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Debbie Shore’s Threaders Project 1: Buttoned Wreath

To celebrate her shows with Hochanda today, Debbie Shore has kindly put together 6 step-by-step guides to help you to create some of her wonderful Threaders projects!

Create a stunning wreath of table centre piece just using squares of fabric and some covered buttons! To make the wreath even more impressive, try adding applique, smaller squares inside the large ones, or bind the edges of each square. Use a 6mm seam allowance.

Materials Needed:

  • 12 x 15cm squares of plan fabric
  • 12 x 15cm squares of patterned fabric
  • 12 x fabric covered buttons (I use my Button Factory)
  • To make the wreath more substantial, 12 x 15cm squares of fusible fleece.
  • Heat erasable ink pen and ruler

1. If using a fleece, fuse to the wrong side of the patterned fabric. Take each plain piece and sew right sides together with a patterned piece of fabric, leaving a gap of about 4cm for turning. Snip across the corners.

2. Turn the right side out and press. Edge stitch around each square, as close to the edge as you can.

3.  On the plain side of each square, measure 7.5cm from the top corner, and 2.5cm from the opposite corner and join the marks with two lines.

4. Sew the squares together along these lines.

5. When the circe is complete, give the wreath a blast of steam from your iron to take away the inked lines.

6. Pinch together the corners of each square and add a button to secure. I like to pop a bit of fabric glue behind my buttons to keep them secure.

Make sure you watch Hochanda every day 24/7 for lots of fun and crafty demonstrations and inspiration from your favourite guests, including the amazing Debbie Shore! You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 39 (12am  4am) or Freesat 817.

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Materials needed:

Download the pattern this link50cm x 114cm plain fabric50cm x 114cm patterned fabric2m of 1/2" wide ribbonBlack embroidery thread2 small black buttons for the eyes4 x 2cm buttons for the joints2 buttons to decorate the heartA long needle and strong thread20cm of 0.5cm wide elastic250g of toy filler2 chenille sticksErasable ink penBlusher

1. Download the pattern here. Cut out the ear pieces and place the chenille sticks to the centre of the wrong side of the patterned fabric. Zig zag stitch in place.

2. Sew the plain ear fabric to the patterned, right sides together, leaving the bottom open. Turn the right way out and press, then edge stitch around the ear.

3. Sew four pieces of 15cm x 12cm of patterned fabric to four pieces of 15cm x 23cm of plain fabric.


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This year's Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts show is going to be even bigger and better than ever, not only will you be able to explore the latest crafting supplies, exclusive product launches and expert demonstrations - a true crafters paradise; there is also free entry to Simply Christmas and Cake International!

Taking place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham from the 2nd - 5th November, discover a whole new world full of creative inspiration all under one roof - and this year there is no compromise! We will be broadcasting live for a full 4 hours a day joined by our very own presenter enthusiasts including Leonie Pujol, Yiannis Morgan, Hayley West, Dave Bradford and Matt MacNamara. Conducting live demonstrations, audience Q&A’s and photo signing opportunities, this is your opportunity to feature on li…

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This stunning bag is actually very simple to make, and can be made as large or as small as you like! Try making it up in different fabrics, denim, faux leather or even silk, which would look lovely when embroidered as an evening bag! Use a 1.4” seam allowance.

Materials needed: 
• 2 pieces of patterned fabric measuring 19” x 25” 
• 2 pieces of lining fabric measuring 19” x 25” 
• 2 pieces of fusible fleece measuring the same

1: Cut a curve around the bottom edge of each piece of fabric and fleece.

2. Turn one of the patterned pieces to the wrong side and draw a line each side, from the top, 4” from the side and 12” from the top. Using a 12” circle template, join the lines to make a curve.

3. With the patterned fabrics right sides together, cut around the curved line. You’ll see two handles forming. Measure 8” from the top of one of the handles and cut across.

4. Measure 10” from the bottom of each section on the bag and make a mark on either side.

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