FREE :: Easter Egg Templates

I have pulled together some free Easter Egg templates for you to use in your Easter crafting. Free Easter Egg TemplatesYou can use them in paper crafts, felt crafts or even use the outline shape for a touch of applique. You could even just print them out and use them as a colouring in sheet. Download your copy of the Free Easter Egg Templates and get crafting! If you are looking for some more free crafting, check out the free Easter Basket and friends tutorial I designed for Sew Mama Sew.

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New :: Hen Finger Puppet Pattern

My Hen finger puppet pattern is now available as an individual download!Hen Finger Puppet sewing pattern

This hen is nice and quick to sew. As with all of my patterns this pdf features a list of materials you will need, nice and clear digitally drawn pattern pieces and illustrated step-by-step instructions. Hen Finger Puppet Sewing Pattern

The pdf pattern for the Hen Finger Puppet is available as an instant digital download from the following places….

Little Black Duck :: Craftsy :: Etsy

Hen Finger Puppet Sewing Pattern

If you are looking for more Easter themed finger puppets, check out my set of Easter Friends which is available from Craftsy :: Etsy

Easter Friends Finger Puppet Sewing Pattern

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Great British Sewing Bee :: Series 2, Week 8 The Final, Couture

Wow, the final…where on earth have the last 8 weeks gone?

This final week May and Patrick didn’t just want to see their sewing skills, but their hand finishing skills. Couture all the way!

Sewing from a Pattern: a Men’s Silk Tie (3hrs 15min)

The Purl Bee have a free pattern for a Men’s necktie. It’s constucted slightly differently to the one on the show, but you get the same result…a necktie!

The Purlbee free Men's Necktie pattern

There’s also a great tutorial on The Sewing Space for how to sew a Men’s tie and how to get that point just right!

Sewing a Men's tie

The contestants had to sew a bar tack at the base of the hand stitching. Bar tacks are used at stress points in garments. There’s a great explanation of Bar Tacking and a list of potential applications on the WiseGeek website.

Alteration Challenge: Breath new life into a wedding dress by making a special occasion outfit for a child (2 hours)

Could you cut up a wedding dress? More pertinently could you cut up your own wedding dress? I’m really not sure I could cut up my wedding dress, but I certainly could have cut up the one that I saw today displayed in one of the local charity shops in town….it was a proper 80s affair!

Sew Beautiful have a post on turning a wedding dress (or two) into a Christening gown. There are some useful tips at the bottom of the post.

Create a Made to Measure Garment: Make a Couture Gown (7 hours)

Craftsy has a few online courses covering all sorts of techniques. They have a course on The Couture Dress which covers a whole host of couture techniques.

The Couture Dress Craftsy Online Course

Craftsy also have a run down of some of the most commonly used couture hand stitches

Couture Hand Stitches from the Craftsy Blog

There are of course also lots of books on couture techniques. I did a quick search on Amazon for Couture Techniques and I now have many more books on my wish list!

As for the result….Congratulations Heather! Experience has won out again! Like with so many things in life the more often you do it, the more you learn and the better you get. Just keep on sewing!

Well, I hope you have enjoyed The Great British Sewing Bee at least half as much as I have done! Just a year to go until series 3 is on the television….what on earth will I do every Tuesday night…sewing perhaps?

Have you checked out my Great British Sewing Bee pinterest board yet? I have pinned lots of great tips that follow the series. There is no excuse for not dusting off your sewing machine!

Round up posts from previous weeks can be found here…. Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6 and Week 7

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New :: Chick Finger Puppet Pattern

As we are in the run up to Easter I have decided to publish my Chick finger puppet as an individual pdf pattern.

Chick Finger Puppet Sewing Pattern

This little chick is nice and quick to sew. As with all of my patterns this pdf features a list of materials you will need, nice and clear digitally drawn pattern pieces and illustrated step-by-step instructions. Chick Finger Puppet in Action

The pdf pattern for the Chick Finger Puppet is available as an instant digital download from the following places….

Little Black Duck :: Craftsy :: Etsy

Chick Finger Puppet Sewing Pattern

The chick is also available as part of an Easter Friends Finger Puppet set which is available from Craftsy :: Etsy

Easter Friends Finger Puppet Sewing Pattern

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Great British Sewing Bee :: Series 2, Week 7, sewing without a pattern

Sewing off piste was the order of the day (or weekend?) for the Great British Sewing Bee semi-final.

