12th Make of Christmas

Posted on December 19, 2018 by Rae | 0 comments

So here we are, the final make of 2018 - and this one is a really fun, last minute idea to make you feel virtuous whilst indulging your love of fabric.

Get Your Wrap On

There are some shocking stats being floated around this year about Christmas wrapping paper waste which got us thinking about how we can change our habits in this department.  A quick search of the internet later and we're all now hooked on Furoshiki - the Japanese art of wrapping gifts in fabric!

We found this brilliant blog post from 1 Million Women which not only gives you a great overview of Furoshiki and its place in Japanese culture, it also tells you rough sizes of fabric for common gifts, ideas on edging your fabric (if you want to - I personally like the raw look) and a really handy diagram from the Japanese Department of Environment which shows you how to wrap a ton of different shapes - including wine bottles!  Obviously once your recipient has opened their pressie, they  have a cool bit of fabric to use again as a gift wrapping, or a cool bit of fabric to add to their stash.  Win - Win in our book! : )

Check out the 1 Million Women blog post here and get your wrap on.

So there you go we're all done with our 12 Makes of Christmas series for 2018 - hopefully there's been one or two makes here that have inspired or helped you this Christmas?  From all of us here at FHQ, don't forget to sign up to the newsletter (click the pop-up on our wesite) for a little Christmas Eve treat from us and have a brilliant Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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11th Make of Christmas

Posted on December 14, 2018 by Rae | 0 comments

For our 11th Make Jacqui couldn't resist whipping up her own version of Dwight The Deer by the hugely talented Elizabeth Hartman.


With or without his glasses on, Dwight is a super-cool dude that will make any home feel that little bit more Christmassy.  


The pattern gives you options, too, to make him up into a cushion, or go for it and create a proper quilt, whatever size you like.  Wouldn't he make a fab Christmas table runner, too?  Lots of options for this great chap.

See here for all of Elizabeth's patterns, including lovely Dwight.

See you soon for our final make of Christmas 2018 - unbelievable!

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10th Make Of Christmas

Posted on December 07, 2018 by Rae | 0 comments

Wow - number 10!

No Christmas is complete without a Santa hat - and we've found a brilliant tutorial on the Cotton and Steel website for a fun take on the traditional red cap....

We used this fab print, A Bear's Holiday, from Elizabeth Grubaugh's Winter's Tail from Blend.

But it would look so good in any of these: 

Find the tutorial below and get making those caps!




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9th Make of Christmas

Posted on December 04, 2018 by Rae | 0 comments

Christmas Place Mats

With this edition we bring you a project that will help brighten up your Christmas table. Come along to Emma Dann's workshop this Monday 10th December at the Make HQ Studio and make your own versions of these lovely quilted Christmas Place Mats.

Bring colour and fun to your table this Christmas.

See here for more details and to book your space!


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8th Make of Christmas

Posted on December 03, 2018 by Rae | 0 comments

Firstly can we just say a massive thank you to everyone who came along to our Crafternoon in aid of Mind, the mental health charity, on Saturday. We had such a blast and raised some cash for Mind.  You can see some of the beautiful creations on our Instagram and Facebook pages, so go check them out!

Scandi Star Drop In

For our 8th Make of Christmas we thought we'd invite you along to a little drop in session at the Make HQ Studio this Saturday 8th December.  Help get yourself into the Christmas spirit, grab a cuppa from the cafe next door and come and make a scandi star with us.  If you haven't had a go yet, you'll soon be addicted to these fun little stars. Once you've got the hang of them, they're so quick and easy to whip up using just 4 strips of fabric and absolutely no sewing needed! Drop in for half an hour and take a break from Christmas shopping and errands.  It's only £2.99 for the first star you make (which includes instructions to take away) and if you get the bug, £1.99 each for the fabric to make any more.

They look beautiful nestling in the boughs of your Christmas tree, hung from a thread in the window (as we've done in the shop) or attached to your Christmas present labels.  Whatever you do with them, come and learn how they're made here at HQ, this Saturday 8th December anytime between 10am and 2pm!

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