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Quilted Patchwork Panel Cushion – Tutorial

Tutorial for a patchwork cushion cover.

For this tutorial you will need:

One 6 fat quarter pack.

Use 4 of the fat quarter fabric pieces to cut out:
49 x 2½ ” squares
4 x 2½ ” strips for the cushion cover
1 x 2½ ” strips for the bias binding

Use 2 fat quarter fabric pieces to make:
a 17″ by 12″ piece and a 17″ by 8″ piece of fabric for the back cover.

You will also need:
17″ square of wadding (batting)
Coordinating sewing thread
1 button
16″ cushion pad

Making the Front Panel for Your Cushion Cover

Jelly strips and charm squares for a patchwork panel.

Start by cutting all the fabrics as detailed above.
All seams are using a 1 cm seam allowance.

Arranging fabric squares for a quilted panel.

Once you have cut all of your squares start by laying out your design.
Sew all your pieces together into rows.
Then sew all the rows together. Making one large central square.
Finish off your panel with four strips around the outer edge.

Backing quilted panel with wadding.

Place the finished panel on top of the wadding and pin into place.

Top stitching on a quilted panel.

Use top stitching to secure your panel onto the wadding. I’ve use the technique of stitching in the ditch.

A quilted panel for a cushion cover.

Trim back the wadding to the same size as your top panel.

You now have your front panel.

Making the Back Panel for Your Cushion Cover

Making bias binding.

Using one of the 2 ½” fabric strips make it into a piece of bias binding. If you need help with this refer back to my previous tutorial “How to Make Bias Binding”.

Making a buttonhole for the back of a cushion cover.

Take your 17” by 8” piece of fabric and secure the bias binding onto one of the longest edge.
Make a buttonhole in the centre about 1” above the binding edge.

Making an envelope opening for the back of a cushion cover. Hem your 17” by 12” piece of fabric along the long edge.
Lay flat and place the smaller panel with the bias binding over the larger panel at the hem edge with a 3 ½ “ overlap.
Pin in place.

Sewing the cushion cover panels together.

Take your finished top panel and place it on top of the backing panel with right sides together and pin in place.

Hem all around the outer edge and trim off the excess.

Turn right side out through the back flap.
Press well and all you have left to do is sew your button in place and insert your cushion pad.

Quilted patchwork cushion cover.

Back of a cushion cover with an envelope opening and button detailing.

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Handcrafted Laptop Sleeve Bag

hand sewn laptop sleeve bagI’ve just spent a hugely enjoyable Saturday sewing a laptop sleeve bag for my 15 inch Acer. It is rare that I get the majority of day to myself so it was so nice to just immerse myself in this sewing project.

I wanted to create a stylish laptop sleeve with flowing curves, and a zip that extended down the sides.  I’m quite pleased with the results as it is a first attempt and I didn’t follow a pattern.

The material is 100% cotton on both the outside and inside, with designs from Dashwood Studios. The zip is a 20 inch YKK that I bought on Amazon.

laptop bag that I sewed using 100% cotton fabricBut the real secret to why this project was successful is the stabilising foam that goes between the cotton fabric layers.  I used Bosal In-R-Form fusible, which is available on our website.  This gives structure to the completed sleeve and soft protection to the laptop.

Being fusible on both sides, you simply need to iron the stabilising foam between your fabrics to activate the glue and fix it in place.

lining of my laptop sleeve bagI was pleased that I took the time to use a patterned fabric on the inside, as this adds a real personal touch to the finished product.

With the Christmas / Holiday season approaching, this could be a nice project to complete for the ‘difficult-to-buy-for’ man in your life. Certainly beats socks!

the finished product. my laptop sleeve that I sewed without a pattern


New Fabrics for Christmas 2016

Now September is here, many people start to think about back to school, harvest festival and…..Christmas! If you’re thinking of making items to sell at Christmas fayres, or just want a fun festive project to make at home, check out our new range of Christmas fabrics.

Scandi Woodland Christmas

Celebrate Christmas with these friendly woodland animals including stags, foxes and squirrels.  Comes in shades of red and silver/grey.

Scandi Woodland Christmas fabric

Scandi Christmas Red

Classic designs in red on a natural cotton background.  This cotton is unbleached giving a really nice vintage feel to the fabrics, perfect for a range of different projects.

scandi christmas fabric red

Scandi Christmas Grey

As with the Scandi Christmas Red range, these fabrics have an unbleached, natural background that is off-white.

scandi christmas grey

Stockings and Advent Calendar Kits

Want to get in the festive spirit without all the fuss of finding the right materials? Our Advent Calendar and Chritsmas Stocking kits have all that you need to make a fun Christmas project – even includes colour coordinated thread!

christmas sewing kits


Handmade Summer Handbag

Hand crafted canvas handbag with a feature patchwork panel.

