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Fastenings

As part of our large range of haberdashery we stock a range of different fastening types to suit all different types of making requirements.

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We stock these in a range of different sizes, 18mm, 13mm, 9mm, 7mm in both black and nickel. These packets are all priced at £1.80 each. These can have a range of different uses, fastenings at the back and front of garments, fastening of duvets covers and craft projects.

 

HOOK AND EYES- 

We have two different types of kook and eyes small metal ones and bigger coated ones, each has a different purpose.

The small metal hook and eyes come in both nickel and black, and we also DSC_4315stock a range of different sizes. These are priced at £1.95 per packet.  These are mainly used for dressmaking purposes, for skirts and dresses but could also be used for bow ties and cravats.

 

 

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Fur Hook and eyes are used when you need a bigger more substantial fastening, for example on fur jackets and coats. These come in packets of two pairs and are priced at £1.75 per pack. We sell these in two different colour brown and beige.

 

 

FROGS-

Frogs are fastenings that are more decorative, the other fastenings are sewn into the DSC_4297garment so they are not visual frogs are designed to show. We stock these in a variety of different colours and designs. These are sold in pairs and are priced at £1.15 per pair.

All of these fastening are sold in our shop in Bridport Dorset.

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New Fleece

New in our shop and fresh on the shelves we have a range of exciting new cuddle fleeces. Cuddle fleeces are softer than average, making them ideal for babies blankets, soft toys and general throws. They could also be used like regular fleece for clothes and craft projects.

Sheep fleece We have a fun designs which sit very nicely with our regular plain fleeces. This sheep cuddle fleece is 150cm/ 59″ wide and is priced at £8.30 per metre. This would make a really fun dressing gown!

After a babies blanket now the weathers getting colder? Or thinking of making a blanket for Christmas hTeddy bear Fleeceave a look at this beautifully soft teddy bear cuddle fleece. This is also 150cm/ 59″ wide and is also priced at 8.30 per metre. Its a neutral design so would suit a boy or a girl and would fit right into any nursery.

Lets not forget the dog this winter, we have some lovely warm dog paw cuddle fleece so your dog or cat wont get cold over the next few cold months. This is also new in and is priced at £8.30 per metre. paw print In store we also have this design in a standard non cuddle fleece.

We have more fleece for sale on our web shop and for our full range of fabrics why not visit us in our shops in Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset where we have rooms and rooms of fabric.

If you would like samples of these or any other fabrics you have seen on here please contact us with your details and information on the fabric you require.

 

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Sewing Machine Promotion Day

This month we have a very exciting event happening at our shop Livingstone Textiles in Bridport Dorset, we are holding a Sewing Machine Event. This event will be happening over two days Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November 2016 and will give you the opportunity to get some advise, or to buy a sewing machine from a wide range that will suit any budget. Roger Nixey is our expert sewing machine man and will be with us on both days promoting his machines.

So if you are after a new sewing machine and would like some advise on which to buy pop over on either Friday 27th or Saturday 28th between 10am -4pm and have a word with Roger.

 

 

 

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Baize

Did you know that we stock Wool Baize at Livingstone Textiles?  If you are a player of Bridge you will probably enjoy your game on a proper card table covered in traditional green baize.  After many years of card games, your table could start to show signs of wear and tear and as they are a costly, often unusual item of furniture to replace, you may want to consider re-covering it yourself.  We have in stock, in our Bridport shop and also now available online, this hard to come by fabric and if you don’t fancy doing the job yourself, we can get our upholsterer to do it for you, just ring the shop for details on 01308 456844. This lovely soft, green, wool-rich fabric is also ideal for lining jewellery or cutlery boxes, recovering writing slopes and desk inlays.

