August 2019
August 2019

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Hand stitch embroidery pattern problems and how to solve them

Hand stitch embroidery pattern problems and how to solve them

From free-motion embellishments to hand-sewn pet portraits, our four experts are on board to solve your embroidery woes!

“I’m working on a free-hand embroidery piece, but my thread keeps fraying and…

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Toadstool Gifts

Toadstool Gifts

Think fairy tales and woodland fun with this adorable polka dot gift set from designer Amanda Walker.

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Felt Face Purses

Felt Face Purses

Little ones will love storing their pennies in these funny face felt purses by Corinne Bradd! What's more, there are only five steps to finish them, so you can get…

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How can I help the environment through crafts?

How can I help the environment through crafts?

Question: How can I save the environment? Answer: Waste less! In these David Attenborough years, more and more of us have realised the negative effects we’re having on the planet, and…

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Carnaby Christmas Lights

Carnaby Christmas Lights

These little beauties have a hint of the 60s about them, with their retro-inspired shapes, all dressed up in clashing colours ready to twist and shout. Remember to pack the…

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Ria Shift Dress

Ria Shift Dress

The real wow-factor of this garment, designed by Julia Claridge, lies in the texture and slight sheen of the stretch velvet. It isn’t too tricky to work with, either. Simply finish…

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Adele Pencil Skirt

Adele Pencil Skirt

Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that are the sweetest, like this figure-hugging stretch skirt by Amanda Walker. The basic pattern (which you can draft yourself, if you prefer) has…

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Clara Wrap Dress

Clara Wrap Dress

Combining comfort and style, this lovely design by Amanda Walker features a flattering bodice with sweet cap sleeves and a sewn-in waist tie. The project is a great choice for…

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Shakira Party Dress

Shakira Party Dress

This beauty by Amanda Walker is simply comprised of two nearly identical pieces that are finished with an easy neckband, and you don't need to shape the body as this…

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Fabric Christmas Crackers

Fabric Christmas Crackers

'Tis the season to be festive, and what better way to set the mood than with a set of fabric crackers? Perfect for decorating your table for the big day,…

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Isla Dress

Isla Dress

Shift dresses have little shaping other than breast darts, making them both easy to sew and a comfortable choice for hotter days. This A-line design by Julia Claridge falls just…

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Tina Tie Top

Tina Tie Top

This pretty cropped top by Amanda Walker is perfect all year round and would look great sewn in a lightweight chambray or cotton. Available in sizes 8-20, the design involves…

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Easy Fabric Scrap Bucket Bag

Easy Fabric Scrap Bucket Bag

Carry your belongings in style with this easy patchwork scrap bag. You can also use these instructions to create matching storage pots - simply scale down to suit and omit…

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Selena Skirt

Selena Skirt

Wrap skirts are seriously underrated as a modest yet fun go-to that is easy to sew. This design by Amanda Walker boasts repeating panels that are joined together without fuss,…

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Debra Skirt

Debra Skirt

Denim skirts are a wardrobe staple and this chic number by Julia Claridge puts a twist on the style classic with its asymmetric hem. The flattering wrap design is fastened…

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Gabrielle Skirt

Gabrielle Skirt

If you aren't confident at stitching darts, this pencil skirt designed by Amanda Walker is a good practise piece as little mistakes will be hidden by the textured surface of…

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Otis the Owl

Otis the Owl

Whipped up in Riley Blake's Vienna range, this adorable owl toy is the perfect avian pal for little ones and big kids alike! You could even scale up Otis and…

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Piped Home Letter Cushions

Piped Home Letter Cushions

3D letters are a popular home decor trend, so why not create your own stitchy version? These cushions will allow you to practise attaching piping to form professionally finished edges,…

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Maddie Top

Maddie Top

Using just three pattern pieces, this lightweight blouse by Julia Claridge will be a quick and easy make as there are no darts or fastenings to sew and the openings…

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Faith Dress

Faith Dress

This full-skirted tea dress by Amanda Walker features darts, tucks, pleats and gathers, which all help to create a beautiful and flattering silhouette. The gingham pattern will disguise any minor…

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Lizzie Tunic

Lizzie Tunic

The simple silhouette of this outfit by Julia Claridge is ideal for spring and summer wardrobes. Sewn in a beautifully bold cotton print with a flattering curved hem, it is…

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Flora Pyjama Set

Flora Pyjama Set

Making PJs should be just as easy as wearing them, like this cute floral combo by Corinne Bradd – which even novices will love. Cotton is a really manageable fabric and will…

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Liberty Hedgehog

Liberty Hedgehog

The crowning glory of this cuddly hedgehog by Cheryl Owen is its soft and tactile shaggy spines. They are easy to make from bias strips of fabric – we’ve incorporated Liberty…

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How To Sew A Drawstring Bag – Easy Sewing Tutorial

How To Sew A Drawstring Bag – Easy Sewing Tutorial

If you’d like to take a sewing class from the comfort of your own home, The Crafts Channel on Youtube is the place for you! Featuring crafty video tutorials by none…

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8 Romantic Wedding Makes Fit for a Prince and Princess!

