Welcome the Sew Crafty Design Team

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A few months back we put a call out here and on our social media accounts for some enthusiastic creators to join our Sew Crafty Family. We were so over whelmed with the response that we had and it was so, so hard to choose our handful of team members.  Today is the day you get to meet them, Say hello to the first Sew Crafty Design Team!

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@missdaisypatterns  //  @stitchitmama  //  @roodles_unique

@fariesbubblesco  //  @Imstudiolou  //  @delightfullykristi

@cotton_clara  //  @floralandfeather  //  @dominique.major

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Tina O’Rourke – Miss Daisy Patterns
Tina is a craft practitioner, writer and facilitator living in the West coast of Ireland. Her work covers the disciplines of pattern drafting and design using textiles, felt, hand & machine embroidery, crochet and graphic design. Tina’s sewing patterns and tutorials are available online via her website www.missdaisypatterns.com
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Steph Waller – Stitch It Mama
Steph is the creator of Stitch It Mama – A handmade toy company born from her love of designing and sewing toys for her daughter. She sews every day, and openly admits she’s a fabric addict! She is now teaching 4 year old daughter Lucy to sew, and is enjoying sharing her skills (and love of fabric) with her. www.stitchitmama.com

 

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Rudy Boddington – Roodles Runique
Rudy got her sewing machine for Christmas 2014 and has taught herself to sew in the following months. She professes to still being very much a beginner but loves to sew clothes, to quilt, and to do paper crafts. She loves to experiment with new techniques and keeping herself learning. www.roodles-runique.blogspot.co.uk/

 

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Maria Borges Duarte – Fairies, Bubbles & Co
Maria is Portuguese and living in the UK, with a passion for sewing. She would love to be able to add more hours to the days, so that she could sew everything she has planned! Maria’s blog is full of gorgeous dresses for little girls and can’t wait to see what she comes up with for us. fairiesbubblesco.wordpress.com

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Lou Orth – I’m Studio Lou
Lou is a self confessed fabric addict and loves spending her free time designing and sewing in her studio in Oxfordshire. She mainly sews quilts and quilted items for magazines, but also loves making clothes and quick fun sewing projects too! imstudiolou.wordpress.com

 

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Kristi Peterson – Delightfully Kristi
Kristi loves sewing, crafting and creating, especially when it involves a sewing machine, paint and/or power tools. Her favorite colours are sky blue, hot pink, mint green and bright yellow. Her favorite dinosaur is the Apatosaurus. Oh, and she absolutely loves peanut butter! www.delightfullykristi.com

 

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Chloe Hardisty – Cotton Clara
Chloe lives in Loughborough with her husband Chris and two little boys. Her passion is anything fabric and needle related and spends her evenings dreaming up new projects and designing needlepoint DIY kits for her Folksy shop folksy.com/shops/cottonclara and diy projects for her blog cottonclara.wordpress.comShe loves, baking, hanging out with her two little boys, running and finding new creative people to follow on Instagram!

 

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Zoe Potter – Floral and Feather
Currently decorating her first home and sharing the makes and DIYs along the way. You’ll find crafts, knitting, crochet and creative living inspiration on Floral and Feather. When not making in her craft room she’s often found exploring the countryside and castles and is rarely seen without a camera. floralandfeather.blogspot.co.uk

 

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Dominique Major – Dominique Major
Dominique is a self-taught dressmaker and budding pattern cutter. She’s inspired by a love of florals, pastel colours and patterns You’ll most likely find her hanging out with her rabbit Tilly and daydreaming about her next big project idea or planning her next adventure. dominiquemajor.wordpress.com

 

 

So there they are all, ready and raring to get making some beautiful projects. Head over to their social accounts, blogs and sites and show them some love to welcome them to the family!

This wonderful team of designers will be creating projects and tutorials with our products to inspire you to get your make on. Each month we will link up their posts here and share their projects on Instagram, so make sure you are following us @sewcraftyshop and check out the #scdesignteam to keep up with all the teams creations.

Sammy xxx

Sew Crafty New Dressmaking, Knitting and Craft Journals

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Our newest journals are finally here!  First came our original sewing journal, three cover designs and pre-printed journaling pages which I had been dreaming and planning for two years before I could finally launch them in September 2015. This month sees the newest additions to our range with the launch of three brand new journals; Knitting and Crochet, Craft and Dressmaking have now joined the Sew Crafty party.

