With just a few weeks until the big day we thought we would bring you a round up of our favourite free sewing tutorials for dads!
This project includes a free pattern download to make Bermuda length shorts with proper pockets!
A great way to make use of the smaller pieces of fabric in your stash! Don’t forget to check out our range of interfacing for this project, and if you don’t have your fabric yet, why not check out our roll ends.
Another great stash buster! Dig out prints you know your man will like and get sewing.
Cut up all those jeans he won’t throw away but should, and turn them into a really robust picnic blanket!
For all those long journey’s and nights up with the kids why not make a neck pillow.
Whether its medication for a trip away or a mini first aid kit for the car, one of these funky zipper pouches is sure to come in handy.
The classic Fathers Day gift – a tie!
Whether your man is a dab hand in the kitchen or strictly a bbq king – an apron will always come in handy!
This travel bag has a distinctly manly feel – perfect for the traveller or gym bunny.
What about a tablet or phone stand?
This is a really cute upcycling project for those old jeans! Get rid of all those wires draped over your kitchen worktop or bedroom floor!
And finally a versatile duffle bag – perfect for weekend’s away or the gym!
And you thought it was difficult to find things to sew for men!
We have been busy recovering our Sewing School pressing boards this morning and they look lovely!
The fabric on the top board is Riley Blake’s Sweet Orchard in Pink, the next one is Dashwood’s double border print from the Birdsong range and the last one, the most practical being a dark colour, is Dashwood Studio’s Cotton Candy Floral on Blue fabric – all available in store.
If you are asking what a pressing board is, or want to know how to make one, click here for our tutorial – you will wonder how you ever managed without one!
This week we are excited to be launching Two Stitches sewing patterns for babies and children’s clothes in store.
Two Stitches is an independent pattern design company based on the south coast of England, specialising in classic garments with a modern twist.
We love their children’s clothes patterns and are sure you will too!
Each pattern in printed on brown paper, thicker than tissue paper, with lines that are easier to see when tracing pieces.
Instructions include illustrations for all the key steps for when the words just don’t sink in 🙂
View in store today by clicking here…
We have just received a new batch of sewing patterns from Melly and Me and look who made an appearance – Mischief the Meerkat!
Mischief stands 28cm (11″) tall and will proudly keep watch for any signs of danger.
This softie pattern is suitable for intermediate sewers and can be found in store at http://www.printstopolkadots.co.uk/gb/melly-n-me-mischief-the-meerkat-soft-toy-sewing-pattern. One of a wide range of Melly and Me patterns – we are something of super fans of Melanie’s patterns and it is easy to see why!
Proof if any is needed that you don’t need a super dupa sewing machine to get started with this hobby!
This mini sewing machine was used to make a cushion cover, bunting, a reversible bag, bias tape, an apron and a zipper pouch on our last 5 week introduction to sewing course here in Witney, Oxfordshire.
If you are inspired to have a go join us in June on our 5 week introduction to sewing course – find out more at http://www.printstopolkadots.co.uk/gb/witney-sewing-school/sewing-courses-available-now/sewing-school-introduction
We can provide a full size sewing machine if you don’t have your own big or small one!
P.S. Here is the finished apron you can see being sewn above, the fabrics are Dashwood Studio’s Peacocks on Blue and Riley Blake’s Bloom and Bliss – what a great combination!
Dashwood Studio’s Bird Song fabric collection has arrived and is everything we hoped for!
A muted and calming collection of birds, trees, mountains, and raindrops!
100% cotton and 110cm (44″) wide. Perfect for dressmaking, quilting, home decor projects, bags and general crafts.
The collection includes a fab double border, the landscape runs along the selvedge with the sky in the middle of the fabric. Because the print runs in opposite directions on each half of the fabric you need to think carefully about your project and the amount of fabric you will need, as use the fabric in one whole piece, 110cm (44″) wide, and half your fabric will be upside down!
That said we love the versatility of double border prints here at Prints to Polka Dots and they often end up saving you money – you can often get the print for the back and front of your skirt, or both sides for you cushion cover or bag out of the same width!
We are already planning beach bags, aline skirts, floor cushions and lampshades for this print.
We have also be playing with the rest of the collection, testing a pattern for sewing pattern brand Tried and True for a Clutch Bag – pics to follow shortly of the finished bag!
Click on any of the images to view the collection in store and don’t forget to tag us in on pictures you make with this collection, or share your makes with others on our Facebook page, we love to share and your pics are always so inspiring!
Over the next few weeks we have a range of interior design themed sewing courses running at our Witney based Sewing School.
On Tuesday we are tackling cushion covers with button hole closures (great for beginners and those of you who have been put off by buttonholes).
Then we have the very popular curtain making workshop – we will make a small practice piece and send you away with all the skills need to measure up, work out fabric requirements, pattern match your fabrics and sew a lovely pair of pencil pleat curtains.
Later on in the season we will be making sooo practical floor cushions (we have a pile of these in the corner of the lounge for when children’s friends come or when there are crocodiles on the floor!).
We are really looking forward to lampshade making in June, this is a slightly shorter course than normal, and involves no sewing! But once you have made your curtains you really do need a matching shade!
We hope you find a course or two that you can’t live without!
We had great fun at our luxury tote sewing class here in Witney last week.
