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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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Machine Stars Kit Bag Sewing Pattern Review by Sarah

Like most children, my daughter gets bored with things quickly, so a quick sew kit bag seemed like the perfect project. Before we started, she read through the Sewing Pattern instructions and thought they didn’t look too complicated. Personally, I think they could have been less wordy and more illustrative. Patterns for beginners can be quite daunting and pictures can be incredibly helpful. I was expecting a picture for every step of construction, but this wasn’t the case.

The kit bag is a really basic pattern, consisting of two equal sized rectangles. There are also pattern pieces for applique letters, to spell out KIT. 

We cut the bag out and marked onto the fabric where to leave a gap on the side seams. Once both pieces were marked, we realised the gap was marked on opposite sides. Unfortunately, the markings are incorrect with the gap placed on the wrong side on one pattern piece. Annoying but not a huge problem. 

My daughter didn’t want the appliques letters on her bag so we moved straight onto sewing it all together.

The first side seam went together no problem. The second side takes a bit more attention as you need to leave a gap for your cord later on. The instructions weren’t read too thoroughly at this point as the gap was marked on the pattern piece. 

Now the instructions say to turn your bag right side out. But they miss out the part where you need to sew the bottom edge of the bag together! Easy enough to spot if you’ve sewn before, but quite confusing for a child! I must admit I had to read through the instructions quite a few times to check I hadn’t missed it.

With the bag right side out, the instructions say to fold over the top edge twice and edgestitch it all the way round. The pictures and instructions say the gap for your cord will then be on the outside of the bag. Ours wasn’t. We went back through the instructions and realised they give you the correct measurements but the pattern pieces are marked differently. If you follow the pattern pieces as marked, as we did, you end up with the gap for your cord too high up. When you then come to folding the top edge down, the gap ends up on the inside instead of the outside. 

The instructions say to use a safety pin to thread your cord though the top of your bag. I used an elastic threader instead as they’re much easier. And so much quicker! 

After a not so straightforward sew, we ended up with a simple drawstring bag and a very satisfied little girl.