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Our Dressmaking journal is an extension on our sewing journal for all us sewists who need to plan garment silhouettes and make detailed notes to take to the fabric store. We wanted to have a place to sketch out garments without  a ‘skinny’ or ‘plus size’ base so we chose a simple mannequin form to sketch your ideas over. There is space around the edges for notes and a whole lined page for more extensive note taking.

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In between the planning pages are the record pages. Printed with allocated space for swatches, where and what notions were needed. A space for reflecting on how the project went and what could be done differently next time.

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Our most requested journal after our first journals where released was Knitting and Crochet, It was also the one I had the least experience to be able to design. I am reasonably handy with knitting needles or crochet hook but I am by no means a knitter. That is where Mum and her lifetime of woolly endeavours came in. She was the one who helped the knitting and crochet journal come to life.

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We decided that the notes page ws still important , but rather than a blank page for sketching, a grid for planning designs or making notes of stitch numbers ,would be more useful.

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The record pages also got the once over with an area for ball bands, more detailed prompts and as always an area for reflection on how the project turned out.

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I have to admit the Craft journal was a purely selfish pursuit on my behalf. I wanted a beautiful journal to record my own crafting projects in that would look great in my handbag. It was the cover design that I designed that then went on to be the inspiration behind all the covers for this set of journals.

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This journal has the same notes and grid pages as the knitting journal but again we have tailored the record pages to be more helpful to crafters.

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The whole idea behind all our journals is to create a memory of each piece you create, improve for next time and document your progress. to help you remember where you added a row, bought that to die fro fabric or the moment you found a new favourite adhesive.  This is a possess my Mum has been doing since she was a teenager, It is so fun to go through her old note books and read all the notes of things she has made over the years. I hope that one day my kids will enjoy going through my journals as much as I am filling them.

So there you have our newest set of journals, We really hope you will find one that you love.

I would love to know if there are any products you would like to see us create at Sew Crafty and don’t forget to get in on all the gossip first on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest @sewcraftyshop

Sammy xxx

10 Charity Craft Projects and Ideas

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Charity craft, another reason to get making!

One of the biggest reasons so many of us craft as much as we do, is to give. To pass on our heartfelt creations to the ones we love. Having a lovingly made project on the go constantly is a part of who we are, and knowing what and who we’re making it for just makes us work even harder to create something beautiful and full of love. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I don’t know about you, but sometimes I run out of people to make for. I’m a hobbyist so not interested in making en masse and selling on Etsy, but I would love to find a new outlet and reason for the amount I craft.

Hopefully I have stumbled upon the answer! Did you know there are charities, all around the world, whose main donations consist of handmade items that are craved by those in need. Hopefully one or more of these options sounds right for you. Let us know if you make anything and who you’re sending it to by telling us on social media – @sewcraftyshop – and using the hashtag #showcrafty x

1. Dress a Girl

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This wonderful worldwide initiative helps get adorable dresses to children in places around the world where they would normally never even dream of getting something to cute and just for them. With a great guide on how to make the simplest but best dresses, the types of fabric to use, and where to send your dress to locally to you – there are ambassadors world wide – as well as how to start your own Dress a Girl event and tons of photos of the kids looking adorable, this site just pulls on the creative heart strings and is something anyone can take part in.

Full info on the Dress a Girl website: http://www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com

2. A Gift of Quilts

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It’s a well known joke among quilters and those that love them that it’s an addiction. We’ve all got multiple quilts or beginnings of quilts surrounded by fabric, and here’s a new reason to finish! Inspired by the 2012 Olympics, A Gift of Quilts sources charities and hospices around the world that are in dire need of something warm and homemade to make people suffering feel better and loved. Head over to their website to see the list of “Who Wants What” and how you can get involved! http://www.agiftofquilts.co.uk/

3. Made 4 Aid

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This brilliant organisation collects handmade anythings and sells them to raise money for Medicins sans Frontiers/Doctors without borders. It has a few criteria like the gift must be made by you, recently and be in good quality. But other than that the world is your oyster. Check out what other work they do and how you can get involved on their website now. http://www.made4aid.org/

4. Are you being bullied?

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This lovely charity have a book they send out to schools and community groups explaining the importance of speaking out if they are being bullied. They have an adorable mascot called Percy the Pigeon who helps! The charity need volunteers to knit a Percy, following the pattern on their website, and send it in to be used during talks, and let’s children know they are not alone. Knit your own Percy with the pattern on the Are you being bullied? website now! http://areyoubeingbullied.com/

