Modern Sewing Starts Here Edition 25

Modern Sewing Starts Here is the digital publication which features articles, reviews and handy tips for anyone with an interest in contemporary sewing In this edition ... Flannel ... Julie Bonnar from The Pattern Pages shares her tips for sewing with this staple winter fabric! Sleep Tight ... Stylish sleepwear patterns to keep you warm and cosy this winter! Making the Olo Tee & Pants plus Lahja Dressing Gown from Named Clothing. Why everyone is talking about English Paper Piecing? ... By Jess Finn of Paper Pieces + FREE project Trendsetter ... Make your own Ugg-style booties or cosy slippers with this perfect gift- making pattern! Last minute stocking fillers ... 6 stocking-filling gifts that everyone will want! Pick Of The Patterns ... Focus On Fabrics ... + More ...

Modern Sewing Starts Here is the digital publication which features articles, reviews and handy tips for anyone with an interest in contemporary sewing
In this edition ...

Flannel ... Julie Bonnar from The Pattern Pages shares her tips for sewing with this staple winter fabric!

Sleep Tight ... Stylish sleepwear patterns to keep you warm and cosy this winter!

Making the Olo Tee & Pants plus Lahja Dressing Gown from Named Clothing.

Why everyone is talking about English Paper Piecing? ... By Jess Finn of Paper Pieces + FREE project

Trendsetter ... Make your own Ugg-style booties or cosy slippers with this perfect gift- making pattern!

Last minute stocking fillers ... 6 stocking-filling gifts that everyone will want!

Pick Of The Patterns ...

Focus On Fabrics ... + More ...


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<strong>Edition</strong> <strong>25</strong> – December 2022<br />

<strong>Modern</strong><br />

sewing<br />

starts here..<br />


REVIEW<br />

Named Clothing’s Olo<br />

Tee & Pants and Lahja<br />

Dressing Gown<br />


PAPER<br />


The Pros & Cons of EPP<br />

Shimmering Trees project<br />

COSY<br />

Fabrics<br />

How to sew with flannel &<br />

the best fabrics for staying<br />

warm this winter<br />

Stocking Fillers<br />

6 gifts that everyone will love to receive!<br />


Pattern Finder<br />

www.hantex.co.uk/patternfinder<br />

Find the perfect pattern for your next project …<br />

search by brand, garment type, fabric type, skill level or even season<br />

Pattern Finder<br />

Use the find a stockist facility to support independent retailers and designers

Editor’s Letter<br />

Jack Frost is certainly nipping at our nose! With the cost<br />

of living rising, it’s time to think warm fabrics and cosy<br />

clothing, soft furnishings and accessories!<br />

It may be a time-old fabric but flannel is the new favourite<br />

that’s perfect for keeping you warm in winter and ideal for<br />

making pyjamas, jackets, scarves, slippers, soft furnishings,<br />

accessories and items for babies. It now comes in amazing<br />

designs and two brands are bringing us quality flannels that<br />

you will definitely want to sew this winter. In this edition,<br />

Julie Bonnar shares her tips on working with this type of<br />

fabric so you get the best results!<br />

Have you heard about English Paper Piecing? This<br />

patchwork method is over 300 years old and uses paper<br />

templates – it’s a great way to make quilts that you can pick<br />

up and down when you want some ‘me-time’! Jess Finn<br />

from Paper Pieces shares why everyone is talking about it.<br />

Fancy trying EPP out then Jess has a great little easy winter<br />

project in this issue too?<br />

We also have some of the best pyjama patterns on the<br />

market for you to choose from and Jacqui Smith has been<br />

sewing up her own pyjama set and dressing gown.<br />

Happy sewing!<br />

Hantex team<br />

www.hantex.co.uk<br />

www.modernsewingstartshere.co.uk<br />

Subscribe free to get your copy – click here<br />


New apparel pattern releases to fill your wardrobe!<br />

Liesl + Co<br />

There are three lovely new patterns that you will want to add to your wardrobe:<br />

