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  • Friday, June 23, 2017

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    Ministry Makes Flower Costume

    Ministry Makes Flower Costume

    What have I been sewing lately? I have been helping out at my son’s school with the costumes for their final year play, the Jungle Book and this is how I made the flower costume. Thomas is not a flower, but kindly modelled the costume, although, could not resist pulling a silly face! First the flower head. I cut 7 pink felt petals on the fold so when unfolded they made a rectangular shape with rounded corners. The size will depend on how big or small you want to go.  ..

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  • Friday, June 09, 2017

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    Ministry Makes Bags

    Ministry Makes Bags

    What have I been sewing lately? I have been investigating a new bag workshop to replace the current popular clutch bag we offer, as unfortunately, Sam is no longer available to teach this workshop. I felt a little spoilt for choice when I started to research some ideas but as I wanted it to be suitable for complete beginners as well as for those who wanted to try their hand at bag making, I soon dwindled it down to a handful after I had filtered out any with technical processes or ac ..

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  • Friday, June 02, 2017

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    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER

    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER

    Lan attended our trouser making workshop in April and has accomplished a lot since then and in such a short time…..I think she has the sewing bug! Before the workshop she bought rather a lot of this fabric (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/fabric/fcotton-cotton-kimono-floral-in-blue-and-pink) from our online shop and also emailed in to let me know she was smaller than the size range we mentioned on the workshop details. The below email from Lan exp ..

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  • Friday, May 26, 2017

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    Tana Lawn

    Tana Lawn

    There are so many different types of fabric and I often get asked during a workshop what a particular one is. One of the most common enquiries is about lawn, particularly Tana Lawn, undoubtedly because it has been made famous by the beautiful range of printed cotton lawn fabrics produced by Liberty. Lawn cloth or lawn is a plain weave fabric, originally of linen but now mostly cotton. Lawn is produced using fine, high-count yarns, which results in a lightweight fabric with a silky, un-te ..

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  • Friday, May 19, 2017

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    Ministy Makes Pillow Lounger/Bed

    Ministy Makes Pillow Lounger/Bed

    I have been meaning to make a “pillow lounger/bed” for a while now, so with my son’s movie night sleepover party coming up, it was time to give it a whirl. All is required is 5 pillows and some fabric. I used a nice bright blue cord (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/fabric/fstcord-cotton-stretch-cord-18-wale-in-bright-blue) we sell in our online shop that coordinated well with his room and at a wider width of 150cm it was perfect for the job in hand. I cut the length of ..

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  • Friday, May 12, 2017

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    Free Machine Embroidery by Sam Moylan

    Free Machine Embroidery by Sam Moylan

    Kirsty Allsop described freehand machine embroidery as the 'crack cocaine' of crafting and I have to agree, it’s pretty addictive. Nearly everyone that try's Free machine embroidery agrees, it's the perfect way to express your artistic side there are no restrictions. Free machine embroidery brings a whole new dimension to your sewing machine, I love how I can draw on fabric with a variety of threads and enhance those drawings with layers of stitches and beautiful fabrics, there's no rig ..

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  • Friday, May 05, 2017

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    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER

    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER

    Angela has been very busy since attending our Learn to Sew (/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/beginner-sewing) and Introduction to Curtain and Blind Making (/workshops/for-the-home) workshops. She made these stunning curtains for her holiday let in Coniston and has more sewing based business opportunities on the horizon. I've always had an interest in crafts and sewing but never found the time. Then, when the kids had all left home I had more time for myself, I searched the Inte ..

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  • Friday, April 28, 2017

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    Ministry Makes Vintage

    Ministry Makes Vintage

    What have you all been sewing lately? Here's a little update on one of my sewing adventures! I decided on a vintage dress from my ever-expanding collection of sewing patterns. I have no idea where the pattern came from - it could have been a jumble sale or a bag of patterns I inherited from a friend's grandma. Vintage patterns were sold according to bust measurement and weren’t multi-sized like today’s patterns. However, as luck would have it, it was my size! Sewing from ..

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  • Friday, April 21, 2017

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    Lino Printing by Nell Smith

    Lino Printing by Nell Smith

    I love lino printing as it’s such an accessible technique. It’s cheap and easy to get set up, and can be quite addictive when you get going! The basic set up is: lino, tools for cutting, a roller, ink, paper and a wooden spoon or clean roller to print with. There are lots of different kinds of cutters and ink to choose from. We always use safety cutters and water based block printing ink in our courses, to protect from injuries and for ease of cleaning up! Fred Aldous (http://www.fredaldous. ..

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  • Thursday, April 13, 2017

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    Get Stuck into Decoupage By Lindsey Vigurs

    Get Stuck into Decoupage By Lindsey Vigurs

    If you like really hands-on, messy, tactile, but potentially BEAUTIFUL crafting then I implore you to have a go at the fancy French art of decoupage. It’s basically sticking bits of paper on to other things with glue. But the results can be amazing. It’s an immediate craft form, perfect for doing with kids and grownups alike. And thanks to some excellent products on the market you can make your creations durable, waterproof (a must for anything being taken outside in Manchester’s drear) and  ..

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