5. The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund

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Another knitting one! The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund (RN&RMCF), the only charity dedicated to supporting children whose parents work for the Naval Services, is looking for knitters to volunteer their time and their spare wool to create small dolls for the charity. All the patterns, info inc materials needed are on the website – these dolls are so so sweet! Get involved on their website now. http://rnrmchildrensfund.org.uk/

6. Craftivist Collective

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Craftivism as a concept isn’t new, but this website is certainly a breath of fresh air. Learn what you can do to bring craft into making a difference, a quiet creative protest for things that matter. With a whole heap of creative project ideas, you can get lost in this website and its inspiring ideas for weeks! Learn what you can do to make a difference with your craft, bit by bit, it’s all important. Something a bit different here but we love it! Learn more at https://craftivist-collective.com

7. Making for Charity

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This organisation encourages people to make sweet syringe driver bags for people who need to carry them around with them. Usually those in palliative care or cancer fighters. They also need small personal effects bags and small ring pouches for when belongings need to be safely returned to loved ones after someones passing. This is such a kind and unheard of idea, to me anyway, and a lovely way to give back and make someones day a little easier. Find the detailed patterns and info on how to get involved on the Making for Charity website now. http://www.makingforcharity.co.uk/

8. Snuggles Project

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Animals need donations too! The Snuggles Project is a totally beautiful idea to connect crafters with lonely shelter animals that just need a snuggle. Make Snuggles following their patterns (knitting, crochet, sew, no-sew, toys etc), find a local shelter on their list, using the kitten symbol to show they a re participating, and send your donations in! Even if your local shelter isn’t involved yet (but lots are) let them know about it and become a part of a wonderful movement. Ah my heart. http://www.snugglesproject.org/

9. Love for the Elderly & The Forgotten Ones : International Card Exchange for the Elderly

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It’s been so wonderful researching this post, and this one is great to end on. Create beautiful cards and letters to be sent to people who may never receive another card again. Let them know they are thought of and loved. Wish them a Happy Birthday or Merry Christmas. You don’t know how much one thought, one handmade keepsake, can really mean to those lonely and often forgotten members of society.

Head to this website for more info on what your card or letter could consist of, and find their general North American address to send your cards to. If you would like to look internationally, a world wide database of places you can send your cards and letters can be found on this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thelonelyelderly/posts/483569565082163?fref=nf

10. Find A Great Charity That Needs YOU!

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Lion Brand have this fantastic search form on their website. Type in the sort of charity craft you’re into, where you are and BOOM! Lots of needy charities just waiting for your goodies. http://www.lionbrand.com/charityConnection.html

Let us know if you know of ANY other fabulous charities gagging for our crafty donations, or if you already donate, and they’re not on this list, let us know who to! And next time you’re about to send something off, tag us on social media using @sewcraftyshop and #showcrafty so we can be extra proud of you.

Thanks for reading! xx

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Product Review – Rico Wristband

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I made this product – Cross Stitch Faux Leather Wristband – Zig Zag Kit

I couldn’t wait to try this awesome thing out! I mean look at it! It just looks cool, and feels like something I would get a lot of use out of. I also wanted to test it out to see if it would make a good gift, its a resounding yes! It took me about 4-5 hours altogether to complete. I wanted to get it perfect so did have to “rewind” a couple of times, but I think it turned out really well. I thought about drifting away from the pattern it came with, but I’m glad I didn’t. It meant I figured out exactly how much thread came with it. There’s definitely enough to make another wristband. So if you get the kit, you can pick up the solo wristband and make 2 with just one lot of thread! Bargain!

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What comes in the kit:

– All the thread you need and more

– Faux Leather Wristband

– Needle

– Guide with design idea and tips

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The guide recommends you split the thread into sections of 3 little threads. I also recommend cutting smaller lengths at a time first, then splitting to make it easier. Working with one long huge thread just gets you tangled.

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The best results with cross stitch always come from:

1. Starting from behind the work.

2. Picking a top corner, then going to the bottom corner, then coming up through the opposite corner and back over the diagonal.

3. Always make sure the top stitch is facing the same way on every cross.

4. Its tempting to do one row of one diagonal, then going back and crossing over them. In my experience this encourages tangles and can confuse things somewhat, it also makes for a messier back!

