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.

Dip Dyed Plates

With some plain white china, emulsion and masking tape you can create designer plates for next to nothing. Please note these are purely decorative and cannot be used for eating from or put in a dishwasher.

You will need some white China we used Ikea 365 costs £2 for a large plate and £1 for a small one, Crown paints match pot s£1.49 for 40ml we used the following colours: Blue Planet, Scrumptious,Orange Squash, Up beat, Shocking pink, Hot mustard.

Masking tape and a car sponge.

Stick the masking tape across the paint to make a line of where you want the colour to finish. Dip the sponge into the emulsion, and using an up and down motion, cover the area where you want to add colour. Build up in layers and leave to dry before removing the masking tape.

Tip If you get smudges when you remove the tape, use a scalpel blade to remove the excess paint.




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 –


William Morris Ironing Board Cover

unnamedYou will need

  • Fabric for the cover (we used an old curtain)
  • Un-picker
  • Paper and pencil to make a pattern.
  • Fabric for the padding (we used some old blanket)
  • String
  • Dress makers scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Dress makers pins
  • Safety pin
  • Bonda web


1. Pull the threads through the header tape to straighten, then using the un-picker remove the tape. Wash the curtain fabric before using.

2. Take the old cover off and use this as a pattern and add 6cm all the way round for seam allowance and as a channel to hold the thread. Cut the old curtain fabric to this size.

3. Draw round the ironing board for the size of the padding. Pin the pattern onto blanket. Cut out the blanket.

4. Use the pattern to cut the bondaweb and iron it onto the blanket.

5. Peel off the backing paper. Pin glue side down onto the wrong side of the ironing board cover, making sure it is centered so that there is an even seam allowance all the way round. Iron into position and remove the pins.

6. Sew round the edge of the blanket with a zigzag stitch.

7. Turn under all the edges by 2cms, leaving an opening at one end. Thread the string onto a safety pin and push through the channel. Fit the cover onto the ironing board by gathering and tie the threads together.


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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Tote Bag Cushions

Create your own stylish cushions from freebie tote bags. We go to loads and press and design shows, so we end up collection loads of these awesome bags. Typography is still very much on trend so cushions with logos on them look great!


You will need:

  • Calico bags
  • Old cushions pads
  • Pins, needles and threads
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Iron and ironing board



  1. Most bags are oblong in shape and most cushions pads are square so you will need to cut off the top of the bag., along with the handles.
  2. Measure the wisth of the bag and the bottom corner of the bag to the top, adding a 1cm deam allowance. Draw a line to mark where you will need to cut.
  3. Cut off the surplus fabric at the top of the bag. Press the bag flat.
  4. Stuff the old cushion pad into the cover, making sure that the corners of the pad are pushed into the corners of the cover. Fold in the open edges by 1cm and pin them.
  5. Sew the opening closed with a slip stitch or a hemming stitch.

Rug supplied by Flair Rugs –


Funky Deck Chair

Deck chairs with damaged seats are easy to source and replacing the fabric is straightforward. Make your own unique statement piece by putting together a new seat using scrap fabric.


You Will Need

·      Deckchair

·      Fabric and lace scraps

·      Firm fabric for reverse of seat

·      Dylon Dye

·      Trimming scraps

·      Scissors

Total price
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Step-by-step Instructions

1.    Erect the deckchair and mark the original seat fabric with the position of the top and bottom bar. Remove the fabric from the deckchair to use as a pattern for the backing fabric.

2.    Measure the length between the top and bottom bar markings on the fabric, add 3 cm for a 1.5cm seam allowance at each end. Measure the fabric width and add 3cm giving a seam allowance of 1.5 cm on both sides. Use the original fabric as a pattern for the backing fabric.

3.    Rub down the deckchair frame lightly using sand paper, then paint and varnish when dry.

4.    Round up all you scraps of velvet fabric and trim. Decide which fabrics and trim need dying, then dye in the washing machine following the manufacturers instructions. When the fabric is dry cut into strips and sew together to form the fabric for the seat, embellish with lengths of trim and lace.

5.    Right sides together sew the new seat fabric to the backing fabric. Turn right sides out, turn in the seam allowance at both ends, machine down. Sew channels on backing fabric, then position on chair using the doweling rods to secure.


·      Remove the strut supports from the frame before painting so they don’t get paint on them, when dry screw back in position