Monday, 27 March 2017

How You Can Join In #WorldCraftWeek

What is World Craft Week?

A week dedicated to celebrating knitters and needleworkers, patchworkers and papercrafters, sewers and seamstresses, designers and doodlers. A week dedicated to celebrating YOU!

World craft week is a chance to connect with a whole bunch of crafters from around the world and secretly discover what they really, really like best. 

It will be the space to showcase super-creative designers, innovative ideas, hidden talent, unsung craft heros, inspirational bloggers and share your secret craft crush A place to find new craft friends, perhaps a crafting buddy in the same town or a social crafting butterfly to craft with in cybercraftspace! 

Join In!

Head over to the World Craft Week facebook page and download the digital magazine with 25 craft projects inside, plus you can also join in with their craft challenge, details of which they will be revealing on Friday.

What We're Making

We are celebrating Word Craft Week with #WhatWe'reMaking - each day one of our lovely staff will be showing you what project they're working on and sharing some insights into their crafty lives. We hope you will show them some love <3

The Cotton Patch is first and foremost a beautiful community of like-minded creators, and each day we will be asking you for your thoughts on the crafty world, such as your favourite designer or biggest inspiration. Make sure to share your thoughts!

Win Win Win!

In the spirit of caring and sharing for World Craft Week, we will be running a Sweepstake giveaway at the end of the week, so make sure you like our Facebook page to keep updated.

We are super excited to have a whole week of appreciating all things crafty. Jump on to facebook now to join the WorldCraftWeek page and Like The Cotton Patch to be involved!

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Friday, 10 March 2017

The Cotton Patch Shop & Studio Spring Sale

Don't miss out! From Thursday 16th - Saturday 18th March we will be hosting a massive shop and studio sale!

At the studio we have great offers on the Qnique and Gracie Frame packages. We also have deals on some of our ex-demonstration machine quilting stock with even bigger savings.
For a full listing of the frames and machines we have on offer, plus all the pricing and other important details, look in our e-book here

We will have loads of product such as Renaissance Ribbons, Presencia and Wonderfil threads, fat quater packs, books and loads more, all with excellent discounts.

We will also be offering free tea and coffee at the studio all day so that you can take a break.

Plus, we have 10% off everything in the shop! If an item isn’t already on a special offer then we are offering a 10% discount on anything you buy in the shop (and yes, that does include that Kaffe Fassett fabric you've had your eye on...). 

Our Spring Sale is taking place on Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th March which just so happens to be at the same time as the Sewing for Pleasure show at the NEC. As we are just 20 minutes away (see map below) you should definitely take advantage of our excellent deals if you are visiting the show. We will be opening earlier at 9am on these three days so that you can squeeze in a visit (and maybe sit down for a coffee too..).

Take a look in our lovely lovely Spring Sale E-book to see a full list of everything on sale, including all the frames and machines, plus extra details.

So write it in your diary, tell your friends and fit a visit to The Cotton Patch into your weekend schedule. We look forward to seeing  you here!

If you need any help with how to get to us, give us a call on 0121 702 2840.

**Please be aware that this sale is only for the shop and studio, it does not include anything bought online (sorry!)**
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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Creating with Vlieseline Thermolam

A quick guide to how you can use Thermolam, a new member of the Vlieseline family (previously known as Vilene).

Vlieseline Thermolam is an internally bonded, compressed polyester batting. It has a soft and spongy quality similar to wool felt.

Because it is high density but remains soft, Thermolam is perfect not only for patchwork and quilting but also for any small projects where you want warmth, softness or simply to add a bit of body without the bulk. By using multiple layer it also adds thermal protection.

Here's a few ideas on how you can use Thermolam;

Oven Gloves

Whether you're co-ordinating with a new kitchen or just need to replace your old ones, oven gloves are eternally useful and also an easy little project to DIY. Here's a simple video from Vlieseline on how to make your own oven gloves.

Lila's Kitchen from Makower is the perfect range for a pair of country-style oven gloves!