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When starting off the first thread, leave a tail and stitch over it on the back to seal. When finished a length, thread through the back stitches a couple of times and cut! Most of the time this is the neatest and strongest way to finish. Knots can come undone and often make the back messy with looser ends.

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If you’re keeping to the pattern, do keep looking back. At one point I thought I had to unpick a whole row! Turned out I just had the image and the wristband upside down from each other… But honestly, now I’ve finished it, I know I didn’t need to be strict. The pattern is a guide, and there’s plenty of thread if you differ off the path.

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It’s so satisfying seeing it coming together!

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Finished! It looks like something from a high end clothes shop. I love it so much!

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Both me and the fella tried it on (hes the hairy one) and I think it looks great on both of us!

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This is what the back looked like in the end – just for fun!

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Oh and this is how much thread you have left in the kit! So much! At least enough to do another wrist band – you can get them by themselves from the website – or maybe 2!

Happy Stitching!

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Ten Steps To Becoming a Macrame Master

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Macrame is so hot right now and we’re totally addicted. There’s some fantastic macrame kits out there, but to get started why not grab any yarn, string, embroidery thread or twine you have lying around to get you started. Perfect for beginners, or your next macrame party! This is a thing. Is this a thing? I might make this a thing.

1. Simply Braided

Lets start at the beginning. Here is the basic Macrame knot. Once mastered can be the base for thousands of designs and patterns. Click the image to head to icreativeideas.com’s tutorial.

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2. The Next Step

This looks tricky but is actually a lot simpler than it looks, I think it actually looks super impressive! Its literally just knotting 2 threads next to each other, together, 2 at a time. See, super simple. The creativity comes in the colours you choose, and the pattern. Click the image for the Pin I found this on, which shows the step by step images.

Here is a more detailed explanation on honestlywtf.com

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3. Up Your Game

Working with this principal, and these rainbow colours because, what could be better, why not try this slightly more detailed pattern by the dolls at Macrame School. Click the image to go to their YouTube tutorial and try it yourself. Again, its a lot simpler than it looks! And so fun!

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4. Go Glam

This super glamorous and dainty design is the natural next step. You’ll have made 100 bracelets for yourself, so now you’ll want to start making some as gifts, or maybe to sell at a craft fair? Learning different patterns like this is a great tool to your belt. Picking softer colours and neater thread for something like this works wonders. Click the image to go to another Macrame School tutorial video.

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6. Master the Tension

There are a million ways to create the tension needed to make nice tight bracelets. Here are just a few of our tried and tested favourites.

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7. Put your heart on your sleeve (wrist)

Its time to add embellishments! Start with this simple heart then the world is your oyster! This shouldn’t be hard now you’ve mastered the basics. You’ll be sticking these hearts on everything! Click the image for the tutorial.

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8. Graduate Up

Time to try a necklace? Use your skills to create a “chain” with your favourite macrame style, then add a gorgeous precious stone, rock or memorable trinket to the bottom by learning how to make a quick bespoke net. The beauty of this is you don’t have to dig out perfect beads with holes in them, you can literally turn anything, OK maybe not the cat, but close to anything, into a necklace pendant! Click the image for the tutorial from Quiet Lion Creations.

You could also try wrapping the pieces with this tutorial from Ecocrafts.

Or go back to bracelets and pop a net in one of them instead with this tutorial from True Blue Me and You.

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9. Have a Hoot!

Confident? Why not make your OWN charm? I am so in love with this owl design. Its gorgeous. Who wouldn’t love receiving this for their birthday? Wear this out and you’ll get tons of comments and questions. Click the image for another video from Macrame School – they really are the best.

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10. Get Creative!

Look on Pinterest for inspiration, and use your new skills to make something incredible and unique! Maybe something like these incredible creations by the amazing Lesh Loom. I’m in love!

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Have fun guys! If you delve into macrame, especially if you use any of our bits, then let us know in the comments or on social at @samanthaclaridgstudio

Check out our Pinterest board on Macrame to see some more wonderful ideas, knots to learn and video tutorials from some of our favourite makers.

Sammy x

Our trip to Stitches 2016

Last weekend we headed up to Birmingham to have a peruse round our industry’s trade show Stitches! Or the CHSI. This is our 16th year heading up as a company (my second) and it was as much fun as it always is!

Here are a few of our favourite piccies we got from the weekend. So much to see and take in, we were exhausted by the end! But stay tuned for the gorgeous new bits and bobs we grabbed that will be coming to the shop as soon as they arrive!

