Noodlehead Roadtrip Case

Posted on November 03, 2017 by Rae | 0 comments

This week on the 12 Makes we've got Amie's fab Noodlehead Roadtrip case.

We've included this project as we think it wold make the perfect gift for just about anybody - male/female, kids and grow-ups. 

Everyone could do with a handy case in which to store stuff.  Whether that's sewing stuff, toys, gadgets, tools, make-up, art or craft supplies, it's a brilliant all round winner!

We love all the Noodlehead patterns - easy to follow - great diagrams and fab pictures as inspiration.

What we particularly love about this one is how different you can make each case feel with your choice of fabric.

Who will you make one for?  Or, probably more accurately - can you think of anyone who wouldn't want one?  Find the pattern here!

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Christmas Rag Wreath

Posted on October 26, 2017 by Rae | 1 comment

At Sew Saturday last weekend we were lucky enough to have the lovely Alex of Alex and the Machine in the studio giving a demo of her gorgeous Christmas Rag Wreath.  


It was such a great addition to the day and everyone who had a go thoroughly enjoyed the satisfaction you get when stabbing the fabric into the polystyrene wreath! 



Alex used a 25cm polystyrene wreath and a mixture of green and red patterned fabrics - about 1 metre's worth - cut it into 2 inch squares with pinking shears, folded the fabric in half then in half again (right side in) and used a crochet hook (or a pair of scissors) to push the fabric deep into the wreath. The resulting wreath was absolutely stunning!  

Here's another one that Alex has made with a little ribbon tied to the top ....



It really is that simple to make!  We've tracked down a lovely tutorial from Debbie Shore here that you can watch if you want a bit more of an in depth look at how to make one of these yourself.  Debbie uses glue which adds to the robustness of the wreath and is definitely a good option if it's going to be hung somewhere where it may get pulled at! You can find the tutorial here.



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Festive Coasters

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Rae | 0 comments


Festive Coasters

This week the lovely Jen of Cake Card Cloth shows us how to make these beautiful  coasters to brighten up your festive coffee table.  Jen used Merry Little Christmas - the fab debut collection from Jane Farnham for Dashwood Studio - which is perfect for fussy cutting all those lovely little motifs to feature on each coaster. There are loads other Christmas fabrics that would work just as well, so have a look at them all here before you decide. Over to Jen.....


 This set of four coasters is so easy to sew and they make great last minute gifts for teachers and friends.   They are a great way to showcase a favourite fabric and I love how these ones resemble instagram images.




For your festive coasters, you will need:


1 x FQ fabric with large images suitable for fussy cutting (I used Merry Little Christmas from Dashwood)

1 x FQ co-ordinating fabric for the back (I used Christmas Scandi 4 Snowflakes)

1 x FQ plain white (Bella Solid in white) for the surround

Small amount of wadding, or fusible fleece


Making your coasters:


Step 1



For each coaster, you will need to cut the following:


1 x 3 ½ inch fussy cut square from your main fabric. 

1 x 4 ½ inch square from your backing fabric

1 x 4 inch square of wadding (or fusible fleece)

2 x strips in white – 1 inch wide by 3 ½ inch long

2 x  strips in white – 1 inch wide by 4 ½ inch long


When selecting images, I found it useful to first cut a 3 ½ inch square template from heavy paper and cut out the centre to leave a ¼ inch border.  Use the template to draw the outer edges of your square on your fabric and then cut out the image square with scissors or a rotary cutter.




Step 2


Using a ¼ inch seam, sew one short strip to each side of your image square and press the seams open.


Now, using a ¼ inch seam, sew the long strips to the top and bottom of your image square.  Press the seams open.  Your finished coaster top should look like this.




Step 3


Lightly spray fabric adhesive on one side of your wadding square and then place it (adhesive side down) on the centre of the wrong side of your backing square.  Take care to protect your table top when using the adhesive.  That stuff gets everywhere.





