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Sewing Tutorials

  • 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: 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 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 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 Tote Bag for Summer

    Are you sick of the cold weather yet? I know I am! In an effort to take my mind off the chilly winds and even the snow that we have had recently here in the North West of the UK, I have been making a few tote bags out of some floral fabrics that I got here from Calico Laine. These happy, colourful prints remind me of spring and summer, and help me look forward to the warmer months later this year. In today's blog, I'll be walking you through How To Make A Tote Bag, ready for the higher temperatures that we all look forward to. What you'll need: - 1 metre of fabric… Read More
  • How To Fit A Dress Zip

    In the world of sewing, a zip can be a tricky thing to learn how to fit properly if you have never attempted it before. Even when you do have a few successes with sewing a zip under your belt, it can still be a little difficult sometimes! I always find that following a tutorial can help make the whole process easier and refresh your memory if you are drawing a complete blank. In today's blog, we'll be talking you through how to fit a dress Zip in ten easy to follow steps. 1. To make the process of installing a Zip a whole lot easier, we always recommend switching … Read More
  • How To: Make your own Drawstring Bag

    If you are a fan of handmade gifts, then you might find yourself a little disappointed when it comes to presentation – after spending time and effort putting a lot of love into your creations, it seems a bit of a shame to put them in a shop-bought gift bag or cover them up in wrapping paper. Have you ever thought of making your own container? In today’s blog, we’ll be talking you through How To make your own drawstring bag which is perfect for presenting your lovingly made creations as gifts. They are also great for those looking to add a handmade touch to t… Read More

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