Cath Kidston Mother’s Day Corsage

We made our rosette using Cath Kidston fabric and ribbon and decorated the center with an embroidered button saying Mum. We made an alternative version by covering the button with a piece of vintage embroidery found in a charity shop. We sewed on a safety pin but you can use stick on magnets and put the rosette on the fridge.


You will need 

Cath Kidston fabric

Tape measure

Cath Kidston ribbon

Safety pin

Large coat button

Pinking shears

Dress makers scissors



Embroidery floss

Water erasable pen


  1. Draw round the button on the back of your floral fabric, add an outer circle about 1cm wider than the inner circle.
  2. Turn the fabric over and in water erasable pen write the word mum and draw a heart. Using a back stitch, and blue thread embroider over the word mum.
  3. Embroider the heart in red.
  4. Sew a line of gathering stitches near the edge of the embroidered circle.
  5. Insert the button and gather up the stitches and finish with a knot.
  6. Turn the button over to admire your work.
  7. Cut a piece of floral fabric with 1 long straight edge and 1 pinked edge. 3.5cm wide x 33cm long. Sew a line of running stitches along the long straight edge
  8. Gather the stitches up to form a circle. Tie off the ends.
  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 but this time with a piece of plain blue fabric 2.5cm wide x 21cm long.
  10. Sew the blue rosette onto the floral one at their centers.
  11. Sew the covered button on top of the double rosette.
  12. Cut a piece of ribbon 19cm long. Fold it in half and then sew it onto the back of the rosette.
  13. Sew a safety pin onto the center of the back of the rosette.
  14. To neaten the back cut a small piece of ribbon, turn the ends under and cover all the bits of sewing on the back of the rosette.
  15. Give it to your mother for Mother’s day.

Decal Plates


If you’ve got stacks of old crockery that’s starting to look la little dates, tart it up in a flash with easy-to-use DIY transfers


You will need –

  • A selection of old china
  • An inkjet printer
  • Waterslide decal paper, 79p per sheer
  • Copyright free images
  • Small scissors or scalpel



  1. First, choose your favourite images, and print them onto waterslide decal paper.
  2. Use a scalpel or a small pair of scissors to cut out the images, then use Blu-Tack to temporarily attach them to the china in a composition you’re most happy with.
  3. One image at a time, peel backing away to reveal the tacky side, stick in place and leave to dry completely.




Chevron Rug


You will need –

  • Painter’s canvas
  • Wide masking tape
  • Stencil brush
  • Black fabric paint, Dylon
  • Set square
  • Ruler
  • Shallow dish
  • Water-erasible pen, Korbond
  1. Start by drawing guide lines down the length of the canvas with water-erasible pen. Be careful that they are straight and are at even intervals.
  2. Stick masking tape at an angle between one parallel line and the next. Add the next piece so a triangular shape is formed. At this point, check that all of the tape is firmly stuck down. Repeat until you have lines of zigzags.
  3. Lightly dip your brush into the fabric paint, then using an up-and-down motion, apply the paint. Do a small amount at a time and build up the colour so you achieve the right density.
  4. Leave to dry overnight before you remove the tape. Iron on the back of the canvas to seal the colour. And finally, either hem around the edge of the canvas for neatness or fold under and secure with hemming tape.


Marbled Notebooks

These inexpensive books have had a makeover using a very simple but effective technique -marbling


You will need

Flat tray, large enough to fit the paper ,in which to do the marbling.

Marbling inks

Copper coloured Spray paint

Masking tape

Lolly or cocktail stick

Lots of newspaper

Kitchen roll


Instructions to marble paper

  1. Cover the work area with lots of newspaper. Fill the tray with 3cm of water.
  2. Prime the surface of the water by putting a drop of marbling ink onto the surface of the water. Wipe it away with some kitchen paper.
  3. Using the dropper bottle apply 1 or 2 drops of marbling ink onto the surface of the water. Either bow it or give it a quick stir with a stick or back of a paint brush.
  4. Place a piece of paper on top of the water and inks and then lift it off. The design will be on your paper.
  5. Leave the sheet to dry. You can try a second print but it will probably come out lighter than the first.
  6. Add more drops of ink and repeat steps 3 and 4
  7. Remove excess ink from the surface of the water with a scrap of paper.


Instructions to cover a book

  1. Open the book at about its middle and then lightly cover the spine with masking tape.
  2. In an open area spray the spine with copper spray paint. Leave to dry. Make sure, where it will be visable that the inside of the spine is also sprayed.
  3. When it is dry remove the masking tape.
  4. Cut the paper so it covers 1 side of the outside of the book, but leaving the spine showing, with an overlap of 4cm
  5. Fold to make it fit and cut away the corner. Repeat for the back of the book.
  6. Using PVA glue stick the marbled paper onto the front outside of the book and the over lap on the back of the covers. Repeat for the back of the book.

