Sew at Heart is a sewing club based in Windlesham near Ascot. Whatever your project, whether you wish to sew new home furnishings for your home or clothing, the club is about meeting likeminded people, sharing life stories and learning new skills. We cater for those who are complete beginners and also those who are experienced at sewing.
Channel your inner Great British Bake Off goddess/ god and bake the world a better place with our Oven Gloves Sewing Tutorial, now on the blog. A great addition to your kitchen or as a Christmas gift to a family member, we have been inspired by English Roses with this design but if you have a modern kitchen you could opt for geometrics or why not go festive with some gorgeous christmas prints.
For those who have a passion for baking we are also running a competition this month. Fancy winning one of three amazing prizes? Why not join our Oven Gloves Sewing Challenge. Using the pattern link at the end of this post, sew and share your oven gloves.
. Keep it simple and striking, or embellish and hack the pattern to your heart’s content! You have until 8th November to make it. 2) Photograph your make. Please ensure photos are at least 650 px wide. Hint: Great photos will help your entry to stand out – think large, bright, with a clutter-free background. Landscape photos are best, and photos will need to be at least 650 px wide to feature them on the Sew at Heart blog. 3) Then email your photo to
. The deadline to email a photo of your finished oven gloves is
midnight GMT on Wednesday 8th November 2017.
How are the winners selected? After the deadline, a short list of the entries that stand out for us the most will be undertaken and published in a blog post on the Sew at Heart Blog and publicised through our social media channels. This short list will then go to a public vote so you can pick three winners! Public voting will close at 6pm GMT on Sunday 19th November 2017. The most popular entry out of the short list will win the grand prize of the £25.00 fabrics galore gift vouchers and second and third runners up the prizes detailed above. The winners will be announced by the 1st December 2017.The details:
The contest is open to UK residents only.Entrants must be 18 years and above to participate.You may enter the contest with as many different versions of oven gloves as you like, but only one photo per entry will be considered.All entries must have been sewn by hand by the contestant. Contestants submitting work that is not their own (i.e. ready made shop purchased designs) will be disqualified from the competition. By entering the contest, you grant us the right to publish your entry photos on the Sew at Heart Website and Blog and social media accounts. First, second and third prize winners will be selected in the public vote.Shortlisting and public voting is undertaken according to subjective criteria, and is not intended to rank or judge anyone’s style or sewing ability. Shortlisting, public voting, deadlines and allocation of prizes to winners are final and not open to appeal. This contest is for fun!
Channel your inner Great British Bake Off goddess/ god and bake the world a better place with our Oven Gloves Sewing Tutorial. A great addition to your kitchen or as a Christmas gift to a family member, we have been inspired by English Roses with this design but if you have a modern kitchen you could opt for geometrics or why not go festive with some gorgeous christmas prints.
For those who have a passion for baking we are also running a competition this month. Fancy winning one of three amazing prizes below? Why not join our Oven Gloves Sewing Challenge. You could be in the chance of winning:
1st Prize: £25.00 Fabrics Galoregift voucher towards fabric and accessories
Cut 1 piece of fabric out of your main fabric (floral) measuring 86cm x 21cm
Cut 1 piece of fabric out of your contrasting fabric (polka dots) measuring 86cm x 21cm
Cut 2 pieces out of your cotton / polyester wadding measuring 86cm x 21cm
Cut 1 piece of insulated thermal wadding measuring 86cm x 21cm.
2. Cut out the fabric for the mitts
Cut two fabric pieces of your main fabric measuring 20cm x 20cm
Cut two fabric pieces of your contrasting fabric measuring 20cm x 20cm.
Cut four pieces of cotton / polyester wadding measuring 20cm x 20cm
Cut two pieces of insulated thermal wadding measuring 20cm x 20cm
3. Layer the fabric and wadding
Layer the fabric and wadding for the main oven glove and mitts. Starting with your main fabric facing down, add the cotton/ polyester wadding, insulated thermal wadding, cotton/ polyester wadding and then your contrasting fabric (facing up) and pin into position
For your mitts, undertake the same process, pinning into position.
4. Cut to shape
There are two options here.