The Garibaldi A-Line Skirt is a classic skirt with an invisible zipper at the side seam<br />

and three different hem lengths. You can sew this skirt with or without a waistband<br />

and angled front pockets. The pattern works best with light to medium-weight<br />

woven fabrics like cotton poplin, broadcloth, linen, rayon, wool suiting, satin, and<br />

crepe. The pattern comes in sizes 0-20.<br />

The Peckham Women’s Trousers are a timeless dressy pair of trouser that feel<br />

more like sweatpants. The pattern is designed for woven fabrics with some<br />

stretch, and includes a traditional zipper fly with zipper shield, angled front<br />

pockets with a concealed change pocket inside one of them, and elastic side<br />

panels for extra comfort. What’s special about this pattern is the inseam has been<br />

moved forward for a better fit to give you really comfortable and well-fitting<br />

trousers for every occasion. The pattern comes in sizes 0-20.<br />

The last but not least is the Strasbourg Henley Bodysuit + Top. This close-fitting<br />

pullover V-neck has three buttons at the front placket and is designed for knit<br />

fabrics with at least <strong>25</strong>% stretch. Make with short sleeves with a cute little front<br />

pocket on a cropped top or long sleeves with a bodysuit style. The pattern comes<br />

in sizes XXS-XXL.<br />

To find your nearest stockist of Liesl + Co – click here<br />

Check out the free-to-use resource listing of the very best Indie patterns and filter by fabric, garment, brand<br />

or skill level by visiting www.hantex.co.uk

Closet Core<br />

Inspired by a genius songwriter<br />

with timeless style, the Mitchell<br />

Trousers are a modern twist on a<br />

classic pleated trouser. Elegant<br />

and comfortable but with very<br />

special details, they are destined to<br />

become your new favourite bottoms.<br />

These trousers have a high-waist<br />

with fly front zipper and a comfy<br />

hidden waistband facing for a sleek<br />

continuous silhouette. Choose<br />

between a hidden pants hook and<br />

bar or classic button closure and<br />

deep pleats in the front enclose a<br />

unique angled pocket. This pattern<br />

is ideal for sturdy woven fabrics<br />

like light to mid-weight denim, twill<br />

and canvas, linen, cotton, and wool<br />

suiting. The pattern comes in sizes<br />

0-20.<br />

To view this latest pattern and more from Closet Core - click here<br />

Named<br />

The relaxed but elegant Olo Tee and Pants Set consists of<br />

a long sleeve tee and wide leg pants with high, elasticated<br />

waist and no side seams. You can sew the straight cut tee as<br />

either a dainty rolled hem funnel neck or a deep V-neck with<br />

binding. The blouse hem, sleeves and leg openings can be<br />

finished with a rolled hem or a simple turn-up. This pattern<br />

comes in sizes XS-XXL.<br />

To find your nearest stockist of Named Clothing – click here<br />

Check out the free-to-use resource listing of the very best Indie patterns and filter by fabric, garment, brand<br />

or skill level by visiting www.hantex.co.uk

Cashmerette<br />

The Meriam Trousers is a pair of woven<br />

trousers that you’ll actually enjoy wearing<br />

if you have curves! Classic trousers can be<br />

uncomfortable if your waist spreads when<br />

you sit down. This trouser pattern has all the<br />

classic details you love, such as a zip fly with<br />

a hidden closure, front slash pockets, straight<br />

legs, and optional back welt pockets. But best<br />

of all, it has an innovative flex waistband that<br />

will keep you comfortable while standing or<br />

sitting, without compromising on style! Make<br />

with standard and full bottom fit, this pattern<br />

comes in sizes 0-16 and 12-32.<br />

To find your nearest stockist of Cashmerette –<br />

click here<br />

Sew House Seven<br />

The Sauvie Sundress is the perfect<br />

strappy dress to reach for when you<br />

are wanting comfort, ease and style.<br />

It’s perfect for layering over a T-shirt<br />

as a pinafore when the temperatures<br />

drop. The low front, back V-necklines<br />

and narrow straps are designed to<br />

cover bra straps and optional bra<br />

keeper instructions are included<br />

to hide and secure your bra straps<br />

within the garment for that extra<br />

couture detail. With two different<br />

pocket options, three hem finishes,<br />

two waist finishes and two hem<br />

lengths, you can mix and match any<br />

of the version’s features. The pattern<br />

comes in sizes 00-20 and 16-34.<br />

To find your nearest stockist of Sew House Seven – click here<br />

Check out the free-to-use resource listing of the very best Indie patterns and filter by fabric, garment, brand<br />

