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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!

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Crafty Friday: How To Crochet a Granny Square

​For a little while now, I’ve been learning how to crochet and I have to admit, it’s been much easier than I first thought it would be. If you’re wondering about crocheting and want to give it a go, then this week’s Crafty Friday tutorial is a perfect starting point.

We are often asked in the shop about Granny Squares and how to make them, so this week, I wanted to share with you all a very simple way to make one. There are many different variations of Granny Squares, but the one I’m going to show you in this tutorial is very basic and I believe anyone can do it.

You can also check out our video tutorial for this below, or over on our Youtube Channel.

I’ve seen a number of people turn a variety of Granny Squares in to a blanket or even a decorative cushion and they look fabulous. This week though I’m just going to show you how to make the basic Granny Square.

What You’ll Need

  • 4mm or 4.5mm Crochet Hook
  • Any Double Knitting Yarn
  • Scissors

How To Crochet a Granny Square

As with most Crochet Patterns, the Granny Square starts with a Slip Stitch (sst) and a Chain (ch) of stitches. To start the Granny Square make a Slip Stitch (sst) and Chain Stitch 6.

The next step is to make your chain in to a circle. You do this by inserting your hook through the very first chain that you made. You then want to wrap the Yarn Over (yo) and pull it through the first chain and the sixth chain.

You then need to chain another three stitches; this will make the first section of the Treble Crochet Stitch (sounds scarier than it is, believe me J). You’re then going to work two treble crochets stitches.

To make the first treble crochet stitch, you’re going to wrap the yarn over your hook, then insert your hook in to the middle of the circle. You then want to yarn over the hook again and pull back through the middle circle. You’ll end up with three loops on the hook.

Wrap the yarn over the hook again and pull through two loops on the hook, yarn over a second time and pull it through the remaining two loops.

Repeat the previous step to create a second treble crochet stitch. You should now have three pieces coming from the circle that you started with. This is your first section completed.

You then need to chain a further three stitches, this is to help create the corner of your Granny Square.

​You then want to create three more treble crochet stitches as per the previous steps. You should now have two completed sections with a gap between them.

You want to continue in this way for the rest of the round. You’ll create four sections, each consisting of 3 trebles. Remember after the third treble you need to chain three before starting the next set of trebles.

Once you have four sections, you’ll need to finish off the last corner. You’ll do this by making another three chain stitches, then inserting your hook through the third chain from the first section. Wrap your yarn over your hook and pull through both loops, this creates a slip stitch.

You’re then going to expand on that first round of crochet. You’ll start by making a chain of 4 stitches. You’ll then work three treble crochets in to the left-hand corner of the first round.

You’ll then need to create the corner again, so make a chain of 3 stitches. You’re then going to work another three crochets in to the same space as the previous step.

Once you have completed on corner of 6 treble crochets, you’ll want to chain one stitch and move to the next gap from round one.

​You’ll want to work three treble crochet in to that space.

Make a chain of three stitches and then work three more treble crochets in to the same space. So you’ll now have two corners each that have six trebles in them.

Make a chain of one stitch and then begin making three trebles in to the next gap from the first round.

Chain three for the corner and then create another three trebles in to the same space, now you have three sections in round two each with six trebles.

Make a chain of one stitch and then begin working three treble crochets in the last gap from round one.

Chain three to make the corner.

You don’t need to make three trebles in this final section as the initial chain of four you made at the beginning of the round will count as one of those trebles. So, you’re going to make two treble crochets.

Find the third chain from the first the chain of four you made initially and insert your hook in to it. Wrap the yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook, creating a slip stitch.

For round three, you need to begin with three chain stitches. These stitches count as one treble in the space below them. You’ll need to make another two trebles in the space below.

You’re then going to work in the same way as the other rounds:

  • Chain one stitch between spaces
  • Make three treble crochets in each gap
  • Chain three each time you reach a corner
  • Working a total of six treble crochets in each corner space
  • Join the ends by chaining one stitch and then creating a slip stitch between the last stitch on your hook and the third chain from your initial set.
To begin round four, you’ll chain four and then you’ll work treble crochets in to the next available space. Again, you’ll continue the rest in the same way as the other rounds.

  • chain one stitch between spaces
  • Make three treble crochets in each gap
  • Chain three each time you reach a corner
  • Working a total of six treble crochets in each corner space
  • Join the ends by chaining one stitch and then creating a slip stitch between the last stitch on your hook and the third chain from your initial set.

Finish by creating a slip stitch and pulling the yarn tight. This finishes your simple Granny Square.

​To make my Granny Square I used a Woolcraft New Fashion Double Knitting 100% Acrylic Yarn (£2.20 per ball – 100g) and an Essential brand 4mm Crochet Hook. Remember you can purchase any of the tools we used in our tutorials at Karen Delahunty Sewing & Knitting Centre.

