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Cushion piping

You can buy ready covered cord, but with our simple guide you can learn how to make piping in any colour you want. Once you’ve made your piping, have a…

How to make a mouse cat toy

Finished size: 10 x 5cm plus tail How to make a catnip cat toy You will need Tracing paper and pencil 20cm square of patterned cotton fabric 15cm square 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 ✤…

These fish bags with drawstring fastening make  ideal laundry holders and are fun for all the family Materials: how to make a fish bag   Fish template   ½m of…

How to make a cushion cover: Making a cushion cover is easier than you think. Our simple step-by-step video will have you wizzing up your own creations in no time.

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…