The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Colour It In, Sew It Up

20 Jul 2015

Even though I just can’t sew, I always love popping into Fabric HQ.  It’s just so gorgeous in there, and there’s always something lovely to look at – and loads going on.  I’m definitely leaning towards their ‘Sewing Machine Start-Up’ class which is geared towards absolute beginners (me) or those who’ve lost their sewing mojo (not me – I never had one to lose).

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I mean, look at it. It’s gorgeous.

Popped in the other day with my littlest, and discovered a brilliant thing for her to do that involves no sewing on my part at all – and which will be very handy for those rainy ‘what-can-I-do?’ days that are bound to happen over the long summer break.

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Rae, half of the Fabric HQ team, and my little girl. Think it’s pretty clear which is which, right?

These ‘Colour Me’ fabrics are – clue’s in the name – fabrics that little people can colour in themselves.

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‘To the Moon and Back’

Fabric HQ has two designs – one with planets, stars and astronauts, and one with castles, princesses and unicorns.  Three guesses which one my ultra-girly girl chose…

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Yup, no prizes there.

They’re brilliant.  Completely absorbed her straight away – she does love her colouring – and there’s the promise that we’ll make something out of it when she’s finished, too.  (Well, someone will…)

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Use pukka fabric pens, leave them for 24 hours before washing them, and the colours will set for good.  But be careful – the colour comes through onto the table while they’re colouring, so do put something underneath!

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I’m loving them almost as much as my daughter is, and I think we’ll be heading back for the space fabric, too, once the princesses are all finished.  They’re a super-reasonable – and long-lasting – way to keep a little artist entertained, with the added challenge of sewing it up into something they can keep afterwards.

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Love her dress?  Yeah, me too.  The fabric’s called Secret Garden Butterfly and is just so pretty.  Did I make it?  Er… much as I’d love to say yes… no, no I did not.  Lucky I have such clever, crafty friends, eh?

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