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Felt

DSC_4148 DSC_4149 DSC_4157With Christmas around the corner and the prospect of excited young (and old!) people at home together for a few days, why not stock up on felt supplies and get them crafting?  Felt is a great material for making into stocking fillers and decorations and it requires no hemming at all.  Our felts are available in both acrylic and a wool/acrylic mix that you can easily cut and sew together or even glue.  Try cutting out tree shapes, sew them together leaving a small gap and fill with a little toy stuffing.  You can then sew tiny beads on the front and glue on thin strips of glitter ribbon to make mini Christmas trees.  Stitch up the stuffing hole and sew a loop of ribbon to the top and its all ready to hang.  You can make mini stockings for little chocolates as well, or how about a mini felt Christmas pudding decoration?  All you need for this is one square of brown felt and one square of yellow.  Cut two 3″ circles from the brown felt and two 3″ circles from the yellow.  Cut away half of the yellow circles in a wiggly line to represent custard and glue these to top halves of the brown circles.  Now stitch the two brown circles together with a small gap near the bottom.  Lightly stuff the pudding, sew up the gap and add a ribbon loop for hanging.  You could add a couple of red beads to the top of the ‘custard’ and a tiny green piece of ribbon or felt to represent holly.  Happy Crafting!

 

 

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Felted Fabric

DSC_4256 New in our shop in Bridport Dorset is a new massive range of winter fabrics, from wool mixes, warm cotton flannel fabrics and thick stretchy jerseys.  One of our favorites is this beautiful felted look on a velour background. This fabric is beautifully thick and would keep you warm on those up coming cold days. This fabric would work beautifully as a winter coat or jumper. It is priced at £14.00 per metre and is 138cm/54″ wide. The fabric is made from polyester. If you would like to see our full range of winter fabrics pop into our shop in Bridport Dorset and have a look.

STOCK UPDATE : This fabric is now out of stock and unavailable. If you would like a free sample of any other fabric you have seen on here please contact us with your details and information on the fabric you require. See below for a selection of dressmaking fabric currently available online.

 

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How to measure for a Roman blind

Roman Blinds make smart window furnishings and can add a sleek, classy finish to a room. Whether you are making the blind yourself or one of our professional makers is making it to your specifications, it is important to get the measurements right. If we’re making your roman blinds and you’re not sure about measuring up yourself, one of our makers will be happy to come out and measure up for you if you live in our local area – just ask us for a quote.  

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Time needed: 20 minutes.

  1. Look at your window

    Firstly, decide if the blind is going to hang outside of the window or sit in the recess. Consider how much space you have around your window, and where you could fit the batten or cassette. At this point you will need to decide what kind of system you will use to hang your blind and what fixings are available.

  2. Accurate measuring

    We recommend a metal rule or a new fabric tape to ensure the tape is accurate. Remember, our makers can only be as accurate as your measurements! Take measurement in at least 2 to 3 places if you are hanging the roman blind in a recess. This is especially important in an older property, as the walls are very often not as straight as they seem, and if we haven’t taken account of this it can lead to the blind catching.

  3. What to measure

    Measure the width, which is across the whole area you want the blind to cover, and the drop.
    Width: When hanging a roman blind outside the window recess it is usual to take the blind at least 5cm/2″ outside the recess at each side and above the window.
    Drop: Consider where you want the blind to finish; this can be in line with the sill, just above a radiator or even down to the floor.

  4. Units are important

    We are ‘bi-lingual’ in centimeters and inches here at Livingstones, although we tend to leave the millimetres to carpenters. You can bring your measurements for your roman blind to us in either unit, but please stick to one or the other to avoid confusion, and make sure you tell us which you’ve used!

  5. Need to know more?

    You’ll find more information on Roman blinds including how to make them in our free tutorials. Follow this link for more how to guides, plus lots of other helpful tips for your sewing projects. Alternatively, If you would like one of our professional makers to hand-make you a beautiful roman blind, then please get in touch.

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Piped Cushion with a Zip

On Tuesday 27th October 2015 we ran our piped cushion with a zip class, on this class we had 4 students attend, we like to keep our classes small so that the tutor can make the classes as personal as possible. The class was two and half hours long and started at 6.30 and ended at 9.00. By the end of the evening each pupil should be leaving with a fully sew piped cushion with a zip or very nearly finished with the knowledge on how to finish it.

