QUICK CUTE COASTERS – DIY

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This DIY was originally created for a quick and easy idea for a Father’s Day gift, but I don’t know anyone that wouldn’t love a set of coaster created just for them. We have hundreds of fabrics that would be perfect for this project.

Why not try this one for your Mum’s birthday – http://www.sewcraftyonline.co.uk/product/dashwood-suffolk-garden-dandelion-carpet-fat-quarter/

Or maybe theme it to fit in with someone’s kitchen colour theme? This fits mine perfectly – http://www.sewcraftyonline.co.uk/product/dashwood-flurry-spice-fat-quarter/

You can literally do anything you like! I love these!

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You will need:

  • A pack of cork coasters (Amazon have these exact ones for super cheap)
  • Mod Podge
  • A paint brush
  • Any fabric scrap
  • Lamifix (We sell it in the shop or Amazon again have a wide range)
  • Scissors
  • An iron

How to:

  1. Start by placing your Lamifix matt side down onto your fabric and as per the instructions on the pack, iron it in place. Now you have wipe proof fabric!
  2. Paste your cork coaster with Mod Podge, make it a nice even layer.
  3. Wait for around 30 seconds until the glue is tacky rather than wet and place it face down onto the back of the fabric. Press down on the coaster and leave it to dry for about 20 mins. You can pop a book on top to keep it pressed down firmly.
  4. Once the glue has dried take a super sharp pair of scissors and cut around the cork. Repeat these steps until you have a full set of awesome coasters!

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Let us know if you make these! Email me on carly@sewcraftyonline.co.uk – I’d love to see what fabric you’ve chosen!

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PINTEREST: PERFECT PINS

So unless you’ve been hiding under a social media blackout blanket for the last few years, you won’t have failed to notice, but probably become utterly addicted, to the wonderful world of Pinterest. I have to admit, pretty much pinteresteverything I have wanted to do, create, plan, find inspiration for, you name it, in the last couple of years, I have gone straight to Pinterest, created a board and resurfaced at least 12 hours later with exactly what I want, and had a blast in the process.

I have planned parties on there, baked amazing cakes, helped my friend plan her wedding, designed beautiful birthday cards, created fun costumes, decorated at least 3 rooms in my house, planned my creative space, decided what hair do I might like next, learned how to crochet, found great content for social media and painted myself a great Sugar Skull face. To name but a few!

As a shop that is all about creativity and inspiration, of COURSE Sew Crafty has a few Pinterest boards. In fact we have a whole shop account with hundreds of inspiring images, some from the shop itself, some just because we love them and have made us want to create amazing things from the bits and bobs around the shop. Come and have a mooch! Repin to your hearts content, we encourage it! – www.pinterest.com/sewcraftyshop

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By the way, did you know, to aide in your blossoming Pinterest addiction, you can add what they call an “add on” to your browser (thats the window you are looking at this website on). This add on means that if you hover your mouse over any image, a little “Pin it” button pops up. If you click that it automatically lets you add that image to one of your Pinterest boards!

This is what this looks like on our blog and site:

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Install this add on to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari now using this link: https://help.pinterest.com/en/articles/add-pin-it-button-your-browser

On our website actually, once you click inside a product page, you may have noticed we have added our own little “Pin it” button under the description! This does the same job without adding the add on. We love it!

What’s the best thing you’ve planned on Pinterest? What board do you think we should add to ours? Lets get the conversation started! 🙂

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QUIRKY QUIPPERS REVIEW FESTIVAL OF QUALITY QUILTS

Festival of Quilts – Special Report

In the last newsletter we asked you guys to send us in your thoughts on this years Festival of Quilts. Guest writer Alexandra Brancato-Merritt of AllyBrancatoDesigns wrote us this fantastic report of her day. Thanks Ally!

I’ve only been sewing about 15 months so it was my first time at Festival of Quilts & I went on the Saturday. I got there on an organised coach, but it did take the coach driver about 40 minutes of driving around & around the NEC complex before he finally found how to get into the drop off zone at the entrance as there were quite a few of us with mobility issues so we couldn’t walk from the far away car parks. None of the NEC staff seemed to know where we should go & there was a complete lack of signs & organisation. 

Anyway we got in a bit later than expected so I immediately went to Hall 9 to see if there were any places left on any Quick & Easy Workshops. Unfortunately all but 3 courses were sold out when I got there at 10.15am, but I was lucky to get a place on “Landscapes: Two For The Price Of One” course with Mick Stead at 1pm. After I booked that I wondered around Hall 9 & then came across the Rowandean Embroidery stand & they had a little class running on their stand which I signed up for & started, even though I’ve never done any embroidery before, so I was a bit scared of it. But I soon realised it wasn’t as daunting as I’d always thought. I was there over a hour & surprisingly really enjoyed it & found it really relaxing, but I didn’t fully finish my project as I had to go to the other class I had signed up for.

