Website Improvements For Your Pleasure!

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We have been rolling out a series of improvements to the website over the past couple of months and I just wanted to let you know about one in particular because I think it’s rather splendid. We’ve added a “Zoom” option to all the website photos when you’re looking at a category or search results page. So what? You might think, well it means you can enlarge any fabric to see it up close and check out more detail without having to click in and out of the product itself. This will save you lots of clicks as you’re browsing plus if you like what you see you can pop it in your basket from that very same window – result! This then leaves you within your search results to carry on shopping.

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The other enhancement that you might find handy is that we’ve now added “width” as a filter on the left hand side so if you’re looking for a wider fabric they are now much easier to find.

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We have lots more enhancements planned for this year but if you have anything you would like to see, do let us know as we’re always keen to hear how we can make the site a better place to hang out.

Enjoy!

Urban Zoologie Minis Now In Stock

Hello Friends!

I think Ann Kelle’s Monkeys Royal was one of the very first quilt cotton fabrics we stocked, and we still carry it today. “Urban Zoologie” has been a hugely popular collection for us and it’s back, this time a bit smaller, and in my opinion even cuter! The colour palettes have been reworked and I have to say that I’m totally in love with the pink colourway which is contrasted with a soft grey and has a hint of mint (rhyme intended). There are more animals too choose from and some old favourites too. There’s a selection of multicoloured cuties including adorable foxes, chicks, monkeys and owls.

Browse the full collection here and we’ve put together a couple of fat quarter bundles for you too.

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Do you have a favourite? I think I’m a little bit in love with the pink elephants.

Fancy 10% Off And £250 Of Sewing Loot? We’re Celebrating!

Every time we pass another milestone it amazes me and it’s certainly time for a celebration as we have reached 40,000 followers on Facebook. To say a huge thank you to all of our loyal customers for your continued support and for getting us this far, we’re offering 10% off everything (except gift vouchers) until Wednesday 21st January PLUS every order made during this period will be entered into a draw to win over £250 of sewing loot!

Use the code FB40K at checkout to redeem your discount. (Cannot be used in conjunction with any other code)

For full details check out the competition page.

Thanks again for all of your support and good luck!

Weekend Sewing? See The Friday Tutorial Round Up

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter you’ll already know that we post tutorials we find around the web that we think you’ll enjoy and will offer some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing. I thought it would be helpful if I posted round-up of the most popular tutorials each Friday so you can get some planning in for some weekend sewing.

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  1. A Beautiful Mess
  2. How Does She
  3. Heart Shaped Oven Mitts
  4. Crafting a Greener World
One: Make a Plush Animal Mat from A Beautiful Mess

This tutorial for a plush animal mat is such a fun and original idea! It’s perfect for children, and its simple step by step guide makes it a great (if a little daunting) project for beginners. You could easily adapt this project to suit your little one’s animal preference too.

Two: Make your own minky [plush] blanket from How Does She 

Learn how to make your very own plush blanket with this simple step by step tutorial. If you’re new to sewing with plush, this is such an easy project to start with, and even if you’re a plush expert, adding a snuggly blanket to your collection of crafts will never go amiss! And although this tutorial is for a baby blanket, you could easily increase the dimensions and make one for yourself!

Three: Heart Shaped Oven Mitts from Sew4Home

It’s never too early for Valentines themed projects. This tutorial for pretty heart-shaped oven mitts is such a cute and original idea and it also comes with a free template

Four: How-to: Make a Drawstring Backpack from Crafting a Greener World

Learn how to make your own practical and pretty drawstring backpack in six easy steps with this super tutorial

Enjoy! If you make any of these please post to our FacebookTwitter or Instagram pages and tag us @plushaddict thanks!

