Chroma by Mark Hordyszynski now in stock

Chroma by Mark Hordyszynski for Michael Miller is all about paint colours. The three designs we chose are called Paint Chips, Paint Lids and Brush Strokes and they are all bright colours and bold designs.

Chrom by Mark Hordyszynski for Michael Miller

I can think of so much fun stuff for these. Brush Strokes would be an amazing binding. Paint Lids would be a fun playmat (and teaching tool!) all by itself. Paint Chips would make fun curtains. Don’t you think? They are all so much fun!

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Tutorial: prettify your towels

A couple of months ago we were wandering around Designers Guild on the Kings Road and I saw this stack of towels that had been embellished with colourful fabric. It’s such a simple and pretty idea, so I Instagrammed it and filed it away for a future project idea. This week, I decided to tackle it!

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Supplies:

  • A towel. For the tutorial I used a hand towel from Sainsbury’s.
  • Fabric. I needed less than a skinny quarter of my fabric for one, but your fabric needs will vary significantly depending on your exact towel. The fabric I used is Family Unit in Aqua from Pretty Potent by Anna Maria Horner.
  • Heat n Bond Lite
  • Coordinating thread
  • A walking foot, if you have one

Sewing:

Measure the length and width of the flat bit of your towel. (Is there a name for that bit?) On my towel, this was just under 1.5″. I added half an inch on each side and the ends for seam allowance.

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Fold and press the seam allowance to the wrong side. Lay your pressed fabric strip down on the flat bit of your towel and make sure it fits.

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Now follow the instructions on the Heat n Bond to adhere this strip into place on your towel. I ironed the Heat n Bond onto the fabric first, then on the towel.

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Stitch the fabric into place right around the edge. I used pale yellow thread on top and teal thread (to match the towel and be invisible) on the back. Repeat on the other end of your towel.

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You could stop now, but I like the look of the binding on the bottom edges of the towel. Assuming the binding on your towel is similar to mine, you’ll need a strip about 1.25″ wide. Add 2″ to the width of your towel (if your towel is 10″ wide your strip will be 1.25″ x 12″). Double check this with your towel, in case the binding on your towel is wider than mine.

You’re going to sew your binding strip to the front of your towel first, and your aim is to stitch right along the line where the fluffy bit of the towel meets the binding. Lay your binding strip right side down so that about 1/4″ is on the right side of your stitching line.

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Now fold it over to the back, tucking the ends in on the back side of the towel, and pin.

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Stitch the binding into place. Repeat on the other end.

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You now have a beautiful towel! Yay!

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Notes:

The only thing I might change, if I did this again, is the binding. I really put my machine to the test sewing all those layers at the corners of the towel, where both the towel’s binding and my binding were folded. It might be wise to end the binding before the end of the towel, like I did with the panels. Just a thought for next time!

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Avant Garden by Momo now in stock

Avant Garden, Momo‘s latest collection for Moda, has started to arrive! This is a beautiful collection that teams colourful geometrics with bold florals and Momo’s flare for surreal, magical landscapes. We have about half of our order in stock, and the others will hopefully be here soon.

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This collection includes both quilting cotton (above) and cotton/linen blend canvas (below!) This canvas feels like the heavier Kokka or Cotton + Steel canvas that we’re all familiar with. Perfect for bags and home dec projects.

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Shop our Avant Garden selection or build an Avant Garden bundle in one go!

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Emma’s Garden by Patty Sloniger now in stock

We are so happy to have Patty Sloniger‘s latest collection, Emma’s Garden, in stock now! Emma’s Garden is named for Patty’s first daughter and it was dreamed up and designed throughout her pregnancy and during Emma’s first five months of life. It’s both bold and feminine with a hint of vintage. Perfect for making little girl and big girl dresses!

Here are some photos from the Emma’s Garden blog tour:

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Emma's Garden blog tour

Emma's Garden blog tour

Emma's Garden blog tour

Emma's Garden blog tour

I have to say I think Patty is one of my favourite designers when it comes to boy fabric. Her first collection, Backyard Baby, came to be because it won Project Selvage on Spoonflower and I met Patty at both of our first Quilt Markets right after she became a licensed designer for Michael Miller. In fact, Backyard Baby was one of my first ever orders for the shop. We both had our first babies around the same time and I completely understand why she’s got girl fabric on her mind, just like I have boy fabric on mine!

