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  • How To: Make Decor Using Embroidery Hoops

    There comes a time in every crafters life when their secret fabric stash is spilling out of control and yet we cannot help but buy more. There are a lot of different projects you can do with remnants and scraps of Fabric but I'm sure a lot of you won't know what you can do with just a simple embroidery hoop, or ten! How To: Make Embroidery Hoop Wall Art You will need: - scissors - Fray check (I would highly recommend Pryms Gold-Zack Fray check) - 10 - 20 embroidery hoops, we stock sizes from 4" to 12" (a mixture of different sizes has more of an effect in my opini… Read More
  • How To: Sew A French Seam

    When it comes to any sewing project, we all like to take pride in our work and create in such a way so that everything we make is neat and properly finished. A raw edge or seam can be unsightly, and can even reduce the lifespan of a garment or bag if it begins to fray. While there are many different ways to solve this problem, one of my personal favourite ways to put a stop to this is by using french seams. This method encases raw seams inside themselves, which sounds a little peculiar at first, but it is a lot easier than it sounds! In today's Calico Laine blog, … Read More
  • How To: Make an Apron

    If you are similar to me and like your belongings to be both unique and catered to your own individual taste, you might find that you make a lot of things for yourself using our fabric here at Calico Laine, from clothing to soft furnishings and other decorations around your home. I have sisters who are not into sewing, but one of them loves to bake and cook, and can always be found creating tasty dishes for the whole family to eat - and one of her favourite things to make is cupcakes. I have used some of our fabrics to make a few aprons for her - after all, baking… Read More
  • How To: Make an Elasticated Skirt

    The weather seems to finally be getting better here where Calico Laine is located in the North West of England, thank goodness! I just can't wait for it to be sunny and warm, and I am counting down the days until the summer vacation that I have booked with my family and best friend later this year. In preparation for the incoming warm weather, I have been sewing myself some new clothes to wear, and one of the easier projects I have taken on is a skirt with an elastic waistband. In today's blog, I'll be walking you through how to make one of your very own! There is… Read More
  • How To: Knit A Quick And Easy Bobble Hat

    If you are anything like me you will enjoy reading about how to make anything 'the quick and easy way'. Sometimes if I'm in a crafty mood I want to make something there and then with the end result being in the extremely near future. Living in England, almost all of the time, unless there is an unexpected heat wave, means even on the sunniest of days you need to wrap up with a hat, coat and scarf! Here at Calico Laine, in-store we stock a huge variety of different knitting wools that can be used for lots and lots of great craft projects! In todays blog, I will be … Read More
  • How To: Make a Circle Skirt

    If you are looking for an easy project to work on, a circle skirt is a simple and quick item of clothing to make - and the bonus of a circle skirt is that it can be very versatile depending on what fabrics you use to create it. At Calico Laine, we have tons of fabrics that you could use to create one - for example, if you want a light and floaty skirt to wear in the summertime, why not take a look at our Rose & Hubble cotton prints or our Blades linen fabrics? For a more formal occasion, one of my personal favourites to use is our exquisite duchess satin, whic… Read More
  • How To: Make a Watermelon Felt Key Chain

    If you are looking for a way to keep your children entertained for hours on end so that you can enjoy some quiet time catching up on your soaps, I'm here to help. Here is a how to tutorial to make a felt key chain. My tutorial will teach you to make a watermelon slice, but obviously you can adjust it slightly to make whatever item you like. All pictures throughout blog are not drawn to scale, only to show what is being explained. What you'll need: - Two sheets of 9" x 9" felt - one in a lime green and one in cerise - Two skeins of embroidery thread - one to match … Read More
  • How To: Make A Drawstring Bag

    A few weeks ago on our Calico Laine blog, we covered how to make an easy peasy tote bag that would be perfect for all kinds of purposes - beach visits, shopping trips, or even as a unique gift for a friend, a handmade bag is both thoughtful and practical, and it can be personalised in any way at all to make it truly special. In today's blog, I'll be covering how to make another kind of bag - a drawstring bag, perfect for uses such as gift bags, dust and scratch protectors or even as a gym/swimming bag, depending on the size that you make it. I chose to base this t… Read More
  • How To: Make A Fleece Hat

    One of the fabrics that our customers here at Calico Laine love is our fleece; we carry this in so many different colours and patterns that we often get comments about being spoiled for choice both in-store and online. If, like me, you are someone who works with fleece a lot, you might often find yourself with small scrap pieces that you are not sure what to do with, but they are too big to throw away because you just know you can use them for something! What I like to do with my spare fleece pieces is make hats - even though the cold winter weather is beginning t… Read More
  • How To: Make A Cushion

    If you are looking for an easy sewing project to do - perhaps you want to use up some extra fabric or are looking for something simple to teach sewing to a novice with - then one of my personal recommendations to our customers here at Calico Laine is to try your hand at making your very own cushion. This is actually how I learned to sew as a teenager at school, and I have made many cushions since then to decorate around my home using fabric from our store, as we have plenty of variety in our fabric to suit every room in the house. In today's blog, I'll be walking … Read More

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