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This book is dedicated to my Mum,. who taught me to sew.


Unless otherwise stated. all fabric quantities given In the projects are based on fabric tnat is 135 ern/54 In. Wide.

First published in 2008 by Cleo Books an imprint of Ryland Peters & Small

20-:21 Jockey's Fields, London We1 R.BW


TR'd © Emma. Hardy 2008

DesIgn and photography © Cleo Books 2008

The author's moral rrights have been asserted. All nghts reserveo, No part of this publication maybe raproducad, stored In a retrieval syslem, or transmitted In any form or by any means, elecnoruc, mechanical, pholooopying, or omeiWlse, without the pnor permission of the publisher

A crp catalogue record for tI1isooak IS available from tlls Bmish Ubrary

ISBN-13: 978 l 90609425 e ISBN-10: 1 90609426 X

Primed in China

Editor: Sarah Hoggett

Designer: David Fordham Illustrator; Michael HIli Photographer: Debbie Patterson Stylist; Emma Hardy


6 Introduction

82 CHAPTER 4 WORK ANti PLAY SPACES 84 Drawstring toy bags

86 Uned storage basket

90 Door stop

94 Sewing kit

9B Fabric-covered storage box 102 Peg board

104 Fabric-covered picture frame 06 Floor cushion

08 IRoll-up blind

8 CHAPTER 1 IRELAXATION SPACES 10 Floral cushion cover with ties

14 Dotty patchwork cushion

16 Scatter cushion with ribbon stroes 1 B Yb-yo cushion

20 Floral floor rug

22 Lampshade with ruffled trim

24 Simple curtain with patterned border 26 Curtain tieback

28 Fireplace screen

,12 CHAPTER SLAUNDRV AND BATHROOMS 114 Ironing board cover

116 Towelling bath mat

120 Towel with fabric border 122 Drawstring laundry bag' 126 Pegl bag

128 'Ribbon and button lavender bag 130 Padded coat hanger

132 Half curtain


36 CUtlery roll

38 Pan holder

40 Piacs mat and napkin

42 Napkin ring with button detail 44 Fringed tablecloth with braid 46 Table runner

50 Recipe book cover

134 CHA.PTER 6 OUTSIDE SPACES 136 Mattress cushion for garden bench 140 Garden chaJr cushion with frill

144 Awning!

, 48 Children's play tent 152 Picnic blanket

156 Pet basket

52 CIHA'PTER. 3 BEDROOMS 54 Reversible duvet cover 58 Sheet wilh ribbon trim

60 Pillowcase with patterned border 62 U e girl's dwet set

66 Patchwork bedspread

70 Bolser

n Padded heedboard 76 Rowel)' throw

78 Flower-and-leaf lampshade 80 Sheer curtain with ribbons

t 60 Techniques and templates 174 Suppliers

175 Index

176 Aciknowledgements


I ve enjoyed sewing ever since I was a child, My molher 8lJghl me

Ihe basic stitches, which I used to make doli's clothes. blanke sand costumes by hand. progressing to making my own clothes as I gal older and had, mastered t"'e s9Wlng machine. I loved bemg able no create designs that were unique. Individual and allowed me to express myself.

I still very much delight in Ihis process - bul ~ese days. the demands of modern life mean that I am short of time. W,th this in mind. I put togelher 50 Prolects hat are Quick and easy to make. From bed linen and cushions 0 window treatments, storage ideas and table Finen. the projects are both practical and decorative and most can be made in a matter of hours. A basic sewt 9 kil and sewing machine are aillhat you need, and most a me projects are ideal for iii novice - al hough I hope hat Ihe designs WIll appeal to the experienced s i cher as well as the beginner:

Each beautifully photographed design is accornparaed by charmingly IlIlJstrated instructions that lead you slep by step hrough the projects. Each project also includes an estimated ming, al hough hIS IS only

a gUide: the actual me writ vary depending on your experience and expertise. The techniques section at tile back of the book gives a simple guide 0 basic skills and the book also contains all the templates thai you need to complete he projects.

Choose fabrics he will complement and coordinate wilh your decor and home umishings. or ailor-make projects to create special gifts for friends and family, Experimenl with colours, patterns and lnmmings, col1lecting ribbons. braids and vintage buttons to give yom crea Ions the perfect finishing touches. With such a wide selection of wonderful' aoncs currently on sale Irom craft and sewing shops

and online companies. I hope you wily' be ,

inspired 10 use this IJoo.k as a starting ~

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Relaxation spaces

Floral cushion cove, with ties

Add a pretty, country feel to your sofa with these ovely floral cushions. I used he same fabric throughout, but you could choose a coordinating fabric for the back, so that you can turn the cushion over and change the look to suit your mood.

The covers are very easy to make. as they have no zips or buttons but are fastened with neat little fabric ties. To make them even simpler, you could replace the ties with ribbon.

2. Cut '0 r 7 25-cm13 10-ln, stnps 0 fabric. Fold each one In half, wrong sides logether, ana press. Open QUi. Along bOr longl sideS. old' over 1.5 eml' 2 in. 0 the

tong side and press. A one shon end. raid over 1.5 crnI 2 111. and press.


each cover 1 ~ hours

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1. Cu a piece 01 labne measunng 48 49 cmt 19)( 91., n. Along one shoo 9Oge, rokl over 1 anA's In. and then ann 1.5 emil 2 in. a the wrong Side. Macl'1lne shleh,n place.

3. Fold the Mtlo!e stnp In hal along he ceotra fold hr.e. Machine sntcn along the stnp. stitching as clOse 0 the unfolded edge as poss~ble. and across 1M aided end Press.


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4. Cut a 48); 19·cml1g )i( 71 z-ln. l'eCIaJ'lgle of fabnc. Along one long edge. iotdO'ltleI' 1 ci!nP'8 In and then an01t1er

1.5 cmflt2ln.o·1'Hl wrong Side. Pin and macl'lIne sltlch .

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5. Cui a ";S·cm/ g-lIl square of fabric. With rtghl

sides together. pin !he raIN edge of ~he rectangle from Step 4 to one side of Ihe square, inserting one be -nto the seam t2 cm/41r.l! In. from one corner and another one

12 cmi41 2 in. lrom Ihe 01 her comer. Mach~ne stitch Ifl place. Pless the seam eoen,

16. lay this piece wrotJg .side down on your work surtaoe, With right siems together place the otlner ~eoe 01 fabne from Step 1 on tOp. aligning me hemmed side Wllhlhe sesrn on the bouom piece

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7. Foldthe-llap over Ihe lop

and PIfl ano rnachlne stitch aR:llI!1d 111£1 three sides of 111S 50U8re_ Tum the cover nglll

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8. Take 1heremamlllQ two ties. fold under 1.5 cmtl 2 in. at the raw ends and machlJ'e sbtcll1hem onto the cushion cover. altgl1ilflg lhem with tile nes alredy In place. Press the cover. InSeri tile c,Llstuon pad and tie the lies m a neal bow to Close


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25 cmr10 In each or a seOecIJ01

o pallerJllOCl la0nc5

<l5-cm 18-11'1. SGWlra cus'hmn pad 35·()1Il.I1Cl-ln ZIP


Sew1ng mach fie and matc:hong

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Dotty patchwork cushion

[ 2 hours I

Stitch large circles of patlt!emed fabric onto pllain linen to make this delightfully dotty cushion cover. Choose scraps of your favourite fabrics for the dots and edge them with a small zigzag stitch to prevent them from fraying.

t, Using a compass. draw B circle 13 cml5 in. In dl&l1st8f on paper. Cu out and use as a paper pattern. Pin Q 100 rabncs and cui out nine abne circles.

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2. Cui two 48-cm119-in. 5q1..lBr'eS 01 linen. Lay one piece right SIde up OIl your work surtacs and alfl'ange the tabric atcles on toP. leaVing 1 cmI

3fi In. between each one and 3.5 em/1' '2 In. aU the way around !he edge. Using a smaJ zrgzag Slrtch on Ihe sewing macl"uns .. stitch all around

he fabric circles slaying as close to the edge

as you can .

3. 1111 rigl1ll Sides "ega her. lack e two linen squares together along one Side using the seam altrn.vanGe. Machine sUtch from each corner for 5 cml2 In. Prnss me seam open and lay the zip nghl side down on the wrong Side of too seam. Tack and then machine Stitch the zip in place. Remove me acking stitches.



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4. W4 righ . sides logether. pin and

machine stitch 'the remaining ee Sides

01 lhe facnc squares uogeiher. Snip he corners. open he zip and tum the cushiOn cover rigll side out. Press. fnsert Ihe cusI1ion pad.

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50 cnv20 In. Piaol' 1al)t1C $e'e.cI roo 01 ,illbor'Is q; lonng moors W1d lI8IbiJs .... ,dths

SelMng maGt;ine MalChong seN no thread 35 5O-cmr13a,~ x :m-In. cushion pad


Talw 1 5-an/'?-111 seam

a foo.'I3Ilces throughOul unless 001 renmse 'slalecl.

Scatter cushion with ribbon stripes

2 hours

This is the perfect way to use up all those leftover bits of ribbon that never seem to be quite long enough to be userul. Collect together ribbons and braids in similar colours and stitch them onto plain fabric to make a stylish cushion cover that no one would guess was made from scraps.

'11. Cut two 40 x 39-Cmf1S1l4 :.-51/4-ln.

rectangles 01 plam labile. Fold over and press

1 clTlof3,-a In. to I he INfO ng Side along one 4(}.cm/153>'·1-in. edge oj each piece. F.oId over anotHer 1.5 ClTV'I '.! in, OIl one PIeOOan(l :5 crnf2 in. on the otller cmr;t machine slitch ClOse to the edge.



2. Make tnree buttonholes along this wider border (see page 164) io lit the size of Ihe buttons you are USing

3. Cu Ii 38 x 53-cm115 x 21-tn. rectangle O'f plain labric. Lay jl on your worl< surface and place the ribbons on 11 untn you are happy WIth the arrangement. Pin them In place. then tack and mad'ilne s!ltch each one onto the fabric.


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4. Lay tile (ibbon~OOliflrnd piece nghl side up on your work surface, wnh ihe buttonhOled baok Place nght side down 01'1 lop. alignll'9 ihe raw edges Place ll1e other back PIece right side doWf! on tOP. agan aligl1lng the raw edges. and pin in place stiich arolJJld tile edges. trim the corners Ir.J reduce bulk and tum ngh1 sloe oul. Sew 1hree butlol1S Of1tQ llie baCk 11'11 lila requ red posJIIQn Press Insert ihe cushion pad


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25-cm11 O· 1'1 lerlgl ~1S 01 .1 i'iek1~{~ of small pall_J


Paper lor ternl lila> Pena and rorrllJilS:i "leedle and InreaiJ


Sttorrboughl cOSlliOn cQ;et 10 1'1

35.f"l1V 14-~" sqUill'll ped

Yo -yo cushion

This IS the periect introduction! to simple sewing. The yo-yos are made from scraps of patterned fabric, stitched onto a shop-bought cover to create an inexpensive but very decorative cushion. If you're making iii cushion in 31 different size, remember that the 'finished yo-yes will be about ha[,f the size of the original circle. It's also best to make au the yo-yas from the same weight of fabric: lightweight dress cotton is ideal.

