The Sew team have been turning back time a lot recently. Last week, we took you back through Royal Wedding gowns, now we’re looking at our very own stitcher, Corinne Bradd’s, YouTube channel. The Crafts Channel has graced your computer screens for over 11 years, teaching you a multitude of crafty projects, providing sewing wisdom, and so much more! In appreciation of this wonderful channel, here are our top ten stitchy makes:
1. Stitch a Cute Coffee Cup Character
You’re on your morning commute, you’re tired, it’s early and surprisingly cold for May – the perfect pick-me-up? A felt cosy that keeps your coffee nice and toasty without scalding your hands! With these adorable templates, you can make a Red Panda, badger and cat to fit perfectly around any size cup.
2. Easy to Make Leather Coasters
Drink rings on your furniture are the worst, I’m sure we can all agree! Although, boring coasters are in close second… Stitch a beautiful flower motif from leather scraps and embellish with felt, gilding or a punched out design, to create four stylish coasters. Perfect as a gift for Father’s Day alongside the usual bottle of Jameson!
3. How to Make Tassel Trimmed Journal Markers
Embroidery floss and a piece of card are all you need to brighten up your world! Learn the simple method of adding tassels to your projects without fear of them falling off.
4. Leather Feather Journal Markers
If tassels aren’t really your thing, why not create fabulous feather markers instead? This is the perfect project for all you upcycling whizzes – source upholstery scraps or recycled leather goods to add a touch of elegance to the everyday.
5. How to Sew a Drawstring Bag
Perfect for cosmetics, sewing equipment and knitting on-the-go projects, and even better as a special gift bag! Grab some floral prints and a length of cord to make someone’s day with this pretty pouch filled with treats.
6. How to Sew a Reversible Mobius Baby Apron
Finally, a tot’s apron that keeps even the wriggliest kid covered! The reversible apron has two gorgeous patterns, and the clever crossover strap provides a tight fit – meaning clothes and baby stay clean for (a little) longer. If you like the sound of this, why not try making Corinne’s Simple Baby Apron?
7. How to Make Felt Hexagon Cache Pots
You can never have enough bowls for all your bits ‘n’ bobs. Stitch up a selection from a single piece of fabric: whether it be felt, leather or stiffened denim, and cut into a hexagon then sew into shape to create a masterpiece in minutes!
8. Sew a Fabric Fidget Cube
If you’re anything like the Sew team, we love to fiddle with scrap bits of fabric. Sew a personalised fidget cube using felt, fabric and odd bits of haberdashery, all wrapped around a child’s building block. Add in pompoms, beads, chunky threads – whatever your fidgety heart desires! Fantastic for all ages.
9. How to Make Nifty Felt Triangle Pots
Crease, stitch and decorate to create a handy holder for your stationery, sewing or cosmetic pieces. Embroider cute flowers onto the triangle of coloured felt for a unique finish.
10. How to Sew a Dog Bandana
Hands up if you love to spoil your pets! Whether you’ve got a mucky mutt or a pampered pooch, you’ll love making them this reversible neckerchief. You can stitch up a new pet wardrobe in an evening using fat quarters of fabric and simple, straight-edged templates.
You can find all these videos on YouTube at The Crafts Channel. Look in the videos’ description to download the template.
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