Here is our selection of Emma’s Garden! You can find it in the shop here.

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Sevenberry Corduroy now in stock

I had these Japanese corduroys from Sevenberry scheduled to be delivered next month but since *sigh* summer seems to have come to an abrupt end I think we’re all starting to dust off our tights and think about our autumn dressmaking!

Sevenberry corduroy

These cords have a very fine wale and a drape similar to quilting cotton. I pictured men’s shirts, like the Colette Negroni, for the dark plaids. Little girl’s dresses like the Oliver + S Music Box Pinafore for the pink polka dot. Skirts like the Grainline Moss for the florals. Or maybe a Victoria Blazer! Our summer assistant, Theresa, keeps eyeing them up for toss cushions. What do you think?

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Big Block Baby Duvet tutorial

Over the past week I made a duvet cover for Harvey’s cot and I am so geeked about how great this turned out!

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There are some things that I just can’t buy no matter how busy I feel. Like a duvet cover for Harvey’s bed. I have a fabric shop. What kind of mother would I be if I couldn’t sew two pieces of fabric together to cover his duvet? These are the kind of thoughts that run through my head. Anyway, last week Harvey’s childminder was on holiday so instead of having him part time, I had him full time! I decided to use some of that extra time at home to whip up this duvet cover, finally, before the autumn chill sets in.

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This cover is designed to fit a standard cot size duvet and pillow case set (I bought ours on Amazon). I more or less made it up as I went along so I don’t have proper step-by-step instructions to share. But since this is a standard size and a quick make, I thought I’d talk you through what I ended up doing. Sort of an after the fact tutorial!

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A cot size duvet is 120cm x 150cm. For the Big Block Baby Duvet, you will need:

*A total of 80 6.5″ blocks for the front of the duvet. I used seven fabrics, so we needed 12 of each (you’ll have four left over). You can get nine blocks of this size out of a fat quarter or 12 blocks out of 35cm x 110cm of fabric.
*150cm of Fanfare flannel for the back
*Another 40cm x 110cm for the back, for strips on the sides and the facing on the buttonhole placket

I adore the fabrics I used. They are a mix of cars and trucks, frogs and snails in bright colours that are boyish and cheerful. The road trip print is a huge favourite and I recommend it to everyone in the shop. The 50 States print is a nod to Harvey’s American side. I just love this mix so much!

Scenic Route – Scenic Drive in Orange
Scenic Route – Cars in Grey
Hatbox – All the States in Aqua
Hatbox – Steamer Trunk in Grey and Green
Far Far Away – Snails in Blue and Orange
Lotus Pond – Hopping Along in Navy
Cotton + Steel Basics – Dottie in Bandana

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Here is the layout I used. I was going to lay out the squares randomly, but random is really so much harder, in my opinion!

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Sew your blocks into strips, press and sew your strips together. To ensure my seams wouldn’t unravel, I ironed Vilene on the entire back of the duvet top. The Vilene went on like a dream, bonding quickly and securely.

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I was dead set on using the Citron organic flannel solid from Fanfare by Rae Hoekstra on the back but of course it’s 110cm wide. So I added 7cm strips of the road trip print on both sides. I also sewed a 1.5″ strip along the bottom of the flannel side to create a facing for the the buttonhole placket. Yes, I swap back and forth between inches and cms because it works for me. Sorry to make things complicated!

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Next I sewed the top and back together with a 1/2″ seam allowance so I could overlock the seams. Yes this makes your border blocks less than square. Oh well! Finally I folded the bottom edge under twice and pressed. Decide if you want to use buttons or poppers or velcro and attach before sewing this hem, to hide any stitching inside the hem.

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I used seven buttons that coordinated with my theme. I stitched them to the front and put the buttonholes on the back, so they’d show on the plain side.

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Harvey usually sleeps on his face and doesn’t much go for pillows, but I decided to make a coordinating flannel pillow case too! He loves it all. Here is a picture I took when the duvet was nearly finished and he’s having a giggle!

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On Sunday I took a very indulgent afternoon nap under this duvet and the flannel felt amazing. I highly recommend it for quilt and duvet backs. There is nothing softer!

