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    Homemade Lemonade in the sunshine.

      When life gives you lemons, make homemade lemonade! We've all heard the saying but how many times have you actually stopped and thought "Ok, I will make myself some lemonade and I will make it right now"?   Well this is the time! We've decided to share our favourite and oh so simple lemonade recipe with you and we've even talked to the powers that be about arranging some sunshine! So grab those lemons, pop your favourite summer frock (or male equivalent!) on, grab a jolly picnic blanket and a great summer read and head outside, sip and relax!   lemons-for-homemade-lemonade-by-poppy-treffry   All you need to quench your thirst (and perhaps the thirst of a friend) are 4 lemons, make sure you get the nice unwaxed ones, 160 grams of caster sugar, around a litre of water and a whole bunch of ice cubes. And a food processor or blender, otherwise it's not half as nice!   Cut the lemons into a few pieces and whizz them up with half the water and half the sugar and a few ice cubes. After a minute or two pour this liquid through a fine sieve into a jug to keep and then tip the contents of the sieve back into the food processor or blender. Add the rest of the water and the other half of the sugar and a few more ice cubes and whizz up again. Pour through your sieve again into the same jug and then you can bin the pulp from the sieve. Et voila! You can put this into a pretty jug if you're serving at home or you can pop into a nice glass bottle if you're heading out for a picnic. All that's left to say is, Cheers!   dachshund picnic blanket by poppy treffry

    Sewing club! Tutorial: Crafty tea towel projects - Sew a super cushion!

    It's time for another edition of Sewing club with Team Treffry! Today we're showing you how to make a super cushion out of our small dogs tea towel - could be the perfect little gift for someone if you've still got some Christmas shopping to do! Good luck with the project and we'd love to see your finished makes if you create a cushion too! (You can find the tea towel here) You will need: A lovely Small dogs tea towel, fabric for backing the cushion (you could use an old cream pillow case), scissors, pins, a pencil,  a tape measure and a sewing machine IMG_4293 Cut the tea towel to 18” x 18” to make the front of the cushion. You will have a little bit of the tea towel left that you can use for one part of the back of the cushion, Cut this left over piece to 18” x 11”. Cut the pillow case or fabric to 18” x 11” to make the second piece of the cushion back. IMG_4294 Taking the two back pieces of the cushion, fold over the top edge only of each piece approx ½” and then fold again and pin in place so you have neat double folded hem. Sew along both folded hems, removing the pins as you go. IMG_4296 Place the front of the cushion cover with right sides facing up, place one piece of hemmed cushion back FACE DOWN over the cushion front, making sure the hemmed edge is running horizontally along the middle of the cushion front. Do the same with the second piece. IMG_4297 IMG_4298 Pin around all four edges of the cushion and sew, removing pins as you go.

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    IMG_4300Turn the cushion right sides out…Tah Dah!

    final cushionDon't forget you can find our other sewing club projects on the blog too - how to make a wall tidy and how to make lovely coasters - the fun you can have with tea towels!

    Do you want to sew a snowman

    By themeby categorymadecontactstory
    Get creative this weekend and start your Christmas preparation with our free 'sew a snowman' download. We've put together full instructions and a little template for you to make your very own snowman tree decoration, yippee!

    …or treat yourself to one we stitched earlier

     
     

    Come along to our Christmas sale - 6th and 7th December

    Find out times and event info here

    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!

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    Tutorial: Crafty tea towel projects – Coasters

    image (5) Because we know sometimes our tea towels are just too darn pretty to use we wanted to give you a couple of other options for things you could do with them! Here's our first project, lovely little coasters. Liz from our team made these for her gran recently and very well received they were to! image (1)   You will need... A tea towel (We used the teacups design, somewhat fitting we thought!) Some fabric pieces for backing each coaster wadding pins scissors a sewing machine, although you can hand sew if you're patient and have some evenings that need filling! Some cardboard to cut a template from. So, to begin - make sure you're well hydrated, we suggest a nice cup of earl grey (but this shouldn't affect your final result!) 1. Cut yourself a cardboard template approximately 4.5" x 4.5" 2. Using your template as a guide cut 4 pieces from your fabric, 4 from your wadding fabric and 4 cups from the tea towel. image (2)   3. Lay your teacup front face up on a flat surface, lay backing fabric face down on top of coaster front and lay a wadding piece on top of the backing. image (3)   4. Leaving a small gap (for turning the coaster through the right way) sew all around the edges.Once sewn, trim the corners but not too much! image (4)   5. Now turn the coaster right sides out. Stitch all the way around the edge, making sure you catch the small space where you'd left it open so that it is sewn closed. 6. Now you can quilt the coaster as shown in the picture of the finished product, or you could freehand stitch around the tea cups for an extra effect. Tah Dah! So there's some inspiration for something else to do with your tea towels, gets you out of the drying up for a bit longer! Now make some more for your friends! **If you can't wait to get going on this project we're got a lovely little special offer for you. Enter code 'making' at checkout for free delivery on our teacups tea towel until the end of November 14**