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How To Make Christmas Bunting

Bunting is one of the most popular sewing makes amongst our customers.  It is a great traditional decoration for many events and designs, and looks really effective.  Whether as a children’s themed design for a nursery or Halloween & Christmas Celebrations.
In this blog Lucy takes you through the process of making Christmas bunting, step by step.
You will need:
Main Fabric.
Backing Fabric.
Scissors / Rotary Cutter.
Bias Binding / Ribbon.
Triangle Template.
Sewing Machine.
Using your Main Fabric (in this case our Santa Fabric) and the Triangle Template (based on the required size of flags), cut around the template with your scissors or rotary cutter, this will give you your Bunting Flags.
Do the same for the Backing Fabric – I have used plain red fabric for this.
Now all of your flags are cut, you are ready to sew.
Once at your sewing machine, place the cut triangles back to back (right side to right side). Sew along each edge leaving the top flat section un-sewn.
Once all of the flags have been sewn together on the two sides, you can then trim the outside areas of each flag. This is an optional step, however it just makes the bunting a little neater.
You will then need to turn the flags inside out, so the correct design side of each fabric is on the outside.
You can poke the corners of each flag out with scissors or a knitting needle, then iron the flags so they are easier to sew on the Bias Binding / Ribbon.
Head over to your sewing machine and sew all of the flags onto the Bias Binding / Ribbon along the top flat section of the flags using contrasting thread (in this case red thread to match the red bias binding) – I have used a 25mm Polycotton Bias Binding.
Once all of the flags have been sewn onto the Bias Binding, you can then give the bunting a quick press with the iron and then it is ready to be put up.
Here is the finished Bunting!
Good luck making your bunting !
Best wishes
Lulu’s Bunting Shop
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Always Knitting & Sewing Christmas Open Day

On Saturday 8th December we held our festive Christmas Open Day at the Shop. We all had an enjoyable day, it was lovely catching up with our regular customers and meeting lots of new customers who visited the shop for the first time.

It was a great time to showcase our gorgeous range of Christmas themed fabrics, ribbon and buttons & chat about the sewing projects ongoing on the run up to Christmas.

As you know browsing and choosing fabrics can be hard work so we all enjoyed mince pies, cakes, chocolate & coffee to keep up the energy levels !

Thank you to everyone who attended the Open Day, hope you enjoyed yourselves & took some inspiration for a festive sewing or knitting make !

Best Wishes





New Range of Popular Knitting Yarn Now in Stock

Following consultation with our customers we are now pleased to showcase our new range of knitting yarns available at the shop or online. The new stock features an extensive selection of gorgeous yarns for a multitude of knitting projects.

Here are just a few yarns from our new collection, well received by our customers, hope you like them.

See all the colours of the dappled Northern Lights dance across your garments, subtly blending from shade to shade with this beautifully soft yarn. The simplest of garment shapes and stitch patterns can be transformed with Aurora, just knit away and see how the story unfolds.

A vibrant chunky yarn to brighten up the colder months, lusciously soft and light with tone on tone colour changes which drift gently from solid to blended and back to solid. A palette of ten bold colours ensure there is something to suit every one.

Wendy, Traditional Aran, 100% Pure British Wool.  As the name suggests this is a very traditional yarn!!  Made using 100% British wool, it is hardy, robust and great for outerwear.   It has the sort of handle which takes you back to childhood, when your mum used to wrap you up in thick jumpers for winter!!

Harris DK, like it’s big brother ( harris super chunky) is a wool blend yarn offered in a tight palette of 6 easy to wear natural stone shades.

That’s four yarns from our new collection, ideal for some winter woolies projects ! We like to hear from you, if there are yarns you think we should add to the collection, and love it when photographs of your makes are shared with us on facebook, showcasing some talented work.

To view our knitting supplies selection, click here.

Happy Knitting & Best Wishes


Standish Quilters Event – Standish Community Centre

What a great day to be indoors ! Today we have been sheltered from the wind and rain at Standish Community Centre, showcasing a selection of our gorgeous fabrics at the Standish Quilters Event.

It’s a great time of year to be meeting talented sewers and chatting about planned makes and ideas. Halloween is just around the corner, and for the longer term, the Christmas Fabrics have arrived for those who like to be organised nice and early.

This gorgeous quilt below was donated for the charity raffle prize with proceeds generously given to the North West Blood Bikes Charity


The NWBB Charity are volunteers who ride motorcycles to collect and deliver urgently needed blood between NHS hospitals at no cost to the hospitals. A commendable service to those in need, by a great group of volunteers.

We have a vast collection of cotton fabric fat quarter bundles to cover all themes of quilting, and love it when we get to see the finished quilts produced by talented quilters.  Click here to view our Collection.

Our Moda Fabrics are very popular with quilters, we have a gorgeous selection of fabric by the half metre, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cake & Charm Packs, below is Gradients by Moda, a contemporary design in a range of beautiful colours, Click here to view the Moda Fabrics Collection. 