Tip Wear disposable latex gloves for the whole project, as it makes it much less mucky.


Lovely Lined Moses Basket


Paper for pattern

Liberty lawn fabric in a variety of designs (see below)

1.2m of lightweight wadding or interlining for mattress and coverlet

blue ,turquoise and white pom poms


sufficient bias binding for the circumference of the

basket 2cm wide

sufficient elastic for the circumference of the base of the basket x 50mm wide Korbond


Liberty Tana Lawn – LTL03634160F – Queue for the Zoo – NEW Product Code: LTL03634160F in Blue colourway

Liberty Tana Lawn – LTL03632019P – Betsy Pastel Product Code: LTL03632109P (mattress cover and sheet)

Top of Form

Liberty Tana Lawn – LTL03633175C – Jolie Rose Blue Product Code: LTL03633175C

Liberty Tana Lawn – LTL03634045B – Lagos Laurel Product Code: LTL03634045B

Liberty Lifestyle – Stile Collection – Newbury – Colourway B – LLSC03384156BProduct Code: LLSC03384156B

Liberty print Bias Binding – 25mm – by metre – Meadow Lilac Product Code: HOA Meadow Lilac

To make the patterns

Before buying the fabric, make your pattern as you to work out the amount of fabric required.

Basket lining

  1. Stand the basket on a piece of paper and draw round the base. Cut out the shape and place it inside the basket. Press it firmly down into the bottom and using a felt tipped pen draw a line round it just inside the edge to mark where the base of the basket joins the sides. This line will be your sewing line.
  2. Measure the height of the basket at the highest point, add 15cm for frill and 2cm seam allowance. Measure the circumference of the basket and double the length and add 2cm for seam allowances. Make a rectangular pattern of the dimensions you have just measured.
  3. Cut an equilateral triangle paper pattern with each side being 15cm long
  4. Lay all the pattern pieces side by side to work out the amount of fabric you need. Remember to allow for 34 triangle piece to make 17 finished triangles. If you are making a mattress cover, and coverlet you will need to make a pattern and measure for these at the same time. The pattern cut for the base of the lining can be   used for the mattress, if you are making your own.
  5. Mattress cover – Lay the paper on top of the mattress and draw round it. Lift up the mattress and add a further 10cm all round the shape just drawn. Cut round the outer line to make the pattern.
  6. Coverlet – Make a paper pattern using the crib base as a guide but add a further 10cm all round. Cut 6 more triangle shapes to make up three triangles.

Making up the basket lining use 1 cm seam allowance through out.

  1. Pin the pattern pieces on to the fabric and with the exception of the triangles cut one of each shape. Cut 34 triangles.
  2. With right sides facing, stitch the short sides of the rectangle together. Using long running stitches, gather one of the long sides. With right sides facing, ease the gathered edge onto the edge of the base. Pin into position and then machine.
  3. Put the lining into the basket. Mark the position of the handles with pins and then cut the fabric between the pins. Neaten the raw edges with bias binding.
  4. Cut 120 cm of bias with wrong sides facing fold in half lengthways and sew to make a ribbon. Cut 4 pieces each 30cm long. Sew one of these ribbons to the wrong side of the centre of each side of an opening. Tie them to create a bow.
  5. Make up the triangles, with right sides facing stitch two pieces together down two sides. Trim the seams and the corners. Turn the right way out and press flat. Turn under the top edge and pin and sew evenly round the edge of the lining.Sew pom poms on the end of each triangle.


  1. Using the cut pattern for the base of the lining, cut three layers of wadding and two of fabric. Baste the wadding together.
  2. With right sides facing, sew two pieces of fabric together round 3 ½ sides. Insert the wadding and close the gap by oversewing.

Mattress cover

 1.Using the mattress cover pattern, cut as many covers as required. Turn under by 2mm all round to neaten.

2.Sew bias round the edge and then again making a channel for elastic. Leave an opening to thread the elastic.

  1. Place over the mattress and tie the ends of the of the elastic so it covers firmly but not too tightly attached.


  1. Cut 1 top fabric, 1 bottom fabric, 1 wadding, 6 triangles.
  2. Make 3 triangles as you did for the basket   Making sure triangles face inwards sew them along one short side of the quilt.
  3. With right sides facing, sew the lining fabric onto the top fabric around 3 sides.
  4. Trim the seams and corners, turn the right way out, press and close the opening by over sewing.
  5. Add pompoms to the ends of the triangles.