Sewing from a Pattern…erm, not this week! :  Make a dress without a pattern using draping techniques (3 hours)

Fabric draping is a real skill. I went on a Draping on the Stand course at the London College of Fashion many many moons ago and it was a lot of fun, but there is a lot to learn. The contestants put in a lot of effort and I think, got some pretty good results. Some of my early efforts left something to be desired!

Gertie’s Blog on Better Sewing has a six part series on draping, fitting and sewing up a dress

Gertie's Blog for Better Sewing :: Draping a Dress

If you do a search on Gertie’s Blog for draping there are a whole host of posts that she has written about draping.

Craftsy has a few online courses on draping on the stand. Try Fashion Draping for starters

Craftsy Course :: Fashion Draping

Craftsy also has a course on draping on the bias

Alteration challenge: Add a pair of sleeves to a dress

Eeep, cutting a pattern from scratch is one thing, but cutting it to fit onto a ready made dress, well, that’s a challenge and a half! Not only did they need to get the proportions and measurements right they had to create an ‘interesting’ execution of a sleeve.

A few weeks ago I saw this great tutorial from ikatbag on sleeve drafting using a tissue box and some coloured card. Truly brilliant.

ikatbag sleeve drafting tutorial

There’s also a great tutorial on Fashion Incubator on sleeve drafting

Fashion Incubator Sleeve Drafting

I also found a  great tutorial on Craft Stylish for adding a sleeve to an existing dress/pattern. I bet the contestants wish they could have seen this tutorial to help them get through the challenge!

Sleeve Drafting

Create a Made to Measure Garment :  Re-create a favourite item (6.5 hours)

Cal Patch is today starting a month long course on Pattern Drafting where week 4 is all about creating a pattern from an existing garment. The course lasts four weeks and is part of a subscription service that allows to you take a whole host of courses for less than $10 USD a month.

Pattern Drafting with Cal Patch

Don’t panic, you have plenty of time to catch up on anything you have missed as the course can be accessed at any time.

Craftsy also have a course called Pattern Drafting from Ready to Wear

Craftsy Course :: Pattern Drafting from Ready to Wear

 

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Thanks again for coming to read my weekly roundup of the Great British Sewing Bee. It’s the final week next week so make sure you tune in to see who comes out on top!

Make sure you check out my Great British Sewing Bee pinterest board for lots of other tips.

Round up posts from previous weeks can be found here…. Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5 and Week 6

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Tube Skirt, inspired by Miss P

I say inspired, but I actually mean completely ripped off!

Some time ago Miss P made this exact same skirt and wrote a simple tube skirt tutorial to go with it.

Despite us having very different figure types I decided I needed the exact same skirt so I bought the exact same fabric and followed the tutorial and made the exact same skirt!

Black Beige Stripe Design Double Jersey Clearance Dress Fabric - per metre

Just £4.99 for a metre of Aztec ish double jersey from Minerva Crafts, what a great deal. The skirt start to finish took me less than an hour. What more you can ask for? Simple to make and a great price too. Happy bunny.

Aztec skirt using the free tutorial from Miss PI usually say that the best thing about sewing clothes for yourself is that you create something truly unique, but not in this case! I love my skirt, thanks for the tutorial Miss P!

How about you, are you influenced by sewing projects you see online? Do you end up wanting to make the very same thing or does it inspire you to make something ‘same but different’?

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Easter Basket and Friends

I’m so excited to share  a new free tutorial with you that I have written for the readers of Sew Mama Sew.

I have designed a bright and cheery little Easter Basket with some Felt friends.

Easter Basket with Friends 800x800 logo

I was offered the chance to work with some rather lovely 100% wool felt supplied by Felt on the Fly. I chose the colours I needed from over 100 colours that Janet has available in her Felt on the Fly shop. Her range of colours really is great, I seriously wanted one of each colour. If you’re tempted and indecisive then she even sells a bundle with a sheet of each colour.

The felt handled really nicely and was a complete pleasure to work with.

Basket in Hand Detail 800x800 logo

My Easter Basket and Friends pattern is available to download from the Sew Mama Sew website.

Basket in Hand 800x1200 logo

Don’t forget to check out the other free tutorial I designed for Sew Mama Sew….some really sweet Matryoshka Doll Finger Puppets

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