Have a little furry friend that needs a warm place to snuggle? Show your love and make a comfy bed using fleece ‘yarn’ and a jumbo crochet hook with your pets favourite fleece and crochet a cozy sleeping spot.
Take your fleece, and with right sides together, fold fabric
lengthwise with selvedges together. Cut off selvedges on both ends and pin the
With your ruler and marker, mark every 4cm (1.5”) along the
length of your fabric both on the fold and raw edges. Connect the marks, and
starting from the fold, cut along the line.
You will be left with strips 4cm (1.5”) wide and 152cm (60”) long. Tie all strips together in a knot to create one long strand of yarn. As you go along, with right side facing up, pull tightly and stretch out each strip. This will make the raw edges naturally curl inward, making it easier to crochet. Repeat for all colours.
Round 1: Starting
with Colour A, CH4. Close circle with
a SL ST
in the first CH.
Make 5 SC in the middle of the circle. SL ST in 1st ST to close round.
Round 2: CH1.
Make 2 SC in the first ST.
Place stitch marker on the first SC. Continue to make 2 SC in each ST. SL ST in CH1 to
close round. (Total of 10 STS)
Round 3: CH1. *Make
1 SC in the first ST.
Place stitch marker. Make 2 SC in the next; While keeping the stitch marker on
the first ST,
repeat from * to end of round. SL
ST in CH1 to close round. (Total of 15 STS)
Round 4: CH1. *Make
1 SC in the first 2 STS. Place stitch marker on the first SC. Make 2 SC in the third ST; While
keeping the stitch marker on the first
ST, repeat from * to end of round. SL ST in CH1 to
close round. (Total of 20 STS)
Round 5: CH1.
*Make 1 SC in the first 3 STS. Place stitch marker on the first SC. Make 2 SC
in the fourth ST; While keeping the stitch marker on the first ST, repeat from
* to end of round. SL ST
in CH1 to close round. (Total of 25 STS)
*continue this pattern until Round 10, increasing 5 STS per round.
Round 11-12: CH1,
SC all STS. SL ST
in CH1 to close round.
Change to Colour B. CH1, SC all STS. SL ST in CH1 to
Change to Colour C. CH1, SC all STS. SL ST in CH1 to
Round 17: SL ST in all STS to
end of round.
in all ends.
CH = chain SC = single crochet SL ST = slip stitch ST(S) = stitch(es)
Whether you’re going out on the town or celebrating at home, make a statement and ring in the New Year wearing something luxurious or sparkly … or both!
Sequins, velvet and lace are go-to choices for fancy dresses and evening wear. Pick your favourite pattern and fabric and sew yourself something spectacular just in time to shout HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Tips For Sewing Sequins
Pick a simple pattern with as few seams as possible.
Identify the “nap” or the direction of the sequins and cut all pieces in the same direction. Cut your pattern pieces from the wrong side, and from a single layer of fabric.
For best results, remove any sequins from the seam allowance by hand before sewing pieces together; particularly if they are large and stiff. You may need to hand sew ‘extra’ sequins along the seam afterwards to cover any blank areas.
Use a needle that’s thin and sharp and keep plenty of extras on hand. A thicker or dull needle can get stuck in the sequins when sewing.
Don’t iron, but do press. Very low heat (remember sequins may melt at high heat), press from the wrong side of your fabric and use a presser cloth (such as a scrap piece of cotton) to protect your sequins. Remember to test on a scrap piece beforehand.
Sequined fabric should always be lined to avoid skin irritation.
Tips For Sewing Velvet
Cut all patterns pieces in a single layer. Lay your fabric nap side down and place your pattern pieces on the back to minimize slipping and use a lot of pins.
You want to make sure your pattern pieces are secure and won’t shift when sewing. Again, use a lot of pins or hand baste in place before sewing.
Use only the sew-in type of interfacing if needed.
To press use a towel or scrap fabric to protect the right side of your fabric while you steam the wrong side. Hover with the iron rather than apply any pressure so the velvet isn’t crushed.
Tips For Sewing Lace
Check your lace fabric for any obvious right and wrong sides. Pay attention to the design elements of your lace and place the pattern pieces to take advantage of the design rather than trying to cut the lace straight across. Cut all patterns pieces in a single layer.
If pins don’t hold the lace pieces together, try small binder clips. Another option would be tailor tacks or a loose basting stitch which can be removed afterwards.