Roset't,es: 5 minutes eachWho'le project: 4 hours J

1, Using a compass, draw a circle 12 cnV43..j Ill. ~n diameter on paper. Cui oul and !lin Ihti template 0010 your laM!:. CUI out 36 drcles from a variety of fabrtcs. Turn over about 5 mm/I'I In. to lhe Wl'Clr.g SIde and press an the way around

2", Work a line 01 [unnlng stucnes around each circle c,lose 10 lhe rOle! Pull he lhread to gather and secure WIth a lew sllIclles.

3. Arrange 1he rosenes on »'Our WOffl surface In six rows 01 SIX, rnaking sure that f1(I two rosettes of the same fabric are MKI 0 (joe anoLhE'r Slllch each row Icge1lW 1 .... 1111 a f(ffl smarr 5tilchoo and then slltcn the SiX rov..s togelher In 1he same w'S'Ilo 'CUM a panel

4,. Lay 111e: panel on !he front 01 the cushion cover and hand sUtch 11 In place by working fI rew stitChes at the wldssl point of ea.dh rosette and a law stitches a!QUnd Ihe rnneredges 10 hold everythlng SOCl.lrelyln place.

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so cmr.20 iI\_ pJam labile Of the I

1 0 In hWll)'\',ag,ht lToral

1:0111:10 or lumsl1J.1"1Q labric

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Ta\Ie 1 .5-cmf'.M1 seam

a! ~af1CtIS hroughOO unless othel'NlS8 SlilieO.

Floral floor fu,g

2 hours

For a quick-and-easy way to bring pattern into a room without completely redecorating, why no make t is pretty Ireside rug? Made from vintage-style. floral Iabrl c edged Witt a ruffle border that picks up one of the colours in the main fabric, it is as decorative as it is useful, A wide velvet ribbon in a contrast colour provides a lovely finishing touch. Choose a heavyweigh furnishing fabric hat will withstand a bit 0 wear and tear.

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1. Cullwo 15 x 150-cml6 59'ln ships of plain fabric iar the IIill. WIth igh Sides ogmher. fold in hali lengllnll'laYS and machine sotCh 8100g 00111 short ends, TlJtn I'I1ght SIde out and press. Wor\( a nne 0 runmng s Iches about 1 CfTlI3.tlln. from tne raw edge along he wtlOle length- Pull he Ihread 10 gather the fabnc so nat the fnll is 54 cmt2 Pi.: in. long. Secure wrth a faw s itches at Ihe ena.

3. WIth fight SIdes ogeiher, align ng Ihe raw edges. lay one fn11 along each short end of the Rorallabric to which you slitcl ed e nobon. Pin and lack pl.ace.

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2. Cu twO 57 x 75-cm'221 2 x 291 z-m. rectangles 01 ora! abnc and two 6O'cml23!2-,n lengths or vetve ribbon PIn and maohlne stItch one ribbon arlo each shOrt end 0 one of the noral pieces 5 cml2 In. from ~tle ledge.

4. Ifrth ngh1 sides ioge\tler. lay the OilJer flDfal PleGe or top Pin and mactlIne slltch a.! lhe way arouno leaving a .20-cmfB·lo. OP&1I"g aIoog 01"9 JOm] s'de. lhm the GOfOelS, I urn right side 0 tJl a no cress Hand slnch rrre OP!ff1'lOg c'OseO. lop :>tin:" a lila way arounc:llhe n.g " em! 1! ,I~l !rorr

;,he edge.

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Small square IBm;lshade Enough 22· mn14 I I '2-" -WIde nbbao 10 go ro~ sO!lIme!l around 'he base of your lampsllade

Neeole and I read Sew1'l1 mactwie ar.a ITl<Ilchng 5e\ .... ng thread

Enough!1<l1TQ'l flDbon 10 go around the lOp and base of VOUr Iampsl"OOe

Larnpshade with ruffled trim

This is the perfect way to transform a plain, shop-bought larnnshaue: the same tecnnqtue can be used 011 shades of any shape or size, Just gather up ribbon with a simple running stitch and finish with 81 thin ribbon or braid around the middle.

1. Work a line lOf running stilch atong 111e oenlre 0 e wide

I'Ibbon and pull the Ihread to gather he nbboo Check thal the gathered rlbbon Fils ne Iy around the base of you lampshade. then In Ish With a few small smches 81 the end to x;ld I1e ruffles m place.

2. Arrange e rulfies evenly along I e length of he ribbOn and rnacbme slilell alOng the centre of he ribbon.

3, Pin and machine stitch a length 0 narrow ribbon over Ule sthchlng on he ruffled ribbon.

4. GIII.l9 th rufffecl ribbOn around I e boHom a he lampshade. over1aPlPlng 'Ie a!1ds nea te Ilnish. Glue orumw

ribbon around !he lop of Ihe lampshade. starling and finishing at the same sooi as the bouorn ruffle.

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Simple curtain with patterned border

Liven up a plain curtain with patterned borders and braids or use this method to lengthen existing curtains to fit a new window. Choose fabrics With similar colours, mixing sots, stripes and florals. and add ricrac braid and ribbor for eJtra decoration.

a. P and machlre S1l1Ch one p.ace of 0rai0 ova ne lOin oe ween II''! fjara a'1d S.lI1ped atxics. PIJ"' and sntcn

lhe ncrac braid along lne )011' between me striped and sponed fabrics. La~'

l:Je second

pe:e I braid cm:r ha!f 01 ~ nCt8a aI1d sblCfl n place.

4. Ai he 100 0 the eurtmn, urn eve

em If' 10 11 MOng side. Tum

oveJ an a~llooa 5 COlI 2 !I' and pIn, p", Ille CUltai1 ne.9nlng tape alOng

hIS folded sectJon find machine

511ch IMoIaCe, Hem lhe ecnem of I e WUl by foldIng Over 1 em. 11 In and aro her .3 c •. , In. and nacrune SIC II"! place.

3 hours

1. Cui a pIeCe 01 spoiled 'abo<: 0 the requIred ses. Cut a piece 0 sloped anne 26 Cffill01 .; In. dee and a piece 0 floral abnc

29 crrvt i ' _ In deep. both peces SI10ti d be lhe same wiO as me spotted abiic. With ngn sides logelner pin and machine stItch the strfped fab!')C 10 Ina bonom o Ihe Spal ad abric and Ina Horallaboc 10 lhe boliOIT' 01

t Silnped fablle PItlSS open

t e seams.


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50 cl'fl/20 In Striped lal-nc 50 Cl1'1l20 If\. !lora: ialxil..

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Taka '.5·cm/' z-m seam a1iCrt/OlYes IM),j(]nl:io.Jl IYI'esS :'llllP.NJlSE s1a:ed

3. CUI a Piece 01 ~nlng fatllic the same ~e!1glh as he curtain a 3 em! 1 • 'oJ fn narrower With nghl sides together. ern and tnaCl1tne stile . a 109 labnc 0 lIle

a afong oolh long SIdes.

Turn ngl Side OUI nd pteS.S


Curtain tieback

2 hours

Template on page 167

Tiebacks can be a decorative feature in their own nght as well as a means of holding curtains out of the way when they are not in use. Make this one from a plain fabric that is used elsewhere in the room and then add simple fabll1c rosettes, each with a button covered in patterned fabric. at the centre, to provide

little splashes of colour.

Tractng paper. pertQl ancl pattern for paper


25 emil 0 ,n na urcIIlc'l!!O

25 omJlO ;fl. ifl)fHICl 1I1:er!aciI1Q 75~QTlI3O·in langln Ql ntJiJo!l

150 C11'\I60 in. bra'd

25 OIl'- lOan spot eel lahre Scraps of labnc 10 CClVer 0Ul tons Sewing and malchil'19 Ih!ead



Take 1 5-an1 "l' fl. seam mowancss Irro..aghoull,ll'lless olhe"...lise slaleo

1. Enlarge the temolate on page 167 by 360%. irace fl onto paltern paper and CU1 out Pin the pattern onto a double thickness 01 natural linen abnc. Cut oul .


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. 2 .. Using lire paper pattern, cui. outone piece of Iron-on interfacIng and Iron It ooto Ihe wrong sIde o one linen plece. Place one bnen piece nghl side up, with a lePg h 01 (lbOOn at either end. Place

he other linen Pfece righl SIde down 0Ii nop and machine shIeh together, leaVIng an opening of abo\lt 8 em/3ln In one s de. Snip aroun t e seam allQl.Mance

c3. Turn the panel light Side au and ha"Cl snten he opening dosed

Press. Hand sllleh braId

around 1113 edge 0 the tieback.

4. Cut twelve 25 3·eml10 II 4-in.

Ie glhs 01 SPOIled labnc Sew a toose runnu,g s itch along he bottom 0 each slnp and pL! I I.hethread 10 gather and form a

rossi e. Secure with a few stitches. FOllOWing he manufacturer's Instructions. cover he but ens WI t'I abric.

Stl en a bl on to the c~ntJre a each rosette and stitch he rosettes onto B tieback.


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Fireplace screen

This little three-panel screen is ideal for covering an open fireplace or for hiding ugly radiators or electricity sockets. The addition of a pretty fabric-and-ribbon flower makes It a lovely decorative item in its own right. You can increase the size of the panels to make a room screen or add more panels to cover a wider area.

2~ hours


1. CtJt a piece of sOOt measuring ~ x 64 emil a l( ~4 m. Apply sprayadl'lesve lO bom SlUes 01 one 01 re MDF panels and lay Ihe panel on the '!\!Tong Side 01 the rabric. leaVl 9 1.5 em 1 '2 In. 01 fabric: around lhree Sldes of tile panel aoo makl'1g sure lI1ere are no ~vnnkles In the fabnc

3. GI ue around the edges 01 the panel as before, and slick the ralJnc ~tD n again ensuring that II'e finish IS smooth. Repeai Steps 1-3 IIJllh the other two pana~

of MOE

2. Apptv a thm line 01 oafl 9 ue aroene the 1t1ree sides 0 Ihe MDF and s Ie tl":e fabric 01110 ii, fOlding lhe comers neally. Tum the paf'-e.1 over and press rha facne onlO the other ~Lde. SmDOll1111g the raenc to rt!""0~ any creases or air bwDbles


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4. ~ e poSlbons or the as along he edges () (he panels and make holes WI " bi'adawl SerBIN he hinges place so lhal the Ihr-ee ~ <lfe COMeClecI.

