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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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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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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