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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

    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**