• Posts Tagged ‘sewing’

    Country crafts: trimmed curtains

    by  • 29/12/2013 • Crafting • 3 Comments

    Learn how to update a curtain with fabric trimmings with Country Homes and Interiors

    Discover how to add colourful trimmings to a plain curtain with Country Homes & Interiors.

    Give your curtains a little love with some jolly coloured border trims. Featuring a stylish frayed look, these updated curtains are featured in our out-soon February issue. Easy to make and a simple way to add colour to a room why not have a go following Country Homes & Interiors simple instructions?

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not try our new Country Home Ideas app?

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    Country style: The sewing room

    by  • 14/08/2013 • Shopping • 0 Comments

    It’s good to have a feel good project to do over the summer holidays so with this in mind we invite you to the sewing room, out get crafty summer decorating feature, September issue (out now!) Do take a look. It is packed with ideas for using cloth kits, as shown here, to make summery bags and toys, to clever ways to store fabrics and notions as well as decorative tapestry kits to make cushions to decorate your home.

    From back: My First Tot bag, £12.99, Beyond Fabrics Kits, Beyond Fabrics. Turquoise Apple Cord Door Stop Kit, £10.21;.Puppy love Tea towel/Toy kit, £10;  Pretty Kitty Tea Towel/toy kit, £10, all Cloth Kits. Amy Butler bag, Birdie Sling pattern £8.95, Bag fabrics, Amy Butler.

    From back: My First Tot bag, £12.99, Beyond Fabrics Kits, Beyond Fabrics. Turquoise Apple Cord Door Stop Kit, £10.21;.Puppy love Tea towel/Toy kit, £10; Pretty Kitty Tea Towel/toy kit, £10, all Cloth Kits. Amy Butler bag, Birdie Sling pattern £8.95, Bag fabrics, Amy Butler.

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    Country craft: Patchwork tablecloth

    by  • 28/07/2013 • Crafting • 0 Comments

    Patchwork tablecloth

    Sew this stylish tablecloth using simple plains, stripes and checks.

    A firm favourite in the country style stakes, patchwork is an easy way to bring a colourful look to a room. We love this simple patchwork tablecloth idea taken from our out-soon September issue with its easy on the eye mix of Ian Mankin plain, checked and striped fabrics. Why not have a go and follow our instructions?

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not try our new Country Home Ideas app?

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    Thread Drawn by Tobyboo

    by  • 01/03/2013 • Shopping • 0 Comments

    There are those that can hand draw beautiful illustrations, there are those that create wonderful things with a sewing machine, then there is Tina Crawford who cleverly combines both talents to create charming home accessories at Tobyboo.

    ‘I love free embroidery, it’s like handwriting. I literally get the fabric under the needle and ‘draw’. I love the wobbles, loose threads and accidents, to me they all add charm and originality to the illustration’– Tina Crawford

    Textile illustrator Tina has developed her unique personal style drawing freehand with a sewing machine, skillfully using the needle like a pen. She was inspired by an embroidery course, where she learned to break the rules and work more freely; the results are her whimsical designs which are transferred onto delicate china tea sets, cushions, tea towels and lampshades.

    Behind the scenes with Tobyboo. (top right)Oranges & Lemons cushion cover, £40 (bottom left) Gull 'n' Chips china jug, £30; Gull notebook, £10; Wish You Were here placemat; Wish You Were Here bag, £17, all Tobyboo.

    Behind the scenes with Tobyboo. (top right)Oranges & Lemons cushion cover, £40 (bottom left) Gull ‘n’ Chips china jug, £30; Gull notebook, £10; Wish You Were here placemat; Wish You Were Here bag, £17, all Tobyboo.

    The best thing about Tina’s creations, compared to other designs of this nature, is that her quirky illustrations are not sketched out first on paper and reproduced they are added directly onto fabric so no two pieces are the same.

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    How to make an envelope cushion

    by  • 23/01/2013 • Crafting • 0 Comments

    The patterned cushions in this beautiful bedroom, which appears in our out-soon March issue, are amazingly easy to make. And if there’s one thing we love on Country Homes and Interiors it’s makes that look gorgeous but are easy, easy, easy to make – in fact they are so easy that the instructions make up just five steps.

    The fabrics – by Lewis & Wood – are some of our favourites around at the moment. Have a look for yourself and give the project a go. Once you start, you’ll have a houseful of fabulous cushions!!

    Stack in neat rows on a bed for a touch of hotel luxury.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. And for more country recipes, crafts and room ideas, why not buy our new Country Home Ideas app?

