Pom Pom Advent Calendar Garland tutorial from The Fold Line

When Rachel and Kate from The Fold Line (the fabulous online community for sewers) offered to create a Christmas decoration for our readers I was like, absolutely! And I didn’t even know they were going to use pom pom trim but they did, and this advent calendar garland is awesome. Our Christmas section is just bursting with festive fabrics to choose from for this project but I do love the classic, red and white used here. Read on for the tutorial and get stitching (it is 1 December, after all!) Thanks, Rachel and Kate!

Advent Calendar Garland Tutorial

– 2.5m of red bias tape
– x48 pieces measuring 8cm x 10cm (40cm cotton fabric) – we used Jingle – Noel in Snow 
– x24 pieces measuring 8cm x 7cm (20cm cotton fabric) – we used Winter Essentials III – Houses in Red
– 2.5m of mini pompoms in ivory 
– 15cm x 15cm piece of red felt
– Matching thread
Fabric glue

1. Cut x48 rectangles of one fabric design measuring 8cm wide and 10cm long. Also cut x24 rectangles of a different fabric design measuring 8cm wide and 7cm long. You will also need 2.5m of mini pompoms, 2.5m of bias tape 15cm x 15cm of red felt, matching felt and fabric glue.

Advent Calendar Garland Tutorial

2. Overlock or zigzag stitch the top edge of the 48 pieces of fabric. Press the top edge over by 1cm and stitch in place.

Advent Calendar Garland Tutorial

Advent Calendar Garland Tutorial

Advent Calendar Garland Tutorial

3. With one of the large pieces laying face up, place one of the smaller stitched pieces on top, also face up. Finally place one of the larger pieces face down on top.

Advent Calendar Garland Tutorial

Advent Calendar Garland Tutorial

4. Stitch closed each of the 24 advents with a 1cm seam allowance, leaving open the top edge. Clip the corners.

Advent Calendar Garland Tutorial

Advent Calendar Garland Tutorial

5. Turn each advent right sides out and press. Also press the 2.5m length of bias tape in half, lengthways.

Advent Calendar Garland Tutorial
6. Staystitch the top of each advent closed within the 1cm seam allowance.

Advent Calendar Garland Tutorial

7. Cut out numbers in felt from 1 to 24 and glue to each advent.

Advent Calendar Garland Tutorial

8. Fold each end of the bias tape back on itself and stitch across with a 1cm seam allowance. Trim down to 0.5cm. Turn rights sides out.

Advent Calendar Garland Tutorial

9. Pin each advent between the folded bias tap. Start with number 1 15cm from the start of the bias tape and leave a gap of 3cm between each advent.

Advent Calendar Garland Tutorial

10. Edge stitch the bias tape closed, making sure you stitch each advent in place as you go.

11. Fold over each end of the bias tape by 3cm and stitch down to create a loop to hang your advent.

Advent Calendar Garland Tutorial

12. Hand stitch the 2.5m of mini pompoms along the length of bias tape, covering the stitching.

Advent Calendar Garland Tutorial


Fill up with sweets or treats and you’re all done!

Christmas Advent Calendar Garland Tutorial

For more inspiration and to search a database of thousands of sewing patterns visit www.thefoldline.com!

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Give (or get) shares in The Village Haberdashery this Christmas!

Christmas is just around the corner and shares in The Village Haberdashery make an awesome gift! You can invest as little as £10 in our crowdfunding campaign and make your recipient a part owner in their favourite shop. Or, invest £100 and they’ll get an exclusive tote bag too! Plus, with the 7.5x returns we’re targeting in five years, this gift could be one that keeps on giving. Click over to Crowdcube to find out more!

Give The Village Haberdashery

If you do buy shares as a gift, drop us a note at [email protected] and we’re happy to create a little gift card for the recipient of your gift to open on Christmas!

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Our Black Friday 2015 sale starts now!

Happy Black Friday! The day after Thanksgiving is celebrated as the start date for Christmas shopping in the United States and the tradition of massive Black Friday sales is now a firm tradition in this country too!

Black Friday sale at The Village Haberdashery

Our first ever Black Friday Sale kicks off now and you can save 20% on everything in the shop, including already reduced sale items, for one day only with code TGIBF20. Shop online or mention the offer in our West Hampstead Shop. Start shopping here!

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Five gifts you can make for guys this Christmas!

Want to give something handmade to the dude in your life this Christmas? We’ve got you covered with five ideas from The Daily Stitch archives that are guy-friendly!

Caroline’s travel eye mask. Perfect for the husband with loads of business trips or the gap year traveller. Makes a great stocking filler!

Travel Eye Mask Tutorial

Annie’s MacBook Air Cover. Totally adaptable for any laptop computer, this MacBook Air Cover is a fun way to dress his tech.

MacBook Air Cover Tutorial

Roisin’s perfect pillow case. A pillowcase can be a fun way to give gift that will get used constantly. Make it in flannel for ultimate cosiness!

Pillowcase Tutorial

Five-minute webbing belt. This super easy project is a great last minute make for any guy on your list.