Thanks for reading,

Sarah @

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More Black Friday Deals

Hi everyone,
We are back again 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 30% off all Prym Plastic Snaps (including the super popular Prym-Love range). This offer really is a dressmakers dream as you can shop the huge range of colours, shapes and styles of Prym plastic poppers and save a whopping 30%. It is the first time we have ever offered a discount on this range and it will probably be the last! So it is definitely the time to add to your stash all those colours you love.
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'SNAP30' at checkout and 30% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Next up we have a fantastic deal for you knitters. Save an amazing 40% on the entire range of Clover Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles. Clover is a much loved brand and really do produce products of quality that are a joy to use. If you have never tried this range of circular needles before then you are in for a treat.
There are 5 different lengths to choose from and the size range covers very small needles at 2mm right the way through to chunky ones at 10mm.
To snap up the discount on this offer simply use the coupon 'CLOVER40' at checkout and 40% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Next up is another knitting needle offer. This time we have 30% off Knit Pro Wood Interchangeable Needles. So if you prefer interchangeable knitting needles instead of the fixed circular needles above, then this offer is for you!
These popular multi coloured needles are made from compact laminated Birchwood and provide a strong and durable finish. They are probably our most popular range of needles, we know you love the multicoloured wood!
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'KPI30' at checkout and 30% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
And one last knitting needle offer for you today. Get a whopping 50% off all our Prym Knit Pro range of Double Pointed Needles. Ideal for knittting socks!
We have 3 different lengths of needles and sizes from 2mm to 8mm for you to choose from, so whether you are knitting 2ply or chunky yarns, there will be a needle to suit your project.
To grab this bargain simply use the coupon 'PDP50' at checkout and 50% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Next up we have a fantastic gift idea for embroidery fans! We have 50% off the amazing Clover Turnable Embroidery Hoops. Was £39.99, now only £19.99. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
This amazing turnable embroidery hoop from Clover comes complete with the stand and can be turned a full 360 degrees. You simply attach the hoop to a table or desk and leave both hands free for easy stitching! It makes the world of difference rather than trying to hold the fabric in your hands and makes for more professional stitching too. 
No coupon neccessary on this offer, simply add the product to your basket and the discount has already been applied. Please note, this offer will only last as long as our stock, which is limited.
Next up we have up to 42% off Clover Pompom Maker Tools.
Pompoms are such a fun and colourful way to add decoration to all your festive makes this Christmas. All you need is a bit of yarn, some scissors and this nifty pompom maker and you will be churning out pompoms in no time! This pompom set from Clover is available in 4 size ranges. Each pack contains everything you need to be able to make pompoms time and time again. Using different colours and textures of yarn will give no end to your creativity. It is a fun project to get the kids involved with too!
No coupon neccessary on this offer, simply add the product to your basket as the discount has already been applied on our webiste. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
We have loads of projects on the Minerva Crafts Blog showing you different things you can make with our Clover Pompom Tools. Click herehere and here for different project ideas.
And click here for a step-by-step tutorial showing you how easy these tools are to use!
Next up we have 20% off all our Irons and Accessories. Ironing and pressing can make or break your dressmaking projects. Investing in the right tools can not only making this part of the process quicker and easier, but it can also make more enjoyable too! 
As a Black Friday special we are offering a further 20% off our full range of irons and accessories, so now is the perfect time to treat yourself.
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'IRON20' at checkout and 20% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Our next offer for you is very timely as we approach Christmas. We have a huge 40% off all our Bowtique Branded Ribbons. That's 40% off any already discounted prices! There are some real gems in this range including gorgeous colours of satin ribbon in all different widths, metallic ribbons, printed ribbons, there really is something for everyone!
Each ribbon comes supplied on a reel, so they are easy to store and keep neat in your craft rooms.
Ribbons are so useful to have in your stash. You can use them to add as a trim to your sewing and dressmaking projects, add them to greeting cards and gift wrap. Use them as hair ties, to hang Christmas decorations on and so much more!
To take advantage of this offer you will need to use the coupon 'BOW40' at checkout and 40% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Another fab offer for you next, is 25% off our range of Habico Roving Wool for Felting. These packs already offer superb value for money and come in gorgeous colour co-ordinated bundles to help putting colours together that work. The roving is made from 100% wool fibres and can be used for both needle felting or the more traditional felting used water and heat. 
You get 5 bundles of felt in each pack. The normal price is £6.99 per pack and some of the colour assortments have already been reduced to £5.99. Use the coupon 'FELTING25' at checkout and you will get an extra 25% off these prices. It really is a bargain for such beautiful quality felting wool. Plus, there is even 10% extra off for Craft Club members!
Next up today we have a whopping 20% off all our Card Making Blanks. If you make cards or are planning to this Christmas this is a super deal to stash up on the basics. There are loads of shapes, sizes and colours for you to choose from.
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'CARDS20' at checkout and 20% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Next up we have huge savings on our premium quality Felt Ribbon. This gorgeous ribbon is made from felt fabric and has a beautifully tactile aesthetic. Perfect for adding as a trimming on all your festive makes this Christmas. Our stocks are now limited on this ribbon and we have slashed the price to clear in our Black Friday Sale event! The price is now as little as £1.59 per metre, but only whilst our very limited stocks last. No coupon neccessary, the discount has already been applied on the website.
Next up we have a goodie for the kids! 50% off our value tubs of Christmas Glitter Glue
Glitter Glue is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to add a touch of glitter and sparkle to your handmade crafts this Christmas. It's super easy to use and really fun aswell. Each tub includes 50 glitter glue pens in an assortment of colours (red, green, gold, silver and iridescent) and for a limited time only are 50% off the RRP! Was £29.99, now only £14.99. 
No coupon neccessary, simply add to your basket as the discount has already been applied.
Next up we have some more trimmings on offer with 50% off our British Trimmings Satin Cord. These beautiful satin cords come in 2 different widths and a huge selection of colours. 
Use them in so many creative ways this christmas. Hang Decorations on your tree, wrap gifts with a decorative cord to make them extra special, use them to hang your Christmas cards upon...the ideas are endless!
Save 50% off our regular prices in our Black Friday event. Use the coupon 'CORD50' at checkout and 50% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
And lastly today we just 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!)
We hope you are enjoyng these deals in our Black Friday event and that we have tempted you to take part in the Black Friday craze!
We will be back again tomorrow with some more deals for you so please check back again tomorrow, or sign up to our newsletter and you will be the first to hear!
Thanks for reading,
Vicki
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Q&A with Becky from Notes from the Sewing Room

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your blog?

