Sewing tutorials

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…

Boxy toiletry

Boxy toiletry bag tutorial using Lamifix.

By Julia Claridge | December 8, 2017
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It’s that time of year when we’re looking for nice gifts for our friends and relations. I am always on a quest to give something handmade, especially to those that appreciate handmade gifts.  Handmade gifts are more time consuming so I think you have to be careful to plan ahead and not make things to…

birthday badge

Easy stitched big age birthday badge tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | September 22, 2017
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My little boy turned six years old this month. You might have read my post last week about the cosmic space themed party I created for him. Birthdays are so exciting especially  when you are little. I love it when my kids bubble over with excitement in anticipation of the party and all the birthday fun.…

beach cover up tutorial

Easy no-pattern beach cover up tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | July 22, 2017
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Summer is here!! Well school summer holidays are here. It’s not exactly been the warmest weather here in the Midlands. Perhaps you are lucky enough to be going to some far flung tropical corner of the world where the sun is properly shining. If you are you might like to make my super easy no…

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