The short 2 in 1 Landscape pictures course was only for an hour so not much time to do much, but the idea was to learn the technique by cutting out the fabric for the main parts for 2 separate patchwork landscape pictures & Bondaweb some parts & for the most pin them in place so you could take them home to finish off & sew them at home at your leisure. It was also a technique to teach you to think how to carefully cut things out to make the most of your fabrics so you can use 1 small piece of fabric for 2 different projects, especially if you had hand dyed them yourself & to limit any scrap wastage.  It was such a fast paced course I did have some trouble keeping up as I’m not the fastest, but I did really enjoy it & I’m really pleased I had something to show for it at the end & when I get the chance I will finish them by sewing them both, embellishing & then quilting.

The picture below shows the unfinished embroidery I did at the show.

The picture below shows the unfinished 2 in 1 Landscape pictures I did on the course at the show.

After that I spent the rest of the afternoon looking at various quilt exhibitions and exhibitors & supplier stalls & I spent lots of money of course. I did see everything in Hall 9 but I didn’t manage to see everything in Halls 8 & 7 as there just wasn’t enough time before our coach was due to pick us up at 5pm. I can now see why people told me it really takes about 2 days to see everything at the show & to take a shopping trolley to put everything in that you inevitably purchase, which I’ll bear in mind for next year’s show.

It really was an amazing day, it’s given me some great ideas for future projects, I learnt a variety of new techniques, I have 3 projects started from the days 2 classes I took & even more enthusiasm for patchwork, quilting & sewing than I had before. I will definitely be going again next year & I would love to do another Quick & Easy course at the show next year but I will definitely pre-book it in advance next time. I was also quite surprised the show wasn’t as busy as I had expected it to be on the Saturday & that the show was so well spaced out so that those with mobility problems can easily get around, so next year I will hire a mobility scooter there for just £15, which you can either pre-book or hire on the day subject to availability.

My favourite quilt displayed was a really effective & bold tree wall-hanging below, which I can imagine myself doing elements of;

I also loved these 2 bold quilts below;

Helen Martin got in touch to let us know about the amazing artist she discovered at the festival:

Had a fabulous time at my first Festival of quilts, top of the pile for me was the work by American Artist Luke Haynes who creates digital pictures of himself and then uses appliqué to create the photograph, plus traditional log cabin, or half square triangles for the background. He must have used hundreds of different pieces of different fabric, the effect was stunning.

It was a hugely inspiring day, completed by plenty of shopping! Thankfully a bunch of masseurs were on site to give aching muscles a rub!

Thanks for getting in touch ladies! Looks like you both made the most of a great event.

Did you pop down to the festival this year? How do you think it’s changed over the years? What caught your eye this year? Please do comment below and get the conversation rolling, its what its there for! 🙂

 

CREATE A SIMPLE POUCH FOR YOUR BLOGS BEST FRIEND – AND MAKE IT SNAPPY – DIY

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All good bloggers/business owners know that the key to a beautiful looking online presence are some beautiful photographs. Our cameras are always with us, whether on our phone, or the more professional DSLRs, we like to make sure they’re safe and covered from the elements, right?

The product of this project is a perfect gift for a photo taking loved one, or keep it for yourself and make it totally personalised. We have a TON of perfect fabric in the shop for this make.

Like this gorgeous monochrome heart cotton – http://www.sewcraftyonline.co.uk/product/heart-cotton-mp1510/

Which would go beautifully with this mini spotted cotton – http://www.sewcraftyonline.co.uk/product/mini-spot-cotton-mp1520/

Or how about this funky Star Wars print – http://www.sewcraftyonline.co.uk/product/star-wars-comic/

With this white and gold cotton print – http://www.sewcraftyonline.co.uk/product/mini-gold-stars-cotton/

Do let us know if you make the pouch and what fabrics you decided to use! Use #showcrafty on any social media and we’ll see it.

 

 

You will need:

  • 2 Fat Quarters
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Wadding
  • Tailors Chalk
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pattern – download pdf here

How to:

  1. Cut out both pieces of fabric using the pattern. I scaled to the size of A2 paper to fit my camera. Might need some adjusting to yours.
  2. Sew arrow shapes to central section on each piece of fabric to close gaps.
  3. Sew both pieces of fabric to each other, right sides together. Do not sew over bottom diagonals.
  4. Cut out wadding so slightly smaller than sewn edge & pull wadding through as you turn fabric right side out. Use gaps to arrange wadding into correct place.
  5. Place both openings right side together and sew to create the pouch. Turn right side out and sew up opening!

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Ta da! Its that simple! Why not make one for a friend too!

I didn’t use a sewing machine for this, yes… I know. I cheated. I will start using it soon, promise! But this is what Sew Crafty is famous for. Easy sewing crafts you can do with or without a sewing machine, just using some gorgeous fat quarters! Stay tuned for lots of DIYs like this! I can’t wait to get my teeth, and pins, into some more!