Here are some of the gorgeous quilts being showcased by the Standish Quilters Group today, we cant help but be inspired! What a multi talented group, we were spoiled with a selection of tasty cakes too during the day! Thank you ladies.

Standish Quilters have a Facebook page which can be accessed by clicking here.

Best Wishes



Is it too early to be buying Christmas Fabrics ?


I know the gorgeous Mediterranean weather has only been gone for a week or so…..and hopefully there is an encore of sunshine to come but….. our Christmas Fabrics have started arriving at Always Knitting & Sewing from our suppliers.

This is the trigger when someone asks ” Is it too early to be buying Christmas Fabric?” We have all seen the Christmas Trees and decorations going up earlier and earlier at shopping centres each year, before we’ve had chance to finish off the treacle toffee, toffee apples and parkin ……but this is different…………or is it ?


Well I suppose its down to how organised we are with our festive sewing creations, buy early…more choice, more decisions, more ideas. Buy later Less choice, Less decisions, just get on with it !

We can’t decide either, so we don’t showcase our Christmas selection until nearer the time, but it always available to view online or at the shop, if you feel the urge for a Festive sneaky peak, click here to enjoy a bit of Christmas to come …….don’t let Santa catch you !


Whatever you decide, hope you love browsing through our Christmas selection at some stage !

Best Wishes


New Option to Choose Fabrics by Colour at Always Knitting & Sewing

We have a new option, for helping you to view and select your fabrics. Hopefully this may be useful and easier when you have a colour in mind for your sewing and craft makes.

A new category ‘ Choose Fabrics by Colour ‘ has been added to the Category column on the left side of the Homepage. This then opens into a list of colours for you to select your preference.



We still have our other favourite fabric categories for you to choose from, if colour is not your primary requirement :

Cotton Fabric by the metre

Polycotton Fabric by the metre

Cotton Fabric Bundles

Polycotton Fabric Bundles 

Moda Cotton Fabric

More Premium Cotton Fabrics

Other Fabrics and Material


Twitter Birds Cotton Fabric at Always Knitting and Sewing Online Shop

At Always Knitting and Sewing we love our flowers and nature to make a happy envoironment in our lovely little oasis of all things Knitting and Sewing.

We always have our bird feeders replenished to help our feathered friends through the winter months, this year we have entered the RSPB ‘Big Garden Birdwatch’ in January !

This got us looking at the Birds related haberdashery in our shop, and was a great reminder of how great the birds designs are, and that lovely touch they add to sewing makes, so we selected our favourites to share with you on this blog.

Our ‘ Paradise’ 4 piece, fat quarter bundle of cotton fabrics, is definitely in the top three, beautiful designs with vibrant colours.

paraClose in contention for the tweeters at Always Knitting & Sewing is our ‘Tweet Bird’ design cotton fabric these fabrics are available in five colours and are ideal for nursery & children’s themed sewing makes. The stiching effect design around the birds is a lovely finishing touch.

tweetFor a more abstract designed fabric our ‘Swallows’ design cotton fabric scored highly, In Ivory and grey, with complimenting fabrics; dots & plains, this is a gorgeous cotton fabric bundle.


Our Indie inspired cotton fabric by Poppy, has artistic representation of the birds which contrasts perfectly with the chevrons & Circle designs in a similar colourway…..for me, these are top of the pile of our bird fabrics !

aquabirdsWe had some great fun and discussions around the bird cotton fabric’s, hope this blog can be of use to you in stimulating some creative sewing ideas and maybe even have a peak at the RSPB website for the Big Garden Birdwatch it’s not too late to grab a pack and see which visitors are tweeting in your garden !

We have many more bird designs fabrics available online at Always Knitting & Sewing Online Shop and an extensive range of many more Fabrics, Fat Quarter Bundles, Buttons, Ribbon & much more.

Best Wishes





Halloween Cotton & Polycotton Fabrics, Ribbon, Buttons at Always Knitting and Sewing Online Shop.

At Always Knitting & Sewing we love this time of year and enjoy seeing the sewing and craft creations made by talented customers with an Halloween theme, ‘Trick or Treat’ , ‘Party Fancy Dress’ & decorative craft look great and build a wicked Halloween atmosphere !

Many perceive ‘Trick or Treating’ to be a modern Americanism picked up in the UK in recent years, however it was practised in medieval times up to the 1930’s. Children in costume would visit the rich, in other parishes, to beg for coins and food, and would pray for the soul of the givers and their friends in return. The modern day does see an innovation in the fancy dress and paraphenalia, probably influenced by some scary films produced over the years !! Remember to have a bag of goodies by the door on the 31st October…better to treat than be tricked ?