5. Apply a 1 n Ioyl!r 0 gille along the edges of 1he panels and e tibbOO In place. overIappmg t'e ends a he nbbon

sl "" a \'mal will be he bot om 01 e screen.

7. Measure a strop of fabric 35 5 cmt14 x 2 in. and lear I 0

tie main pIeCe. Work a line of runn log sti1ches (see page 163) ab1g one: long edge and pull tile threa~ 10 gatl1erthe stop lmo a ae!e, sectJllng Ihe el'l(l with a lew sma~11 smcnes, Hand stitch

nbtxln-Ioop IIower made in Step 6 0 he bae 0 the rose teo


6. CUi S 23-cmI9-1O. leng1hs of n bon Form each one into a loop. overlapping Ihe ends a 1II11e in he middle, and

work iii aw stnches by hand to hOld I n place. Sm c:h all SIX loops logelher in Ihe middle o arm a nower.

S. Sew a butte an 0 Iha cenlre 0 the fabric-andnboon IloweI and se« II In place 0

, Ihe lront panel of the screen. tnls wUh a 'OW bghl stitches to hold

he flower securely n place.


Kitchens "and dining rooms


2~ hours

Keep tea piping hot with this vintage-feel tea cosy. The combination of gmgham and floral fabrics edged with pretty braids. is a surefrre winner. You could easily make a taller cosy to fit a coffee pot - or fair a cute, homely feel, wynot try making miniature versions from little scraps of fabric to cover youII' breakfast boiled eggs?


1. Using the temp!aIe on page 167. cu wo pieces 01 ptn taboc. CUI a panel of gln;gham measunng 119.5 27 cmf7~.~ x l~·l in. Fold over I cmAs in. to the wrong side along both long s' es of

eglngt'lam and press. (Use he lines of he gingham as a guide. 10 gi a slraighl edge.) Centre lhe gingham panel on I e Iron! oi one 01 the pin.k 'abm;: pieces and machine stilet, II In olace, Tnm off any excess gingham. foUOWIrg the CUNe of Ihe pnk fabnc.

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ac I e Slltch aU around the curved edge.


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2. Cur it piece 01 noral labric measuring 9 x.

21 <::rn13 x 1(1301 in. and rold l.If1der both long edges by .5 cmI

I :2 in. Pin the !loral fabnc centrally onlo

he gingham labrie. slipping a length 01 gingham ribbo.

under both edges. MaetHoe sbtch hrough all layers. SI'!!ctl

a lerrg'lh 01 OIClJ mrn along both edges of the gmgharn lehne.

Template on payu 167 Trao'lg paper iif'ld penol 50 orrv20 In pok fabric 50 cm.'20 in !l rtgham fabnc

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4. USing the template. Cl.J wo pieces 01 gmgham Machine sbidl around llie ClJlVed side, re8Vlng a 20- cml8-[n. ga along he lop. Put til1s gmgham over the rent of Ihe tea cosy. nghl sides logelher. Stllch toge,her around Ihe bortorn Tum righ1 Side 01.11 and hand stlld1lhe opening closed on Ihe glng am ae ic

This is the perfect way to store a set of cutlery, to prevent the individual pieces from getting scratched and keep all the components together. Alternatively. use It to kee picnic cutlery handy for al fresco dining so that you're atways ready for an impromptu summer outing. Careful measurrng is essential to ensure that the compartments are evenly spaced across he roll.


tlery roll


1'. Cut a 62 x 12-cmt24P'2 x <l~'I-m. rec1angle 01 polKa-dot rabnc and a 132 6-cm/2d I :2 21 -t·m. stnp of pauemedfabnc. With righ sides together, aligning raw edges, lay he patle.rned fabric:

long one long edge 0 the polka-do s rip and machrne s' ch

1.5 emf! ~ in. in from rca edge Fold the pa erned slnp ov turn under and press 1 5 emf '2 in. along the remaining raw edge.

a d Slips I cl' In place Blong he back.

50 cml2Q 111 oof.a·dot lat4ic 86-cml34 'In 1!!"'91h 01 l2.mrn-

Noodle aCId ma1(;tllTlg 5el'tflg hI:ei

!u..."W'lCIIS 1l1100ghoul u ess olherMse staled

2. Cut a 162 x 33-crnl24 2 x i3- . rectangle or polka-dO abnc Lay he pattemed border IPlece along one long edge. With the raw edges together at the bottom. Measure 6 cm!2' 14 11. in from one side and PIn from he top 0 he bottom althe srnanar panel D:lflunUEI along ina panel. ptoning every 5 eovz in. ThBfB will be another 6-cm121 ~-m. jX>Ckel atlhe olhef end. Machine snteh along each pinned line.

3 .. Cut an 86-cml34·in. leng h of blue grosgraln I bOOn. Cut a

67 x 39-cm!261 ,I 151 <:-IfI, piece 01 patterned IOOnc. Pin the nboon across tile fabrfC 13 cml5 in. from the bottom and 3.5 crnr ,12 In. from too edge, leaVing the same amount of ribbon exu~fldJng beyond each ed.Q Machine S Itch the ribbon omo Ihe a riC. stile ng a eclang1e 12 crrv 3..:., ,long 10 Ii he nbbOn securety IfI place.

4. Wr wrong SiDes loge 1el'. centre Ihe lka·dol pa.~ on the pal Brned fabric .. leaV1ng an even ~ all he W2i':l around Fold Ihe comers over at1Cllold ear:. sde of the patterned labric over by

~l.! In. and thm by anomer '1.5 em I ., In

. tack and maGoine smcn In place, S ~ ching s close 0 \l1e olded edge as pass bl



Pan holder

This practical pan holder is very straightfolVJard to make and requires only limited sewing skills. Choose a bold pattern for a striking look and line with thick wadding to provide adequa e protection from the heat. Hang it up by the fabric loop and it will always be on hand when

yOLJI need it.

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25 011'10 h1 plair! falulC 50 QTI120 Ul. i111Ck waddrng madne Mald'lir"lg 00."""9 Ulread Mas\:tJr.g lape

Tilke 1.5-emJl ·'rn seam 8l11l'oYtl110e5 IhloughoUi IIn'SsS Olhel".MSe Slaled


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1. Cur an 18!<. 25-cm17 W-In. piece 01 panerned 1abric and two 6.5 x 25-cm'21? 1'1; fa-In. pieces 01 plain labnc. W! h right sides together, lay each plain piece' along one long sloe of the paffemad piece. Pin and machme stitch 1ogether. Press the seams open.

2. Cull.wO 26-cml'O'4-ln. SQUan'lS of !hlok waddlng. Pi(lce the backmg fabrIC "'"ong Sjde up on your work surface, with Ihe waoding squares on top and '11m front 01 1he cover ngnl SIde up on top 01 the waD'ding Pin all layers logelhei: Stick a pece of masking rape diagonally from one corner iQ the OIMer and olachlne sMch along tne edge or Ihe lape.Reposition tim tape 3 emil I., in. lrol1llha stllching line. Shrch a10ng lhe edge. Conllnue unLiI you reach Ifle OOff\€{ Lay mas!<lng tape across he Oiller two earners and repeal the stilcl"1lngprOCess untillhe whole rnat ts qUllhed.

3. C~I iii piece of (abnc:: 01"1 the bias

100 cm/J:lO In. long and 4 emilio:? Ill. INlde. (Join several pieces together If Ilecessary.) WUh nght Sides together. pin 11 all around Ille right Side of tile mal, al'gnlng tile raw edges, Fold under Ihe end lor a neat finish and machine sntcn in place. Tom the comers.


4" To mal(e IhE! ~langlng loop :::ul an 18 5-clll.7 2 In strIp of pa terned

abnG. F"llrl ave, Ihe IO'1g edY£lS by 1 Ql'l/~ a In and 111F111 old In hal

Ie hways Machine smcn, stitching as close 10 I'1e edge as ossbte FoICl e b18S Slfjp over 10 Ih back 0 the mal and urn under

~ emf) II ill, Pin, Ihen ~IPS I en 10 lhe mal all Ine way around

cen nnr the oop on OIlS sloe.

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I Placemat: 1 hour Napkin: 20 minutes

For eal:b place mal:


50 c:tnI2O" ooltemed latJPC

SO cmI20 in. gfr,g'1aJTt faI:mc; 50 cmI20 n !,lam fabric

50 anl:20 111. mOOl..lm .. weignl lWfKIn ml:ttrladng

ror each napkin:

50 cmJ2(J In pa118ff118d I"brlt: 50 em 20 111. 9111911am labnc SewIng machne


Need~ anc majchin9 sewng


Take l.5-cml .. ·;ft seam alloWances lNOUgilQClI unless otherwise SlliTBd

Place mat and napkin

Add a touch of elegance to your dinner ta;ble with these smart place mats and matching napkins. Quick and easy to make, they would be an ideal wedding' or hous,ewarming gift that the recipients will treasure for many years to come.

As table linen req:uires regular I'aundering. make sure you wash all the fabrics betore Y'Ol.l start sewing so that there's no risk of them shrinking once the project is finished.


1. For each place mat. cut a 34 x 26-cmI131!z x 10-ln reclangle of plain labric .. lwo 34 x 12-cmJ131J'2 x 4''2·in. rectangles 01 pa Ie-oed abm:: and IWO 34 x rJ..,cml13 I 2 x 21{Il-jn. rectangles of ginghalTll rabrlc. With flight sdss logether, maChine sntch one gingnam piece along each long side of the plain fabnc,lhen madl1fne sttlch one palter-ned pIece tlO the other long side of each gingham piece. Press lhe seams open.

2. Cut a 34)( 5Q-crnl13~12:<: 191 '2-ln. preoe of in!eriacmg. Lay Ihe lllleriacing em the wrong side 01 tile fabnlc panel. ·II'.riIh the rough SIde down. P1ace a damp cloth on lop and Iron With a medh .. m iron 10 fuse tl"le Inter100ng to the fabne.


