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  • Friday, July 15, 2016

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    Creative Inspiration: Memo Illustration

    Creative Inspiration: Memo Illustration

    Happy Friday! If you're looking to get a bit of summer cheer into your home we may have just the ticket! Be inspired by Helen the creator of Memo Illustration (http://www.hellomemo.com/) who bills herself as a screen printer, illustrator, vintage clothing obsessor and lover of greyhounds. Her kitsch greeting cards and prints bring cheer and happiness to all who see them. We love the vintage Americana feel to her work and it's also encouraging us to send more snail mail. Wouldn't it b ..

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  • Friday, July 08, 2016

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    Fabric Friday!

    Fabric Friday!

    We're been rummaging through out favourite virtual haberdasheries to bring you more fabulous fabrics to inspire your makes. This week we've got an orange and teal feel to our picks. First up is this lovely seersucker (http://raystitch.co.uk/products/new-arrivals/japanese-cotton-seersucker-string-of-dots-aqua.html) from Ray Stitch. It's a Japanese cotton so you know it's going to be high quality and the unique weave of seersucker adds a much welcomed texture to your garment. We're thinking lo ..

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  • Friday, July 01, 2016

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    #Ministrymakes Winner - June

    #Ministrymakes Winner - June

    I think this has got to be the youngest model we have ever had on our #MinistryMakes competition. Were we swayed by the cuteness in awarding mum the winner? hmm..... Well done Jodie, with a new arrival, you have managed to do so much. Not only attending our 4-week evening Introduction to Sewing (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/chorlton-courses/w160706-step-by-step-introduction-to-sewing) workshop but making one of many matching outfits like this. It is a great project tha ..

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  • Friday, June 24, 2016

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    June Pattern Picks

    June Pattern Picks

    Apparently it's going to be pretty decent weather for the next couple of months. I read that somewhere and I'm taking it to be the truth! It's influencing my sewing schedule and making me want to get some summer into my wardrobe. I saw this pattern for the Rose Dress by Schnittchen (http://schnittchen.com/shop/patterns-sizes-46-56/sewing-pattern-rose-dress/?lang=en) and it seemed like the perfect everyday summer dress. Effortlessly cool and with some challenging techniques to learn, I'v ..

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  • Friday, June 17, 2016

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    Creative Inspiration: Molla Mills

    Creative Inspiration: Molla Mills

    If you haven't come across Molla Mills (http://mollamills.com/) and her fabulous crochet then you're missing out! Striking modern designs and an infectious love of the craft make Molla an endless source of inspiration. Hailing from Finland she has a series of books and even her own line of beautiful yarns. Up until recently only her first book (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Modern-Crochet-Accessories-Projects-Your/dp/1909342688) has been translated into English, it's a corker with lots of sty ..

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  • Friday, June 10, 2016

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    Fabric Friday!

    Fabric Friday!

    This sunny weather is making us think about sea, sand and sangria! So what better than a bit of light and airy fabric to inspire some summer makes. These gorgeously light cottons would be gorgeous as floaty summer dresses or super comfy trousers. Both are from our favourite Brighton fabric emporium, Ditto fabrics (https://www.dittofabrics.co.uk/index.php?route=common/home). We can imagine the sand ditsy anchors (https://www.dittofabrics.co.uk/latest-products-dress-material/ditsy-na ..

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  • Friday, June 03, 2016

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    #Ministrymakes Winner - May

    #Ministrymakes Winner - May

    There was some stiff competition for this month's #Ministrymakes with cute ducks, gorgeous totes and even some beautiful bunting. But as always there can only be one winner and we were bowled over by Joanne's cloned dress. Joanne recently attended Clone Your Closet (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/all-courses/c160806-clone-your-closet) where she lifted the pattern of a favourite dress and then went home and sewed up her pilfered pattern - it's a dead ringer for the origina ..

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  • Friday, May 13, 2016

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    May Pattern Picks

    May Pattern Picks

    There's been a wealth of new pattern releases over the last month or so, it's been hard to choose a favourite! And while we're picking patterns we should really let you know about a great place to find said patterns! Have you had a look at The Fold Line (https://thefoldline.com/) yet? This exhaustive online community has all the information you would ever need in regards to sewing. We love their pattern round ups and the reviews from sewers who've tried and tested all manner of patterns ..

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  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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    Creative Inspiration: Sarah K Benning

    Creative Inspiration: Sarah K Benning

    If you're anything like us, you're always looking for new inspiration to push you along on your crafting journey. Luckily for all of us there is a wealth of fantastic artists and makers out there raising the bar in their chosen craft. Every month we'll be sharing one of our favourites with you to keep you excited about craft and open your eyes to the possibilities. This month we've chosen the talented Sarah K Benning (http://sarahkbenning.com/). We first came across her work at the Reneg ..

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  • Friday, May 06, 2016

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    Fabric Friday!

    Fabric Friday!

    We love experimenting with our fabrics and letting you know how they sew! Our recent stretch purchases are our first foray into jersey and we love them. Soft and comfy they are perfect for all manner of garments. Here are two of the garment's I made with them. The first is a casual stretch top in this fabric (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/fabric/stretchy-multi-circles-on-white).This is quite a classic shape and very simple to make. The beauty of stretch is that you don't hav ..

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