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  • Friday, October 13, 2017

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    MINISTRY MAKES CHIFFON

    MINISTRY MAKES CHIFFON

    What have I been sewing lately? Well, I have had a length of chiffon in my fabric stash for a while, so when Sew Magazine gave away this New Look pattern (K6471), I took on the slippery fabric challenge! Chiffon poses some sewing challenges so if you are new to sewing, I would recommend choosing a fine cotton lawn instead. Chiffon (from the French word for a cloth or rag) is a lightweight, balanced plain-woven sheer fabric woven of alternate S- and Z-twist crepe (high-twist) ya ..

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  • Friday, September 29, 2017

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    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - RAE

    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - RAE

    Well done Rae for being awarded our latest Ministry Makes Winner! Rae already had some good basic sewing skills when she joined us for Dressmaking in a Day (/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/dressmaking) where she made this amazing lobster print garment. She put her own twist on the garment, making it from a top to a tunic style and adding darts in the back for a more fitted style. I think she looks pretty pleased with the result! Inspired by the course, Rae went home a ..

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  • Friday, September 15, 2017

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    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - UZMA

    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - UZMA

    Uzma certainly has the sewing bug and there is no stopping her! She has been telling us how much she has been enjoying the workshops. We have really enjoyed having her attend and have pleasure in making her a Ministry Makes winner. Uzma started off making this beautiful Clutch Purse on our Snap Frame Purse workshop, (now been replaced by our new Bag Making Workshop). (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/all-courses/s180120-beginner-sewing-bag-making-workshop) She the ..

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  • Friday, September 01, 2017

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    The Art of Paper Cutting

    The Art of Paper Cutting

    The design and craft world has for some time now been understandably obsessed with the beautiful art of paper cutting. Paper cutting is the art form of cutting paper with sharp scissors or a knife. You can create anything from simple graphic designs to incredibly detailed three-dimensional images. It can be as simple or intricate as the paper artist chooses, this is one of my favourtites from Rob Ryan. The great news is, it not only requires little space but costs ve ..

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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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