A friend asked me to make her a handbag and I thought I would create a new pattern with a patchwork panel. Whilst I was making her’s I decided to make one for myself at the same time!

I started by creating the patchwork bag panel out of the fabrics in our ‘Fox in the Forest’ fat quarter collection. I simply cut two 2.5 inch strips of all six fabrics and created a panel.

Patchwork panel using fabrics from the fox in the forest fat quarter collection.

I then teamed this with our aqua spot cotton canvas. I love using canvas for bags. It’s a great fabric as it’s hard wearing and gives the bag a really quality finish.

For the interlining I’ve used the Bosal fusible In-R-Foam to give the bag a really great rigid flexible shape. This is my favourite interlining as it transforms the bag. You can see in my photo how it turns the bag into great sturdy shape that will stand up when you put it down (the bag above has the interlining and the droopy bag below doesn’t!).

Using Bosal fusible In-R-Foam to create a sturdy bag shape.

For the lining I used the left over fabric from the ‘Fox in the Forest’ pack, I love adding prints to the lining as it gives the bag a really fun look.

Colourful printed fabric for the bag lining.

I hope you like my new summer handbag. If you want to use any of the fabrics or interlinings used in this blog post then just follow the links and they will take you to the relevant items in our online store.


New Fat Quarter Bundles – Summer 2016

We’re delighted to let you know about the latest Fat Quarter bundles available.  Fox in the Forest and A Walk in the Park both include contemporary designs from Dashwood Fabrics. Ideal for crafting, quilting or home furnishings, these fabrics will make an ideal addition to anyone’s stash.

Fox in the Forest

This bundle includes the following 6 beautiful designs: wildwood, candy stripes, forest leaf, leaping foxes, mint green polkadot and aqua blue daisy.  I love the vibrant colours that this pack has.

fox in the forest fat quarters bundle

fox in the forest fabric bundle


A Walk in the Park

This bundle includes fabrics with shades of mustard, grey, charcoal, deep rose and beige.  The 6 designs are: bertie dachshund, cotton cloud trees, miniature flowers (grey), deep rose polkadot, mustard flowers and beige ticking. The bertie dachshund design has been a really popular design this year and you’ll see it frequently on Instagram and Pinterest.

a walk in the park fabric bundle

a walk in the park fat quarters bundle


How to Make Table Placemats Using Jelly Rolls and Bonsal Fusible Foam



How to make quilted placemats.

For this tutorial you will need:
One 18” by 13.5” piece of Bosal fusible In-R-Foam
Four jelly roll strips of complimentary fabric designs.
One 12” by 13.5” rectangle of fabric that looks good with your jelly roll fabrics.
One 18” by 13.5” fabric for the reverse.
Complimentary fabric for your bias binding.

To make one large placemat.


Materials you need to make placemats.

Choose your jelly roll strips (I chose the yellow and blue designs from our ‘Petite Fleur’ collection) and cut them into 6.5” pieces. I cut two each of three of the deigns and 1 of another giving me seven pieces in total.

Arrange them and then sew together vertically with a 1 cm seam.

Iron seams flat.

Side panel of the placemat made from jelly roll fabric.

Take the piece that you have just made and the other front panel fabric (I used our ‘Stitch Leaf Autumn’ fabric) place them right sides together and sew along one of the short sides with a 1 cm seam.

Iron seams flat.

Quilted front of the placemat.

Pin your backing fabric (I’ve used ‘Wild Flower’ blue fabric) right side up to one side of the Bonsal fusible foam. Turn over and place your front panel the other side.

Daisy fabric for the back of the placemat.

To fuse the foam and fabrics I lightly iron both sides to make sure everything is in place.

Fusing the fabric with an iron to form the placemat.

Then remove the pins and iron over both sides again, but this time moving the iron slowly so that the fabric fuses securely to the foam.

Front and back fabrics for the placemats.

You can now add decorative top stitching if you want to. I’ve stitched in the ditch for the front side panel and then top stitched vertical lines on the leaf fabric.

Make your bias binding tape by following the instructions in my previous tutorial “How to make a Continuous Length of Bias Binding”. I’ve used our plain “Turquoise Blue” fabric to make the bias binding as it matches perfectly.


Finally all you have to do is add the bias binding to the outer edge of your placemat. I start on one of the short sides as the join is less noticeable here. Attach the binding with wonder clips if you have them (pins if not) and sew down the first length, create a mitre corner and then repeat down the long side and continue until you have sewn the all the way around your placemat.

Attaching the bias binding around the edges of the placemats.

That’s it you now have your first placemat. You can now repeat it for a whole set of four, six or just two.

Placemats created with Bonsal fusible foam.


How to Make a Decorative Fabric Basket.

Fabric basket filled with cotton reels.