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It was amazing seeing our dress pattern on the shelf on the magazine stand, and seeing people picking it up! We also caught up with the Ads and Sales girls from the different magazines which was lovely!

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The Yarnia display was wonderful. So much work that must have gone into it! We couldn’t see who the artists were so we’d love to mention them if anyone knows!stitches 2016 sew crafty stitches 2016 sew crafty zips stitches 2016 sew craftystitches 2016 sew crafty haberdashery embroidery thread super hero motifstitches 2016 sew crafty rico buying fashion buyer fabric

Mooching around all the new products out there was so much fun! We got so inspired and may have ordered one or two pieces… 😉stitches 2016 sew crafty dashwoodstitches 2016 sew crafty dashwood

Ahh we love Dashwood Studios. We had another lovely chat with owner David Sweet and we’ll be working  with them closely in the coming months. Exciting!DSC_3249 copy

We did a video seminar with Sara Naumann. It was super interesting and came at the perfect time as we’ll be starting to produce our own videos very soon, so stay tuned for that! stitches 2016 sew crafty catwalk   stitches 2016 sew crafty catwalk

The catwalk was fun. The models didn’t look too happy but we enjoyed seeing the different choices companies made on what to showcase!stitches 2016 sew crafty hoooked tshirt yarn ballshoooked stitches 2016 sew crafty giraffe  stitches 2016 sew crafty hoooked purses

And last but not least – we are HOOOKED on Hoooked! 😀

Did you go to Stitches this year? Do you go to conventions like this? Its the Knitting and Stitching Show in London this weekend. We can’ t make it but let us know if you do and how it went!

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Fabulous Fat Quarter Projects

Fat Quarter Frenzy! We’ve all got them. Those bundles and bundles of Fat Quarters from the remnants pile or left over from a bigger project or maybe we grabbed a few when we couldn’t justify buying a metre yet! Hehe! Anyhoo, one of our favourite things at the moment is figuring out cute things to do with all those little pieces! And we’ve found A LOT! Here is just half of our favourites. Stay tuned for the 2nd part next month!

PS Did you know that we regularly post Dashwood Studio FQ giveaways on our Facebook page? Also if you leave your first review on one of our products, whether you bought it from us or not, we will send you a FREE fat quarter bundle to say thanks!

PPS Scroll down to claim your FREE Fat Quarter Project book filled with 20 beautifully photographed projects – written & photographed by our Sammy and printed on gorgeous matt paper – a proper collectable from Sew Crafty.

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1. Magic Wands – By Sammy @ Sew Crafty

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These are gorgeous, easy and would make anyone feel magical! TOP TIP: Why not use sparkly fabrics, glitter glue, motifs and sequins to embellish the star!

You will need:

Step 1: Fold fat quarter in half right sides (RS) together then draw out a star shape.

Step 2: Sew around edge of shape along the lines you drew leaving a small gap at a inwards point for turning through and joining stick.

Step 3: Cut the fabric 5mm outside the stitching line all round then trim away the points and notch in to the corners.

Step 4: Turn out star and stuff firmly.

Step 5: Wrap ribbon around stick gluing at the top and bottom.

Step 6: Pop the stick into the gap in the star and sew it up.

Step 7: Tie lengths of ribbon and trimmings around the stick at the base of the star.

2. iPad/iPhone Stand By Factotum of Arts

This is brilliant! And this gorgeous Street Life fabric by Dashwood Studios would be lovely and perfectly ironic!

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3. Pencil Case By Sammy @ Sew Crafty

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This pencil case is a little more complicated, but so worth it!

You will need:

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Step 1: Use your template and mark the shape on your outer fat quarter, lining fat quarter and interfacing.

Step 2: Cut all three pieces out.

Step 3: Use the template to make and cut two pockets from your lining fat quarter.

Step 4: Sew bias binding along the top of the two pockets and fold over the straight edge.

Step 5: Clip or pin the pockets and elastic to the lining and interfacing, making sure you include some looser loops in the elastic to hold larger pens.

Step 6: Sew the elastic in place and create the pen loops. Sew down both sides of the pockets 2mm from the edge.

Step 7: Place the outer fabric wrong sides together with the interfacing and pin or clip it all together.

Step 8: Topstitch together all the way around, 2mm from the outer edge.

Step 9: Create the fold lines by sewing down the centre lines marked on the template.

