Fat quarters and jelly rolls are the cornerstones of quilting and other fabric crafts. These charming bundles of pre-cut quilting fabrics tend to be cost-effective and, thanks to the convenience of their dimensions and their popularity among the crafting community, you can find hundreds of potential projects that require them.
Here are just a few of our favourites.
What are fat quarters and jelly rolls?
Both are simply a way of cutting a sheet of quilting fabric. A fat quarter measures around 18” by 22” and is simply a half-yard of fabric cut into four quarters. Jelly rolls are made up of strips of fabric measuring 2½” by 42” – basically narrow strips cut down the length of a half-yard sheet. They are packaged in bundles and are a key tool in any quilter’s arsenal.
1. Table runners
Jelly rolls make an ideal starter point for table runners suitable for any occasion. Everything from Christmas to a kid’s birthday party can be made brighter by stitching these jelly rolls lengthwise into a charming custom runner. Continue reading
Getting the ideal gift for someone can be a real challenge, it doesn’t just take time and careful thought but also a hearty helping of inspiration. Be it friends, family or a work colleague, here at Doughty we’ve collated the perfect gift guide for the crafty person in your life.
Christmas Hampers (From £13.49)
A beautiful gift full of a useful materials for the creator in your life, our gift hampers come in a range of sizes and are stuffed with threading, various quilting fabrics, wadding and more, all stored in a beautiful display box. This is an amazing choice to craft a gorgeous quilt this winter season. Continue reading
It’s that time of the year where the days are shorter, the nights are longer and the weather is colder, which means one thing – Christmas is just around the corner!
Over the last few years, one trend that has emerged during the festive period is Hygge. Here we explain what it is and how you can incorporate it into your Winter craft projects.
Popularity of Hygge
Hygge (pronounced “ Hoo-ga”) is a Danish term referring to making your home snug and cozy during the colder seasons. This includes comfort food, woven textiles, comfy slippers, and a shimmering fireplace. It’s a trend stemming from the history of the Nordic regions being colder and learning to adopt a cozy form of living during this period, which has been applied to homes and lifestyle conversations after an explosion of interest on social media platforms like Pinterest.
With the temperature dropping, Hygge is generally more applicable to Christmas time here in the UK and why our festive fabrics coincide with this trend. Continue reading
Making purses has been a long-time tradition and throughout this time, there have been a vast variety of designs and features for our purses.
In today’s society, there are so many options for your next purse and with our purse-friendly fabrics – the possibilities are endless!
We hope that this blog article helps you make your purse project come to life, with a handy guide on how to create your purse, what fabrics to use and tips if you are creating your purse with little ones.
How to make a purse:
This is a great project to do either for yourself or with little ones – just be careful with scissors and sewing machinery if you have it.
What you will need:
- Sharp scissors
- Purse friendly fabric
- Needle and thread / Sewing machine
Quilting can be a wonderful experience for a child. They can express their feelings creatively and can really help develop their focus development.
But let’s face it. It is also very enjoyable for us, the grown-ups.
Here at Doughty’s, we believe that no matter what age you are, you can always learn a new skill and teach others how to create something beautiful.
We will be diving into how to make quilting enjoyable for your children with some tips and tricks along the way.
1. Safety comes first
It may be a no-brainer but make sure that your little ones don’t play around with sharp scissors or any tools that could cause pain to them. Keep the workspace clean and tidy – but just to be safe, make sure any sharp pointy tasks are processed by you!
2. it isn’t just for you
As we all know, a child’s mind can want to do one thing and change their minds five seconds later. So make sure that they decide what they want to make and provide a range of small choices for them so they can feel less overwhelmed and more engaged with what the project is. Continue reading
Quilting is a wonderful way to explore and use different fabrics to create unique pieces. A memory quilt is a lovely project which allows you to enjoy the memories of clothes and textiles that you might not be using anymore. Instead of throwing away these precious fabrics, you can incorporate them into a quilt and get more use out of them in a different way. As well as providing a way to keep all your memorable pieces in one place, your finished quilt will take you on a journey of reminiscence and is sure to become a family heirloom.
What Types of Fabrics Should You Use in a Memory Quilt?
Most memory quilts use a combination of old and new fabrics. It will depend on the types of materials you have already, the amount, and the size of the quilt you would want to make. Typically you start off with your memory fabrics and then choose complementary fabrics to go with and to finish off your piece. You will also need materials such as quilt wadding and of course matching thread.
When choosing the fabrics, you might be surprised how many pieces of clothing, blankets and other textiles hold nostalgia for you. Baby clothes, uniforms and home decor are all popular sources for sections. A good rule of thumb is to stick to cotton fabrics as these will be easiest to sew and using pieces that have the same level of stretch will help your quilt keep its shape. Make sure when you are cutting the patches to use that you get a memorable part of the item. For example, if a patterned piece of clothing, find a section that is representative of the overall pattern. Sections with embroidery, text and embellishments are all good to include as they will take your mind back to the treasured piece. Make sure to wash and iron all these pieces before you start so they’re fresh and ready to work on! Continue reading
The much anticipated 2019 series of The Great British Sewing Bee concluded last month and it’s been received as the best series so far. We loved seeing the ten sewers grow in confidence each week and stitch together some amazing creations.
The last challenge of the series gave the three finalists the task of creating a strapless ballgown. The three gowns were each stunning and unique in their own way. At Doughty’s we appreciate fabric, and have created some quilt ideas that are inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee Finale, so that you can take the excitement of the sewing bee into your next project.
Bright and Summery
Leah produced a fresh, floaty gown in a vibrant yellow. For a bright, lively quilt, we would recommend Dashwood Studios Emi and the Birds collection. These designs also have a natural focus and though keeping yellow as a dominant factor, are as playful as Leah’s gown with their charming prints. Continue reading