I’d hazard a guess that most people have used felt at some point in their lives. Who remembers Fuzzy Felt?! I used to love putting together Fuzzy Felt scenes when I was small. Felt comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes and quality, here’s a guide on choosing the right felt for your project and some handling tips. Continue reading “Felt: A Fabric Guide”
Halloween is just around the corner and what better fabric to create a statement with your costumes this year than dress net? We get asked a lot about both tulle and dress net and there seems to be some confusion about this family of fabrics and whether tulle and dress net are actually the same thing (they’re similar, but not the same). We thought we’d put together a fabric guide to help you decide which type of net is best for your project, along with some tips on how to handle this fun and holey cloth! Continue reading “What the Tulle? A guide to net fabric”
We’ve been getting lots of enquiries about taffeta fabric recently and we’re putting it’s popularity down to the fact that both wedding and prom seasons are upon us and taffeta is a very popular choice for posh frocks. With it’s crisp finish and subtle sheen, it’s not surprising it’s often a go-to choice for special occasion garments. Taffeta’s uses don’t stop at evening wear, it also lends itself well to home furnishings such as cushions and curtains where a glamorous feel to a room is desirable. Here’s a quick summary about taffeta fabric and some sewing tips… Continue reading “What Is Taffeta Fabric? A Fabric Guide”
Hello! And welcome to the last part of my nappy making fabrics guide. Last up we’re going to talk about “Stay Dry” fabrics which are often used as the inner layer of a nappy. We have up to 20% off all fabrics in our “Stay Dry” section and all orders placed over this week that you’ve asked us to hang on to will be dispatched today. We also have 20% off nappy making kits all week long.
Hello! And welcome to part 5 of my nappy making fabrics guide (you can read the rest of the series here). Today we’re going to talk about one of the best bits of cloth nappy making – the pretties!! The outer layer is where most of the fun happens so read on…. Continue reading “Cloth Nappy Fabrics 101 Part 5: A Guide To Plush and Outer Fabrics”
If you follow me on Instagram you’l know that I recently made this puzzle quilt from super soft plush fabric. The moment I saw Polly’s quilt shared by Shannon Fabrics I swooned and instantly fell in love. It’s a rainbow! It’s a jigsaw! It’s super soft and fluffy! These are all things that appeal greatly to Mrs Plush and I just had to give it a try. Continue reading “Cuddle Puzzle Quilt: Pieces By Polly”
Boy, am I happy I stumbled upon Compagnie M. patterns a couple of months ago. I was looking for a new dress pattern for Littlest Plush and I wanted something funky, with some cute details and preferably with pockets as she does love a spot of treasure collection throughout the day (too cute). I was SO happy when I discovered Compagnie M’s patterns and instantly fell in love with the Louisa Dress, I mean – look at the pretty piping! And the pockets! I was smitten, a new girl crush was born and I immediately snapped up a PDF pattern of the Louisa dress (and a few more besides. Marte’s, the brains behind Compagnie M, has drafted some very amazing contemporary patterns.) Continue reading “Giveaway: Win Compagnie M. Louisa Dress Pattern Plus Fabric!”
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.
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
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….
I 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”