Step 4

Pin the coaster top and backing/wadding square, right sides together.  Using a ¼ inch seam, sew around the outer edge leaving a 2 inch opening at the bottom.  Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and end to secure your stitches.




Step 5

Clip the corners and then turn your coaster right side out through the opening.  Gently use a point turner to push out the corners.  Fold the seam allowance on the opening to the inside and pin the opening closed.





Step 6

Sew around your coaster, close to the edge, to secure the opening.   You can then quilt the centre of your coaster.  I chose to sew just inside the white border however you can do any quilting pattern you like.  Remember to back stitch at the beginning and end to secure your stitches.



Make the other 3 coasters in the same way. 





Stand back and admire your lovely set of fab coasters. 


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Noel Yo Yo Christmas Trees

Posted on October 13, 2017 by Rae | 0 comments


This week on the 12 Makes we bring you Becky's gorgeous Yo Yo Christmas Trees using the Cotton and Steel Christmas collection, Noel.



We just love this fun, bright, festive fabric - its multitude of colours lends itself fantastically to this project and we can stop smiling at how colourful these cute little decs are.  



Becky used a tutorial over on Kiwi At Heart's blog which you can find here!

Why not share anything you make inspired by the our 12 Makes on social media using the hashtags #makehq and #12makesofchristmas!

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Merrily Christmas Sack

Posted on October 07, 2017 by Rae | 1 comment

Everyone needs a good sized Christmas sack and the Merrily Winter Critter panel by Gingiber is crying out to be used for the perfect Christmas sack! 


You will need:

1 x Merrily Winter Critter Panel

1 x FQ co-ordinating fabric for the back (I used Merrily Holly Berry)

1 x long or fat quarter co-ordinating fabric for the top cuff of the sack (I used Merrily Weave Berry)

1/2 metre of lining fabric

1 x metre of co-ordinating bias binding

2 x metres ribbon or string



1. Choose which of the critters you are going to use for your sack and cut along the dotted line around it.  I chose the moose but all 4 of the designs are beautiful and would work just as well.

2. Trim your background fat quarter to the same size as the Critter panel you have chosen, approx. 45cm wide by 55cm long.

3. Cut your lining half metre into two pieces, the same size as your Critter panel.  You should now have 4 rectangles all measuring exactly the same.

4. Cut the quarter metre you have for the top cuff of the sack into two pieces, measuring the same width as the Critter panel so you have two pieces approximately 45cm by 25cm each.

5. Sew the top edge of the Critter panel to one of the long edges of the sack top cuff fabric and then sew one of the lining panels to the other long edge of the top cuff fabric.  You will end up with the 3 pieces sewn together with the cuff fabric in the middle like this.

6. repeat this with the backing fabric, cuff and other piece of the lining so that you have two very long pieces.  Iron all seams towards the cuff fabric.

7. lay the strip with the backing fabric down, right side up and then carefully place the strip with the Critter panel on top, right side down.  The backing panel and the Critter panel should be on top of each other, as should the two pieces of cuff fabric and the lining fabric.  Carefully pin all the way around the edges.

8. Mark a 4 inch gap at the bottom of the lining fabric and sew all the way around the outside of the two panels, leaving this gap open for turning.

9. Trim the corners of the seam allowance on the bottom of the outside and lining ends of the panels.  Turn right way through then tuck the lining fabric inside the outer fabric.  Carefully smooth out the bag so that the cuff is folded in half then give it all a nice press. Slip stitch the turning gap closed.

10.  Pin the bias binding along the line where the cuff meets the outside fabrics, leaving a 1 inch gap in the middle of the front of the sack.  Make sure you turn under a good inch either end so that it doesn't fray then sew the bias down, close to each edge to form a channel for your ribbon or rope.

11. Thread your ribbon or rope through the channel you've created, stuff it full of presents and tie the ribbon in a great big bow and you're done!



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