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  1. How to use ribbons - Craft, glitter or Christmas

    How to use ribbons - Craft, glitter or Christmas
    Ribbons are an under rated piece of material in our eyes, and aren't given nearly as much attention as they deserve. With so many different ways that you can use ribbons in a variety of hobbies, they're useful to have around and very pretty to look at. So, with all of this in mind, we thought we'd show ribbons some...
  2. How To: Make an Easy, No-Sew Blanket

    In a entry earlier this week on Calico Laine's blog, we gave a quick run-through of How To create a simple fleece blanket that has no sewing required. This is a great gift for anyone, and even if you are just creating one for yourself to keep cosy while we are stuck with miserable, chilly weather, these blankets are incredibly easy...
  3. How to make Pom Poms using Wool

    Brr! It certainly is chilly now that December has hit us at Calico Laine! If you are looking for a fun project to do whilst remaining in the warmth and comfort of your own home, we suggest you wander over to our YouTube channel and take a look at How To create your own pom poms using balls of wool...
  4. How To: Make a Christmas Apron

    As we draw towards the end of the year, we at Calico Laine are serving a steadily increasing number of customers who are on the hunt for Christmas fabrics to create personalised gifts for friends and family. While you don't have to limit yourself to fabrics that have festive themes, items such as aprons are a popular choice for handmade...
  5. How To: Make a Tote Bag

    Let's face it - our British summertime hasn't had the greatest weather so far! We have had a few lovely warm days full of sunshine over the Calico Laine buildings, but we have had plenty of rain and thunderstorms to go with it as well. I am off on my summer holidays soon, and in preparation for my long, lazy days...
  6. How To: Make Bunting

    Last weekend was the Queen's official birthday, and here at Calico Laine, we celebrated in style with a day-long sale full of bargains and discounts for all of our customers. In order to make our stores look festive for the occasion, we created numerous strands of bunting using our cotton fabrics, including red, royal blue and of course, our Union...
  7. How To: Make a Fabric Flower

    Sometimes after you are done sewing a project, you end up realising that you bought too much fabric and are left with scrap pieces. If you are like me and overestimate how much fabric you needed, it seems a shame to throw away scrap pieces sometimes, especially if they are too small to be used for clothing but are still...
  8. How To: Read Measurements on Commercial Patterns

    Commerical sewing patterns are available from many different companies, and they are designed to make putting a garment together easier for those who aren't sure how to construct something entirely from scratch. In our Calico Laine stores, we sell patterns created by Vogue, McCalls, Butterick and Kwik Sew for all sewing enthusiasts, no matter how much experience they have with...
  9. How To: Sew a Zipper Pouch

    At Calico Laine, we love any and all craft projects. From sewing to jewellery making, and cards to crochet and knitting, we are always happy to see our customers come up with all sorts of wonderful ideas as a personal project, or a gift for a family member or friend. Particularly with gifts, if it is a small item that...
  10. How To: Sew a Bum Bag

    I know what you're thinking after reading the title - bum bags are incredibly unfashionable, and should be left back in the 1990s where they belong. Summer is fast approaching, though, and a lot of us have booked holidays in other countries (and are now excitedly counting down the days until we fly away to foreign lands!), making sure that we have...

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