Usually you first quilt the mitts and main oven glove with the sewing machine and then cut the fabric to shape to create the rounded glove shape, this is because the fabric will have a tendency to move slightly as you quilt. If you don't feel overly confident I would suggest quilting your pieces first and then cutting the mitt ends to shape.
As you can see however I cut the fabric first before quilting. The size of the pattern above is large enough that it will allow for a little movement in the fabric as you quilt and for tidying up the edges with your fabric scissors without compromising on the size of the oven glove.
To achieve the rounded mitt shape of the oven glove I created a small template out of paper measuring 20cm x 20cm and using the edge of a small side plate or even a pair of existing oven gloves traced the curve of the mitt for the template.
Taking your template cut the two ends of the main oven glove fabric (including wadding) and on one end of each of the mitts (including wadding).
4. Quilt your glove pieces
Using your walking foot in contrasting thread quilt your fabric pieces. I opted for a diamond design, and used my polka dot fabric as a guide to create the quilting pattern rather than draw the pattern across the fabric with tailors chalk.
6. Bind the Mitt Straight Edges
Next taking your bias binding, measure out two strips the same length as the straight edge of your mitts and sew the bias binding to the end of the mitts.
7. Assemble Gloves and attach the binding to the raw edges
Assemble the gloves, laying the mitt sections on top of the main oven glove.
Then clip / pin your bias binding into position around the edge of the oven glove as above using your sewing machine to sew one edge and then the other edge into position. If the technique of sewing bias binding is new to you, you can find an easy tutorial detailing how to undertake this here.
That's it! You should now have a finished pair of oven gloves.
Don't forget if you plan to enter the competition to send us pictures of your finished designs by Wednesday 14th November 2017 to be in a chance of winning the goodies mentioned earlier.
Sew Saturday is Sew Magazine's campaign, which celebrates and supports local fabric and haberdashery stores near you. In an age of online shopping, the idea of Sew Saturday is to show people what's great about going to a bricks-and-mortar store – being able to see and touch fabrics, ask the staff for advice, take part in workshops and meet like-minded stitchers!
So lets get out there and support our local fabric and haberdashery stores. Here at Sew at Heart HQ we have pulled together a list of local stores participating in this year's event. This year's mascot for the event is the gorgeous Daisy Dachshund. www.sewmag.co.uk/sew-saturday.
Sew Busy is a fabric and Haberdashery Shop located in Fleet, Hampshire. May Martin former judge of the Great British Sewing Bee will be joining Sew Busy on Sew Saturday. There is a chance to book onto taster sessions of Sew Busy's sewing classes on the day, plus raffle, goody bags, tea and cake.
Sewifaction at Holme Grange Craft Village in Wokingham will be hosting a fun packed day with lots of sewing activities happening, including; Make and Take Workshops, Skills Demos and Cake and Fizz on Sew Saturday.
I am pleased to welcome Samantha, who is a Sew at Heart Club Member as guest blog contributor for today's post. Samantha as well as being one of my closest friends was the inspiration for me launching Sew at Heart, had it not been for her I would not be sewing today! Over to Samantha.
Have you ever pushed back sewing projects because they have a zip in it? Fear not! I will be showing you an easy step-by-step tutorial of how to insert a zip. We will be making a handy zipper pouch that is lined.
The finished size of my lilac winter pouch is approximately 6.5" W x 4.5" H using a 3/8" seam allowance.
First of all, prepare your material.
You will need:
- a zip. Mine is a 6" metal zip which is 7.5" long in total.
- 2 pieces of Outer Fabric (pretty lilac tartan from Higgs & Higgs ) and 2 pieces of Lining Fabric (purple and blue flower print) all cut the same size. I find it easier when the width of the fabric matches the total width of the zip. Therefore in my case, I have cut all fabric pieces 7.5" W and 5" H.
- matching thread.
- your zipper foot. Mine is a double sided one and looks like this:
Ready to go?
Step 1 - Take one piece of your Outer Fabric and place it right side up. Align the zip along the top edge, zip pull facing down. Add one piece of your Lining Fabric right side facing down. You should have a "sandwich" that looks like this:
Unzip the zip half way and carry on pinning along the top.
