Category Archives: sewing

Replacing a jeans zip

I’ve just put a new zip in a pair of jeans, an incredibly time consuming job. The trouble is, unless you are prepared to unpick virtually every seam, you have to work on the fly while the jeans are in … Continue reading

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Window seat cushions

We’ve had extraordinarily benign weather for the last 10 days. Daffodils are blooming – normally they don’t start to flower until late March in this part of the world – and the garden is full of birdsong. All of this … Continue reading

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Christmas crafting round-up

Now that the turkey has been eaten – roast turkey, turkey à la king, turkey curry and, finally, turkey soup – I’ve been reflecting on my pre-Christmas crafting. This is always the busiest time of year creatively speaking, with presents … Continue reading

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Making a shirt more wearable

I’ve been sewing this week. I have a paisley-patterned shirt that I like a lot, but now that I seldom wear a suit for work I find I’m just not picking it from the shirt stack in my wardrobe. Why? … Continue reading

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A posh cat bed

I’ve made the quilted cat bed I posted about last week. This is not for proper, night-time sleeps – our cat has a perfectly good basket in the kitchen – but for daytime snoozes in the sitting room. The hope … Continue reading

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What to make with quilted fabric

Some years ago, a Yorkshire-based fabric printer and finisher called Skopos had a number of mill shops in which they sold ends-of-rolls of heavyweight cotton furnishing fabric very cheaply. I have curtains, cushions and loose covers I made in the … Continue reading

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