December 2019
December 2019

quick makes

 Projects to use up scrap fabric

Projects to use up scrap fabric

However economically we cut out our fabric, there are always a few scraps that get left behind! Too pretty to throw away, we put them safely in our stash box…

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Luggage Tags

Luggage Tags

Planning to head off on an adventure? It's time to sew yourself some essentials, which includes these four-step luggage tags. Made with an assortment of fat quarters and a key…

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Sandwich Wraps

Sandwich Wraps

It's time to ditch the clingfilm for an eco-friendly alternative, the sandwich wrapper. Coated with a thin layer of beeswax, you can rest assured that this project will keep your…

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Elsa Sweater

Elsa Sweater

This fabulous sleeveless top can be sewn using just one metre of fabric, and there’s no pattern needed. Amanda Walker’s cable knit vest helps you hone in on essential dressmaking skills…

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Amelia Trousers

Amelia Trousers

As the season transitions from summer to autumn, it’s time to start thinking about switching up the items in your wardrobe. This lovely design by Julia Claridge uses a medium-weight fabric,…

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Top 10 Stitchy Makes of All-Time

Top 10 Stitchy Makes of All-Time

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…

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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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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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1,560 Hearts – Sewing in Memory of WW1

1,560 Hearts – Sewing in Memory of WW1

As well as being fun, stitching is known to also be very beneficial for mental health – being a meditative process that inspires confidence and feelings of accomplishment, and helping people…

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Denim craft pinny

Denim craft pinny

Do you have a pair of old jeans that are too worn out to wear any more? Don't throw them out – instead, upcycle them into Corinne Bradd's handy apron and…

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Stitch a Cute Coffee Cup Character!

Stitch a Cute Coffee Cup Character!

After David Attenborough revealed how much plastic is ending up in our oceans in Blue Planet II, our New Year resolution has been to cut down on the amount we…

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Sew January 2018 (all non-garment templates)

Sew January 2018 (all non-garment templates)

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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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Kissable Clutch

Kissable Clutch

It’s a little known fact that there’s a legal requirement to have at least one kooky purse in your life, and these bold lips by Ruth Oliver will make you happy to…

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November 2017 (contains all non-garment templates)

November 2017 (contains all non-garment templates)

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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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Christmas Stitch Book supplement

Christmas Stitch Book supplement

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Christmas 2017 template pack (contains all non-garment projects)

Christmas 2017 template pack (contains all non-garment projects)

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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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Stitch It! supplement template pack (contains all non-garment projects)

Contains all of the non-garment project templates featured in the Stitch It! supplement

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Nail File Holders

Nail File Holders

These pretty pouches are the perfect lunchtime make – both pretty and practical, nail file holders make an ideal gift for friends and female family members alike. We stitched ours in…

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Get Ready for Sew Saturday 2017!

Get Ready for Sew Saturday 2017!

Mark Saturday 21st October in your diaries now – for this is when Sew Saturday will once again be taking place at fabric and haberdashery shops around the UK! Now in…

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Boy’s Jersey Top

Boy’s Jersey Top

We’re riding the waves with this fun screen-printed T-shirt by Sarah Gledson. Your little dude will love sporting this cool attire, wherever the tide may take him. Use our templates or…

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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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Get Involved With The Big Stitch!

Get Involved With The Big Stitch!

We all like a bit of retail therapy now and then – and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) is on a mission to help us be more creative with our garment…

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July 2017 Templates

July 2017 Templates

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Customised Cover-Up

Customised Cover-Up

This glamorous cardigan by Chinelo Bally is perfect for keeping warm on a night out - hard to believe it began life as a plain cowl neck jumper! Use velvet…

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Everyday Tee

Everyday Tee

This slouchy T-shirt is quick and easy to make and requires minimal fitting. It combines a jazzy print with a contrasting yoke and is a loose, comfortable style with no…

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Cath Kidston Sewing Machine Cover

Cath Kidston Sewing Machine Cover

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Cath Kidston Half Apron

Cath Kidston Half Apron

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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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May 2017 Templates

May 2017 Templates

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Sashiko Tableware

Sashiko Tableware

Sashiko is a traditional Japanese style of embroidery. The word means little stabs, referring to the nature of the running stitch used. Designs are often inspired by nature – waves, ripples on…

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Flossie Flamingo

Flossie Flamingo

With her movable legs, variety of fun prints and pleasing shape, this plush flamingo is an ideal gift for a little one (or a grown up!)