​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!

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Fabric of the Week: 60’s Print Cotton Spandex

Our ‘Fabric of the Week’ from 08th July 2016 to 13th August 2016 is our 60’s Print Cotton Spandex.

This week, we chose this bright and cheerful Cotton/Spandex blend in an Orange and White, featuring a fab 60’s print, for our Fabric of the Week.

The material is lovely to work with, and the blend of cotton and spandex means you don’t have to worry about your fabric moving as you sew; the cotton keeps it nice and sturdy while the addition of spandex allows for a little give when you need it.

The material is bright and airy and would be the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

We loved this fabric so much we just had to get busy sewing with it. We chose, Simplicity Pattern #1609, Version A.

The style of this dress worked beautifully with our fabric. We chose a soft Cotton Lawn to finish the peter-pan collar and some sombre wooden buttons, available at Karen Delahunty Sewing & Knitting Centre.

Remember you can always purchase any of the patterns, materials or notions that we have used to create this piece in store or online.

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Crafty Friday: Heart Shaped Oven Mitt

We’ve stocked a gorgeous ‘country style’ printed linen fabric for a while now and for all the time it’s been here, I’ve been promising myself that I’d find a perfect excuse to use it. It’s far too pretty to be just sitting on a shelf, but what to make with it?!

Last week, I decided that for this week’s Crafty Friday tutorial, I would finally get around to using it – so I did – I made this lovely heart shaped oven mitt and I have to say, I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

You could make two, so you have a pair of mitts or just make the one (as I did). This tutorial will explain how to make just one mitt – if you’re making two, make sure to cut double to quantities shown below.

These would make lovely gifts for Christmas, House-warmings or even birthdays. The print on this material is super-cute and it adds a bit of that sought after country-style to any kitchen.

What You Will Need

  • 30 cm Fabric
  • 30 cm of Thermal Batting/Wadding
  • 30 cm of Cotton-Soft (or light-weight) Batting/Wadding
    • (The fabric I used was 150cm (60 Inch) Wide. I managed to get the required pieces cut out with a small amount left over. If you’re using fabric with a shorter width, I would double the amount so you’d need 60 cm.)
  • 50 cm Coordinating Bias Binding (You could also make your own with the same material if you prefer)
  • Fabric Marker Pen/Tailors Chalk (I used a Sewline Marker Pen)
  • Coordinating Thread(s)
  • Scissors
  • Walking Foot (for Sewing Machine)
  • Quilting Needles (for Sewing Machines Size 90)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pins
  • Sellotape
  • Printer – to Print out your pattern pieces

How to Make a Heart-Shaped Oven Mitt

You’ll need to download the Heart Shaped Oven Mitt pattern, this will be used for your pattern pieces. You will need to print the file as it is, do not “Fit-to-page” or adjust the sizing or your mitt will be too small. You’ll need to print two copies of each pattern piece.

When printed, cut around the solid lines of each pattern piece. For Pattern piece ONE, you will need to join both piece so that the arrows are joined in the middle – for this to work you’ll need to flip one piece over. Once level sellotape together.

Pin all three pattern pieces to your material and cut out. You’ll need to make sure that you’re cutting out two of each piece. So you’ll have 2 full heart shapes (pattern piece one) and 4 half-heart shapes (pattern piece two.)

​Trim the pattern pieces to the dotted line, so they will now be smaller. Pin the full-heart shape (pattern piece one) to the thermal wadding/batting and cut. Pin the half-heart shapes (pattern piece two) to the cotton-soft batting/wadding and cut out. You should have one cut of pattern piece one and two of pattern piece two.

Using a ruler and your chosen fabric marker men (or tailor’s chalk) mark diagonal lines across the thermal wadding, each 2.5 cm apart from the last. Repeat this in the opposite direction to create a cross-hatched pattern.

Place the thermal wadding, cross-hatched side up in the middle of one of the main fabric full-hearts. You’ll want to make sure your bottom fabric is facing wrong side up.

Set up your sewing machine with the coordinating thread and your walking foot.

​Stitch along the first of the lines you have marked. Trim your thread at the end. Line up the sewing gauge with the line you have just sew and your foot with the next marked out line, stitch keeping the guide in line with the previous stitching. Repeat this until you have sewn each line in both directions.

Take two of the fabric half-hearts and the two pieces of cotton-soft wadding/batting. Line up the non-curved edge of the wadding with the non-curved edge of the fabric. You should have a small seam allowance (just fabric) around the curved edge.

Place the second half-heart fabric pieces on the top, so you now have a fabric-wadding-fabric sandwich. Pin lightly. Stitch in the same way you did the back of the mitt. So that you end up with two quilted half-hearts.