Use a narrow zig zag stitch for the seams. Use a strip of skin coloured fabric to bind the trimmed seam allowance; it will then be almost unnoticeable against your skin. Alternatively, use a French seam.
June Tailor ‘Quilt As You Go’ come with pre-printed batting to complete your chosen project using the easy step-by-step guide and provided pattern.
Everyone can have fun with these sew-by-number items! Great for beginners just learning to quilt. Also perfect for advanced quilters who just want a simple and fun project to finish fast!
Create a holiday stocking in no time and personalize for a gift or accessorize it with trim, tassels or more to co-ordinate with your holiday theme!
Quilt up a holiday tree skirt to match your decor with just 16 sew-by-number pieces.
Design Idea! Sew nine 2-1/2″ precut fabric strips together. Use the template with printed horizontal lines to mark and cut the strip sets into wedges for sew-by-number.
Wine Totes – Set of 3
Celebrations and holidays are a great time to gift your favourite wine packaged in a thoughtfully quilted tote. And if wine isn’t your choice, any bottle will be right at home snuggled in this carrying tote.
Cushion Covers – Set of 3
Toss cushions are ideal for a quick home decor refresh. With this easy sew-by-number printed batting, it’s fast and easy to quilt up one or all three.
Whether it’s for knitting, a crochet project or another creative use, these new yarn collections are bound to delight!
Touch of Sparkle
Add some eye-catching sparkle with this soft synthetic yarn blend. It adds subtle glitz to any knit or crochet project, from simple garments or accents, to holiday projects and any kind of accessories you can think of!
68% Nylon, 19% Lurex, 13% Acrylic 100g (3.5oz) approx. 150m (164yds) 4 Medium Hand wash, dry flat
Available in 5 colours: Fairy Pink Sunset Burnt Sugar Jade Sapphire
Create this elegant bobble clutch purse for a glamorous evening out. Crochet pattern is included on the back of each label in this collection.
Perfect for all seasons this trendy cotton and polyester blend is light, breathable and soft to the touch!
Available in 6 colours: Calming Mellow Chilled Devious Cheerful Bashful
Create this trendy ‘messy bun hat’ that is like any regular beanie style hat with the added feature of a hole to accommodate your bun or pony tail! Crochet pattern is included on the back of each label in this collection .
Bundle of Colours
‘Bundle of Colours’ yarn has 18 colours uniquely braided into one hank.
100% Acrylic 18 x 10g = 180g (6.5oz) approx. 18 x 23m = 414m (453yds) 3 Light Machine wash and dry
Available in 2 colours: Bright Multi Pastel Multi
Great for making pompoms, tassels, crafts and small knit or crochet projects.
These new yarn collections would also be great for this cute holiday DIY!
Little (and big) kids will love this adorable and easy to make case to hold all sorts of things. Pens, pencils and markers are safely stowed, but the kitty kase is a purrfect travel size for little toys, cords and chargers, makeup and more…
What you need:
.25m wool or wool blend
1 x 6″ (15cm) zipper
seam allowance = 1cm
What you do:
Download and print pattern. With right sides together, cut 2 pattern pieces then cut along the zipper placement line on one of the pieces for the front. Mark eyes and nose placement.
Need a new handbag, elegant purse or fun clutch? You can make your own to match any outfit and any occasion with your choice of metal frame closures.
Whether you want straight, rounded or a fancy shape, there’s a style for you. From large purse clasp openings to small coin bag closures, there are 7 styles in stores now, each in their own unique colour of gold, antique gold or silver.
There are countless bag styles and shapes you can create using the handy pattern and construction guide link below. Choose your clasp and create a style just right for you.
With so many fabrics to choose from … simple cotton prints, tapestry, fur, elaborate embroideries and more … you are sure to find something perfect for your look. You could even knit or crochet your own!
Use chain link, cord trims or make your own matching fabric handles; add some embellishments such as tassels, buttons or beads and you have your own one-of-a-kind bag.
A traditional choice for nobility, velvet for fashion is more accessible than ever. Woven or knitted, this luxurious and super-soft fabric is the go-to fabric for party season, but is showing up in more casual outfits as well; with smoking jackets, tops and pants! And with it’s warm and cozy feel is perfect for any winter event.
Stretch velvets are particularly rewarding to sew and, although a little tricky to cut and sew without the pile shifting, are a little more forgiving than classic woven velvet.
While you’re planning your party dress, why not get a head start on gift making for the holidays? This DIY Fringe Scarf, using an assortment of stretch velvet, is an easy, elegant project that all will love.