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What is Hygge?

Hygge is taking the world of interior design by storm - but what is it? And how can you get involved in this year's most relaxing trend?

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  • What is Hygge? We explore the concept from Denmark

    The Danish concept of 'Hygge' is taking the world of interior design by storm, and for good reason.

    But what is Hygge? And should you care? 

    Hygge, pronounced 'hoo-gah', is the Danish idea of comfy and cosy living. This includes enjoying down-time with family and friends, as well as taking that hour to yourself to wrap up in a blanket with a hot cup of tea with a good book, guilt free. This idea has made its way into interior design, with warm throws and blankets with chunky wool knits and comforting candles dominating idea-sharing networks such as Pinterest & Instagram in the last few weeks and months.

    Unlike some other interior trends, however, Hygge isn't hard to achieve. Plus, it promotes DIY crafts such as knitting and sewing, which are perfect for down-time and meditation.

    Hygge is one of the easiest trends to achieve at home, so it's perfect for anyone to try. Here's how you can get started:

    1. Start crafting!

    Crafting is the perfect activity when you're looking for some alone time. What's better for promoting a peaceful outlook than sitting down and spending an hour quietly knitting or sewing? No distractions, no multi-tasking, just you and your craft. After all, in this busy, non-stop world, we all need some time to switch off and relax. So get knitting or crafting today!

    Craft is a great way to promote Hygge

    2. Promote warmth & comfort at home.

    Many interior design trends don't list comfort as a priority. This is not the case with Hygge. If it's not warm and comfortable, it's not Hygge. If you want to get in on this trend, you need to create a home that's a haven for the weary. Place warm throws on your couches and arm chairs. Ensure scented candles are adding an ambiance in the evening. Prepare decluttered spaces for hobbies, such as a quiet reading corner with a comfortable chair, nice blanket, and a convenient space for your cup of tea. Before you know it, your home will be the living embodiment of Hygge!

    Placing throws and blankets around your home is essential for Hygge

    3. Decorate with calming colours.

    When decorating your home for comfort, it's important to utilise colours that you find calming. Try choosing neutral, natural or pastel shades to maintain a relaxed atmosphere. Whether it's cushions, throws, or pictures around the room, promoting calmness and peacefulness when decorating should always be front of mind.

    4. Use the right textures

    What creates a comforting and warm effect better than wool, felt, and other cosy textures? Choose knitted throws, velvet cushions, and other textures you might like. Pick what suits you too - use materials that may have a nostalgic value to you, and create your own personalised refuge from the stresses of life within your home.Wool textures are perfect for creating Hygge

    5. Keep it up outside the home

    Hygge isn't just for weekends, it's for life! Promote calmness and balance on a day to day basis too. This means spending time with friends and family, taking a walk, enjoying a guilt-free slice of cake, or taking a long, uninterrupted bath. Generally, just take time to stop and smell the roses. Make sure you take some time to yourself on a daily basis, and indulge in the activities that make you happy!

    Understanding Hygge, the key to Danish life

    There's good reason why residents of Denmark are noted as being the happiest in the world. It's a country where peacefulness and self-care are widely promoted, and the world is starting to take note as countries and communities across the world begin to mimic this ideology - from the world of fashion, to food.

    Add Hyyge to your home with ease:

     

    Hygge is easy to achieve with Home Focus

    Get involved in one of the world's healthiest trends, and let us know your best Hygge tips and tricks, for creating a peaceful, balanced life!

  • Free Christmas Craft Demonstrations all winter at Home Focus at Hickeys

    We are delighted to offer a range of FREE In-store Events & Craft Demonstrations in a selection of Hickeys Fabrics and Home Focus at Hickeys stores for Autumn/Winter 2016. (Please note, you do not need to register, and all are welcome!) If you have any questions or require further information, please contact us at hf-sales@homefocus.ie

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    Christmas Events

     

