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Really Rainbow Rita Doll- Sewing Kit Really Rainbow Rita Doll- Sewing Kit
£35.99
4 in stock
Let me introduce you to the beautiful Rainbow Rita.  She's easy to make with clear, simple intructions and step by step images.  I've avoided darts, fiddly gussets, embroidery and button holes to make the experience more enjoyable and addictive! The dolls stand approximately 50cm (20") tall. Sew your very own Rainbow Rita, with her beautiful rainbow hair and brightly coloured clothes. £35.99 The kit includes the pattern with templates  (scaled to the actaul size) and all the materials you need to make her. An idal gift to make for somebody you love. Designed by Maria Sammur.
Unicorn Candy Doll - Sewing Kit Unicorn Candy Doll - Sewing Kit
£35.99
5 in stock
Let me introduce you to the beautiful Unicorn Candy.  She's easy to make with clear, simple intructions and step by step images.  I've avoided darts, fiddly gussets, embroidery and button holes to make the experience more enjoyable and addictive! The dolls stand approximately 50cm (20") tall. Sew your very own Unicorn Candy, with her beautiful candyhair, glittery horn and ears. £35.99 The kit includes the pattern with templates  (scaled to the actaul size) and all the materials you need to make her. An ideal gift to make for somebody you love. Designed by Maria Sammur.
Big Mama Pouffe Kit- 100% Melody Cotton Fabrics included (large Round Floor Cushion) Big Mama Pouffe Kit- 100% Melody Cotton Fabrics included (large Round Floor Cushion)
£85.00
2 in stock
Make Really Maria's beautiful,big mama pouffe measuring 30 inches (76cm) diameter and 12 inches (30cm) height from this kit.  The pattern includes step by step clear instructions with images and the template in full size.   If you want to add that wow factor to your home, then this is the project for you! Included in the kit are: Pattern Prym Mattress needles, 2.35 x 250mm, silver-coloured (131490) made of hardened steel. 9 x Melody rainbow colour fabrics 3.25 meters backing fabric 1.75 meters wadding Guterman extra strong thread 2 Self-covering buttons. Note: To complete your Big Mama Pouffe you will also need either 4 cubic polytsyrene ban bag filling or 5 kilos of polyester filling.  
Big Mama Pouffe Pattern (large Round Floor Cushion) Big Mama Pouffe Pattern (large Round Floor Cushion)
£8.99
3 in stock
Big Mama Pouffe Pattern - by Maria Sammur This pattern is to make Really Maria's beautiful,big mama pouffe measuring 30 inches (76cm) diameter and 12 inches (30cm) height.  The pattern includes step by step clear instructions with images and the template in full size.   If you want to add that wow factor to your home, then this is the project for you! All the necessary, fabrics and tools to enable you to make the pouffe are available from our shop.  
Really Cute Rag Dolls Pattern Really Cute Rag Dolls Pattern
£8.99
4 in stock
   Really Cute Rag Dolls Pattern. With this pattern you can stitch yourself a variety of different dolls and easy to make with clear, simple intructions and step by step images.  I've avoided darts, fiddly gussets, embroidery and button holes to make experience more enjoyable, addictive and has no limits for embellishing! All the templates are included and scaled to the actual size. The dolls stand approximately 50cm (20") tall. Thge possibilities of who you can make are endless....so go on on let your imagination run wild!! An ideal gift to make for somebody you love. Designed by Maria Sammur.
