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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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  • Friday, October 09, 2015

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    Knit the Rainbow!

    Knit the Rainbow!

    We've been going a bit Decoupage mad recently at HQ. Between Minecraft necklaces and glittered baubles nothing's safe from out glue and paper! And since nothing is safe it led us to use the brilliant art of decoupage to brighten up our knitting needles. It always baffles me that it's so hard to get hold of colourful knitting needles. I didn't attempt this with any of my plastic or metal needles as I'm not sure they would look as good as the wooden ones but I think you'll agree that ..

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  • Monday, October 05, 2015

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    #Ministrymakes Winner - September

    #Ministrymakes Winner - September

    This months winner is the lovely Sandra, who was so motivated by attending our Made to Measure Skirt Pattern (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/pattern-cutting) workshop that she went home and made the skirt the very next day! We love this fabric, it makes a really lovely skirt that seems to match the season, bringing a bit of brightness to the darkening days. Well done Sandra! If you fancy making your own A-Line Skirt then why not join us for our ..

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