    Christmas Mini Makes

    • Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 5th November 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
    • Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 26th November 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00
    • Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 3rd December 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
    • Dublin - Home Focus, The Park, Carrickmines, Dublin 18 - Saturday 5th November 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00
    • Dublin - Home Focus, The Park, Carrickmines, Dublin 18 - Saturday 3rd December 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00
    • Dublin - Home Focus, The Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24 - Saturday 26th November 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
    • Dublin - Home Focus, Blanchardstown Retail Park, Dublin 15 - Saturday 19th November 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
    • Dublin - Home Focus, Northside Retail Park, Dublin 5 - Saturday 19th November 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00
    • Galway - Hickeys Fabrics, Corbett Court Shopping Centre , Williamsgate Street - Saturday 12th November 2016 - 11:00 - 14:00
    • Galway - Hickeys Fabrics, Corbett Court Shopping Centre , Williamsgate Street - Friday 25th November 2016 - 11:00 - 14:00
    • Limerick - Hickeys Fabrics, 33 Cruises Street, Limerick - Saturday 12th November 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
    • Limerick - Hickeys Fabrics, 33 Cruises Street, Limerick - Saturday 26th November 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
    • Cork - Hickeys Fabrics, Savoy Centre, Cork - Saturday 12th November 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00
    • Cork - Hickeys Fabrics, Savoy Centre, Cork - Saturday 26th November 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00
    • Cork - Home Focus, Mahon Retail Park - Saturday 19th November 2016 - 11:00 - 14:00

     

    Craft - Card Making & Paper Craft

    • Dublin - Home Focus, The Park, Carrickmines, Dublin 18 - Saturday 29th October 2016 - 11:00 - 16:00 (Christmas Craft)

     

    Advent Calendars

    • Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 12th November 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
    • Dublin - Home Focus, Blanchardstown Retail Park, Dublin 15 - Saturday 12th November 2016 - TBC
    • Galway - Hickeys Fabrics, Corbett Court Shopping Centre , Williamsgate Street - Saturday 5th November 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
    • Limerick - Hickeys Fabrics, 33 Cruises Street, Limerick - Saturday 5th November 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
    • Cork - Hickeys Fabrics, Savoy Centre, Cork - Saturday 5th November 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00

     

    Christmas Stocking & Tree Skirt 

    • Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 26th November 2016 -  10:30 - 12:00
    • Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 10th December 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
    • Dublin - Home Focus, The Park, Carrickmines, Dublin 18 - Saturday 26th November 2016 -  14:30 - 16:00
    • Galway - Hickeys Fabrics, Corbett Court Shopping Centre , Williamsgate Street - Saturday 3rd December 2016 - 10.30 - 12:00
    • Limerick - Hickeys Fabrics, 33 Cruises Street, Limerick - Saturday 3rd December 2016 - 10.30 - 12:00
    • Cork - Hickeys Fabrics, Savoy Centre, Cork - Saturday 3rd December 2016 - 14.30 - 16:00

     

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    Sewing Events

     

    Sewing - Easy Sew Dress

    • Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 19th November 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
    • Galway - Hickeys Fabrics, Corbett Court Shopping Centre, Williamsgate Street - Saturday 19th November 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
    • Limerick - Hickeys Fabrics, 33 Cruises Street, Limerick - Saturday 19th November 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
    • Cork - Hickeys Fabrics, Savoy Centre, Cork - Saturday 19th November 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00

    Sewing - Curtain & Roman Blind Making

    • Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 10th September 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
    • Dublin - Home Focus, The Park, Carrickmines, Dublin 15 - Saturday 10th September 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00
    • Dublin - Home Focus, The Park, Carrickmines, Dublin 15 - Saturday 19th November 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00
    • Dublin - Home Focus, Blanchardstown Retail Park, Dublin 15 - Saturday 17th September 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00 
    • Dublin - Home Focus, Blanchardstown Retail Park, Dublin 15 - Saturday 5th November 2016 -10:30 - 12:00
    • Dublin - Home Focus, Northside Retail Park, Dublin 5 - Saturday 17th September 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00 
    • Dublin - Home Focus, Northside Retail Park, Dublin 5 - Saturday 5th November 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00 
    • Dublin - Home Focus, The Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24 - Saturday 19th November 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
    • Galway - Hickeys Fabrics, Corbett Court Shopping Centre , Williamsgate Street - Saturday 10th September 2016 - 11:00 - 13:00
    • Limerick - Hickeys Fabrics, 33 Cruises Street, Limerick - Saturday 10th September 2016 - 11:00 - 13:00
    • Cork - Home Focus, Mahon Retail Park - Saturday 10th September 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00