or skill level by visiting www.hantex.co.uk

Tart Days<br />

Green Arrow<br />

Blue Hills<br />


Cloud9 Fabrics has a lovely collection of<br />

laminate fabric called Sweet Beauties.<br />

This collection has been designed by<br />

Alison Janssen and has a PU Coating<br />

that’s waterproof and can withstand the<br />

rain and any spillages that happen! It’s<br />

made from 100% organic cotton and<br />

comes in these five colourful prints. These<br />

are quite easy to sew with, and are ideal<br />

for lightweight raincoats, bags, coasters,<br />

table mats and other things that require a<br />

little waterproofing.<br />

To view the full range of laminate fabrics<br />

– click here<br />

Wild Fields<br />

Love Birds<br />

Focus on<br />


We keep you up-to-date with this<br />

seasons’ popular fabrics

Aqua<br />

Olive Green<br />

Plum<br />

Chartreuse<br />


Modelo’s Cairn collection of 100% boiled<br />

wool is perfect for making a lightweight jacket,<br />

coatigan or coat. It’s reversible so there’s no need for a<br />

lining and no need for any seam neatening either. Shown<br />

here are just some of the best-selling colours but with 19 to<br />

choose from, there’s bound to be one (or two) to make your<br />

perfect coat!<br />

To see these and more coat fabrics - click here<br />

Rich Red<br />

Plaid of My Dreams<br />

by Maureen<br />

Cracknell, AGF<br />

Retro Blue, AGF<br />

Studio, AGF<br />

Gold Trees, Winter<br />

Forest, Cloud9<br />

Snow Hares, Winter<br />

Forest, Cloud9<br />

Wandering with<br />

Bear by Bonnie<br />

Christine, AGF<br />

Baby Quilt<br />

made from<br />

Cloud9 Flannel<br />

Download the<br />

free pattern -<br />

click here<br />

WARM & COSY<br />

Flannel is a time-old favourite fabric for keeping you warm in winter and is perfect for making pyjamas, jackets, scarves, slippers,<br />

soft furnishings, accessories and items for babies. Flannel no longer just comes in a couple of colourways but includes solids and<br />

fun prints to brighten up the winter months.<br />

Art Gallery Fabrics flannel is 100% cotton, OEKO-TEX certified, and double-brushed so it’s super soft on both sides and ideal for<br />

the colder seasons. Cloud9 also produces modern 100% certified organic cotton flannel in sweet designs and plain colours.<br />

To take a look at all the full range of flannel fabrics – click here


Julie Bonnar from The Pattern Pages shares her tips for sewing with this<br />

staple winter fabric<br />

What is flannel?<br />

Flannel is a loosely woven fabric that has been brushed for<br />

softness. During the manufacture, a fine metal brush is used to<br />

raise some of the fibres to create a ‘nap’, which gives the fabric its<br />

fuzzy feel, which is warm and soft against the skin. Originally flannel<br />

was made of wool, but now cotton, along with synthetic blends are<br />

more common. The good news is that this is a fairly inexpensive<br />

fabric to buy.<br />

<strong>Here</strong> are my top tips for choosing<br />

and sewing with this winter fabric:<br />

Quality<br />

Like most fabrics, using a better quality of flannel makes a big<br />

difference when sewing! The more expensive the flannel, the higher<br />

the thread count. Often it’s double-sided and this seems to last<br />

longer and pill less. It also tends to fray and shrink less too, and feels<br />

denser. The lower thread count flannels can stretch and distort, and<br />

also not wear very well.<br />

Prewash, Dry and Press<br />

Always pre-wash. This might not be as important for smaller projects<br />

but for making garments it is essential. Pre-wash on a delicate cycle,<br />

using a low temperature – this will help prevent pilling and keep<br />

shrinkage down. If tumble drying – use a sensitive cycle and this will<br />

keep your flannel fabrics fluffy and press lightly with a medium heat.<br />

Flannel Scarf made using Wandering with Bear by Bonnie Christine, AGF<br />

Cutting<br />

Some sewers spray starch on the wrong side of the fabric. To make it easier to cut, place right sides together, the nap tends to<br />

