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Sewing journal tutorial – patchwork with reverse applique.

By Julia Claridge | December 18, 2018
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Sewing journal tutorial – patchwork with reverse applique. I had hoped to publish this a bit earlier. This is my handmade Christmas gift idea for my special sewing friends this year. The list has grown so I have made a few of these. I hope there is still time for you to make one if…

Decorative patchwork mug wrap tutorial – handmade gifts.

By Julia Claridge | December 14, 2018
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Decorative patchwork mug wrap tutorial. I always like to try and make as many Christmas gifts as I can, especially when it comes to small tokens of appreciation for people like my kids school teachers. This year I was inspired by watching the school teachers in the playground with their hot drinks in the morning…

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How to make a P.E bag tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | August 31, 2018
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P.E Bag tutorial In this tutorial I am going to show you how to make a simple sturdy lined P.E bag. These P.E bags are essential school requirements and really useful if you have a child who does after school sports activities too. I originally made both my kids these bags using this method when…

How to make a no pattern dress to fit your size – tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | August 23, 2018
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No pattern dress tutorial In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to make this no pattern dress. You will need to take a few measurements then you can either draft your own pattern that fits you or you can draw the dimensions directly on the fabric. Measuring up: Start by taking a few…

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Baby bib tutorial – How to make a simple baby bib.

By Julia Claridge | June 16, 2018
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How to make a baby bib tutorial. This is not only a really simple baby bib, very suitable for anyone new to sewing but it is also a super practical make for babies and makes a perfect gift. Follow the steps in this baby bib tutorial to make your own. When my kids were babies…

How to insert a lapped zip – tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | June 15, 2018
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This is a tutorial to show how to insert a lapped zip. I’ve just launched my third dressmaking pattern, a little girls sleeveless dress with a gathered skirt, that zips at the back. Zips are one of those things that people sometimes prefer to avoid because they seem a bit tricky. However with a little…

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How to add a panel to a dress or top pattern.

By Julia Claridge | May 20, 2018
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This is a tutorial to show how to add a panel to a simple top or dress. Its a fun way to colour block a simple style or add an additional fabric. In this tutorial I have used the little girls Rosie dressmaking pattern. I used Kona quilters weight cotton fabric in these pretty sugar…

embellished denim tote bag

My First sewing project- Simple embellished denim tote bag.

By Julia Claridge | May 4, 2018
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At the beginning of the year I started teaching an after school sewing club at the school my children attend. Teaching children is something I have wanted to do for sometime (though sometimes I think I must be crazy!). My kids actually came up with the idea of running an after school club and the…

star applique tote bag tutorial

Reverse star applique tote bag tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | April 29, 2018
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This is a tutorial for an easy reverse applique tote bag. Usually applique involves a fabric shape being stitched on top of fabric. Reverse applique is a way of revealing a fabric placed underneath the top layer of fabric. In this tutorial I will show you how to make a star shape applique on a…

no pattern elasticated waist skirt

Easy no pattern elasticated waist skirt to fit your size.

By Julia Claridge | March 11, 2018
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Mothering Sunday seems an appropriate day to launch the first in my new blog series.  I want to share easy tutorials geared towards total beginners. No matter what age it’s never to late to start sewing. Some of the projects in this section will be with children in mind while others will be aimed at…

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