Sewing tutorials

patchwork style

How to customise your jeans – patchwork style -tutorial

By Julia Claridge | April 2, 2017
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A couple of weeks ago I shared some of my latest handmade wardrobes makes which included my upcycled patchwork jeans. There was nothing really wrong with the jeans before I started chopping them about, apart from they were just quite plain and boring! I’ve been admiring patchwork denim for a while so I decided to…

no pattern top

Easy lace panel no pattern top tutorial

By Julia Claridge | December 28, 2016
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It is the season for socialising! Much as I love working on something elaborate, the reality of the Christmas season is life is super hectic, trying to squeeze in shopping, school plays as well as extra socialising. As I am keen to stick to making all my clothes, anything new has to be super easy…

Fabric box

Fabric box bottom gift-bag tutorial

By Julia Claridge | December 19, 2016
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This is a simple little project that ticks lots of boxes and has lots of possibilities. I think a fabric gift bag adds an element of individuality and luxury to a simple gift or an extra special flourish to a special gift. It is also a great way to use some of that stash of lovely…

pom pom scarf

Kids knit fabric pom pom scarf tutorial

By Julia Claridge | November 16, 2016
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I recently posted the tutorial for this fun kids pom pom jersey fabric hat and promised to follow with this post for a matching scarf. You can make both items from 50cm sweatshirt fabric and 50cm of cotton jersey fabric. Great to keep your little ones snuggly over the winter months. I think they also…

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…

Sewing kit tool

Sewing kit tool roll tutorial

By Julia Claridge | June 24, 2016
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I designed this project for Sew Sociable,  I taught it on a larger scale in a sociable way at the event. I promised to publish the tutorial for those that didn’t finish it at the event or wanted to make it again.  Often at the event we have sewing nights where you need to bring…

wrist watch pincushion

Fun wrist watch pincushion tutorial

By Julia Claridge | June 17, 2016
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I’ve been thinking for a while that the handy pincushions that some of my customers bring to classes to wear on their wrists would be a very useful item. Then I had the rather silly idea of making one that was like a watch! After all it is worn on your wrist! So if you…

Easter basket

Triangle patchwork Easter basket sewing tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | March 15, 2016
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Follow my blog with Bloglovin Over the last couple of years I have been busy blogging about my handmade wardrobe, since setting myself the goal of not buying any clothes and only making them in 2014. However with a bulging wardrobe and an equally bulging sketchbook of project ideas I think its time to divide…

Christmas tree stocking

Felt Christmas tree stocking decoration/tutorial

By Julia Claridge | November 12, 2013
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I have been keen to start a little series of blog posts of ‘sewing projects for kids’ for some time. My daughter who is 4 is already itching to start sewing.  I have let her loose with a needle and thread as she is very careful, she is a tiny bit young and it does…

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