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·3, For the backing. CUI a piece 01 glngnam and a p-JeCe 01 olertacln:g. eacb measjJ~lng 34 x 50 crrv131'2 I!( \912 in, Iron the InteriaCII19 to Ille reverse of the glf1gham. as oefore. Lay Ihe Ir0l11 of the mat nght skle up on your work surface wilh IMe back pIece on top nghl Side down, Machine stitch al1 around Ina edge. leaving a :gap of about 10 ClI"IVol in. In one side. Trim he corners. Tum right SIde out and hand slitcn Ihe opening c:lo!;ied Press Machine lopslitcto. all sreunc the edg,QS.


fill eat:h nap '" cui a 40-cm 1 G- n. square OT palterned fatlnc and a~O-cmII6--Ifl, square of gll"9l1(IDl fabric With Hgtrl sidas togelf1€if. machII9 sn~ch all ammd. leaving a gap 01 about

10 cmA;I1 In one Side. Trnm the comers Tum ngm Side out and iwd Sil1ldl1he openmg closed, Press. Machille icosmcn <'III around 1he ertgeS. 2.5 emil U'1. 'rtllTl the edge

apkin ring

with button detail

Scraps of leftover fabric can be put to brilliant use In these charming napkin rings, The ends of each ring are stitche together and decorated witl a single ou on - a great way

of add'ng a pretty little finishing detail hout

having to go to the bo her of stitching

a buttonhole.

45 minutes

so crnI20 Ir"I IlCrac bra

50 em '20 Ill. narrow yngham !llXxm

$e'/iln rnaCf'lIl'le

N Ie B"'Id l1I'au:hlf1g se'o','I'19


&11100 <lporoxc 2 cmA f'I damel

T"",-e I s-cm I ,In. 581IJ11 a,o{J'!l"l:BSlhroughout '-I~ olher.·.~ slal!!d

1. For each napkln nng. cut a <1 23-cm 11'2 x g·ln rec :angle of patterned taone aN \'\10 8.5 23-c-m13' 4 x 9-m rec angres 01' plain labric Cemre he pattemed labile on

op of ore of the plam pieces and fack n p1aoe {see page 163).


2. Tac and en mach 119 stile one!l'l of ncrac braid along eactl 10119 edge 01 tJOe patlerred IBbnc Tack and lhen maon ne sUtch one le'l9 h 0 nbbOn over rheedge of each length of nc.rac. leaVlno hal Ihe ncrac VlSlbl Ren,ove

B e lac Ing 51 es.

3. Wi t> ngh scss logel er. pin and lac' the clecorBl€d S rip OT

and Ihe remaining plarn PJ8Ce toge her Machine stlrch ~!Ongthree Sides, leaVing one si"or1 end op n Remove the tacl<,1I"g slIlches, Tl"lrn Ihe seam allowance lurn 1"19'11 Side out and In5S Fal If! ttl OPen e-rxl 01 Ihe napkin ring by . S em I • 111 aoo slipslJ C'l closed !sea page 183}

4. Overiap I1e snort enos or Il"e strip t:ly aboLJ 25 on/l nand stitch a button In place. shlchulg through alii layers .

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Se.oq mec.n ne and malChlrlg


Take 1.5-cm·' '&-UIl seam allowances ItvougTlQUI unlesS olhervnse .. lOlled

2 .. Pmlha fringing aH the way around the 90ge of

he fabric and machine stilcn II In place. foldlll9 lila end under !or a neat flnkSh.

Fringed tablecloth 'with braid

This fabulously floral ta·blecloth IS extremE!'ly easy to make - and will add a burst of colour to any room. Simply stttch fringed braid around a hemmed square of tallrtc and add a pretty ribbon with little bows to finish.


1. Cuu a Piece of Ilatal fabric to Iii '1'0\.1 table. adding about 30 cml12 in 01'1 all sides for the overhang and 2.5 CI"lIl Irl. lor 1M hem. Fold over' C!'T'lr48 in

and another 1.5 cmli'2 In. 10 lim wrong side aU the way a round. Pin end machine sntcn n place. Press.

3 .. 1'111 and rna.chlne stitch the nbboi along the lOp of IllR fringing. again lo~dlng the end under shghtty. T'e algl1! sma~1 ribbon bgy..s. Hand SlitcM one 10 eadl comer and ene cenlrally along each side.

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Table runner

A table runner can add the finishing touch to a dinner table. This easy-tostitch runner is made from a bold, modern fabric and will work equally well laid on top of a plain-coloured tablecloth or straight onto the table for a more Informal look. If there is no obvious lengthways pattern, you can economise on fabric by cutting the fa,i;mc across the width, jOining two widths together to make a long. strip if necessary.

1% hours

vou WILL ~lll)

S!?Mng machne woo noau;tI ng ~Ilvead


/IJeedIe CII1t11hrwC

6 $I;Il'-t'Xl\IIlf ~t'l!YlS S em'2 11'1 "Clfameter

T<i'IOl ' }-In seam, ilIb.~MteS U"tlUQfJOUl un~ Dtr.c:!!( stilli'O

1. Detide 11(l0'l' ong you want the rul1nar LO be Cui Iwo IJIOCes o1pallemed fabnc

3 em.' I In. 1000ger than 1I'JlSme.asurenent anc 33 cm/l3 In. wide



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6. F01JowlllQ Ihe m-anufaciurer's \ ~ .... ~

1I1stnJctiOns covso' the buttons With '- /

pal1e:med tabnc Hand stitch ij1ree buttons ,

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2. CUi vo pieces of plair fabrIC lhe S<l111€ ength as the patterned tabric arc 11 CIT'

4 In. wtde With nghl aldes IDg911ler, p I' and maChlM stitch Ot"e plain piece along eac'" side of one of t~a patterr.ed pieces. Press the seams open.

3. Wi ~ht Sides to.gathtlr, pin and maolil"i6 SUlch lhe second piece of patterned fabric to me rerrtalning raw edges o· Ihe plarn fabric peces 10 form BI tube. CareluUy Dress the seams open

5. Tum tmder 1 5 cml' '2 In. on me open end of Ihe runner and hand shl011 closed. Press care!UIIy

10 each end of Ihe runner. spaclng trern evenly aOt05S t!"'le paUerned fabriC


4. Pin across the short ends of lha runner. fTIaking sure lhal Ilia seams 01 the patterned abncs align and that you have an even-Slzoo border of plain fabric on eaen SIde. Macn1re sincn along one shorte-nd of the runner and tum ngh side au


Recipe book cover

2 hours

practrc I book

ned and mal tamed the

t ge button and ties to hold

Keep a I 5 d nostalql them

y u 9 a

everythm In place. wh Ie a ribbon strtched nto the hOing handy bookmarker.

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1,.. C,lllhree sirups or flora fabnc 10 the requmoo sae. WHit rtgnt sides logeLtJer, pin and macnlne 511101 Ire: smas togelher Press Ihe seams opel"'.

To \'1Ofk out Ihe depth of eadl 'solic stn!). measure from Ihe lOP tc the ilonom of the book Ihat you WiIfI[ to cover. add <I emil ' '2 in. and ClMde by three. To work oul Ihe lengl" 01 each fabric stop, mwwrEt across the ,badt, spinel and lronl of the book and add 15 c:m16 In.

2. GLlI a Piece 01 gmgham labnc and a piece 01 mlerfacllig Ihe same Size as Ihe lIomll piece. USing", damn cloth. Iron the Imeriaclng 10 111e back of the gingham.

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3., PlaCe tl1e IlOra! pace right S~dB

up on your work surtace. For thIS bookmam. CUI a PIece of narrow ribbon


25'-1110'10 In ollllfOO tl()rallmlCS 25 tilt' 1 0 m'l<lfll 1"I)fie IQr Ihl'lnll'"ofi

25 CI 1010 O'I9I.JIIJ'n· ... ..egtn If(I(1"(If' l"Ilerla::'1l9

Sewll'lg mad'llne iJOO 1 13!ChIO)g sewli"og Ihread

L.eng:~I' of 12·mm 1 ~ -;f'I r~bbon 01 boc\U'rn><'k

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5 ern 2 In longer Ihan 1he oook. and pin II centrally along one long edge. Place the I n,ng

p:SC9 wrong SIde LIP on lop. Pin and machinE! stitch logelher, leavmg an opening of aboul 7 cml3 In. alMg one Side. Tllm Ihe comers. tum righl Side out and press. Hand slileh the olJerung cbsed.

4. Fold OVE.1' IMe side edg.M by

5.5 cmJ2llj In. and pirl. Check Ihallhe cover fIls the ['IOtebook sllugl.y. Top stl\el'l aU around. Cut two 1S-cml6-ln lengths 01 1S-mm 5.t!-tl'" ribbon lor the liE'S. SMell one to tt>e fronl of tne book and one 10 the back and finish WJth a button on the front, making sura thai you only stTtch IhroughlM top layer of tile cover

ao-em 12-111. 1<mgth al 15-mIIl """. rn IIbboo for 1 lEIS

SqUill e bUlIOIl 2.5 emn In 111 dJamelS1

TaiUll S.cmI·7·~l ~

aJ O\.'Ia~es tI1.ougMuI Icjn!ess oll'telWise slated

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la;.e 15 cml1 Si;',J"lIlI,Qw..lnc" IflrOU',Jh II un~ Olherw!5e Sl1:lleU


Reversibleduvet cover

3 hours

1. Co @ght 53·cm120 a-m, sq.mll?s 0 each of lhe Iwe patterned fabrics.

2'. Wl1h nght sides logather, all&;oa )1'9 .11e taones. p!" and macnr'1e slitci' toe squares rotlQIt1er 10 lorrn leur rQ';'JS 01 lour squares each. Press he seams open.

3. 'With ngl" SKIes og8ti~E!r" pin and maCll'1e shIel' tHe four patchwork rovlSOQelher to mal<ie a ~k oj 16 SQlial'9S. PleSS Nm seams open.



4. Cu11wO pU3Ce;S 01 slnpec;llabr.c 203 cml8Oln. lOng and the ilill width allha rabnc CUI of! one 01 fre sehredge5 on each PIOCe, With ,;.gIl! Sides I'cgethsi pm and machine slhch thE pt€CeS logett">-er alOll9 he cui edges Press the seam open Place U'1e iabnc on '.tllJi wOrk surtaCE! Measur@ 101.5 ern"O /1'1, iii ,her side of the centre sean' and use- taior's cf1alk to draw a I ria The 11.11 lenglh at the latmc Ctlilhe fabriC alOflg ,~ese Ijnes. [0 a wldtr. 01203 c:m!80 In.