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    Craft Events

     

    Craft - Card Making & Paper Craft

    • Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 17th September 2016  -  11:00 - 16:30
    • Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 12th November 2016 -  11:00 - 16:30

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  • Adorn your home with a rustic mini pine cone tree this Christmas! Simple yet so effective... It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!ub5ornso-xlarge

    1. Decorate the tips of your pine cone with gems and embellishment to look like baubles.

    2. Make the base from a polystyrene ball. Trim the top and bottom so the edges are flat. Decorate the ball by painting red and adding ribbons and bows.

    3. Stick the pine cone to the top of the polystyrene base with glue and top the tree with a festive bead or bow!

  • How to make a christmas stocking

     

    Christmas Stocking:

    We all dream of creating the perfect Christmas - with hot chocolate, beautifully wrapped gifts, milk out for Santa Clause, and of course stocking hung over the fireplace.

    What better way to create a fairytale Christmas than with your own personalised, handmade Christmas stocking? Make one for everyone in the family, and pack them full of fun Christmas gifts just in time for Christmas morning!

    Here's how you can create your very own beautiful Christmas stocking. Just download our free stocking pattern, and get started!

    You will need:

     

    Method:

    • Using toe shape from this pattern, trace the shape onto the bondaweb. Iron the bondaweb shapes onto the red fabric & cut out.
    • Press the toes in place on to the cream fabric. Lay the lace across the join & sew in to position.
    • Right sides together, sew one cream front to one red lining at the top only. Repeat for the back.
    • Press the seams open.
    • Layer & pin 1 batting, back and front (right sides together), matching the seams at the top & the toes.
    • Sew all around, leaving a 4" opening in the red lining, approximately 5" down from the top join seam.
    • Trim & turn the right sides out through the opening, and press.
    • Sew the opening closed. Push the lining into the main foot between the 2 battings,
    • Sew the lace around the top on the red side. Fold the ribbon in half and sew in to position, 5" down from the top, on the inside of the stocking.
    • Fold down the cuff to batting level to finish.

     

  • How to make a Christmas Tree Skirt

    Reversible Christmas Tree Skirt:

     

    You've gone through all the effort of choosing a tree and decorating, but the look still isn't finished. It's easy to complete the look with a beautiful Reversible Christmas Tree Skirt.

    The fun Scandi Christmas design is perfect for adding a subtle additional decoration to your tree!

    You will need:

     

    Method:

    • Make a template by folding the paper in half. Draw 2 curved lines, one 1.5" down and another 18" down from folded corner.
    • Cut along the lines.
    • Open the template out & place the straight edge (with neck opening) on the fold of the main fabric. Cut & repeat for the batting.
    • Cut an opening section from outer edge to neck in each piece.
    • Fold the template in half & half again to give a segment template. Cut 2 of each x4 fabrics, adding a 1/4" seam allowance. Sew the fabric segments together in alternating patterns & press the seams open.
    • Pin the batting and back together.
    • Sew the lace in position around the bottom edge, raw edge to raw edge using a 1/8" seam allowance.
    • Pin the segmented front on top of the back, right sides together, making sure the lace is tucked in sew around, on the batting side, leaving a 6" gap on one side of the opening section.
    • Trim the excess & make notches in the neck before turning right side out through the 6" gap.
    • Press, and sew down the joins between each segment, then stitch the opening closed.
    • Cut the ribbon into 6 equal lengths and space down the opening section, with 3 on each side.
    • Sew in to position to finish.

     

  • How to make an advent calendar

    Advent Calendar

    It's never too early or late to indulge in some Christmas crafting! What better way to mark the excitement of Christmas than to count down each day with a hidden treat or secret message from an Advent Calendar?! Simply follow our easy steps below to create your own!

