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over 40 exclusive Cath Kidston designs for simple sewing projects to make at home

sew! Cath Kidston

PHOTOGRAPHY BY PIA TRYDE

everything you need to make this bag inside!


Following the huge success of Make!, Cath Kidston has now put together a treasure trove of fabulous simple sewing projects for stitchers to get their needles into – bags, cushions, quilts and many more – and all designed to be made with her popular printed fabrics. As an inspirational kick-start, Cath is giving away with each book a length of a unique fabric specially printed for Sew!, together with buttons and a label ready to make up into a bag.

sew! Cath Kidston

Sewing is the new shopping! In these cash-strapped times it’s more fun to get together with friends and stitch something handmade and special, whether for yourself or a friend, than to go out and spend that hard-earned money – plus to be given a gift that someone has created and spent time making is heart-warming. This book is packed with over 40 projects with full instructions to make a range of fun and useful things for yourself, your friends, family and home, divided into sections on Home, Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom, Laundry, Kids and Bags. All the sewing techniques are clearly explained in an introductory section so that even an absolute beginner can be sure of success, together with details of how to embroider, appliqué and adorn your items in other ways. Stunning photographs and step-by-step instructions make everything absolutely clear and user-friendly. The

Also included in your Sew! pack are: pieces of Cath Kidston fabric, in an exclusive floral print, to make into the specially designed shoulder bag

book also contains traceable paper patterns for fool-proof pattern cutting. What’s more, there is a wealth of useful sewing technique and style tips from Cath. Accompanying the book is a length of fabric in an exclusive floral print Cath has design specially for this book, along with buttons and a Cath Kidston label, so that you can get started straightaway with your first sewing project – a fabulous

three plastic buttons

shoulder bag. And at the beginning of the book is a How-to section detailing all the techniques you will need to make every one of these special projects.

Cath Kidston sew-in label

paper patterns to use to create all the projects, including the bag

One of Britain’s leading and most loved designers, Cath Kidston is best known for her vintage-inspired, cheerful prints for the home. Starting with one shop in 1993, Cath celebrated her 15th anniversary in 2008; the company now has 15 shops and concessions in the UK and two in Japan. Cath has published two previous books with Quadrille – In Print and Make! – and has a very successful stationery line. £14.99 Paperback Includes free printed fabric pieces, buttons and label to make into a bag 978 184400 756 1 Quadrille Publishing Limited Alhambra House 27–31 Charing Cross Road London WC2H 0LS www.quadrille.co.uk

160pp 280 x 216mm Approx 30,000 words sheets of traceable paper patterns 75 colour photographs 60 colour artworks Publication October 2009


Following the huge success of Make!, Cath Kidston has now put together a treasure trove of fabulous simple sewing projects for stitchers to get their needles into – bags, cushions, quilts and many more – and all designed to be made with her popular printed fabrics. As an inspirational kick-start, Cath is giving away with each book a length of a unique fabric specially printed for Sew!, together with buttons and a label ready to make up into a bag.

sew! Cath Kidston

Sewing is the new shopping! In these cash-strapped times it’s more fun to get together with friends and stitch something handmade and special, whether for yourself or a friend, than to go out and spend that hard-earned money – plus to be given a gift that someone has created and spent time making is heart-warming. This book is packed with over 40 projects with full instructions to make a range of fun and useful things for yourself, your friends, family and home, divided into sections on Home, Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom, Laundry, Kids and Bags. All the sewing techniques are clearly explained in an introductory section so that even an absolute beginner can be sure of success, together with details of how to embroider, appliqué and adorn your items in other ways. Stunning photographs and step-by-step instructions make everything absolutely clear and user-friendly. The

Also included in your Sew! pack are: pieces of Cath Kidston fabric, in an exclusive floral print, to make into the specially designed shoulder bag

book also contains traceable paper patterns for fool-proof pattern cutting. What’s more, there is a wealth of useful sewing technique and style tips from Cath. Accompanying the book is a length of fabric in an exclusive floral print Cath has design specially for this book, along with buttons and a Cath Kidston label, so that you can get started straightaway with your first sewing project – a fabulous

three plastic buttons

shoulder bag. And at the beginning of the book is a How-to section detailing all the techniques you will need to make every one of these special projects.