5. '\i1easwe 71 Scm 28 In IrQJY1 one COr'ler III !he palCli'WOl k. pare! am! make a t:...11 1 5 em ]in deep Repeai frorr1 the

olhe' COJ'"lilr ot the sar·le edge 01 1I1e parel

Press lila cennl seenoo 10 the WlOrtg SJde

bv 5 <rim ' oJ In. and tr.en [ur"1 II1IS over by anomer I em lS In pm and machine sllch

alorg tt:.elolded-over sec IOn Repea on

l'"1e striped pan!'!1 of fabriC

1', Snip me corners Of tI'e seam allowar~e oH tUrf" Mgt'll 5' e out ann press

6, W Ih ''9hl SlCIaS loge:rl'&" pn Ine troo 0' II'Ie OWe! rover to [he baCk Olece tv',aCI11rl9 5lcllch from tne stitched secnon af the ootIDIT' aJ Ihe 'tIdy ilIlOl.ol1d 10 the Q' he end 01 the stilched secton


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!r "'@ Sheel

581,"jJr'KJ rna 0!!!ifTd 1l\(llC,'1119 ~"'1!1g UlJeao

5 no hi

Sheet with ribbon trim

1. Measum lhe shoo~ and cui a lengll1 of 1 5-rJ'll' -n, tlUOOIl about 5 c 11,

2 ITl. anger Iher tne W1dlh ot the sheet Pin Ihe nbbor' illong !h~ 100 01 'pe sheel

1 ~ em In. hom the edge. lold ng

under 2.5 Cr'1 1 1f' at each end. Measure from Iha edge 01 t''O! sheet to the f boon as you w()(lo( to ensure that II'!; srra ghl Mach1ne smcn If! place

2. FollOWing S\ep 1, cut a f'ngth 0 the 3-em I' .I-In. ribOOrl. pin II across lila sheet 5 mm.· 1 In. below ihalirsl end machine suten In place


3. Plr'( the rrarfOVl'e5! ribbon "cross the Sh£oel. .5 crn/1 II' below 1he second nl:lbon. and machine shlcl'l as before.


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I,Gul'''',-'·_21, 16-,"~ pal1£J1':oed fabrIC and two 53 x 7 -on "2' x

3·1n peces ot plain labrle. With "ghl sides together. aligning Ihe rrw; edges. lav one pleun slrlp along each .ang sIde or the pal1erned fabnc. Pin and mach,r.e slltch I!'I olace Press 'he

seams open, P 1'1 and Slltell ,he ncbon over 01'19 alll'le

3. ~lll1e ather end of lhe border fald ave' 1.5 cml~" In 10 tile wrong see and press. Wllh wrong SIdes toge:her. fOld Lim bOrder baCk 00 ItSelf and hand sllt(:h In place. aIignrng the folded edge WIln tha edge of the borda( en the fronl. Press.

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15 d' JG n 00:1"" 1'o'<J 1,'lLf.c :!5 C""'I II) n pia'" 'WI &1m <"U II'l .::l15 miT 1 N)b()!l

12S(fI'Ii50 II'\, ,·.il l'llat &r;;.·lIrlg machne 1;Ila!r""t:) ~m'lg U'lreao Nee-joe

Ti\>il[! • 5-cml' -Ir' sssm 'iil;r..,ances 1~1Y.l, II rlY.lSs

Pillowcase with patterned border


1 hour

aKe cnsp white cotton pillowcases eve more ppeahng by adding a decorative fabnc border. You could use the same fabric to edg he t as well - a Simple way to creat a rea.lly peelal wedding r housewarrnlng gift


2. CUi a 53 x 54 "crnl2 ; 21' ~ '1 piece olll.lhile tabnc Wilt' Ilgllt SlrJas

logel~er pin and sntch the border Plea? onto 1he while faboc. Will 1!'",e nbbon-ec;Iged plair] pmce clOSesl to thiS seam Press me seam ! OVJ3rds Ille border Piece.

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4. C1.J1 a. 53 x 9B·cm/21 38' -ln. ptece 01 wl'J,rle labrie. Along one Shan end, rold over T em. !l II ,. ana ihen 8nolher 1.5 em! ", n MaC"II'lB sUlch stilchu)g as Close 0 the edge as possible lay the Plece right side up on your work surface, Lay !he front 01 he cover lighl sde Clovm on Lop. aflgn ng lIle raw ooges FO:d 1M hemmed flap 01 Wf1~te Jabrlc over the fronl 01 the cover. Pin and machl1l8 stitch along the S1101'1 raw end and both long Sides.

nm 1t1e seams and tum nght sde out. Pi13ss.


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For the duvel COlier.

75 em '30 ir'l," ul 11'..0 00-010 I"lilMg labni;s • 50 em. 59 or .Yide

125 crn.50 • rkYaI lab1c.

ISO on 59 Ir'I ...... de

250 em 100 backing labOC,

150 C1'I1159 in .... 1c!B

For the pilfowC8,se:

75 CI:J '30 'fl. ead!' 01 ~ytO OO-{)frll"la II1lQ !atn:s, 150 on 59 n. wide

75 cmI30 Ir;, r.oOr.ll folblIC. 150 cnll59 If' \Mde

Sewing machine MlIlCI'IIIli:j S@\\'f19 thread

Take 1 5-01'\1' : .1'1, seam ~IQ'waras Ull:ooghoul uriess o~nerwise SLilled,



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Little girl's duvet set


Surprisingly n ~ to make. this pretty bed linen set In shades of girly pink will fit perfectly into any little princess s bedroom. Simply stitch two stnps of COwordlnating tabnc to either side of a panel of floral labnc to create a lovely patchwork effe-ct. and fimsh wrth ties on the pillowcase and duvet cover. The key with this design IS to use srnatl-prlnt fabrics for Ute co-ordinatlnq fabrics, as this allows the bold floral deSign in the centre to really make 21n Impact.


1, CUI 25 x 1JS·c;rn 10 X 541 -ln peces 01 each 01 t"'e co-ordmrulng border abIlGS.Wr[1l 11911'1 sides logether pin and lrn3.!;;hme stitcll

one piece 01 each fatale IOgelher alclrlg

one lOng side to make the border pIeces, Press the seams open.

2 .. CUI an ~ 11 x ·38-

COl 43=l1.1 X 541 2-10, re:lang1e of flora! fabfIC. With nghl sides tagelhEJl', plm and machine stitch one :bot'der piece 10 each enC1. Press the seams open.

,3. To make the ties, cut si>! 36l( 5--cm/14 x. l'ln, pieces of one or 1I1e

CQ·OJ'dlnating fabrics.

Aklng each tongl s~e of ra= -,

each tie. fold over 1 ~~~~~---:-----';---;-----=~-_--:-p-..;"'_:I

c:rJ1I3 '& m,lo 1M wrong -===::Z==-======~~":'_ __ "":=i=-~_!

side, Fold over 1 Cl1"lA-'B d.~"=~3§~L~i:~·~. ~~~~E:~!:~~~::':J~.

In. at one shan end 01 eacl1 tie. FoIcr'l£ " Z ; '7 " '- ~

each lie In half leAglhways and stitch ........ ......,...--::---=-~"'=-,-..."..-:-.....,,-------'

slitcl'1ing as close 10 the edge as ._" - . - ... ,_'\..


4. CUI a 203 101 13a~(,I'lIBO x 54' ·in ll!Clangle pi labrle; j(l( t1'1€ back of Ihe du v e~ cover, PI/') three ties along one sImp end ollne labnc 011 the rrghl SIde, spaonp tnem e'Jel1ly Cui a 39 • 3B-crn . 5' )l

5'-" • r slnp of 1ne back rig fabnc lor lila flap,

Along one long edge 1010 OV8f 1 em 1('1 ano

Iher eootrer i 5 emF n 101M wrong siae

,~ and I"'laC111ne SlliC" Wltn Oglll sides

;'I~ . logel!ler allgfllllg Ihe raw edges.

~ I pin Ih-s sino 0., Ina backrng

, ' 'I, fabnc ard maChlre SHICI'

J. along tril lop. sandWlc111ng ~e lies In beh"leen

5. ~ol1g one shoo end 01 t~ ffOnt or the cover fOld over 1.5 ern I _ In and thet"

another 1 . 5 D'T\I In. to the wrong. Side

Place tM ra>.'J ends 01 the remaining stnps under the fold sP<lclng 1I~ as lor It-a back Plece. and mad'1',e stitch alOng he fOld Fl. Ule! I es lJVer so II".al bev hang Offt e oonom or Ihe labne and work a few sttches to keep them In place


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6. La)! he Dacl< p,ece 011 your work surface. right Side l,.P Place tna frQlll piece 01" lop. fight s de own, align 1'19 the ralll edges FOld the ilillp on the back piece OVQi the fronl piece. Pin and stItch along 0011'1 long Sldss o~LMe GOVer and the raw short Side. Trim the comers and tum right out Press

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1. Ct.~ two 53 X 12-cnV20 ,I x ~ I-In'!. reclangles 01 ead' ot t"eCO ordlll,atllg border labncs. WIIIl nghl SjDes 'Iage!her Ojn ana mE!':!11if'€ stllCi"' OM piece 01 each falJrtr logsll'er along cne 10Pg Side. Press line seams 0,'61'1. Cui a" 1 x 53-em!' 5 x 20-1' - n reclangle of floral fabne Pitl Clod I1'IiIch re Slilch One OC1oer ploc.e 10 each long end. Press Ire seams open

1 2. Make raul l'e5. 8S lfI

I S,"ep 3 QIIi1e dOliel

F5=!:::~tj=~=~~~~~~=I' :1=:=:::::::; covet Altach Iwo lies

10 Iha Iron1 oflhe p:lIol.Vi:aSl:l. as III Step 501 'he duvel cover.

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3.Cl!ta 78 x SJ-anJ30""·: 1l20:l·~-ln ~ece of fabric or the back or 111S

p IOWcaSe and a. 19 53·cm!71, 20."1(-111 piece 10' the flap. Ham one long side <t Ihe flao, as Ir SiQP <1 of 11'\9 cluval cover Lay the p'oce rlgl11 side up on yaw

,,'tII'k surface. Place 'he IWO remain ng lies on ;ap. soacmg Irem as 'lor Ir.e lfOnt D!€Ce. Place ml! hEmmed flap flg,hl Side down on top, al gmng 'Iha raw @dges, arid f11W" ... hlne stuch. !=:'OIlow St~ 6 01 Ire dLNel cover 10 sew lhe ~IJowcase lagelher

Patchwork bedspread

B hours

1 pr: tty flora and polka-dot f f tine - a

Th c Iourtul atchw rk q lit m

ab rc uses large w y to ere e hen ou re makln eight

choos (h srm lar c our ddmg a few

n f r f esh mode look Fmr h off the Quilt with a


con ra

bo or er and stitch on an as ortm nt of button whrc 1, as wei as providing decor; tive tau h hold ttl lave of the qUIll loge her

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50 en 120 ~! t, o! SIX <;QitO:1


Pallsm pape1

150 Cf11I6C f1 oackilllJ tabfIC 1 so en 60 m. r'!;""l\V. etgnl >',OOlJIIJ9

SawIng mach"", Nt:«I~ anti malcn.og se-.wlg I~


-100 cll1'\lr92· k:~lh 011 oboo

'\sscI1ec1 Dul!Q!"!S

Tahe 1 5·cm/1. In. sean a'J:)...,Ef1(:8S Ir\rO.jghout m'f:SS OI.h9rw'lS~ 51 aIM



3. Starl,ng .V1lh row . n and machine smcn re squares

loget er Press open Ihe seams Repeal vuh the rem ,ning e[gll rows of souares

2. La me ta ic squares ou on your work surface s rows 0 e

squares each and move . hem around until you have a pleaSIng arranqernert, rnaldng sors thai no 0 squares 0 the same fa fie are rext to sacn other Pin a papm label onto each row 0 squares. numbered hom 1 to 9.