A-Z of Sewing for Smockers A-Z of Sewing for Smockers
£12.99
1 in stock
Book Description This how-to guide focuses on garment construction for smockers, with hints for creating heirlooms. Part of the bestselling A-Z series of specialist needlework books, this extensive how-to text focuses on garment construction for smocking enthusiasts and is the ideal companion to the AZ of Smocking. Presented in an easy to use style, this book is overflowing with hundreds of step-by-step photographs and invaluable hints for creating beautiful heirloom garments from blouses to bridesmaids' dresses. Table of Contents 4 General information 4 Equipment 9 Fabrics 16 Fabric requirements 17 Interfacings and linings 17 Machine sewing thread 18 Patterns 20 Transferring markings 21 Techniques 22 Binding 23 Blocking and shaping 28 Gathering 30 Heirloom sewing 37 Piping 39 Pleating 42 Pressing 42 Seams 48 Understitching 48 Topstitching 49 Construction 50 Assembling the garment 60 Armholes 63 Button bands 65 Collars 74 Fasteners 83 Hems 92 Inserts 94 Interfacings 95 Linings 96 Necklines 103 Plackets 107 Sashes, belts and cummerbunds 115 Sleeves 125 Your finished garment 126 Index Show More + About the Author About Country Bumpkin Compiled by the expert team at Country Bumpkin, renowned Australian publishers of embroidery books and magazines. Press yarnsandfabrics.co.uk The A-Z series presents time and tested crafts that are beloved by many. This is a new edition. Turn your smocking into an heirloom. It's for people who already know how to smock, but want to know how to put a garment together. The book is aimed at the construction process of creating traditional garments, using clear step-by-step instructions with photographs. It contains techniques for piping, pleating, attaching lace, sashes and more but is not a how to smock book. There is a materials section, techniques and construction. The photographs are good and the instructions are professional
Build A Bag: Occasion Bags  by Debbie Shore Build A Bag: Occasion Bags by Debbie Shore
£15.99
15 in stock
Book Description Create 15 stunning occasion bag designs using the two reusable plastic templates New from Debbie Shore, this is a brand new series with a difference! The 15 occasion bag designs are created using the rigid plastic templates contained within the book; these two easy-to-use templates are durable, reusable, wipe-clean and perfect for fussy cutting, plus they are simple to position and use there is no need to pin them. The 15 bags are each made using different techniques, pockets, straps and fastenings, to create 15 very different results. The templates can also be used for your own further design variations, as you mix and match the techniques covered within the book; Debbie gives advice on how to adapt and create your own unique designs. Each project in the book is explained using Debbie’s trademark style and step-by-step photography, and there is also a comprehensive techniques section and a guide to using the templates. Table of Contents Introduction 6 Understanding the templates 8 Materials 12 Tools 14 Hardware 16 Techniques 17 Debbie’s top tips 24 Glossary 25 The Projects 26 Curved flap handbag 28 Round flap handbag 34 Scalloped flap handbag 38 Bow clutch 44 Curved flap clutch 48 Scalloped flap clutch 52 Zip clutch 56 Cosmetic bag 60 Fringed handbag 64 Patchwork clutch 68 Piped handbag 72 Slim clutch with scalloped flap 76 Triple pocket handbag 80 Chain strap clutch 84 Zipped purse 88 A little extra something 94 Index 96 About the Author About Debbie Shore Debbie Shore started her career as a children's television presenter and since then has appeared regularly on television both as an actress and selling products on a shopping channel. Debbie has also hosted live fashion shows with a major fashion store, produces her own range of instructional DVDs and writes for several popular sewing magazines. She is now a bestselling author and has written 12 books for Search Press, with several more underway. Debbie was voted Sewing Designer of the Year in the Immediate Media British Craft Awards 2017. She lives in Lincolnshire. Visit her website www.debbieshoresewing.com. Press The Sewing Directory Debbie Shore has released two new bag making books in a new series of books with Search Press the Build a Bag series. The first two books focus on Tote Bags and Occasion bags, each book containing instructions for 15 projects as well as tips on making your own variations of these designs. I hear that future books include backpacks and satchels. What differentiates these books from other bag making books is they both come with full size reusable plastic templates, so you can use them repeatedly without the wear and tear you normally get from paper patterns. They are thin plastic templates with slots for you to draw through to mark the shape of your bag, the flap or zip positioning. The templates are also transparent, so you can fussy cut your fabric. Each book has a handy plastic pocket inside the front cover to safely store your templates, so they dont get bent or damaged. Both books start with a guide to using the templates, to the tools and techniques you will need to make the bags (with step by step instructions and colour photos) and some tip tips from Debbie. The bags themselves range in size and complexity and include clutch bags, large totes and handbags. Some of them do look quite similar with just a detail like the bag flap changed but theres still several different styles and sizes contained in the books. The projects teach