grip the fabric and stop it slipping around.<br />

Make sewing with flannel easy:<br />

Needle – This fabric is<br />

thick so use a 80/14,<br />

90/14 or a jeans needle<br />

to cope with layers.<br />

Thread – Choose an allpurpose<br />

polyester thread<br />

like Scanfil.<br />

Stitch length – Use a<br />

longer stitch length of<br />

3-3.5.<br />

Seam Allowance – Use<br />

a wider seam allowance<br />

of 1.3cm (½in) to<br />

accommodate for any<br />

fraying.<br />

Presser foot – A walking<br />

foot is ideal for sewing<br />

flannel so the layers<br />

don’t shift around.<br />

Special finishes –<br />

Avoid the fabric from<br />

unravelling by finishing<br />

the raw edges with a<br />

wide zigzag or using an<br />

overlocker. Fray check or<br />

pinking shears can also<br />

be used.<br />

Tip:<br />

As this fabric has a loose weave, there will a build up of lint on the needle and throat plate – this is known as<br />

‘shedding’. It’s important to clean this away from your bobbin, the bobbin case, and around the needle during<br />

and after sewing with flannel.

Sleep<br />

tight<br />

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Stylish sleepwear patterns<br />

to keep you warm and<br />

cosy this winter!<br />

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Chic<br />

lounging<br />

Designed for chic lounging, these pyjamas are<br />

thoughtfully tailored and super comfortable.The<br />

top has a classic notched collar, curved hem and<br />

breast pocket with three sleeve styles to choose<br />

from. For a matching pyjama set, sew a straightlegged<br />

trouser (with or without cuff) or a cuffed<br />

pair of shorts. Both designs have an elasticised<br />

waist, pockets and a faux fly. Why not personalise<br />

yours by adding contrasting piping details for an<br />

elegant finish. This pattern is available in sizes<br />

0-20 and 14-32.<br />

Carolyn Pajamas<br />

To view the full pattern range from Closet Core –<br />

click here<br />

Easy to<br />

sew!<br />

These straight leg pants are comfortable but not baggy,<br />

and feature an enclosed elastic waistband with drawstring<br />

option to further perfect the fit. Pyjama bottoms needn’t<br />

be boring to sew and this pattern will teach you many of<br />

the essential techniques for sewing jeans and trousers for<br />

future projects. Learn to install useful pockets and employ<br />

topstitching to create very functional and hardwearing<br />

loungewear. The pattern comes in a wide range of sizes<br />

XS-4XL.<br />

Eastwood Pajamas<br />

To view the full pattern range from Thread Theory Designs<br />

– click here

Cover up<br />

This dressing gown is a casually straight-cut unisex<br />

garment and its name comes from the Finnish word<br />

‘lahja’ meaning ‘gift’. And as the name suggests, these<br />

dressing gowns are a great gift either for your friend<br />

or yourself! Make either the shorter knee-length gown<br />

with cropped sleeves, or the longer version that extends<br />

to mid-leg and has full-length sleeves. Both options have<br />

large patch pockets and a belt fastening. This pattern<br />

comes in sizes XS-XXL.<br />

Lahja Dressing Gown<br />

To find more patterns from Named Clothing - click here<br />

For<br />

everyone!<br />

This simple pair of pyjamas are perfect for everyone and features an<br />

elastic and pull string in the waist casing. They don’t have a side seam,<br />

making them super comfortable for sleeping, and a very fast sewing<br />

project. There are several lengths and this pattern comes in sizes A-I.<br />

Unisex PJs Pants<br />

For more sewing patterns from Wardrobe By Me – click here<br />

Look out for other<br />

sewing patterns<br />

that although are<br />

not designed as<br />

nightwear can easily<br />

be sewn to wear in<br />

bed or on the sofa!


