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  • 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 love and write a post on how to use ribbons. Craft ribbons Craft ribbons are amazing tools that you can use in so many different hobbies. With a great selection of craft ribbons available on our site, you can use them for anything from decorative bakin… Read More
  • 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 to make - and as a bonus, they come together very quickly, meaning you can totally make one in very little time at all. In today's blog, I'll be going through a more detailed version of our earlier, quick tutorial - and if you need an … Read More
  • 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. This is a fun little project to do with children, and they can be used on items such as winter hats, coats and other garments, as well as for cute and unique Christmas decorations such as unusual baubles to display on your Christmas tree! To go straight to the video, cl… Read More
  • 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 presents to give to loved ones - or even just as a garment for yourself to wear to protect your outfit while cooking dinner on the big day! In today's blog, I'll be walking you through the steps to create your very own apron. You w… Read More
  • 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 at the beach, I have been making a few tote bags to carry all the items I will need to take with me. If you would like to find out how to make a tote bag of your very own, then keep on reading! What you'll need: - 1 metre of fabric for the outside of the… Read More
  • 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 Flag cotton prints - and we like the look of it so much that we have kept it up in our stores to show our support for Euro 2016 and the Olympics! Bunting is a simple decoration to make, but it is very effective at making… Read More
  • 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 quite a substansial piece. Fear not - these pieces can still come in useful to make something pretty! I like to use my fabric scraps to make handmade flowers, which always end up colourful and can be used to embellish a finished project or as a cut… Read More
  • 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 dressmaking. There are hundreds and hundreds of patterns available for all kinds of outfits from bridal wear to fancy dress and many more in-between, but if you have never used one before, t… Read More
  • 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 you are creating, some of our customers like to go the extra mile with their packaging too! I personally like to make small zipper pouches for items such as jewellery and other little gifts; not only does the recipient get the present I intended for … Read More
  • 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 everything we need for the perfect vacation. I myself am destined for the sunshine state, Florida, in the next few months, and I'll be hitting the ground running with my family to dart around all of the fantastic theme… Read More

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