You will need: two pieces of complimentary fabric. I’ve used our ‘Beige Polka Dot’ cotton canvas, ‘Summer Meadow Pink’ cotton fabric, and a piece of Bosal In-R-Foam fusible foam stabilizer (all available in our online shop). Coordinating thread and use of a sewing machine and iron.

Start by deciding how big you want your basket to be. In this tutorial my basket was made using the following measurements:

Pattern measurements for a fabric basket.

Using a water-soluble fabric pen start by drawing out your shape on the bosal foam and cut out. Then place it onto the back of the fabrics and draw around the foam then add a 1 cm seam allowance and cut out. You can now erase your pen lines.

Fabric and interlining for a fabric basket.

With right sides together pin and sew the fabrics together with a 1 cm seam, leaving an opening down one side. I left a 10 cm opening. Trim off the excess at the corners.

Sewing fabrics together.

Turn your fabrics right sides out through your opening.

Turning fabrics right side out.

Iron flat and turn in the seam allowance on the opening.

ironing fabrics flat

Place your foam inside the fabric bag. Make sure it’s all lying flat and then iron flat so that the fusible foam bonds with the fabric.

Inserting the fusible foam stabilizer.

Sew up your opening. Then sew the base of your basket. You can see that I sewed a 16.5 cm by 11.5 cm rectangle base.

Sewing the base of the basket.

Now pinch one of your corners and pin in place. Repeat for all four corners.

Pinning the corners for the basket.

Finally sew a seam at right angles from the top of the basket to the base to create the walls and corners.

Sewing the corners to make the fabric basket.

It’s that easy!

The finished fabric basket.

Now all you have to do is fill it and enjoy.

Decorative fabric basket filled with apricots.


How To Make Bias Binding Tape

Learn how to make bias binding tape.

In this tutorial I am using a 25 mm bias binding tool to makes approx. 4.8 meters of 1 inch bias binding.

Make you pattern piece by following the measurements in the diagram below.

Pattern for bias binding

Place your pattern onto your fabric making sure that you line up the grain line on your pattern with the selvedge of your fabric. Cut one piece.

Fabric for making bias binding.

Pin the two shortest ends together matching notches. Sew with a quarter inch hem. Iron the hem flat.

Fabric to make a continuous length of bias binding tape.

You will now see that you have a loop of fabric, with a 2 inch overhang on each side of your hem.

With a water erasable pen mark a series of points two inches from the edge of your fabric to use as your cutting guideline. You can mark them as solid lines if you prefer. Then cut along your guidelines.

Cutting two inch strips of fabric for 1 inch bias binding tape.

You should now have a continuous strip of fabric that is 2 inches wide and approx. 4.8 meters long.

Fabric cut ready to make bias binding.

On the ironing board push one end of your fabric through your 25 mm bias binding tool (use a pin to help it through the tool at the start). I then pin the fabric to one end of my ironing board so that it frees up one hand then pull back the tool and iron the bias binding flat as it comes out of your tool.

Using a bias binding tool.

Continue to do this for the whole length and you will now have a lovely long length of 1 inch bias binding in the fabric of your choice ready for your sewing project.

Bias binding made with a 25mm bias binding tool.


Flash Sale! 6 Fat Quarters in a Pack

my blue heaven fat quarters - special offerWe are currently running a Flash sale on our “My Blue Heaven” pack of 6 fat quarters.  Priced at just £7.99 they are great value for money.

All of the fabrics are 100% cotton, with popular colours including blue, pink and a hint of red. They are suitable for a range of sewing craft projects including creating stylish home décor, patchwork, and quilting. And at this price they are an ideal stash builder.

fabrics in my blue heaven fat quarters bundle

If you want to save 33% on the normal price, you will need to be quick to get yourself a bargain.


Scrapbuster! Customer Made Flower Brooch Project

fabric flower broochWe were delighted to receive a photo from customer Sue Hardman recently, showing a brooch that she made using our fabric.  It is so nice to see what our customers have created. Here’s what Sue said “I bought this fabric from you about a year ago now to make a quilted wall hanging, with the bits left over I’ve been playing around making fabric brooches. Your fabric is just perfect for them as it’s soft and gives movement.”

We were particularly encouraged by Sue’s kind words because we do spend a lot of time carefully choosing fabrics that both look and feel great – both of which are important to quilters and crafters.

cotton fabric flower brooch

Interestingly Sue used a die for cutting the flower brooch. It is from the Tattered Lace range. “I used Terial Magic spray on the fabric which adds stability, so no fraying or ripping, almost turns it to paper like quality, and then I die cut them with Tattered Lace Dies.  Once you start manipulating them into shape it turns back to fabric”.

I’m not sure why, but I’ve always associated Tattered Lace dies with paper crafting, but I’m very happy that Sue has proved me wrong!

You can catch up with Sue on her blog

If any other customers would like to share their makes, we would love to see them. You can use our contact form to send a message.