This page contains tutorials for craft items followed by simple dressmaking techniques. I hope you find them useful! 

If you mention my tutorials on your blog or website, I'd appreciate an acknowledgement and a link back to the original post. To reproduce any of the tutorials in full, please contact me for permission first. I'm very happy for you to use my craft tutorials for personal use and/or to make finished items to sell. Happy sewing! 

Lavender Bags
These are easy-peasy and make perfect gifts. They're also a great way to use up
pretty scraps of fabric.  Find the tutorial here.

Kid's Wash Bag
Small and cute with a handy waterproof lining - the perfect size for kids. 
Find the tutorial here. 

Baby Blanket
A lightweight fleece blanket - with printed cotton on one side and
cosy fleece on the reverse.They're simple to make and are a practical
and attractive gift for a new baby. Find the tutorial here.

Reversible Bag
This tutorial is for a reversible shopping bag with a wider base at the bottom.
With a few tweaks of the same tutorial I'll also show you how to make a
reversible tote or book bag.  Find the tutorial here.

Mobile Phone Holder
A handy and easy-to-make pouch for a mobile phone or iPod.
It's also a good way of showcasing two contrasting fabrics.
Find the tutorial here.

Chequerboard Baby Blanket
If you'd like a project that's slightly more involved than my simple baby blanket
tutorial, then this could be it! This blanket has a cute patchwork top and bound
edges but still retains a lovely fleecy backing. Find the tutorial here.

Tooth Fairy Cushion
These cute little cushions are the perfect place to keep children's teeth 
safe until the fairy pays a visit! They're an ideal gift for both boys and girls 
and make great keepsakes. Find the tutorial here.

Men's Shirt Cushion
Turn a man's shirt into a smart cushion cover with this super easy tutorial! 
Find the tutorial here.

Vintage Shoulder Ties
These removable shoulder ties are very quick and easy to make and will add
a touch of vintage interest to a sleeveless tank or singlet.  Find the tutorial here.

Faux Fur Scarf 
For instant warmth and chic, you can't go wrong with a faux fur scarf!  
Find the tutorial here.

Easy Elastic Waist Skirt
Make a super-easy skirt using just a rectangle of fabric and a length of elastic!
Find the tutorial here.

Adding a Lace Trim to a Peter Pan Collar 
A straight forward tutorial for applying a lace trim to a Peter Pan collar.
The result is SSOO pretty!
Find the tutorial here.

Attaching a Collar and Facings to a Shirt Dress
This tutorial tackles the tricky steps involved in attaching a collar and facings to a
shirt dress.It's specific to McCall's 4769 but the basic principles of it could probably
be applied to any notched collar pattern.  Find the tutorial here.

Adding a Waist Stay to a Dress
Add a waist stay to a dress to anchor the waist in position and give a neat, fitted look.
Find the tutorial here.

How to insert underarm reinforcement squares
Reinforcement squares can often be found in vintage patterns. They're completely
hidden on the inside of the garment and will add strength to underarm seam lines.
Find the tutorial here


  1. Thanks Jane I am having a sewing machine for Christmas and not having used one for years I need a few easy projects. I will be making the lavender bags asap. x

  2. Hello Jane
    I was interested to see your tutorial for a peter pan collar as I'm making fitted dresses but would like to give them a lift with different detail. However I couldn't access the link via the "click here"


    1. Hmm that's odd, it definitely works for me. Here's the link anyway, hope it's useful! x

  3. Hi Jane....here I am still back reading!!

    Wondered if, for us newbies, you could show facing and hemming with bias...as in yo7r portabello curtain blouse....and the hemming mentioned in the first few comments?

    I know this stuff is second nature to you now, but I think I'd cope better with it than traditional methods but just am not confident with how.

    Love your most recent makes (barkcloth and liberty t)

    Thanks xx

    1. Hi there, yes, I'm happy to put together a tutorial for bias binding hems and sleeves if that will help you with your sewing. You may have to wait until I make something that will show off the binding well in photos, but I'll certainly keep it in mind. I'll have a think about what I could make, it's a great way to finish edges. Jane x



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