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Pretty Party Favour Bags

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bag, crafts, fabric, favour, papercraft, party, sewing,

Personalised bags to dress up your gifts and celebrations

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Hot Water Bottle Cover

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christmas, cover, crafts, fabric, festive, gift, gifts, hot water bottle, patchwork, sewing, stitching,

Patchwork a snug hot water bottle cover to keep you toasty

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Accuquilt’s new GO! Fabric Cutter unboxed.

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Corinne shares her first impressions of the GO! with a few handy tips for quick and easy fabric cutting. Patchwork suddenly got quicker!

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Fabric Decoupage Plant Pots

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Raise the temperature in your home or garden with our exotic patterned pots

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Christmas Holly Fabric Coasters

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Basic machine embroidery skills are all you need to stitch these festive coasters

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Appliqué Christmas Card Templates

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Use these templates to make appliqué Christmas cards by Sophia Palmer!

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Fabric Appliqué Christmas Cards

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Use free-hand machine embroidery to make unique Christmas cards your loved ones will cherish

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Remembrance Poppy Journal

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crafts, embroidery, fabric, journal, poppy, remembrance day, sewing, stitching,

Gather together any family memorabilia to create this enchanting poppy journal

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Embroidery Hoop Wall Art

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crafts, embroidery hoops, fabric, sewing, stitching, wall art,

Creating art with embroidery hoops is all the rage, so get on board with this fab tutorial

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Passport Cover & Luggage Tags

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crafts, fabric, luggage tag, passport cover, sewing, stitching, travel,

Start someone's holiday off in the right way with stitched travel accessories

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Triangle Cushions

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crafts, cushions, fabric, home, sewing, stitching,

Give your home a stylish, vintage look with fun and fashionable embroidered tweed cushions

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Petal Gift Boxes & Greetings

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card making, crafts, fabric, gift boxes,

Make pretty fabric gift boxes and a matching card with our how-to

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Fabric Decorated Home Gifts

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We share a delightful gift for the home, complete with matching card and tag

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Cross-Stitch Tea Towels

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Follow our cross-stitch chart to embellish a set of plain kitchen textiles

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Woodland Makes

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Create a selection of woodland-themed makes with our templates

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Embroidered Star Bag

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Stitch this sweet, embroidered bag - it's great for holding knick-knacks on your dressing table!

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China Crocks a Festive Makeover

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Use bright colours and exciting motifs to give your china crocks a festive makeover

Jugs are so useful around the holidays as they can be used for serving food or simply holding seasonal floral arrangements. These tall kitchen type shapes have lovely straight sides making them a joy to decorate. It is the colours next to each other which make this project Christmassy but you will be able to use them well into the new year. The repetitive design makes this method easily transferable to card making or homemade gift wrap! Giving these accessories a modern feel could not be simpler so you can create stunning pieces in no time. Really make these your own by altering the colour scheme to suit your personal taste!

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fanciful characters

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Follow a simple pattern to create fanciful characters that can decorate a room well into the new year

This beautiful project will cause no end of delight for anyone young at heart. Use pretty feminine fabrics to make a wonderful Christmas tree topper or a kooky companion for a little girl. This make combines sewing and embroidery and is perfect for those branching out into a new craft. The delicate embellishments add to the rag doll look, giving her a twinkly layer of sophistication. The simple design allows room for artistic creativity where you can change her appearance to suit personal tastes!

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Scandi Fabric Christmas Card

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The cover star of our Christmas Special 2014, this card will make someone's day during the festivities

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Hand Sewn Fairy

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Add a folky touch to your festive delight decorations with an enchanting hand sewn fairy for the tree

Our pretty tree topper is made from floral cotton and felt using this season’s popular Scandanavian colour palette. It is constructed just like a traditional rag doll and with some loving care she will last year after year! The candy canes and heart decorations are quick to make and use up any left over scraps of fabric, so they all co-ordinate really well. Make up some extra little hearts and use them to embellish special Christmas gifts. If red and white isn’t your thing, why not try something more traditional or co-ordinate her with your own colour scheme.

