Leopard print double gauze

This super cute, bright, and fun leopard print double gauze is super soft and snuggly…perfect for kidswear (as well as us grown-ups!)

We made some of the kid’s Heyday dungarees to test it and it was lovely to work with! It still presses well despite its ‘bounciness and the colours are so vibrant. The orange is much brighter in real life.

The bright pink colourway would make lovely pajamas or loungewear!

We also have plain coral and grey double gauze in stock and in the sale if leopard print isn’t your thing. This fabric is cosy in the winter and cool in the summer so it’s a great all-rounder! Check out our other post on Double Gauze for more inspiration!

Heyday dungarees in Leopard print double gauze

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Faux sherpa fur on-trend tote bag

I loved making faux fur bags back in the ’90s and I’m not mad that the trend is back if I’m honest! They are a fun accessory and are also warm and cosy to hold…comfort is my jam these days!

I’ve put together a simple DIY mixing the black and cream sherpa fur, so let’s get started!

First, start by cutting out two panels of cream fur measuring 10″ x 13″ and then one of black also 10″ x 13″.

Stitch them all together with the right sides facing so that the black panel is in between the two cream panels.

Next, fold this long piece in half and stitch down each side. Create a boxed corner measuring 4″ across. Pin and stitch in place and trim away the point.

Next Cut a lining piece measuring 13″ x 29″. Fold this in half and stitch down each side but remember to leave a gap of about 20cm in one of the sides…I forgot to do this then had to unpick it, gah! (Do as I say not as I do!!)

Box the corners in the same way as you did for the main bag piece.

Next, Cut two lengths of contrast fur measuring 7″ x 30″ but you can make these longer/ shorter depending on your needs! Stitch down the length with right sides together and turn through. Pin these to the bag front and back equidistant from the bag edges.. Tack in place.

Now we are going to place the main bag inside the lining with the right sides facing (wrong side of the lining facing out towards you. and pin all around the top. Stitch in place, pull the tote through the gap you left in the lining (see why that’s so key now!), and Voila!

A trendy, cosy tote perfect for this season! This would make a great Christmas pressie and is super easy to customise with some internal pockets or playing with the size and proportion!

What do you think? Is this trend for you or just too wild?!

DIY Christmas baubles made with felt!

We love a quick and satisfying project. They make a nice palate cleanser between bigger sewing projects and are a great way of using up fabric scraps too!

I thought I’d get a head start on our Christmas decs and make some fun bright baubles for the tree using some of our felt sheets, hotfix fabric and pom pom makers! Want to know how I did it…read on!

I used a roll of packing tape as a circular template and cut two circles of felt for each bauble.

I then used craft punches to punch out shapes from our hotfix fabric (you can do this by hand if you don’t have a craft punch)

The hotfix irons onto the felt nicely, but I used a piece of fabric as a pressing cloth to ensure I didn’t scorch the felt. Then have fun with cutting some creative shapes and designs! layered up circles and scalloped edges look really good.

I decided to go for fun bright colours and star and rainbow motifs!

I layered up felt and glued it with a glue gun (you could add stitching though which would also look great!) Add the second circle as your backing and start stitching around the bauble with a blanket stitch and some embroidery thread. Leave a gap to stuff it with some toy stuffing or fabric offcuts.

I then added some pom poms to the top of the bauble with a few stitches and some pretty ribbon or twine to hang them from the tree!

These are a super easy and fun craft. These would be a great little activity to do with kids over half term and would also make fabulous tags for really fancy gift wrap!

If you make these we would love to see them! Give us a tag on social media #samanthaclaridgestudio

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Craft felt

Hotfix fabric

Pom Pom Maker

Embroidery thread

Sewing a vintage 1970s pattern with Watercolour sunset blurr

 
 
 
To start this post, I should say that I love viscose, I love to wear it, I love the way it moves and drapes and I love that it often comes in great colours and prints. So I was really excited when Sammy got all these viscose fabrics in. I picked this super pastel rainbow fabric to work with and raided my pattern stash for a suitable pattern.

Now one thing I should say is that I do not always love sewing with viscose as it can be a slippery sucker! This one is less slippery than some and did not slide around when I was cutting it out but did shift when sewing, extensive pinning was needed and a walking foot might have helped. However, I’m a lazy sewist and extra steps are not my bag. I did not use a walking foot or reinforce the zipper or really make any allowances for the fabric at all and despite this I think the dress turned out well, which should indicate that it’s a pretty forgiving fabric.