Olo Tee & Pants and Lahja Dressing<br />

Gown from Named Clothing!<br />

By Jacqui Smith<br />

It’s definitely the time of year for snuggling down in comfy PJ’s and a warm dressing gown. The new Olo<br />

pattern from Named Clothing is the perfect set of PJ’s or even loungewear for the cold season, and paired<br />

with the Lahja robe in warm flannel, they complement each other superbly<br />

My fabric choice<br />

“What fabric do I use” I asked myself. Yes, I want warmth, but<br />

equally this pattern cries out for a fabric which has drape and<br />

stretch as well! Oh, and it needs to look great after frequent<br />

washes. Having worked with Art Gallery Fabrics’ knit before I<br />

thought it was actually the perfect choice, being super quality,<br />

having stretch and also great washability.<br />

I opted for the solid colourway called Mauvelous, which has<br />

a subtle mauve hue, which I loved. As always, I pre-washed the<br />

fabric just in case there was any shrinkage and I would always<br />

recommend this.<br />

To complement this set, I made the Lahja robe in Art Gallery<br />

Fabrics’ cotton flannel, choosing the Gaia Four print from<br />

Eclectic Intuition, by Katarina Roccella. This is a lovely soft,<br />

double sided flannel and if you’ve ever sewn with AGF flannel<br />

you’ll know exactly what I mean … such a luxurious feel! As with<br />

the knit, I pre-washed and tumble dried the flannel, to ensure no<br />

shrinkage and give a little ‘fluff’ to the flannel.<br />

My pattern choice<br />

PJ’s are super popular this year, not least because you get to<br />

wear them as soon as you’ve finished the make. Not all PJ’s are<br />

straightforward to make, but the Olo set is quick and easy so if<br />

you’re looking to hand make that last minute gift for Christmas,<br />

these could be the perfect choice!<br />

The whole set is made up of just five pattern pieces! If you<br />

have an overlocker you can whip these up in a couple of hours.<br />

I chose the high neck version and I used my overlocker to do<br />

roll hems on the neck, sleeves and bottoms of both the top<br />

and trousers. This gives a really lovely finish and you could use<br />

matching or contrasting thread for different effects. Perhaps<br />

the only minor downside of doing this is that you do the hems<br />

before you construct the garment, which means that you need<br />

to work out the length you want, before you make them up.<br />

I found that I needed to shorten the trousers and top, so<br />

always check the finished measurements on the pattern. The

trousers are fairly fitted around the waist and hips,<br />

but I found this really comfortable, particularly<br />

in this fabric. If you do not have an overlocker it<br />

would still be a very quick make, you would just<br />

need to do turned hems. The instructions for both<br />

are included in the pattern.<br />

Like the Olo set, the Lahja Robe is a fairly quick<br />

make. I used the shorter version of the robe,<br />

but with the long sleeves and just lengthened<br />

the robe a little. I wanted a long robe, but on<br />

checking the finished measurements found the<br />

long version would have been close to floor<br />

length for me, so it was better to just lengthen<br />

the short one a little. Flannel sews beautifully, as<br />

it does not move around at all, the flip-side to<br />

this is that you have to be careful to ensure that<br />

everything lines up perfectly before sewing, as it’s<br />

hard to adjust as you go.<br />

Summary<br />

Both of these sewing patterns are ones that you<br />

are likely to make over and over again. As they<br />

are both multi-size (and in the case of the Lahja,<br />

unisex as well) you can make them for all the<br />

family. Multiple variations are available, giving you<br />

a wide choice of garments to make. I certainly<br />

enjoyed working with both the patterns and<br />

fabrics and was delighted with the results.<br />



The relaxed and elegant Olo Tee & Pants pattern is from Named<br />

Clothing and consists of a long sleeve tee and wide leg pants with<br />

high, elasticated waist and no side seams. You can sew the straight<br />

cut tee as either a dainty rolled hem funnel neck, or a deep V-neck<br />

with binding. The pattern comes in sizes XS-XXL.<br />

To view these patterns and others from Named Clothing – click here<br />

Mauvelous from Knits<br />

Solids by AGF Studio<br />


For the Olo, choose light to medium-weight knit fabric with 40-50%<br />

stretch and for the Lahja Dressing Gown select a light to mediumweight<br />

woven fabric like linen, flannel, Terry cloth or honeycomb fabric.<br />

For the full range of knit fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics – click here<br />