Step 2 - Take your "sandwich" to the sewing machine fitted with the zipper foot and start sewing along the top edge through all 3 layers as close as possible to the zip teeth.
When you are half way and about to reach the zip pull, put your needle down, lift your zipper foot, turn your "sandwich", reach for the zip pull and close it (it's a bit fiddly... but don't worry, you can do this!), reposition your "sandwich" and carry on sewing along the top edge until the end. Don't forget to backstitch.
Step 3 - Iron the 2 fabrics away from the zip:
Clip/pin the Outer Fabric and Lining Fabric pieces together and start topstitching as close to the edge. We are doing this to prevent the Lining Fabric from getting caught in the zip. As you can see, I use my zipper foot but I have changed sides to be as close as possible to the edge.
This is how it looks once you have finished topstitching:
Step 4 - Now it's time to attach the other part of the pouch to the zip.
Place the 2nd Outer Fabric right side up, followed by the "sandwich" you just made face down (so that both Outer Fabrics will be right sides together - lilac tartan), add the 2nd Lining Fabric right side facing down (both Lining Fabrics will be right sides together- purple and blue flower print), align to the top edge, unzip half way, pin into place and take this "bigger sandwich" to your sewing machine.
When you are half way and about to reach the zip pull, repeat what you have done in Step 2 (reach for the zip, pull it close and finish sewing). Don't forget to backstitch at the start and finish!
You should have this now:
As you did in Step 3, iron your 2nd piece and topstitch it:
This is what your pouch should look like from the outside:
Step 5 - Unzip your zip 3/4 of the way (this is a VERY important step), open the pouch so that the 2 Outer Fabric and 2 Lining Fabric pieces are right sides together making sure:
1) to match the Outer Fabric pieces at the zip
2) that the zip teeth are pointing towards the lining:
The zip teeth must point towards the lining to ensure a neat finished pouch:
Pin into place and leave a 3" gap in the lining (where my pink pins are in the below picture) for turning our pouch right side out once stitched:
Start sewing all the way around and don't forget to backstitch at the beginning and at the end of your 3" gap:
To avoid breaking your needle, go very slowly when you approach the zip ends. I also like to sew a couple of times forwards and backwards over both ends of the zip for extra strength:
Step 6 - Cut/clip all 4 corners (being careful not to cut any of the stitches you have just sewn):
Turn everything inside out through the 3" gap:
Use a point turner (or something pointy like a pencil or a skewer) to make sure you have sharp corners:
Iron your lining and outer pouch. Pin the 3" gap in place:
Topstitch along the edge of the Lining Fabric to close the gap:
Ta-dah! You have created a simple and functional lined zipper pouch!
With the evenings drawing in I am beginning to find that the current lighting we have installed in my sewing space is not really adequate for sewing in the evenings. It was by pure chance at the Great British Sewing Bee Live event in September I had the opportunity to trial this product, which was provided during the Overlocker Sewing workshop I participated in. The Daylight Company is a leading market innovator in specialty lighting in the art, needlework, craft, low vision, health & beauty and industrial sectors. I admit I had not heard of them until the event but was extremely impressed with the quality of the product.
Their LED Slimline Table Lamp is perfect for sewing not taking up too much valuable sewing space, whilst its flexible and narrow arm and table clamp enables you to position the lamp in the best location above your sewing machine.
With 80 ultra bright daylight equivalent LED bulbs you can also be sure that the colour of the thread and fabric you are matching is the correct colour match.
Available with additional optional attachments including a magnifying glass and lamp base the lamp retails currently at £125.00 with The Daylight Company direct. Alternatively if you search online, you can locate this model for around £75.00 on Amazon. Definitely one for the Christmas List.
Don't miss out on your chance to attend workshops or pick up some fabric and haberdashery bargains at the following local and regional events. September is set to be a jammed packed month of sewing events.
Join Kirstie Allsopp at The Hand Made Fair in September at Hampton Court Palace. With workshops, presentations in the Super Theatre and shopping villages where you can stock up on various craft supplies you are sure to take something away from this three day event.