Caravan Sewing Machine Cover

Our sewing machine came with a less than elegant flimsy fabric cover. What better way to use up some of our Cath Kidston fabric stash than designing and making our own unique cover.

We used the fabric cover that came with our machine for our pattern template, use our pattern only as a guide and take measurements from your sewing machine for a good fit.

You will need

Selection of fabrics, we used Cath Kidston


Pins needles and thread


Tracing paper



Ribbon roses

Measure your sewing machine and draw up your pattern using ours as a guide. Pin onto outer and lining fabric and cut out.

Trace templates for windows wheels etc onto the paper backing on the bondaweb. Cut out bondaweb shapes and iron onto the reverse of the fabric you have chosen for the fabric shapes. Peel off the backing paper, then place the shapes in position and iron to fuse. Sew zigzag stitch around the each shape to anchor. Sew on the button door handle and ribbon roses.

Pin and sew the outer cover and the lining. Turn the cover right sides out push into the inside out lining. On the top section of the cover pin the lining and outside together then pin the template for the handle opening in place.

Sew through the paper template round the edge of the box shape, then tear off the paper. Using embroidery scissors cut the fabric along the centre of the box shape, cutting diagonally into each corner. To turn the cover right sides out push the lining through the opening you have just cut. Ease through then press the seams of the opening.

Pin the lining and outer cover together along the lower edge, trim the lining. Turn the raw edge of the outside cover in by 1cm, then turn again by 1cm and hand sew in place.


Marbled Cushions


Recently we found an ancient, well 1990’s Dylon leaflet about marbling on fabric and so intrigued were we that we decided to create a marbled cushion.

Traditionally marbling was done on paper and was achieved by floating oil colour on water or size. If you try and do this on fabric, the fabric feels hard and unpleasant.

Did a few experiments on different kinds of cloth and the ones that give the best colour and luminosity are Silk and Satin. We have used a heavy slipper satin for these cushions. For best results use a white or light coloured fabric.

You will need

Shallow plastic trough. This needs to be bigger than the pieces of fabric that you are going to float in it. The fabric needs to be large enough to fit over the cushion pad

Bucket or large jug


Fabric pieces. Satin or silk

Dylon fabric paints

Tool from one of the following: Knitting needle or a barbecue stick or toothpick

Roll of kitchen paper

Sewing machine





Fabric marker pen

Cushion pad we used a 29cm sq

Lots of newspaper to cover the work surfaces and access to a sink

Waterproof gloves





  1. Put on your gloves to protect your hands.

Whisk the wallpaper paste into water according to the manufacturers instructions, until it is the consistency of yoghurt. Pour into a shallow trough until it is almost full. Leave to stand for at least 15 minutes.


Tip: Whilst you are waiting for the paste to set, use the time to cut your fabric so it fits in the troughwith enough border to lift it in and out. Cover the work surface in newspaper.


  1. Apply drops of colour onto the surface of the paste and then use your tool to swirl them around. This can look pretty messy at this stage.
  2. Carefully lower a piece of fabric onto the paste surface. Leave for a few seconds for the paint to absorb, you may need to push it down with your fingers.
  3. Carefully lift off the fabric. It will be covered in paste as well as a pattern below the paste. Leave on a work top for at least 5 minutes.
  4. Wash off the paste from the fabric under running water. Leave to dry.
  5. When dry, iron the fabric o the back, using a hot setting for 1-2 minutes to set the colour.



Tip : To clean the paste between applications use a spatula to remove the surplus colour.


To make the cushion cover with an envelope back


  1. Measure the cushion and cut one piece of marbled fabric to that dimension for the cushion front. 29cm x 29cm (image 4)
  2. Cut two further pieces the width of the cushion cover by approximately 2/3 the length. (29x 20cm) For the cushion back.
  3. Turn under by 0.5cm and 0.5cm again and pin and then neaten with a running stitch along one 29cm side of each back piece of fabric . (image 6)
  4. With right sides facing, and neatened edges overlapping in the centre, pin the 2 backs onto the cushion front and sew round the edge. (image7)
  5. Turn the right way out and fit the cushion pad into the cushion (image 8 showing back of cushion)


Hygge Patchwork Throw

What could be more Hygge than a throw made out of vintage faded softened men’s shirts. This one has been made from a collection of blue, striped, plains, checked fabrics cut into rectangles that are surrounded by red checks and tartans cut into strips. To complete the recycled aspect to this project, it is backed with an old sheet. The inside is curtain interfacing but you could equally well use an old duvet or wadding.