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    How to make a headboard slip cover

    by  • 26/09/2012 • Crafting • 0 Comments

    This lovely Country Homes & Interiors bedroom features in our out-very-soon November issue and has a wonderful feel of autumn about it.

    The headboard cover is made in a beautiful Lewis & Wood fabric called Royal Oak and is so easy to make yourself. It’s made from two pieces of fabric, rounded neatly at the corners and hemmed – just slip it in place over an upholstered headboard.

    It’s a great way to bring a seasonal feel to a room without redecorating or spending lots of money. Why not see what fabric you’ve got in your cupboard and give it a go?

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try.

    Choose an eyecatching design and make the bed the focal point of your room

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    Shop of the Month… Owl and Sewing Cat

    by  • 15/07/2012 • Out and About • 2 Comments

    Have you ever rambled along quiet street lanes only to discover what feels like your own special find? This is how it was when I visited Eastbourne recently for the tennis championships …

    In between love and deuce points, I took a short stroll around this elegant seaside town and discovered the Owl and Sewing Cat – a treasure trove for sewing and knitting enthusiasts…

    The Owl & Sewing Cat Eastbourne

    The Owl & Sewing Cat

    Tucked away on a quiet street behind The Grand Hotel, the shop embraces today’s make do and mend culture with craft workshops, sewing machine repairs and (for the less courageous) gorgeous knits, yarns and gifts to buy…

    Perhaps it’s time to make that winning outfit for next year’s tennis final? Or you could simply relax and think about that first…

    Eastbourne Deckchairs

    And time to relax…

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    Getting crafty with embroidery

    by  • 27/04/2012 • Crafting, Living • 4 Comments

    I recently had the pleasure of attending an embroidery weekend at the Bedruthan hotel, set in the beautifully scenic Mawgan Porth in Cornwall. The extremely talented Lou Gardiner (below), showed us exciting new ways to bring embroidery into the modern day and give it the contemporary cool factor.

    Lou’s work is so inspirational – there was something mesmerizing about watching her in action, drawing using a sewing machine. If you’re not familiar with her brilliant work, I urge you to take a look. In addition to the original embroidered and appliqué artwork her designs have been reproduced as beautiful prints and cards with modern country motifs.

    The course was so much fun, I came away not only a whole lot wiser about the realms of embroidery, but also with a fab piece of artwork to decorate my home.

    If you’d like to have a go at expressing yourself with embroidery you can book on Lou’s next course, Machine embroidered art, 6th to 8th July from £324 per person for a two-night break.

    Get creative with a embroidery, alongside Lou Gardiner.

    Get creative with embroidery, alongside Lou Gardiner.

    p.s If you’re out and about you may also want to visit the Crafts council’s Collect exhibition to see Lou’s new work on display.

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    Sew your own e-reader cover

    by  • 28/03/2012 • Crafting, Living • 0 Comments

    Country Homes & Interiors’ latest do-it-yourself project shows you how to make a slip-on sleeve for an e-reader in your favourite fabric.

    We chose a lovely graphic print from Rainbow Silks. This is a really simple cover made from just three pieces of fabric and it’s a great way to customise your handbag!

    Customise your e-reader by stitching a cover in your favourite fabric.

    The e-reader cover is made up of two main pieces, plus a gusset strip that joins the front and back. Just stitch a hem to finish.

    Take a look at our full selection of other sewing projects - there’s lots to choose from!

     Illustration Michael A Hill
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    Beautiful new craft book

    by  • 09/02/2012 • Crafting • 2 Comments

    Have you seen the new craft book All Sewn Up by Chloe Owens (£14.99, Cico Books)? Textile artist Chloe has a passion for vintage style and her book includes 35 creative projects using appliqué and embroidery.

    I love the Scandinavian-inspired place mats in vibrant colours (below), or try your hand at making a country-style table runner to brighten up your home for spring.

    As well as home accessories, there are great ideas for handmade gifts too – how about a pretty tote bag or laptop case?

    Easy-to-follow instructions guide you through the makes, plus there’s templates for each project. The book is beautifully illustrated, so it’s a pleasure to browse through the designs.

    Chloe’s love of colour and pattern is inspiring as she cheerfully suggests that you get ‘creative with colour and doodle with your sewing machine.’ Now where’s my needles and thread…

    All Sewn Up by Chloe Owens (£14.99 hardback, Cico Books). Photograph courtesy of Cico Books

    All Sewn Up by Chloe Owens (£14.99 hardback, Cico Books). Photograph courtesy of Cico Books

    Sew a beautiful place mat. Photograph courtesy of Cico Books

    Sew a beautiful place mat. Photograph courtesy of Cico Books

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