The 12 Makes of Christmas - Back again for 2015!

Posted on October 14, 2015 by Rae | 0 comments

We're really excited to announce that we are bringing back our 12 Makes of Christmas series for the third year running!  If you haven't seen these before, it's definitely worth taking a look back through some of the tutorials and suggestions we put together - they're all still here on the blog if you scroll waaaay back.

This Friday it's ten weeks (eeek!) to the magic day and no-one wants to be whipping up gifts in a frenzy on Christmas Eve. So, we're starting right here and now in October so that you've got plenty of time to get ahead, feel organised and leave the couple of weeks before Christmas to wrapping, partying and nursing overindulged heads.

The first of our 12 makes has to be the 2015 Dashwood Studio Advent Calendar which we are tooootally in love with!

This gorgeous Advent Calendar Panel with a Christmas Tree centre and reindeers, could only be from Bethan Janine’s festive fabric collection, Winter Wonderland for Dashwood Studio. Instructions on how to make the calendar are printed across the top of the fabric...

and it looks beautiful made up.

If you fancy having a go at making this panel you can get hold of it here but if you would like some help putting it together, Karen Chapman is running this as a class here at the Make HQ Studio on Saturday 21st November and you can book a space here.


Whatever you're making, we'd love to see it.  Share your pictures with us on Instagram: @fabrichq Facebook: facebook.com/FabricHQ twitter: twitter.com/FabricHQ and use the hashtag #makeHQ



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On the Seventh day of Christmas

Posted on December 16, 2014 by Rae | 0 comments

... we made with our kids, a Tree-o of Christmas Trees!

Yes, we have three, actually 4 simple and fun little projects to have a go at with your kids for you this week - three trees and a bauble re-vamp.


This cute little trio was inspired by bunting flags - just turn them upside-down, stuff with wool balls or wadding, stitch up the bottom and embellish.   If your little ones are too wee to handle a needle and thread, stitch up the triangles yourself and then let them stuff them (they love that bit) and stick embellishments with crafting glue.





This fun little Christmas card is easy-peasy.  Get your kids to cut rectangles of fabric with your pinking shears (I made mine promise not to cut anything other than fabric with them - or Santa wouldn't come!) and arrange in a tree shape.  Add a star-like section of fabric at the top and you're done. Happy kids who get to finish making Christmas cards in lightening speed + very chuffed relatives when they receive their bespoke Christmas card = being well on the way to having an organised Christmas.




 We tend to use a lot of recycled brown paper to wrap presents with in our house.  A great way to brighten them up is to buy coloured gift tags.  Use a few buttons and tiny fabric scraps cut into festive shapes to decorate these.  Add some festive ribbon and you have some funky labels to tie securely to your lucky recipient's gift.  The bonus is that these are re-usable:  Just stick a label over the name from last year and recycle again for next!



Finally, not strictly a tree but a must for 'The Tree' - The kids love doing this simple bauble re-vamp.  Take an old, sad looking bauble which has seen many a Christmas and instead of throwing it away, wrap it in strips of glued festive ribbon and tie a nice bow at the top for instant Christmas tree chic.




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On the second day of Christmas

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Rae | 1 comment

We gave to the kids .....


.... a pencil wrap!


This tutorial was one of our most popular from last year so we just had to show it to you here again.  This wrap goes everywhere with me - it's perfect for whipping our when we're out to dinner, waiting at the doctor's surgery or when we're stuck in traffic.  The boys love it and the linen/cotton blend fabric it's made from is super-durable and kid-proof.




This tutorial can actually be used to make all sorts of projects.  You could narrow the stitched lines to accommodate knitting needles, widen one and add a pad of paper alongside the pencils to create a whole travel artist's set, or make lots of little envelopes to safely house your jewellery when you're on the go. I'm sure there's an idea out there to personalise this tutorial to make the perfect gift for just about everyone!



You will need:


  • 1 rectangle of fabric for the outside of your wrap
  • 1 piece the same size as the above for the lining
  • 1 piece of light to mid-weight fusible interfacing the same size as your lining
  • 1 piece of fabric for the pocket
  • a piece of binding or ribbon (we're using cotton twill) as long as the width of your wrap
  • two buttons
  • matching thread
  • scissors
  • a soft pencil and or tailor's chalk if you have it
  • something curvy to draw around (we're using a shot glass ... it was the only thing I could find the right size - honest!!)


1. At all four corners of your outer fabric draw a curved edge using your curved-edged-implement (that rolls off the tongue nicely!!!)




2. Repeat on all 4 corners of the lining fabric and the pocket fabric.



3. Iron your lightweight fusible interfacing onto the back of your lining fabric.  Cut the curved corners to match the lining.




4. Lay the pocket fabric onto the lining fabric and measure the pocket to make sure that it will be the correct depth for your pens/pencils/knitting needles/etc, taking into consideration your seam allowance at the top and bottom (we used a standard 5/8 inch seam allowance).  There will be no seam allowance at the top of the pocket (just the bottom) as this is where the binding will go.




5. Iron the binding in half and insert over the top edge of your pocket piece.  Pin into place.




6.  Sew the binding onto the top edge of the pocket piece, taking care that you sew close to the edge but catch both the back and front pieces of the binding as you sew so that you have a neat edge.




7. Now you need to form the actual pockets that will house your pens/pencils/knitting needles, etc. on your pocket piece.  Measure and mark the bottom edge of your pocket piece with a pencil or tailor's chalk. We allowed 2.5cm per pencil....




8. ...and match up at the top. You could draw the whole line in to guarantee accuracy if you wish.




9. Pin your pocket piece to the lining fabric and then sew a straight line from the bottom mark to the top mark. Make sure you stitch securely at the bottom but particularly at the top.  This area needs to be strong - think of all those pencils being pushed in and out by little unco-ordinated hands! Continue until all the pocket lines are complete.




10. So, the tops of your pockets should look like this ....




11. ... and the back, like this ...




12. Place your outer fabric piece on top of your pocket/lining piece faces together...




13. ... and pin all around the edges. You now have the pocket sandwiched inside the lining and outer pieces of fabric.




14. Sew around all around the edge using a 5/8inch seam allowance.  Don't forget to make sure you leave a gap big enough to be able to turn your wrap the right way round!  Secure at each end with a few reverse stiches.




15. Trim your seam allowance down around where you've stitched but not where the opening has been left. You need this extra fabric to make sure you can hand stitch this opening neatly later.



16. Snip into the curved edges (making sure you don't snip your seam!).  This will help give a nice neat finish when you turn the wrap in the right way.




17. Turn your wrap in the right way, paying attention to the corners, then iron so it's nice and flat. Hand stitch the turning opening shut.




18. Sew two button holes close to one edge of your wrap, according to your machine's manual (or look up a handy tutorial on Youtube if you get stuck!)




19. Roll up your wrap and mark a spot through the button holes.  Sew your buttons at these points.




20. Fill with lots of lovely pens/pencils/knitting needles, etc. 






Roll and button up!



21.  All that's left to do is wrap your wrap(!), place under the Christmas tree and await all the lovely compliments you'll get come Christmas morning.







 Right, we're on a roll, now! Come back later this week for another Christmas make.

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