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  • 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 Winter 2017. (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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    Winter Events

    Easy-Sew Garments & Accessories

    • Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 4th November 2017 - 10:30 - 12:00 - Christmas Mini Makes
    • Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 11th November 2017 - 10:30 - 12:00 - Easy Sew Occasion
    • Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 18th November 2017 - 10:30 - 12:00 - Easy Sew Christmas Craft
    • Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 25th November 2017 - 10:30 - 12:00 - Christmas Mini Makes
    • Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 2nd December 2017 - 10:30 - 12:00 - Easy Sew Winter Wrap
    • Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 9th December 2017 - 10:30 - 12:00 - Christmas Mini Makes
    • Dublin - Home Focus, Northside Retail Park, Dublin 5 - Saturday 4th November 2017 - 14:30 - 16:00 - Christmas Mini Makes
    • Dublin - Home Focus, Northside Retail Park, Dublin 5 - Saturday 25th November 2017 - 14:30 - 16:00 - Christmas Mini Makes
    • Dublin - Home Focus, Northside Retail Park, Dublin 5 - Saturday 9th December 2017 - 14:30 - 16:00 - Christmas Mini Makes
    • Galway - Hickeys Fabrics, Corbett Court Shopping Centre , Williamsgate Street - Saturday 11th November 2017 - 10.30 - 12:00 - Easy Sew Occasion
    • Galway - Hickeys Fabrics, Corbett Court Shopping Centre , Williamsgate Street - Saturday 18th November 2017 - 10.30 - 12:00 - Easy Sew Christmas Craft
    • Galway - Hickeys Fabrics, Corbett Court Shopping Centre , Williamsgate Street - Saturday 18th November 2017 - 14:00 - 16:00 - Christmas Mini Makes
    • Galway - Hickeys Fabrics, Corbett Court Shopping Centre , Williamsgate Street - Saturday 2nd December 2017 - 10.30 - 12:00 - Easy Sew Winter Wrap
    • Limerick - Hickeys Fabrics, 33 Cruises Street, Limerick - Saturday 4th November 2017 - 10.30 - 12:00 - Christmas Mini Makes
    • Limerick - Hickeys Fabrics, 33 Cruises Street, Limerick - Saturday 11th November 2017 - 10.30 - 12:00 - Easy Sew Occasion
    • Limerick - Hickeys Fabrics, 33 Cruises Street, Limerick - Saturday 18th November 2017 - 10.30 - 12:00 - Easy Sew Christmas Craft
    • Limerick - Hickeys Fabrics, 33 Cruises Street, Limerick - Saturday 2nd December 2017 - 10.30 - 12:00 - Easy Sew Wrap Skirt
    • Limerick - Hickeys Fabrics, 33 Cruises Street, Limerick - Saturday 9th December 2017 - 10.30 - 12:00 - Christmas Mini Makes

     Sewing - Curtain & Roman Blind Making

    • Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 28th October 2017 - 10:30 - 12:00
    • Dublin - Home Focus, The Park, Carrickmines, Dublin 15 - Saturday 28th October 2017 - 14:30 - 16:00
    • Dublin - Home Focus, The Park, Carrickmines, Dublin 15 - Saturday 25th November 2017 - 14:30 - 16:00
    • Dublin - Home Focus, Blanchardstown Retail Park, Dublin 15 - Saturday 18th November 2017 - 14:30 - 16:00 
    • Dublin - Home Focus, Northside Retail Park, Dublin 5 - Saturday 18th November 2017 - 10:30 - 12:00

     

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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

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