This class teaches you not only how  to sew the piping  into the cushion but you also learn how to cut the piping on the bias and sew it into piping cord.

If your interested in making piped cushions why not have a look into our piped envelope cushion packs which are avaialbe in our store in Bridport Dorset for only £10.00. Within this pack you will get everything you need to make your cushion from a range of different fabrics, cushion pads are also included within this price.

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Winceyette/ Flannel Cotton Fabric

DSC_4249Now that winter’s here, why not have a look at some lovely warm 100% cotton winceyette/ flannel fabric. This fabric is a cotton fabric that has been brushed to give it a lovely soft feel. Made with 100% cotton it will not only keep you warm but will breath and help you hold your temperature. We stock this fabric in 5 plain colouwinceyetterrs white, baby blue,baby pink, yellow and red. All are 100% cotton, 105cm/41″ wide.

We also have some lovely patterned flannel fabrics, a beautiful leaf design and a animal print design. The animal print flannel fabric is the same width as the plain but is priced slightly more at £6.30 per metre. DSC_4245The leaf design though is slightly wider at 112cm/44″ and priced at £7.00 per metre.

STOCK UPDATE : Our stock of patterned wincyette fabrics changes often, so please contact us to request details of current designs.

All of these fabrics are avaiable for sale in our shop in Bridport Dorset. If you would like a free sample of these or any other fabric you have seen on our web page please contact us with your details and information on the fabric you require and we will be happy to help.

 

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Stretch Towelling

saturday 24 2015 006Our superior quality stretch cotton mix towelling makes comfortable sheets for cots, moses baskets, and single beds.  The stretchy nature means it can be pulled tight to give a wrinkle-free sleeping surface and the soft, absorbent nature enables moisture to be wicked away from the skin. This makes it an ideal material for backing bibs for both babies and the sick or elderly.

stretch white towellingThe towelling is a pure brilliant white and has proved tricky to photograph but we hope that you get a better idea of the colour from this second picture.  We are happy to send you a sample of this fabric and you can now buy this product in our online shop.

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Up-cycling Old Clothes

DSC_4203 Our customers make the most wonderful things and it really makes our day when they bring them in to show us. This beautiful bag was made by one of our customers from an old pair of jeans, we think its fabulous. DSC_4201 She has used a heavy duty patterned canvas for the lining, but the rest of the bag is up-cycled. We love the effect this bag gives and think it looks great with the belt around.

This is a really original make and it just proves that you shouldn’t just throw away those old clothes, make them into something new.

 

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Sewing Class- Learn to love your sewing machine part 1

DSC_4179On Thursday 15th October 2015, we ran Learn to love your sewing machine part 1, which is a sewing a class for anyone who wants to learn the basics of using their sewing machine. This class is very popular and its a sewing class that we have been running for a couple of years. This class is about people getting to know their sewing machines and what their machines are capable of so the class is taught on each individuals personal machines.

The first thing you will learn is how to thread your sewing machine, both the main thread at the top and the bobbin that goes under, the tutor will go round to everyone and see everyone machine, tailoring what she teaches to everyone’s needs. We keep our classes small, with a maximum of only 6 people in each class, this is so everyone get the one to one that they need at this early stage of sewing.

Most of the pupils we had on this class were all new to sewing although this isn’t always the case in the past we have had sewing that really want to get back to sewing after years and want to refresh their skills or sewers that have invested in a new machine. The class also went over how to fill the bobbin up, and what the different feet on the machine are for and how to change them, all the basic things that you need to know and how to do these things correctly.

Everyone who went on this class on DSC_4180Thursday 15th we all so pleased with what they had learnt and were looking forward to part 2 the following week. The following class will go into more depth on what was already learnt, with pupils learning how to use their zipper foot and putting in a basic zip and doing some basic piping with their piping foot.

We run a range of sewing classes at Livingstone Textiles all throughout the year, if you would like more information or would like to book on to one of our classes please contact us and we will be happy to help.

