How To Restore Plush (Minky) Remnants

Plush, minky, cuddle fabric… whatever you like to call it! (For an update on why we don’t call the fabric “minky” in the UK like the rest of the world does see this post) There’s no mistaking the lusciousness that started me on the road to our online shop. The trouble is (for us) the last 50cm-75cm of every bolt we have can only be sold as a fabric remnant. The pile near to the centre of the bolt gets brushed up the wrong way and crushed when the weight of the rest of the fabric piles on top of it. Then it’s stored by the manufacturer for a while and in that time unfortunately the pile goes a bit wayward and no amount of stroking it puts it back to it’s former glory. The fabric isn’t permanently like this as the pile isn’t damaged per se, it’s just got a bit of bed hair so needs a little coaxing to restore it. Continue reading “How To Restore Plush (Minky) Remnants”

Guest Post: In Car CD Visor Tutorial

I’m very happy to hand over the reigns today to very talented quilter and stitcher Fiona from Celtic Thistle Stitches. I urge you to pop over and say hello as not only has Fiona got some very easy to follow tutorials to tempt you with she is also a knowledge on making vodka cocktails in the dishwasher! If you’re like me and you haven’t worked out how to get your iPod to work in the car quite yet and find that your CDs end up strewn on the passenger seat then this one is for you… 

Hi, I’m Fiona and I blog at Celtic Thistle Stitches. I was delighted when Kellie offered me the opportunity to post a guest tutorial on this blog. I love searching through her Plush Addict store, and always find something new and different to tempt me 🙂

Today I am sharing with you how to make this Visor CD Wallet. Continue reading “Guest Post: In Car CD Visor Tutorial”

Fabric Guide: Linen Look Cotton

We’ve just had a bumper delivery of linen look cotton in some beautiful prints so I thought I’d write pen a quick guide about it so you can drool in a more informed way 🙂

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Sew A Child’s Skirt: Part 3 Add a Lining & Make a Half Elastic Waistband

Wowsers, it’s been a while since I posted part one and part two of the making of this skirt, my apologies! Plush Towers has been a hive of activity (more on that soon) and despite having this post pretty much prepped I obviously forgot top hit the “post” button, whoops! Check out the earlier posts for the beginnings of this skirt and for the piping tutorial and top stitching tips. This post will firstly look at lining the skirt, which is very easy indeed. Continue reading “Sew A Child’s Skirt: Part 3 Add a Lining & Make a Half Elastic Waistband”

Sew A Child’s Skirt: Part Two Top Stitching Tips

Following on from this post, this is the second part of making a child’s skirt. I’ve not split these up as it’s an arduous task making this skirt, just simply because there are a few techniques I’ve used that are very transferable outside of little girl’s skirts so I figured it’d be an easy way to to take the bits you needed.

1) Use a foot with a bar

I often get comments about how neat my topstitching is and people often wonder how I can get a row of stitching so close to the edge of a garment and it be so straight! Well let me share my secret, I always use a foot to help achieve those dead straight lines. I have several “go to” feet for top stitching depending on where it is on a garment and how close to the edge I want to be. All these feet have the same thing in common – they all have a little bar that your fabric butts up against and you can use as a guide.

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Child’s Skirt Tutorial: Part One Making And Inserting Piping

Wow it seems like a mighty long time since I sat and tapped at the keyboard in a blogging kind of way. There’s been tons of stuff going on behind the scenes at Plush Towers so even though I’ve got a few blog posts in the “planning” stages getting them over the finishing line has been a challenge of late. I can report I have made headway on a UFO <gasp!>! It’s still not finished but hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Well I’m here now and so is Spring! I can’t tell you how uplifted I am that it’s light when we leave in the mornings these days, and then again when we arrive home. I thought I’d give you a gratuitous Spring picture to brighten your day… Magnolias are so amazing. I’m lucky enough to see this one in it’s full glory every day at the moment. Enjoy any that are close to you, they are gone so quickly.

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10 Minute No Sew Fabric Covered Mouse Mat Tutorial

I recently ordered some rather drab mouse mats from our stationery supplier, they are made of recycled car tyres so I felt rather virtuous purchasing recycled and all that, but they were *so* boring and not the least bit pretty so I decided to get busy and cover them with some of our *very* pretty fabric. It was the simplest thing and literally took less than 10 minutes to complete and you don’t even need the sewing machine. Continue reading “10 Minute No Sew Fabric Covered Mouse Mat Tutorial”

The UFO Challenge

UFOs… That’s UnFinished Objects, we all have them don’t we? Well 2014 is going to be the year I’m going to be Miss Complete And Finish Off, as well as Miss Start A-New… Yes sirree! (well that’s the plan.) It was in this post I talked about Best Effort Resolutions so here we are on task one of that and I’ve just spent a good few hours scouring my sewing space trying to collate all of my UFOs for a good sort through and here they are….

We’ll start with one of the high priority finishes I really need to get done before the intended recipient is a teenager. I started this quilted playmat for a very good friend of mine about 2 weeks before the arrival of her baby. Why on earth I thought I’d get a whole quilt made in a fortnight is another thing entirely but I did, and of course I failed miserably only having completed 4 blocks of this quilt with the theme “You Are My Sunshine”. She had the baby, I ended up buying her a baby gift and  this has  sat unfinished since then and she’s since moved to France and the baby is 8 months old. Oops. I really want to get a wriggle on with this one.

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Best Efforts Resolutions?

ImageHappy New Year! This is the traditional time to make New Year’s resolutions, did you make any? I haven’t made New Year resolutions for about 15 years now. I believe that some people are just not suited to them and  I gave up on resolutions as a pointless whim that I never kept past the end of January and just resulted in me feeling bad so I figured “why bother?!” Continue reading “Best Efforts Resolutions?”