4 .. Lay Ina stnps 01" your worll. surface m the correct 0 er PU'l and machos s .tch Ihem loge her, all nil'lg Ihe seams, and press he seams open. Ramo the paper labels.

5. Lay the baCking abnc on your wmk surface. WlU1 Ihe \vadding on top and Ihe patchwork pane on lOP of tl'1e v vadd ng Pin all he layers ogether and cut re waddlllg and bac ng 0 19 same size as Ihe pau:rwork. Remove he ems,


16. Place I' backlf1g rabrc 10 one sKle PIn and Ok Ihe pa\dwtork panel 0 the wadding. Wor..1rorn U1 cenlre out .. vards. nrtlng In a dlCl on.;!1 Ime DlJI 10 eacn corner and lhen rn a

scralQill In Irom Ihe centre to Ihe centre 0 eaen side

8. 1i..., e (lullI gill side cut aI' Pless. af'd slI1cr the opening ClOSed. pll'!. lack and mad1lne sitch , ....

fIOb()f 01110 the top Of Ihe au I <lOOU

1 5 em • ) in n rom Ihe edge aUlhe WEN around. \rlrlre the corn€:rS lor a neat II1lsh

Tur lie end 0 e ribbon lInder a II e <'1I'1{j

sillctr 0 l1S11

7. Lay Ihe pate JQ(I( and '119 d 9 panell'1gtn sid LIP on ClJr work surlace. \ I u e backmg fabnc .. I SIde down on lop. Pin 'tlfOL.<9h a I lavers war ng from the centre otJt'<'ta1tis as In Step 6. ac l1'e stitch. leaving a 12 In opening alone end Snip the corners aod !rIm lhe seam allowance a 1111Ie.

9. Hand smcr buttons Ot~ 0 'he quill. making surE thai the smches go throu 11 alilavE!fs 0' the quilt Use a se.ecnon 01 b",Hons Jf1 a random arrange!flenl


)l1l \\ It I, XI n

57 crrV22''''~ pmleme.i 'aone 65 en 25' ~ 1'1 SInned fabnc

-s-cm ~5·P'1 • In 0' t-ern a-m, r DorI

BoIsIa- ·:8 an 9 ~1 100


2 hours

This bolst r, made from a very stn I 9 Chinese-style fabric, would be an attractive and useful cushier for a bed The main panel of f bric IS twtnned wi has riped fabric In the same colours. whil a coordinatl 9 ribbon n bold conte po ary polka-dot deslgn adds a smart finishing touch. SimpTe fabric ti s hold the bolster cover closed with I 0 complicated fastenmgs to worry about, I IS IS a rea Iy speedy project 0 createl To speed things up even further: you could replace the tres w~lh

ide plain-coloured ribbons.

11. Gu one 1 x 57·em 16 22' L- n Ieee 01 ca emed fabric and wo 65 57·cml2S· _ 221 ,_ In Pieces 01 stllpOO labnc With iighl SIdes loge! at, Imcllll"1e sntcn one pece of stnped fabnc along eacfllong edge ollhe a emed <Ibm: Press Ihe seams open. On he 11 hi side 0 Ihe abnc. mac!llne stitch a leng of Iboan over each seam. Press.

I-L-I-L'~ I I I ~ I

3. A each short end o Ihe bois er cover. lold over .5 em I 2 In a bric and press Fold he Slrl eel fabnc bac level with ihe

seam between the striped and pa emeet fabrICs and hand s1itch the folded edges 10 IPe

seam Turn II1e cover right e

out amI press.


2. With ngh Sides together rold

os labnc in hal lengthwa '5. air nlng e raw edges. Pln and mach ne stitch along the raw edge Press

4. For the lies, ClII two 52 )( 9-'Cm 201 J )( 3' -rn, peces oj patterned fabric Fold over ] 5 em '. 11"1 to e wrong SlOe oog each shDr1 eoge nd press. Do the same a ong each lOng edge and press FOld In Ilalt lel1[)H1Wavs allgnlrtg the folded edges. ano press. Machine stitch. sirtchlllg as Close 10 tile edge as possible, and press. Pull he cover over Me bolster and tre on

tie neatly areuno eacn end.

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~ 01 MDFI5 111m! r 1111.:1-.. ffif'~ 00 ern ':M I' ~. In" WlCllh I IJ'E! Ila:I

l'hl nnd l~'

"lick ""1<,1.-111"19 FilSk·QI)'1l",("l C:.tll glut!

Poka to! ' .. hoc R.Q"aC Wa,f)

.: -.: 4 -01111' -n. sed 00\'9" bI.ltlons

25 em Ie m 1<i!;;1 10 rover \r" IJUUllrlS

1 ~ 2 un - I J.llaln b JIIDI1S

150 en 60 In iJ' ,m rlUOO:l 22 m:n 11"1 .',9d-'

N~~IIG anrJ ~1101s.~1Of)' 11'1ead

1wo [}leclIS or :') " :0 ::J.-crrll1 ~ ;·in ..•. -oocf rot legs. rre ~lh depeOOs 00 leql.l!lld r :eig111 01 Ihil tJeOhoodj

T !- '\IUI~

(,,11 I~ 1111 ..

For 1119 POlka-dollabTiC. ajlO'l; twice l1"'e siZe !)Ithe headboard plus 2Sc;m 10 In For li'le ricrac lXa]d, you wm need tvvice the width and four IJl11es the heigh! 01 the board. Fmally. cui a piece of wadding Iha same size as the headboard.



3 hours

This padded headboard requires only a little very simple sewII19 and IS surprisingly easy to construct. The headboard is padded with a layer of waddinq and covered With a cheery polka-dot fabric. The buttons are covered WiUl bits of ernbruidery cut from old tablecloths that have seen better days - but you could use any scraps of fabnc. Two tOWS of ricrac braid fin 511 the board off beautifully.




'1. DIvide Ine wld!11 alit'£! headboard by 5 Measure lhls distance lrorn the top of the headboard. and 'Ihen n OOSllre ami marl< lhe sarna distance sTlmeNals across Ina board. 0 a hOle at each marked pom

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3. Add 25 CrT' )0 In. to lire 'Nldt and 25 em '0 In 10 lhel~hl 01 the board Mel CUl a pteCa 01 polka-dot Iannc to IhlS size. On Il"Je nght Side of the labric, pin and machine smcn ocrac braid around ooltJ 8Mn ends and along 0fIe IOnq Side of Ihe 'Iabric

11 err 41 ~, from Il"!e edge. Pin and machine slitch a second

lenglh 01 norse braid abool5 rnrn. I.! in from Ihe fil'S1.

2. Cut a pece or wada'19 to iii Ina front of [he 00011.1. Apply glue 10 Ihe hoard 811el Slick the wadding

In place








4. Press iha [alOne and then lay II cenirilily 011 me ronl 011'116 headboan:l. Pu'll the excess fabnlc over 10 Ihe back of the board 1lP1d gille It In Olace. folding the corners neal ,Make sure Ihal the fabnc or the frOl"l! of ti"e headboard IS crease free


5. GUI a piece ot polka dot taeoc 4 em": m. bigger all around than tile neaoboard fold over 5, Cf)'l;2 In. 10 [ne wrong side all tile wa,,' around and press. Glue the fabric 10 the back allha headboard. smoolhlng illn place.

7. Thread an llpholSU~1) naedle. knotting It'e end of the tl'1rea<l. Take Ihe needle through one 01 he pla'n bultO'lS. Workil"{l bom the back of ihe headboard, thread tile needle through one of the !xlles irllhe boafd, puling the tnffiad alilhe way through so Illal tl"51:Jutlon Sits i1'9htly JagB<nsl the headboar'd. Take Ihe needle trroUQh a nbbon ressna and Ulan through ooe of Hie covered tJUttons.. Smel1 back Ihrougi' tile hole In the headboard Repeal II1U all loul rosettes ale In place.


6. Poll the thread to the oack of tile board and make a lew strtches Ihrougr trEj: buttor. Ilmshln9 Wltt"l a lew stltcMes on the fabric 0 secure the buttons In place CUI two plE!Ces 0 wood 1<0 the requi red fengltl ana SCl'e'>V them onto

t l'1eback of Ihe board WIth wood screws.

6. Following the manulaclure.r's jllSlruc11OflS, cover Ihe bultcns WIth lat::JrlC. Cut lour 35·Cf1\< 1 4-m ~,glhs 01 91ngllal11 ni:lllOn Work. running shieh along one edge of eacIl OM and pililltle thraarllO gatller the nbeon Into a rosat1e. Placeeacn roselle rn turn behind a CO',Jarect buttoi'1 to make sure that rt is lha correct size and Ihen Jjnlsf\ WIth a few small sntcnes to hold

I 'i!! roser e shape


about 20 minutes per flower

Brighten up wool blanket these stnklng fabric flowers finished with a setectlon of

vIntage buttons. Felt or other fabrics that do not fray could also be used. Stitch the ttowers at the corners, or group them In clusters all over the throw. The flowers would also be great made Into brooches or used as decorations for a hat or bag.