 

 

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Tartan Fabrics

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Now with Autumn here and winter round the corner we have been thinking about our winter cloths both in classic and new designs. We have put together a range of our tartan fabrics that are both available to buy on our web shop and our shop in Bridport Dorset. We have a beautiful range of 12 different colours some in a more traditional colour pallet and others with a modern look to them. All the fabric are a polyester/ viscose mix and they are all about 144cm/ 57″ wide. These are a good width for dressmaking and these fabric and design would make beautiful skirts, jackets and tops.

DSC_3080 As the image shows on the right the polyester viscose fabrics hang beautifully,  so a skirt or a dress would work well in this fabric. The skirt to the right was made by one of our customers with a new look pattern that we stock in our shop in Bridport. The shirt has been made with a handkerchief cut. This is where the side panels are cut to a point giving this lovely uneven but full finish.

We have even dressed Miss Haversham this week in tartan, with DSC_4077a traditional long shirt and denim jacket. The tartan she is wearing is only available to buy from our Bridport shop and it is not currently available online.

If you would like a free sample of these or any other fabric you have seen on our website please contact us with your information and details of the fabric samples you require.

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Repair Patches and Repair Tape

Repair patches and tapeWhen a favourite garment gets a small tear, or an expensive item is damaged, you don’t always want to replace it. This is where our repair tape and patches can come in handy.


Repair tapeRepair tape is ironed onto the inside of a garment to support the damaged area. It is particularly suitable for tears where there is no fabric missing. It is 1″/2.5cm wide and comes in a wide range of colours to tone with the garment.

Trouser patchWe have iron on repair patches for trousers and jeans in black and charcoal, dark and light denim. Again the repair patch irons on to the inside of the garment, and they are often used on the knees where most wear occurs. Denim patchesThey can be used after the fabric has become thin, or as a preventative before this happens, or for larger tears which the repair tape cannot cover.

Suede elbow patchesElbow patches can also be used to cover wear or to prevent it causing damage to jackets. We have iron on suede finish patches (we recommend that these be sewn in addition to help them stay on the garment through cleaning) Elbow patch(we recommend that these be sewn in addition to help them stay on the garment through cleaning) and sew on leatherette patches with pre-punched holes to make the sewing easier.

Nylon repair patchesWhen ironing is not possible, eg for tents, waterproof coats or nylon fabrics, we have some self-adhesive nylon patches. These will delay you having to replace these expensive items. They can be cut to the size or shape you need and applied on either the inside or outside of the item as needed. We also stock carpet tape, which can be used for emergency repairs.

Fruit patchesFinally, if you want to make a statement out of your repair, how about using our bright pvc patches in the shape of flowers, hearts or fruit!

If none of these options are suitable, you can also use Fuse-a-web or hemming web to attach a patch of your own fabric or a similar tone fabric from our stock. Ask in the shop for more help if needed. All these items are normally kept in stock, and extra colours can sometimes be ordered in.

 

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Ponteroma Heavy Jersey Fabric

DSC_4088New in this week is this lovely, warm, ponteroma jersey fabric. We are stocking this in our Bridport shop in Dorset. It is available in four colourways and will look great with our large range of patterned stretch jerseys.

The ponteroma jersey is thicker than standard cotton and viscose jerseys making it ideal for those cold autumn and winter days ahead of us. This fabric will make fitted leggings and tops and the colours we have chosen will go with most things. It is 143cm/ 56″ wide. It would be a perfect fabric to use for the projects in our Beginners Guide To Sewing with Knitted Fabrics book.

If you would like a free sample of these or any other fabric you have seen on our website please contact us with your details and information on the fabric you are after.

 

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Sewing Classes- Buttonholes

This week we have just ran our first “Dressmaking Techniques- How to make a Button Hole” which is part of our dressmaking technique sewing classes. These are a selection of sewing classes which enable you build up your knowledge of dressmaking in bite size DSC_4100amounts where you get to choose what classes you do.

The button hole class ran on Tuesday 13th October 6.30-8.30, we had a full class of 6 people. We try to keep our classes small so everyone gets the help and guidance that they need as we understand that everyone is at a different stage of sewing ability.

