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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.



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Fabric of the Week: Licensed Disney Print, Mickey Mouse

Our Fabric of the Week this week from 22nd – 27th August  is our fully licensed Disney Mickey Mouse print fabric.

The material is 100% cotton, so it’s perfect for crafting with or even making children’s clothing with. The fun and playful print of Mickey and Minnie Mouse just adds to the cute factor! 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.

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Crafty Friday: Paper Dresses Tutorial

Our latest Window Display – which I’m sure you’ve all seen by now – sure has caught the eye of a number of people.

We’ve even had people just popping in to compliment us on it, which has been really rather lovely! One of the main attractions in our window has been the lovely handmade paper dresses garland.

We’ve had a few people call in and ask us how we made them, so this week, I thought it would be nice – and before our display changes again – to show you how to make your own paper dresses. Once you’ve made one, you’ll see that they really are so simple to do and you’ll be able to make as many as you like with ease.

​These would look really cute as a bedroom decoration for a child, or even as decoration in your craft/sewing room. I made all of mine different, but you could make you’re the same if you wanted; personally I quite liked the variety of different textures and styles.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 x Square of paper 30.5 cm x 30.5cm (12” x 12”)
    • I used Tanya Whelan’s Floral Pavilion Fabric Textured Papers, but you could use any. You could even use plain and paint/print your own design to them.
  • Scalloped Edge Scissors
    • You don’t have to use these, but I found they gave a really nice finish to my dresses.
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

How to Make a Paper Dress

Start by placing your square of paper, pattern side down. You should have the plain side facing up toward you.

​Fold the paper in half, vertically. Make sure you make the crease nice and strong, press it down a couple of times.

Open the crease you just made. Now, fold the square in to quarters, by folding the two outer sides in toward the middle fold.

Open out all creases and flip the paper over so you now have the pattern facing up toward you. Find the creases you just made and fold those in to the center fold. The two folds should meet in the middle.

Flip the folded piece over, so again the plain side is facing up toward you and the pattern is facing down.

​Using your ruler and pencil, mark a line 2 cm from the top. Drawn the line horizontally across the top.

Fold from the bottom, to the line you’ve just drawn. Press firmly to create a strong crease.

Keeping the smaller part at the bottom, fold it in and then back on itself, to make about a 1 cm fold. This will become the waistband of your finished dress.

Flip the paper over, so you have the patterned side facing up toward you again. You’re now going to make the collar.

Fold down the top two corners to create the collar.

The next step is making the pleat of the dress. To do this, pull the waistband on one side out to the side, hold it down with your finger, then make a line down the center and push out.

​Repeat this on the other side too.

Flip over again so the plain side is facing you again.

You’re going to make the V-neck at the top of the dress. This can be quite tricky, so do take care not to tear the paper.

Pull the top back with one finger gently, only to where the collar meets.Crease down the two sides, so you have an almost square shape at the top.

Next, you want to fold over the side piece all the way down.

Then you’re going to create the angle for dress, by folding down the side of the skirt too.

Repeat on the other side.

Flip the paper over again, now you have the pattern side facing up and you can see the dress is forming nicely.

​To make the little capped sleeve, you just fold the overhang at the top back on itself.

You can finish here, or you can trim the bottom of the skirt using the scalloped edge scissors, as I did.

We hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and (as always :-)) we’d love to see any that you have made too, so feel free to send those to us via social media or our email address

Happy Crafting and Weekend-ing!