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What to do With Fabric Offcuts, Scraps and Remnants

If you’ve made a few (or many) garments before, chances are you’ll have a bag, box or bin full of scraps and offcuts that are too small to make another garment.

Or, perhaps, you only bought a metre of fabric, a bolt end or a remnant, and now you’re stuck for ideas?

Read on for patterns and tutorials for small fabric requirements.

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How-to: Blend Between Sizes on Sewing Patterns

So, you’ve measured yourself, looked at the pattern sizing chart, and decided that you’ll need to blend between sizes. But how do you do it?

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A Beginners Guide to UK Online Fabric Shops

A question I see a lot in Facebook groups and other sewing communities is where to buy fabric online.

Take a look at some on my favourite online UK fabric shops, with something to suit all budgets.

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How-to: Thread a Manual Sewing Machine with Front Loading Bobbin

So you just bought a shiny new sewing machine…but how do you thread it?

Click through to learn how to thread a manual sewing machine with front loading bobbin.

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How-to: Choose Your Sewing Pattern Size

I’ve recently seen a lot of questions floating around social media regarding choosing a sewing pattern size.

This post will show you how to correctly measure yourself, and then choose a size from that information and finished garment measurements.

The main thing to remember, though, is that the size you end up making is highly unlikely to be the same size you buy ready made garments in store.

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How-to: Sew on a Budget

It’s no secret that sewing as a hobby can become incredibly expensive very quickly.

Take a look at a few steps you can take to reduce costs, and learn to sew cheaply on a budget without sacrificing quality.

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100+ Plus Size Sewing Patterns

From my journey into dressmaking, I’ve noticed that there aren’t many inclusive pattern companies around.

I sit on the border of ‘regular’ sizing and plus sizing at a UK16-18, and am often left disappointed when pattern companies don’t offer larger sizes.

But, thankfully, there are a few great companies around that offer plus size patterns, and some that offer patterns designed specifically for plus sized women.

Click through for a few of my favourites. I can’t wait to give these a go!

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100+ Beginner Sewing Patterns

Sewing patterns can be incredibly overwhelming when you’re first starting out. Zips, darts and buttons may seem intimidating and what do all of the pattern markings mean?

I’ve curated the perfect Pinterest board for beginner sewists with some great beginner patterns from the World’s top indie pattern companies.

Click through to see my favorites and a quick review of patterns I’ve tried myself.

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The Best Free Sewing Patterns 2020

The internet is rife with “free” sewing pattern links that end up being a wild goose chase, often leading nowhere or to pages for paid patterns. Here is my list of the top, actually free, sewing patterns in June 2020.

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TATB Stevie – Second Time Lucky?

…or practise makes perfect?

After my first Tilly and the Buttons Stevie went, well, not great, I decided to give it another crack. This time making the top version and using a much more suitable fabric. See how I got on…