The first thing they learnt was about their sewing machine feet, what a button hole foot looked like and hobutton holew it worked or whether or not their sewing machine had a button hole foot. The sewing machine foot that most people had was the foot that can have a button inserted it the back to determined the right size of the button hole. DSC_4102

They then learnt how to sew using these feet. In most cases the foot does all the work and all you have to do is give the machine slow power and guide the fabric.

The even also covered doing a button hole by hand without a sewing machine, this was also a very interesting technique to learn.

Everyone seem to really enjoy the evening and are all looking forward to their next lesson. If you are interested in or sewing classes and would like to book one or to register interested on this or any other class we are running contact us and we will be happy to help.

 

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Miss H’s Autumn Outfit

DSC_4077Over the last couple of days the weather has started to dramatically change and we are starting to see winter on its way, so Miss Haversham decided it was time for a change of outfit.

Miss H as usual is wearing a range of our fabricDSC_4079 which she has made into a lovely outfit. Her jacket is made from a beautiful bird and floral patterned stretch denim which is 142cm/56″ wide and is priced at £13.00 per metre. We think the fabric is beautiful and any garment made from it would look amazing.

As check is coming in this Autumn Miss H has decided to go with a check skirt. The checked skirt really does brighten the outfit without over powering the jacket. She has made this beautiful full length skirt with a “Downton Abbey” feel to it. This skirt will both keep her warm in the winter but also give her some style. This fabric is not avaialbe to buy on our web shop only in our shop in Bridport Dorset or by ordering over the phone. It is priced at £5.40 per metre.

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Natural Looking Fern and Leaves Fabric

Savannah A new fabric on to our web shop this week is this simple yet calming fabric design. This natural looking cloth is a polyester/ cotton blend but has a far more natural look. Its light colour platter helps give this design a calming feel.

This fabric is 140cm/ 55″ wide with a pattern repeat of 61cm/24″ and is at the bargain price of £13.95 per metre.

See below for a selection of botanical fabrics we have available to buy online currently.

If you would like a free sample of this or any other fabric you have seen on our web page, or would like to check stock levels, please get in touch with your details and information on the fabric you require.

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Halloween Fancy Dress Fabric

DSC_4069 It that time of year when we all start thinking about dressing up, with Halloween and Christmas just round the corner, so we have been looking t all our fancy dress fabrics. We have a massive range of fancy dress fabrics in our shop in Bridport Dorset, with one whole room dedicated to them. DSC_3240

We also have a small range on our webshop. With Halloween only a few weeks away why not have a look at our skeleton fabrics, the example above is a netted skeleton  fabric which would work really well as a fancy dress garment or as decoration.DSC_4073 This fabric is £3.50 per metre and is 112cm/44″ wide.

The second example of skeleton fabric is our “day of the dead” fabric. This dancing skeletons design is on a 100% cotton poplin fabric base. It is priced at £8.30 per metre and is 137cm/12″ wide with a pattern repeat of 32cm/12″.

Both of theses fabrics are available to order in our shop in Bridport Dorset.

We also have a range of standard fancy dress fabric that would work really well with any of these fabrics. If you would like to order a free sample of these or any other fabric you have seen on here please contact us with your details and information on the fabric you require.

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Flame Retardant Treatment for Fabric

Flame retardant sprayFlame retardant fabrics are needed in public (non-domestic) buildings in the UK for curtains and blinds. However not all fabrics are available pre-treated to be flame retardant, and that is where this spray comes in handy. It is ideal for you to treat any fabric yourself to be flame retardant for domestic or contract use for curtains or blinds.

The spray is sold in litre bottles, complete with spray nozzle. We are also able to refill bottles once empty, or supply 5 litre refill containers.

The flame retardant spray will not affect the properties or appearance of the fabric, nor cause shrinkage, if allowed to dry naturally before use. The flame retarding is not affected by dry cleaning, wear or exposure to sunlight. However treated fabrics cannot be washed, as wetting the fabric requires it to be re-treated.

