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Calling all Mermaids to get some shimmer on with this easy to sew Sequined Fabric

Every shop I go into on the high street at the moment has either a sparkly dress, top or even cushion made of mermaid fabric. Mermaid Fabric is a wonderful creation of two tone sequined fabric which brushed one way creates one colour and the other to create another. For this project, I am using silver and pink but there is so many other choices on the Minerva site!

Here’s my five reasons that I really enjoyed using it –

1. It Cuts Really Easy

The fabric is a knitted fabric backing with a little stretch with a sequined front. I found that when cutting as the backing is so light I was just cutting the sequins. I would recommend cutting on a work surface (as I did) or a cutting mat and having a vacuum on hand to vac up all the broken sequins as you go.

2. It’s Lightweight To Work With

I was surprised with this one, the fabric was lovely and floaty to work with. I recommend making sure that all the sequins go in one way as you work then they will not get stuck in your sewing machine or you will loose a pin in the construction of the fabric. I’ve used it as a waistband on Miss.L’s dress but it would beautiful as a cape to really show off the drapablity of the fabric or as a homeware banner as you can literally write or add a design into the sequins. It’s like magic.

3. It Pins

Would you believe that I could use dressmaking pins on this fabric? I was amazed I could and it wasn’t a chore to pin the fabric. A little win here on that process.

4. It Sews Easily

I put a 90 needle in my machine expecting to need a 100 but I was so surprised it sewed easily. I used the cotton fabric as the under fabric to guide it though my feed dogs. My sewing machines liked it and I saved the time I’d planned in for fishing sequins out the machine. A real joy to stitch.

5. You Can Team It Up With Most Fabrics

Because it has a theatrical and drapey feel, you can pair it up with most fabrics in small pieces. Once you get to a piece over half a metre long it starts to get very heavy but small pieces such as appliqué, waistbands, shoulder straps can be teamed up with anything from a wool, denim or in my case a medium weight cotton.

A few tips I picked up whilst making up Miss L’s party dress –

Be careful where you put the mermaid fabric on your dress, we went around the high street looking at dresses and decided on the mermaid waistband. It is a very touchable fabric and very fun, but wearing a whole top or a skirt wouldn’t be advised, you might get the wrong sort of attention if you know what I’m saying. It would great on shoulder straps or waistbands.

Always brush it one way to sew, use a 90 needle and sew with a contrast fabric underneath to be kind to your feed dogs.

My next project is an appliqué cushion, it’s a very fun and addictive fabric to work with especially when I have a mermaid obsessed little girl!

Thank-you to Minerva Crafts for giving me the opportunity to sew with such a usual fabric! What would you sew?

Samantha hosts vintage craft parties and workshops at www.crafternoonteahostess.co.uk

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Christmas Love

Hi again, I'm back today with my 3rd project for the Minerva Craft blog, and let me tell you: It's a good one!
This dress is the ultimate combination between my love of cute vintage dresses and my love of Christmas. I LOOOOVE Christmas and always have. I love the food, the treats, the music and of course spending time with friends and family. Christmas for me is the essence of what we in Denmark call "hygge".
Every year at Christmastime, I attend a number of smaller lunches and parties. This year I will host a small gathering or 2 as well, so I was in need of a new, cute dress to wear. 
For my fabric, I choose 3 meters of this fun and Festive Polycotton Fabric with red and silver baubles on a navy blue background. I find polycotton to be a good choice for full-skirted 50's dresses, as the stiffness of the fabric gives a good volume, it comes in a ton of fun novelty prints and it is cheap enough to easily justify spending 3+ meters of fabric for 1 dress.
The drawback of using polycotton for 50's dresses, however, is the need to underline it, as the polycotton can be slightly too sheer or thin to use for a close-fitting bodice on its own. On my dress, I underlined the bodice and midriff pieces with this lovely, soft brushed Cotton Lawn Fabric. The bodice is finished with a facing and is not lined, but the brushed cotton underlining feels very luxurious next to the skin.
Below, I have included a short how-to for underlining the bodice pieces. This technique is also very handy for underlining other thin or holey fabrics like chiffon, lace or broderie anglaise.
1. Cut each pattern piece in both fashion and underlining fabric. Mark darts ect. on the wrong side of the underlining only.
2. Lay the fashion and underlining layers together, wrong side of the fashion layer to the right side of the underlining layer.
3. Pin together, making sure to pin from the middle out. This creates a bit of tension.
4. Thread a needle with a contrasting color of thread, knot the end and start sewing large basting stitches about 0,2 cm inside the seam allowance.
5. When you reach a corner, continue as far as possible, and turn the corner by starting from the new edge, without breaking the thread.
6. When you have finished the outline, baste through the middle of darts, pleat marks, ect., starting from the edge and working your way in.
7. The underlining is complete. Treat the piece as one layer during construction.
For the dress pattern, I turned to Gerties Ultimate Dress Book for the boatneck bodice. I have made and fit the surplice bodice before, so it was easy to re-use the back and midriff pieces, as well as transfer some alterations from the surplice front to the boatneck front before cutting out. I made a size 6, my usual Gertie-book size.
The skirt is a simple gathered skirt, to which I added a short ruffle at the bottom. To make this, I cut 2 and a half panels across the entire width. I did the same with the ruffle, cutting a total of 6 panels. 2 of those panels were pieced from 4 half panels.
To add some interest and to highlight the style lines, I also added some red Piping on both sides of the midriff and between the skirt and the ruffle. I used about 5 meters of piping. The piping at the hem adds some structure and volume, much like a horsehair braid would. Before applying the piping, I steamed it heavily with my iron to pre-shrink it.
The dress closes in the back with an Invisible Zipper, but the combination of a gathered skirt AND the piping makes it very hard to do up around the waist. In the future, I will use a lapped zipper or skip one of the bulky elements.
Looking at these pictures, I think the dress turned out a smidge too short, about 2-3 cm. I calculated the skirt panels so that the finished length would match my petticoat, but the gathers and piping requires a bit of extra length that I forgot to add back.
Besides the short-ish length, I love EVERYTHING about this dress. I feel very cute and festive while wearing it, and I'm sure it will get some wear this season. And who knows, I might wear it for dancing around the Christmas tree on the 24th?
Again, a massive thanks goes to the team at Minerva Crafts for supplying me with the materials for this make. Please do visit my Instagram and blog to see more of my makes. 
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and peace to the world.
Angelica
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The Cutest Advent Calendar by Michelle