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Vintage-Inspired Christmas Collection

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This vintage-inspired Christmas collection captures the nostalgic magic of celebrations past

The traditional festive pairing of red and green has always been a firm favourite when it comes to cards, gift-tags and decorations at this time of year. However, with so many funky colours to experiment with it can be tempting to opt for a contemporary design when sending winter wishes to family and friends. Here at CB, we love this enchanting project which manages to incorporate both - combining vintage-style Santa images with classic shades and modern details. The result is a delightfully on-trend set that offers a glimpse of old-fashioned charm at the same time. Ribbon strips form a flag, the main motif on each piece, which takes us back to post-war days when communities came together to embrace the season and reflect on the year gone by. A touch of faux glitter stitching brings the design up-to-date, while the printed fabric adds texture and depth. A sure-fire hit, this simple and stylish make ticks all the right boxes, so what are you waiting for?

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Vintage-Style Christmas Cards

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Embrace the traditional icons of Christmas with this lovely set of vintage-style cards and decorations

If you’re bored of the old decorations that get dragged out of the loft year after year, why not try something different? Give your living room a burst of festive warmth with a piece of fabric embellished heart art, mounted in a simple yet stylish whitewash frame. The co-ordinating gift-tag, whipped up from classic red printed fabric and delicate details, would also double up as a contemporary bauble-style hanging for the Christmas tree. Use any left over material for the fun holly greeting ­- the perfect way to send winter wishes across the miles.

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Little Doves

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christmas, doves, fabric, gift, patchwork, sewing, stitching,

These quirky little doves will give your cards a fresh look ­ and use up all those left over fabric scraps too!

This gorgeously folksy project makes use of a clean, Scandinavian inspired palette, combining bright white with soft blue and warm shades of crimson red. Teamed with the simple dove motif and festive holly, the finished effect is very different to a traditional Christmas design, so perfect if you’re lacking in inspiration. You don’t necessarily need a sewing machine to get cracking on this one, simple hand sewing will do the job nicely and add to the bespoke feel. Scraps of delicate lace lend a vintage touch to the proceedings, while iridescent glitter-glue brings the project bang up-to-date. Make the gift-tag in minutes to complete the set, while the easy decoration would make a lovely present.

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Snowmen Characters

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Mr Frosty will melt your heart with this warming selection of character makes!

There can never be too much seasonal joy at Christmas time, and these jolly snowmen are no exception. The fun little fellows are guaranteed to raise a smile, even on the chilliest of winter mornings! Whether you have a special card to send, trinket to wrap, or present that needs a finishing touch, this heart-warming project is just the thing. Once the circles are cut out, they are simple enough for children to embellish so you can get the whole family involved too! A woollen jumper or scarf that started life as soft knit fabric and ended up felted due to a fatal washing machine disaster can be given a new lease of life, creating a lovely fuzzy effect. We love the ice-cool shelf sitter; he’s sure to lift your mantel with his cute little face, while giving the room a burst of festive spirit!

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Patchwork Delight

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Transform fabric scraps into a patchwork delight, perfect for hanging from the mantelpiece

Children love nothing more than to wake up on Christmas morning to find a stocking bursting full of presents at the bottom of their bed and, let’s face it, so do grown ups! This quirky take on a real festive icon makes use of all those leftovers in your work-box. Combining spotty patterns with circular prints, the project has a really retro feel and would look great as part of your seasonal décor. Teamed with a felt heart decoration, complete with stitched detailing and a jaunty little button, you could pop a little trinket inside and use it as a novel gift wrap idea!

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Table Tidy Set

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Get ready for all those upcoming projects with this chic table tidy set

If you can’t sew for toffee but love all the fantastic vintage fabric around at the moment, then take a second look at this gorgeous no-stitch project. The items are easy to whip up in an evening and would either make a beautiful Christmas present or, if you’re already planning on getting your craft space tidy for the new year, this is sure to turn it into a much more pleasurable task. The pencils can be made in minutes and look great as retro stocking fillers.

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Cheery Cards

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Get in the festive spirit with our cheery cards made from scraps of gingham and lace

Make friends and family feel extra special this Christmas by treating them to a hand stitched work of art. These fun, crafty ideas add a traditional Scandinavian inspired twist to your greetings, using just gingham fabric and frills!

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Fun Little Creatures

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Story these fun little creatures are full of such whimsical charm that both adults and children alike will love them!

Everyone has a favourite toy that they remember from their childhood. Indeed, some of us have kept them to this day, unable to part with a battered old bear or one-eyed dolly because of the sentimental value. It’s nice to think that something lovingly stitched by your own hand could mean that much to one of your children too, and these adorable little mice are a great place to start. Soft, cuddly and easily adaptable to suit a girl or boy, the cute characters can’t fail to raise a smile. Perfect as a birthday, get well soon or well done gift, once you’ve made one, you’ll be whizzing up whole families of mice in every different colour and size!