One litre of spray covers 6 square metres of fabric. Fabrics treated with this coverage have been tested and approved to safety standard BS5867 Part 2 Type B (for Hotels, Public Buildings and Offices).

To calculate how much spray you need for the quantity of fabric you are treating:

( No of metres x width in metres ) / 6

Example: 24 metres of fabric 183cm wide
24 x 1.83 = 43.92
43.92 / 6 = 7.32
So 24 metres of this fabric would need over 7 litres of flame retardant liquid, so you would need to buy 8 litres in total to cover it all.

A 1 litre bottle of Flamesafe flame retardant spray costs £11.90 and refills are available at £7.50 per litre – either in the original bottle or as a complete 5 litre container.

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Perfect Playhouse

Play house We thought you might like this customer make which Julia shared with us recently. She has used one of our cotton poplins to make the bricks of this lovely doll’s playhouse, and appliqued on lots of details and trims. The house is stiffened with plastic canvas and has a layer of wadding under the cotton to soften it. The elastic which holds the house closed was from hair bobbles to get the fun colour.
Play house insideThe house opens up and the inside of the flap turns into a garden. The inner floor has stiff plastic inside and is attached with velcro so it can be taken out. We think any youngster would have hours of fun with this, and it’s designed to be able to carry around as well. What a really personal present!

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Embroidered Pomegranate Curtain Fabric

FioriThis is one of our new curtain fabrics for autumn, and what a stunning fabric it is. This is a linen mix fabric with an embroidered design of pomegranates and raised applique. We have this colourway in stock and other colourways can be obtained as seen in the picture to the right.Fiori other colours

Fabric composition : 47% Polyester, 30% Linen, 23% Viscose
Fabric width : 55″/140cm
Pattern repeat : 9.25″/23.5cm

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Sewing Classes- Sewing with Jersey

On Tuesday 29th September we had the second part of our sewing with stretch fabric class and during the class, pupils were given the chance to complete a stretchy top in 2 1/2 hours.

The class was taken by our regular tutor Lynn Horniblow, who produced a pattern for each of us to use. Our class numbers are usually small to enable a lot of personal tuition but with the garment classes we keep the numbers to 4 because there are more skills to master. The class was also attended by 2 staff members as we believe these classes are a really good way for them to brush up on their sewing skills in order to help and advise our customers.

DSC_3980 DSC_3985 DSC_3983 DSC_3987 DSC_3988 DSC_3992 DSC_3990We started by laying out and then cutting the fabric pieces and in doing this we learnt more about what the markings on the pattern pieces mean and why they are so important to the finished fit as well as how to measure and pin accurately along the grainline. Of course some of us still forgot to leave the points and happily chopped our way around the pattern!

Did you think you needed an overlocker to obtain a professional finish? So did we until Lynn showed us a clever trick on each of our different machines that does exactly the same job.  The only extra thing that you have to do is the trimming afterwards.

 

 

 

 

 

Sewing with stretch isn’t as scary as you might first think, as long as you know which stitch to use on your machine it becomes a great fabric to sew with. The great thing that we all learnt on this class, was learning which stitch to use and how to move the fabric though the machine without pulling

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone left the class feeling really happy, with a garment almost complete along with instructions on how to finish off and most importantly knowledge of how to sew with a jersey fabric.

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How to Make an Envelope Cushion with Piping

Finished cushionIn this post you will learn to make a simple envelope cushion using piping to give a stunning finish. We will be using ready-covered piping cord, but if you are making your own piping you would need to make this first. These instructions are to make a cushion cover for an 18″/45cm square cushion pad, with half a metre of fabric. This project can be completed by an inexperienced sewer and can be done with a sewing machine or by hand sewing if you prefer.