24 fussy cut stockings from this adorable, cute dog christmas fabric, makes this the prefect item to come out year after year, ready to be filled with a dog biscuit, or even a candy cane for the kids…

Materials:

- Half a metre of the dog Christmas Print Fabric in blue

Half a metre of the dog Christmas Fabric in grey

- 1 metre of Christmas Noel Hearts Fabric in silver

- 1.5 metres of Iron on Fusible Wadding

Gutermann Metallic Thread in gold, silver and red

- 3 metres of dark green Bias Binding

- 2.5 metres of 1cm wide and 2.5 metres of 2cm wide Silver Metallic Ribbon

Cutting (Fussy Cut Alert!):

Using a stocking template measuring 13 cms at its longest point:

- 24 in grey dog fabric

- 24 in blue dog fabric

Using the same stocking template, but making it ¼” smaller all the way round.

24 in the wadding – 12 in each direction.

Note: The wadding is ¼” smaller than the fabric template.

Haberdashery items:

Iron-away marker pen

- Quilters ruler, rotary cutter/scissors

- Iron

- Templates for stocking

- Basic sewing supplies

Finished size of advent calendar: 52”x 88”

Making the Advent Calendar

Let’s create the stockings… once you have fussy cut them all out, iron-fuse the wadding to 12 of the blue, and 12 of the grey dog fabric.

Take the 1 cm silver ribbon and cut 24 lengths measuring 10 cms each, make a loop and sandwich between a grey and blue stocking (right sides together) – see photo below for ribbon positioning.

Sew around the edge of the wadding, but NOT along the top.

Make small snips on the curves.

Turn right way out, use a chopstick or end of paintbrush to push the curves out. Fold the top of the stocking inside and top stitch – see photo below.

Repeat this process another 23 times – I promise you, they come together quite quickly…

Take your piece of silver christmas noel hearts and cut two pieces measuring 50 cm x 86 cm, and one piece of wadding measuring the same, fuse the wadding to one piece of the silver fabric, and place the other piece facing up ontop of the wadding.

Take the silver glitter ribbon, cut into 4 lengths, measuring 56cms each, fold in half, and using a red and gold thread – zig-zag all the way along, thread 6 stocking along each length of ribbon and pin to each edge of the main piece of fabric (1st point is 10cms from the top, then every 15cms after this).

Sew on your bias binding, making sure you catch the silver glitter ribbon on the edges.

Hand-sew the bias binding on to the reverse of the advent calendar.

Arrange your stockings along the length of the ribbon and sew with a few whip stitches through all layers on the silver ribbon to hold in place. I also added a dot of glue on the toe of the stocking to hold them in place, but this is optional…

Add two small loops using the small silver ribbon at the top left and right corners, to hang up your advent calendar.

Fill each stocking with a dog biscuit, or candy cane for the kids.

Thanks for reading,

Michelle @ creativeblonde

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Prada Crepe Vogue 9235 by Simona

I am back with another product testing for the lovely team from Minerva Crafts.

This time I signed up to test their Prada Self Lined Crepe Fabric. I used it to make a middy dress from the Vogue Sewing Pattern 9235 which you can get from Minerva Crafts website as well.

On the Minerva Crafts shop the fabric is described as...

‘Fabulous quality Prada crepe suiting fabric. Self satin lined with a slight one way stretch across the width of the fabric. Because this fabric has a matt and shiny side, you can use either or a combination of both textures to create dramatic effects. This fabric is PU coated and both anti static and anti click, ensuring the highest quality for special garments. Beautifully soft with a lovely drape, perfect for jackets, dresses, skirts, trousers, waistcoats and more!’ 