My name’s Becky, I’m 34 years old and live in Nottinghamshire with my husband, Neil and Labrador Bentley. I’ve been sewing for about four years and am also the author of notesfromthesewingroom.wordpress.com.

I’d wanted to make my own clothes for a long time but it took me a long time to build up the courage to dive in and give it go. Looking back that seems a strange thing to say, but I’d not touched a sewing machine since I was at school (a long time ago!) and I was worried what people would think.

However, I always think if you put your mind to it and think positively you can achieve anything. So… off I went on a journey that I can honestly say has changed my life for the better.

I now make most of my own clothes and simply cannot imagine my life without sewing. It’s really become part of who I am.

I set up my blog primarily because I wanted to share my sewing experiences with other like-minded people. I also wanted to document the things I’ve created online for my own reference.

Although I’m only at the beginning of my blogging journey, I also really hope other people can read my posts and be inspired to give crafting a go.

Can you show us a photo of your crafting space?

This old photo was taken by my husband when our dining room was still our dining room – before my sewing equipment and fabric store took over completely. As the name of my blog suggests the dining room is now very much my Sewing Room! Anyone coming for dinner at our house now has to compete for space with many mounds of fabric and an over locker that rarely leaves the table!

When did you start crafting and what inspired you to start? What was your first project?

I love anything handmade. I have always wanted to make my own clothes, but I suppose I just got tired of never really finding what I wanted in the shops and being unhappy with the fit of skirts and dresses particularly.

Although I mainly make clothes, I do like to try to turn my hand to other crafts, especially at Christmas time or when there are birthdays on the horizon.

In terms of my recent craft projects, I’ve had a go at lino printing, card making, pom poms and table runners. I’m always interested in learning new skills and get really excited when I master a new craft! 

I also love to bake and faff around generally in the kitchen. I recently tried making jam at the WI I attend which was great fun, so I definitely hope to have another go at that in the future as I was pleasantly suprized how little time it took (bearing in mind I didn’t have to pick or buy the berries and other ingredients).  

What do you love most about crafting?

I find crafting really stress relieving. Before I made things I found myself worrying unnecessarily about things and stressing out about work, but now I can focus on my latest project (or projects) and I honestly believe I’m much happier for it.

I can’t believe I didn’t find my love of crafting before; I’m always encouraging friends to join me for a craft-a-noon!

Who do you make things for? 

I guess I’m quite a selfish sewer – mainly making projects for myself. However, I do love to give handmade gifts to friends and family. I like to make them something that is truly unique.

Do you have a favourite snack when crafting?

As we say in England, I am a real ‘tea belly’. I drink numerous cups of tea everyday and seem to get especially thirsty when I’m at my machine! These numerous cups of tea are often accompanied by a biscuit or cake, depending on what I have in my cupboard.

What 3 sewing or craft items/tools could you not live without?

That’s easy! I’d be completely lost without ‘Pin Dog’, my faithful pin cushion who is always at my side whenever and wherever I am sewing – at home or at one of the many courses I attend in different parts of the country. Other than that I’d say it would have to be my ruler and chalk for marking fabric.

What are your favourite fabrics to sew with and why?

I love to sew with Jersey Fabric, particularly Ponte Roma. The Coco Pattern by Tilly and the Buttons is one of my favourite patterns and I’ve made the top and dress version many times. Ponte fabric is easy to sew with as it doesn’t move around too much, plus I can achieve a professional looking finish on the inside of my jersey projects using my over locker.

What is your favourite pattern you have ever followed?

I love the Cambie Dress Pattern by Sewaholic Patterns for a few reasons. Apart from the fit and the pretty design of the dress, I enjoyed using the clear instructions and found that I got to try out a few new techniques such as the way the front of the shoulders are inserted and sewn on the inside. 

I’m a big fan of the Sewaholic designs generally. 

Another recent favourite and something new for me was the Frazer Sweatshirt. I’d not tried make a jumper with a faux collar before, but again found the step-by-step guide really informative and in the end I got a new sweatshirt I love. I only made it a few weeks ago and have worn it loads of times already.

