How To Make Box Pleats And Inverted Box Pleats

Following on from my post on how to make the knife pleats and how they are made, this is the second in that little series. This is how to make the box pleats and inverted box pleats, these are a little favourite of mine as I really like the decorative effect they create. Using the[Read more]

How To Make Knife Pleats

There are many different types of pleats, knife pleats are the simplest of the group. These are often used in garments such a skirts and dresses. But that is not the only place you can use them, many have incorporated pleats into cushion covers, used them as a design feature on a quilt and also[Read more]

15 Sewing Terms That Every Beginner Should Learn

There are so many terms and different lingo that I had to learn and learn fast when I went to university. I was quite new to sewing, the most I had made before was a halterneck waistcoat and pencil skirt. I was out of my depth and I knew it, it was scary to be[Read more]

How To Make A Fabric Birthday Crown/Tiara

Even though I have no children of my own I love my nephew and nieces. They are the most wonderful little people, I am often making one thing or another for them. I love spoiling them with treats and goodies that only I can make for them. It must get hard to create new ways[Read more]

How To Choose Your First Sewing Machine

We have all become quite adapted to trying new things, one of the latest trends is sewing. We can all thank The Sewing Bee for the inspiration and personally I think it is great. I enjoy sewing so much and think it can be very rewarding seeing someone get so much enjoyment from something you[Read more]

How To Make A Simple Drawstring Bag

I am a lover of anything cute and handy, from wicker baskets to small bags I love it all. My house would be full if it was up to me. I love the look of keeping secret little chocolates hidden in a little drawstring bag that only I know about or keeping all my sewing[Read more]

What Are Pre-Cut Fabric Packs And What Is The Difference

I do small bits of quilting, I have only really just started to get more serious about quilting. I have been reading about all the materials to use and videos on difference demonstrations. I was bewildered by a number of different names of pre-cut fabric packs that were flying around. To someone who knows about[Read more]

How To Make Bias Binding

There are many projects that will require bias binding or that you may even want to use binding instead of another alternative. The bias is the diagonal line that runs across the grain of the fabric, this creates the loose stretch perfect for binding. Bias binding can be used for finishing off a sleeveless shirt,[Read more]

How To Make Pyjama Bottoms

Do you get fed up of buying pyjama bottoms and once they have gone and need to be retired you can no longer find that style you like? This happens to me, I am fussy when it comes to sleepwear and like to have room in my clothes but not so much they are wrapped[Read more]

The Essential Sewing Kit For Beginners

When most people hear ‘sewing kit’ they think it’s the type that comes from the local supermarket that has the small plastic scissors and tiny reels of thread. Not this one, this kit is the essential kit to starting your new hobby. Whether you are wanting to hand sew or machine sew, whether you want[Read more]