It comes in 11 colours: aubergine, beige, black, cerise pink, dusky pink, ivory, jade, purple, red, royal blue and teal.

Originally I wanted to make a jump suit which needed 2.5 m of fabric. However later I changed my mind, but by then I already had the fabric. So although I would have made the maxi version, I had to make do with what I had. Being a kimono type bodice, I shortened to bodice in the sleeve area by 3 cm (this is a usual adjustment for me) and the skirt by 20 cm from the bottom of the hem to reduce the bulk of the skirt. This way my skirt is about knee length not as intended on the pattern on the top of the calf.

Before cutting into my fabric, which slips a little bit, I washed the fabric as I would with the finished garment. Then I tested my marking tools on a scrap of fabric. Originally used water erasable to mark it, but did not start to sew straight away. In one day the markings were gone. So I tested several types of marking tools on it. The best was the water erasable pen that stayed on for me to actually make my dress.

The fabric is surprisingly easy to sew with. Though it has drape, due to the crepe it’s quite stable. So it looks luxurious and easy to work with. Darts and pleats went in quite easy.

I did finish the raw edges of the seams as I constructed the dress. Some seams I left unfinished as I knew they would be hidden into the facings or turned over twice into a hem. Other edges I finished separately as they were to be pressed open. The fabric frays a little, not too much, but if you like your insides to be pretty as well, I think it is worth thinking about finishing the raw edges.

On many occasions I prefer thread tracing my hems, press and sew. I hurried through the thread tracing and the line was not straight. I suggest if you use the same technique to go slower on this part, the fabric tends to slide a bit when sewing on one layer, I found.

Once I put the dress on and looked at the back, I realised I chose the wrong type of zipper for this fabric. I decided to go for a normal zip. However the fabric is a bit to heavy and now think an invisible zip would have worked better. I just don’t fancy taking out the current one and replacing it.

Although when on the flat the zip is not exposed when I wear it I can see it. Good thing it’s in the back and with my hair I can hide it, which means I can leave with it.

As I felt there was a bit to much shine I used the wrong side of the fabric to make the sash. And to make it a bit different, without using a different fabric.

Though I shortened the bodice, when I tried the dress on, I felt that the V neck is way too indecent. And I’ll never dare wear the dress in public with a V neck that goes almost all the way to my waist. I thought that my modesty needs to be saved and hand stitched closed the centre seam by about 15cm.

Yes you can see my handiwork on the inside, but nothing is visible on the right side.

Although not all went to plan I do like my dress, and for now I’ll wear it with my hair falling on my back to hide the zipper mistake.

Here are my tips for working with Prada Crepe:

  • Though it does not look it, it is a heavier fabric. So think about what patterns work best with it and how many layers you need to sew. In my case the waist and the ties added a bit too much bulk.

  • Test your marking tools. Some water erasable pens disappear after a while.

  • Think about the closures you want to use. I think invisible zips are more suited for this type of fabric.

  • As the  fabric slides a little, I found thread tracing your hems helps. But go slow when sewing as this fabric seems to slide a bit more when sewing on one layer.

We would love to hear and see what you make if you use this fabric. Please share your makes with us. Tag @minervacrafts on Instagram and @minervafabrics on Twitter.

Like always, thank you so much for taking the time to read my review and happy shopping!

Love Simona

SewingAdventuresInTheAttick

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A Toast Inspired Work Wear Jacket for Breadcrumb Money

Hi guys! I’m super excited to be sharing a make here on the Minerva Crafts blog. I usually post over at Lucky Sew and Sew and it’s nice to take a little detour (who doesn’t love an adventure, right?).

I’ll be sharing with you my most favourite make in a long time. You know, one of those makes that just feels so totally you? This is one of those. It’s me all over.

I’ve recently started to sew more consciously, a really think about my sews in a more direct way. I rarely buy any clothes from the High Street these days and that’s due to a few facts. Firstly, fast fashion doesn’t appeal to me. I don’t want to feel the need to change my entire wardrobe every season. I’d much rather have a much more well-rounded wardrobe that can mix and match for every season. Secondly, I can’t guarantee that the workers who make the garments for these fast fashion chains are being paid a fair wage. Lastly, I like the challenge of taking inspiration from a fashion label, and seeing how much cheaper I can make my own version for. A massive plus point is that I can then guarantee that my me-made garments are being made with love and fuelled by coffee and biscuits, which is a bonus!

One of my favourite brands to lust over is Toast. I love literally everything from Toast so much. They have a very utilitarian, work wear, androgynous vibe that I totally dig. One of the things they do so well is the cord work jacket. Coming in usually around the £150 mark, this is one of those items that will always be in my online basket and not in my wardrobe.

So, I decided I’d try and make my own version! I searched for jacket patterns and stumbled across the Tello Jacket Sewing Pattern by Pauline and Alice, which was perfect for the look I was going for. I hadn’t used a Pauline and Alice pattern before so I was excited to try it.