8 Romantic Wedding Makes Fit for a Prince and Princess!

Anticipation is growing for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding – but you don’t have to be royalty to appreciate these crafty projects! Make your special day truly individual, or delight a bride and…

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No-Pattern Button Skirt

No-Pattern Button Skirt

This sweet skirt by Amanda Walker is easy to stitch and will flatter any figure. Make to fit your measurements and whip it up in your favourite print, adding pretty…

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Tissue Pouch

Tissue Pouch

It’s always good to have a pack of emergency tissues in your handbag - especially during hayfever season! and this quick and easy project will give a somewhat boring item a…

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Get Ready For Sew Saturday 2018!

Get Ready For Sew Saturday 2018!

The stitchiest day of the year is making a comeback! Sew Saturday will be returning on 6th October this year, so mark the date in your diaries and get ready…

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Bowling Set

Bowling Set

This colourful handmade bowling set is quick and easy to make and will keep the little ones entertained for hours. Whether made from coordinating fabrics or patchwork style with scraps…

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The Freya Collection

The Freya Collection

These dress and tunic designs are easy to wear and versatile pieces for a summer wardrobe. The pattern could easily be extended to make a full-length maxi dress, ideally in…

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Sew a Simple Bandana for Your Fave Pupper!

Sew a Simple Bandana for Your Fave Pupper!

It’s a universal truth that there is only one thing cuter than a dog – and that’s a dog who’s wearing a bandana! Don’t believe us? Just take a look at this picture of Maggie,…

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Easy tie blind

Easy tie blind

With its contrast lining and grosgrain ribbon ties, this roll-up blind looks fresh and contemporary, and is easy to make. Our technique for attaching the hook and loop fastening tape…

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Patchwork Stars

Patchwork Stars

If you’ve never tried patchwork before, practise it on a small scale with Corinne Bradd’s decs. Or, if you love the technique, you’ll love how they put small scraps to good use.…

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Sew Create and Craft’s Halloween Witch!

Sew Create and Craft’s Halloween Witch!

This spooky witch by Create and Craft sewing ambassador Debbie Shore still has a flair for fashion with her stripy tights and lace up boots! She’s sewn entirely from felt, so…

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Stencil cushions

Stencil cushions

These gorgeous pillows are not only quick and easy to make, but also really fun. Involving fabric dyeing, stencilling, appliqué and sewing, this is a great opportunity to try new techniques…

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8 Top Sewing Kits for September - Create and Craft

8 Top Sewing Kits for September - Create and Craft

Create and Craft has a greater variety of sewing kits than ever before, making it sew easy to take up the art of sewing.  You don’t even need to be a…

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Origami Fabric Boxes

Origami Fabric Boxes

Origami techniques are traditionally used to fold paper into various shapes - but we've decided to use fabric instead! These pretty, yet practical boxes can be made in three sizes…

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Stitch Create and Craft’s Cactus Embroidery Hoop

Stitch Create and Craft’s Cactus Embroidery Hoop

Cacti and succulents remain popular motifs, inspiring this fun embroidery hoop hanging by Create and Craft’s sewing ambassador and The Great British Sewing Bee winner of 2016, Charlotte Newland. The following…

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Winter Wrap

Winter Wrap

Made from a length of fashionable checked wool, minimal stitching is needed to make Cheryl Owen’s shawl wrap. With a hint of vintage, it’s just the thing to take a roll…

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Sew’s Top 5 Downloads

Sew’s Top 5 Downloads

With the arrival of May, it’s hard to believe that we’re already a quarter of the way through 2017 already! We’ve also been blown away with the creativity and hard work of our readers –…

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Pyjama trousers

Pyjama trousers

These beautiful pyjama trousers by Torie Jayne feature a contrasting waistband and hem panels. Stitched in a pretty floral cotton print, you will find they are surprisingly easy to sew. They’re…

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Easy patchwork quilt

Easy patchwork quilt

Mix together your favourite pre-cut fabric prints and follow our handy placement guide to create this surprisingly simple comforter.

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Easy Make Circle Skirt

Easy Make Circle Skirt

If you're looking for a fabulous summer garment that is quick to make and easy to wear then, look no further than our ingenious circle skirt. This feminine number, designed…

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