    YOU WILL NEED:

    1. Scandi Reindeer Natural
    2. Scandi Snowman Red
    3. Scandi Robins Natural
    4. Scandi Gingerbread Men Natural
    5. Scandi Reindeer Red
    6. Scandi Robins Red

    METHOD:

    1. Cut 2 pieces of 7" x 22" Ecru and 1 piece of 27" x 22" batting. Cut 4 pieces of each of the 6 Christmas cotton fabric (5" x 5").
    2. Cut 4" x 26" of the lace and 6" x 8" of the ribbon.
    3. Make numbers 1 to 24 by tracing numbers onto Bondaweb. Iron onto red felt and cut. Alternatively, you can use our Pre-cut Christmas Advent Calendar Numbers.
    4. Sew 6 squares together using 0.5" seam allowance x 4 times. Press open the seams and press 0.5" hem along the bottom and sides. Press 0.25" twice across the top pockets. Sew lace in place across top of all 4 rows.
    5. Iron numbers in place on lace on each pocket.
    6. Layer back, batting, and front, and tack together. Place first row 1.5" down from the top and in from sides. Sew around 3 sides and down each pocket join. Sew second, third, fourth row 1" below the previous row.
    7. Fold 6 lengths of ribbon in half and pin raw edges to top and back, spacing evenly. Sew in place 1/8" from edge. Fold remaining ribbon in lengthwise and sew around all four side, encasing raw edges and overlapping ends.
    8. Point hanging loops up, making sure they are the same length and sew again to secure.
    9. Thread a pole through loops and hang your calendar.
  • 5 Christmas Gifts for craft crazed people

    Christmas is growing ever closer, and each year we are left with the dilemma: what do I get for my nearest and dearest?

    Thankfully, some people have such a vast range of interests that you can always find them a quirky, fun, and useful gift. Crafters are one such group of people! If you have someone who loves to work with their hands in your family, what better way to show your love this Christmas than to give them the gift of creativity? Craft gifts come with all the joy of creating your own project, whether it's a jumper, a dress, or some beautiful cards, as well as the pleasure of enjoying your creation for years after it's finished!

    Whether your loved one is an experienced dressmaker, or a beginner paper crafter, you're sure to find a crafty gift that's going to suit them. There are loads of different options available, so let's take a look at a few gift ideas:

    1. A Sewing Machine

     

    Anyone who's interested in creating their own fashion design and making their own clothes will absolutely love a sewing machine this Christmas. Even a very basic model can let you create amazing and unique fashion pieces! This gift comes with hours of enjoyment, fun, and creativity, so it really is the gift that keeps on giving.

    The perfect Christmas gift is a brother sewing machine

    2. A Bodyform

     

    What dressmaker doesn't dream of a model who can't fidget, complain, or leave? The Adjustoform Sewdeluxe Leg Body Form is a perfect gift for anyone who loves to create their own designs. You can easily alter it to a huge variety of dress sizes, perfect for making clothes for other people.

    A bodyform is the perfect way to measure and create designs, without bribing a friend to stand for you while you get to work!

    A bodyform makes a great Christmas gift for any dressmaker

    3. Amazing Craft Kits

     

    Craft is taking the world by storm. From adult colouring books, to a resurge in knitting, people are starting to come back to creating home accents with their own hands, for truly unique pieces (as well as a new skill!).

    Give someone you love the gift of creativity and fun with a craft kit, whether it's therapeutic zenbroidery or knitting up a storm!

    Zenbroidery makes a great gift, and is perfect for relaxing

     

    4. A Beautiful Craft Box

     

    What do you get for the crafter who has everything? Somewhere to put it all!

    Delight the craft fanatic in your family with a beautiful sewing or craft box - perfect for keeping all those small bits and bobs that are essential for craft neatly tidied away and easy to find!

    For a little extra treat, why not fill the box before you give it as a gift? There are countless craft and dressmaking items that are perfect for filling up these boxes - and they're sure to give the recipient a wonderful surprise!