Webbing Belt Tutorial

Kelly’s Kaleidoscope Quilt. A bold geometric design and a modern colour palette make this one quilt a guy would love to snuggle under.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Tutorial

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Survey time! Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot

Help us choose which prints we should stock from Brush Strokes, Holly Degroot’s first collection for Cloud9 Fabrics! Brush Strokes is a playful collection of graphic blooms and geometric prints painted in vivid shades of watercolour. This collection is printed on quilting weight cotton and is expected in June 2016!

Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot
All surveys received by 29 November will be entered to win a £10 voucher to The Village Haberdashery.

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Resources to help us spread the word about our Crowdcube crowdfunding campaign!

We’d love your help getting the word out about our Crowdcube crowdfunding campaign! Use the tag #wearetvh on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter so we can find your posts. If you’re in the US and want to support us even though you can’t invest, you can still help us create some buzz – and we really appreciate it!

This 15-second video is Instagram-friendly! Please click here to download the video from Dropbox and share it. There might be an easier way, but here’s how I do this and you don’t have to be tech savvy to do it this way!

1. Click the link and download the clip from dropbox onto your computer
2. Email it to yourself
3. Save it from your email to your phone
4. Go into Instagram (or Twitter or Facebook or whatever!) and choose it from your library

Crowdfunding video for Instagram

Here are some images you can use on social media or on your blog! Got a request for some other cool thing you want to see in badge format? I’d love to hear it!

My stash just got bigger


I am an investor

We Are The Village Haberdashery

Modern Maker

Let's Make Things Happen


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December classes at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead

There are still some great classes left on the calendar for this year! Here’s a peek all the classes we have on offer in December at our West Hampstead shop.

Sew a Stag’s Head Cushion with Marilyn Lewin
One morning: Saturday, 28 November, 10am – 2pm – £55

Sew a fabulous stag’s head cushion! In this class you’ll learn machine appliqué and basic quilting, plus how to sew and bind an envelope-back cushion cover and leave class with a beautiful cushion. Makes a great gift!

Sew a Stag's head Cushion with Marilyn Lewin

Christmas Gifts Workshop with Judith Dahmen
One evening: Tuesday, 1 December, 6:30pm – 9:30pm – £45

Make like Santa’s little helper in our fun Christmas gifts workshop! Choose from five projects – a Christmas stocking, a frame purse, an iPad, Kindle or laptop cover, a fabric bucket or a drawstring bag – to make with the guidance of our experienced instructor.

Make your Christmas gifts at The Village Haberdashery

Learn to make a quilted Christmas stocking at The Village Haberdashery

Learn to Crochet with Elisalex de Castro Peake
One evening: Thursday, 3 December, 7pm – 9pm – £35

Learn the addictive art of crochet with the guidance of our experienced instructor! This month we’ll be making crochet snowflakes to decorate your home, tree or anything you fancy! This project is suitable for beginners or students who want to brush up on their skills. More experienced students are welcome to bring a project they’d like help on.

Learn to crochet snowflakes

Sew a Purse with Charlotte Newland
One evening: Thursday, 3 December 6:30pm – 10pm – £50

Learn to sew a purse at The Village Haberdashery

Star Block of the Month: Puzzle Star with Charlotte Newland
One evening: Monday, 14 December, 6:30pm – 9pm – £40

Each month Charlotte is teaching a new block as part of our 2015 Star Block of the Month project! Take one class or take them all – each block is a version of a star and together the blocks make up a 64″ x 82″ quilt top. Every class is a great opportunity to learn something new and improve your patchwork skills! The block we will learn in December is the Puzzle Star.

The Puzzle Star

Improvisational Patchwork with Charlotte Newland
One day: Saturday, 19 December, 10am – 4pm – £85

Improvisational Patchwork

Intermediate Machine Sewing for Kids: Zip Pouch
One afternoon: Sunday, 6 December, 2pm – 4:30pm – £40 (includes all materials)

In this class students will learn how to sew zips by making a handy pencil case! Students must know how to thread a machine and sew straight stitches. Suggested age 10+

Learn to sew zips

Christmas Ornament Hand-Sewing for Kids with Caroline Garcia
All day: Monday, 21 December – £5 per ornament

Drop in any time on Monday, 21 December and sew a felt Christmas ornament! Children age 6+ and adults accompanying children are welcome. No booking necessary unless you are a group of three or more. Materials fee of £5 ornament.

Sew a Christmas ornament

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Rewards for investing in our crowdfunding campaign

Our crowdfunding campaign launched on Friday and I wanted to provide some extra information about the campaign in a series of posts on The Daily Stitch this week.

Crowdcube is an equity crowdfunding platform. What that means is it facilitates business like ours to raise funds by selling part of our company to investors. And if you want to become an investor, you can own a stake and share in the future success of British businesses you believe in.

But we can also offer some rewards or extra perks for investing! Here’s what you can get as an added bonus when you buy a piece of The Village Haberdashery on Crowdcube.