Another one of my favourite patterns is the Agnes Top Pattern by Tilly and the Buttons. I’ve made this quite a few times and really adore it. It’s smart but casual, comfortable and easy to wear. Perfect for loads of different occasions.  

What is your favourite product on the Minerva Crafts website and what would you make with it?

There are loads of patterns and fabrics on the Mineva Crafts website I’d love to use, however, I’m a big fan of the Grainline Studio Patterns Linden Sweatshirt so as the nights are colder now I’d go for the ‘Atelier Brunette Dazzle French Terry Fabric’ to make another one of these.

I’ve never really been a sweatshirt type of person until I discovered the Linden, reading other people’s posts online I think a lot of people love this pattern just as much as me!

How many projects do you have on the go at one time?

That’s a difficult question. I always have great plans to finish one project before I start another but it doesn’t always work out that way. My imagination runs away with me and I look through my fabric stash thinking ‘I could just make a start on…’ and then I end up with a few things on my sewing table at the same time – something that drives my husband mad!  If I had to put a number on it I’d say three!

At the moment I’m working on a Sewaholic Hollyburn skirt, some PJ trousers for my husband for Christmas and some homemade Christmas cards!

Whats your favourite thing you have ever made?

This is really hard to answer, because I really enjoy wearing so many of the things I’ve made. 

Possible contenders are the Sewaholic Cambie Dress.

Or the Simple Sew Patterns Ruby Dress with added sleeves. I also made the Ruby Dress last year for a Christmas party out of a gorgeous midnight blue shiny material.

Another recent contender would also be my mustard Sienna Dress by Simple Sew Patterns. I’ve had lots of wear out of this so far. I made it out of a lovely peachskin fabric with flamingos on it.

Do you watch TV or listen to music while you craft?

I never thought I’d say this but I’ve developed a real thing for Country music. We went to Texas early this year and listened to the local music stations a lot when we were away. Since then I’ve rarely had anything else on my Spotify stream. Music, much like crafting, makes me happy.

Do you follow other blogs? If so which blogs?

I enjoy googling sewing projects before I start to find inspiration from tweaks people have made to patterns I’m using and fabrics people have used to create their projects. Some of my faviourites to look at are The Crafty Pin Up, Tilly and the Buttons and Lauren’s blog from Gutherie and Gharni.

Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

Just give it a go! I’ve not been blogging for long but I kind of wish, much like sewing, I had started earlier. It gives you a platform to interact with other crafty people and gives you a personal way of sharing your sewing journey with others.

Could you sum yourself up as a crafter in 3 words?

Hhhmmmm. I’d say creative, enthusiastic and resourceful. I recently started to upcycle a few bits and pieces which is fun.

What are your crafting ambitions?

Just to keep learning and developing. In the grand scheme of things I’m still new to crafting, I started about four years ago, so I’m always looking to pick up new skills. I’m a great believer in you never stop learning if you want to!Have you a favourite tip or trick to share with our readers? 

Just take your time with your projects. I’ve learnt the hard way; sewing when I’m tired, making mistakes and launching into projects without fully understanding the instructions. However, I’ve tried to learn from my mistakes – although, like most people, I still encounter a few hick-ups every now and then!

What would you say to anyone looking to start a new craft?

Give it a go and don’t worry what other people will think. I’m always trying to encourage friends to get crafty because I can honestly say that it’s one of the best things I ever got involved in.

How can we keep up-to-date with your latest sewing and craft projects?

Apart from my blog, Notes from the Sewing Room - you can also find me on Instagram.

Thanks for reading,

Becky

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Black Friday Deals!