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Fresh Vegetables Project

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Chase away the Autumn blues with this bold, eye-catching project

Create a stunning set that’s been specially designed to please a keen chef and encourage their culinary endeavours. Funky motifs, inspired by the everyday shapes of fresh vegetables, adorn a practical apron, set of tea towels and handy recipe notebook. Even if you’re not a fan of eating your greens, the lovely hand stitched makes are sure to delight. Besides, what better way to get your five a day!

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Gorgeous Stitched Volume

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Keep all your recipes close to hand with this gorgeous stitched volume

With the ‘make-do-and-mend’ revival still in full swing, home baking has never been so popular. Whether it’s frosted cupcakes or savoury muffins that get your vote, it’s time to don the apron and get busy. Keeping recipes organised is the key to a successful kitchen, especially if you frequently cook for large numbers. This lovely project demonstrates just how easy it is to stay tidy ­ plus it will look great up on the shelf too! The cross-stitch embellished book oozes 50s chic by combining twee gingham with plain cotton fabric. A collection of bright food-themed labels are attached to the spine, perfectly placed for marking the pages of all your favourites!

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Child’s Cross-Stitch Project

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Get out your needle and thread to whip up this charming project

These delightful makes are easy to create and make a perfect gift for a small child, or newborn’s room. The sampler has been made up into a tiny decorative cushion, which would look wonderful on a nursery shelf or hanging from a door knob. Cross-stitch is a great technique, as any project can be easily adapted to include the initial of the child! We’ve matched this delightful stitched make with a cute card using bright and colourful materials.

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Household Items A New Lease Of Life

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Summer is here and what better way to celebrate than by giving household items a new lease of life

Using these fantastic patriotic designs to welcome the warmer weather could not be simpler! The Union Flag dates back to the early 1800s and the word Jack is a historic term, used in reference to a flag. Re-creating this look in your crafting will inject a dose of style instantly as the design is a fashion favourite right now. These fetching fabrics are sure to bring out the sunshine and their nostalgic prints certainly catch the eye when contrasted in this way. Decorating picnic cutlery is a lovely way to bring a bit of extra August charm to a fun, family picnic! These easy-to follow steps are ideal for any crafter looking to expand their range with some simple sewing and painting!

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Adorable New Baby Collection

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Use delicate shades and soft textures to create this adorable collection, perfect for a new arrival

The birth of a little girl is a great excuse for a celebration as you can really indulge a love of all things pink! Whether you are the mother-tobe, or have a friend or relative who is expecting, this is the ideal project to pass the time until the big day comes. The different components create a charming set that will brighten baby’s new room in no time. Witnessing all the newborn’s firsts is special enough, but recording them in the handcrafted album and notebook will make the events treasured for years to come. If a boy is on the way, simply change the colour scheme from pink to blue!

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Country Living Styled Gift Set

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Take your crafting projects to the top of the pecking order with this country living styled gift set

Created to be reminiscent of dusky Summer days spent on the range, these pieces are sure to appeal to everyone, whether you were born into country life or not. With a gorgeous vintage feel, the key to this project is the picturesque design panel set in the centre of the mini-cushion. Mixing home-on-the-farm style with high-tech scanning and picture editing allows for the creation of the matching card and tag. Just print your motif onto glossy paper for a cohesive look that is simply special. Decorate with raffia ribbon tied into sweet bows and shell button trims and give the set to a loved one who’s just moved into a new house.

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Gorgeous Little Dolly

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doll, fabric, gift, stitch,

This gorgeous little dolly and matching accessories make for a fun-filled project that’s sure to delight

There’s something enchanting about the sight of a house in miniature. Whether it’s the tiny pieces of furniture, delicate little touches or even the inhabitants, it never fails to appeal. This charming collection will definitely bring a smile to your face, and best of all it won’t break the bank either as it’s made up of scraps of fabric. Combine pretty cotton material with cord and beads to create the doll, matchbox bed and little table ­ the perfect gift for a little one.

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Pretty Handmade Jewellery

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Tuck up your finery in this pretty handmade jewellery roll ­ your friends will want one too!

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Fab On-Trend Bag

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Turn your hand to sewing and make a statement with this fab on-trend bag and matching items

Being thrifty has never looked so good! We’ve revamped a dotty tea towel into a pretty little tote to give you the perfect excuse to show off your handiwork. Eye-catching arm candy is a must for summer and this stand out project is quick and easy, especially as the hems are already there for you to use. For a retro co-ordinated look that will have heads turning, make matching pieces like a simple purse and notebook to carry around when you are out and about. Or if you’re giving your makes as a gift, create a stripy card with blue denim accents and button flowers, for that special friend who was born to shop.

