This cute pincushion is a great way to use up pretty scraps, or you could use a single fussy cut fabric for the centre if you prefer. It’s a quick and easy make so you can knock one up in no time. We designed this pincushion to hold our new product – glass headed pins.
A fat eight of fabric for the front corners and backing. I used Art Gallery Fabrics’s Mystical Land collection by Maureen Cracknell.
Assorted scraps (6 x 1.5 by 4.5 inches) for front
Toy stuffing or crushed nut shells for the filling
Backing fabric – Cut 4 x 3.5 inch squares and 1 x 4.5 x 6.5 inch rectangle
Scraps – Cut 6 x 1.5 by 4.5 inch rectangles
Seam Allowance – ¼ an inch
Choose a layout for your scraps, bearing in mind that the first and last scrap in the row will barely be visible on the finished pincushion.
Sew the scraps together using a ¼ an inch seam allowance, and press the seams open.
Take your 3.5 inch squares and draw a diagonal line across each with a chalk pen
With your scrappy rectangle facing upwards place one of the squares into the bottom corner, aligning with the side and bottom edge.… Read More...
Project Bag Tutorial
This large project pouch will easily hold the fabric and pattern for your next project, or your works in progress. Why not make several because let’s face it we never just work on one project at a time! I’ve designed the pouch to showcase some of your favourite scraps, but if you wanted to you could just use a single fabric front and back and show off a large-scale print instead.
1/2m of fabric for the exterior. I used a grey linen.
1/2m of lining fabric. I used a grey blender.
A selection of scraps cut to 4 inches high by 2.5 inches wide, you will need 16 in total. I used Makower’s Stitch in Time fabrics which I fussy cut.
1/2m of light or medium fusible interfacing. I used Vlieseline F220
A 15 inch zip (or larger cut down to size which is what I did as I never seem to have the right size zip to hand!)
Cut 4 pieces 16 inches wide by 5.5 inches high from the exterior fabric
Cut 2 pieces 16 inches wide by 14 inches high from the lining fabric
Tip – If you want to make your exterior from 1 single fabric instead of patchwork cut 2 pieces of exterior fabric the same size as the lining pieces
Cut 16 pieces of 2.5… Read More...
This spacious fabric box will hold your sewing tools, fabric and haberdashery plus it also fits our Maker’s Workbook into the side too to help you keep track of your projects. I managed to fit over 10 metres of fabric into my Maker’s Box. The Vlieseline Style-Vil gives it really good body which means it can hold it’s shape even when empty. It has padded handles to make it easy to carry even when full, this fabric storage basket is ideal for sewing room storage or taking sewing projects and supplies out with you.
1 metre of exterior fabric. I used the same fabric for the lining and exterior, if you use different ones you will need 1/2 metre of each. I used a vintage red denim material from my stash. Find a similar one here.
1/2 metre of light or medium weight fusible interfacing. I used Vlieseline H250
1 metre of Vlieseline Style-Vil
1/4 metre of fusible fleece for the handles (or you could use interfacing if you prefer) I used Vlieseline H640
50cm of co-coordinating double fold bias binding
9 inches of elastic
Cut 5 x 10.5… Read More...
SpoolPod Case Tutorial
This quick to make pouch is big enough to hold 4 SpoolPods at a time, and because it’s clear you can easily spot the spools inside. You can even fit your Maker’s Workbook or Garment Planning Notepad in it too. Don’t be daunted by sewing vinyl, it’s not as scary as you think, I’ve included some tips below.
1 fat quarter of fabric
1 fat quarter of medium iron on interfacing
1 fat quarter of vinyl (I used Premium Clear Vinyl from Search Press)
14 inch chunky zip (or longer cut to size which is what I did). You could also use a normal zip but because this is quite a large pouch I think a chunky zip looks better.
Fabric: Cut 2 pieces 15 inches wide by 7 inches high
Interfacing: Cut 2 pieces 15 inches wide by 7 inches high
Vinyl: Cut 2 pieces 14.5 inches wide by 6.5 inches high
Tip – I’ve found cutting vinyl bluntens my rotary cutter so I use an old one for vinyl only, or you can use paper scissors.
Seam allowance: ¼ an inch
Iron the interfacing to the back of your two fabric pieces, allow it to cool down.… Read More...
Do you ever wish there were a few more pages in your Maker’s Workbook? Do you want to write about more than 25 projects? Do you have a large stash and require more stash pages?
Good news! We’ve just made some of the workbook pages downloadable so you can print extras and add them to your workbook. Find all our downloads here.
If you’re wondering how to store these extra pages, we have a solution. Below is a simple tutorial for adding a pocket to the back cover of your workbook which you can store the extra pages in. All you need is a piece of card which is 13 x 16cm. You could use some cardboard from your recycling to colour match the Kraft covers of the workbook. Or like me you could pick a contrasting colour. I decided to use a piece of turquoise card as that is my favourite colour.
Start by drawing a 13 x 16cm rectangle on your card. Yes, that is a ruler of rulers I have there in the picture, when I spotted it I couldn’t resist!
Measure in 5cm from the top right hand corner and make a mark. Measure up 5cm from the bottom left corner and make a mark. … Read More...