Project Pouch Zippered Pocket

Posted on December 07, 2016 by Rae | 0 comments



The 10th Make of Christmas is this super quick and easy present idea from Karen.  Perfect for making sure you can see what's in each pocket, these great project pouches are a fab present for a keen sewist who's got a lot on the go all at one time!


You will need: 

2 strips of fabric 4 – 4 ½” x length required

Zipper – any length as it can be trimmed to size

Plastic vinyl e.g. table cover vinyl


These pockets can be made any size – For this tutorial I had an extra long zip and cut the vinyl 12 ½” x 20” (the smaller ones I made were approximately 8” x 13 ½”). Use a walking foot throughout.


  1. Fold the fabric strips in half, wrong sides together and press. (So they will be 2 – 2 ½” x length).
  2. Sew fabric strip either side of the zip. I’ve used an extra long zip and pushed the zip pull out of the way so I could sew neatly – don’t forget to slide it back within the pocket area!



  1. In the seam allowance, sew over the zip several times if it’s going to be trimmed



  1. Sew vinyl to fabric pieces to form a cylinder – clips are really useful here. Trim excess zip – do not use your good scissors! – and turn right sides out. Decide which side your zip is going to open by swivelling the fabric to the desired side.




  1. Fold twill or bias tape in half and sew round raw edges.



and you're done!



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Christmas Candy Cones

Posted on November 11, 2016 by Rae | 0 comments

Our 7th make of Christmas was whipped up in a jiffy by Jacqui, using the beautiful Juniper Berry Range by BasicGrey for Moda.

Candy cones look beautiful hanging from the tree but you can also put them anywhere else and fill them with lots of other lovely Christmassy-ness such as Christmas spices or decorations.

Or even fill them full of sewing notions for a cute Christmas gift for a fellow sewing fanatic.

There are loads of great tutorials for Christmas candy cones on the internet but we especially like this one on The Sewing Directory.

Happy sewing everyone and see you next week for another 12 makes double bill!

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Christmas Table Runner

Posted on October 18, 2016 by Rae | 0 comments

We're back sharing our ideas for 12 fab makes for Christmas and this week it's the turn of  the essential Christmas Table Runner!


Christmas Table Runner


Karen made this beauty using Moda's Luxe Brushstrokes plus Winter Berries from Hoffman.


Table Runner Fabric HQ


If you're close to our Stoke Mandeville shop and studio there are couple of spaces left on this class with Karen on Saturday 19th November and Saturday 3rd December (see here for details and to book) or you could check out this post put together by Quilt Inspiration where you can find a whopping 50 ideas and tutorials for Christmas table runners!



This runner was whipped up by Lesley, one of our lovely customers, using Makower's Wrap It Up collection.



You can find the free pattern by Lynne Goldsworthy here.  See you on Friday again for the next installment!

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The 12 Makes of Christmas - back for 2016!

Posted on October 13, 2016 by Rae | 0 comments

It always feels rather odd to think that we're at that time of the year again but yes, our 12 Makes of Christmas series has begun again for 2016!

For those of you not familiar, every year, in the lead up to Christmas we post 12 great ideas for Christmas makes.  They can either be lovely things with which to decorate your home, or fab ideas for gifts to make for others.  This year we've got a lovely mix of the two brought to you from various members of the HQ team and the odd special guest maker.  We're sure you're gonna love what we've got lined up!


So on to our first make and we're getting in nice and early this year with our Christmas Advent Calendar!

Karen whipped up two lovely calendars using the Dashwood Studio panel from their 2016 Christmas collection, Festive Friends...


...and also Makower's Wrap It Up calendar panel. 


We love both of these calendar panels which are a great way to make your advent calendar.  You can get the panels here or why not come along to our class and make one up with Karen?  Find the details of the class here.


We'll be back soon with our second make of Christmas - see you then!

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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas

Posted on December 18, 2015 by Rae | 0 comments

We did some Christmas Embroidery!

Christmas Embroidery at Fabric HQ

Christmas day is now only a week away so this last installment of the 12 Makes series definitely has to be a  QUICK PROJECT!!


We used Sweetwater's brilliant Multi Coloured Quilt Labels from the fantastic Holly's Tree Farm collection as the base fabric for this fast little make.  It means that you can choose a festive design and have it presented beautifully - no fuss, no stress. In fact spending a little bit of time on this project was the perfect antidote to the craziness of this time of year.  And because I didn't want to be stressing over how to get this looking perfect, I found a fantastic tutorial on how to do cute little holly leaves here at Needlenthread.com.

So here's how it works:

Sweetwater Holly's Tree Farm Embroidery

1.  Grab yourself a tiny embroidery hoop, some embroidery thread, needle and fabric.

2. Measure a circle around the embroidery hoop big enough that the edges meet in the middle on the back of the hoop.

3. Choose and embroider your design on to the fabric.


Sweetwater Holly's Tree Farm Embroidery

4. sew a running stitch near the edge of the circle of fabric and draw it in tight to gather the excess fabric on the back of the hoop.  Secure with a few stitches.


Sweetwater Christmas Fabric for Moda Hollys tree farm label fabric

5.  Find somewhere lovely to hang your gorgeously festive message!


You could use this project for all sorts of things:  Labels for Christmas presents, embroider your Christmas lunch guests' names and use them as place settings, add a festive design and create napkin rings or sew tiny designs as Christmas decorations.  Just the stress relief you get from a bit of hand embroidery is enough of an excuse in my book.


Have a stonkingly great Christmas, everyone.  Thank you so much for all the lovely comments throughout the 12 Makes 2015 blog series.  We really do appreciate it when you take the time to comment.  Here's hoping you all have an amazing creative 2016, full of lots of sewing time!


Merry Christmas everyone, from all of us at Fabric HQ!



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