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New Home Stitched Gift

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Welcome that special someone to their new address with this charming stitched gift

Moving house can be a very stressful event, and once the boxes have been unloaded and half unpacked, a nice cup of tea is the only thing that will really calm your nerves. What then, would make a better gift to help a loved one settle in, than a gorgeous handmade tea cosy? Create this fab piece by stitching candy dotted fabric to thick white cotton and adding a brightly coloured ribbon bow. It’s sure to add some much needed decoration to any new kitchen area. Sew on the ‘home sweet home’ greeting, sprinkle on some pretty embroidered dots, and deliver it with a matching tag to let your friend know you’re thinking of her.

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Baby Keepsakes

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Use scraps of your favourite fabrics to create a beautiful selection of baby keepsakes

There’s something especially wonderful about crafting to celebrate a birth. It’s such a precious event to mark and the items may well be treasured for a lifetime. These delightful makes use vintage-style patterns and traditional techniques to create a timeless look that will never date. The heart-shaped book would be the ideal place to display those first snaps, while the cushion would brighten up a cot and perhaps inspire matching items, such as curtains or a blanket.

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Silk Painting Card

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This timeless technique can transform day-to-day objects into trend setting items in no time!

Make spring really special this year with these gorgeous accessories. The soft ribbon tones and crystal embellishments complement the vibrant paints nicely. A little canvas shopper is not only stylish, it is useful too! Silk painting has always been a wonderful exercise for this time of year due to the nature of the material. The lightness of the fabric suggests that warmer weather is on the way. So banish those plastic bags and pick up an environmentally friendly, handcrafted alternative! A painting project is the perfect exercise during the summer holiday, especially for little ones who are looking for something to keep them occupied over the long weekends.

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Hand Stitched Characters

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These gorgeous hand stitched characters are sure to delight grown ups and children alike!

We’ve all got a favourite toy from our childhood, whether it’s a battered old doll or a well-worn teddy. These beautiful bears really encapsulate the magic of days gone by, with their soft shape and friendly faces ensuring they’re just perfect as a gift for a child. Simple stitching techniques combined with bright, retro-style fabric make this project a real joy to put together, especially if these cute little fellows are set to become a much-loved keepsake!

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Flopsy Bunny

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bunny, fabric, pattern, stitching,

Using recycled fabrics our flopsy bunny is soft, cuddly and will cost just pennies to make

Complete with petticoat and Mary Jane shoes, this enchanting little bunny will appeal to adults and children who have grown up reading the Tales of the Little Grey Rabbit. She wears a functional pinafore dress, but has a pretty lace-trimmed frock decorated with a sparkly brooch for parties. Her body and limbs are made from socks. Look a round for patterned pairs to give your bunny its own special character. The soft grey fabric used for the head and ears is a cashmere jersey that has been shrunk in the wash! Try boiling old jumpers to shrink them down ­ they will make excellent toy-sized garments!

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Fabric Drawstring Bag

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bag, crafts, fabric, stitching,

Stunning hot pinks and oranges are the perfect shades for this pretty project, embellished with fun handmade buttons

Keep your jammies neatly out of sight, stored away in a beautiful fabric drawstring bag. Plain cotton and velvet has been dyed by hand to achieve these wonderfully rich hues. It’s ideal if you can’t find the right material at your local store. Alternate the textures and colours then machine stitch them together for a simple and stylish bedroom accessory. The buttons and embellishments are also handmade from polymer clay. If you don’t want pink, then feel free to experiment with your favourite shades. Why not try scrunching or tying the fabric for interesting dye effects!

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Cafetiere Cosy

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coffee, fabric, home, painting, stitch,

Treat yourself to a special brew using this delightful set made with beautiful fabrics and pretty painted designs

Wake up and smell the coffee! A cheerful homemade cafetière cosy is the ideal way to keep your beverage nice and hot, while gingham fabric is the perfect choice for any stitched kitchen accessory. Plain china can also be given a whole new lease of life with simple ceramic decorating techniques. There will be no chance of someone pinching your mug with this bright pink creation. Why not add your name to the other side, masking with adhesive letters while painting. The funky matching sugar bowl is also guaranteed to bring a vibrant burst of colour to proceedings whenever you decide to take a break.