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Infinity Scarf

Infinity Scarf

Combine coordinating prints for this quick-stitch no-pattern accessory

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5 Mother’s Day Makes

5 Mother’s Day Makes

We all have the best mum, and a handmade gift shows the extra time and thought you put into saying thank you to yours for being great! Mother’s Day is just…

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8 Great British Bake Off Inspired Makes

8 Great British Bake Off Inspired Makes

The Great British Bake Off is back on our telly screens for season ten! Here at Sew HQ, we think that cake and sewing is possibly the best combination since…

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12 Ways To Refashion, Reuse, Rework, And Reimagine A Basic Men’s Shirt

12 Ways To Refashion, Reuse, Rework, And Reimagine A Basic Men’s Shirt

To tie in with www.makery.uk’s Refashioners Get Shirty challenge we thought we’d share some of our favourite reworked men’s shirt ideas to get you in the upcycling challenge mood! An array of bloggers will…

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20 School Holiday Summer Makes

20 School Holiday Summer Makes

Here’s our pick of sewing toys, fancy dress costumes and crafty creations we think your children will love to make, wear and stitch this summer…

1. Patchwork teepee
Sew a patchwork tipi 
All kids love a homemade…

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25 Quick And Easy Fashion Upcycling DIYs

25 Quick And Easy Fashion Upcycling DIYs

Whether it’s just a little additional accessory or a whole new going-out item to wear after work, you can update your outfit with these super quick and easy DIY lunchtime upcyling…

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Top 5 Gifts To Give Your Teacher

Top 5 Gifts To Give Your Teacher

The summer holidays are on the way, as the school year comes to an end. To help you show appreciation for your children’s teachers, we’ve put together our top five gifts for you to…

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Top 5 Quick-Stitch Toys

Top 5 Quick-Stitch Toys

Who doesn’t love a cuddly toy? And when you can sew your very own, the possibilities are endless. We chose our top five to stitch and snuggle up with.

An adorable couple of…

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Top 5 must make Liberty projects

Top 5 must make Liberty projects

Liberty of London is 140 this year! To celebrate we just had to share our favourite projects using their gorgeous and iconic style. There’s something for everyone, so get started and…

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Top 5 Father’s Day makes

Top 5 Father’s Day makes

Father’s day will soon be upon us, and we wanted to give you plenty of time to make the special men in your life some fabulous home sewn gifts. From accessories to…

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Top 5 Embroidery Makes

Top 5 Embroidery Makes

Embroidery is not just for hoops! It can be used in many different ways, from giving a new lease of life to canvas shoes to making fantastic wall art. We…

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Top 5 Best of British Sewing Makes

Top 5 Best of British Sewing Makes

With this week marking the Queen’s 89th birthday and St.George’s Day, plus the arrival of another royal baby imminent, it’s a great time to make some British inspired creations!

If you’re zipping around the…

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Top 10 Pinterest Boards EVERY Stitcher Must Follow

Top 10 Pinterest Boards EVERY Stitcher Must Follow

Pinterest is one of the best places to find inspiration these days. You could lose hours getting creative ideas! So to help you narrow down your searches, we picked our…

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5 Quick Make Mother’s Day Ideas

5 Quick Make Mother’s Day Ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we have chosen some fabulous projects to help you make it a truly special occasion. A handmade gift shows the extra time and…

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5 Stitchy Ways to Celebrate World Book Day

5 Stitchy Ways to Celebrate World Book Day

5 stitchy ways to celebrate World Book Day

This week we’re celebrating World Book Day at Sew HQ and we’re reminiscing over our favourite childhood stories with these classic novel themed fabric picks.

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5 Shades of Grey

5 Shades of Grey

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, as is a certain film we are sure you’ve all heard about! To celebrate (or commiserate, depending on your taste) the release of 50 Shades of…

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4 Sewing Bee Sewalong Makes

4 Sewing Bee Sewalong Makes

With The Great British Sewing Bee back for another series, we know many of you will be stitching while you watch! We have four fabulous makes to help keep all…

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Top 7 Stash Busting Valentine’s Day Makes!

Top 7 Stash Busting Valentine’s Day Makes!

For all those scraps of fabric that are too small to use, yet too beautiful to throw away we have the perfect solution! As Valentine’s Day draws closer, we have five…

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Toys to stitch and gift this Christmas

Toys to stitch and gift this Christmas

If you’re put off by the price of toys on the high street these days, you’re bound to be inspired by these free project tutorials. Give your little ones handmade presents they’ll…

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Top 5 quick Christmas makes

Top 5 quick Christmas makes

There’s still time to stitch that perfect Christmas make to get your home ready for the holiday season! Why spend a fortune on shop-bought decorations when you can make your own? Be…

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