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Personalised cushions to make

Craft & home editor Esme Clemo demonstrates how to make a pair of fabulous personalised cushions in just five stages. ‘Why not experiment using your favourite font for the appliqué…

Sew a patchwork bag

Follow Esme Clemo’s steps and you’ll have a chic patchwork bag in 3 hours. Time to make: 3 hours You will need: ✤ Packet of Bosal In-R-Form single-sided fusible foam…

Patchwork table runner

A patchwork table runner will bring a pretty edge to any family dinner or lunch with friends. This project will take around two hours and is best suited to someone…

Oven glove

Play around with different fabrics and brighten up your kitchen with these homemade oven gloves. You will need: ✤ 50 x 80cm peach cotton fabric – we used Moda Fabric…

Sewing organiser

Free up some time to make our sewing organiser using pretty quilted fabric. Materials: ✤ Fat quarter of Fox In The Foxgloves, cut into two rectangles measuring 22 x 18cm…

How to make a coin purse

You will need: Finished size: 19 x 17cm ✤ 45 x 25cm rectangle of patterned fabric, lightweight wadding and plain fabric ✤ Cup or mug with an 8cm-diameter rim ✤…

Round cushion covers

For each cushion you will need: ✤ 80 x 40cm rectangle each of patterned and plain lightweight cotton fabric,  eg, lawn or voile ✤ 33cm round cushion pad ✤ Two…

Shirt cushion

You will need ✤ 15 x 20cm rectangle of white cotton fabric ✤ 15 x 10cm rectangle of bonding web ✤ Stranded cotton embroidery thread in black and a colour…

Sewing case

Do you have a spare afternoon? Follow our steps and make yourself a sewing case in a pretty printed fabric in three hours. You will need: 40 x 30cm rectangle…

Knitting needle case

Set aside two hours to make this pretty knitting needle case out of your favourite fabric. You will need: 50 x 40cm rectangle of patterned fabric 50 x 40cm rectangle…

Craft bag

Note: Take 1.5cm seam allowance unless stated otherwise. Join pieces with right sides together and edges level. You will need: 50cm of 110cm-wide patterned fabric 30 x 20cm rectangle of…

Dog doorstop

Follow our instructions and you’ll have a cute dog doorstop for your home in 3-4 hours. You will need: ✤ Access to a photocopier ✤ Tracing paper and pencil ✤…

Christmas stockings

Making patterns and cutting out Enlarge the stocking template on a photocopier, so that the cuff width measures approximately 20cm, and cut out. Red snowflake stocking You will need: ✤…

Cushion made from old jumper

Santa Stocking An old jumper can be transformed into a charming stocking, perfect for stuffing with gifts on Christmas morning. You will need: ✤ Textured or patterned old jumper ✤…