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Stylish And Funky Accessories

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Use rich colours with shimmering fibres to create stylish and funky accessories

Making felt is much easier than you think and just look at the results! This stunning bag and purse set would be at home on any catwalk and the vibrant shades make them a real fashion must have. This project combines traditional wet and needle felting techniques with glitzy Angelina fibres for a glamorous tote that is sure to get you noticed. Take it with you on a romantic walk in the park or shopping with the girls. Flowers are the perfect motif to put you in the mood for a spring fling and these blooms are guaranteed to bring a smile. Take the brooch off the card and pin it to a hat or coat for a funky embellishment. It also makes a great gift in itself. Large pink seed beads are a beautiful finishing touch, use them to decorate around the flower centre.

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Stylish And Funky Accessories

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Super chic

Use rich colours with shimmering fibres to create stylish and funky accessories

Making felt is much easier than you think and just look at the results! This stunning bag and purse set would be at home on any catwalk and the vibrant shades make them a real fashion must have. This project combines traditional wet and needle felting techniques with glitzy Angelina fibres for a glamorous tote that is sure to get you noticed. Take it with you on a romantic walk in the park or shopping with the girls. Flowers are the perfect motif to put you in the mood for a spring fling and these blooms are guaranteed to bring a smile. Take the brooch off the card and pin it to a hat or coat for a funky embellishment. It also makes a great gift in itself. Large pink seed beads are a beautiful finishing touch, use them to decorate around the flower centre.

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Ellen’s tip

When using felting needles, make sure you hold them vertically while working the stabbing action, otherwise the pins may snap

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Fleece, felting needles, angelina fibres, Crafty Notions, 01636 700862, www.craftynotions.com ** Felt, Panduro Hobby, **0845 121 6875, www.pandurohobby.co.uk ** Polypropylene sheet, Paperchase, **020 8747 1885, www.paperchase.co.uk

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Baby Journal

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Deliver craft to the party with these lovely and Baby showers are the perfect way to celebrate the pending birth of a child with family and friends, and Jenny Arnott’s pregnancy journal and baby shower invitation make a lovely addition to this special occasion. This pink theme is ideal for a girl, though the colour scheme is interchangeable. Opt for blues to celebrate a baby boy, or for a neutral theme pick yellows and greens. When it comes to cute focal motifs, there’s no denying these elephants certainly fit the bill!

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Cross-Stitch & Patchwork Cushion

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Get ready for Summer with Helen Philipps’ floral cushion and tag

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Tie-Dyedfabric Cards

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Love the tie-dyed look? Colette Smith’s cards provide the perfect excuse to experiment with

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Snowflake Cross-Stitch Stocking

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Add funky flair to your home this Christmas with Helen Philipps’ gorgeous stocking

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Tilda Reindeer And Cushion Set

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Decorate your home with Corinne Bradd’s beautiful stitched accessories

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Papercraft Jam Pot Labels

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Not only are these ever-so-tasty biscuits simple to make, they also contain the deliciously-scented leaves of a plant you’re sure to find in your very own garden – truly homemade!

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Applique Christmas Table Decorations

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Basic machine embroidery skills time to are all you need to stitch Jenny Arnott’s festive table set

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Embossed Christmas cards

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Make your festivities shabby chic with Colette Smith’s four pretty cards

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Felt Applique Christmas Cards

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Try this quick-to-do appliqué for cards using Tracey Daykin-Jones cheery designs

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Haberdashery themed stitched project

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Cross-stitched detail adds extra cuteness to Helen Philipps’ colourful habby makes

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Sparkling festive cards using paper and fabric

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Create a set of festive makes using Carolynn Letten’s homespun style!

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A cute bohemian doll for a little one

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crafts, doll, fabric, stitch,

Dress Amanda Walker’s dolly in boho style and create the perfect gift for your little princess

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Children’s bunny party set

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Have a truly happy birthday with Carolyn Lettern fun bunny designs!

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Patchwork Tea Cosy

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Make the joy of teatime extra special with Ellen Kharade’s cute stitchy makes

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Cross-Stitched Tray Set

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Add some sweetness to your teatime treats with Helen Philipps’ cross-stitched tag and jam pot cover

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Cross-Stitch Bag And Card

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Adorable owl motifs add quirky charm to Helen Philipps’ cute-as-a-button stitchy makes

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Jewellery Roll

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Who said sports can’t winning be glamorous? Treat your champion to Carolyn Letten’s streak bright and cheerful set

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Funky Themed Bedroom Set

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bedroom, card, craft, fabric,

Create a funky themed bedroom set and use Jane Karade’s robot design stencilled in shades of blue and purple

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Kitchen Embroidery

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Learn a new skill and prettify your kitchen all in one go with Jenny Arnott’s colourful stitcheries!