    A pretty sewing machine bag is a perfect Christmas gift

     

    5. Something Seasonal!

     

    Christmas is a great time for crafters. From making your own home and Christmas tree decorations, to knitting scarves, hats and gloves to protect against the chilly weather, there's plenty to keep any crafter busy! Gift the crafters you love with some fantastic Christmas craft items, for decorating their homes, trees, and more - plus, they'll have a wonderful token to enjoy for years to come.

    Great craft and DIY gifts this Christmas

     

    Whatever their interests, you're sure to find a meaningful, fun, and crafty gift for any friend or family member at Hickeys! Why not take a look at all of our fantastic Christmas stock?

    Find the perfect Christmas gift at Home Focus at Hickeys

  • The Halloween Spooktacular Costume Competition at Home Focus at hickeys

    Halloween is nearly here, and we're promoting creativity and fun this year with our Halloween Spooktacular Kids' Costume Competition! Win your choice of Hamper, packed full of children's goodies that all the family will enjoy.

    If you love getting creative, test your skills against other crafters and sewers by creating your best children's Halloween and entering. Creating unique Halloween costumes for yourself or your child is fun, and a perfect group activity for all the family. Both adults and kids can enter, so there's no excuse not to get all the family involved!

    How to enter:

    Entering is easy! Just follow these steps to enter your home made Halloween costume.

    1. Visit the Home Focus Facebook Page.
    2. Like the Home Focus Facebook page, and comment underneath the competition post with a picture of your entry.
    3. Five finalists will be selected for further judging, and the winner will be selected from this group.

    What will you win?

    The lucky winner of the Home Focus at Hickeys Halloween Spooktacular Competition will get to choose between two fantastic hampers. All you have to do is let us know which one you would like if you win (or even if you'd like a mix of both!).

    Blue Hamper

     

    Looking for inspiration:

    Our Halloween costumes are the perfect inspiration to get you started on your own unique design, and are full of great ideas for using different fabrics such as netting, felt, faux fur, and more! Experiment with different fabrics, or take a look at our list of recommended fabrics and trimmings for Halloween costume making.

    Why not try:

    Remember, you can use any fabric or craft item from Hickeys or Home Focus stores, so feel free to get creative and think outside the box. We love to see unusual and inspiring use of fabrics and other materials!

    Terms & Conditions:

    1. All costumes made be made by the entrant and feature exclusively fabrics purchased from any Hickeys or Home Focus store. Costumes that do not meet this condition will be disqualified.
    2. This competition is open to residents of Ireland & the UK.
    3. The closing date for entries is 1st November 2016, and the winner will be announced soon after!
    4. No staff of Hickey & Company, or family of staff members, will be permitted to enter the competition.
    5. There is no competition entry fee, but entrants will be required to cover the cost of their entry.
    6. All costumes must be suitable for a child to wear.
    7. Winner will be chosen by an independent expert judge. This decision is final.
    8. Entrants will be disqualified for entering any costume that is not their own work, or that contain unapproved fabrics.
    9. Hickey & Company reserve the right to disqualify any entry deemed to breach the conditions of the competition.
    10. The winner will be notified by email and/or letter within 7 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 7 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
    11. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current Irish data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
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    Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to prepare your children's costumes than to make them yourself!

    It's easy to create a beautiful and unique Halloween costume with Hickey's Easy Sew Witch's Dress - which goes perfectly with the Easy Sew Witch's Hat  to complete the look.

     

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    How to make a Witch's Dress

    You will need:

    Method:

    1. Tie the elastic around the back of a chair to keep it taut while you work.
    2. Cut all the netting into 3" strips.
    3. Fold each net strip in half to form a loop, and slip the loop under the elastic.
    4. Thread the ends of the strips through the loop over the elastic, pulling tight to secure. Attach all the strips of netting to the elastic in this manner, leaving 6 strips aside to use for the shoulder straps.
    5. Tie the elastic around the chest to determine the size required, and tie in a bow at the back.
    6. To make the shoulder straps, attach 3 strips to either side of the front of the dress by tacking on or tying them to the elastic.
    7. Drape the strips over the shoulders and attach them to the back on the dress. Trim off any excess netting.
    8. Finish the costume by decorating the top of the dress with flower corsages or other decorations.