Note This throw can be made for any sized throw or quilt you wish to make from a baby’s to a king sized quilt and anything between. The only limitation is the size of the backing sheet as this needs to be as large as the front of the quilt.

You will need

Pile of old shirts the number will depend on the size of coverlet you wish to make.

Fabric Scissors

Sewing machine and thread

Dress -makers pins

Steam iron

Old sheet

Interling or wadding



  1. Cut the blue coloured shirts into equal height rectangles and arrange them side by side and on top of one another as if making a brick wall.
  1. Cut the red check and tartan shirts into approximately 5cm wide strips some the same height as the blue rectangles. Other can be the full length of the shirt. Turn the sides in by about 0.5cm as if making bias binding, press flat with a steam iron.
  1. With right sides together, sew one side of one strip to one rectangle. Sew a different rectangle onto the other side of the strip. Press flat. Repeat this process until you have the width of fabric that you need.
  1. Join long strips of red check to the top and bottom of the long piece of fabric you just created. Repeat until the fabric is the size you require.
  1. Make a fabric sandwich, with right sides facing outwards and the sheet on the bottom the wadding in the center, and the new fabric, just created, on the top. Pin, tack and then sew round the edge.
  1. Edge the whole of the throw with another long piece of tartan strip.

Rug supplied by Flair Rugs –


Patterned Pouffe

We love the idea of making this pouffe from African batik style fabric. So wacky and at the same time the perfect item to lift the look of a staid room. You can pick up Batik in London in areas such as Tooting and Brixton and also in markets in the east of London and Paris.


You will need:

African batik fabrics available in London market stalls 2m

Orange fabric for the base 80cm

Calico 2m

Hook and loop tape 1packet

Water-soluble pen

Beanbag filling I large bag

Pins, needles and thread


Paper for pattern



The instructions for the outer and the calico inner bag are the same. We made the outer part first and then the inner. We used 1cm seam allowance throughout.

  1. Use the patterns to cut out all the pieces from the calico and the African Batik fabrics. We used the large motif that was perfect for the top of the pouffe. We decided to piece together lots of different designs to make the side. As the base is not seen, we used some plain orange fabric.

2. First make base with the hook and loop tape opening for the top fabric. On both base pieces turn the straight edge under by 1cm then turn again by 3cm. Sew down, then pin and sew strips of hook and loop tape along both sides.

3. Press the hook and loop tape edges together then machine sew the ends of the seams closed.

4. With right sides facing, using a 1cm seam allowance pin sew together the sidepieces.

5. Press the seams open open so you have a continuous smooth side panel.

6. With right sides facing, pin and sew the sides to first the top and then the base making a drum shape. Turn through the gap so it is right side facing out.

7. To make the liner, repeat the process with the calico. Put the calico liner inside the fabric cover,then fill with polystyrene beads.


Fold and mark the fabric for the top, base and sides into eighths. When you come to pin on the sides, match up the pen marks on the top and base.


Hook and loop tape, Water Soluble Pen

Beanbag Filling

Hygge – Fingerless Mittens

This is a very simple, inexpensive yet luxurious make and epitomizes the spirit of Hygge. We used a much loved but rather moth eaten cashmere sweater to create these mittens. We covered the holes with beautiful old nametapes, which were a thrift store find. They are perfect as they have bound edges so are easy to sew on. If you don’t have nametapes you can always use pieces of ribbon. Tapestry wool is perfect for sewing the mittens as it comes in many colours so you can either make a near perfect match or give an injection of colour. Tapestry wool is thick, so before sewing with it separate out a couple strands from a length of wool.

You will need

Old sweater or cardigan with sleeves

Contrast or matching wool

Name tapes or ribbon for mending

Darning needle

Sewing needle


Sewing thread

Stitch unpicker

Dress makers pins


  1. Cut the sleeves off the sweater and try them on. You will want them to be a bit crinkly when you wear them so that they trap air and keep you very warm. If they are too long cut some of the length off but leave enough to turn the edge under to neaten.
  2. Put each sleeve on and mark thumbs position with pins on the side seam.
  3. Using the stitch unpicker, remove the stitches in the side seam at the thumb position.
  4. Roll in the edges of the thumb holes and sew down to neaten.
  5. If the sweater fabric is felted you won’t need to neaten the cut edges, if it is fraying roll in the edges and neaten like the thumb holes.
  6. Use nametags to cover any moth holes, sew in place using a needle and sewing thread.

Enjoy wearing your newly made Hygge mittens!

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