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.

Image result for chalk cloth ideas

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!

Image result for chalk cloth ideas

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!

Image result for chalk cloth bunting

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!

Image result for chalk cloth labels

Noughts and Crosses Playmat!

Image result for chalk cloth play mat

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

freebie win giveaway

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!


These Fabric Lanterns Could Be the New Bunting!

With Chelsea Flower show in full swing, the sun out and a lazy bank holiday on the way we couldn’t resist these gorgeous fabric lanterns from Melly and Me….

String them up along fairy lights for a truly magical effect – those ones with the battery pack at the end (they sell them in our local Poundstretchers quite cheaply) and they are perfect for the garden.

Who knows, they might become the new bunting!

Buy in store (click here) and you can pick up all the interfacing you need with one extra click 🙂

Great Free Sewing Tutorials for Fathers Day Gifts

With just a few weeks until the big day we thought we would bring you a round up of our favourite free sewing tutorials for dads!

Mens Pajama Shorts

This project includes a free pattern download to make Bermuda length shorts with proper pockets!

http://www.thesewingdirectory.co.uk/mans-wallet-project/ Man's Wallet Tutorial - perfect for Father's Day:

A great way to make use of the smaller pieces of fabric in your stash!  Don’t forget to check out our range of interfacing for this project, and if you don’t have your fabric yet, why not check out our roll ends.

Business Card Wallet Scrap Buster Project

Another great stash buster!  Dig out prints you know your man will like and get sewing.

Cut up all those jeans he won’t throw away but should, and turn them into a really robust picnic blanket!

For all those long journey’s and nights up with the kids why not make a neck pillow.

Whether its medication for a trip away or a mini first aid kit for the car, one of these funky zipper pouches is sure to come in handy.

Father’s Day Tie | Purl Soho

The classic Fathers Day gift – a tie!

Whether your man is a dab hand in the kitchen or strictly a bbq king – an apron will always come in handy!

Dad's Travel Bag, a free tutorial on polkadotchair.com

This travel bag has a distinctly manly feel – perfect for the traveller or gym bunny.

What about a tablet or phone stand?

How To Make Denim Jeans Smart Phone Charging Station

This is a really cute upcycling project for those old jeans!  Get rid of all those wires draped over your kitchen worktop or bedroom floor!

And finally a versatile duffle bag – perfect for weekend’s away or the gym!

And you thought it was difficult to find things to sew for men!




Pressing Board Make Over Time

We have been busy recovering our Sewing School pressing boards this morning and they look lovely!

The fabric on the top board is Riley Blake’s Sweet Orchard in Pink, the next one is Dashwood’s double border print from the Birdsong range and the last one, the most practical being a dark colour, is Dashwood Studio’s Cotton Candy Floral on Blue fabric – all available in store.

If you are asking what a pressing board is, or want to know how to make one, click here for our tutorial – you will wonder how you ever managed without one!

Beautifully Crafted Sewing Patterns for Childrens Clothes

This week we are excited to be launching Two Stitches sewing patterns for babies and children’s clothes in store.

Two Stitches is an independent pattern design company based on the south coast of England, specialising in classic garments with a modern twist.

We love their children’s clothes patterns and are sure you will too!

Each pattern in printed on brown paper, thicker than tissue paper, with lines that are easier to see when tracing pieces.

Instructions include illustrations for all the key steps for when the words just don’t sink in 🙂

View in store today by clicking here…

Mischief the Meerkat has Arrived

We have just received a new batch of sewing patterns from Melly and Me and look who made an appearance – Mischief the Meerkat!

Mischief stands 28cm (11″) tall and will proudly keep watch for any signs of danger.

This softie pattern is suitable for intermediate sewers and can be found in store at http://www.printstopolkadots.co.uk/gb/melly-n-me-mischief-the-meerkat-soft-toy-sewing-pattern.  One of a wide range of Melly and Me patterns – we are something of super fans of Melanie’s patterns and it is easy to see why!



You Don’t Need A Supa Dupa Sewing Machine to Learn to Sew!

Proof if any is needed that you don’t need a super dupa sewing machine to get started with this hobby!

This mini sewing machine was used to make a cushion cover, bunting, a reversible bag, bias tape, an apron and a zipper pouch on our last 5 week introduction to sewing course here in Witney, Oxfordshire.

If you are inspired to have a go join us in June on our 5 week introduction to sewing course – find out more at http://www.printstopolkadots.co.uk/gb/witney-sewing-school/sewing-courses-available-now/sewing-school-introduction

We can provide a full size sewing machine if you don’t have your own big or small one!

P.S.  Here is the finished apron you can see being sewn above, the fabrics are Dashwood Studio’s Peacocks on Blue and Riley Blake’s Bloom and Bliss – what a great combination!

Dashwood Studio’s Birdsong Fabric Collection Has Arrived!

Dashwood Studio’s Bird Song fabric collection has arrived and is everything we hoped for!

A muted and calming collection of birds, trees, mountains, and raindrops!

100% cotton and 110cm (44″) wide.  Perfect for dressmaking, quilting, home decor projects, bags and general crafts.

The collection includes a fab double border, the landscape runs along the selvedge with the sky in the middle of the fabric.  Because the print runs in opposite directions on each half of the fabric you need to think carefully about your project and the amount of fabric you will need, as use the fabric in one whole piece, 110cm (44″) wide, and half your fabric will be upside down!

That said we love the versatility of double border prints here at Prints to Polka Dots and they often end up saving you money – you can often get the print for the back and front of your skirt, or both sides for you cushion cover or bag out of the same width!

We are already planning beach bags, aline skirts, floor cushions and lampshades for this print.


We have also be playing with the rest of the collection, testing a pattern for sewing pattern brand Tried and True for a Clutch Bag – pics to follow shortly of the finished bag!

Click on any of the images to view the collection in store and don’t forget to tag us in on pictures you make with this collection, or share your makes with others on our Facebook page, we love to share and your pics are always so inspiring!