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- baby cord !antlCS In o11eren!


so cmt20 In I~t~e weoo<nlg r efI1plaies OIl page 16'3 Irac '"iQ p.1pe1". ne"'C' ard pllp€r 101 J'lin!Efn

~Ql of b"aons

Nf!OO 8 ~ thread Pinkil'l'.lljh;;!arS


1. F~.owH1g 119

manu~acll.,rer·s InstructionS. Imn

IU51ble '.vebblll . onto tneback of Ihe coloured

labncs. Trace the tamplales 0,'1 page '169 on 0 papar and Cui peper

patter"'s ror the large ard small pelal shapes and !he overalillower shape. Cui a )Jape I circle 3 em l' .: In. In OJ3meler. Draw aJOUnd the petal Shapes- on tl'1e back or me fabrICS and CUI OUt You Will' need ~g!lt large pewls and five small ones for each flower

2. USIng a needle and Ulread. make a few small sntchss at ihs pOinted end 0 the oeta srapes 10 gather lhe«i slightly. Slltch olgl1t large pal OIlS logelher a. tl1ti polrlloo ends to make a

3. Slitct- five small peta~ snapes togeU·.er at the po nlea endS. as beFore. Sew Ihe sfTlaU petals onto tne centre aline large IlOwer. Fnlsll b,)' adding a button m the cenlre Using the paper paUerflS rom Steu 1. cut out 111E! required number of IIOW9r snapes Using PI'lklng shears. cui a orde for Il'1a cenjre 01 eaclllfower ~n a dlffer-erll col(ll.)r of laone, Sew a cIrcle 10 1he centre 01 eaCl'l !lower shape aI1d add a buuoe to Ihe centre 10 complele


arrangemenl hand slrleh the flowers In place

! I \\ 1 I I " fill


er-and-I af lampshade

2~ hours

RoU,'ICJ lam lade C t~

T~ p;JJJe' ver..:il a'1C1 na'l!!f'1 iJllPEf

This IS a great way of liver 109 up a plain lamps ade. Make tabrtc yo·yos Into weet little flowers by sti ching a button to the centre and then simply glue them on 0 the hade with f bnc leaf shape 0 finlsh,

25 em t .... eQCh 01 ,I lal'llCS If1 pas! CO!otus lOt II'I!lr~f1es

101 he

SeiecIIOl1 01 ruln!)S Enull'll1 pY'mllOfl ''In!:Ie '0 [ !) lltOl.R1 Ina bollnm 01 Ihe sMde:

I1i I em


2.. l1n sh with a lew small smcnes to hold Ihe roselle ,., place SlIIch a bullon 0 Ihe cen lie Of each rose1 e Draw 11 leaf snape 0'1 paper, aod cut 0' II Pin the leat pattern 10 green 130111; CI) out G!'Ie or IWO Iea~ for each 101t" f

1. Using a COlT1paSS. dlaw a

9·cml3' -In. circle and a 6-cm,2_ ·In. elide Of' paper, Cui Qui tas orcles to use as

patterns, iben pin Ihem onto yam chosen abncs ann CUI 00:1 the required numbel' of each, fabric In each SIZe. USing .3 needle and Ihread, work a IIn8 01 runnll19 s1ilell all arcenc tl'!e edge 01 each Circle securjng lila 11IVao ... Llha beglnmng WlIll a ew small stitches PlIlilhs hread to ga er Ihe C'lrcle into a rosette

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3. USing 'asl·d~mg crall 9 lie. slIck pompom Innge all arouno Ina bottom 0 Ihe shade overlappIng I e ends s tghtly Make sura

hal he Innge is SlfaJgrl be ore 'Ile glue dr es, S1 11tng Bfld finishrng at he same 51 e 01 r _ sna e 5 11IB porreom fringe glue n bon around the lOP of I e shade.

,4. Glue he fabnc and nbOOn rose es OIUO he shade, holding 1001"'1 In place for a lev.' seeonrts unlil Iwy are firmly sh.lck. Apply a thJn layer of glUE! to the hack 0 I'he leal

stJapes and gtue Illem 01110 tn shade. one or two per rosette.



Sheer curtainwith ribbons

\111 "III xtr.n

12:f hours WIth so many lovely patterned sheer fabncs m the shops now. It IS easy

to make something practical that stili makes a statement III a room. Here I ve used lengt!1s of nbbons and braids to make a pretty borde

1 Cui a. piece 01 sheer raoric 10 the reqLJ'"eO sIZe (see right I. Arrnr,ge me nbbcns and ncrac braid across lhe

oonorn ollhe taene. leaVIng at least 4 en' 11 • In. oelow the flrsl ribbon 10 allow for 'he hem, Pin, tack and machine slitCh

Ine ribbons C!'1d bra'd In place al"'d Ihe'" trim the enos leve! wUh the edge 01 100 labne




3. Wort oUl hOw man'l116S you 'M11 11eIKI: the first Mdi tast lies should be posItlQ(1ed about 3 cm! . .j in. imm each side of the curtain and Ihe remslndGf' slloul(l be spaced about 16 cnv6' ./. In. ap<!rt. For eaCl' pair of nes, cut a '::3 ")! 13-crnt1 I x 5-ln piece ofaboc W,tfI right Slde:s togelhElf,fold each piece of fabnc In half and machine slllCh along 1M length ane across one SI1Or! end. Turn nghl sids OUI. press the raw end ullder by

1.5 c:rT'lil 2 m. and nand s1i1eh Dosed. Fold the hes in half and pin 0 the top 01 1M nght !lice of the eunan, Cut a PIeCe o' rabrlc the same width as the Cl'Jriall'l and B env 3 n, deep With nghi s1des logelhef. pin n aJort9 the lop 01 lhe curtain. MachIne sutcb 111 place,


S'leiY lat.rte

!) d 11~ I IJiJOr'IS ilnCI ncrsc twa d "'lEI lo'o'1lJlI1 et Ine flJ"ltSMd (';J.,j(l1)n 1l1l.fS 'iQ em ..: In

SeMI"Ig rr.acrona i'l'lI1 rIIi'llchfl'l!l se ... ing llYe11l~

\Vl-'Jn,I\~, 'UT f\RKI\ l.'l :\ '. P 11',)

If lhe- Cl.lrlaln is to be pUI ed fairly iaut on lhe pole, you Will neecllO cut a piece of (abric [hal IS 5 cml2 In wider and 5 cnv2 In. lOnger t~ lhe WlndO\!.'~ If you wani the curtain 10 be slightly gathered. a1lo~1 abo.d 25% exlra \'llhen calcuJa~ing the Width.

2. Along me siodes 01 lha CIJr1 aim. 'W rn over

- em ~ ~ and thM another 1.5 CfI1I" .t. In.

10 Ihe IMOflg sea and press. Piland mach'l1e- sti1(;h I.f1 place.

4. Fold the iabnc slrp O\lel" 10 the wrong Side of 1he cui18ln and press

5 cm/';> in. urtder along lhe remaining I"aW edges, Machine suteh Ihe slnp 10 the back ollne CUrta.lll A the bottom 0 the curLalJ1 ium under i cmJ3.a 11"1. and tIlell another i .5 CWl ~ In. and rrecnina slilCh in piace Press.

Work and play spaces


vou WI LI. N EEl)

25 emll0 ill. of I oo-Qrdil'1a!;ng 'aollCS

50 c:mI2O in 'backing falJo: 45 eml18 In. of Ihree co-ortSlnat~ "bbons

125 C1'T'150 In. CQl'd

Tempia:11I on page 171 Needle and Ilvead

allowances throughout trless otherwlSill stated.


Drawstring toy bags

You can never have enouqh storage space for toys and these drawstring bags are both functional and pretty,. Made from oddments of fabric sewn together and decorated with a cute fabric flower, you can simply throw toys in them at the lend of the day and hang on a peg rail. They woulld work equally wen for storifllg gym kit or ballet shoes.

1. CUt a 45 x a·cm/17'n 7- n. Pl!!Ce of each of the three co-ordinating a.brics. With righ sides togelher. macl'1lne sine !hem L~ther along their long edges. Press the seams open, Machine sti ch one ribbon over eaCh seam 0 he nglll side. Press.

3. C1.Jt two 21·cml8·!n. lengths or ribbon and machtne stitch together 10 create a double hiCkness. S Itch onto he midcne o the back of he bag. lUiS below !he channel. fordIng 1he ends under by

1 crnAtl in. Thread lhe cord rough he ohannel. Cut two 7 x 8-anf2% 3-in. rectangles 01 Fabric. With wrong sides together, fold eacln p ece in hal Wldlhways and machine Stl ch along both srdes. Tum right side out and tum under the top edge by' omAa In. Push the ends of the cord Inlo this pocke' and machine s teh alOngl the on,

2. Cuj a 48 45-cml19:c 17'/2-111. piece o fabriC for he back 0 the bag. I

right Sides age her. machIne slltd1 the fronl and back ogethet; leaving 1 em! 20/'1 in. I.IOS itched at lhe op of ~ side. Tum baok the unstltehed part of he side edges. so tha It's level with tne stilching. and pnISS. Trim Ihe comets a tile base or he bag 0 reduce bulk. Fold ~he op of the bag over by crnAtlln. and again or 3 cm/1 1/" In. Machine stitch close 10 the folded edge 0 create a channel, en lurn e bag ngll side out.

4. Uslngl theemplate on page I 71, cui two pela! shapes from each 01 five differen aoocs. PJn each pair toge her and machine stitch around he edge, ~eavil1Ql a small gap for urning. Turn ' hi side out and make Ii rev.! small slitches to gather at the end. S I ch the jive pe als together to form a Rower, and hand sitch 10

the bag, WI a bu on in he centf"e. Attach .he tip 0 each palal to the bag by making

a fewsmaU

s tchesat e baCk.

Lined storage basket 1~hours

This fabric lining is practical as well as pretly, as it prevents delicate items from snagging on the wicker basket. The idea could also be used to line storage baskets fOT linens, clothing and even toys.

To work out how mlJCi1 fabric yOlJ need for the SkIes 01 the basket measure around the top 01 l!he outside Qf Ihe baSket and add' 3 emil I '4 m, Then measure the heighl and add Ihe amounl thaI you want to fold over to U"!e OlJtside of lite baSket plus 1.5 cml'~2 In.

To worik oul how much fabric you need for Ihe base of Ille basket, measure along OM long edge and add 3 emil 1/4 in, Then m9aSUfe along one short side and add 3, cmf11J4 in. to Ihls measurement, 100.

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You will also need enough ntJlJon 10 go all around the lOP olli1e basket and lhe hal'lciles, pll)s 120 emMB 'In.

Pa IIllJtoe¢I rablle

R bbon 15 mr11l1 Ill. \'O'lI':kl SB->"tlr>g machtle iIDd n"IolH:hoc;g ~~tuea(l


Tillie 1. S emf! ?-''1. seal" ilIICM'<1.11CeS i h~~'ollt ! I1l'ess 01 herWISe Slated

1 0..1 a slnp of paHemed fab~ic for he sides at the baskel(see aboVe) 1I\IIlh nghl sides togelher, plnlhe efIds logO!lher PlaCe he laMe Inside lhe basket wrong SIde out, CheCk Ulan rl li!S snugly around lhe top 01 the basket and fald II over 1'0 make sure that ·Ihe 1IIlIng will rlDl 00 100 tigh1. Machine stitch lhe ends logether and press [he seam open


" f

2. PUllhe Ifllng bacs lnro [he basl{el, wrong side out, and press It Into the corners wilh your Imgers SO tha II f'l's snugly all atoonc1 Pin and laoK any excess rabnc <II the comers to form a neal dan. Take he 1,nmg CUI of Ihe basket and machine suteh Ihe comers

[II ihe SIdes 01 your oasket are straighl. you can omit IhjS SI6p.,

S. For each handle. cuI a length 0 bbon sn{,JhLIy iY1gef man lhe: Sloes anCf base of he handte

rectangle: and press It In half Wldlhways. Pin. tack and ITI<I!:iI1 ne slltcl1 he nbbon around ttre handre 01 l1f!