How To Make A Zippered Money Apron

As I’ve previously mentioned we’re going on the road which of course means there’s been a ton of things to think about and organise, one of which is what would we do  with money on the day. If you follow me on Instagram then you will have seen me whip up some of these aprons a few weeks ago and I’m really please with how they’ve turned out. I had a few criteria, I wanted them to have a zip, I wanted a pocket for my phone and I wanted to make them from denim so they were super durable and wouldn’t need any kind of interfacing and most importantly so the Plush Boys would be happy to wear them. I didn’t want any kind of seam at the bottom of the apron to eliminate bulk and save myself a step. You could equally use 2 smaller pieces of fabric for the aprons and sew at the bottom but for some reason I was quite set on not having a bottom seam (maybe I am worried all of my money might fall out!) These aprons would be perfect for you to use at a craft fair if you have any coming up and will keep all your pennies safe and secure. Continue reading “How To Make A Zippered Money Apron”

Sneaky Peek: Upcoming Riley Blake Fabrics

Hello friends! I thought I’d try a few new different features on the blog this year including some sneaky peek photos of upcoming fabrics. I keep forgetting to actually take the photos of the cards when reps come to see me but I’m going to try *much* harder at getting the camera out for your viewing pleasure. I’ve already placed orders for a lot of Christmas and Halloween fabrics, most of which was done last year (bonkers, hey?) and first up are some Riley Blake fabrics which are due out at various times later this year. We haven’t uploaded anything in to Coming Soon section for ages (there just isn’t enough hours in the day sometimes) but I’m really hoping we can get fabrics up in a more timely manner so you can see properly what’s due ahead of time and plan your shopping accordingly! So without further a-do….

Continue reading “Sneaky Peek: Upcoming Riley Blake Fabrics”

A Guide To Fleece Fabrics

10599260_955647557783781_4582888173154279906_nI wrote this article a few months ago and was originally published in the November issue of Sewing World Magazine but I’m sharing it here for those that missed the publication at the time. This was the second in a series of four fabric guides I wrote for the magazine, which I thoroughly enjoyed. A big thank you to Emma at Mummy & Millie’s Boutique for helping me out with the fleecey makes! Continue reading “A Guide To Fleece Fabrics”

Have You Voted? Last Chance! Win £250 Of Sewing Loot!

I was absolutely delighted that we were nominated this year in a cracking THREE categories in Sew Magazine’s British Sewing Awards 2014. We’ve been nominated for

  • Best online retailer
  • Best for customer service
  • Best sewing blog

To be honest there are far more deserving winners in the blog category but I will be soooo chuffed if we feature in either Best online retailer or Best for customer service. If you think we deserve it then please vote for us! You might also win £250 of goodies for your trouble, it’s just a few clicks.

Voting closes tomorrow (Sunday 11th January) and you can vote here (and just enter n/a to any questions about your favourite haberdashery in Wales – unless you live in Wales of course)

Fank ooooo so much!

 

What Is Cotton Drill? A Fabric Guide

I love cotton drill. It’s very versatile and is a great utility fabric that we stock in some very vibrant colours and best of all it’s really great value too.

Drill has a twill weave which makes it a very strong, dense medium to heavy weight fabric. It’s a really popular choice for uniforms and work clothes but the vibrant colours lends itself to all sorts of other exciting garments including both tailored and casual designs, as well as children’s wear and home furnishings. It’s even used to line shoes! Continue reading “What Is Cotton Drill? A Fabric Guide”

We’re Going On The Road!

Yes that’s right, we’re on the move! For ages lots of people have been saying we should get out and about to some the quilt shows and to be honest it’s always made my head hurt. I mean, how do you condense a 7,000 sq ft warehouse in to a van? What would we take? How much fabric would we need? Will I have to drive a van?! All these questions and many more have circulated in my head for quite some time but last year we decided the time had finally come to get mobile. We’re staying quite close to home with our L plates on for our maiden voyage as Ardingly is only 30 minutes from where we’re based and will mean we can pop back if we’ve forgotten anything drastic.

You can find us at stand 49 at the Spring Quilt Festival in Ardingley in Sussex from 23rd-25th January and also on stand 50-51 at the Spring Quilt Festival in Duxford in Cambridgeshire from 6th-8th March.

We’ll be attending some more shows later this year, we’re just finalising the details but keep an eye out on this page for where else Team Plush will be popping up. Nerves aside, the one thing I’m very much looking forward to is meeting lots of fellow fabric addicts and sewing enthusiasts. I do so love our open days where we get to meet and chat to people.

It’s been quite daunting working out the details and I hope we’ve not missed anything. I’m sure when we’ve got a show under our belt I’ll feel a bit more settled about it all but until then we’ve been playing mini shop in a quiet corner of the warehouse and have set up mock up of our first stand, now all we need to do is fill up the shelves and hope my mental arithmetic improves before then!

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Our stand mock up, all we need is to fill it!

Wish us luck and do pop by and say hello if you are attending.