Step 10: Undo your zip and starting at the centre bottom, pin or clip the zip (coil facing inwards) around the edge of the case, you may need to snip in to the zip at the corners to get it to lie smoothly around the curve. Sew it in place. Fold the head of the zipper to the inside of the case.

Step 11: Make a small end stop with a scrap of fabric and slip it over the head of the zip.

Step 12: Pin then stitch bias binding all the way around, encasing all the raw edges.

Step 13: Flip the zipper head to the outside so that you can close the zip.

4. Turn One Fat Quarter into 5 Yards of Binding By Jona @ Stop Staring and Start Sewing

This is so clever! How have we never thought of this before? So ruddy useful! And we know the perfect fat quarter to use, do you?

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5. Tool Belt By Sammy @ Sew Crafty

This tool belt is perfect for so many uses! We’ve made 3 and use all of them!

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You will need:

TOP TIP: Use a 1cm seam allowance throughout!

Step 1: Take your first fat quarter and cut one piece 18cm x 45cm and another 13cm x 45cm to create the first two pockets.

Step 2: Take both pockets and turn one long edge over by 1cm to the wrong side and stitch down to hem.

Step 3: Lay the shorter pocket on top of the taller one, then pin and stitch where you want the dividing lines on the shorter pocket to be. Sew these lines in a straight line from the bottom to the top. The central line of stitching which goes from the top of the larger pocket will be stitched later, so plan around this.

Step 4: Cut your other fat quarter in half lengthways. Lay one half right sides (RS) up on top. Place the other half RS down on top of that.

Step 5:  Stitch all the layers together down both sides across the bottom.

Step 6: Turn the whole piece RS out.

Step 7: Find the centre of the top edge of the back piece and the centre of the length of webbing, and pin it in place to match up with the middle of the fabric. The fabric needs to overlap the webbing by 1cm.

Step 8: Sew the webbing to the fabric along the length. The line of stitching needs to be as close to the edge of the webbing as possible.

Step 9: Fold the webbing down over the front of the belt, pin and stitch close to the bottom of webbing. Topstitch along the top edge in the same way.

Step 10: Stitch from the bottom of the pockets, through all four layers, up to the top of the taller pocket to finish.

6. Fabric Covered Bulletin Board By Amber @ Crazy Little Projects

This is another simple but totally effective idea for using up those gorgeous Fat Quarters and is such a perfect piece for any sewists office. Love it!

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7. Lip Shaped Clutch Bag By Sammy @ Sew Crafty

Gorgeous, cheeky and so easy to make. Everyone who sees this is going to want you to make one for them. Why not point them to this blog post instead 😉 This one was made using the gorgeous Flurry fat quarter by Dashwood!

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You will need:

  • 2 Fat Quarters
  • Iron-on Fleece
  • Zip: 30cm
  • Poppers
  • Sewing machine with a zip foot
  • Basic sewing kit

Step 1:  Iron on the fleece to the back of the outer fabric.

Step 2: Draw out a lips shape on the outer fabric and lining and cut 2 of each.
Step 3: Sandwich the zip coil facing the outside fabric between it and the lining.
Step 4: With a zip foot sew along the length of the zip.
Step 5: Carefully snip in to the curve.
Step 6: Fold the fabrics to the right side exposing the zip.
Step 7: Repeat steps 3-6 with the second set of fabrics.
Step 8: Open out the zip and top stitch along the length.
Step 9: Leaving the zip mostly opened out flip the fabrics again and pin the lining to the lining and the outer to the outer with right sides facing. Try and get the tape of the zip facing towards the outer fabric and the coil to the lining. Don’t forget to leave a gap for tuning through in the bottom of the lining.
Step 10: Carefully snip in to the seams at all the points where it curves.
Step 11: Turn the bag RS out and stitch the gap closed.
Step 12: To get the lips shape fold the top corners down and sew poppers to hold them firmly in position.

8.  Dream Catcher By Live it Love it Make it

Cute and fun, this dream catch would look great hanging in anyones bedroom – why not make different colours for all the family?  I bet a lovely Mum you  know would love one! You don’t even need a full fat quarter for this one, just some gorgeous scraps!

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9. Refashion a Tired Denim Shirt By Sammy @ Sew Crafty

Got a favourite shirt you love the fit of but have worn to death? Give it a new lease of life with your favourite new fabric! This is fab because ideas like this can be redone time and time again to suit you and your style, and use up every fat quarter you’ve collected!

