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  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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    Ministry Makes Stretch

    Ministry Makes Stretch

    What have I been sewing lately? Well, following on from my blog about sewing hems in stretch fabric using a twin needle, I made an exercise top which required the use of a twin needle for hemming and attaching a binding around the armholes and necklines. I copied an existing top as a template for the shape, using techniques from our Clone Your Closet (/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/pattern-cutting) workshop to cut the pieces. Cut back Cut front  ..

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  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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    ​Super simple double crochet t-shirt yarn storage basket by Caroline Coates

    ​Super simple double crochet t-shirt yarn storage basket by Caroline Coates

    What you need I've made my own t-shirt yarn (see previous blog (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/ministry-of-craft-blog/how-to-make-t-shirt-yarn)) or you can buy it, Fred Aldous (https://www.fredaldous.co.uk/products/jersey-be-good-blue-denim) stock Wool and The Gang fabric yarn. Use 10-12mm hook depending on thickness of yarn. Abbreviations DC double crochet SS slip stitch Instructions Chain 4 or use a magic ring. 1st row work 2 DC into each stitch ( ..

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  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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    How to make T-shirt yarn by Caroline Coates

    How to make T-shirt yarn by Caroline Coates

    One of my favourite things to crochet and knit with is jersey yarn, it's really easy to make your own and I always love a bit of up cycling. Picking your t-shirt Any t-shirt will work but those with less stretch are slightly easier to work with. The more fabric the better so men's t-shirt are great. Step 1 Rather than cutting lots of strips and attaching them together, cut like this and maximise the length. Strips should be about 2cm (1 inch) wide. Cut th ..

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  • Monday, July 10, 2017

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    Sewing Hems in Stretch

    Sewing Hems in Stretch

    My next project is to make a couple of exercise tops using a knit/stretch fabric. My trusty overlocker is great for sewing up the main seams but there’s one aspect of sewing knits that overlockers can’t easily do—hem the finished garment edges. If you hem with an ordinary straight stitch, the hem is likely to roll up in some fabrics and there will be no elasticity. A zigzag stitch will be somewhat elastic, meaning you can put on your top without popping the seam but it still may r ..

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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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