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Cupcake Embroidery

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Curl up with a cup of tea and calorie-free treat thanks to Helen Philipps’ stitched designs

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Tea cosy and cutlery holder

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Put the kettle on and create Lucinda Ganderton’s pièce de résistance

Here at CB, we regard ourselves tea connoisseurs so trust us when we say a cosy will revolutionize your eleven o’clock brew. Not only can the water infuse for far longer, but wrapping up the over-worked pot makes a mid-morning break just that little more indulgent. If the patchwork design is scaring you off, be sure to read the steps first ­ it’s astonishing how easily the effect is created!

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Chicken egg cosy and gift tag

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fabric, gift, spring, stitch,

Embrace easter thecalorie-free way and work up Carolyn Letten’s chirpy designs!

If you’ve stuck resolutely to a Lent healthy eating pledge, first of all, we salute you, but Easter will pose quite the challenge for your new regime. Short of batting the offending fatty items away with carrot sticks, you may have already resigned yourself to failure. However, CB is here to help! Why not ask your friends and family to give you the supplies for Carolyn’s springtime project instead of sugary treats? This way, the end result of your Easter weekend will be delightful sewn home accessories instead of a guilty conscious and a pot belly!

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Bunny egg cosy

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Enliven the breakfast table with a jolly egg cosy designed by Debi Potter

If you’re looking for a quick and easy sewing project, one that is especially suited to beginners, then try our simple egg cosy for Easter. It’s the ideal starter project and also great for the more experienced stitcher who is looking for something quick and fun to sew. Making small items like this means you can experiment with decoration ­ try embroidery, beads, or appliqué to finish the piece. We’ve combined it with a napkin and card to create a cute little set that is perfect for Easter brekkie time! Children and adults alike will fall in love with its retro, kitsch design using polka dots, yellows and soft blues. Although, if you don’t like our colour scheme, then simply switch the fabrics for any that you desire.

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Easter gift set

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Helen Philipps works up a springtime gift set with a novel twist

Got the stitch itch? We’ve got just the project for you! This embroidered Easter trio would make the perfect gift for a kiddie’s birthday, but do be careful of the buttons. Our advice is: if in doubt, replace with thread - simply sew little round circles or flowers instead of any easily-swallowed embellishments. Helen’s project is also a great one for newbie stitchers as her designs are small-scale and super easy to follow. Once you’ve got your confidence up, why not adjust the dimensions and work up the cute leaping bunny as a wall hanging? You could even sew the little tot’s name and birthday underneath the rabbit for a personal touch.

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Stitch a pin cushion

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Keep your pins looking neat with our ditsy sewing box essential

Patchwork hexagons are a great way to make a useful and decorative pincushion and indulge your passion for fabrics at the same time. Inspired by an old English paper piecing technique, Helen Philipps’ project is remarkably relaxing to sew - it’s so portable you can stitch a few patches together on the go. We’ve included some other little hexagon inspired ideas to try; a tag and greeting card will complete the set if you wish to give the pincushion to a friend.

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Vintage tea cosy

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Throw an afternoon tea party in style and mark the occasion with your very best china and freshly baked cakes and scones. Invite friends round using one of Carolyn Letten’s hand crafted cards, then keep the pot warm for that second cuppa with her gorgeous tea-cosy!

Perk up your pad with chintzy prints and creative stitching

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Sew a summery card

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Sew summery motifs to card fronts for a set of vibrant greetings that all daze your friends will love

If you’re looking for fun card ideas that use up some of your favourite fabric scraps, then look no further than this cheerful set. Designed by the talented Jenny Arnott, the collection combines paper crafting with machine embroidery, as well as a little beading. Inspired by long lazy days in the garden, picnicking with friends and enjoying sweet summer fruits, these bright and juicy cards are perfect for sending, whatever the occasion.

