Monthly Archives: August 2014

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One Thimble Magazine

Have you seen One Thimble e magazine? It’s a PDF sewing pattern digital magazine produced by the talented Jen from Ainslee FOX Handmade. Now I grew up learning to sew using the old Burda magazines and learnt so much trying out new things. So discovering this magazine has me excited for all newbie sewists everywhere! 

Issue 4 has just been released. Here’s a look at the cover –



Each issue contains 100+ pages of tutorials and articles as well as all the pattern pieces and instructions you need to make the clothing and home wares featured in that issue!

August Issue montage


Here’s a list of the patterns you get with issue 4 –

  • 2 x dresses
  • pants
  • Snow Queen applique
  • travel bag
  • quilt
  • softie toy
  • t-shirt
  • baby block
  • skirt


And then there are the articles –

  • teaching your children to sew
  • sewing zips
  • advice on how to maintain your sewing machine
  • tutorials on sewing a lining on a skirt (yay that’s my article!)
  • converting a dress pattern to a play suit
  • purchasing sewing supplies online
  • show sewing
  • trademarking
  • digital marketing

So much for one issue! Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to be trying some of the patterns as well as showing you how I assemble, trace off and store my PDF patterns.

If you can’t wait for the blog post, follow me on Instagram (@Very Debra) to see some behind the scenes action.
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zips in cushions cover image

Sewing Zips in Cushions

Cushions are a great project for learning how to sew zips so here I’m going to show you step by step how to insert a zip into the bottom seam of a cushion. Zips in cushions traditionally sit in the bottom seam because this allows you to flip your cushion to show both sides. Think floral on one side with stripes or plain on the other side – so many fun combinations.

fabric for cushion projectI’m using a funky printed tea towel from Typo and a striped ticking fabric on the back.

cut lines for tea towel

Decide what size cushion you want to make – mine is going to be 49cm x 49cm to make the most of the print on the tea towel. The cutting size is 51cm x 51cm which includes a 2cm seam allowance all around and will be suitable for a cushion insert of 50cm x 50cm. You want the insert to be a little larger to make it nice and plump.

overlocked piecesBegin by overlocking around all edges of both pieces of your cushion. This will be the only overlocking you’ll need for this project and doing it now makes it easier than overlocking multiple seams together later.

For this sample I’m using continuous zipping cut to the correct size. Continuous zipping can be economical and handy for projects that require a zip longer than the standard pre made sizes available.

placement of first stitching for zip openingBegin stitching two short seams along the bottom from the sides to 5cm in, leaving an opening for your zip. See photo above. Remember the seam allowance is 2cm.

pinning first side of zipPosition your zip right side against the fabric, with the zip pull pointing down, and the end sitting 2cm from the side edge. Notice the tape of the zip is sitting around 1cm from the overlocked edge. You need your stitching to be on the 2cm seam line so pin like the photo above and stitch close to the zip teeth.

sewing first side of zipYou’ll need to move the zip pull to keep the stitching close.  Notice the 3/4 mark on my machine – that’s the 2cm mark.

pinned view for second side of zipFor the second side, line the zip tape on the edge of the overlocking. Your stitching can be down the centre of the tape for this side. Stitch like the first side moving the zip pull if needed.

final zip stitch inside view with pinsWorking on the zip side, turn the fabric to make 2cm. Notice that the fabric is visible and the zip tape should be roughly centred. Sew this row starting and finishing in line with the zip opening.

final zip stitch outside viewThis is what it will look like from the right side.

stitching at end of zipLastly, stitch across the ends of the zip at the 5cm-in-from-the-edge mark.

start pin for final stitchingOn the home stretch now! With the zip open, fold so the right sides are together and begin pinning at the top right hand corner. Move the seam allowance up so you can sew from the seam line.

pinned for final stitchingContinue pinning around with a 2cm seam allowance. If your fabric is striped, you may like to sew from that side to follow the stripe.

1st fold for corner turnOnce stitched around turn the cover right side out. To achieve neat corners, hold with your thumb in the corner and fold one seam over with your forefinger.

2nd fold for corner turnThen fold the other seam over and hold between the thumb (inside) and the forefinger (outside). Pinch together and turn right side out. Your forefinger will remain in the corner and push the corner out neatly. It’s almost like a bit of origami in the corner of your cushion.

finished zip end viewTa-dah! Done. Squish your insert in and plump it up so it fills the corners.

finished zip viewAs you can see, the zip is quite hidden and both sides of your cushion would feature nicely on you couch.

finished top viewI hope you enjoy making cushions – you can never have too many.

As always, let me know if you run into any problems. Comment here or email me using the link in the side bar.

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