Cath Kidston sew-in label

paper patterns to use to create all the projects, including the bag

One of Britain’s leading and most loved designers, Cath Kidston is best known for her vintage-inspired, cheerful prints for the home. Starting with one shop in 1993, Cath celebrated her 15th anniversary in 2008; the company now has 15 shops and concessions in the UK and two in Japan. Cath has published two previous books with Quadrille – In Print and Make! – and has a very successful stationery line. £14.99 Paperback Includes free printed fabric pieces, buttons and label to make into a bag 978 184400 756 1 Quadrille Publishing Limited Alhambra House 27–31 Charing Cross Road London WC2H 0LS www.quadrille.co.uk

160pp 280 x 216mm Approx 30,000 words sheets of traceable paper patterns 75 colour photographs 60 colour artworks Publication October 2009


Contents Introduction 8

Techniques

Equipment 14 • Sewing machines 16 • Patterns, markings and cutting 18 • Seams and gathering 20 • Hems, binding and corners 22 • Ties and fastenings 24 • Quilting 26 • Appliqué 28 • Embroidery 30

Home

Basic square cushion • Round cushion with gusset • Small heart cushion • Bolster cushion • Appliqué bird cushion • Square floor cushion

Kitchen

Placemats • Napkins • Tea towels • Half apron • Appliqué tablecloth • Quilted oven glove

Bedroom

Basic square quilt • Hearts and flowers appliqué quilt • Hexagonal quilt • Quilted hottie

Bathroom Laundry

Bath hat • Wash bag • Drawstring wash bag

Peg bag • Ironing board cover • Lavender bags • Lavender pillow

Haberdashery

Needle case • Knitting bag and handles • Knitting needle case

• Pin cushion

Kids

Kid’s aprons for girls and boys • Stanley picture • Stanley soft toy • Baby bird hanging mobile • Cot quilt • Baby bibs • Beanie cushion • Duffle bags

Bags

Cover giveaway bag • Shoulder bag • Satchel • Flat purse • Spectacles case • Large tote bag Addresses 156 Acknowledgements 160


Quilted Hottie This hand-quilted hot water bottle cover, made from a pretty pink paisley fabric, was inspired by traditional feather-filled eiderdowns. It is trimmed with a pale turquoise print and fastens with a rouleau loop and a pearl button. Snuggle up close and your hottie will keep you warm and snug on the coldest winter night. WHAT YOU WILL NEED... • 55 x 60cm main fabric • 55 x 60cm polyester or cotton wadding • 55 x 60cm backing fabric • 8 x 35cm binding fabric • sewing thread to match the main fabric • 50cm 8mm wide velvet ribbon • 1 12mm button • sewing kit PATTERN PIECES 1 back panel (4a): cut around entire outline 1 main front panel (4a): cut top edge along line A 1 top front panel (4a): cut bottom edge along line B narrow binding strip (4b) small bias strip (4c) CUTTING OUT Binding fabric

SKILL LEVEL 1 Cut the back, main front and top front panels from the main fabric and two narrow binding strips and the small bias strip from the contrast fabric.

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TIP : THE PATTERN IS FOR A STANDARD SHAPE , BUT CHECK THAT YOUR OWN HOT WATER BOTTLE LIES INSIDE THE MARKED SEAM LINE WITH AT LEAST 1 CM EXTRA ALL ROUND . IF NECESSARY, INCREASE THE LENGTH OR WIDTH OF THE PATTERN PIECES FOR A PERFECT FIT.

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Quilted Hottie This hand-quilted hot water bottle cover, made from a pretty pink paisley fabric, was inspired by traditional feather-filled eiderdowns. It is trimmed with a pale turquoise print and fastens with a rouleau loop and a pearl button. Snuggle up close and your hottie will keep you warm and snug on the coldest winter night. WHAT YOU WILL NEED... • 55 x 60cm main fabric • 55 x 60cm polyester or cotton wadding • 55 x 60cm backing fabric • 8 x 35cm binding fabric • sewing thread to match the main fabric • 50cm 8mm wide velvet ribbon • 1 12mm button • sewing kit PATTERN PIECES 1 back panel (4a): cut around entire outline 1 main front panel (4a): cut top edge along line A 1 top front panel (4a): cut bottom edge along line B narrow binding strip (4b) small bias strip (4c) CUTTING OUT Binding fabric

SKILL LEVEL 1 Cut the back, main front and top front panels from the main fabric and two narrow binding strips and the small bias strip from the contrast fabric.

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TIP : THE PATTERN IS FOR A STANDARD SHAPE , BUT CHECK THAT YOUR OWN HOT WATER BOTTLE LIES INSIDE THE MARKED SEAM LINE WITH AT LEAST 1 CM EXTRA ALL ROUND . IF NECESSARY, INCREASE THE LENGTH OR WIDTH OF THE PATTERN PIECES FOR A PERFECT FIT.

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Quilted Hottie 2 You will find detailed quilting instructions on

6 Place the back panel, right side up, on your work

page 26: refer back to these for the next two steps. Start by marking a 3mm diamond grid on the right side of each of the three panels.

surface. Lay the top front panel, face down, across the top so the curved edges are lined up exactly. Position the front panel over them both so that the bottom and side edges match.

3 Cut out a piece of wadding and a piece of backing, each of which is slightly larger all round than the main front panel. Pin or tack together, quilt along the lines and around the outside edges, then trim. Make up the other two panels in the same way. 4 Bind the straight edges of the two front panels with the contrast strips, as shown on page 22. 5 See page 24 for how to make a rouleau buttonhole from the bias strip. Trim it down to 6cm and fold in half to form a loop. Sew the ends securely to the wrong side of the top front panel, half way along the straight edge.

