This week’s free project tutorial is a sunglasses case. It’s time to let the sun shine! Sewing Level: Confident Beginner Find a pdf of the instructions to download at the end of the post. Here’s what you will need: Outer fabric: 7 x 8 inches cotton fabric Lining fabric: 8 x 8 inches cotton fabric Fusible interfacing: 7 x 7 inches (fleece or craft weight) Loop: 3 inches of ribbon…

Can you think of a time when sewing has improved your mood? Of all the jobs I do regularly at The Stitchery, preparing the samples for our projects is easily the most soothing. It’s the job I save for doing after my least favorite jobs, like stock taking and accounts!  These are anxious times – it’s okay to feel unsettled The COVID-19 pandemic is a time of change and uncertainty…

This week’s free project to sew is our popular Scrap Monster! This little guy brings a smile to your face and is a great stash-buster too. This project is easy for kids to sew with a bit of help. You will need: fabric scraps (cotton fabrics are the easiest to work with on this scale) thread sewing machine or hand sewing needle small fabric scraps or fibre fill for stuffing…

I’ve had several friends tell me how now that they’re stuck at home, their garage has never looked so organized, the garden is pruned, and even behind the fridge is cleaned; and it’s only week 4 of most people’s isolation! What’s next? Endless scrolling through Netflix recommendations? The kids are likely to kill each other soon. How are we going to get through this?! Many of us live fast and…

This week’s free project is face masks. We share a couple of options for instructions, give you a supplies list of what you need, and finish off with some tips for straps options. Project 1: An easy sew option from our friends at Castle Sewing Centre who service all our machines. Download the pdf instructions here. Project 2: PHere is an alternate project tutorial from Craft Passion for a more…

A beginner-friendly sewing project: a fabric headband… with a twist. This sweet headband adds a fun pop of colour and is a stylish solution to keep your hair (and therefore hands!) off your face. This pattern is a great scrap buster using only three rectangles, some elastic and basic sewing supplies. A step-by-step photo tutorial is included.   This tutorial is brought to you by our wonderful teacher and local…

Adapting

April 1, 2020

The Stitchery was born in September 2017 out of a passion for creativity & community. Although there have been many changes since then, it remains a space that welcomes all makers to learn, create & meet; and at its heart, as always, are good people and a good cup of tea. Challenges & Opportunities The past few weeks have brought unexpected challenges for all of us. I have struggled with…

By Kitka Neyedli, Stitchery quilting and sewing instructor and guest blogger. If you are looking for a portable, meditative activity to keep your hands busy and your mind relaxed, then English Paper Piecing might be just your thing! ​ English Paper Piecing (or EPP for short) is a fun method of hand sewing small scraps of fabric together to create a multitude of patterns. This old quilting technique became popular in England (hence the name) in the 1800’s […]

A dad and mum popped into the Stitchery Studio saying their daughter wanted to make a shirt. “Help! That sounds so complicated.” It’s so great that she has this ambition, but if she starts with something hard, she’ll get discouraged. “Start at the beginning,” I advised. “Learn some basic stitches. Attend after school classes to improve skills. A shirt might not be a this-year project but she could make hand-stitched felt birds to learn the stitches, and move up from there.” It turns […]