    How to make a Witch's Hat

    You will need:

    Method:

    1. Download the hat pattern here.
    2. Trace and cut out the pattern pieces so you have 2 brim pieces and 1 cone piece in felt, and 1 brim piece and 1 cone piece in the Halloween fabric.
    3. For the cone shape,  place the Halloween fabric over the felt and tac in place.
    4. Fold over the fabric with the Halloween fabric inside and sew the cone pieces together down the side with a 1/4" seam. Turn right side out.
    5. For the brim, place the Halloween fabric over one brim piece and tac in place. This will be the top brim.
    6. Sew the top and bottom brim pieces together.
    7. With the Halloween fabric facing out, sew around the entire outer edge using a 1/8" seam.
    8. Place the cone piece inside the inner circle of the brim and pin the cone to the brim.
    9. Sew around the entire opening of the hat.
    10. Decorate the hat by wrapping the swansdown trim around the base of the cone where it meets the brim, and hand sew in to place.

    Create something truly unique this Halloween for a night of trick or treating that you'll never forget. Plus, when it's so easy to create a memorable costume, you can get the kids involved and make creating this Witch's dress a family activity!

    Looking for more ideas? Check out our Halloween Wooki Costume and Spooky Cape!

  • Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to prepare your children's costumes than to make them yourself!

    It's easy to create a beautiful and unique Halloween costume with Hickey's Easy Sew Wooki Jedi Costume - complete with pants, bag & mask to complete the look. It's the perfect Halloween costume for any Star Wars fan, and is sure to turn heads this October.Wooki-resized-500x700

    How to make a Wooki Jedi Costume

    You will need:

    • 1.2 metres of Wooki Fur.
    • 1.5 metres of Bonanza Leatherette.
    • 1.5 metres of Leather Trim.
    • Fabric Glue.
    • Bag Hooks
    • Square Foam Stickers
    • Mask
    • 0.5 metres of Stick & Stick Velcro

    For the Top:

    1. Cut 0.4m of fur and fold over the fabric.
    2. Cut a slight oval shape on the fold to make a neck hole.
    3. Fold the fabric right sides together and sew up the sides, leaving a space of approximately 6" to insert the arms.
    4. For the arms, make 2 tubes by cutting 0.3m of fur, folding the fabric, and cutting on the fold to make two pieces.
    5. Fold each piece length ways, right sides together, and sew up the long side to form the tubes.
    6. Shape the top of each tube into a slight curve to attach to the shoulder.
    7. With every piece inside out, attach the curved edge of each arm into the 6" spaces left in the top.
    8. Pin in place, and sew.
    9. Turn the top right side out, disregarding hems as the fur will hang down and disguise any raw edges.

    For the Pants:

    1. Each pant leg is a straight tube, like the arms.
    2. Cut 0.4m of fur and cut in half on the hold to create two leg pieces.
    3. Fold over the fabric length ways and right sides together to create a tube.
    4. Shape the tube at the top to form the crotch by cutting out a reverse L shape.
    5. Sew up the long side of each tube.
    6. Sew the legs together at the crotch area.
    7. Cut the elastic in half and attach the 2 straps at the back of the trousers, then criss-crossing the elastic to resemble braces, and attaching the other 2 ends to the front of the pants. This means you won't require any buttons or zips.

    For the Bag:

    1. Cut a long strip about 4" wide x 1.4m long of the leatherette.
    2. Sew or glue the length of the plaited trim down the centre of the leatherette strip.
    3. Stick on the square foam stickers along either side of the trim strip, spacing them 0.5" apart.
    4. Fold over the remaining leatherette and cut out an oval shape using a plate. This forms the bag.
    5. To attach the bag to the strap, sew bag hooks to each end of the strap.
    6. Sew the bag rings to either edge of the bag and click the hook and rings together.
    7. Decorate the bag with studs, leather straps, or a button.