Hi everyone,
We have some amazing deals for you this weekend to celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 
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 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!)
Next we have 50% off our range of Craft Factory Beads. There are some real beauties in this range, plus lots of basics, so whether you are a jewellery maker, sewist, embroiderer or all round crafter, it's a great time to stock up. 
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'BEADS50' at checkout and 50% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Next up we have 25% off Craft Bells. So perfect for those Christmas crafting projects you are working on. They are also lovely to add to ribbons on gift wrap as an extra special, festive touch!
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'BELLS25' at checkout and 25% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Next up we have 50% off U Can Du Fabric Paints. These fabric paints are really easy to use, simply draw with them like you would a pen. They come in lots of colours and finishes, choose from glitter, glow in the dark, neon, pearl, slick and sparkler. The normal price is £1.59 each, so for a limited time you can get them for just 80p each (64p each if you are a Craft Club member!)
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'FP50' at checkout and 50% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
The next offer we have is 30% off Impex Stretch Sequin Trimings. These are another great way to decorate your Christmas crafting projects this year. Available in lots of widths, per metre or per roll and in every colour of the rainbow! Sprinkle some sparkle all over your festive makes this Christmas!
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'SEQUIN30' at checkout and 30% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
We have a great deal on some value packs of Safety Pins next. Safety pins always come in handy! We have a limited amount of these huge value packs of safety pins that are fantastic quality and ideal for your sewing and quilting projects (and just for all those pesky jobs around the house). Each pack contains 150 safety pins for just £2.99 (usual price £4.89). Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members.
Only whilsts stocks last on these. No code neccessary - the discount has already been applied on the website.
Next up we have 30% off all our Felt Shapes. These felt shapes are so beautiful and are all individually handmade. We have lots of designs for you to choose from. There is a whole range of Christmas shapes like these Santa's...
And then we have a whole range of other shapes such as hearts, flowers and round balls, like these...
To take advantage of this offer, you will need to use the coupon 'FELTSHAPES' at checkout and 30% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
The next deal we have for you would make a beautiful gift for a sewist. Imagine opening one of these Mettler Sewing Thread Gift Packs on Christmas day. We are offering a whopping 25% off these for our Black Friday event, so it's the perfect time to buy as a gift, or really just to treat yourself!
To take advantage of this offer, you will need to use the coupon 'METTLERSEW' at checkout and 25% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Next up we have another gift idea for sewists. This time it is our Toy Making Sewing Kits! These kits are super fun to make and ideal for children who are learning to sew. For Black Friday we are offering 20% off all these kits!
See the complete range of designs here, there are teddy bears, pandas, hedgehogs, foxes, lions, rabbits, owls, dogs, dolphins, chimps...practically every animal you can think of!
Fiona from the Sewing Directory wrote a review of the Panda Kit on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. Follow this link to read all about the making of the panda toy and see finished pictures.
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'TOY20' at checkout and 20% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Next up we have 30% off our entire range of Friendship Bracelet Making tools and supplies. These are great fun for the kids (and adults too!) We have bracelet maker kits, thread sets (which are also great for hand embroidery too), mini kits and how-to books. Prices range from small stocking filler kits at £3.19, through to huge value packs of threads at £23.99...all of which you can get 30% off this weekend.
Samantha from the Creaternoon Teas wrote a review of the Friendship Bracelet Maker Tool on the Minerva Crafts Blog. Follow this link to read all about this tool and see finished pictures of the bracelets they made.
For this offer you will need to use the coupon 'FRIEND30' at checkout and 30% will be deducted off the price. (Plus an extra 10% off for Craft Club members).
Next up is a fantastic offer for anyone looking to organise their sewing stash more effectively. We have 20% off all Sewing Storage. That's 20% off all sewing boxes, bags, cases, caskets, trolleys, machine bags, spool racks, stools, thread boxes, thread towers and tins. There is so much to choose from you will be spoilt for choice!
Many of the products in this range are already discounted - you get a further 30% off these discounted prices, plus an extra 10% off that if you are a Minerva Craft Club member. If you are in the market for some sewing storage this really is a deal not to be missed!
Next up we have these handy Sewing Kits on sale. An ideal stocking filler at just £3.99 (price was £5.99).
These super handy sewing kits are a perfect starter kit for sewing newbies! They contain many of the basic items you will need to start you on your sewing journey, plus they wont break the bank! They are also ideal for taking on your travels as they are light and compact. You will always be prepared for that pesky hem unravelling or a button falling off your favourite blouse!
Only whilsts stocks last on these. No code neccessary - the discount has already been applied on the website.
Next up we have 50% off the Knit Pro Pompom Maker Tools. Pompoms are such a fun and colourful way to add decoration to all your festive makes this Christmas. All you need is a bit of yarn, some scissors and this nifty pompom maker and you will be churning out pompoms in no time! This pompom set from Knit Pro contains everything you need to be able to make 4 different sizes of pompom time and time again. Using different colours and textures of yarn will give no end to your creativity. It is a fun project to get the kids involved with too!
These pompom tools are 50% off for a limited time only. Was £9.99, now only £4.99. No coupon neccessary, simply add to your basket.
And lastly today we have a fantastic offer for you on Embroidery Thread Gift Sets. Hand embroidery is a huge trend right now, whether you are looking to embroider jeans, dresses, coats, bags, accessories or even home furnishings, these beautiful gift sets of embroidery thread are the perfect place to start. As a Black Friday special, we have some great prices for you on our top selling thread sets. The perfect gift for any stitcher this year!
No coupon neccessary, simply click the link below to shop the deals!
And that's all for today! Remember to check back all this weekend as we will have new offers for you every day. Please sign up to our newsletter if you haven't already and you will be the first to hear about all our amazing deals!
Thanks for reading,
Vicki
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Little Girls Sparkly Crochet Poncho by Ember

