Sewing tutorials

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…

dress or top pattern

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…

jersey scarf

How to make an easy jersey scarf from scraps tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | March 2, 2018
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A few weeks ago I  posted a tutorial for how to make an infinity scarf from your left over bits of jersey. I planned to make this simple opened ended classic scarf version for men, I didn’t seem to have the right selection of leftovers to make a suitable manly scarf (or not one that…

jersey pom pom hat

How to make a jersey pom pom hat for ladies, tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | February 6, 2018
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This was almost an abandoned project. In the icy cold weather about a year ago I had a plan to make a fleecy hat and scarf. I began working on them but didn’t really like the way they were turning out, the whole idea was about to get shelved for a rework at a later…

jersey infinity scarf from scraps

How to make a jersey infinity scarf from scraps – tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | February 2, 2018
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This is a great way to use up left over pieces of jersey from previous projects. Jersey fabrics tend to be really wide, after cutting a top or dress I often find there are large chunks of waste down the side of the fabric. Good quality jersey fabrics are quite expensive so I thought it…

Christmas pudding pincushion tutorial.

Christmas pudding pincushion tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | December 18, 2017
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Here’s a fun idea for a little Christmas gift for your sewing friends. I’ve got quite a few sewing friends these days and I wanted to give them a little handmade gift for Christmas. I had hoped to post this tutorial a little earlier but there are still a few days to go if you…

hand-stitched decoration

How to turn a child’s drawing into a hand-stitched decoration.

By Julia Claridge | December 14, 2017
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I came up with this idea when I was trying to think of Christmas gifts for my kids teachers. I always think because there are roughly thirty kids in a class they could potentially end up with thirty boxes of chocs or thirty mugs or other items that are perhaps not their taste, so I…