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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Last Minute Christmas Gifts Class

Posted on November 01, 2016 by Rae | 1 comment

This week it's make 5 of our 12 Makes of Christmas.  How about getting social and coming along to our Last Minute Christmas Gifts class?

 On the morning of Saturday 10th December Jen will be running a class at Make HQ where you can get all those last minute handmade gifts whipped up.  Perfect for teacher gifts, stocking fillers and presents for those who appreciate a little handmade love - we'll be making these gorgeous, special ingredient hand-warmers and sets of cute coasters!


This class would be such a lovely way to start the festive season - a perfect parent/child class (think pressies for teachers/ grandparents/ brothers, sisters and friends) or for a group of you to come along for a pre-Christmas get together with a twist.  Whatever the reason for coming along there'll be sewing and mince pies - a perfect morning!

See here now for more details and to book!

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Speedy Christmas Pillowcase

Posted on October 27, 2016 by Rae | 1 comment


Speedy Pillow Case Tutorial


This week it's a double whammy on the Christmas countdown (gotta crowbar them in or we'll be making on Christmas Eve!) so we've given you a super speedy Make Number 4 - Karen's pillowcase can be whipped up in twenty minutes and has an envelope flap inside. It's absolutely puuurrrfect (sorry!) for adding that extra touch of magic on Christmas Eve night.  There's nothing better than a freshly changed bed and an awesome Christmas themed pillowcase will keep little, and not so little, heads dreaming of the fun to come all night long. Over to Karen...

Choose your favourite Christmassy fabric - Karen chose Michael Miller's absolutley gorgeous Kitty Garland but we think any of these would be totally gorgeous, too...


... From Dashwood's Festive Friends collection:

Festive Puddings


Festive Cats


 Festive Friends Main


Christmas Dreams Baubles


From Moda...

Juniper Berry Reindeer Games


Juniper Berry Christmas Merrily Aqua


Michael Miller's Mini Snowmen


Festive Balls


Corny Cane Green


and finally, Swell Noel Christmas Trees.

There's something here for all the family, so as it's such a quick project, you could whip one up for everyone in no time!  You could even add a contrast panel with a bit of embellishment if you fancy but if you're doing the simple version you need 1m of fabric per pillow.  Over to Karen....


1: 30” x 19 ½” rectangle

1: 35” x 19 ½” rectangle


  1. At one short end of each piece, turn a ½” hem then ½” again and top stitch.

  1. With right sides together, match raw edges at bottom and bring longer end over the top of the finished edge. Using a ½” seam allowance, stitch the sides and bottom raw edges. Finish the seams with a zigzag or overedge


  1. Turn right sides out, press stuff in your pillow and move onto the next member of the family!  Which fabrics would you choose?



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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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