​Using a coordinating bias binding (or one you have made yourself) and coordinating thread, stitch the bias binding along the non-curved edge of the heart, repeat this for both hearts. You should have about 10 cm of binding left over.

Using the remaining bias binding, fold in half, press and stitch close to the edge. This will become your hook to hang the mitt with.

Using the remaining main fabric full heart, line the pockets up on top of the heart. You might find that the bound edges overlap at the ‘V’ in the top of the heart, but that is OK.

​Fold the hook in half and pin to the bottom edge of either pocket. Pin all the way around the pockets, pinning them to the main fabric heart.

Stitch from one pocket edge (where the binding starts) all the way around the heart, stopping when you reach the bias binding again at the other pocket. You’ll want to stitch as close to the edge as you can. I used a ¼ inch seam.

Place what you have just sewn, pocket side upwards on your work surface. Layer the thermal wadded piece on the top, so that the wadding is facing upwards. You should have right-sides of your fabric facing each other.

Stitch around the whole heart shape, leaving a 4 inch gap along one of the edges – this will be where you turn out your work. Stitch using a 3/8 inch seam allowance.

Clip the curved edges. Turn out your piece of work.

Press and hand-stitch the gap. Your oven mitt is completed – hooray! 🙂

To make our Heart Shaped Oven mitt we used our Country-look Linen Fabric, our poly-cotton bias binding and our heat-proof (Thermal) Wadding.

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!

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Crafty Friday: Crochet Bow Hairclips

This week’s Crafty Friday tutorial is extra special as it’s also Laura’s birthday (yay! ?) birthdays – as well as Christmas – are the perfect excuse for making some fabulous handmade gifts.

You’ll find a number of handmade gift ideas in our Crafty Friday posts; including this one!

This week we wanted to show you how to make these beautiful Crochet Bow Hairclips. They are so easy to make – a perfect project for any crochet beginner – and they look super sweet! You make them using any left-over yarn, so the cost really is minimal.

For this tutorial you’ll need to know how to Chain Stitch (C) and Half Treble Crochet (Htr).

If you’re not sure, follow the tutorial below and refer to the images or look out for our handy Youtube tutorial coming soon to our Channel.

What You Will Need

  • DK Yarn (a fair amount of Left-over yarn or 1 x new ball)
    • You can use any type of yarn to make these we used both 100% Acrylic and 100% Cotton yarns.
  • 5mm Crochet Hook
  • Scissors
  • Plain Curl Hair Clips
  • Knitters (or Darning) Needle
  • Hot Glue Gun (or Strong PVA Glue or Craft Glue)

How To Make A Crochet Bow Hairclip

  • Find the end of your yarn and in whichever way you prefer, make a Slip Stich on to your crochet hook.
  • Chain Stitch for 25. You can do this by wrapping the ‘yarn over’ the hook, and pulling it through the loop you already have on your hook.
    • You can make your bow bigger or smaller by adding or deducting to/from the number of chains.
  •  At the end of the chain, wrap the ‘yarn over’ your hook and Half Treble Crochet (Htr) in the third chain from your hook.
    • With the yarn wrapped over the hook, push the hook through the third chain from the hook.
    • Wrap the ‘yarn over’ again and pull through.
    • Wrap the yarn over your hook again and pull it through all three stitches on your hook.
    • Pull the yarn snug after each stitch.
  • Work along the chain, making a Htr in each chain until you reach the end.
  • After your last Htr, Chain Stich 2.
  • Flip your completed row to the other side, and continue doing Htr down the other side of your row of Chain Stitching. Go into the first loop, don’t miss any.
  • Repeat for another two rows, one on either side, so you have a total of four Htr rows and one Chain row.
  • At the end of the last row, chain one. Cut your yarn leaving a tail and pull completely through the chain, pull tight to knot.
  • Fold each end of your crochet piece in to the centre. Thread your Knitters (Darning) needle and stitch across the middle to hold in place.
    • If you prefer to, you could just Glue the end to the centre. You’ll need to be careful not to apply too much.
  • Cut a length of the same or a contracting colour yarn (this will be for the middle of the bow.) Add a small amount of glue to the back of the bow and press the end of your new yarn to it.
  • Wind the yarn around the middle, keeping it quite tight – finish whenever you’re happy with how it look, you can use as little or as much as you want to.
  • When you’re happy, cut the yarn (if you need to) and glue it to the back of the bow. Glue the bow to your Hair Curl Clip. Ta-dah! You’re all done! 🙂

To make our Crochet Bow Hair Clips we used our New Fashion 100% Acrylic Yarn we also used Katia Cotton as well as True Blue Indigo Dyed Cotton.

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!