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”

Ripstop Welly Wet Bag Tutorial

DSC_0275Well the wintry weather is definitely here and out come the wellies! All this rain = lots of mud, bah. Baby Plush has been having a whale of a time in the puddles in her wellies, and our doglet has enjoyed his muddy walks in the wood I got a tad tired of the mud coming off everywhere it shouldn’t be so I decided to knock up a wet bag made from ripstop for Baby Plush’s wellies.  It’s been great! Continue reading “Ripstop Welly Wet Bag Tutorial”

How To Attach A Rib Knit Waist Band

rib-skirtWe recently took delivery of some cotton elastane rib knit at Plush Towers and I’m a little bit in love with it. It’s such a great alternative to elastic and I think it looks much more professional. Continue reading “How To Attach A Rib Knit Waist Band”

Sew Your Own Appliquéd Christmas Bunting Tutorial

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Deck the halls with boughs of holly, tra la la la! It feels like it’s been Christmas for months at Plush Towers, our Christmas sales seems to start quite steadily in March for some of you early birds but as I adore Christmas amazingly I’m not sick of it yet. I decided we needed some festive bunting for our next open day so set to work designing some Christmas appliqués and thought it’d be rude not to put together a tutorial.

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**Update** I’m delighted that this tutorial was republished in Love Sewing magazine’s November issue. Don’t worry if you missed it, the full tutorial is here but here are the pretty pictures that were published in the magazine

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Crayon Roll Tutorial

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Baby Plush has recently got into drawing in a big way, apart from being irresistibly cute toddling around insisting she put crayon to paper it’s amazing how it can keep her occupied, quiet and still for such a long time and she’s not yet even 2. Always one to jump on any opportunity for 5 minutes of peace and quiet I figured it’d be silly not to make her a crayon roll which I can just pop in my bag when we are out and about and so far it’s a huge hit. Continue reading “Crayon Roll Tutorial”

Tutorial: How To Machine Applique

DSC_0651I’ve got a new addiction making these skirts following the fab tutorial over at Dana Made It . They really are the simplest skirt ever and take about 20-30 mins to knock up. My daughter’s wardrobe is being over taken by them. Continue reading “Tutorial: How To Machine Applique”

Beginners Guide To Reading a Dressmaking Pattern

makower-sew-retro-2358-images-of-retro-dressmaking-pattern-cotton-patchwork-craft-fabric-8494-p-1If and when you decide to venture into the world of creating a garment to wear for yourself or a Santa suit for your pampered pooch this guide will hopefully answer some basic questions.  Many of us have learned how to use patterns and sew from a family member or a close friend, and there are many different techniques and shortcuts that people use to make it easier.  If however this is not the case for you, pulling out a pattern to create something special can seem very overwhelming. We hope this will help see you through your first simple steps and will make life a little  easier. Continue reading “Beginners Guide To Reading a Dressmaking Pattern”

20 Minute Peg Bag Tutorial

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I have no idea why I keep doing laundry related tutorials seeings as I hate the task so much but it  just keeps happening so I’ll roll with it. Inspired by Makower’s new fabric collection which goes by the name of “Wash Day” I’m a complete sucker for anything kitschy and retro so I decided I needed this fabric to cheer me on through the dull laundry days. And this really did only take 20 minutes to put together, hooray!  Continue reading “20 Minute Peg Bag Tutorial”