Some sewing machines come with an ugly dust-cover, some come with none at all. Either way, this has to change. There’s nothing more infuriating than wanting to star a project with a dusty machine, so here’s how to make a beautiful cover yourself, that will fit your aesthetic and sewing room decor.
To create a pattern, you can use the cover your machine came with (if it had one), or use the template from our Template Library.
Or, if you want to draft your own, the whole process is shown in the video below.
Cut out your fabric pieces. Depending on the patchwork you want to create, you can cut your pattern apart, but remember to add back seam allowance where you cut. The pattern from our Template Library has 1cm SA included.
Sew your patchwork together until you get one complete front and back piece. If you want to add pockets, now is the time to sew them on.
Then sew the two pieces together at the “shoulder seams” of the cover and at the side seams. Close the “corner seam” running horizontally across the narrow side of your machine, and hem your cover along the bottom edge. Done!
While you can find tutorials and courses for most crafts on YouTube, some techniques require a more in-depth course, plus the quality is not always at it’s best either (you get what you pay for I guess).
So I’ve put together a list of the best websites for crafting webinars, with courses from sewing and knitting to painting, baking and photography.
When we think online courses, a lot of us will think Udemy or Skillshare. But there are tons of lesser known platforms with an amazing array of creative courses out there.
Craftsy offers affordable courses for everything from photography to crochet and embroidery, and every course is professionally produced, which means the quality is top-notch.
Psst: you can save 65% on all classes with code THANKYOU65 !
Domestika is a bit similar to Craftsy, their courses covering almost every creative topic I can think of, even graphic design.
Again, their courses have amazing quality, however, most of them are in Spanish. Not to worry, they have subtitles, but it might not be for everyone. If you’re like me though, trying to learn Spanish from home, their courses may be just the thing!
Drawstring bags are a great way to turn your fabric scraps into something useful. You can use them to organize your handbag, store earphones, usb-sticks, accessories, hair-ties, and so much more. They also make great reusable gift bags!
Here’s a little size guide (please note: 0.5cm seam allowance on each long side and 1.5 cm S.A on the short sides is already included)
Small: 25 x 10 cm (i.e. use for jewelry or hairpins)
This is my first attempt at making a tailored garment, and I did encounter a few hiccups before long. In the end, I’m very pleased how it turned out, and I think I’d give it a 9/10.
For fabric I used a burgundy/plum wool blend with around 30% of actual wool content which I like very much. I got it on eBay, and it was just about £7/metre it’s also a great “practice fabric”, since you don’t want to risk a £20/metre wool on the first try.
For lining, I found a pretty matching polka dot print, which gave the coat just the right mood so to speak. A little playful and quirky, but at the same time enhancing that vintage fell I was going for.
Who else has a huge pile of tiny fabric scraps they don’t want to throw away? I know I have. With this quick and easy DIY you will be able to convert some of them into cute heart hangings or garlands, perfect for Valentine’s day. Watch the video to find out how!
If you’ve been following my blog or Youtube Channel for a while, you might have seen my first zip-tie corset, which, alas, due to lack of sewing experience and pattern fitting, turned out more like a straight tube.
I’ve learned a lot about garment construction since then, including the strategic use of curves, so a corset holds it’s shape automatically, without heavy boning. The victorians were masters at this art, and thus, most period corsets were only lightly boned with whalebone, or even cording, relying on the pattern to give shape to the corset.
I decided to try again, and this time (hopefully) construct a proper corset. Due to budget, I ended up using zip-ties again, since the texture is nearly the same a synthetic whalebone, and MUCH cheaper. I also, for the first time, bought a proper busk, though not a spoon busk, which again, was too expensive.
It’s been a while since I’ve actually posted anything here, but today, I’m back with a brand-new Christmas tutorial: how to make these cute patchwork star ornaments. They’re very easy and quick to make, and can be used for so many things such as tree ornaments, gifts, or even festive pincushions!
Flower embroidery can seem quite daunting, especially if you’re a beginner. In today’s video, you’ll learn three easy and beautiful flowers to embroider. The great thing about these is that they take so little time, so you’ll not get tired of them easily, and lets you break down your project into small portions.
I recently finished a Pride and Prejudice inspired regency gown from about 1810, and if you’ve been watching my Youtube channel lately, you might also have seen the dressing up and construction videos. For those of you who haven’t you can watch them both below.
The construction was medium-fast, it took 3 days of sewing plus a little afterwork, so I probably spent 16-18 hours making it, but it was worth it. The materials I used are not 100% historically accurate as I used a cotton-blend for lining the bodice, and another cotton-blend voile for the dress itself. This probably makes the dress less comfortable than the ones actually worn at the time, though it did a great difference to the cost of materials.
For now, the dress has puffed short sleeves, though I plan on making sleeve extensions very soon. These were frequently found on regency garments, allowing the same dress to adapt to different weather conditions.