    For the Mask:

    1. Paint glue all over the mask.
    2. Use some of the left over fur to place over the mask.
    3. Once dry, cut out the eye and mouth holes, and glue a small triangle of leatherette to the nose.
    4. For the hood, cut out a piece of fur 0.25m wide x 0.4m long.
    5. Fold it over, with the right sides together and sew up along the long side, curving at the top.
    6. Cut off the excess around the curve to create a hood shape.
    7. To attach the hood to the mask, attach the stick & stick velcro along the outside of the mask, and stick the front of the hood to the velcro to create the full head of fur, tucking in the excess.

    Create something truly unique this Halloween for a night of trick or treating that they'll never forget. Plus, when it's so easy to create a memorable costume, you can get the kids involved in making it too!

    Get creative and try out the Easy Sew Witch's Dress & Hat Costume.

    Shop all Halloween Fabrics.

  • How to make a childrens spooky halloween cape

    Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to prepare your children's costumes than to make them yourself!

    How to make a Spooky Cape:

    You will need:

    For the Top:

    1. Measure the length of the cape from shoulder to waist.
    2. Fold the fabric in half, and then in half again.
    3. Starting in the bottom corner, measure the length of the cape. Mark out a 1/4 circle with chalk by placing the tip of the measuring tape in the corner of the fabric and pivot the end of the tape to make the circle, marking the desired length as you move across the fabric, making an arc shape.
    4. For the neck hole, cut out a small 1/4 circle at the corner of the fabric, using the neck of a t-shirt as a size guide.
    5. Open up your circle so it's folded in half, making a large 1/2 circle shape.
    6. Draw a slanted line from one side of the neck hole to the bottom - this should be around 1/4 of the size of a full cape. Cut this piece off to create the front opening.
    7. Draw some freehand spider-web shapes and inverted scallops along the bottom edge to give a web-like effect.
    8. Pinch the fabric carefully in the middle of the shapes and nick with the scissors. Then carefully cut out each shape to create the lattice effect.
    9. Wundaweb or sew the ribbon along the neck line to tie at the front.

    Create something truly unique this Halloween for a night of trick or treating that you'll never forget. Plus, when it's so easy to create a memorable costume, you can get the kids involved!

    Get creative and try out the Easy Sew Witch's Dress & Hat Costume or Wooki Jedi Costume.

    Shop all Halloween Fabrics

  • Summer holidays are finally here and that means only one thing...how do we keep the kids entertained! We've  picked some easy kids craft projects from around the web to help keep your little one busy come rain or shine. Happy crafting!

    Fab Crabs (parents.com) 
    Painted-Crab

    Photograph Sabrina Heals

    Turn beachcombed finds into shoreline critters that'll help keep holiday memories alive. Visit Parents.com Spectacular Summer Craft Ideas for Kids for details

    Outdoor Music Wind Chimes (hadsonaswegrow.com)

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    Photograph (handsonaswegrow.com)

    Create this bright musical wind chime using old tin cans. A fun way to introduce your kids to recycling. Visit Handsonaswegrow.com - Homemade Wind Chimes the Kids Can Make!

    Egg Carton Boat

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    Photograph lifeatthezoo.com

    Ships ahoy! These cute little boats are simple to make. Details are available from lifeatthezoo.com 

    Modern Stained Glass Vases (classic-play.com)

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    Phoatograph Deborah Harju

    Using some clear glass, tissue paper and mod podge to create your own “stained glass” vase. Perfect for a summer posy! Instructions available on classic-play.com

    Painted or Decoupage Bird Feeders (candice ashment art)

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    Continuing on the recycling theme, these bird feeders are made from milk cartons and painted or decoupaged in bright colours ready to hang in your garden. Build it and they will come! Visit candiceashmentart.blogspot.ie for instructions on how to make them.

    Sun Mobile (onecharmingparty.com)

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    Photograph onecharmingparty.com

    Make every day a sunny day by making this dangling mobile. Visit onecharmingparty.com for details.

    Surfs Up! (www.parents.com)

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    Photograph by Doug Merriam

    Hit the beach in an easy-to-make surfboard tee. Your child can help choose the fabrics and cut out the shapes. Full instructions and Surf Board template from Parents.com

    We also have lots of craft kits available in-store and online to help keep your little ones amused throughout the summer.

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