Invest £10
Investors will earn Stash Points that can be spend like cash at The Village Haberdashery. If you’re a customer, you are probably already familiar with Stash Points. For the purposes of our campaign, we will be awarding Stash Points at a rate of 1 per £1 invested with a maximum award of 1000 Stash Points. Stash Points will be deposited into the investor’s account when our new flagship shop opens. You’ll be able to spend them like you normally do, either in our West Hampstead shop or on our website.

Invest £100
Exclusive investor tote bag, plus Stash Points. We haven’t had these tote bags made yet because we want to see how many need to be printed, but we’re going to do something really cool and the only way you’ll be able to get one is if you’re an investor. So when people see you carrying one, they’ll be so jealous!

Invest £250
Invitation to The Village Haberdashery’s VIP opening party at West Hampstead Square, exclusive investor tote bag and Stash Points. We’re going to throw a big bash when the shop opens and it’s going to be so much fun. Invest at this level and you won’t miss out!

Invest £1,000
Name and link on The Village Haberdashery’s investor page. Plus VIP party invite, up to two exclusive investor tote bags and Stash Points. When our campaign ends we’ll update our investor page and include a list of our biggest investors.

Invest £5,000
Name, link and logo or picture on The Village Haberdashery’s investor page. Plus VIP party invite, up to five exclusive investor tote bags and Stash Points. Not only will you be listed on our investor page – your logo or image will be there for all to see!

If you have any questions about our rewards, please get in touch at [email protected]

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The Colour of the Month for November is Red

In November our Colour of the Month Club members receive red bundles, and since it’s right before Christmas it gives us an excuse to slip in a couple of seasonal picks! So this month it’s a mix of high and low volume reds with a bit of festive spirit – perfect for building your stash or sewing up a Christmasy project or two! If you like this bundle we have a few left in the shop and you can pick one up here.


Clockwise from top, this bundle includes:

Scandi IIMistletoe in Red (Makower)
Hello FriendLeafy Stripes in Cherry by Abi Hall (Moda)
SodaliciousSodalicious in Cherry by Emily Herrick (Michael Miller)
StompWindowpane Check in Red (Red Rooster)
Honeycomb Dot Tone on ToneRed (Riley Blake)
Holly’s Tree FarmCandy Cane in Apple by Sweetwater (Moda)
Winter Essentials IIIRibbons in Red (Studio E)
Little JoysDottie in Red by Elea Lutz (Riley Blake)
Santa ExpressSnowflakes in Red by Doodlebug Designs (Riley Blake)
Urban ScandinavianConnected Circles in Red on White by Kirstyn Cogan (P+B Textiles)


Clockwise from top, our Kona Cotton Solids bundle includes Lipstick, Tomato, Paprika, Brick, Crimson, Wine, Ruby, Rich Red, Cardinal and Red.

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All about the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and how our investors may benefit

Before we launched our crowdfunding campaign with Crowdcube, we submitted our plans to HMRC and received advance assurance that the proposed share issue is likely to qualify for Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) tax reliefs relating to our shares.

The Village Haberdashery is crowdfunding!

I am not authorised to advise you about your taxes, but I do want to make sure you are aware of EIS tax relief because you may be able to benefit from it if you’re one of our investors! In this post, I’m going to borrow content from Crowdcube’s website about EIS to help explain it to you but please visit Crowdcube or HRMC if you want to find out more about EIS and how it works.

The following information is excerpted from Crowdcube’s website:

The Enterprise Investment Scheme is designed to help smaller, higher-risk companies raise finance by offering tax relief on new shares in those companies that qualify. For the investor, it’s a tax efficient way to invest in small companies – up to £1,000,000 per person per year in qualifying companies.

What makes it even more attactive is the ‘carry back’ facility which allows the all or part of the cost of shares acquired in one tax year to be treated as though those shares had been acquired in the preceding tax year. Relief is then given against the Income Tax liability of that preceding year rather than against the tax year in which those shares were acquired. This is subject to the overriding limit for relief for each year.


Here’s a few examples of how EIS tax relief works. To make the maths easy, let’s assume you invest £10,000 in each case and you’re in the 45% tax bracket.


Case 1: The company does well and doubles its value and you hold the shares for three years

Investment = £10,000

Income Tax relief = £3,000 (as a reduction in your income tax bill)

Capital Gains Tax = £Zero

Your gain = £13,000 (£10,000 profit from the sale plus £3,000 income tax relief)


Case 2: The company value stays the same

Investment = £10,000

Income Tax relief = £3,000 (as a reduction in your income tax bill)

Share sales = £10,000

Your gain = £3,000 (from the income tax relief)


Case 3: The company closes and your shares are worth nothing

Investment = £10,000

Income Tax relief = £3,000 (as a reduction in your income tax bill)

At risk capital = £7,000

Loss relief on at risk capital @ 45% = £3,150

Your actual loss = £3,850    (£10,000 – [£3,000 + £3,150])

I hope this is helpful! Please do check out Crowdcube or HRMC for more information.

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