Sewing Machine Love

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My new baby

Lookie! Lookie! Isn’t she beautiful? I can’t believe I’ve managed to snag myself this amazing Singer 201k today at a car boot sale! The price for this beautiful bounty was only £6, whoop! I am especially bowled over  as I have been coveting a Singer 201 for ages on eBay. Continue reading “Sewing Machine Love”

A Waterproof Fabric Guide

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Following on from my popular post about the fabric possibilities for dribble bibs I thought it would be a good idea to run a  series of these posts to talk about the other more specialist fabrics we stock in the Plush Addict Shop. We get lots of questions about which is the best waterproof fabric to use for a particular type of garment or handmade item so I figured this would be the next one in line for a bit of (hopefully!) helpful blurb. Continue reading “A Waterproof Fabric Guide”

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”

Time to Sew: Simple A-Line Dress and a Toddler Messenger Bag

Image I had a very rare child free day off yesterday so I decided to do a bit of sewing. I had a brilliant time doing a trolley dash in the morning swiping some prints (which really is *the* best part of this job!) and then I set to work. Very pleased with my day’s work I must say!

My little girl looks amazing in red and I adore the Paintbox collection from Michael Miller, co-ordinating the range is super easy and everything looks so amazing together. I made this dress using Butterick B773 pattern.  Continue reading “Time to Sew: Simple A-Line Dress and a Toddler Messenger Bag”

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”

Best Fabrics for Dribble Bibs

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One of the most common questions I get asked is which fabrics should be used when making dribble bibs. If you Google “how to make a dribble bib” there pages of hits and so many different methods to choose from, I’m not surprised people get confused! Not that I’m going to prescribe a formula here as there many ways to skin this cat, but hopefully a bit of an explanation about the possible fabrics and their properties might assist you if you are at all confused. Continue reading “Best Fabrics for Dribble Bibs”

Ironing Board Re-cover Tutorial

ImageMy ironing board has been looking rather sad and sorry for itself for a while now and it’s been in the back of my head to recover it in some funky fabric, then when Mr Plush informed me that our current ironing board cover was made by the same company which have caused us such a headache over the word minky I decided urgent action was needed! (For some of the back story see this post. The iron-y (boom boom!) that we have one of their covers Continue reading “Ironing Board Re-cover Tutorial”