For the fabric, I went for a stunning Needlecord Fabric in Teal, which I required 2m of. Unfortunately the teal colourway has now sold out, but there are plenty more Needlecord Fabrics to choose from at Minerva. I think this would also look lovely in black too, or a gorgeous denim. The needlecord has a lovely feel to it, with a good stable drape -perfect for my work wear jacket!

I chose 6 Grey Buttons for contrast, a blue Metal Zip for the pocket, and a scrap of cotton from my scrap box for the zipped pocket lining.

The pattern comes in a lovely card packet which has it’s own Pauline and Alice ribbon tag included inside for you to sew into your make. The pattern is printed on a thicker paper than other patterns I’ve used, so it would be great for tracing your pattern size from if you weren’t cut throat like me and just ruthlessly cut into it. The instructions come in a little booklet with lots of diagrams and also has other languages included. I loved the whole presentation of the pattern, the best pattern aesthetically that I’ve come across and I really dig the instruction booklet. Much easier to use than loose bits of paper which are easy to lose and a pain to re-fold!

The jacket itself isn’t lined, but it does have facings. There’s no interfacing to iron on either which makes me fall for this pattern even more. I love the little details that all add to the finished result. The back elbows are darted and topstitched, the pockets are topstitched too, as well as the back seam. All of those little finishing touches I really enjoy taking my time over. I made sure I pressed all of the seams well to get a nice crisp finish, and I used a bamboo point turner to make sure the edges on the collar are nice and crisp also.

There were certain aspects of the pattern that I was a little nervous about sewing. The zippered pocket for instance, and the button holes. In hindsight, there was absolutely nothing to worry about at all, and by just slowing down and concentrating on each step in the instructions, there were no hiccups at all along the way – a first for me!

The fabric was a dream to sew. I hardly had to use any pins when sewing because the nap of the needlecord pretty much stuck the fabric pieces together, so that only aided time-wise on this already speedy sew. I didn’t altar the pattern at all, and the sleeves are a little long on me. But really I didn’t mind as I prefer to roll the sleeves up anyway. Overall, the fit is spot on.

I am totally in love with this jacket. Like, really in love. My husband was so impressed when he saw it that he asked me how much I paid for it because thought it was actually from Toast! When I told him that I had made it myself, he was not only relieved that I hadn’t paid £150 for a jacket, but also really proud of me for making something that looks so professionally finished, by myself. I can’t take all the credit for that though, it’s all the finishing touches that have been so thoughtfully included in the pattern that add to the finished affect. But the star of the show is the fabric by far. It makes the jacket, it really does. It looks and feels like it could be jacket that costs hundreds of pounds, but the fabric cost less than a tenner for the whole thing!

The fabric, finishing touches and timelessness of this jacket have cemented this make as not only my favourite current make, but also a make that I’m sure will last the test of time – construction-wise and style-wise.

The supplies for this jacket (fabric, buttons, zip and pattern too) came in at under £30. Less than £30! For this dream jacket that I probably eventually would have paid £150 for, for a similar one at some point. However, instead of buying a jacket, I had the pleasure of sewing one, and will get the recurring pleasure of telling everyone who will listen for years to come, that I made this beautiful garment myself – for less than £30! That’s a me-made wardrobe win!

Thanks for reading!

Carly @ Lucky Sew and Sew

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Adding some Sparkle to the House!

I was lucky enough to get to review the Mermaid Sequin Fabric from Minerva Crafts this month.  This stuff is mesmerising; stroke it one way and you get one colour of sparkles, stroke it the other and it changes. Or just do what my children do, and make pictures in it!

I was sent some of the blue/silver combination and it’s gorgeous.  I was surprised by quite how soft it feels, I kind of expected the sequins to have hard edges and feel uncomfortable as they are obviously not all always lying in the same direction, but it just isn’t the case.

Having been subjected to far too many adverts on children’s TV channels, I decided when the fabric arrived to do a blatant copy of some cushions I’d seen advertised.  The theory on the advert was that children would sit and concentrate better if they were playing with something soothing; I just liked the idea of sparkly cushions!

To make the cushions, I cut a square of the sequins the same size as my cushion inner (which was 16” square).  I was not entirely sure that the sequins alone would stand up to the wear and tear on a cushion, particularly one designed to be played with, so I cut a matching square of muslin and hand stitched the two together well within the seam allowances.  I then treated the combined piece as a single item.

For the reverse of the cushions, I used some off white Fake Fur Fabric; why not go for full on tactile while you’re at it?

I started with inserting the zip; I marked the zip length on the wrong side of the fabric, ensuring that length was centred, and then stitched from the corner to the mark on the machine.  I used a heavier needle (a 100) and it coped fine with the sequins and fur.  I also kept the speed down low so it wasn’t trying to race through the fabric.

If the machine had struggled, I would have removed the sequins from the seam allowance, but it was absolutely fine.  From previous experience, I would be very loathe to use the overlocker on this stuff, I just stuck to my normal sewing machine and a slightly longer stitch length than usual.

I then hand tacked the zip to the wrong side of the fabric, checked the appearance from the right side and machine sewed it in.  Leaving the zip open, I then sewed the other three sides of each cushion, right sides together, turned them out and inserted the cushion pad.