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Egg and coffee warmers

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Keep your coffee hot and your eggs toasty with this delightful set of brekkie table treats

Helen Philipps shows us how to make this fun little project to brighten up the breakfast table. The egg cosies are so simple to recreate and the cafetiere cover is easy and practical too. Not only will your delicious morning brew be kept piping hot, it will look very pretty as well. Why not stitch an egg cosy for each member of the family and decorate them with flowers, buttons and ribbons? A completed set would really lift tired spirits on a Monday morning! If pink and green aren’t your thing, then simply swap them for shades you desire ­ match a colour scheme to complement your kitchen, dining room or conservatory.

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Trick or treat ideas

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Step out in style with our fun trick or treat ideas

Halloween is only just around the corner, so why not have a go at these simple felt projects by Jenny Arnott? Little ones will love using the cute pumpkin bag for trick or treating ­ why not get into the spirit of things with some spooky-themed bunting to decorate your porch too. Focusing on simple embroidery stitches, these projects are great for those who are not overly confident with a sewing machine, and best of all, you don’t need many materials to get going!

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Union Jack Bunting And Cards

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Celebrate the jubilee with Jenny Arnott’s patriotic designs for bunting, place settings and invitations to the fun!

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Simple Tote Bag

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Tote bags always come in handy, whether you’re out shopping or on a trip to the beach; create a cute one of your own with help from Tessa Evelegh

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Stitched Tooth Fairy

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Make the tooth fairy’s visit even more of a special occasion with Ellen Kharade’s ditzy doll complete with matching whimsical trinket box

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Cross-Stitch Notebook Cover

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Our sewing guru, Helen Philipps, shares her vintage cross-stitch master-class

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Cotton print and cross-stitch tea cosy

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Mix cotton prints and simple stitches and make this pretty cosy for the pot Why not brighten up your breakfast table or tea tray with a colourful handmade cosy, complete with a pretty cupcake cross stitched patch? This delightful project by Helen Philipps is easy to sew and would also make a lovely gift for a friend who enjoys a cuppa or two. You could use the smaller cupcake motif to create a gift card to accompany the cosy. The cross stitch is worked in the traditional way using two strands of cotton, with French knots added to give definition on the cupcake cases.

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Toy Sheep & Lambs

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Stitch beautiful toy sheep and lambs that make delightful gifts for children and adults alike

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Patchwork And Cross-Stitch Pillow

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Combine patchwork with cross-stitch for a touch of crafty home style

A plain-coloured sofa, whilst elegant, can often benefit from a little jazzing up. Shop-bought cushions or throws would do the job, but why spend money when you can craft something yourself? Helen Philipps’ gorgeous patchwork cushion would instantly introduce a splash of colour to any living room, and it has the added benefits of showing your friends just how creative you are!

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Homeware Goodies

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With this set of homeware goodies you’re sure to be the hostess with the mostess!

It’s fair to say that a lot of ladies ­ us at Crafty Towers included ­ like to think of themselves as domestic goddesses, and these makes undoubtedly help us to get to those dizzying heights! We’re confident that you’ll be able to put these makes to good use; the book cover is the perfect way to decorate your baking bible, the oven glove is the ideal protection for when you’re whipping up your creations, and the pot holder will make your well-earned cuppa even yummier!

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Shopping tote bag

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Lucinda Ganderton’s handy tote is perfect for trips to the corner shop

Old household sayings are part of our domestic culture and they always seem to contain a strong element of truth. If your mum loves to feed her family, show her just how much you appreciate her cooking with this tote bag - even if she does all her food shopping online, she can always hang it up in the kitchen! You can pick your own favourite motif from this fabulous vintage-style fabric, which features drawings of not very desperate housewives!

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Colourful Sewing Cases

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Organising your sewing bits will be a pleasure with these colourful cases!

For us crafters there are some things which are just essential, and a sewing kit is one of them! As we all know, there is nothing worse than misplacing your special embroidery scissors or not being able to find a needle when you want one. So why not have a go at making this bright floral sewing set by Jenny Arnott? Including handy cases for your needles and scissors and a cute pin cushion, they are guaranteed to not only help organise your crafting space but make it much prettier too!

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Stylish Oriental Doll

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Make play days fun with this stylish little oriental lady

Our pretty oriental rag doll designed by Ellen Kharade will enchant any little girl lucky enough to receive her. She is soft-bodied which makes her ideal to cuddle up to and sturdy enough for endless play days. She is dressed in a oriental-style outfit of red brocade with a large bow to the back of the dress. Her hair has also been styled traditionally with pearl and sequin decoration to complete the look. The basic pattern can be used to make any kind of rag doll; change the dress fabric to printed cotton for a more conventional looking doll, and omit the hairpiece in favour of long flowing locks.