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Toft DK and Edward’s Menagerie now in stock

Toft DK luxury British yarn is here! Treat your needles with Toft’s gorgeous DK weight 100% wool yarn in naturally complex Cream, Stone or Steel.

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This super soft pure wool yarn is spun from a unique blend of the finest British fleeces and is a luxury to knit with and wear.  Click the two gorgeous designs below for their free patterns!

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Toft DK

Toft DK is also perfect for crochet – just look at the seriously adorable patterns in Edward’s Menagerie: Over 40 soft and snuggly toy animal crochet patterns by Toft founder Kerry Lord!

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With just two weeks to go before baby Edward’s due date, yarn enthusiast Kerry Lord picked up a crochet hook for the first time and a new obsession began. Over the next 12 months the collection of crochet animals expanded week on week until Edward’s Menagerie was complete with 40 unique patterns.

crochet_bunny_rabbit_amigurumiThese cute animals with larger-than-life personalities are made using simple crochet techniques and the step-by-step instructions enable a complete beginner to get hooking straight away. Each animal also has a universal pattern – where you can change your hook and yarn to create four different sizes, making 160 different possibilities. No special equipment needed and less than one ball of yarn per animal!

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Free Fat Quarter Week is back!

Our favourite promotion is back! For one week only, you’ll receive a free fat quarter of fabric for every £10 of fabric you spend online or in our West Hampstead shop! If you make your purchase online we’ll choose for you and it will be a fun surprise. If you shop in store, we’ll let you choose. No coupon necessary! Offer ends 19 August.

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Easiest ever knit cowl

We found a great new way to wear our interlock knits!

Creative-Cowl

Knits don’t fray and interlock doesn’t curl at the edges, so you can just cut your fabric to size and toss it on as a scarf, or sew it in a loop for the easiest cowl you’ll ever make.

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We especially love our Interlock Stripes for this project: they are double-sided and thick enough to be exceptionally cosy when the weather turns cool.

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At 150cm wide, a skinny quarter is just right for a unisex scarf. In her version, Caroline sewed two colours together and pinked her edges just for fun!

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For a cosier, bulkier woman’s cowl, go for a half metre and stitch the ends together to create a big loop that can comfortably be worn doubled.

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If you want a quarter cut skinny, just email us after you place your order at info@thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk. Also check out our bolt ends section for some in-between sizes!

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Caroline’s travel eye mask tutorial

In preparation for a recent long-haul flight and a camping trip, Caroline devised this great eye mask using a fun woven fabric on the outside and a soft interlock knit on the inside. It’s a fabulous scrap-buster and such a great little gift idea for the traveler on your Christmas list! Thank you, Caroline!

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Tutorial: Eyes covered for a good night’s sleep.

You will need:

*1 piece 10”x 5” quilting cotton, some fun print
*1 piece 10”x 5” soft fabric to go against your face (For example, Interlock Solids in Jet Black will completely block the light. I also used some scraps from dark double gauze from a skirt I made and it worked really well)
*1 piece of wadding or fusible fleeced 10”x5”
*9mm elastic
*Coordinating thread

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1. Click the image below to download a pdf pattern for your eye mask. Check that the size will work for your face by measuring your face ear to ear and forehead to nose area to know how wide to make it. This mask is 7” across, 2 ½” wide ( 3” at the widest part), with 1/2” for seam allowance.

Also measure your head ear-to-ear with the elastic to see what’s a comfortable length.

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2. Let’s cut!!!! When cutting the wadding try to cut it a little smaller than the other pieces but big enough to be able to sew through all three layers.

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3. Make an eye mask sandwich with your fabrics right side together and your wadding on top. It may also be helpful to mark where your elastic will need to be attached. Pin.

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4. Sew along the edge with a 1/2″ seam allowance, slowly and carefully following the shape. When you get to each side, insert the elastic in between the front and back layers of fabric so that the ends are caught in the seam. Leave a gap so you can turn it inside out.

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4. Turn inside out, press the edges and pin the opening.

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5. Hand-sew the last bit at the end to close.

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Now it’s ready to wear!!! Happy camping, happy flight or happy every night!!!

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Your dog can also enjoy a good night sleep, like Munchi!!!!!

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