you different bag making techniques including adding zips, making pockets, sewing different shaped bag flaps, making piping, bag closures, making quilted bags, adding details like bows or applique etc. In her bag making tips Debbie lets the reader know which bag is the easiest one to start with. As with all her books the project instructions are easy to follow and have clear photos for every stage to help guide the reader. These books are ideal for those new to bag making and will help readers grow their bag making skills and confidence as they work through the projects. The plastic templates are a brilliant idea and a great bonus. I look forward to seeing the next books in this series. myshelf.com If you need a bag for a special occasion (or any occasion for that matter) you can make one quickly and simply with this book. Undo the elastic band on the cover - where you can also find a useful imperial/metric ruler and discover how inside On the inside of the front cover is a pocket containing two reusable plastic templates. With these you can make all fifteen bags in the book with not as much sewing know-how as you might think. The book opens by explaining how to use the templates before discussing fabric options and listing what you need to get started. This book would appeal to most levels of expertise but is particularly useful for anybody of improver level. That is, somebody who knows the very basics of sewing but would appreciate the glossary of terms and helpful section on techniques such as making fabric flowers, zipped pockets and straps. Each project has a large photograph of the finished item plus a list of what you need, section on how to use the templates and a good number of steps with photographs. All measurements are in imperial and metric and use is made of the attractive hardware options available now such as metal fasteners, handles, D-rings etc which lift a bag out of the homemade category and into the handmade one. Choose from handbags, purses and clutches with a variety of shaped flaps, pocket options and fancy details to cover all the occasions you can think of. Many make use of scraps left over from other projects, ideal for the greener crafter as well as anybody who hoards fabric and/or wants to make a bag to match an outfit they have made. This is a lovely book for the keeper shelf and my favorite to date from this talented author. The Collection 2018 New from Debbie Shore - the first book in her brand new Build a Bag series. Create 15 stunning occasion bag designs using just two reusable, templates (included with the book). The two easy-to-use templates are durable, reusable, wipe-clean and perfect for fussy cutting, plus simple to position with no need to pin. Debbie also gives clear advice on how to adapt and create your own unique designs.
Build A Bag: Tote Bags by Debbie Shore Build A Bag: Tote Bags by Debbie Shore
£15.99
13 in stock
Book Description Create 15 stunning tote bag designs using the two reusable plastic templates. New from Debbie Shore, this is a brand new bag-making series with a difference! The 15 tote bag designs are created using the rigid plastic templates contained within the book; these two easy-to-use templates are durable, reusable, wipe-clean and perfect for fussy cutting, plus they are simple to position and use there is no need to pin them. The 15 tote bags are each made using different techniques, pockets, straps and fastenings, to create 15 very different results. The templates can also be used for your own further design variations, as you mix and match the techniques covered within the book; Debbie gives advice on how to adapt and create your own unique designs. Each project in the book is explained using Debbie’s trademark style and step-by-step photography, and there is also a comprehensive techniques section and a guide to using the templates. Table of Contents Introduction 6 Understanding the templates 8 Materials 12 Tools 14 Techniques 16 Debbie’s top tips 26 Glossary 27 The Projects 28 Simple 30 Crafty 34 Curved flap 38 Knot 42 Patchwork 46 Piped 50 Patch pocket 54 Purse with flap 58 Purse with zip 62 Foldaway 66 Quilted 70 Beach bag 74 Drawstring bag 78 Double pocket 82 Bow 88 A little something extra 92 Index 96 About the Author About Debbie Shore Debbie Shore started her career as a children's television presenter and since then has appeared regularly on television both as an actress and selling products on a shopping channel. Debbie has also hosted live fashion shows with a major fashion store, produces her own range of instructional DVDs and writes for several popular sewing magazines. She is now a bestselling author and has written 12 books for Search Press, with several more underway. Debbie was voted Sewing Designer of the Year in the Immediate Media British Craft Awards 2017. She lives in Lincolnshire. Visit her website www.debbieshoresewing.com. Press The Sewing Directory Debbie Shore has released two new bag making books in a new series of books with Search Press the Build a Bag series. The first two books focus on Tote Bags and Occasion bags, each book containing instructions for 15 projects as well as tips on making your own variations of these designs. I hear that future books include backpacks and satchels. What differentiates these books from other bag making books is they both come with full size reusable plastic templates, so you can use them repeatedly without the wear and tear you normally get from paper patterns. They are thin plastic templates with slots for you to draw through to