For this project you will need:

  • Half a metre of fabric at least 44” /112cm wide
  • 2 metres of covered piping cord
  • An 18” square cushion pad
  • Matching or toning thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • A pen and ruler
  • A sewing machine with zipper foot and/or a hand sewing needle
  • An iron

Instructions:

  1. Lay the fabric flat and trim across the width to meaure 18.5” / 47cm. Discard the narrow strip. Using the iron, press the remaining large rectangle flat and smooth.
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  3. Place the fabric right side up and measure from the selvedge 10” / 26cm. Mark the distance at several points and draw a line. Cut the cloth along the line.
  4. Measure and mark from the new cut edge a further 18.5” / 47cm, draw a line and cut the fabric along this line (to make a square piece).
  5. With the remaining fabric measure 14” / 36cm in from the left hand selvedge, mark and cut as before. Discard any remaining fabric or set aside.
    You now have 3 pieces of fabric to use for your cushion. The two smaller pieces will be used to make the back of the cushion and will overlap to create the envelope effect.
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  7. Prepare one end of the piping cord by pulling out the core and trimming this off by about 1” / 3cm, leaving the coloured fabric casing empty of cord.
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  9. Take the square of fabric and lay it right side up. Starting with the trimmed end, begin to pin the piping cord into place, matching raw edge to raw edge and starting about 4”/10cm from one of the corners.
  10. 20150919_072536When you reach the corner carefully pin in place, easing the fabric around the angle. You may make a single tiny cut into the flange of the piping exactly at the corner, carefully avoiding cutting the stitching or piping cord itself. This will allow a little ease, help the cord lay flat without wrinkling up and make sewing easier.
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  12. Continue to lay the piping in place, matching the raw edges all the way around the square. As you reach the point at which you started, lay the piping down and, allowing a 1” / 3cm overlap, trim the piping to that length. Repeat the process of extracting the core so that the inner piping cord exactly meets up with the start and you have two equal ends of empty casing.
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  14. Take each of the ends and fold the fabric back so they lay neatly overlapping and pin into place.
  15. Tack the piping cord into place with hand stitches, paying particular attention to ensuring the corners are well secured and the overlap is neat. Remove pins.
  16. Take the first rectangle of fabric you cut (measures 10.5” / 26cm by 18.5” / 47cm) and fold over the selvedge by 1” / 3cm. Press this fold and stitch neatly at 0.5” / 1.5cm to hold this fold in place.
  17. First part of back is added

  18. Lay the long side of this rectangle onto the square, right sides together and matching the orientation of the pattern. The folded and sewn edge will be in the middle. Pin and tack into place, paying attention to the corners. Remove pins.
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  20. Take the remaining rectangle of fabric (14” / 36cm by 18.5” / 47cm) and checking the fabric is the right way up, lay it over the square right sides facing. The larger rectangle overlaps the smaller one by about 4” / 10cm. Pin and tack in place as before. Remove pins.
  21. Now you are ready to start sewing. If sewing by hand use a back stitch and, starting in the middle of one of the sides, continue all the way around the square, overstitching with several stitches when ending a thread or starting a new one, so that the joins will be secure.
    Machine sewing using a zipper footIf using a sewing machine, start in the middle of one of the sides. Put the edge of the cushion in place under the zipper foot so that the needle is closest to the piping. Sew carefully, pressing the piping cord up against the side of the zipper foot so that a neat finished is obtained. Sew all the way around the square and overlap the stitching for 1” / 3cm. Tie off ends.
  22. Remove all tacking threads. Turn the cushion cover the right way out and stuff the cushion pad into the cover, smoothing down the layers of fabric at the back of the cushion and pushing the corners out so they are square

Your envelope cushion is now complete!
 

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Purple Felted Fabric

32022This wonderful fabric is a new arrival for autumn. It is a felted polyester fabric with a lovely texture and amazing detail. The pattern is a random square with purple, winter white and other colours on a black backgound. We think this fabric would be perfect for a coat (watch out for a staff make coming up), jacket or skirt. It would also make a stunning bag or cushion.

Fabric composition : Polyester
Fabric width : 58″ / 147cm
Pattern repeat : N/A (the pattern does not repeat consistently)
Price : £14.00 per metre

 

STOCK UPDATE : This fabric is out of stock and unavailable. Please see a selection of our other dress fabrics below.