Now that spring is on the way, you might be looking to exchange your snow-boot slippers for a lighter pair. With another great little tutorial from Vlieseline, you can find the 10 steps on how to make your own slippers here

Ironing Board Cover

If you are looking to re-cover your old ironing board, Thermolam will provide a layer of extra protection and a bit of padding between your fabrics and the board. Simply trace around the shape of your board, cut it out and pop underneath your chosen fabric.

Here's a quick tutorial on how to recover your old board from e-how.

A graphic collection such as Soft Repose by Shell Rummell is perfect for modernising your precious pressing place

Pot Holders

Looking for an excuse to fill your kitchen with even more handmade items using fabrics that literally make your insides go to jelly? Then pot holders are the answer. 

Laura from Made Peachy has a great little tutorial on how to make a pot holder here

Placemats, Coasters and Mug Rugs

The quickest and easiest way to update the look of your kitchen is by making a new set of placemats and coasters. The thermal protection and density of Thermolam will keep your table protected without the mats looking bulky, making it the perfect batting.

I love these placemats from Stumble & Stitches blog.

I may have mentioned before that I am quite the fan of mug rugs, they are such an easy way to add your own personality to a room!  If you need any inspiration for mug rugs, we have loads on our pinterest board.

If you want to have a go at using Vlieseline Thermolam, click here to go to our website.

If you have found this guide useful and would like to know more about other battings, waddings or interfacings, let us know in the comments below.

Happy Creating!

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

British Craft Awards 2017 Winners!

We are very excited to announce that we won this years British Craft Awards for Best Retailer in Quilting!

Here's our Nik feeling very chuffed after receiving the award at the NEC in Birmingham, with the lovely Pam Lintott from The Quilt Room who won Designer of the Year for Quilting.

The Cotton Patch would like to thank all you wonderful crafters and creators that voted for us, and we promise to keep on providing you with the best products and services that we possibly can for the coming year.
We also want to say thank you and send big hugs to our amazing ladies and gents of The Cotton Patch, who work so hard to get the goodies out as fast as possible, and answer all your questions and queries.
Congratulations to all the other winners and final thank you to Immediate Media for sponsoring these awards, we had good fun at what turned out to be a really great evening!
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Thursday, 2 March 2017

Handmade Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is all about letting the number one lady in your life know how awesome she is, and nothing says I Love You like a handmade gift.

As patchworkers/quilters/sewers/seamstresses/crafters/creators we are pretty good at raising the bar when it comes to handmade gifts, but if your mind jar of ideas is a little empty or you are running short on time, here is some inspiration for awesome handmade gifts for your favourite gal;


 Patchwork Cushion Kits
Quick to make (compared to a quilt), easily adapted and always impressive, cushions are a great gift that will add a wow to any room.

As an added bonus, the four featured above are all pre-cut kits from The Cotton Patch!

Tote Bags

Show your love and save the planet at the same time. Tote bags are a great option as they are easy to make so you can really go to town with the details.

We love this super easy tutorial from Purl Soho
Mug Rugs

Everybody loves a mug rug! They are miniature pieces of art, plus you can never have too many. Add a personal touch by coordinating them to your favourite lady’s lounge/kitchen/craft space.

If your mother dearest is as into mug rugs as we are, then this whole book dedicated to mug rugs is a must!

Plus we have loads more mug rug ideas on our Pinterest board

Fabric Baskets

I have been OBSESSED with fabric baskets ever since seeing these made by A Crafty Hen using fabrics from Dashwood Studio's Altitude collection.

From storing your sewing tools to a space for your socks, or keeping your house plants cosy, their usefulness is never ending. Oh, and the look amazing!

Apartment Therapy do a great tutorial on how to make them


Thanks to these Lampshade Kits it is now super easy to make your own - the hardest part will be deciding what fabric to use!

These lampshades make perfect gifts as you can match the fabric to your mom's favourite room, they are easy to do in an evening and will surely be the envy of all other gift givers.

However, if handmade is just not going to happen this time around, no worries! Here’s a few gifts that your main maker momma is sure to love.

Square Sewing Box: Home
Kaffe Fasset On Point Sewing Bag Large
Hedgehog Sewing Caddy
Bohin Jewel Couture - Thread Cutter - Wave Lime/Orange

For loads more inspiration on handmade mother's day gifts, head over to our pinterest board.

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