mark the shape of your bag, the flap or zip positioning. The templates are also transparent, so you can fussy cut your fabric. Each book has a handy plastic pocket inside the front cover to safely store your templates, so they dont get bent or damaged. Both books start with a guide to using the templates, to the tools and techniques you will need to make the bags (with step by step instructions and colour photos) and some tip tips from Debbie. The bags themselves range in size and complexity and include clutch bags, large totes and handbags. Some of them do look quite similar with just a detail like the bag flap changed but theres still several different styles and sizes contained in the books. The projects teach you different bag making techniques including adding zips, making pockets, sewing different shaped bag flaps, making piping, bag closures, making quilted bags, adding details like bows or applique etc. In her bag making tips Debbie lets the reader know which bag is the easiest one to start with. As with all her books the project instructions are easy to follow and have clear photos for every stage to help guide the reader. These books are ideal for those new to bag making and will help readers grow their bag making skills and confidence as they work through the projects. The plastic templates are a brilliant idea and a great bonus. I look forward to seeing the next books in this series. Postcard Reviews I always get excited when Debbie Shore brings out a new book. The 'Build A Bag' series is absolutely amazing. A brand new concept that is both original and simple, the 15 projects are stunning. The book and the reusable templates come in a folder and can be removed for easier usage. As always, the projects are beautifully presented and the instructions are simple to follow. the step by step instructions come in both a visual and written format, and with additional hints and tips they can be adapted and embellished to your own design. Each project has a coloured diagram to show what piece of template to use. For both a beginner and an advanced sewist, this is one book that will be forever loved. The bags as you would expect are amazing, and all are absolutely useful. I can imagine my friends are going to love them. They are a perfect gift idea. The only problem is knowing which to sew first!!
Colourful Wayuu Bags to Crochet Colourful Wayuu Bags to Crochet
£9.99
Out of stock
A guide to making tapestry crochet bags by Rianne de Graaf Book Description 10 stunning Wayuu tapestry crochet bags to make in exciting colourways and designs. Colourful, functional and fun these striking crocheted Wayuu bags have the best combination of features! Using the technique of tapestry crochet, there are ten stunning bags to make, all in excitingly bold colourways and designs, with the characteristic woven shoulder straps and drawstring cords. Some of the bags are also embellished with pompoms and tassels. Using the traditional geometric patterns and shapes of the Colombian and Venezuelan Wayuu people, each bag is unique and you can make them in your own choice of colours. Tapestry crohcet uses just one crochet stitch and is an easy technique to learn, and a section at the end of the book shows you how to make the beautifully braided straps and drawstrings. The braided straps could also easily be made on their own as trendy belts for trousers and skirts. Using very simple stitches, with easy-to-follow patterns and widely available 100% cotton yarns, these bags are too beautiful to resist - so pick up your yarn and hook and get started!
Crochet Learn It. Love It. Crochet Learn It. Love It.
£12.99
1 in stock
Techniques and projects to build a lifelong passion, for beginners up by Tracey Todhunter Book Description Ultimate reference guide to 40 essential crochet techniques for absolute beginners. Aimed at the absolute beginner and assuming no prior knowledge, this skill-building book by experienced and highly respected crochet teacher, Tracey Todhunter, offers expert guidance as you hook away. Starting with the basic skills you need to crochet, Crochet Learn It. Love It will serve as a long-term reference guide to 40 essential crochet techniques. Each chapter teaches basic skills in detail, with step-by-step guides, photographs and diagrams to ensure the reader knows exactly what to do and how to do it. In addition, 12 simple 'Quick Start' projects have been specially designed by Tracey to build confidence and help the reader progress. Features: •Galleries of inspirational projects made using the techniques learnt in that chapter. •Guest designers and bloggers sharing some of their favourite patterns. Really useful listicles sprinkled throughout the pages, for readers who want to quickly understand the essentials. •Crochet clinics: Insider tips and advice on spotting and avoiding common crochet mistakes. •Charts and patterns working in tandem to explain crochet concepts.
Crochet Taxidemy> Crochet Taxidemy>
£10.99
1 in stock
Crochet Taxidermy puts a new twist on amigurumi, the popular Japanese method of creating considerably cute stuffed animals with oversized heads. In this delightful collection, heads of animals from farm and forest, sea and safari come to life with irresistible details like the drowsy eye (for the shy deer and sleepy octopus) and fuzzy yarn (for the skittery skunk's stripe and lazy lion's mane). Detailed directions and step-by-step photos will help you humanely fill out your flock, populate your pride, and build your bevy in no time. Let the wild crafting start!