Since teaching myself to crochet I've been trying to improve my skills by making different items and challenging myself. My daughter challenged me to make her a sparkly poncho, dark & light pink to be more specific!

We decided the gorgeous Hayfield Bonus Glitter Knitting Yarn in Fairy Dust & Glow would be perfect for the job. Minerva crafts kindly provided us with 3 lots of each shade to help me with this project.

I was a little nervous using glitter yarn for the first time as I wasn't sure if it would unravel but luckily the Hayfield Bonus Glitter Knitting yarn is great to work with. Using a 3.5mm Crochet Hook I started on the neck using the triple crochet stitch. My daughter wanted the option to lace a ribbon through at the end so I chained 2 between each set of 3 triple crochets.

Once I was fairly happy (for a beginner) with the neck of the poncho I moved on to the body of the poncho using the granny square technique. The poncho worked up very quickly using this technique and I love how the Hayfield Bonus Glitter Knitting Yarn in Fairy Dust & Glow look together. My daughter is very happy with how her poncho turned out too.

The poncho worked up rather quickly and although I can see where I can improve in future I am rather pleased with my first attempt at crocheting a poncho. I will definitely be attempting another poncho in the future and using Hayfield Bonus Glitter Knitting Yarn for future projects too.

Thanks for reading,

Ember

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Tilda's Fairy Tale Wonderland Book Review by Emma

I love books and pretty illustrated craft books are the perfect accompaniment to a sewing room so when I was asked to look the Tilda's Fairy Tale Wonderland Book how could I resist.
Tilda's signature, clean style follows throughout and the book feels classic and tidy. 
For those who love to make little dolls and toys, this is perfect, the little faces have only eyes and rosy cheeks which you paint on but they manage to still have expressions which reflect the characters they are representing. The characters are varied, from little deers to The Nutcracker. However, the way the characters are constructed is the same throughout so it doesn't offer a great deal of variation in terms of skills.
For me, for a book which is sold as having 25 paper and fabric crafts, there is a theme of the small dolls and animals throughout so I think the subtitle should suggest this but if this is your thing then this is definitely the book for you. The little characters are so endearing! 
The tutorials and beautifully presented with lots of pictures, which are a pleasure to look at and flick through. The pages are beautifully illustrated throughout following the fairy tale theme, making the book a pleasure to read and get inspiration from. 
The patterns are included in the back and need tracing, many of them are on top of each other, so a careful eye is needed!
I made the little make-up bag which was really easy to follow and makes a change from a standard make-up bag. It doesn't have a pattern for it, it gives you shape sizes to cut so it would be easy to size up and down. Though I think the top pieces are a little tall!
Just a quick note - many of the projects need you to use Tilda equipment or products to make the projects, some you will be able to use any fabric with but others, especially the hair of the dolls will need Tilda Products
Thanks for reading,
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Clover’s Sweetheart Rose Maker Review – Super Simple Pretty Embellishments

Hop onto the romance embellishment trend with these “oh sew easy dainty roses”!

With everything on the high street still floating on the romantic and embellished trend, make these fabric roses tonight to add to this seasons wardrobe staples.

