidsWillow (Robert Kaufman)
Festive Friends – Puddings by Aless Bayliss (Dashwood Studio)

Quilted Christmas table runner

Quilted Christmas table runner

Materials:

Construction:

1. To make the table runner in the same size as the pictures, cut 40 triangles + 8 corners on grain using the 5 ½” triangle measurement on your ruler. I used 23 triangles + 1 corner of designer fabric and 17 triangles + 7 corners of stash builders and solids.

Quilted Christmas table runner
2. Arrange your triangles in rows at random until you’re happy with the layout. When planning my layout, I arranged the directional pieces to face one way on half of the table runner and the opposite way on the other side, so when you’re looking at it from your side of the table it will look right-side-up.

I used four rows of triangles to fit my table but you can adjust the layout with your own table measurements and add more triangles to fit to size. You should have enough fabric to cut additional triangles but keep in mind that fussy-cutting takes extra fabric.

Quilted Christmas table runner

3. Sew your triangles together into strips and press the seams open.

Quilted Christmas table runner

4. Sew the strips together.

Quilted Christmas table runner
5. Spray or pin baste. Quilt as desired and bind. I used very simple straight line quilting and bound the quilt by machine.

Quilted Christmas table runner

Top with decorations or treats and enjoy!

Quilted Christmas table runner

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