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    Sewing Club! Tutorial: Crafty tea towel projects – wall tidy

    We have a regular sewing club in our studio. Time to remember sewing just for fun, sewing our own clothes, sewing Christmas presents, all sorts. And we're thinking of our blog projects like a bit of a sewing club we can share with you. A regular tutorial where you can create a gift, or a treat for yourself and just enjoy a bit of sewing! In this episode of sewing club we bring you... the wall tidy! wall-tidy-Bathing-beauty-LR You will need:
    A lovely Poppy Treffry 'Bathing Beauties' Tea towel
    Tape measure
    Scissors
    Pins
    Backing fabric (you could use an old pillow case or similar)
    Sewing machine
    you will need - wall tidy
    First, cut your backing fabric to the same size as your tea towel and hem on all 4 sides. sewing hem - image 2Next cut your bathing beauties tea towel into 3 strips (with 3 bathing beauties on each strip) layers - wall tidyHem the top only of each strip edges - wall tidyPlace the hemmed backing fabric face up and place strips face down, spaced out evenly over the backing fabric. (use a tape measure to make sure)

    measuring - wall tidy

    Pin strips in place. backing - wall tidy Sew along the bottom (where the bathing beauties feet are - mind their toes now!) of each strip and, when sewn, flip the strips over so you can now see the bathing beauties in all their glory.

    pockets - wall tidy

    Now pin and sew up between each bathing beauty from the bottom of the wall hanging all the way to the top, to create the pockets.

    sewing pocket seams - wall tidyUsing some of the left over fabric from the tea towel, cut three 10cm by 20cm strips. Iron each long side into the centre and then fold in half length ways to creat the hanging loops.

    tabs - wall tidy

    Pin the folded tabs to the top of the wall tidy and sew. We've sewn a cross to make it a bit stronger.

    strengthening tabs - wall tidy

    And, ta dah!! You have made a wall tidy, hurray! Now it's up to you, either pop this on your wall and get organised or wrap it beautifully and wow your friends with your creative skills!

    And to encourage you to get creative we're giving you free delivery on our bathing beauties tea towel until the end of November 14. Use code making at checkout.

    We hope you'll join us for sewing club again soon and we'd love to hear about your makes, let us know in the comments here or over on facebook what you've been up to, particularly if you make our bathing beauties wall tidy!

    bathing-beauty-wall-tidy-LR

    It's all going on

    Just a little update to let you know it's all go at the Poppy Treffry studio! Our autumn and winter 2013 catalogue should be landing on doorsteps from today and if you're one of the lucky ones to receive then we'd love to hear from you and if you enjoyed it, we certainly had fun putting it together (and posing for the pictures!) lips balms going live on the website lips balms going live on the website

    Alongside the catalogue going out you'll notice an array of brand new products appearing on our website over the next couple of days. We've been working hard over the summer to add even more great gifts and things you need and want to our collection and now at last, after trialling them in our St Ives shop over the summer, we can introduce them to you! We hope you love the new things as much as we do and as ever, we'd love to hear what you think. 3 tea towels for £20? yes please! 3 tea towels for £20? yes please!

    In case you've missed the offer on our homepage you can currently treat yourself (or someone very deserving!) to 3 tea towels for just £20 on our website! These fly out from our St Ives shop and we know they've been framed, turned into cushions, turned into aprons, and sometimes, wait for it, used to dry up (perish the thought!) So make sure you stock up now, no code needed as discount will be automatically applied at checkout when you have 3 or more. pretty badges, great little gifts pretty badges, great little gifts.  We're also preparing our lovely things to take to London at the end of October for the Country Living Christmas Fair, we'd love to know if you're coming to visit us there and what you're looking forward to seeing the most, in particular what you're hoping we'll have on our stand.useful purses useful purses. So, we hope you enjoy our new things and can find lots of inspiration for Christmas gifts as well as plenty of ways to treat yourself, we'll crack on with making everything available for you on the website now so you can shop and enjoy! From the team at Poppy Treffry xx