I was delighted to review Clover’s Sweetheart Rose Maker as I love the idea of making lots of fabric roses fast to personalise my clothes and accessories. As I am obsessed with all things roses I couldn’t wait to get started. I choose the largest fabric rose template to create 6cm roses as I wanted a vintage tea rose look and the template is also easier to photograph. Both 4cm and 5cm templates are available to create smaller versions of the flower.

The template is from a Japanese haberdashery company so it’s like creating Japanese origami with your fabric sandwiched in the middle. Extremely satisfying to make! I made my first rose at my weekly textile group and that ‘voila’ moment when the rose pops out of the template is a very much a, ’I made it myself’ moment and a great crowd pleaser I can tell you.

The kits comes in a A5 size clear envelope so can be stored with your dressmaking paper patterns or paper stock. Inside, you get really clear instructions (see above) and the two pieces of the rose maker template plus a hair grip to hold it all in place. 

I loved how the instructions (English is just one off the multi-lingual sheet) has very easy to follow diagrams, so you can chat whilst make. You can also determine how ruffle-y or bud tight you want your roses to be. So even though you are using the same template the roses could be a range from full bloom to rose buds about to flower.

Here’s how I made my shoe rose decorations in a few easy steps. Firstly you need to sandwich your top and bottom template between your fabric. My fabric is pink Organza Fabric which doesn’t show up fantastically in the photos but it is the best fabric in my opinion to get pretty tea rose flowers!

I loved that the template had ‘START’ on one corner and a different pattern on the front and back to help you fold.

I sandwiched my chiffon between the templates.

And pinned my fabric sandwich together through the punched pin holes. At this point the pre-folded template wanted to fold itself in! It virtually folds for you!

I followed the instructions and my rose then looked like this, all folded in a perfect pentagon with a running stitch along the top (just seen).

I then created a wrapped tube by unpinning the two templates. It looks nothing like a rose at this point...

From this long snake like chiffon tube, I pulled the running stitch to gather up the fabric and followed one of the diagrams to make these cute chiffon roses. I was pretty amazed that I could create these from a tube of twisted chiffon in minutes.

Thank-you to Minerva Crafts for giving me the opportunity to make my plain ballet pumps pop with chiffon roses. I think I have the bug and I’m going to try this look on a knitted cardigan for a vintage starlet look. What would you do?

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

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How to Make a Christmas Table Runner with Becky

Christmas for me is all about spending time with friends and family, eating yummy food and reminiscing about times gone by. The dining table is a big part of my festive experience from Christmas Eve through to New Year’s Day – with me welcoming loved ones into my home for drinks, nibbles and general chatter.

With this in mind, I wanted to share a quick and simple crafty project with you. Here, I talk you through how to make a festive table runner.

I love Christmas time and giving handmade gifts, so if like me you are searching for something to make this year - this could be the project for you.

I have made two different example table runners both using materials in stock at Minerva Crafts, all of which are linked below:

Noel Hearts print Christmas Polycotton Fabric

Reindeer print Christmas Polycotton Fabric

Birds print Christmas Polycotton Fabric

Trailing Holly print Christmas Cotton Fabric

All of the fabrics are good quality and I felt perfect for making this project.

Supplies Needed for this Project:

  • Scissors

  • Chalk / Pencil / Fabric Pen

  • Pins

  • Iron / Ironing Board

  • Two pieces of contrasting Christmas Fabric. The back to be 40cm and the front to be 30cm.

  • Thread to match your backing fabric (I used the same green cotton to both stitch the inside of my table runner and top stitch the project at the end).

Note:

1cm seam allowance is used throughout unless otherwise noted.

Step One

Choose your christmas fabric.

Step Two

Choose which fabric you want on the front and back of your table runner.

For the back you will need 40cm of fabric and for the front you will need 30cm of fabric.

Step Three

Cut your front and back fabric.

Note: It doesn’t matter what width your fabric is e.g. 45inchs / 60 inches wide as both will look nice. The fabric I used was just under 45inches wide.

The fabric should be cut as a single layer and measured from the narrowest part of the fabric (the fabric should be in a ‘portrait’ position rather than being ‘landscape').

Unless the fabric you are using has an obvious line to follow, I’d recommend marking you cutting line using chalk or a pencil.

You should now have two pieces of fabric that look like the below images. The cream fabric is the front and the green fabric is the back of my table runner.

Step Four

Pin your fabric together at the long edges – right sides together.

