Monthly Archives: June 2017

14 Ideas for Sewing Projects Using Chalk Cloth

We were deep in discussion about what you can make with Chalk Cloth at our fabric pop up shop in Witney on Saturday and I resolved to bring the best ideas to everyone via a blog post, so here it is!

Table Mats

There are lots of free tutorials for table mats on the internet, here are a couple of our favourites….

This one has a border pulled over from the front rather than separate binding around the edges, plus that all important pocket for the chalk.

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This version has ‘proper’ bound edges…

Reusable, Personalisable, Wrapping Paper!


Add Wipe Clean Labels To Fabric Baskets

You could sew these into place, or use heat n bond ultra to add adhesive to the back of the chalk cloth and iron them into place.

Set of 4 - Linen with Chalk Cloth Fabric - Fabric Basket Organizer Storage Bin Containers on Etsy, $75.00

Chalk Cloth Embroidery Hoops

This is such a simple but clever idea!  Hang around the house and garden, adding your own personal messages, or use as signage at a craft fair.

DIY Chalkboard Embroidery Hoop Signs

Make a Fun Table Runner

As chalk cloth does not fray, you can simply cut to size and use straight away!

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Reminder or Reward Chart

Easy School Hacks

Chalk Cloth Sew and No-Sew Versions of Bunting

Whole punch in the top corners of the bunting triangles and thread piping cord or string through the holes!

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Simply cut your triangles and then sew into our bunting tape – the fabric won’t fray and has some weight to it, so no need to add a backing 🙂

Why not try a different shape for your flags?

Chalk Cloth Bunting 1

Chalk Cloth Labels

writing on the chalk labels

Table Centre Piece For Weddings or Planter with Space for Your House Number!

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Noughts and Crosses Playmat!

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Large Play Mat

Why not put a car mat or dolls house layout on the other side?

Follow the link to this tutorial for lots of great tips for sewing with chalk cloth!

10 Sewing Tips for Using Chalkboard Fabric by Nancy Zieman

Lunch Bag

Blackboard/Chalk Cloth Lunchbag

Applique Cushion Covers

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Feeling inspired?  Click here to buy your chalk cloth today!



Learn Pattern Making Basics Here in Oxfordshire!

We are very excited to announce the arrival of our latest dressmaking sewing course here in Witney in Oxfordshire.

On our Pattern Making Basics course we will draft slopers (pattern blocks) for a skirt and then use those slopers to create made to measure patterns for one of a range of skirt patterns.

It is hard to convey how empowering pattern drafting can be.  Once you have created one block you will be raring to go…

  • creating trouser, bodice and dress blocks.
  • looking at sewing patterns with a fresh eye, unafraid to make changes before sewing.
  • recreating your much loved fav. garments by deconstructing them in your mind and drafting your own patterns – even making improvements along the way!
  • upcycling old clothes and finds in charity shops.
  • Altering new clothes for a better fit.

“The process of creating a sloper teaches you so much about your own shape, the function of  the various parts of the pattern and the impact changes will have – you will never look at a sewing pattern in the same way again, and will never have looked so good in your clothes!”




Sewcial – A Sewing SOS

(pronounced social)
A group of friendly folk coming together to start or complete sewing projects, which have often, but not always, been hidden at the bottom of a drawer!

If you have a project you have started but can’t move on with, or if you are looking to start something but need some support to get going, why not join us at one of our Summer Sewcial Sessions.

We will be on hand to help you out and point you in the right direction with your sewing projects and dilemmas, bring a pattern or project, or some scraps from your stash and perfect a technique or two that have been troubling you, zips, button holes or bias tape etc…

Sessions run from 7pm to 9.30pm, drop in at a time to suit 🙂

Booking is essential – Every Thursday from 29th June to 20th July – Book as many sessions as you need!—sewical-sessions—helping-you-get-those-projects-finished