I picked this 1970s pattern, which I had been wanting to try out for a while. Anyone who follows me on Instagram will have realised that I’m a bit obsessed with 70s pattern and style and this fabric seems to fit with the 70s vibe. I love the psychedelic vibes and was excited about floating around in this. However, since summer appears to have forgotten us here in London, I need to work out how to style it for autumn. Black tights are not going to cut it with this rainbow so if you have any ideas, please let me know!

 

I’m off to plan some autumn makes now!

Daisy print statement ruffle bag

Our shelves are full of beautiful bright and joyful cotton florals at the moment and whilst we know these are fabulous for dresses, shirts, PJs, etc I wanted to explore some other projects we can make with them to inspire and maybe spark an idea. Smaller projects are quick and satisfying and they can be a great way to use up scraps…then you can co-ordinate your dress and your bag! 

You might remember I made a ruffle bag a few posts back with some chambray denim. I saw a beautiful round version on Pinterest and really wanted to add that to my collection! This would also be lovely in gingham…just sayin’

I marked out a circle that had a 37cm diameter and then cut across the top of the circle at the 30cm mark to give it a flat shape that will form the top opening of the bag. I then cut the following using this process:

2 x main fabric

2 x lining

2 x lightweight wadding

2 x fusible interfacing

I fused the interfacing to the main fabric then place the wadding onto the back and basted around the edge.

I then cut a strip measuring 130cm x 13cm ( I had to piece this together as I only had a metre of fabric.

Fold over the strip right sides facing and sew down each end. Turn through and press then run two rows of gathering stitch along the raw edge and gather until it fits the bag leaving a gap of about 3cm from the top of the bag. 

Pin the ruffle facing in towards the bag so the frill is sandwiched between the main bag pieces with right sides facing. Stitch with a 1cm seam allowance. Turn through and remove the gathering stitches.

Now add two handles (you can make them out of the same fabric but I had some twill tape which worked well) Cut two lengths, measuring 65cm each and pin them to the top of the bag approx 2.5cm from each end.

Stitch your lining pieces together around the curved edge leaving a gap in one side of about 20cm, this is so you can turn the bag through.

Pop the main bag into the lining (lining still wrong sides out) making sure the handles are tucked in and stitch all the way around the top opening of the bag. Turn it through and stitch the gap in the lining closed. Give it all a press and you are done!

The wadding adds some body to the cotton lawn which is very lightweight, and makes a really lovely quality bag! I took it to the shops straight away and it was the perfect size for all my essentials…I’ll be making a face mask with the scraps to match!

What do you think? You could obviously make this without the ruffle and it would be lovely in faux fur or leather for the Autumn/ Winter!

Debbie x

Stationery DIYs with our fabrics and paper!

Why buy when you can DIY!

With the Summer holiday’s in full flow and the Autumn term starting in a month we thought it would be fun to come up with a few easy peasy DIYs to upcycle and breathe new life into plain stationery. 

First up is covered notebooks. This is so simple it really doesn’t require a tutorial. Simply cut a piece of fabric that is 2cm larger than your notebook all the way around and stick the fabric to the front smoothing out the fabric, then do the same for the back. Cut triangles off the corners of the fabric, a slit at the spine and glue the sides and bottom down!

This is great for using up scraps and offcuts of fabric or why not treat yourself to half a metre of one of our new floral fabrics and cover a few notebooks and folders!

We’ve got some gorgeous bright fun prints in stock including tigers, flowers, and naked ladies…oh my!

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Instead of chucking your tin cans in the recycling why not make them into handy pen holders?! We used the Rico Tropical Spring Hot Foil Paper and Card pad. It contains 15 sheets of paper and card perfect for loads of fun craft projects.

Simply measure the depth of the can and cut a strip of paper the right length.  Wrap it around the can and secure it in place with glue or double-sided tape. This is a great project for kids and a good way to make coordinating storage for their bedroom while keeping all their pens in one place…for a little while anyway!

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Another great use for offcuts of paper/ card magazines or our amazing paper packs (see what I did there…wink!) is some simple DIY Bookmarks, we used to make these as pressies for our parents when we were kids…I’ll be using this one for my planner!

We hope you all have a fab Summer and we look forward to seeing your makes over on Instagram! Don’t forget to tag us #samanthaclaridgestudio

Accessories and homeware with bold print cotton

Have you ever seen a bold print fabric and thought ‘I love that, but what would I make?’

Well, we wanted to give you some sewing inspiration for those fun bold prints and larger fabric scraps that you may have in your stash…

DIY lampshades are a fabulous way of really adding some personality to your home furnishings. We bought a lampshade-making kit and used the Tiger Star print fabric which has such a luxe feel especially paired with my jazzy pineapple lamp base!