I’m absolutely thrilled with the finished cushions. They look so fun and both my daughters and my husband are mesmerised by them; there currently seems to be a deal that at least one of them will “draw” something in the sequinned fabric before they leave the house each morning.

The cat, however, is less than thrilled; every slight movement near the cushions causes them to sparkle and she’s desperate to find the source of the ever changing light patterns!

I have a little bit of sparkle left so I’m now in search of the perfect party top or skirt pattern to use for the remnants; it’s just too pretty to waste!

Thanks Minerva!

Becca @ Red W Sews

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Last Day of Deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Hi everyone,
We are back on the Minerva Crafts Blog today for our last day of deals to celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday! We have saved the best til last, so please read on to see all of the amazing bargains we are bringing you today.
We have looked for any over stocked products in our warehouse and are offering you some amazing deals to help clear this stock and give us room for new products in 2018! It's a win-win! Some of the deals are coupons, where you enter the coupon at checkout to receive the discount and others are already reduced on the website. And remember, if you are a Minerva Craft Club Member, you get an extra 10% off all these prices! If not, sign up today and you will instantly save an extra 10% off your first order and 10% off all orders for 12 months.
First up today we have a huge £25 saving on our Knit Pro Symfonie Crochet Deluxe Crochet Hook Gift Sets.
This deluxe crochet hook set comes packaged in a lined satin paper box and would make a truely beautiful gift for any crochet enthusiast. Imagine opening this box on Christmas day! 
These popular multi coloured hooks are made of dense laminated Birchwood, which is a favourite amoungst crochet fans. The box contains 8 hooks in sizes: 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 7 & 8mm (covering all the most widely used sizes).
For a limited time you can save £25 on this kit. The regular price is £84.99, down to just £59.99! (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members). No coupon neccessary for this offer as the discount has already been applied on our website!
Next up today we have some amazing prices on all our Vervaco Latch Hook Kits! Save up to £26 per kit.
These kits contain everything you need to latch hook your own rug or cushion, so they are perfect as a gift to give to any crafter this Christmas. There are so many designs to choose from in this range we are struggling to choose a favourite! 
No coupon neccessary for this offer as the discount has already been applied on our website! Simply add to your basket to save. They are only whilst very limited stocks remain. We don't expect these to last for long!
Next up we have a great gift idea for sewists! Save 20% off our Prym Dressform Pincushions.
Not only are these gorgeous but they are perfectly practical too! Keep them on your sewing table and always have somewhere to stick those pesky pins!
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'PIN20' at checkout and 20% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Next up is the perfect excuse to get the kids crafting! These fun Needlepoint Kits designed for children and beginners contain everything you need to stitch a picture and make ideal gifts. There are so many designs for you to choose from, our favourites are the owl, the butterfly and leo the lion!
No coupon neccessary for this offer as the discount has already been applied on our website! Simply add to your basket to save.
Next up we have 20% off the amazing Clover Wonder Knitter Tool!
The Wonder Knitter tool by Clover is a fantastic tool for creating chain knitting. This decorative cord can then be made into bag handles, bunting string, even bags and accessories such as coasters and mats. The possibilities are endless! This is a great craft to get the children involved in as you can produce beautiful results quickly and easily and the only limit to what you can make is your imagination.Save 20% on the Clover Wonder Knitter in our Black Friday/Cyber Monday event with the coupon 'WONDER20' at checkout.
Next up today we have a fantastic offer for knitters. Save 50% on all Prym Symfonie Knitting Needles!
A knitters best companion, these beautiful needles have a smooth surface which allows for hours of convenient knitting and the Symfonie wood provides that much needed warmth to hands. Lightweight, yet exceptionally strong & durable. The lustrous wood surface is designed to provide more grasp to easily cope with slick yarns. All needles come with sharp, tapered tips and have an extremely attractive colour combination and pattern. 
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'KNITAWAY' at checkout and 50% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Next up we have a great deal for Quilter's and we think this would be the perfect gift idea! Save £15 on the Clover Patchwork and Quilting Board. Normally £54.99, down to just £39.99 in our Black Friday/Cyber Monday event!
The fantastic quilting boards from Clover have a sandpaper inner cover, for easy marking of fabric as it prevents slippage. The anti slip sheet holds the ironing board in place and protects the work surface. The cutting mat which comes included has grid marks and lines in centimetres. The outer fabric cover can be used as an iron board. The ideal gift for any quilter who has it all, this board will be a special addition to their quilting repertoire (or why not treat yourself!)
Next up we have a real bargain on Polystyrene Craft Shapes.
For a very limited time save 50% off our regular and already discounted prices here on the website. We have all sorts of shapes for you to choose from and you can have so much fun decorating them with your favourite craft technique!
We have Christmas wreaths, cones and Christmas trees, balls which are ideal for making baubles like in the image below. We also have fun shapes like hearts, stars, bells, photo frames, boxes and eggs...the only limit to what you can make from these is your imagination!
Some of the polystyrene shapes in this range are already at reduced prices, and this offer gives you a further 50% off these prices, so there are some amazing bargains to be had!
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'POLY50' at checkout and 50% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Jewels and Gems are such a fun way to add decoration and sparkle to your Christmas crafting projects. We have a fantastic offer on our range of Habico Jewels which come in a huge range of colours, shapes and sizes.
Each pack is now reduced to just 99p! So you can add some sparkle to everything this party season!
No coupon neccessary for this offer as the discount has already been applied on our website! Simply add to your basket to save.
Next up we have a fantastic offer for you on all Crafty Pompoms! Save 40% for a limited time only in our Black Friday/Cyber Monday event.
Use these to decorate your festive makes this Christmas. We have so many different colours and sizes for you to choose from and you can even get sparkly pompoms! You will be spoilt for choice.
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'POM40' at checkout and 40% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Next up we have a fantastic offer for you on all Crafty Pipe Cleaners! Save 40% for a limited time only in our Black Friday/Cyber Monday event.
Use these to decorate your festive makes this Christmas. They are also great to get the kids involved in crafting too. We have so many different colours and sizes for you to choose from and you can even get sparkly pipe cleaners too!
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'PIPE40' at checkout and 40% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Our next offer for you today is 30% off all Craft Glues. We thought this time of year really is the time when you need to stock up on the essentials like this for your crafting projects, so what better time to give you a fantastic offer than in our Black Friday/Cyber Monday event!
At Minerva we have a glue for for every purpose! Whether you are looking to stick card, paper, fabric, leather, metal, ceramic, glass, vinyl, plastic or wood, we have you covered. If you are struggling to choose a glue, we recommend the Crafter's Pick Ultimate Glue. This glue is the strongest glue on the market and sticks virtually anything to anything!To claim your discount simply enter the coupon 'GLUE30' at checkout and get 30% off. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Next up we have some gorgeous Christmas Sewing Patterns that are 50% off for a limited time. If you are looking for some inspiration for things to make this Christmas then take a peek at our beautiful ranges of Christmas Sewing Patterns, with 50% off all Simplicity, New Look, Burda and Kwik Sew branded designs. Make advent trees, fireplace garlands, stockings, wall hangings, tree skirts, table runners, placements, tree decorations, stuffed toys, dog coats, santa suits, Christmas outfits, plus much more!
No coupon neccessary for this offer as the discount has already been applied on our website! 
Here are a couple of our favourite designs...
Our last offer today (and our last offer for our Black Friday/Cyber Monday event) is 50% off our Round Metallic Elastic by Berisford.
Metallic Elastic is one of our best selling products for Christmas Crafts! Year on year our customers buy this stuff by the roll for their festive makes. 
Use it in so many creative ways to add some metallic sparkle to your Christmas Cards, Tree Decorations and festive makes this year. It comes in 4 colours (red, green, gold and silver), in 2 widths and you can choose to buy it per roll or per metre if you only need a small amount. 
For a limited time only save 50% off the RRP! Use the coupon 'ELASTIC50' at checkout to claim your discount!
And that's all for this year folks! We hope over our 4 days of offers you have enjoyed these deals. We have been absolutely blown away by the response, so we hope to come back again next year and do something similar!
For now, enjoy the deals, grab the bargains and don't forget to treat yourself in the process!
Thanks so much for reading,
Vicki
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Stunning Christmas Table Decoration by Michelle

