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Find out what we have been getting up to and our thoughts on everything sewing. Learn new skills and techniques with our free instructions and YouTube tutorials.

Pattern Matching Tips

4th April 2018

Are you struggling with pattern matching your fabric? Or just want to learn a new skill to create some stunning garments? Learn how to pattern match w...

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A little inspiration for Easter…

30th March 2018

Making gifts or decorations this Easter? In need of a little inspiration? Join us, and learn how to sew these cute hanging birds or Easter eggs. Per...

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Hello Copen… (shift dress/top)

11th July 2017

Say hello to Copen, a free dressmaking pattern for a simple shift dress or top. Download here: Copen Shift Dress & Top. Copen is a simple yet sty...

Make Easter Eggs

14th April 2017

Continue the Easter theme and make these Easter Eggs, perfect for hanging on trees and decorating your home. A great way to use up scraps of fabric. W...

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Make Easter Birds

10th April 2017

Learn how to make these cute birds in time for Easter. Make in your choice of fabrics, a great way to use up scraps! Follow our detailed YouTube tutor...

DIY Leather Purse (Bow)

19th March 2017

Hopefully you have seen the tutorial for creating either the plain or frill leather purses and want to know how to take your sewing further and learn ...

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DIY Leather Purse (Frill)

15th March 2017

As part of the series of leather purses I wanted to share the techniques for a purse with a frill feature on the front. If you are new to sewing leath...

DIY Leather Purse (Plain)

9th March 2017

Make one of these cute purses and learn techniques for sewing and working with leather. In the latest YouTube tutorial (How To: Leather Plain Purse ...

Valentine’s Day Sewing

5th February 2016

Get creative this Valentine’s Day, follow along to one of our YouTube tutorials and make something! Knock up a series of lavender hearts (DIY L...

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Beginners Dressmaking 2

1st February 2016

Take your beginners dressmaking to the next level. Learn how to draft a waistband for the McCall’s Skirt 3830 pattern and introduce a lining. In...

Beginners Dressmaking 1

21st January 2016

Learn beginners dressmaking tips and techniques following our tutorial for constructing the McCall’s Skirt 3830 pattern. In this video we will b...

DIY: Appliqué Towel Letter

13th January 2016

Personalise your towels or garments with letters and motifs by following our appliqué tutorial. Start by choosing a product of your choice to person...

DIY: Letters to Santa Envelope

21st December 2015

Create one of these cute ‘Letters to Santa’ envelopes and have a place for your children’s Father Christmas letters; make with your ...

DIY: Appliqué Christmas Jumper

21st December 2015

Make your very own Christmas Jumper following our appliqué tutorial. Start by choosing a plain sweatshirt or top of your choice. You will need a coor...

DIY: Sewing Christmas Cards

19th December 2015

Learn how to use the sewing machine to decorate and make your own Christmas Cards, Birthday Cards and Gift Tags. Watch our corresponding YouTube tutor...

Christmas Decorations

11th December 2015

Join us this Christmas and learn how to make your very own felt decorations ready to display on the Christmas Tree! We have created patterns for a nu...

Advent Calendar Bunting

4th December 2015

Learn how to make your very own Advent Calendar Bunting, such a fun way to display advent gifts and get creative this festive season. Check out the co...

DIY: Stocking Advent Calendar

20th November 2015

Learn how to make these mini Christmas Stockings that you can use as decorations and hang on the Christmas Tree. Alternatively sew 24 of these and ma...

DIY Segment Pumpkin

29th October 2015

Learn how to make your very own segment pumpkin or pin cushion in this tutorial. Perfect for creating some lovely pumpkins for Autumn or Halloween; wh...

DIY Easy Fabric Pumpkin

23rd October 2015

Learn how to make these quick and easy stuffed fabric pumpkins, perfect for the Autumn season. A suitable tutorial for those with or without a sewin...

DIY: Oil Cloth Bunting

21st October 2015

Join in our latest tutorial and make yourself some bunting using oil cloth fabric and rope, perfect if your new to sewing or if you don’t have a...

DIY Felt Halloween Decorations

11th October 2015

Join us this Autumn and learn how to make your very own felt decorations ready for Halloween! We have created a pattern for four different decoration...

DIY Leather Bow Keyring

12th September 2015

Create a fun DIY project and make one of our cute bow keyrings. Personalise your keyring in your choice of fabric and learn some tips and techniques...

DIY: Oil Cloth Bag

7th September 2015

Join us for this fun tutorial and learn how to make your very own Oil Cloth Bag, choose from one of the three sizes we have designed for you or learn ...

DIY Quilted Keyring

24th August 2015

Join in our fun tutorial and learn some new sewing tips and techniques whilst making a gorgeous quilted keyring. A quick and easy project to make as g...

DIY Appliqué Keyring

14th August 2015

Learn how to make one of these fun keyrings. Join us for our appliqué keyring tutorial and learn new machine and hand sewing techniques whilst whiz...

DIY Lavender Hanging Hearts

10th August 2015

Join us for this fun tutorial and learn how to make your very own hanging hearts. Perfect to display in your home; stuff with lavender with a gorgeous...

Beginners Fabric Choices

6th August 2015

Your new to sewing and want to jump into the deep end embarking on a new and exciting project. But before you start, stop and think about your fabric...

Quilting Wash Bag Sizing

17th July 2015

Having seen our How To: Quilting Wash Bag Tutorial on YouTube and taken a look at our corresponding blog post; How To: Quilted Wash Bag we hope that ...

How To: Quilted Wash Bag

16th July 2015

Learn new skills and techniques whilst making your very own wash bag or make up bag. We have created 3 different sizes for you to choose from; small, ...

Fabric Preparation

11th July 2015

Should you wash your fabric before use? This is a question that I am often asked by customers. Do you need to pre-treat your fabric before sewing? You...

Lavender Bunting

9th July 2015

Bunting with a difference… Join us and learn how to make your very own Lavender Bunting, hopefully you’ll learn some sewing tips along the...

Quick & Easy Liberty Bunting

1st July 2015

We love bunting but it can be time consuming and a little challenging for beginners. So… here’s our quick and easy bunting tutorial, show...