03 Apr

Easter Bunting

Making Magazine; March 2015 Edition; Hove flat, Brighton; 9th January 2015. © Pete Jones pete@pjproductions.co.uk

photograph by Emma Sekhon

…cheery floral spring bunting with soft fringed edges – a perfect project for using up scraps…

For 16 flags you will need:

25cm in each of four fabrics
7m – 8m of fringed/loop trim
7m of rope trim
pins & thread
sewing machine
sharp scissors


Cut two pattern pieces from the pattern template for each flag. Take one piece and first pin, then tack a length of trim along the two long, curved sides. Lay the loop trim down with the looped fringe facing inwards and make a careful tuck at the central bottom tip to avoid catching the loops in the seam.

bunting 1 jemima schlee


Place your piece from step 1 on top of your second piece, aligning the raw edges. Pin in position.

bunting 2 jemima schlee


Sew the long side seams, leaving the short top edge open. Use the tacking line from step1 as your stitching line for the side seams.


Turn your flag right side out and press with a hot iron. Topstitch along the two side seams a couple of millimetres to the fabric side of the seam. Trim the top edge to make the two sides of your flag even. repeat steps 1–4 to make all your flags.

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Decide the order you want your flags to be in and lay the first one along the centre of your rope trim, 30cm from one end. Zigzag stitch along its raw edges. Place the next one 10cm to 12cm further along and attach it to the rope trim with zigzag stitch. repeat with all your flags.

bunting 4 jemima schlee


Trim the far end of your rope trim to 30cm. Zigzag stitch back and forth along both raw ends to prevent fraying.

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Fold the top of the rope trim over to cover and encase the zig-zagged top raw edge of the first flag. Starting a couple of centimetres before the flag, sew in straight stitch along the centre of the folded trim. Work all the way along the length of your bunting, folding the rope trim over as you go.

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Reverse stitch at the beginning and end for extra strength.


18 Mar

silk lined embroidered scarf

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photograph by Emma Sekhon

…silk and wool make the perfect combination for a stylish scarf, embellished by little embroidered flowers along the hems…

you will need

35cm wool or tweed fabric (150cm wide) for outer 34cm x 150cm contrasting silk fabric for lining Sewing thread to match your lining fabric
Sewing needle

4 colours of Coats Perle embroidery thread

Sharp embroidery needle
Sewing machine


Step 1

Press both short ends of your silk up 2cm with an iron. With right sides facing, lay your silk over your outer fabric and, aligning one long raw edge, sew a 1cm seam by machine. Align the raw edges of the other sides and machine a 1cm seam.

silk lined scarf 3 - jemima schlee

Step 2

Turn right side out and press with a cool iron – the lining is slightly narrower than the outer and should finish a couple of millimetres short of the edges.

silk lined scarf 4 - jemima schlee

Step 3

Fold up the bottom raw edges of the outer fabric 4cm and tuck under the fold of the silk lining. Tack along all edges through all layers to hold in place.

Step 4

Using a needle and thread, make small running stitches along the two long edges securing the silk to the seam allowance beneath. This will help to hold the folded edges – take care not to stitch through all layers, you don’t want your stitches to go through to the front of the scarf.

Step 5

Embroider along the ends of your scarf, securing the lining to the outer fabric using the stitch shown (images 3–5), and then adding French knots

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21 Feb

Brooklyn General Store Workshop 16 March 2017

I’m thrilled to have been invited to run a workshop at the wonderful

Brooklyn General Stores

on 16 March 

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I’ll be making a sewing machine cover from my first book ‘take a tea towel’ and am really looking forward to meeting and making with folk – Do check out the website at https://www.brooklyngeneral.com/store and come along if you’re going to be in NYC.



09 Jan

quick embroidered tartan blanket

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photograph by Emma Sekhon

… a classic tartan pattern in simple running stitch transforms a plain blanket  for cosy nights and story telling …

You will need

Wool blanket
Scraps of thick wool yarns (in 4 or 5 different colours)
Mattress needle

Measuring tape


Step 1
Lay out your blanket and decide the scale of your tartan; it is completely up to you what size you’d like it to be. Find the centre of two opposing edges of your blanket and mark with pins. Lay a length of yarn between these centre points to dissect your blanket in half. Mark this line using pins. With your first choice of yarn, cut a length the same measurement as the width of your blanket plus 25cm. Using the mattress needle, sew in running stitch across the centre of the blanket following your marker pins.
simple embroidered tartan blanket 3 - jemima schlee


Step 2

With a contrasting yarn, run a second row of stitching 1cm from the first.

Repeating steps 1 & 2, do the same with the length of your blanket, thus dividing it into quarters.


Step 3

At this point you can slowly build up your tartan stitching across the whole of your blanket by measuring away from the central rows of sewing.

simple embroidered tartan blanket 7 - jemima schlee


Step 4

Finish off your yarn ends by running your mattress needle through the blanket’s hem and cut flush.

simple embroidered tartan blanket 6 - jemima schlee


Use safety pins rather than sewing pins if you are going to leave this as an on-going project.

Finish your ends off only once you have completed the project, so that if your lines of running stitch have puckered the blanket, you can ease and loosen them off.


25 Oct

Make a punched soft leather & felt purse

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…a punched soft leather purse with contrasting felt lining…

you will need:
soft leather: 32cm x 14cm
contrasting felt: 32cm x 14cm plus 2cm square
3mm hole punch
7mm curved lino cutter
magnetic snap fastener
sharp scissors
pinking shears
masking tape
steel ruler and scalpel (optional)
sewing machine & threads
fabric glue

Print out the template and cut it out. Using small strips of masking tape, attach it to the right side of your strip of leather and firstly punch out the dots with a 3mm leather punch, then use two cuts with the lino tool to cut out the petal shapes.
Use sharp scissors or a scalpel and steel ruler to cut the leather around the edge of the template.

step 1


Attach the two halves of the magnetic fastener to the leather 8cm from the straight end, and the felt 2cm from one end.

step 2


Use fabric glue to cover the back of the magnetic fastener with a 2cm square of felt.

step 3

Attach your leather strip, right side down, centred on the felt, with small strips of masking tape. Stitch along the top edge, 2mm from the edge of the leather. Finish the thread ends off using a needle. Trim the felt along the stitched edge with the pinking shears. With sharp scissors, cut the felt flush to the edge of the leather to a point 10.5cm down each side from the stitched edge.

step 4

With the leather side down, fold the bottom section up 10.5cm and attach along the pinked edge using strips of masking tape.

step 5


At this point, take care that you have folded accurately so that the front and back of the leather side edges align.


Turn your work over and carefully stitch through all four layers from one bottom (folded) corner, up to the point and down the other side, 2mm from the edge of the leather. Finish off the ends by hand with a needle and finally trim all the felt with the pinking shears.

Making Mag Shoot; Wallet - Nov 2013 Edition; Manor Farmhouse, South Heighton, E Sussex. 20th August 2013. © Pete Jones pete@pjproductions.co.uk

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Making Mag Shoot; Wallet - Nov 2013 Edition; Manor Farmhouse, South Heighton, E Sussex. 20th August 2013. © Pete Jones pete@pjproductions.co.uk