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Dolly's Day — How-To

What is a 'Long Quarter'?

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What is a 'Long Quarter'?

Well, it's not something I made up given my surname (long), sorry! In fact we are all fairly familiar with the term 'fat quarter'.  A fat quarter is 50cm up the selvedge by half a width of the bolt of fabric.  In actual quilting/sewing terms it's classed as approximately 18" x 22". So what is a 'Long quarter' and how can you make Dolly from one? Well a long quarter is roughly the same square inches as a fat quarter but is cut as a full width of the fabric.  This means it is approximately 25cm x 112 cm if...

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Practising Rag Doll Patterns - Toiles

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Practising Rag Doll Patterns - Toiles

Every once in a while, as impatient and creative types, we do get into a pickle and cut and sew our gorgeous fabric in a flurry of excitement! What is a Toile? However, to avoid costly mishaps (or, creative alternatives as I call them!) it is sometimes best to practise an unfamiliar pattern using a less expensive fabric. In dressmaking terms, this is called a toile. A toile is a replica garment in a similar, cheaper material (usually calico) used to check how the item will fit and how it will look in your best fabric. Tissue Fitting Sometimes, pattern...

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Start Sewing with Confidence

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Start Sewing with Confidence

Practice is all that is required to build confidence with your sewing machine.  So put your pedal to the metal and Just. Get. Going!

Here's my advice to take the plunge

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Five Essential Rag Doll Features That You Can Try

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Five Essential Rag Doll Features That You Can Try

There are many types of rag doll sewing patterns to chose from, but what exactly makes a great cloth doll?

These are my top five ingredients for a great looking rag dolly.

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Make your own mini bows for crafts - Super EASY!

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Make your own mini bows for crafts - Super EASY!

How to tie perfect and beautiful mini bows for crafting with this awesome hack using a serving fork!

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