Debbie Shores SEWING ROOM SECRETS Debbie Shores SEWING ROOM SECRETS
£9.99
14 in stock
Step into Debbie Shore’s sewing room, where she will share with you her expert tips, techniques and trade secrets for successful sewing. In this first book in her new Sewing Room Secrets series, Debbie Shore walks you through every aspect of machine sewing, revealing her top tips and providing in-depth and helpful guidance every step of the way. Starting by looking at sewing room essentials, Debbie then guides you around your sewing machine and explains all the tools and materials you might need, including wadding/batting, interfacing, fabrics and threads. There’s a handy troubleshooting section to reassure and guide you when you encounter problems. Debbie covers the key techniques you need to know, including inserting zips and piping, using shirring elastic, free-motion embroidery and appliqué. Debbie’s focus is on craft and home items, but she also includes some dressmaking and quilting tips for those looking to explore other areas. The ten beautiful projects help you learn the techniques as you progress through the book, beginning with a simple pincushion before moving on to a pillow cover, a tablet case, a drawstring bag, a sewing machine mat and more.
Melody 12  Fat Quarter Batik Bundle Melody 12 Fat Quarter Batik Bundle
£22.00
2 in stock
Product description Add to your fabric stash with these gorgeous 100% Cotton Fat Quarters! A Fat Quarter is cut to 50cm by half the fabric width. Featuring 12 beautiful, Melody Batik Range, these fat quarters are perfect for creating lovely decorations and gifts that everyone will love! This cotton collection of 12  is perfect for a variety of projects. The patterns have been especially selected to complement each other effortlessly, enabling you to mix and match your favourites for unique designs. Brand: Fabric Freedom Size: 50cm x 56cm (20 x 22 inches) Design: Mix Includes Six individual fat quarters 100% Cotton fabric Complementary patterns to mix and match Ideal for quilting and other craft projects Really Maria Cotton Fat Quarters 12 Pack
Really Maria Mix Selection, Yoga 6 Fat Quarters Really Maria Mix Selection, Yoga 6 Fat Quarters
£16.99
3 in stock
Product description Add to your fabric stash with these gorgeous 100% Cotton Fat Quarters! A Fat Quarter is cut to 50cm by half the fabric width. Featuring 6 beautiful, unique designs from a variety of brands, these fat quarters are perfect for creating lovely decorations and gifts that everyone will love! This cotton collection of six  is perfect for a variety of projects. The patterns have been especially selected to complement each other effortlessly, enabling you to mix and match your favourites for unique designs. Brands included: Riley Blake Michael Miller Fabric Freedom StudioE Size: 50cm x 56cm (20 x 22 inches) Design: Mix Includes Six individual fat quarters 100% Cotton fabric Complementary patterns to mix and match Ideal for quilting and other craft projects Really Maria Cotton Fat Quarters 6 Pack
Start to Quilt Start to Quilt
£6.99
1 in stock
NEW IN PAPERBACK Step by step photographs and easy to follow instructions make it easy for readers from ten to teens to start quilting. There are only a few stitches and techniques to learn and no advanced sewing skills are required. The bright, full colour photographs and funky design will inspire youngsters to make fabulous projects to show off to all their friends. Table of Contents · Make fantastic bags, a wild and wonderful wall hanging, a phone pouch and a fun felt book cover · Simple techniques and lots of creative ideas · Clear instructions and everything you need to know to start quilting
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We are the most vibrant, colourful shop full of over 1000 beautiful, cotton fabrics used for quilting, dressmaking, soft furnishings, toys, costumes, cushions, bags and more. We also specialize in gorgeous yarn/wool from all around the world for knitting and crochet. We take pride in having the largest selection of pompom trimmings, feathers, lace, ribbons, buttons, embroidery and sewing threads, motifs, handmade accessories, craft kits and quality haberdashery tools from Prym, Clover & Milward. Really Maria is located in East Duwlich and also offers craft workshops for sewing, quilting, beading, knitting, crochet, soft toymaking, bags and Maria's Big Mama pouffes.

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