These kits are really easy to follow…fairly fiddly but oh sew worth it! (No sewing involved by the way…I just can’t resist a sewing pun!) You don’t need a thick fabric as you are sticking the fabric to a pre-cut plastic base so these lightweight cottons work perfectly.

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Bucket hats are a huge trend this summer and obviously very necessary for keeping that hot summer sun from burning you!

The Sunny Faces fabric is so cute and works perfectly for a kid’s…or adults sun hat!  

We used the free tutorial from Rosery Apparel and made the brim slightly smaller

We love this fried egg print, so fun and quirky and perfect for kitchen accessories.

We found a free tutorial for this lunch box on YouTube and this egg print works perfectly to give a modern and fun food-themed bag!

This fabric would also make some beautiful picnic napkins, oven gloves, and pot holders for your kitchen. 

We hope this has given you some ideas and inspired you to make some cool accessories!

Which fabric is your favourite?

 

Hot Fix Fabric – update old tired clothes with glitter!

I’ve been wanting to have a play with Hot Fix Vinyl for a while now. It’s a great way of adding some glitz and pattern to plain garments…and it’s so much fun!

 

It’s available in 11 fun colours and designs and now only £1.50 per sheet in the sale! Shop here

It’s easy to cut shapes by hand but you can also use craft punches to create little motifs as I have done above on my test piece. The colours are really vibrant and they have such a nice soft texture once they are ironed on.

They are perfect for jazzing up plain t-shirts and tote bags and would be an amazing way to create some really special fabric for a me-made dress or top…I’m planning my next make around it as I speak! This would also be a fun project to do with kids as long as you do the ironing! Good one to keep on hold for a rainy day…I know my little one will love customising her own t-shirt.

Have you tried Hot Fix? What would you make?
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Gift Wrapping ideas with Rico Paper Poetry hot foil tropical pack

I love giving gifts, nothing gives me more joy than choosing something to give someone which I know they will love. Wrapping it beautifully just adds to the excitement don’t you think? I’ve been having a play with the Rico Paper Poetry pads we have in the shop and getting inspired!

These pads have 30 pages so that’s plenty of paper for wrapping lots pf small gift and making tags and even bunting to go with it!

I’ve got a few pretty paper punches which I often use for making gift tags and with the addition of some pretty twine you can be gift ready in minutes!

This paper bauble was made by stitching together 6 circles on my sewing machine straight down the middle and then folding out each leaf of paper, this would make a really fancy gift tag for a wedding or anniversary gift!

These papers are so pretty that I’m sure whoever receives the gift will want to keep it and re-use it too…my Gran always used to joke about ironing wrapping paper and using it again…but I bet she did, and why not! Re-use and recycle is always best!

This pretty garland would be perfect for a birthday party or table decoration like this. It was really simple to make and I simply used a glue stick to sandwich some pretty twine between two pieces of card.

We’ve got lots of fun paper packs and stickers/ washi tape in stock.
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DIY gift wrap Samantha Claridge Studio

Alison’s cosy winter makes with fleece and sherpa fabric

#scdesignteam Cosy winter makes

 
 
 
My last project for the SCDT falls under the title of ‘cosy’ and, boy, this one is certainly that! There are so many lovely, snuggly fabrics available on www.samanthaclaridgestudio.com right now that it was almost too hard to choose! But now that the weather is turning that bit more chilly it seemed sensible to make a scarf of some description. I had a look through Pinterest for some inspiration and decided on a double sided infinity scarf using the grey sherpa fur and the pink cuddle fleece.
 
 
 
 
However…
 
…when it arrived my daughter took one look at it and claimed the pink fleece as her own! So now I had to sacrifice my plans and make her a scarf and, since I had some leftover, a matching headband/ear warmer. Both of these I drafted myself using her measurements to make sure the headband was a snug fit and the scarf went around more than once. This fleece doesn’t have any stretch to it and has a tendency of shifting when stitching in a certain direction but with a lot of pins it will reluctantly behave. 
 
Just look at my gorgeous girl! She loves her matching set and I think it will be a staple this winter!
 
 
With the grey sherpa I found a tutorial for an infinity scarf and set about cutting two long strips 9 inches by the full width of the fabric (60in). This one has a stretch to it but is easy to sew, just watch out for the incredible amounts of fluff that will cover you, your table, sewing machine and floor during and after cutting!
 
I was first to try it on but hot on my heals was my son who has since claimed it as his own! He loves anything snuggly and would permanently live in fleece given the chance!
 
 
Both of these fabrics are so soft and luxurious, and perfect for these kinds of projects. Thanks so much, Sammy, for making my kids dreams come true!!!