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Bernina is celebrating their 125th Anniversary!

To celebrate Bernina have produced a 34-carat gold foot. It is the Bernina foot #1 and comes in a very special presentation box with a spool of golden metallic thread from Mettler. The foot is £100 including the presentation box.
This foot can be used for sewing however as gold is a soft metal it is likely to wear and this is not covered by any warranty. Available while stocks last.

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Cute Kitty plimsolls from Sew Magazine

If you’re looking for a project that you can start and finish within an afternoon, this simple design by Ruth Oliver will soon become a favourite. These cute little plimsolls will make the ideal footwear for babies who are starting to find their feet. Please follow our video tutorial and if you have any questions pop into our shop 80 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1HL or give us a call at 01926 859892. All of the supplies used in this tutorial were bought at Karen Delahunty’s Sewing and Knitting Centre.

Thank you to Sew Magazine for providing us with this lovely pattern you can find this pattern and many other amazing designs here.

Before you start make sure you have all your pieces cut out.  I have already ironed the interfacing onto the heel and toe piece prior to the video.

What you will need

  • Template file
  • Printed pattern fabric
  • Medium weight denim
  • Felt
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing
  • Wadding
  • Elastic, 6mm wide
  • Embroidery thread

This pattern is for a size 0-6 months. But you can increase them by 10% to go up another 6 months.

Sew kitty plimsolls

Download the templates above and use them to cut the foot, sole and heel pieces, make sure that for the second shoe you reverse the sole to create both a left and right foot. Adhere the interfacing to the wrong side of fabric outer heel pieces and outer toe pieces.

Pin the lining and outer fabric pieces of one heel, right sides together, and sew along the straight edge with a 5mm seam. Flatten out and press the shorter outer edges in by 5mm, then topstitch to create a hem. Fold the top seam, with wrong sides together, and press. Topstitch 1cm down from the top edge to make a channel and thread a 14cm piece of elastic through it. Stitch securely at each end, then repeat for the other heel.

Pin the outer and lining fabric pieces of one toe, right sides together, and taking particular care around the ears, sew the top edge with a 5mm seam. Clip the corners and turn right side out, press, then topstitch around the ears. Repeat for the other toe. Using coordinating thread, embroider two eyes, a nose and whiskers on each piece, using satin and straight stitches.

Place the felt outer and lining fabric pieces of one sole, wrong sides together, with wadding sandwiched in between. Stitch closely around the edge to secure, and repeat for the other sole.

Pin one toe section to one sole section, right sides together, matching up the notches. Pin a heel section to the sole, aligning the notches and overlapping the toe by 2cm. Sew all around with a 7mm seam, back tacking to secure. Trim the seam with pinking shears and turn right side out. Hand sew the elastic ends of the heel to the inside of the toe piece to secure the opening. Repeat to create the other shoe.

For the bow, cut 5cm x 10cm of fabric on the bias. Fold the long edges to the middle and the two shorter ends to the centre. Pinch to create the shape and hand stitch in place. Sew a small piece of fabric around the centre and attach, as shown on the video.

Again thank you to Sew magazine and the designer of these shoes Ruth Oliver for providing us with these gorgeous shoes. We hope to see your responses.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas from the Karen Delahunty team!

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12 Days of Christmas

Sign up to our mailing list by Christmas Eve and from January 3rd 2018, you’ll receive 12 new and exciting offers to claim in store*.

When Christmas is over and you’re heading back to daily routines, it’s hard to stay positive and upbeat. Don’t worry though, we’re here to help you avoid a “blue” January.
To be a part of The 12 Days of Christmas Simply sign up to our mailing list (using the form below) by Christmas Eve, then sit back and watch as a selection of 12 offers arrive in your inbox from ​03rd January – 18th January*.
*T&Cs Apply.
Terms & Conditions
  • Offers valid in-store only, not available to use online.
  • Each voucher must be presented to a member of staff at the time of purchase.
  • All vouchers will expire on Thursday 18th January 2018 at 5 pm, thereafter any vouchers will not be accepted in store under any circumstances.
  • No refunds or exchanges will be given for items purchased using the vouchers.
  • If you sign up after the offers have started on 03rd January 2018, you won’t receive the previous vouchers, but will receive any going forwards.
  • Only one voucher can be used per transaction at any time.
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Small Business Saturday 2017

Shop local & celebrate small business Saturday with us on Saturday 2nd December 2017 from 10am-5pm.

We will be running two sewing workshop on the day.
A morning session 10am-12:30pm & an afternoon session 2pm – 4:30pm. Come along and make a pretty cosmetic bag and enjoy a cuppa & slice of cake.

We will also have a free giveaway for the first 15 people to spend over £15.00 or more in store on the day.
Spend £15.00 or over and recieve a 1 x free pattern, 1 x free janome pen and 1 x free Janome notepad on 2nd December.

There will be a special offer running on our Christmas print fabrics for the day.

And a special offer running on our fabric fat quarters.

The workshops cost £10.00 person, all abilities are welcome you can even bring your kids along. We do ask children are accompanied by an adult and are no younger than 8 years old.

Equipment List

  • 1x fat quarter for your main fabric
  • 1x Fat quarter for your lining
  • 1x 30cm zip
  • 25cm of medium weight iron on interfacing.

All the items on the equipment list can be purchased in our shop before class.

The morning session 10am-12:30 has 4 places available to book
The afternoon session 2pm-4:30pm has 4 places available to book

All of our sewing workshops will need to be booked in advance. If you would like to join us you can book your place by phone at 01926 859 892.
Alternatively you can pop into our shop on 80 Warwick Road, Kenilworth and book your place there.

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday 2nd Decmeber 2017.