Designer napkins to make and to give.

Using Spotlight’s new linen cotton mix digitally printed with beautiful floral designs is the perfect choice for napkins. Imagine a crisp white table cloth, a floral centre piece and napkins using this fabric. Special for a luncheon? Serviette size is approximately 45cm x 45cm, so you can get 6 napkins from 1metre ( 148cm wide) […]

Instructions for applying an Invisible Zipper

Step 1.┬áPrepare your seam by overlocking each edge and pressing back the 1.5cm seam allowance. Beauty of an invisible zip is it just looks like a seam when it is properly inserted and you can have as little as 10cm seam to apply it. Step 2. Using a marker or chalk, on both sides of […]

Crinkle Linen Effects

Crinkle effects for simple linen garments! Choose a light to medium weight 100% linen and create a simple shift finished with binds at neck and armhole and machine hems. Once completed simply wet garment thoroughly and twist tightly (just as you would if you were wringing it to remove moisture), then allow to dry while […]

Putting in a Zipper with Wondertape

This Article describes the step by step procedure by Judi Haling on how you can use Wonder Tape whilst putting in a zipper. Wonder Tape completely disappears during first wash. It consists of double sided transparent adhesive tape that can be stitched through which doesn’t create any needle residue when stitching. If you would like […]

Winter…time for jackets, coats and merino knits…and some warmingfood!

Firstly some promised recipes from class morning teas. Cup of Tea Cake…enduring popular. Click here for recipe Weight watchers, serves 15,for 3 points a serve… Chocolate Pecan Fingers click here for recipe   Photos show finished coat (at last…its turned pretty cold in Orange) from previous blog steps and gorgeous merino knit from The Fabric […]

Easiest Cushions Ever

If you are planning to make cushions next week or term 2 you will need the following:.5m furnishing fabric( preshrunk)1 x 45cm zip ( can use an invisible zipper)1 size 18 cushion infill (45cm) You can choose from several styles;Button down … No need for a zipOutside flangeDecorative overlays using silk organza and stitchingStripe effectsButton […]

Kimono Shoes

Thanks to Julie Darley for passing this gorgeous little pattern for baby shoes on to me. During the heat I have loved pottering in the cool studio working on these for pleasure. I have pattern sizes through 0 to 18 months and while they are quite tiny to work on the result is well worth […]

Buttonhole pockets steps 3 & 4

Turn pockets strips through to wrong side and aline folded edges. Press. Slip stitch edges together. Placing wrong side down, lift jacket front up so the ‘V’ shows at each end of pocket. Pin across base of ‘v’ through pocket strips and check on right side that these are positioned well. Machine across pocket ends, […]

Buttonhole pocket revision steps 1&2

Having raw edges of folded strips butting over centre pocket line, stitch along centre of each strip stopping at end point level at each end( at least 1.5cm from raw edge of strip)On wrong side clip along centre between lines of stitching and to centre of last stitch at each end.

Jacket interfacing….where should it go?

Use armoweft fusible for entire front of jacket, under collar, pocket welts and as this is a lighter weight coating, on facings and upper collar. Use a non fuse shapewell or cotton muslin cut on the bias for back ‘saddle’ which is stay stitched around armhole neckline and shoulders. The lower edge which isn’t attached […]