7 Pin the three pieces together around the outside edge. Tack and machine stitch, leaving a 1cm seam allowance. Turn right side out and gently ease out the curves with the point of your embroidery scissors. 8 Cut the ribbon in half and tie each piece in a little bow. Cut off the ends at a sharp angle and sew one to each side of the neck. Sew the button to the centre of the front panel, just below the loop.

IF YOU FIND THAT THE CURVES DO NOT LIE FLAT WHEN YOU TURN THE COVER THE RIGHT SIDE OUT, REVERSE IT ONCE AGAIN AND CLIP AND NOTCH THE SEAM ALLOWANCE AS SHOWN ON PAGE 22.

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Quilted Hottie 2 You will find detailed quilting instructions on

6 Place the back panel, right side up, on your work

page 26: refer back to these for the next two steps. Start by marking a 3mm diamond grid on the right side of each of the three panels.

surface. Lay the top front panel, face down, across the top so the curved edges are lined up exactly. Position the front panel over them both so that the bottom and side edges match.

3 Cut out a piece of wadding and a piece of backing, each of which is slightly larger all round than the main front panel. Pin or tack together, quilt along the lines and around the outside edges, then trim. Make up the other two panels in the same way. 4 Bind the straight edges of the two front panels with the contrast strips, as shown on page 22. 5 See page 24 for how to make a rouleau buttonhole from the bias strip. Trim it down to 6cm and fold in half to form a loop. Sew the ends securely to the wrong side of the top front panel, half way along the straight edge.

7 Pin the three pieces together around the outside edge. Tack and machine stitch, leaving a 1cm seam allowance. Turn right side out and gently ease out the curves with the point of your embroidery scissors. 8 Cut the ribbon in half and tie each piece in a little bow. Cut off the ends at a sharp angle and sew one to each side of the neck. Sew the button to the centre of the front panel, just below the loop.

IF YOU FIND THAT THE CURVES DO NOT LIE FLAT WHEN YOU TURN THE COVER THE RIGHT SIDE OUT, REVERSE IT ONCE AGAIN AND CLIP AND NOTCH THE SEAM ALLOWANCE AS SHOWN ON PAGE 22.

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Kids’ Aprons Strawberry Fields It’s not always easy to keep little ones clean and tidy when they are cooking or painting, but these small-sized aprons may help! The girl’s version is made in a traditional style with bound edges and curved corners, whilst the boy’s one is very easy to stitch and a perfect project for beginners. Swap the fabrics round as you wish to suit your sewing skills…. and your child.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED...

1 Fold your main fabric in half widthways. Pin on the pattern so the straight edge lies along the fold and cut out the apron.

• 50 x 55cm main fabric • 50 x 80cm binding fabric • sewing thread to match the binding fabric • sewing kit PATTERN PIECES apron (3a): cut around the curved line at the corner bias strip (3b) large heart (3c): cut out around the seam line

SKILL LEVEL:

2 Unfold and work four lines of stay stitching (see page 20) 6mm from the edge along both curved edges of the bib and the two corners.

TO GIVE YOUR APRON A CO - ORDINATED LOOK , PICK OUT A COLOUR FROM THE MAIN PRINT TO USE FOR THE POCKET AND BINDING . I MATCHED THE BLUE POLKA DOTS TO THE STRAWBERRY FLOWERS AND , AS A BONUS , THE SPOTTY DESIGN ECHOES THE SEED PATTERN ON THE FRUIT.

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Kids’ Aprons Strawberry Fields It’s not always easy to keep little ones clean and tidy when they are cooking or painting, but these small-sized aprons may help! The girl’s version is made in a traditional style with bound edges and curved corners, whilst the boy’s one is very easy to stitch and a perfect project for beginners. Swap the fabrics round as you wish to suit your sewing skills…. and your child.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED...

1 Fold your main fabric in half widthways. Pin on the pattern so the straight edge lies along the fold and cut out the apron.

• 50 x 55cm main fabric • 50 x 80cm binding fabric • sewing thread to match the binding fabric • sewing kit PATTERN PIECES apron (3a): cut around the curved line at the corner bias strip (3b) large heart (3c): cut out around the seam line

SKILL LEVEL:

2 Unfold and work four lines of stay stitching (see page 20) 6mm from the edge along both curved edges of the bib and the two corners.

TO GIVE YOUR APRON A CO - ORDINATED LOOK , PICK OUT A COLOUR FROM THE MAIN PRINT TO USE FOR THE POCKET AND BINDING . I MATCHED THE BLUE POLKA DOTS TO THE STRAWBERRY FLOWERS AND , AS A BONUS , THE SPOTTY DESIGN ECHOES THE SEED PATTERN ON THE FRUIT.

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over 40 exclusive Cath Kidston designs for simple sewing projects to make at home

sew! Cath Kidston

PHOTOGRAPHY BY PIA TRYDE

everything you need to make this bag inside!


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