Tutorial : Cosmetics Bags With a Pretty Lace Edge Zip

If you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ll know that I went a bit lace edge zip crazy a few weeks ago making cosmetic bags. The lace edge zips really make these little bags very special, but many people aren’t quite sure how to insert them so here’s a wee tutorial for you so you can go lace edge zip crazy too. They are relatively quick and easy to make and will be a useful and welcome gift this Christmas. You’re getting two tutorials for the price of one here as I run through how to make a bag with boxed corners and a second triangular shaped bag which comes with a free pattern you can download.

A printable version of this tutorial and the pattern is available for free from my website here.

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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 🙂

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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”

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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