To view the flannel collections from Art Gallery Fabrics – click here<br />

Gaia Four Print Flannel from Eclectic<br />

Intuition by Katarina Roccella, AGF

Why everyone is talking<br />

about English Paper Piecing!<br />

By Jess Finn of Paper Pieces<br />

In my 10 years of experience at Paper Pieces,<br />

I’ve found there are two types of quilters out<br />

there! One just read this title and thought,<br />

“Yes! Bring on the hexies!” and the other just<br />

thought, Ew! Handwork!”<br />

If you already love English Paper Piecing,<br />

keep reading. I’ve got some tips and tricks<br />

below to ensure that you’re getting the most<br />

out of your sewing time. If you think handwork<br />

is a 4-letter word, just hear me out.<br />

What exactly is English Paper<br />

Piecing (EPP)?<br />

EPP is a 300+ year-old method of hand piecing<br />

using paper templates to stabilise fabric. It’s<br />

sometimes called Mosaic Piecing, and while<br />

it originated in England, it spread around the<br />

world as a popular and necessary craft.<br />

Pros & Cons of EPP<br />

PROS<br />

CONS<br />

Portable<br />

Consistent (Perfect for<br />

group projects!)<br />

Great use of<br />

scrap fabric<br />

Precise<br />

Self-paced<br />

Not applicable!<br />

Seams are flawless<br />

Ok, so clearly I’m biased, but really, after<br />

reading this list, don’t you think you<br />

should give EPP a try? Sitting on the couch<br />

mindlessly scrolling your social media? Nope,<br />

grab your project! Sitting in a waiting room<br />

or school pick-up line? Finish that next block!<br />

Road tripping or camping? Great, get your<br />

baste on!

The concept of EPP is simple<br />

Cut, baste and stitch! Once you’ve mastered<br />

the basic steps, you can apply them to any<br />

shape or pattern! <strong>Here</strong> are three tricks that<br />

I’ve learned along the way that make the<br />

process easier:<br />

Prepare<br />

Starting a new project? Yay! Take advantage<br />

of that new fabric buzz. Cut your fabric, sort<br />

your pieces and get your blocks separated.<br />

Find a project bag or pouch (my favourite<br />

is Yazzii bags!) and fill it with a block or two,<br />

your glue pen, scissors, needles and thread.<br />

Be prepared to sew anywhere. You won’t<br />

regret it!<br />

Consistency in basting<br />

When you graduate from making hexies, you<br />

may find yourself working with shapes that<br />

have points like diamonds! With diamonds,<br />

your fabric will fold over and create, what<br />

I like to call ‘dog ears’. If you put in a little<br />

effort to baste the same direction will all your<br />

pieces (i.e.) clockwise, you’ll find that when<br />

you sew your pieces together, your ‘dog ears’<br />

will nest, reducing bulk!<br />

Your tools matter<br />

Do you know what the best notions for<br />

English Paper Piecing are? It’s a trick question<br />

and there is no right answer! The key is<br />

figuring out what works best for you!<br />

• Find the needle that makes your fingers<br />

happiest, and your stitches beautiful.<br />

TIP: Just remember that a good handsewing<br />

needle is good for about 11 hours of<br />

sewing! Grabbing a fresh needle will make a<br />

world of difference to your hands!<br />

• Find a thimble that eases your pain and<br />

fits your finger.<br />

• Find glue that’s sustainable for your<br />

budget.<br />

No matter where you are on your English<br />

Paper Piecing journey, I hope you enjoy<br />

the process!<br />

Visit my website, www.PaperPieces.com and<br />

dive right into your project!<br />

To find Paper Pieces Pre-Cut Paper Shapes at your local quilt shop – click here

shimmering<br />

TREES<br />

Jess Finn from Paper Pieces shares how to make her winter wonderland quilt<br />

Quick to stitch together, this quilt makes a great wall hanging or table runner. English Paper Piecing is an old method of quilt<br />

making, used for many years because of its accuracy and ease of construction. This is still true today, offering a portable project<br />

that fits today’s lifestyles!<br />

Paper Pieces Required:<br />

Piece A: 18 x Isosceles Triangle<br />

Piece B: 18 x Right Triangle and 18 x Reversed Right Triangle<br />

Piece C: 18 x 1in x 3in Rectangle<br />

Piece D: 54 x 1in Square<br />

Suggested Fabric Cutting Acrylics:<br />

4 Piece Acrylic Template Set (SHIMMERINGTREES-038)<br />

Fabric Requirements:<br />

3 x Fat-eighth in green for tree tops<br />

1 x Fat-eighth in brown for tree trunks<br />

½yd in white for background<br />

Fat-eighth of yd. black for binding<br />

½yd coordinating fabric for backing<br />

18in x 33in Rectangle for batting<br />

The final quilt measures 12in x 27in<br />

TIP: Use a metallic thread to make the evergreen trees shimmer in the snow against the simple background with hints of<br />

silver and gold.

