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Five last minute Father’s Day gifts to make!

Don’t forget, Father’s Day is Sunday! And if you’d like to give dad something handmade but have left it to the last minute we’ve got you covered. Here are five ideas he’ll love.

Vegan leather mini notebooks. These little books are so useful, if you have time you could do a trio! Our vegan leather comes in several colour packs to choose from and you don’t need a sewing machine to whip this project up!

Vegan leather notebook

Travel eye mask. Perfect for flights – or even on the daily now that the summer light creeps in so early in the morning! These are super stash busters too.

Travel Eye Mask Tutorial

Nerdy cross stitch notebook. Another notebook idea with a totally different vibe. Use our eye glasses pattern or go for initials or a different design; cross stitching on a little blank book is oddly satisfying and looks so cool!

Cross stitch notebook

Laptop cover. This tutorial was created for the MacBook Air but it’s totally adaptable for any laptop computer dad is toting around!

Laptop cover

Five-minute webbing belt. This super easy project is a great last minute make. The belt pictured is kiddo-sized, but go for our heavyweight webbing and use 32mm D-rings for a dad-sized version.

 

 

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Free Rainbow Orbit embroidery pattern from Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris!

We are so excited to have our embroidery teacher Carina Envoldsen-Harris on The Daily Stitch today to share a project from her new book, Mandalas to Embroider!

Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris from Polka and Bloom

In this gorgeous book, Carina has carefully created 24 exquisite, meditative mandalas that will delight and inspire anyone who loves embroidery and making beautiful things. With Carina’s guidance you’ll learn to embroider 12 large and 12 small mandalas, using just 10 stitches, Following the delicate patterns in these stunning motifs will help soothe your mind and treat yourself to some tranquility.

Carina and the lovely people at Search Press have a pattern from the book to share with you: the Rainbow Orbit! In this imaginary Solar System, you can begin with the star in the centre, and then work your way outwards, or start with the circles and then add the other stitches. Maybe savour working one colour at a time before moving on to the next.

Take it away, Carina…

Free rainbow orbit embroidery pattern from Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris

Hello!

I hope you enjoy this pattern from Mandalas to Embroider. It is actually one of my favourites, but don’t tell the rest of the mandalas that I said that! 🙂 This pattern is fun to stitch using lots of colours, or a few or even in white on a solid background as in this sample cushion from the book.

Click here for the pattern

Click here for the stitch guide

Photo credit: Christine Asbridge @chrissie_crafts

If you are making your cushion cover from scratch, do the embroidery before sewing up your cover. However, if you want to embroider a cushion cover you bought ready made, it can be a bit awkward because you only have one “access point” to the embroidery. When I embellish a shop bought cushion cover, I like to turn the cover inside out and rip one of the side seams and/or the top seam so I have better access to do the embroidery. Once the embroidery is done, I simply sew the seams together again on my sewing machine – or you can do it by hand if you don’t have a machine. Either way, it won’t take long to sew together and the easier access to doing the embroidery will save you a lot of frustration.

The Rainbow Orbit pattern fits in a 6″ embroidery hoop but you can easily add more “orbits” to it if you like. If you have a compass that can make a large enough circle, simply use that to draw a larger circle around the pattern. But if you don’t have a compass, here’s a way to add another orbit circle to the pattern…

Print the pattern in the middle of the page and set aside. On a different sheet of paper, draw a circle using the inside of the inner hoop (6″) as your guide.

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Draw two lines in a cross from edge to edge on this circle. In the centre, draw a 1″ diameter circle.

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Cut out the small circle and then cut away the paper around the large circle. On the pattern, draw a cross in pencil going through the centre.

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Lay your cut out circle over the pattern. Use the small circle to find the centre of the pattern. Line up the two crosses and stick down the circle using a bits of washi/masking tape in the centre.

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Draw all the way around the circle and then remove the circle and tape. The circle you just drew will be the baseline for the new “orbit”.

Add stitch symbols to fill in the new orbit. Dots for French knots, Vs for fly stitch etc. The baseline can be stitched with back stitch or running stitch.

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Draw your new orbit in pencil at first, so it’s easy to make changes. Once you are happy with your new design, go over everything with a black pen and then rub out any pencil marks that you don’t need.

Stitching suggestions: Work the continuous stitches first: back stitch, chain stitch and running stitch. Then, move onto the rows of individual stitches: French knot, lazy daisy and star

Thank you, Carina!

Find signed copies of Mandalas to Embroider in the shop here! Carina also teaches our Embroidery for beginners classes at our West Hampstead shop.

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Nine gifts to make mum for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and this is our first in our series of posts to inspire your gift-giving this year! Want to make something for mum? We have a roundup of nine gorgeous projects that she’ll love. Find all these and more in our Mother’s Day Gifts section on The Daily Stitch! Or read our new post with nine ideas for lovely gifts for mum you don’t have to make!

Double gauze is the softest, lightest fabric and it makes a perfect lightweight scarf for spring! Teamed with pom pom trim, it’s whimsical and fun. This version is made with Adorn double gauze by Alison Glass. Find the tutorial here.

Double gauze pom pom scarf tutorial

A macrame plant hanger is a quick project with huge impact! Pair this gift with a fun pot plant and mum will adore it. You can use our reclaimed Hoooked t-shirt yarn like in the picture, or our cotton macrame cord! Find the tutorial here.

DIY modern macrame plant hanger tutorial

A cute little zip-top bag is perfect for storing essentials and running out the door or for keeping organised whilst traveling. Stitch it up in any fabric mum will love or bust your scraps and create a patchwork exterior. Fun! Find the tutorial here.

Zip Top Purse Tutorial

Our Year of Wreaths series is full of ideas for wreaths mum would love, but one of our favourites is April’s Felt Flower Wreath! The colours are just gorgeous. Find the tutorial here and the full series here.

Felt Flower Wreath tutorial

Decoupage a tray with a fun fabric to customise it for mum! We love this fun stripe, but it would also look great in a moody floral or wild tropical print! Find the tutorial here.

DIY mod podge decoupage tray tutorial

We love this striped tote for mum! The happy colour palette is pretty and springy, but of course could be customised just for her. Pick your favourite Kona Cotton Solids and find the tutorial here.

Striped Tote Tutorial

These simple ric rac-trimmed linen tea towels can be gifted on their own or added to a little basket of all of your mum’s favourite teas and biscuits! Find the tutorial here.

Ric Rac Tea Towel Tutorial

Does your mum love her garden? She’ll love a hand-stitched plant lady brooch! Pair the tutorial with our selection of wool felt for a lovely gift you can make on the go! Find the tutorial here.

DIY Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial

Give mum an excuse to picnic with our picnic basket liner tutorial! Choose a bright, happy print like these Rifle Paper Co. florals for a basket she’ll get loads of use out of. Wine optional! Find the tutorial here.

Picnic basket liner tutorial

Which is your favourite?

Nine handmade gifts to make mum for Mother's Day

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