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You will need:
  • 1 fat quarter
  • A denim shirt
  • Freezer paper
  • Pencil
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
Step 1: Take your freezer paper and mark out the areas on the shirt you would like to cover.
Step 2: You can use the raised seems to help guide your markings.
Step 3: Cut out your shapes from the fat quater adding a small 1cm seam allowance.
Step 4: Iron the freezer paper on to the back of your fabric, you may need to place larger pieces across the grain to fit them on your fat quarter.
Step 5: Cut out your pieces.
Step 6: Fold in the edges and iron them in to sharp creases.
Step 7: Remove the freezer paper.
Step 8: Folding under those seams use large stitches to tack the pieces in place on the shirt.
Step 9: Head to the sewing machine and neatly sew around the edges of each piece.
Step 10: Give it one last iron to get it looking smart.

10. Large Hot Pad By Emily @ Auntie Em’s Crafts

If you’re anything like me you like to colour theme EVERYTHING in the kitchen, but sometimes can’t find just the right thing that does THAT job you know? This pot pad idea is perfect. You just need to find the right fabric fat quater. I’m sure you’ve got one!

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Let us know if you make anything we’ve told you about here by commenting below or using the hashtag #showcrafty on any social media that uses hashtags! We’d love to see!

Oh! If you liked any of the ideas from our Sammy in this post, you might like to grab one of her FREE Fat Quarter Project books that she created last year with the wonderful Simply Sewing Magazine! Just click this SECRET link, and add the book to your next Sew Crafty haul! Limited to just 30 so be quick, once they’re gone they’re gone! (Password is “freebook”) 😉 xx

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10 of the BEST Doctor Who Crafts

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To be a true Whovian you’ve GOT to own a piece of original crafty artwork based around the show! Most are so easy, ALL are so impressive. Which one will you try first??

1. Knitted Scarf

This has to be the coolest scarf I’ve seen in a while! This is definitely next on the long list of stuff I must make! And its a FREE pattern download from Ravelry – Geronimo!

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2. Tardis Bobble Hat

How about to go with that adorable scarf, you use the rest of the blue and white wool to make a matching hat! Brilliant! Get the pattern now over on snappy-tots.com!

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3. Brilliant Bookmarks

These awesome bookmarks look so effective and are super easy to make – check out Craft with Bee’s post to make them now!

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4. 11th Doctor’s Bow Tie Cushion

This cushion is awesome in any fabric, but why not grab some red velvet or this red superfine needle cord, and make a DW themed cushion for your sofa! Why not make 3?? They’re so easy to make and take just one Fat Quarter, some interfacing and stuffing! Easy! Try it now with OUR free download How To!

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5.  Guess Doctor Who

This is such an awesome idea! Its pretty clear how you make this. You can design your own images to go in the slots or download a ready made printable from BakaThom for just $3 now!

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6. Ood Ski Mask

This is so creepy but so awesome! Even if you have no intention of going skiing, this NEEDS to be made! 🙂 Check out the FREE crochet pattern on the Ravelry right now!

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7. Another one thats pretty clear how to make it from the image – we just think its so cute! We found this particular idea from YouQueen.com.

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8. Crochet Gloves

Just because I’m more of a crocheter than a knitter I had to include these to finish off the full set of Tardis winter wear – I’ll be trying these tonight! 🙂

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9. Tardis Quilt

This was available ready made and OOAK from Etsy – but if you’re ambitious this could be quite a fun project from the collection of blue fabric everywhere you go, to piecing it all together and enjoying the final piece. So gorgeous.

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10. Tardis Pumps

And finally – aren’t these fabulous? Follow the how-to here. Enjoy!

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10 DIY VALENTINES GIFTS for MASCULINE TASTES

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Valentines is always a tricky one for us creative types isn’t it? More often than not we are of girly tastes who just want to create something for the boys, or those with a traditional masculine taste, in our lives! We think we have found the answers! We have scoured the interwebs and found our very favourite do-it-yourself crafty gift ideas for those who are so often hard to make for! You’re welcome!

1. HANDY CABLE COSY

This is one of our all time favourite makes! This tutorial shows a pretty pink version, but can easily be made using these funky fabrics and darker colours.

Try this awesome Star Wars fabric, or maybe this one. How about this pirate-y one, liquorice all-sorts, or skull and cross bones? Or maybe this nice clean dark red needle cord, or this denim coloured cottom chambray!

Grab the tutorial and FREE pdf pattern from Live it. Love it. Make it. now!