Cutting Constructions:<br />

Tree Tops: From 3 of the Green Fat-eigths – Cut 18 x Piece A Isosceles Triangles.<br />

Tree Trunks: From the Brown Fat-eigth – Cut 2 x 1¾in x WOF strips, then sub-cut into<br />

18 x 1¾in Squares.<br />

Fig. 1<br />

White Background: Cut 4 x 1¾in x WOF strips. Sub-cut 2 strips into 36 x 1¾in Squares and sub-cut the other 2 strips into 18 x<br />

1¾in x 3¾in Rectangles.<br />

Cut 2 x 4-½in x WOF strips, and then sub-cut into 18 x 3 ¼in x 4½in Rectangles. Using your Paper Piece as a guide – cut<br />

Rectangles once on the diagonal to make 18 x Right Triangles and 18 x Reversed Right Triangles, as shown in Fig. 1.<br />

Binding: Cut 4 x 2in x WOF strips and join end-to-end.<br />

Backing: 1/2yd 18in x 33in<br />

Batting: 18in x 33in<br />

Assembly Constructions:<br />

Fig. 3<br />

1. Baste all paper pieces according to the basic instructions. For the Right Triangle and Reversed Right<br />

Triangle – baste the two outside edges first, followed by the long, diagonal edge to reduce bulk when<br />

the pieces are joined together.<br />

2. Join together 2 x white Squares with 1 x brown Square to make a tree trunk unit, as shown in Fig. 2,<br />

and make 18 in total.<br />

3. Join together the green Isosceles Triangle with a white Right Triangle and a white Reversed Right<br />

Triangle, then a tree trunk unit, as shown in Fig. 3. Make a total of (18) assorted tree blocks.<br />

Fig. 2<br />

Fig. 4<br />

4. Lay out the tree blocks in two rows of nine blocks. Join a white<br />

Rectangle to the top of 9 Tree Blocks and to the bottom of 9 Tree<br />

Blocks.<br />

Fig. 5<br />

5. Join the tree block units together to make two rows shown<br />

here in Fig. 5.<br />

Fig. 6<br />

6. Join the rows together to complete the quilt top shown here<br />

in Fig. 6.<br />

7. Press quilt top and remove all the paper pieces. Open the<br />

seam allowance towards the outside edge.<br />

8. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing. Quilt and bind using<br />

your preferred method.

About Paper Pieces<br />

Jess Finn loved English Paper Piecing so much that she started her own business, www.PaperPieces.com, and is now at the<br />

centre of putting piecing (EPP) on the map once again. Her paper pieces are cut with precise point-to-point measurements,<br />

so that your quilt tops will be pieced with accuracy and perfection!<br />

Template:<br />

Piece<br />

B/B Reversed<br />

Piece<br />

A<br />

Piece<br />

C<br />

Piece<br />



Make your own Ugg-style booties or cosy slippers with this perfect giftmaking<br />

pattern!<br />

Make your own slippers for going from and to the spa, around the house or even to keep your<br />

feet warm while camping! We love the mid-calf Ugg-style booties but the pattern also includes<br />

a reversible slipper that has a rib knit heel piece for a better fit. Wear and feel like you’re walking<br />

on clouds! Both views are insulated with batting for comfort and warmth, and there’s a shoe bag<br />

roomy enough for booties or carrying slippers for the whole family!<br />

Nordik Quilted Booties & Slippers from Jalie – click here<br />

OUTER FABRIC: Medium-weight woven fabrics like canvas, twill, quilting cotton and denim<br />

INNER FABRIC: Terrycloth, velvet, minky or fleece<br />

Have fun with all kinds of fabrics from waterproof nylon to denim or corduroy for a can’t-believe-these-are-slippers look.<br />