Stunning Christmas table decoration for the home…

Traditional Christmas fabrics, makes this the perfect centrepiece for the table at Christmas lunch – just add a candle.

Materials

Cutting

  • 12 6” green squares

  • 12 6” red squares

  • 12 5” squares of interlining

Haberdashery items (All available at Minerva)

  • Iron-away Marker Pen

  • Quilters Ruler, Rotary Cutter/Scissors

  • Iron

  • Glue Gun

  • Dresden Plate Template

  • Basic Sewing Supplies

Finished size of table wreath: 17” diameter

Once all your green squares have been fussy cut, iron on the interfacing to the wrong side, in the centre of the fabric, repeat this for all 12 squares.

Take the red and green fabric squares, and with right sides together, sew using ¼” seam all the way round. Don’t forget to leave 2” gap along one edge for turning the squares right way out. 

Once turned right way out, press and ladder stitch up the gap with a white cotton thread. Repeat this process for all 12 squares.

Take your Dresden Template, and mark along each edge using your ‘iron away’ pen, then stitch along this mark using the metallic gold thread, repeat this process on all 12 squares.

Take two squares and with red sides together, sew along your stitched Dresden plate seam, repeat this process until all 12 blocks are joined together.

Using the metallic gold thread, hand sew with a ¼” over lap the red tops.

For a special touch – well it is Christmas… using a glue gun, add sparkly snowflake gems on the inner and outer tips, and where the red tops were joined.

The table wreath is a real show piece with the candle lit.

Here is what the back looks like...

And here are some photos of the finished piece...