The long awaited event of the year! Don't miss out on the opportunity to meet GBSB contestants from previous series plus access hundreds of workshops, demonstrations, fashion galleries, catwalk shows, drop in clinics and a celebrity super theatre, as well as over 200 of exhibitors selling specialist dressmaking and textile supplies!
The Farnham Maltings is a creative craft centre located in the centre of Farnham in Surrey and hosts various events throughout the year. The former brewery and tanyard located next to the River Wey has been converted into a beautiful creative space. Join local suppliers for this year's Thread... a festival of textiles including numerous exhibitors, learn skills in the textile workshops and special guest speakers in an inspirational venue.
Each month I am on the hunt for new fabrics to join my growing collection.Liberty London have now released their AW17 Fabric Collection titled "The Garden of Temptation", a decadent exploration of the world of food and creeping florals. I have fallen in love with a number of these fabrics, which I am already planning projects for! Take this gorgeous Lily Pad Clemments Hammered Satin (100% silk), which would be perfect for this floaty Burda 6583 Dress Pattern.
Starting this month I will be on the hunt for products from the sewing world to share with you.
Our August product of the month has to be these beautiful hand crafted fabric weights from Oh Sew Quaint! Having seen these advertised in a magazine I decided to treat myself to the 30g weights and magnetic pin cushion and I was not disappointed. All designs are hand crafted by the super talented Danni Painter.
Treat yourself or a friend/ family member to 12 Donut fabric weights or Oh Sew Quaint's adorable Macarons and French Fancies. Magnetic donut pin cushions are also available. Prices start from £9.99 for the magnetic pin cushions and from £22.00 for the fabric weights.
Hello all I hope you are enjoying the holiday season albeit as I sit here it is pouring with rain!
Having just returned from a week in Dorset in Lyme Regis I am reflecting on what has been an exciting last month.
On the 22nd July Sew at Heart, the new sewing club for sewing bees in the Ascot/ Surrey Heath area launched. 18 ladies attended the 3 hour fundraising afternoon event held in Windlesham at St John's Church in aid of Mind, the mental health charity.
Each participant within their ticket price received a Sew at Heartgoody bag, which included all the materials, a few freebies and a step by step guide on how to assemble their clasp purse. Most ladies bought their own machines, but we were able to provide three machines for loan on the day for ladies new to sewing.
In addition to taking away their own clasp purse, we also held a raffle with all proceeds going to Mind, with the first prize a new John Lewis sewing machine worth £99.00 and runner up prizes including two of the latest books for sewing from Sew Caroline and Jenniffer Taylor, and a £20.00 gift voucher towards a Miss Makersewing course up for grabs. Fabric bundles were also on sale on the day with all proceeds going to Mind.
Included in the ticket price, which after an hour of sewing was well received was afternoon tea. We were extremely fortunate to receive a donation of free clotted cream from Rodda's and jam from Tiptree towards the afternoon tea.
Thank you to all those who attended and supported the event. We raised £205.00 in aid of Mindthrough the event.
Feedback was very positive and I am pleased to confirm monthly meetings will be starting on the second Tuesday evening of each month between 6.30pm and 9.00pm.
For those unable to attend the monthly meetings but would still like to join us when they can, I am also pleased to confirm we will be hosting another charity fundraising sewing afternoon around Christmas, which will include a festive afternoon tea.
Dates for the monthly meetings will be published on the website next week and ticket sales for the Christmas event will be going on sale in September.
The book claims to include easy-sew patterns and I have to say as someone fairly new to dress making, to date my projects have focused on upholstery projects (cushions) and home projects the book does include easy - sew introductory patterns for the new dress maker.
My first project from the book is Caroline's Saturday Morning Shorts as featured on the front cover, and I just loved creating these.
For a novice dressmaker, I found the instructions easy to understand and the illustrations easy to read.
The clothing patterns are issued with the book on a CD and even printing and taping these together was far more straight forward than I thought it would be.
Congratulations to Caroline in publishing this book, it definitely features as one of my favourites and I look forward to tackling some of the other projects. Next on my list the "Tilly Tee"!
A copy of the book can be found online via Amazon, alternatively if you are attending the Sew at Heart Crafternoon on the 22nd July 2017 in aid of Mind we will be giving away a copy of this book to one lucky winner during the raffle on the day.