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2. PERFECT SOFA CADDY

This is something we think EVERYONE needs, using some of the suggested fabrics or how about this gorgeous black and gold spotty fabric that will go with any living room decor!

Get the tutorial on Sew4home.com now!

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3. CUTE KINDLE POUCH

This was one of our most  popular leaflets last year! And a great gift for anyone who reads on the tube to work, or grabbing 5 mins in the evening – and so simple to make!

Click to view our simple instructions now!

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4. SQUISHY CAMERA POUCH

Perfect for keeping those expensive pieces of kit clean on the shelf, and bump free in a shoulder bag. This camera pouch is a another simple but brilliant idea!

Get the instructions from Live it. Love it. Make it. now!

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5. COASTERS

These have always been very popularly received when we’ve made them for Father’s Day and birthdays, and we expect nothing less on Valentines day! Make them with this heart print fabric for a Valentines twist.

Get our instructions now!

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6. HANDMADE BOW TIE

These are fabulous, and so simple! Perfect for date night, and you can make sure its matching whatever you’re wearing! Brilliant!

Follow this brilliant tutorial over on The Sewing Sessions blog now!

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7. COZY WINE COVER

One for the knitters! This adorable wine cover is super easy and effective and comes straight from the heart. He’ll love it!

Have a go yourself by following the pattern over on allfreeknitting.com.

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8. PARACORD KEYRING

Paracords are still so funky and practical. Who doesn’t love this beautiful yet masculine design?

Make your own by following the instructions over on Stormdrane’s Blog!

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9. PLAYING CARD LOVE BOOK

These last two aren’t sewing/fabric related but they are rather creative. This is awesome! Create a gorgeous note book filled with funny and sweet sentiments.

Follow how they made this over on visualheart.com

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10. GIANT CHOCOLATE BAR CARD

Lets be honest, all anyone really wants for Valentine’s day is chocolate! Here is an idea that needs no tutorial! Just gather a ton of chocolate bars and create a unique message for your loved one! Here are a couple of ideas to get you started!

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12 Purrfect Pet Projects

We absolutely love these sorts of projects! Easy, upcycled or both, and when they’re for our furry pals, what could be better. Here is our round up of 12 of the best pet projects we’ve found on the interwebs! Comment below if you make anything, or tag us on social media using #showcrafty!

Enjoy!

  1. Puppy Sock Sweater

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Have you ever seen anything more adorable? Make a simple sweater for your tiny dog for the winter months from a thick sock. Love it!

From Prakticideas.com

  1. Smart Dog Shirt Collar

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Smarten any pooch up for a big day out with the perfect shirt collar.

From Cheefultimesblog.com

  1. Kitty Bow Tie Collar

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Not forgetting our kitty pals, they want to look smart too! Maybe make a Valentine’s themed one with one of our LOVEly heart themed fabrics

From Instructables.com

  1. Crochet Cat Critter

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A quick crochet project for your kitty’s play time. Pop catnip in it and watch him go bananas!

From Anne Maries Brei Blog

  1. Crochet Cat Cave

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If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious why not try this brilliant chunky pet bed crochet project! We love working with roving, this is perfect.

From Eilen Tein – use Google Translate to get the English translation

  1. Pet Collar Pouch

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This is brilliantly practical and so simple to make! You could make lots, for all your pets, and all your friends and family’s pets and everyone pets! Why not use one of these adorable fabrics, and this amazing Sausage Dog trim to finish it off!

From ModernDogMagazine.com

  1. Doggie Cooling Jacket w/ Giant Pocket

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The bigger version as it were! This is so clever and made from old cargo shorts! Very good.

From lifehacker.com

  1. Tshirt Cat Tent

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So cute and quick, why haven’t I made one for each room yet??

From Handimania.com

  1. Snuggly Suitcase

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Such a perfect example of upcycling! Grab an old suitcase from a charity shop and decorate it to create the perfect designer pet bed. Simples! Get this look with one of these fun Crepe de Chines!

From Absolute Bodo

  1. Scrappy Dappy Do!

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Another great idea for those spare FQ, scrap fabrics and old clothes. Just adorable and completely down to your own style to make it perfect!

From Apartment Therapy

  1. Cage Bumpers

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Put that cosy touch to those necessary cages with left over material and bits!

From Diycozyhome.com

  1. Sweater Bed

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This has to be my favourite! Make the cutest bed out of an entire old sweater and a cushion! Brilliant!
From Handimania.com

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