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Lynn hack 6 – Experimenting with dye!

By Julia Claridge | September 26, 2020
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This is the my latest Lynn hack. Which ended up wearable but did go quite badly wrong!! I’ve been wanting to experiment with dye for a long time. I’ve dabbled in the past and my days as a student were full of endless tie-dyed charity shop buys. Now I feel inspired by Shibori techniques. Before…

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Subscribers free button back version of the boxy top – How to make:

By Julia Claridge | September 18, 2020
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This months version of the boxy top pattern that is free to newsletter subscribers has a button back addition. I’m slightly holding on to the last days of summer with this version in checked linen. Perhaps I’m dreaming of the next half term break in warmer climates that I wish we were going to be…

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Karen’s cosy lounge-wear set.

By Julia Claridge | September 12, 2020
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Hi everyone, I’m really excited to be back with my second blog for Bobbins & Buttons and to share my comfy lounge-wear set with you. Earlier this year, I took part in the Instagram challenge ‘Me Made May’. I pledged to wear a me-made garment everyday throughout the month of May.  This was to see…

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Introducing Lee – A unisex kids semi fitted t-shirt pattern.

By Julia Claridge | September 6, 2020
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A new pattern! Let me introduce you to Lee. Lee is a unisex semi-fitted t-shirt for kids. It is currently available in pdf format, the paper version is coming soon! The style: Lee is a wardrobe stable for all kids. A semi fitted crew neck t-shirt with the option of three sleeve lengths. Choose from…

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A Ginger jeans review

By Julia Claridge | August 30, 2020
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A few weeks ago I posted the fourth is my series of Lynn hacks. I wore this version with a wearable toile of the Closet case Ginger jeans. When lock down was announced earlier in the year, I had to shut down my classes. I figured I would have more time and space to get…

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Lynn pattern hack 5 – How to calculate a self fabric neckband.

By Julia Claridge | August 22, 2020
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This is the 5th in my series of Lynn pattern hacks. It is really more of a technique than a hack! The Lynn pattern is designed to be made with rib neck, hem and cuff bands. However sometimes you might not be able to find a rib colour that works with the main fabric so…

Subscribers free keyhole back version of the boxy top – How to make:

By Julia Claridge | August 14, 2020
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Last month I launched the first in a series of free patterns for newsletter subscribers a basic boxy top pattern. Each month I am adding different pattern pieces to create a new seasonal style. This month you can create a high summer keyhole back version. This is the same front and front facing as the…

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How to make a super quick and easy face covering.

By Julia Claridge | August 8, 2020
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Last week I shared my face mask pattern that I developed hoping to cover all the families requirements and sizes. Unfortunately I didn’t quite achieve it, my father in law has bad arthritis in his fingers. Ties around the ears or head were just to difficult to manage with fingers that don’t bend. So he…

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Free face mask pattern with removable nose wire and other custom options.

By Julia Claridge | August 1, 2020
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This is a tutorial to show how to make a fabric face mask with several different options to allow you to customise the mask. I know there are already a lot of face mask patterns available and I actually hadn’t planned to make one. In the early days of the pandemic there was a lot…

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How to make hair scrunchies.

By Julia Claridge | July 26, 2020
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This is a tutorial for how to make hair scrunchies. This is a simple little make that is a great way of using leftover scraps from your sewing projects. You can make these equally as well in stretch fabrics as in woven. I love making them for my little girl from the pieces leftover after…