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Fabric of The Week: Reversible Cotton Blend

For this week only, you can get this really cool, reversible fabric, with flashes of animal print throughout.

The fabric is reversible, so you can wear it either way, which makes it a really versatile piece. It features flashes of animal print from one side and a gorgeous overlaying stitching, in a floral/swirl pattern. The blend of polyester and cotton makes this material so easy to use and to wear. We also think this would be really fun to use in free motion machine embroidery, or any form of textile embroidery.

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Crafty Friday: Buttons The Sew Saturday Cat

We’re Sew excited for Sew Saturday, happening on 15th October, that we wanted to share with you a tutorial for how to make your own felt kitty pincushion, Buttons, the Sew Saturday mascot!

Buttons, the Sew Saturday Mascot

If you’re not sure about what Sew Saturday is, or want to know more about what we’re doing, check out our latest vlog on YouTube!

What You’ll Need…

  • One Felt Square (Two, if you would like the ears and tail to be contrasting to the main body.)
  • Printed Fabric 5cm x 6cm
  • 20cm of Ric-Rac
  • Toy Stuffing
  • Coordinating Sewing Thread
  • Air-Erasable or Washable Marker Pen (We used a Sewline Fabric Marker)



How to Make Your Kitten Pincushion

Print the Cat Pin Cushion Cutout pattern using the link below and cut out.

Place the pattern on your square of felt and cut out. If you have chosen to contract the ears and tail, you’ll need to cut them out in the contrast felt.

Make sure you cut 2 of the main body, 2 of the ears and one of the tail.

Stitch the two body pieces together, either by hand or sewing machine, using a 1.5 cm seam allowance. Trim this seam allowance back to 3mm.

Cut a slit in the front body of the cat – as seen on the pattern piece. Turn your cat inside out and stuff firmly with toy stuffing. We used a polyester toy stuffing.

Once stuffed sew up the slit in the front of the cat. Using the tummy piece from the pattern, cut out in fabric. We used a lovely polka dot jersey material for our cats tummy. Once cut out, tack in place, making sure to cover the stitched gap, where you stuffed the cat.

Sew your ric rac over the edge of the tummy, using a matching thread so the stitches can’t be seen. You can hide the join at the top of the ric rac with embellishments like bows or bells, or you could leave as it is as we have done.

Embroider a cute nose, and mouth by hand and sew two buttons in place to create the eyes, we used general fish-eye buttons as we thought they looked very cat-like.

Hand sew on the ears and tail, using small stitches and angling your needle, so to hide the sewing in the seam of the body. Add some decorative pins in place as whiskers.

And there you go, your very our Sew Saturday mascot cat, buttons!

Thank you to Sew Magazine for the pattern to make buttons the cat.

Remember, if you spend over £30 on Sew Saturday at Karen Delahunty Sewing & Knitting Centre, you’ll get your very own, free pattern and complete kit for making Buttons the cat, along with lots of other exciting goodies!

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Fabric of The Week: 100% Printed Silk

Fabric Details: 100% Silk, 145cm Wide, Black/Cerise/White/Grey, we recommend this fabric for dressmaking use.

Price Was: £14.99 per metre. Price Now*: £12.75 per metre.

For this week only, you can get this beautiful printed 100% silk fabric for only £12.75* a metre. That means you’ll save 15% on every metre you buy.

PictureThe fabric is 100% Silk and is printed with Cerise, grey and white colours on a black background. The fabric is extremely elegant and would look perfect sewn up in a Vogue Sewing Pattern. It’s super-soft and drapes beautifully, which is why we would recommend it as a dressmaking fabric.

*Offer is only available for one week starting on 05th September 2016 and ending on 10th September 2016, or while stock lasts

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Crafty Friday: Knit a Katia Velour Snood

Hi Everyone!

This week’s Crafty Friday tutorial is one for all you knitters out there. Whether you’re a knitting newbie or a pro-knitter, this tutorial is really fun and easy to follow.

We love the Katia Velour yarn so much, that this year we’ve decided to restock it in the shop. We first introduced it last year and we had a wide range of plain colours which went down a storm, so this year we were really excited to hear that Katia had bought out a new range of Velour yarn, called Velour Prints. The colours are wonderful and because this yarn is so easy and simple to knit with, we think everyone should give it a go!

Katia Velour Prints and Katia Velour yarns are both available at Karen Delahunty Sewing & Knitting Centre for just £8.50 a ball. With only one ball you’ll be able to knit a really snuggly, soft snood. Each ball comes with a free pattern too. We think the Velour snoods – in plain or in prints – make the perfect handmade christmas or birthday presents. So why not give it a go?

What You’ll Need

  • 6.5mm Knitting Pins (30cm in Length)
  • 1 x Katia Velour (Prints or Plain)

How to Knit Your Katia Velour Snood

  • Start your knitting by making a slip stitch.
  • Cast on 41 stitches, remember that your slip stitch counts as one stitch.
  • *Knit one row to the end.
  • Purl the next row to the end.

Repeat pattern from * until you reach near the end of the yarn ball. Remember to leave some yarn for sewing up and casting off later.

  • Cast off your stitches, knotting the final stitch, to hold in place.
  • Using a Knitters needle or a Darning needle, sew up. Fold right sides in, from the cast-on edge to the cast-off edge, thread your needle with the remaining yarn and make a running stitch all the way along.
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Fabric of The Week: Disney Finding Dory Print

To celebrate Finding Dory swimming in to cinemas, this week, we chose this wonderful cotton print by Disney for our Fabric of the Week Offer.

The material is 100% cotton, so it’s perfect for crafting with or even making children’s clothing with, it even features some of your favourite Finding Dory characters, including, Nemo, Dory and Marlin.It’s great to work with as it won’t move while you’re sewing and it can be machine washed too on a cool temperature.