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Homemade Mother’s day gifts

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We all know how difficult it is to find the time to relax, so why not create this crafty pamper set and indulge in some precious `me time’. The fresh feminine colours and cheery fabrics capture the essence of retro-inspired chic and give a nice personalised touch to the décor. The quirky card and door hanger cleverly uses a faux stitching technique to complement the embroidered lettering on the towel. So, don’t be nervy about drawing out the designs by hand, because we’ve supplied fail-safe templates to guide you on our pattern pages.

Debi Potter whips up the perfect crafty treat for a busy mum

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Mother’s day gifts and card

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Carolyn Letten has designed a gorgeous pressie option that any mum would love to receive

Show your mum just how much you care by making this gorgeous trio of gifts. Carolyn had produced a fantastic project that is easy to replicate, whatever your creative ability. Inspired by spring greens and the palest of pinks your special mother is sure to love this pretty floral corsage edged with sparkling net and finished with an exquisite diamante button. The fabric postcard will look delightful hung anywhere and it wont get lost in the post either. Plus, the decorative gift tag will give a co-ordinated finish to your parcel of goodies. It’s by far better received if you make the gifts and greetings rather than purchasing the ready-made versions that seem to dominate all occasions. Give a little extra by sending something made with your own fair hands. Enjoy!

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Spring cross-stich pillow

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Cosy up with this chic cross stitched cushion courtesy of Helen Philipps

Why not bring the fresh spring air and lovely blossoms into your home by stitching this simple and pretty little cushion? The cross stitch is easy to complete onto even-weave fabrics, but you can work on Aida if you’d prefer. Helen, our dedicated cross stitcher, has created a pretty chart design that is easy and quick to follow. Don’t leave your scrap fabric pieces fraying in your haberdashery box, instead turn them into pretty flowers that can be used in this delightful project. Have a go at making the matching pink tag and give the whole completed thing to a friend as a special gift.

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Rag Doll

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Our nostalgic and playful dolly is perfect for little girls and big ones too!

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Stitched Window Plaque

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Try your hand at machine embroidery to create a

Recreate this stitched display and hang it in your Christmas window so light can shine through its cut-out panes. Featuring freehand-stitched detailing, this project is great for the adventurous stitcher as it allows for freedom of design. What’s more, the appliqué motifs and glitter accents make for a polished finish, you’ll certainly be proud to have on show or to present to a loved one.

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Money Box Houses

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Need a gift set quick? In an afternoon you can whip up these

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Cross-Stitched Heart

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Decorate your home in cosily crafty style, with Helen Philipps’

Embroidery thread is used for cross-stitch due to its six easily split strands. This allows for differing stitch thicknesses; one strand produces a fine look and more creates a bolder appearance, and finer thread is used for smaller details.

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Patchwork Mouse

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Enjoyed making our dolly last issue? Use your stitch skills to make a

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Stitched Bird Themed Hanging Decoartion

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Give a Scandinavian twist to the traditional Christmas ‘four calling birds’ rhyme with this delightful stitch and bobbin decoration. The powder blue polka dot fabric and wooden spools give it a vintage feel while the printed numerals and red stitched crowns add a fun retro twist. The co-ordinating greeting card and tag makes it an ideal gift to give to someone special who loves to stitch!

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Why not add a hanging loop to each bird to make tree decorations

“Use your left overs to make a birdie gift-tag”

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Fabric Cards

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Our pretty folksy cards are really eye catching and a great way of using up small pieces of material that you can’t bear to throw away. The fabric has been quickly stuck down with iron-on fusible bonding material and embellished with embroidery stitching and buttons. This technique makes it easy to produce lovely keepsakes for special occasions, such as weddings and christenings, especially if a name and date are added. Why not mount your creations in a frame for a truly wonderful gift?

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Cross-Stitched Christmas Hanger And Card

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Craft delightful tags and a decorative hanger following Helen Philipps’

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Recycled Jumpers Felted Into Hottie Covers

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Upcycle your knitwear and make these lovely

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Stitched Cake Band And Topper With Pudding Motifs

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Give your cakes and bakes a little extra touch with this

Let your Christmas bake take centre stage on the table with a handmade fabric cake wrap! This design is adorned with festive Christmas pudding motifs in traditional colours and made using retro-patterned fabrics. Designed to fit any size cake, it has a simple ribbon tie at the back. You can also bring festive sparkle to your mince pies and cupcakes with these easy-to-make ‘figgy pudding’ cake picks.

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