• I fmdll1g toe ribbon neatl'y al Ille cernes

6. OJ a leng1h 0 ribbon 10 rL around one Sice of !'Ie "r1r9 p\Is 60 cnv24 m, Press In half Wldthwavs and Din Belt and macllln9 stile it along Me Side of the rIing leaving 3Ocml12 In. of nbMo free aleach and Repeat along the other SIde all e linll1g Press and Place !he hOing \rl5ide lhe basket yH'lg the nbbOns \'/'.t! a lieal bOw at either end

3·, Cut a rec angle 01 abflc for e base of €I basket (see page 86). WI rIght sides together. rnacbute shieh the siaes of I e lining to tine base.

,,_... Tnm Iile cmners and press.

4" Place Ihe ng msld he baskel and mark where the handles are. Cut oul a fOClangJe 81 eadl8f1d tha Is exacLly Ihe same size as he handles. Ta'<e l1e Ilntng OU1 or he basket


1. Cui out IwO 21 x 15- cmtBI.1 X 6-11'1. and two 18 x 15-CITh 7 x 6-Hl, rectangleS or pat1emed'laOnc. Cut lwo 21

9-cmr'S·., x 31 :!-in. and lwo 18 x 9-cmf7 lC 312-1n reclangles of spotted Jab'l1c.



This stylish door S t" ada from striking floral and spotted fabrics call be moved around as and when It IS needed. You could simplify the design by uSing Just one fabric and reptac ng the fabric handle with wide cotton ribbon

ru \\ 1 ... 11

25 em iO III oorlemad labot: 25 em 1 0 ~ sool1l!d I'abnc

75-olll3O- . .-,glll of

5 mm. ' l "l rbbcn

rl'llr.:X C/l.rdbowd

0rJ.!d reas S11.lI,ng

Se-.,>"ng lTlae;w''l ar.r;1 malOllng seI'III'fg II"JfBa::l

Tahe ' 5-cm 1 n seam a1lowarK;eS t aug'lOul IJf1Iess o;hIl'l\'J~ ~taloo

2'. Wl1h 11g."" sides togs\her" I' <Jnd machms slJIch a spoiled fet;lcmgre 10 a pallel"'"'oo feCi angle 01 Ihe same w dlh. unlil yOLlha v e fOll! panels 'Thew ',V111Iorrn tile sdes 01 It>e dwr stop., Press il"1e

seams open

4. For the 1

opand be

door sl ttom of the

. up. cut a 21

7-m. I'eClangl x 18-cml81 ~ 11

e or each labric

3. Pin W1d ma . '. .

or ribbon . chtne stitch a ~ngth

over the sea

panels of abric m on all four

5. CUt a 25 x "

handl 1 -cmI'10 x £1.1/0: f

B. With nght sides . .' 1'1. S~J1p of pattern' .

'00 pin eno","", _"B<, lold lhe slri ad Jabne , or ,he

~de oul _~ no ,M'" .,.~,.._ ,_ . p ln hall!englhw

~ ~ press Pi ". ,~"""""'" eo "'.

the lop of tha .... ~ . ll'l the nan die centrall ga. Turn right

. "",or Slap t y across Ih

machu'~ stitch ' umlng under lh e fOOne tor

t a reel. I" . e ends AI

he "'",d'. '""~ ang. aIlOUl5.S cml2" ' each end,

. . ~ 11'1. klng 10 •


6. With rightSldes together. pin and JTlaoi1il"le slit,*, i.he !CUr sJ de panels ogelher. a:llema ing the SlZe5 of fhe panels. totorrn ill loop. Press lha seams open.


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1. Wrlh righl sldes together. pin and machine stitch !he iop of 'I he door stop to the side piece. Snip H1e comers. Pm arid s!Ttd1lhe bal om piece 10 the bot om or he SIdes In the same way, lsailing one ShoI1 side open. Turn rJ.ght sIde out and press.

8. Cut twO 18 x 15-cm17 J( 6·ln. pleceS 01 card an(:I puSh tl'tem inside Ihe fabric 0011, one <ill lhe bottom and one at the top, Half fi'l the box wrth sluffing and than pout In dned peas until the box is aiffy solid Hand stitch he open Side dosed.

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Sewing kit

3 hours

With this n I s wing kit all yO~lr needles

pins thread and buttons can be kept Just where you need them. Made from a bold spotted fabric and lined with felt, it can be adapted to hold all kInds of things, from sewing and kr il1ing accessories to stationery and art equipment, and IS easily portabte, too .

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50 (:m 20 III _qJOU~:d I<lbnc 50 cmI'2O ill ,nedU'11-w@.ghr roll·on J1"II~r.g fl'Ia!lr\Ir)E! and milt 1109 se .w'l9 lhreafJ

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lilrQll but lOll

~.MIIY nWTJ!; jo.< lho:! kit

- errbcc:kliy IhH:la!i.S need €OS ph:; ta.'1e rTl0.lI!l< I'l! bul i(1f\5 Iai!m's C;::W"- ole

Tak~ I £0":11" -m seam "bovan:::es , hroua hOOT tr:lIe$s or h@OMS€ Slmflll




2.1..a1' the feU an your work surface and arranqe ihe contents 01 the sewll1g kit on II. aVOIding ti"Je fold hnes Cut rectangles 0 sponed fabric 2 Cl!"j,,~ In. wide and as lang. as necessary 10 I10Id Ille Items m place. adolilg 3 cPlI'11 ,[ m, all around each piece.

Nlt!. uncler '.5 cnv 1 ~ in. all IIw way around each reclangle and PIliSS. USU1g pmkir.g shears. cU1 reclangles or lell 5 mmn 01 lin bigger a11lhe way round lh311 1he labrJc rectangfes. Machine stitch lJ1e fabric rectangles erne IheFeH pieces.

t. Usu19 pmkll19 shears. Cut a 012 24-cr")'I 161-2 x9' z-m, rectangle 01 red leh Press with a warm Iron. MeaslJI'E! 10 cnv4 In, 1(1 lrom earn short end and mark WIth PIl1S \0 SllOW where 111e folds w111 be.



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3. Machine s1llch he ie!t-backed sponed J'eC1ar1flles IOn 10 he large fell piece In he required positions. Sbtch a 3O-cm/12-in. length or ribbon onto the fell: 1:0 hold !he tape measure In place.



5. CUt lWo 7-onl23j1l-1n. squares 10 spoiled abnc ror

e !.aD. Wilh right sides together. pin and stitch, around three sides or - e fabric. Tnm he seam aU(J'.i~ to 5 mm/Voli In .• torn ngll side out and press.

6. USIng pinking shears. cut a ptece 0 red fell 5 mmj1/4 n, btgger all around than the tab. Centre 111e tab on the FeU and machine s. 'tch in place.


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4. Cut two 30 )( 47.5-cml12 lI. 183 4-in. pieces a spol100 abnc. Cu two pieces 10 inlerlaclng tl'le same size. Lay one peoe of Imerlacmg on the baok of each piece of spotted rabric. rougn Side down. Place a damp cloth on top and iron w' a medium Iron 0 fUSB he I e.rfaclng 110 e fabric. Cen rehe Iell panel on 1he right side alone 10 the spotted piooes.

7" WI h righl sides together, pin e' ont and back of he folder together. RI<lC8 the tab In he centre 0 one short side. aligning the raw edge of the spo eel fabnC 1,'011 Ih he raw edge of he fran . Machine stitch all he way around, leaVing an opening 0 abOul

8 cm/3 in. In one side. Trim the comers, turn right side ou

and press.

8. Hand sf ch he opening closed. Sew hal of tneoress stud onto the InSide 0 the lab and stilch llie ot er half on 0 e fronl a he rei er.

'9. S tch tile ou on :secure:! orne th roll 0 the a . Press lhe ~~ef and then 1~11 it \lV1 boo selNlf'g !ql


i (II \\'1' I '"' I I 1""1

:2 co ordI'klItillg labncs llllCk cardboard Ctal1 kn fe, si&l~ rtf ~'I'lJ M"'i:! ll'itIt

Se-. .. ng nmcrun-e ana 1TIaIc.l"11fl{~ se-,.,,!)tJ llutlad

Nae:1il iIlld tllre.;;rl

Take IS--arJ z-m seam. ~'mnces 11ln:)!~llJn,:-ss OlhelWlSe Sl aled

\\'1...1 R 1..:1 i'> G o u T QB!U \JU,\K UIE ..

Doode haw t:aJl and wide y~ wSflt the

bQX 10 be. Add the measull!mElf1ls lor all 10000r sides together, and than CJtId 3 em "101 'n. AOcI 3 "C:1f'If' ! is IFI 10

lhe l1€19ht 011he Oox.. Take the mea.swamem lor 1M oox base and adl;l'3 cmiP)I In. 10 I)Qlh the wfdth and

lhe 'englh.

Fabric-covered storage box

2 hours

This IS a :l eat S Ofage solution for a horne office. Make a whole range In different sizes to keen stationery or correspondence close at hand.

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1. to make he.lilandle, cut a '5 11 7.5 erni6 l! 3-m rectangle of iabnc 1 Fold n in hair lengthways. p:n and machine stitch a!ong lhe long taw edge. Turn nghl SII:1e OL; L and press. fold t he ends

un<:lef by 1.5 em ' 2 n, and press.

2. Me.asure 1 5 crull ,n lrom one enCi of Il1e Stnp 01 abric 'for Ihe SKies of Ihe bOlC and rrwk w,th oil pin. Measure the 'i\lJdln of' Ire box tmn1

. U'lS mark. Pin on the handle at tras pllil'lt arc machine si.rleh

a square at the end Pill the Oll'81 end II" pl::lce .and machine sntch in place

3. WJln rglTl SlOes logelher p!1 and machjne sMeh lhe sl"'rcr. ends of 1118 stnp 'ogelhef PlesS :he 5ea1!f'1opefl

4. Witl1l19t11 0085 logeOler. pin and machme sntch Ihe side piece 10 Ihe basa. lnakrng sure thaI the handle is p05I11>Oroo centrally aloog one short sde.