We strive to offer a great selection of Halloween haberdashery for sewing and crafting projects. Our Poly Satin Halloween designs are a popular choice and are versatile for all projects. The designs include ‘Spiders Web’ ‘Witches’ & ‘Pumpkins’, 58 inches wide (150cm) & sold per metre. Ideal for; fancy dress costumes, table dressing, & decoration etc.

polysatin-black-silver-halloween-fabric-58-wide-150cm-per-metre-2-35473-pekm344x344ekmOur latest Halloween themed, Fat Quarter Bundle is also now available in polycotton, the ten pieces measure 20″ x 22″ and consist of some great designs; skulls, flames, spots & more. Ideal for patchwork , quilting and other sewing and craft projects.

new-halloween-blogTo view our full collection of Halloween themed haberdashery, click here , there is a great selection of cotton fabic, Polycotton fabric, Bundles, Ribbons & Buttons.

Halloween isn’t Halloween without some iconic pumpkins, our range of buttons will be an asset to any sewing and decoration projects.

10-x-fun-halloween-buttons-pumpkins-tombstones-orange-black-shank-on-back-style-large-pumpkin-12338-pekm355x355ekmWe would love to see pictures of your Halloween sewing and crafting projects, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter

Click here to read our previous blog about ‘The Day of the Dead’ in Mexico and see our featured range of fabrics, including Dancing skeletons & Funky Skulls. They are bright & vibrant eye catching designs…with a touch of the macabre !! Including our ‘Skulls & Roses’ Fabric below.

skulls-rosesHope you like our range of Halloween haberdashery, and use it to make some creative Halloween projects. Have a great Halloween !

Fabrics for Halloween & Day of the Dead Festival – Mexico

“Day of the Dead” is  a holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the 1st & 2nd November. The timing obviously coincides with All Soul’s & All Saint’s Day, Halloween, the Mexican people have traditional beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones.

Our ‘Day of the Dead’ Fabric is pictured below, click on the pic to view the fabric.


It is believed that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on 31st October, and the spirits of  deceased children are allowed to reunite with their families and loved ones. On 2nd November, the spirits of the adults join them at the time of festivities too.


Day of the Dead is a very expensive festival for the families with much food & decorations. It is not unheard of for families to spend two month’s income to pay homage to their deceased relatives. They believe that happy souls & spirits will give them protection, good luck and wisdom over the year ahead.


Sugar production is big business in Mexico Sugar skulls are therefore cheap to make and represent an individual departed soul, A decorated bright & vibrant sugar skull is made or bought by the family and left on the grave of a deceased love one during the festival.

Click Here to view some more Halloween fabric & haberdashery……….

Choosing A Sewing Machine


Always Knitting and Sewing frequently receive questions from customers new to sewing, for advice on which sewing machine to buy. The choice of machines is vast and can make the search for the right one daunting for the new sewer. The price range is varied from a basic machine to a machine with a wider range of features. Particularly for the new sewer, the question must be asked; Will all the extra features on an expensive ‘all singing all dancing’ sewing machine be used ? Maybe not ? The following sewing machines are within a reasonable price range and provide the user with more than enough features for; Sewing projects such as cushions, bunting, dressmaking, skirts, blouses and patchwork to name a few, and save money from an unnecessary expensive purchase

Janome 2200XT

The Janome 2200XT is an all round machine with a good selection of stitches and features. It is user friendly and simple to use, Linda and Jan at our shop both have this machine.  The machine features 22 stitch functions, an auto four step buttonhole, convertible free arm for hems and cuffs and is compact and easy to store.

The machine is easy to thread and operate, it will sew straight stitch, zig zag, blind hem, stretch stitches and overlock. Bulky fabrics and multiple layers can be sewn with ease using the 2200XT extra high presser foot lifter.
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Singer 3221

This sewing machine was produced by Singer with novice sewers in mind. This machine gives you all of the features you need for most sewing projects, and more than enough features as you develop your projects further.

It is good value for money, and is easy to use, it is compact and light for movement and storage.Ideal for dressmaking, patchwork and bunting, It can sew through more bulky and layered fabrics & fleeces and can sew on thin fabric too. The needle is easy to thread and the users manaual is reader friendly and easy to read.

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 Toyota eco 26c sewing machine

This machine has an uncomplicated presentation with ergonomic features to assist user comfort. The threading system is easy to practice and is backed up with clear diagrams on the machine. Features include ; Top loading bobbin with see through cover. Needle threader for quick and easy threading and stitch length control. There are many more features which make this sewing machine a good purchase. 26 stitch settings, 3 needle positions, zipper insertion and more.

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Brother AE2500

 This machine comes with a user friendly instruction manual and an instructional DVD. Both can be used together to obtain a good understanding of the workings of the machine. It is a great machine for new sewists, easy to sew actions, in operation it is very quiet compared to some other machines, sewing in straight lines is easy and the stirches are of a high quality

The machine has 25 stitch settings, the foot pedal is a good size which makes control much easier underfoot.

 Click on the sewing machine to view on Amazon
Good Homes Magazine Competition Win a Silver Viscount Sewing machine in a pretty Liberty wild floral print, the Silver Viscount is an ideal for for sewing beginners and experienced sewers alike.

To visit the competition at the Good Homes magazine, online, click on the link below

Click here to visit the competitions at Good Homes Magazines online