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  • Friday, January 22, 2016

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    Give us a toile

    Give us a toile

    Well here it is, my first effort at dressmaking in 6 years (I realised this as I was sewing) I have to say the picture doesn't do it justice, in fact this picture is letting me get away with murder! The thing about dressmaking, I thought as I was butchering the neckline, is that it doesn't come naturally to me. I tend to botch my way through and often I come away with nothing more than some ruined fabric. When I committed to making a garment a month I'd conveniently forgotten this (http ..

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  • Monday, January 18, 2016

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    Mad for Skirts

    Mad for Skirts

    Classic Shaped skirts never go out of style, from Kim Kardashian's pencil-skirt-crop-top combo to Alexa Chung and her extensive collection of mini's, skirts are a wardrobe staple. Apparently today is the bluest day of the year so let's brighten it up with some style and some yellow. I'm obsessed with yellow at this time of year, it just brings so much needed sunshine to the darkness of winter! I found these images on Pinterest (https://uk.pinterest.com/ministrycraft/), from l ..

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  • Friday, January 15, 2016

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    Fabric Friday!

    Fabric Friday!

    Liberty (http://www.liberty.co.uk/) have released their new season fabrics and we're in love! If only they did bank loans for fabric stashes! Liberty have billed this collection as 'a beautiful exploration of the imaginative mind and skilled hand of the artist..' and this collection really looks like the inner thoughts of a creative genius! Bold, bright and beautiful we hope we're lucky enough to make a little something for ourselves from this collection. View the whole collection he ..

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  • Monday, January 11, 2016

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    Brighten up your January

    Brighten up your January

    January can be such a dark month, full of hunger (damn Christmas!) and cold weather. But it's also a time for new things, like a premature Spring, it's a time when we are full of hope and plans for the coming year. I've been brightening up my January with some pretty paper flowers. It's a present for a loved one who is unlucky enough to have a January Birthday (I really think this is the worst month for Birthday's!) But it's also a well timed foray into this craft as we have a new ..

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  • Friday, January 08, 2016

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    Jennifer's January Pattern Pick

    Jennifer's January Pattern Pick

    2016 is here and with it comes a renewed passion for getting things done! I don't know about you but there's something about this time of year that just makes me want to plan. Something that I'll personally be committing to this year (famous last words) is trying to sew at least one garment for myself a month. Now obviously this may sound more than easy to you keen sewers out there but I have to admit that although I love sewing, I've never really been interested in dressmaking. So why  ..

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  • Monday, January 04, 2016

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    #Ministrymakes Winner - December

    #Ministrymakes Winner - December

    We had lots of lovely entries for Decembers #MinistryMakes but there could only be one person to take the festive crown! Step forward the marvelous Katrina who not only made these gorgeously sewn Christmas Stockings but managed to finish a quilt 4 weeks early for an eager arrival! We think the little baby who gets to snuggle down in this quilt is very lucky. Well done Katrina! If you're full of New Years enthusiasm then enter #MinistryMakes (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/min ..

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  • Monday, December 14, 2015

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    Ministry's Christmas Gift Guide

    Ministry's Christmas Gift Guide

    By now you should probably have a couple of presents under your belt and be well on the way to Christmas success! But if like us you have a couple of people who are a little harder to buy for or if you're just looking for some inspiration, check out our guide to gifts that keep on giving into the new year! (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/all-courses/sew-your-own-kimono-1) 2016 - The year I learned to sew Don't spend another year wishing and wanting when it comes to sewing. W ..

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  • Wednesday, December 02, 2015

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    #Ministrymakes Winner - November

    #Ministrymakes Winner - November

    We had some great entries this month for #Ministrymakes and many of them from makers high on inspiration of workshops they attended. We love nothing more than seeing how you turn the skills you learn in our workshops into gorgeous one-of-a-kind makes! So to this months winner... The fabulous Janine has been attending our sewing workshops over the last months and she's used her top sewing skills to create this beautiful dress. Well done Janine, we look forward to seeing what el ..

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  • Thursday, November 05, 2015

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    Pom Pom Wreath DIY

    Pom Pom Wreath DIY

    We've got a super easy DIY for you. The nights are drawing in and you need a bit of colour around the house to distract from the grey outside your window. Our Pom Pom Wreath is perfect, an all year round decoration all you need is a spare hour and some left over yarn! We used pom pom makers to make our pom poms but if you don't have them then Mr Printables (http://blog.mrprintables.com/category/crafts-diy/pompom-tutorials/) has great Pom Pom tutorials as well as how to make your own Pom  ..

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  • Monday, November 02, 2015

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    #Ministrymakes Winner - October

    #Ministrymakes Winner - October

    We had a record number of entries for this months #ministrymakes and it was tough picking a winner. In the end we were won over by this cute little girls dress by Kim; 'I attended the "Sew a little girls dress (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/p1023/Sew-a-gorgeous-girls-dress/product_info.html)" class a couple of months back, and managed to make another dress for my friends daughter, Maisie - she loves it!' We can see why, we love it too! How great is it to be able to ha ..

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