13 December 2017

Team Buttons Christmas Party Outfits - and a Discount Code!

Team Buttons Christmas Party Outfits

With Christmas just around the corner, Joanne and Katie of Team Buttons have been stitching up their festive party outfits ready to strut them on the dancefloor!

We partnered with Spoonflower for their Holiday Blog Hop for this post and they kindly sent us the beautiful fabric we used. Let’s hear from Joanne and Katie about their gorgeous new Christmas dresses!

Christmas party Cleo dungaree dress - Tilly and the Buttons

Joanne here! My go to for a festive party dress is something that sparkles, so this was where I started my search on Spoonflower. I picked the Gold Glitter Palm Leaf print in the Celosia Velvet. The design doesn’t state that actual glitter will be printed, but the imitation of the golden leaves gives a stunning appearance of a twinkling glow.

Super happy with my choice, the velvet has a good weight and is super soft – ideal for whipping up an elegant Cleo dungaree dress.

6 December 2017

First Peek at My New Book!

Stretch! Make Yourself Comfortable Sewing with Knit Fabrics - Tilly and the Buttons

It’s been a secret for far too long… I’m so excited to finally share with you the title and cover of my new book - Stretch! Make Yourself Comfortable Sewing with Knit Fabrics.

Published by Quadrille, the book will be out in early March 2018 – and you can pre-order it NOW from Amazon.co.uk (UK) or Amazon.com (North America)!

Pre-orders really help by showing potential stockists that there’s interest in the book – so I really really appreciate it when anyone orders their book in advance :)

So what’s the book about? Two key words in the title say it all – “stretch” and “comfortable”. A perfect follow on to my first book Love at First Stitch, it’s about stretching your skills by learning to sew stretchy knit fabric; and getting comfortable with these fabrics so you can make clothes that are so comfortable you’ll want to wear them every day!

Stretch! is jam-packed full of techniques and tips for choosing, cutting, fitting and stitching jersey, double knit (or ponte), sweatshirting, sweater knits, stretch velvet and sequin knits. Knit fabrics have a reputation for being tricky to sew – but I want to show you that, with a few tricks up your (handmade) sleeve, they’re actually not that difficult after all. In fact, once you know how, knit fabrics are speedy to sew, a dream to wear – and totally addictive!

29 November 2017

Free Pattern! Make Your Own Snuggly Slipper Boots

Free Sewing Pattern! Make Your Own Snuggly Slipper Boots - Tilly and the Buttons

With the holidays fast approaching, it's the time of year that calls for fleecy pyjamas, a bottomless tub of Quality Street... and how about a cosy pair of handmade slipper boots?

As a thank you for reading the blog this year, we wanted to treat you to super speedy slipper sewing pattern to get stuck into. This is a fab project if you’ve just got a few hours to dedicate to crafting time as they’re very quick to put together. They also don’t require much fabric, so are a great stash buster. Enjoy!

Download the free Slipper Boots sewing pattern


To ensure your pattern prints at the right size, be sure to open and print the pattern in Adobe Reader (you can download it for free) and print it at "actual size" or "100% scale" in the print settings. If you're new to digital patterns, read more about printing and assembling your pattern.

Free Sewing Pattern! Make Your Own Snuggly Slipper Boots - Tilly and the Buttons

You will need: 

  • 30cm (3/8 yards) of main fabric - medium to heavy-weight sweatshirting, fleece, velour or woven cotton
  • Matching thread
  • 30cm (3/8 yards) of lining fabric - cosy faux fur, fleece, jersey, fleece, velour or flannel
  • 30cm of cotton wadding (3/8 yards)
  • Optional: Anti-slip rubber dotted fabric (we found ours on Ebay)
  • Sewing machine and basic tools
Seam allowance is included in the pattern (15mm / 5/8in)

Cut out all the pieces you need in your size as noted on the pattern pieces. Cut short snips for the notches.

Free Sewing Pattern! Make Your Own Snuggly Slipper Boots - Tilly and the Buttons

In your main fabric, place the toe panel on top of the front panel, right sides together, and pin them together along the front panel seam. Stitch.

Trim the seam allowances down to about half their width, then notch little triangles into the curves every 30mm (1in) or so, being careful not to cut through the stitching. Press the seam allowances open. Repeat for the other boot.

Free Sewing Pattern! Make Your Own Snuggly Slipper Boots - Tilly and the Buttons

Place the back panel on top of the front and toe panels, right sides together. Pin them together along the inside and outside leg seams, matching notches. Stitch.

Free Sewing Pattern! Make Your Own Snuggly Slipper Boots - Tilly and the Buttons

Trim the seam allowances down to about half their width, then press the seam allowances open. Repeat for the other boot.

Free Sewing Pattern! Make Your Own Snuggly Slipper Boots - Tilly and the Buttons

Repeat the previous two steps with the lining fabric, but leave a 5cm (2in) opening in the middle of the inside leg seam.

Free Sewing Pattern! Make Your Own Snuggly Slipper Boots - Tilly and the Buttons

Place the wadding on top of the base panels in the main fabric, wrong sides together. Pin them together around the base panel seam, matching notches. Tack (baste) the layers of fabric together with a 10mm (3/8in) seam allowance.

Free Sewing Pattern! Make Your Own Snuggly Slipper Boots - Tilly and the Buttons

With the boot (the front, back and toe panels) turned wrong side out, place the base panel on top of it. Pin them together around the base panel seam, right sides together, matching notches. Stitch. Trim the seam allowances down to about half their width, then turn the boot right side out. Finger press the base panel seam to smooth it out.

Free Sewing Pattern! Make Your Own Snuggly Slipper Boots - Tilly and the Buttons

Turn the boot lining inside out and slip it over the main boot, right sides together. Pin them together around the top opening seam, matching notches. Stitch.

Free Sewing Pattern! Make Your Own Snuggly Slipper Boots - Tilly and the Buttons

If your sewing machine has a free arm, you can remove the cover to understitch the seam allowances of the top opening to the lining. Understitching will help keep the lining tucked inside the boot. This step isn't essential, so feel free to skip it if your machine doesn’t have a free sewing arm!

Free Sewing Pattern! Make Your Own Snuggly Slipper Boots - Tilly and the Buttons

Pull the bottom of the boot lining out through the opening in the inside leg seam. Place the lining base on top of the boot lining, wrong sides together. Pin together around the base panel seam, matching notches. Stitch. Trim the seam allowances.

Free Sewing Pattern! Make Your Own Snuggly Slipper Boots - Tilly and the Buttons

Turn the lining right side out through the opening along the inside leg seam. Machine or hand stitch the opening closed. Finger press the base panel seam to smooth it out.

Free Sewing Pattern! Make Your Own Snuggly Slipper Boots - Tilly and the Buttons

Finally, push the lining inside the main boot . You might need to wiggle the lining around inside the boot to get it to sit in the right place. You can fold the top down to show off a jazzy contrasting lining!

Free Sewing Pattern! Make Your Own Snuggly Slipper Boots - Tilly and the Buttons

Enjoy!

PS. Find more sewing patterns in our shop!

22 November 2017

Black Friday Sale - 25% off!

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It's time for our biggest sale of the year! Grab a bargain in our Black Friday sale with a massive 25% off our printed and digital sewing patterns - woohoo!

Stock up on Christmas presents for crafty friends or treat yourself.

Visit the shop and enter code FRIYAY at checkout
Offer ends Monday 27 November midnight GMT

Go forth and shop! xxx

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