These lovely bags were all made in an evening and look great! Emma (top left bag) has only been sewing for a week and half!
The pattern for the bag can be downloaded for free from here our blog if you fancy making your own:
The fabrics used include: Riley Blake’s Ardently Austin, Dashwood Studio’s Secret Garden and Riley Blake’s Owl and Co . We also used alot of interfacing to get that crisp yet cuddly look and keep the bags structured even when not in use, you can buy the interfacing as a kit at printstopolkadots.co.uk – click here!
You can find out more about our sewing school here.
January and February have been soooo busy and as a result the blog has been neglected 🙁
Over the next few days we plan to share lots of images of items we have been making at out Sewing School here in Witney to celebrate the wonderful sewers we have met and inspire you all to get your sewing machines out and try something new.
First up – clutch bags with hidden zip up pockets.
Three lovely and talented ladies each made a clutch in an evening. Mastering edgestitching and inserting pockets where the pocket is invisible and you only see the zip.
We are definitely going to run this one again, and if you aren’t local, look out for the sewing school project kit and pattern, both of which are coming soon 🙂
Fabrics used above are Riley Blake’s Little Flyers and Dashwood Studio’s Street Life (with a Kona Bahama Blue lining) – all available in store.
Fabrics used are Art Gallery’s Lace and Dashwood Studio’s Bloom Daisies – both available in store.
If you are wondering how we got the super luxury finish – the secret is the interfacing – S320 on the inside for a crisp and stiff finish, and H640 on the outside for a plush padded feel.
Sewing lessons are a great way to make some protected me time whilst learning something new or indulging your passion! Here at our sewing school, based in Witney and Ducklington (in Oxfordshire) we cater for a wide range of skill levels, we keep classes small to ensure you get lots of one to one support, and aim to complete at least one project during each workshop/course.
So if you have always wanted to learn how to sew, or already have the basics covered and want to develop your skills, we have something for you.
We have listed below a summary of courses being held, by date, click on the descriptions to find out more about individual classes, or scroll down to the bottom of the screen and download our sewing school brochure.
If you have any questions please ask!
Tuesday 10th – 5-week Introduction to Sewing course – 5 projects in 5 weeks, taking you from a novice to a practiced sewer with all the sewing building blocks in place to take you anywhere you want to go!
Thursday, 12th – Cushion Covers With Buttons – Take your cushion covers to the next level, making a feature of out of the opening by adding functioning buttons!
Friday 13th – 6 week Introduction to Dress Making course – Make a capsule wardrobe and get it to fit! We will start with a skirt, then top, then statement dress and shorts or trousers – we have a choice of patterns for each make too!
Thursday, 19th – Aline Skirt – A great introduction to dressmaking, you can choose between our classic a-line skirt with zip closure, or an elasticated version. The zip up version of the skirt fits up to size 18, the elasticated version up to size 24.
Wednesday, 25th January – Perfect Fit Bust Adjustment course – We will make a simple t-shirt style top and adjust it for your shape – high or low, big or small bust!
Wednesday, 1st – Piped Cushion Covers – The ultimate finish for a cushion cover! We will make piping and use it in a cushion cover with an almost invisible zip.
Wednesday, 8th – Clutch Bag – This one is an intermediate class, we will cover how to make a zip up pocket inside your bag – the sort where you only see the zip! You don’t need a lot of experience as the sewing is mostly straight lines, but need to know your way around your machine.
Tuesday, 21st – Luxury Tote Bag – Once you’ve made one you won’t be able to stop! Great for days out, shopping trips and as gifts for friends! We will cover using interfacing, sewing straight lines, box corners, making straps and turning out, and there will be plenty of time to help newbies thread their machines etc..
Wednesday, 22nd – Sew a Girl’s Capsule Wardrobe course – Over 5 weeks we will tackle skirts, tops, dresses and trousers!
Tuesday, 24th – Quilting With Pellon – A really relaxed evening in which we wil use this great product to make perfect patchwork pieces, which we will sew into drawstring bags or placemats – this makes quilting so easy it feels like cheating!28th – Introduction to Quilting (2 weeks) – Create a beautiful quilted cushion cover over two weeks and you have learned all the steps involved in making a full-size quilt!
Tuesday, 28th – Introduction to Quilting (2 weeks) – Create a beautiful quilted cushion cover over two weeks and you have learned all the steps involved in making a full-size quilt!
Friday, 3rd – 5-week Introduction to Sewing course – 5 projects in 5 weeks, taking you from a novice to a practiced sewer with all the sewing building blocks in place to take you anywhere you want to go!
Tuesday 14th – Make Yourself a Dress – Over 2 weeks we will transfer the pattern and adjust to fit, cut the fabric and make your own couture dress!
Tuesday, 28th March – A Very Girly Skirt – perfect for anyone who would like to make clothes for their children, we will cover seam finishes, sewing with elastic and gathering whilst making this, very, girly skirt!
Tuesday, 4th – Girl’s Reversible Dress – make a classic reversible dress in an evening, suitable for ages 1 to 10.
Friday, 7th – Take 4 Fat Quarters – A fun evening when you get to pick 4 fat quarters from a wide selection and get sewing, a wide range of small project patterns will be available on the night.
To download a printer friendly version of our programme click here.