You will have to move the backing fabric to meet the front fabric as they are different widths.

Note: The below image shows one side pinned. You will need to repeat this step on the opposite edge.

Step Five

Using a 1cm seam allowance – sew in a straight line down both long edges of your table runner. Start at the top of one side – remembering to back tack at the start and end of each side. Then repeat for the opposite side.

The short edges should remain un-stitched at the moment.

Then turn your table runner the right way out (wrong sides together) and place it on the ironing board. It should look like a long tube at the moment.

Step Six

Using your hands, pull the backing fabric in equal amounts to the sides of your front (centre section) fabric – or as close as you can. This looks like a border at the sides of your front fabric. Then iron in place.

Step Seven

Now fold the table runner in half to form a narrow rectangle shape – the backing fabric should be right sides together.

Then pin the short edge at the top. Ensure all of the edges are the same length. Trim if needed.

Step Eight

Using a 1cm seam allowance - sew the short edge – back tacking at the start and end of the line of stitching. Then repeat this step on the opposite short edge. See image below.

Step Nine

Next turn through the section you just sewed to the front. This forms a triangle shape on the front of the table runner.

Step Ten

Pin along the bottom edge of the triangle and top stitch in place. You will need to sew as close to the bottom edge of the triangle shape as you can. See image below (I’ve included a picture of both the front and back of my table runner at this stage).

The repeat on the opposite end.

Step Eleven

Give the table runner a final press with the iron and you are done! I hope you like your new table runner.

And here is another one I made using the other two fabrics mentioned at the beginning of the blog post...

Which is your favourite?

Thanks very much for reading,

Becky @ Notes from the Sewing Room

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Needlecord Fabric Review by Dawn

As an avid sewer, and someone who likes to try anything new or different, I was keen to take part in the Minerva Crafts product testing scheme. The opportunity arose to try this Leaf print stretch Needlecord Fabric and I chose the Burnt Orange. 

The colour of this is just so lusciously rich and it’s peppered with a brown variable leaf design. Add to that a random embroidered thread pattern in contrast cream and you get this fabulous abstract fabric! It’s also available in Brown, Green and Olive Green, so plenty of colours to choose from.

I was rather excited when my parcel arrived from Vicki, and this was washed and outside on the line, blowing in the breeze within a couple of hours of posties delivery! It washed well and barely needed any ironing (always a bonus!) but as with most dark colours, wash separately. 

There was definitely a tad of orange lurking in the soapy water. Anyway, fabric washed and dried, it was time to cut. As with all fabric with a pile (nap), all pattern pieces need to be cut in the same direction. If you run your fingers up and down the fabric, you can feel the pile. It will feel smooth in one direction and a slightly rougher texture the opposite direction.

Due the abstract design I chose a sewing pattern with quite large pattern pieces and Megan Nielsen’s Brumby Skirt Sewing Pattern was a perfect choice. The corduroy is medium to heavy weight but with fine wales (those vertical ridges) and also a slight stretch. It wasn’t applicable in my case with making a full skirt but that slight stretch is always an added bonus for fitting and comfort of wear!

One thing I noticed is that this corduroy barely frayed. Some you get shed like a dog in summer! Sewing this was also easy. I often find that fabrics with a pile tend to shift around when sewing and using a walking foot helps with that. But I didn’t find the need at all with this corduroy, even with my long seams. I pressed all the seams open and overlocked the edges.

Corduroy always needs to be pressed with the nap side down. A velvet needleboard is excellent for this but these can be pricey! A soft towel works just as well or (as in my case) I used an off cut of the fabric itself, right side up. This is so the pile isn’t crushed whilst pressing.

For the gathering of the waist, I used a zig zag stitch over a narrow cord as recommended by the pattern and it gathers beautifully in this fairly heavy fabric. And, I even managed to add some piping. Well those super huge pockets needed a little showing off! I lined the pockets and the waistband in the same cream fabric that I used for my self-made piping. This was to reduce the bulk.

Overall this was a pleasure to work with and sew. I almost opted for a jacket but I am just so happy that I chose a full skirt instead as it just shows how versatile this fabric can be. It’s not just for jackets, straight or A-line skirts and dungarees!

Thanks for reading,

Dawn @ Dawn-Whitham-Holloway

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