Thanks for reading,

Michelle

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Futher Black Friday Deals

Hi everyone,
We are back on the Minerva Crafts Blog today to tell you about some more amazing deals we have for you to celebrate Black Friday this weekend in our Black Friday event!
We have looked for any over stocked products in our warehouse and are offering you some amazing deals to help clear this stock and give us room for new products in 2018! It's a win-win! Some of the deals are coupons, where you enter the coupon at checkout to receive the discount and others are already reduced on the website. And remember, if you are a Minerva Craft Club Member, you get an extra 10% off all these prices! If not, sign up today and you will instantly save an extra 10% off your first order and 10% off all orders for 12 months.
First up we have a whopping 50% off all Clover Felting Supplies. This includes felting mats, felting tools, feling wool and all the accessories on our website.
Clover products are renowed for their quality and the felting range is no exception! Some of the products in this range are already at reduced prices, and this offer gives you a further 50% off these prices so there are some amazing bargains to grab!
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'FELT50' at checkout and 50% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Next up we have an amazing treat for fabric lovers. Save an extra 10% on all Fat Quarter Fabric Bundles. These make amazing gifts for stitchers or are the perfect way to treat yourself. 
All bundles are included in this offer and you will see fabrics from your favourite brands such as Free Spirit, Gutermann, Rowan, Sew Easy and Tilda!
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'FQ10' at checkout and 10% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Next up we have another fab offer for sewists! 20% off all Cones of Sewing Thread! Cones of sewing thread always offer fantastic value, so with an extra 20% off, it really is the time to stock up your sewing rooms.
You can use cones of thread for hand sewing, on your overlocker, on industrial machines and even on your regular domestic sewing machines if you use a Cone Stand. We also have these weighted base ones from Prym too.
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'CONES20' at checkout and 20% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Next up we have an amazing offer on our full range of Kanban Decorative Paper Pads and Card Toppers.
These papers and toppers really are beautiful. Use them in your card making, scrapbooking and paper craft projects. The prices are already discounted on our website and for Black Friday weekend only you can save an extra 50% off these already reduced prices with the coupon 'KANBAN50'. 
That makes the topper sheets just 35p each (32p for craft club members), they were £1.59 each. And the paper pads just £3/£5 each (£2.70/£4.50 for craft club members), they were £6.99/£10.99 each.
Simply apply the coupon and checkout and your additional discount will be added!
We also wanted to remind you of our fantastic offer we have on sewing patterns. We have 50% off all Kwik Sew, New Look, Simplicity and Burda Sewing Patterns. That gives you thousands of patterns to choose from all at 50% off (60% off if you are a craft club member!)
This simple Tunic Top Sewing Pattern is our most popular sewing pattern right now and is currently on sale at just £3.47 (£3.12 for Craft Club members!)
Next up we have a fantastic price for you on our premium range of Bamboo Knitting Needles.
Bamboo knitting needles are a joy to knit with! If you have never tried them before, we are hoping this fantastic offer will tempt you. At just £1.59 per pair, these premium quality bamboo needles are an absolute steal. The equivalent branded needles retail around £9.99-£15.99 each! So stock up your knitting needle bag this weekend with this fantastic offer!
No coupon neccessary, the discount has already been applied on the website.
Next up we have another fabulous offer for Knitters! Save a huge 25% on all Pony Branded Knitting Needles and Accessories!
If you are a knitter, this deal is not to be missed! The 25% saving includes all Pony knitting needles, crochet hooks, row counters, stitch holders, cable needles and more!
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'PONY25' at checkout and 25% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Next up we have a great deal on gift ideas for stitchers. Save up to 20% off a beautiful selection of DMC Stitching Kits.
There are kits to make shopping bags, toys, mobiles, notebook covers, coasters, aprons, bunting and more! Each pack contains everything you need so they make great gifts, especially for those new to sewing.
The Black Friday sale prices have already been applied on the website so no need to use a coupon. Simply add to your basket!
Next up we have some gorgeous Machine Embroidery Thread Gift Sets from Mettler, that are perfect gift ideas for embroiderers. Imagine opening one of these on Christmas day! Save 25% in our Black Friday event.
There are 11 different sets to choose from, each one as gorgeous as the next. Buy them as gifts, or simply treat yourself!
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'METE25' at checkout and 25% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Our next offer is a product that will appeal to all crafters, so if you are looking for a gift idea and are unsure what to buy, this could be the perfect fit. Save 50% on our Sew Easy Flexible LED Craft Lights.
These are really handy lights to have either in your craft room or wherever you sit and craft.The colour will vary so you will receive a surprise in the post! Each light is normally priced at £20.99 and for a limited time over our Black Friday evernt weekend you pay just £10.49 each! (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
No coupon neccessary for this offer as the discount has already been applied on our website!
Next is the ultimate gift for any Knitter. The Knit Pro Symfonie Rose Interchangeable Knitting Needles Deluxe Set would make the most fabulous gift for any knitting enthustiast this Christmas. 
This deluxe needle set comes packaged in a lined faux leather box. The box contains 8 pairs of needles in sizes: 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 7 & 8mm, 1 x 60cm, 80cm, 100cm and 120cm cable, 8 end caps and 4 cable keys, so that really is everything you could need to start you off in knitting on interchangeable needles.
For a limited time over Black Friday weekend you can save £27 on this kit. The regular price is £87.99, down to just £59.99! (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
No coupon neccessary for this offer as the discount has already been applied on our website!
Teach your little ones to knit with these beautiful Disney Knitting Kits in our next Black Friday event offer!
Available in Disney Princess and Mickey Mouse, each kit contains all the instructions, needles and accessories you will need, all you need to provide is the yarn!On sale at just £9.99 each, was £16.99. No coupon neccessary for this offer as the discount has already been applied on our website! And only whilst very limited stocks remain. We don't expect these to last for long!
Next up we have 20% off Prym Knitting Looms!
Prym have a fantastic range of excellent quality knitting looms for you to make a whole host of garments, socks and accessories with. They make brilliant gifts both for knitters and those who have never knit before. For a very limited time over the Minerva Crafts Black Friday event, you can save 20% off our entire range of Prym knitting looms!Simply use coupon 'LOOM20' at checkout to save 20% at checkout. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
And our last offer for you today is save an extra 30% on all Hobby and Gift Knitting Bags!
Ideal for storing your needles, patterns and yarn, these pretty gift bags carry your projects in style! Available in a beautiful range of colours and designs, so there is sure to be something to suit everyone's taste.
Some of the knitting bags in this range are already at reduced prices, and this offer gives you a further 30% off these prices so there are some amazing bargains to be had! Prices with the discount applied are as little as £9.09 or £8.18 for Minerva Craft Club members!
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'KBAG30' at checkout and 30% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
These are a couple of our favourite designs, but there are loads for you to choose from!
And that's all for today! Remember to check back tomorrow for more deals. Tomorrow will be the last day in our Black Friday and Cyber Monday event and we have some brilliant deals to share with you!
Thanks for reading,
Vicki
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Festive Prada Fabric Dress by Chloe

