Step up: Sewing Machine Starter Ideas

We had a great time at our Basic Sewin Machine Skills class this week, and a great bunch of cushions were made from scratch by complete beginners…

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So how do you move on from there and start making other things with those new-found skills?

Here are some of picks from around the web…

A Quick & Easy Skirt

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The Village Haberdashery (who supply all our fabrics) have come up with a simple and quick skirt tutorial. Her 30 Minute Skirt blog post is pretty simple to make and only needs a rectangle of fabric, thread and some elastic. So you could get going on that tonight!
Or if a tube skirt is more your thing, try this from Ma Nouvelle Mode.

Quick Make-up Bag

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A great way of using up some of those smaller pieces in your fabric stash, A quick drawstring bag can be made up in a couple of hours and starts as a basic rectangle, then just add a ribbon or cord drawstring top by folding over the top opening. Makes a perfect gift.
Simply upsize to make a gym bag (or bag to keep all you wool stash in)

A Draped Top

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Basically an extension of a rectangle, but with a little bit of gathering, a draped top is perfect for summer. There are a few patterns around online, or you can make the one in the Great British Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe Book. Luci Kimmings blog takes you through how to do it, plus the details in the book are pretty straight forward. If you’d like a bit of hands-on help then come to our Tops class on Thurs 26th June where the author will giving a masterclass with your personally shaped pattern.

Knitting Needle Roll

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If you are into loads of crafts then you’ll be needing a needle roll to keep all your bits together. IT is basically a square with a few other straight lines to sew. Check out this tutorial for the instructions.

We’d love to know what tips you have for easy starter projects for sewing machine skills.

Be inspired by #makedo42

upcycled vintage tea cup pin cushions - #makedo42

upcycled vintage tea cup pin cushions – #makedo42

New Year’s day 2014 saw the beginning of a social media trend for the #100days of happiness, posting one photo everyday for 100 days showing something that makes you happy.
Then along comes May, and the third incarnation of the #MeMadeMay hashtag, wearing something everyday for the month of may that you have made, and posting photos.

– Craft makes us happy.
– We love making things, to wear, (or for the home or the kids).
– The make/do pop-up runs for 42 days.

Welcome to #makedo42

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The Workshop Schedule is launched!

With less than a week to go till the grand launch, we can now reveal the exciting plans we have for the space, including workshops by the experts, pattern classes from Tessa Evelegh (of Great British Sewing Bee fame), craft & chat evenings and drop-in sessions for kids during half term & Fathers Day.

There are loads of different classes; for beginners & improvers in knitting, sewing & crochet, for using patterns to make garments… There are more details on our Workshops page. But do drop in anytime to have a chat with us, to ask advice, to buy bits & kits to get crafting at home, or to browse ideas on our inspiration wall.

Peruse the calendar at your leisure and then book for the classes through the Workshops page.

Make Do leaflet & timetable

Make it Yourself #MIY: Raise a glass to homemade

Make/do isn’t just about needles & thread. We also love to get busy in the kitchen (Julie is the Queen of Baking) and to get out in the garden…

Make/do something new this weekend – Make ginger beer, lemon & elderflower cordial from scratch. Really easy and very impressive to serve to friends.

Here are some ideas for fresh and delicious summer drinks to serve at a garden party, or just to have ready in the fridge… These cooling beverages are just as easy to make in small quantities as large – so if you are just having a summer garden party, you can get stuck into making scrummy drinks for your guests:
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Is your #MIY outfit a winner?

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Make sure you get your gladrags on for the make/do launch on Friday 23rd May. And if you wear something you have made yourself then not only will toy get a voucher for 10% in the shop, but you’ll be in with a chance to win a copy of Sew your own Wardrobe from the #GBSB series.

Sewing bee bookOn the night, author of the book Sew your own Wardrobe, Tessa Evelegh, will be officially opening the shop, sharing some words of wisdom and signing books. But the highlight will be as she casts her expert eye over your handiwork and presents a signed copy of her book to the person she feels has created a standout garment or accessory.

So what will Tessa be looking for in a winning Make it Yourself #MIY piece?
Here are some ideas:

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#MIY – Sew a knitting needle roll

Keep all your needles ordered and neat and #MIY a really simple to make knitting needle roll.

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I am always misplacing needles, or to be exact, one of a pair. So the way to keep them together, and have aplace for all my bits such as needle guage, stitch holders, markers etc, is to have a knitting needle roll to keep them organised and where you need them…

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All you need is:
2 complimentary fabrics about 70x45cm – this will be good for the usual 40cm needles. If most of yours are longer, then adjust the long side accordingly.
A long ribbon or cord at leas 40cm long. It will be doubled up and need to wrap around the roll and tie in a bow.
The usual scissors and thread
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Me Made May ’14

MMM14logolargeDo me a favour: cast your mind into its deepest, darkest recesses. No, not THOSE ones, even more shameful. Yeah, that’s right, I want you to think about your craft shelves (chest of drawers, cupboard, room, whatever).

Not your beautifully organised, colour co-ordinated corner you modelled on that Pinterest board you follow (but are so afraid to dishevel that you never touch it). No, I mean the other, untouched bits. The darkest corners that harbour all your (whisper it) unfinished objects.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about you must be one of those crafters who works on one project at a time, sees it through and then finishes it (including the sewing up and weaving in ends… shudder) before moving on to the next thing. I had heard tell that such people existed, but I always suspected it to be a carefully constructed lie – like the perfect mother – designed to make the rest of us feel guilty. If you are one of those mythical creatures, though, I salute you, and the unicorn you rode in on. Continue reading

#MIY and wear it to our Launch Party!

Nunhead Corner

Nunhead Corner

Well folks, it’s 3 weeks til blast off! We can’t wait to be in residence at Nunhead Corner and have been ordering some beautiful stock just for the fine crafters of Nunhead to purchase. And in the next few days we hope to bring you our workshop line up of inspirational classes but you can always pop in to use our lovely space any day we’re open and at our craft nights. Doesn’t that sound like a nice way to spend some time?! Continue reading