A Guide To Plush (A Guide To Minky Fabric)

I wrote this article a few months ago and was originally published in the September issue of Sewing World Magazine but I’m sharing it here for those that missed the publication at the time (did you know that Sewing World Magazine have been around for over 20 years? Impressive!) Super proud that this was the first in a series of fabric guides I wrote for them, which I thoroughly enjoyed (#ExcitedMuch). I hope you find it helpful and feel free to ask any questions, I’ll surely do my best to answer them. Continue reading “A Guide To Plush (A Guide To Minky Fabric)”

Tutorial : DIY Make Up Bag With a Pretty Lace Edge Zip

We wanted to spoil you with a little sewing wizardry in this tutorial; this handy make up bag is just the right size for the essentials and conveniently fits in a handbag. Make one for yourself or as a gift to make someone a smile.

And the magic you ask – Odicoat! This clever gel gives fabrics a waterproof coating that is machine washable!

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Then for an extra flourish we’ve gone with a lace edged zip; we’re crazy about the way they take projects to another level. Once you get to grips with them you’ll be adding them to everything too!

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A Toddler Duvet Cover

I’m not alone that many of my sewing makes end up being dictated around my family and their needs and desires, well ok – mostly Baby Plush and the things she needs (I really should stop calling her Baby Plush as she’s almost three now, I’ll have to think of another descriptive, but anonymous name for her soon). All of a sudden she seemed to have outgrown her sleeping bag overnight and was was about to burst out of the bottom of it. Continue reading “A Toddler Duvet Cover”

Forever Fiesta: A Quilt For Nanny Plush

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll already know that I have recently made my mum a quilt in break neck speed. I have to admit to being a bit of a fly by the seat of my pants crafter and often just make hasty, unplanned decisions of what to make next, usually starting then and there (this is my justification for having a big fabric stash – you never know what inspiration is just around the corner!) Continue reading “Forever Fiesta: A Quilt For Nanny Plush”

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?”