When the prada self lined stretch Crepe Fabric first arrived I was so pleased with the colour. With the festive season rapidly approaching I wanted to make a dress that would be suitable for Christmas parties. The fabric has a dark red matt right side, and then a super shiny satin wrong side. You could use either side of the fabric as your right side, or even use both sides as a way to highlight different panels or interesting construction of a pattern. To show off the fabric and the difference on both sides I knew I wanted to make a fancy party dress with a high-low hem, so that you would get flashes of the satin side, but with the deep red matt side being the right side throughout.

I found the Mccalls 6953 Sewing Pattern, which has an option for a high-low hem, and a contrast band. I altered the pattern so that it had no contrast band, but added approx. 6 inches to the shorten/lengthen lines, to make up for the length I lost by not including the bottom band. I wanted to have a dress that was suitable for quite fancy parties (now I just need to find a fancy-pants party to go to!) and didn't want to risk it being too short, after all you can always take length off, but you can't add it! I had 3m of the fabric, and the pattern calls for nearly 3m plus an extra 2m for the contrast band, so I was pushing my luck trying to add all that length and still get it all on. I pride myself in being able to fit a dress out of less than the requirements, and although there wasn't a lot left I just about managed to squeeze it on.

I washed this fabric on a normal 30 degree wash, and it washed beautifully. The fabric didn't fray much at all, and I decided to finish all my seams with just pinking shears which turned out fine. I worried that this fabric would be quite difficult to sew with, but it was super easy and stable to sew. I did use a Microtex Needle, and some Silk Pins to ensure that I didn't damage the fabric - I didn't want to put all this effort into sewing a party dress for it to get ruined. I did have to unpick a few seams here and there and the fabric has held up well to being unpicked and re-sewn (in one particular place I've probably unpicked and re-sewn the seam about 5 times and it's not at all noticeable).

I made a size 18 (I’m a size 12 RTW) based upon the finished measurements, but it came out huge everywhere apart from the waist. I sewed it up with fairly large seams, and then spent a morning fitting the bodice, with someone to help me pin the excess out. 

The dress also was more than full length (I'm 5ft 3) and the back ended up dragging on the floor, so I took approx. 5 inches off the back blending to 3 inches off the front. The skirt hem is then finished with a very narrow rolled hem (there was no way I was going to be hand sewing a hem that long!), and I've kept it super neat because it’s such a feature of the dress.

The pattern calls for the bodice to be fully lined, but seeing as this fabric is self-lined that seemed like an awful waste of time, so I used a Bias Binding finish on the neck and the arms.

I was very, very, very, careful when using an iron anywhere near this fabric, as I don't think it would handle a high heat. I used a low heat, I moved the iron constantly and didn't use steam. I haven't damaged the fabric using this method, although it does mean it took an awful long time to iron the hem as I had to go over it 4 or 5 times to get it nice and flat.

I'm super impressed with just how easily the fabric sewed up, and how stable it was. It didn't stretch or shift at all whilst sewing, and I think it has led to a really neat finish. 

I love this dress, I can't wait to wear it out at fancy-pants parties - and if I don't get invited to any of those, I’ll just be lounging around my house, perhaps with a cocktail in hand, wearing this dress because I love it so much!

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