Sewing tips and tutorials

pom pom hat

Kids fun jersey pom pom hat tutorial

By Julia Claridge | October 18, 2016
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I credit this idea to my friend Jem who knitted hats like this for both my kids a couple of years ago and they wore them continuously through the Winter. I thought it would be fun to see if it was possible to stitch a jersey version. I let my mini super models be the…

School book bag

School book bag tutorial

By Julia Claridge | September 22, 2016
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My little boy started school this Autumn, I had everything organised, shirts, trousers, tie, water bottle etc. Everything except a book bag, which I believed needed to be one with the school logo on. However on school start date the bags were out of stock and not due in for several weeks, this is when I…

fit garments

How to fit garments on yourself – My 5 top tips.

By Julia Claridge | August 18, 2016
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Making clothes for yourself gives you total style freedom. With oodles of choice on colours, prints and fabric types your wardrobe can be exactly what you want it to be. Learning to make your own clothes has never been more accessible. There are a great choice of sewing classes around as well as magazines, books…

sew jersey/knit fabric

How to sew jersey/knit fabric with a standard sewing machine.

By Julia Claridge | July 22, 2016
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There is a fantastic array of plain and printed jersey/knit fabrics in lots of different weights, available widely. Making jersey/knit garments can be fun and super quick, meaning you can boost your handmade wardrobe massively in a short space of time. Jersey/knit fabrics are also a super practical option for kids clothing. Using an overlocker…

fabric and trims

Where to buy fabric and trims in Leicester- 2018 update!

By Julia Claridge | September 13, 2013
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I originally wrote this post in 2013 not long after starting teaching sewing classes as a result of being asked where to buy fabric locally. Recently I have been sorting and organising my blog, clearing out old posts that no longer seem relevant. This post still gets a lot of attention so I have decided…

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