Do love seeing what other garments people are sewing? Exploring their stash and their recent fabric purchases? Visually learning sewing tips and tricks?
Then we have several great YouTube channels for you below. There’s already several posts listing sewing YouTubers so we thought we would focus on British ones, they are more likely to be using fabrics and patterns you can easily buy in the UK than the international YouTubers, and may chat about shops you’ve visited. Plus the chances are you could meet them at a sewing meetup one day!
We’ll list them in alphabetical order, just click on their names to visit their You Tube Channels.
Andrea started off with a You Tube channel and now runs a lovely online fabric shop too! In her weekly lives she introduces you to her new fabrics and shows you what she’s been sewing. There are also some sewalong posts for various patterns too.
It’s that time of year again! We’re just weeks away from Christmas. We thought we’d pick out some beautiful gifts for stitchers so you can treat your sewing friends, or encourage friends and family to treat you!
Gift the gift of organisation with our fabric swatch book. This handy folder allows you to keep samples of the fabrics in your stash, and note down where you’ve stored them to make them easy to locate, plus where you bought them in case you want more. Order yours here.
Kits always make a great present, giving the recipient everything they need to make a new project. Clothkits have a great range of gifts for stitchers of all abilities. We especially love this beautiful needlebook kit.
Ideal for taking your sewing machine out and about to go to sewing clubs and sewing workshops, Jaycotts sell Prym sewing machine bags and sewing machine trolleys with wheels. Handy for carry both your machine and sewing supplies from one place to another. Or for storing your machine when it’s not in use.
Plush Addict have some gorgeous scissor kits in a range of colours including gold, silver, rainbow and the rose gold one pictured above. Good scissors are a sewing essential so these kits would make a perfect gift for someone who loves sewing.… Read More...
Prym Vario Pliers are great for adding plastic or metal snaps to your projects. However, they can look a little daunting when you first use them so we thought we’d share a tutorial to help you get to grips with them.
First you need to get a matching set of snaps. Each set of snaps needs to make a male snap (the one with the sticky out bit) and a female snap (the one with a hole). You then want a round smooth top to go with the female part of the snap, and a flat base with a narrow sticky up bit to go with the male part. So in the image above the 2 top parts form the male side of the snap, and the 2 bottom pieces form the female side. If you have a pack with lots of different sizes of snaps them put the 2 female parts together, and same with the 2 male parts to check they fit, to ensure have the right sizes.
You then need to add the correct plastic pieces to the pliers. The cup piece should be large enough for the smooth snap top to snugly fit inside. You can easily pull off any pieces you already have fitted so you can snap them around for the correct ones.… Read More...
Who doesn’t love a free bag pattern? There are hundreds of free bag patterns available on the internet for all shapes and sizes of bags. We’ve collected up some of our favourites below for you to sew. Don’t forget we also sell bag making supplies and patterns in the new bag making category of our site.
Noodlehead (aka. Anna Graham) is one of the best known bag pattern designers. In fact we sell several of her patterns on our online shop. The Trial tote is a free pattern from Noodlehead available in 2 sizes. The smaller is perfect as a handbag and the larger one as a throw everything in kind of tote!
I don’t know about you but I’m a big fan of messenger bags. Large enough to use as a school or college bag, they can carry books, a laptop, other gadgets etc… I especially love having one with a zip closure to keep everything secure. This project from Heart of Mary gives you a professional looking bag which will securely hold your belongings.
When I spotted the Making Backpack I knew I had to make it, it has a nice shape and looked nice and large.
I’ve made a few Noodlehead patterns before so I knew it would be easy to follow. As with all bag making the prep takes longer than anything else, choosing the fabrics, cutting the fabrics and interfacing, fusing or basting layers together etc. I spent an evening doing that so I was ready to sew on another day.
The bag went together easily, the only tricky bit was the final stages where you have a lot of bulk as the bag comes together. It can be hard manoeuvring the bag around under the needle at that point, but it’s the same with most bags. I ended up cradling the bag with my left arm so I could guide it under the needle when sewing the final seams and the binding to support the weight of the bag so it didn’t pull. As you can see from the photo above the internal binding does give a very neat finish on the inside so it’s worth doing.… Read More...
We thought we’d write a post to tell you more about one of our new products, the Hot Hemmer, and how it can help you get more accurate hems.
This clever product is designed to help you press accurate hems, both straight and curved, but can also be used to make perfect mitered corners as well. It’s made from a heat resistant nylon which allows the steam from the iron to pass through it onto your fabric. It is also non-slip to hold your fabric in place whilst you press.
How to get perfect accurate straight hems
The simplest way to use the Hem Hemmer is to use the straight edge to fold your fabric around it to the depth you want your hem (up to 10 cms). The material is heat resistant so you can put your iron onto it. It is 15cm long so you won’t have to reposition it too often when pressing your hems.
Pressing curved hems with a Hot Hemmer
We all know how tricky it can be pressing a curves. The non-slip material really comes into play here, along with the curved edge on the tool. Allow you to press your fabric into a gentle and even curve.… Read More...
After adding the gorgeous handmade leather labels to our range (shown below) we thought we’d share a few tips for sewing with leather so you don’t feel daunted.
Use a leather needle, it will penetrate the leather more efficiently than your regular needle making it easier to sew.
Use a Teflon non-stick sewing machine foot, or a roller foot to help the leather move smoothly through your machine. If you don’t have one try laying a sheet of tissue paper on top and tear it away afterwards.
Don’t use pins or clips on leather, it will make it. Use pattern weights to hold it in place or alternatively you can use double sided tape.
Use a longer than normal stitch for sewing leather, around 3.5 to 4 works well. Sew a test piece first because you may need to reduce your tension to about half what it normally is.
Use a nylon or polyester thread, cotton thread will deteriorate in time due to the tannins in the leather.
Don’t rush! You will make holes that cannot be removed when you stitch on leather so go slowly and carefully so reduce the chance of mistakes.
This fractured foundation pieced pouch project is ideal for scrap busting and makes a beautiful gift. It’s a great size to use as a make up bag, or toiletry bag to take on holiday. Alternatively you could store sewing tools or stationery in it. You will need Foundation paper A selection of scraps A fat quarter of fabric for the lining and a fat eighth for the back (or you could do a fractured panel…
The wonky log cabin is a great modern twist on the more traditional log cabin block. We made a scrappy version with a fussy cut centre, using our foundation paper. To start with please download our free wonky log cabin template and print it onto foundation paper. Make sure the scale on your printer settings is set to custom and 100%. Use the test square to check the size is correct. Cut around the outside…
We confess, we love organising! We’re always looking for solutions to make our sewing room more organised and our supplies easier to find and use. Why waste time rummaging through to find what you need when you could be sewing instead? The urge to organise is what lead to the invention of many of our products, so let us tell you more about them below so you can get your sewing room organised too. Organise…