FLEECE<br />


CANVAS<br />

Create slipper bottoms with this<br />

100% polyester PVC dot fabric<br />

Grippy Non-slip Fabric<br />

click here<br />

Mauve Supersoft sweatshirt with<br />

Alpen Fleece Back<br />

Riga Collection by Modelo<br />

click here<br />

Bronze Pearl from<br />

Santiago Collection<br />

Modelo Fabrics<br />

click here<br />

Oiled Indigo Solid Canvas<br />

Cloud9 Fabrics<br />

click here


stocking fillers<br />

6 stocking-filling gifts that everyone will love to receive!<br />

OH SEW! MINI<br />


This mini pocket-sized<br />

organiser is the perfect size for<br />

even the smallest of sewing<br />

spaces. The silicone pockets<br />

offer a sturdy grip on sewing<br />

notions, marking tools, small<br />

scissors and rulers, and it’s<br />

available in lots of colours!<br />

To find more handy storage<br />

items - click here<br />



Made in Australia from premium<br />

bamboo, this tool from Sew To<br />

Grow has both imperial and<br />

metric measurements. Use it as<br />

a needle position guide, seam<br />

gauge, straight edge, mark<br />

hems, press with it and use as a<br />

quick reference guide.<br />

To see all measuring items –<br />

click here<br />


This multi-tool attaches<br />

press fasteners,<br />

eyelets, jeans buttons<br />

and rivets easily! Use<br />

the piercing tool to<br />

pierce holes of 3mm<br />

and 4mm with even<br />

pressure, and apply<br />

the Colour Snaps.<br />

To view this handy tool<br />

– click here<br />


These Klipit quilting<br />

clips are a fantastic<br />

alternative to pins and<br />

ideal for holding fabric<br />

in place while you<br />

sew and prevent you<br />

from getting pin sticks.<br />

Choose from two sizes<br />

– small and large.<br />

To find more about<br />

these clips - click here<br />



These sets give stitchers a little taster of<br />

embroidery and how you<br />

can use it to decorate<br />

your clothing. Each<br />

set has eight sheets of<br />

transfers plus a copy of<br />

The Little Book of Basic<br />

Embroidery. The designs<br />

work well as small<br />

projects or combined to<br />

create larger pieces.<br />

To view all the<br />

embroidery packs from<br />

Alison Glass - click here<br />


It can be tricky to measure yourself accurately at home when no one else is around but this<br />

versatile tape measure simply wraps around your body. Simply lock in place and push the button<br />

to retract and contour to the shape of your body. Then look in the mirror with hands free!<br />

To find more measuring tools – click here

New fabrics for this season<br />

Constantly reinventing the boho style, Maureen Cracknell invites you on a magical<br />

journey through creative illustrations of majestic creatures, hand-drawn florals and<br />

glistening colours... Crafting Magic is now available from stockists …. Click here for<br />


New fabrics for this season<br />

Enter Katarina Roccella's point of view as an artist, where her prints are dynamic,<br />

beautifully abstract, and have an undeniable edge that carries a sense of exotic charm.<br />

Eclectic Intuition is now available from stockists …. Click here for details

New fabrics for this season<br />

Bold colours, painterly florals and everything you love about Bari J's maximalist style is<br />

now in one collection that will take you back to a period in time where poise and elegance<br />

were at their peak. Garden Of Opulence is now available from stockists …. Click here for<br />


New fabrics for this season<br />

Embrace the quirky side of life with Jessica Swift's prints that are filled with her signature<br />

folk motifs, uplifting bright colours and mystical critters.. Path To Discovery is now<br />

available from stockists …. Click here for details

New fabrics for this season<br />

Always coming back to her roots, leave it to Bonnie Christine to ignite our curiosity of<br />

what nature has to offer with organic and romantic prints that cherish the simpler things in<br />

life. Roots Of Nature is now available from stockists …. Click here for details

Style Arc’s Logan Shacket<br />

made with<br />

AGF’s superb flannel fabric<br />

The Logan is an oversized, shirt-style<br />

jacket featured here in the softest, cosiest<br />

flannel imaginable! Made to the highest<br />

standards, AGF flannel is 100% cotton<br />

double brushed, meaning it’s super soft on<br />

both sides. Wonderfully warm in the colder<br />

months ~ great for PJ's, shirts, quilts.<br />

www.hantexonline.co.uk/flannel<br />

www.hantexonline.co.uk/logan<br />

Find the fabric for your next project<br />

StyleArc & Art Gallery Fabrics are distributed<br />

in the UK by Hantex Ltd

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