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Make a Rope Rainbow Wall Hanging DIY

Posted on June 08, 2020 by The Makery | 0 comments

I've been desperate to share this HAPPY make with you! It's simple to achieve, doesn't take too long and looks wonderful. And it's wonderfully therapeutic to make.

You will need:
-1.5m Rope (Twisted cotton rope is best)
-Yarn x 4 colours (Roughly 9m each colour - we like cotton DK yarn best of all, but you can use anything. We've even used strips of fabric to great effect! If you choose to use fabric, it must be very lightweight and cut to roughly 0.5cm width strips)
-Tape Measure

-Pins (Optional)
-Tape or Masking Tape
-Card, Fabric, Leather, Canvas or Heavy Iron-On Interfacing
-Hairbrush or Pet Brush

1) Lay the rope into a rainbow shape and cut into 4 strands. As you cut the rope, bind each end with tape to stop them unravelling.  
diy rope rainbow
2) Mark across all 4 lengths of rope, where you'd like the rainbow to start/finish. You can use pins or the pencil for this. I'd advise leaving between 8-10cm of plain rope at each end.
3) Take the outer rope piece and the yarn you'd like on the the outside. Tie a tight knot around the rope, making sure the knot is at the back. Dab some glue over the dot. Start winding the yarn around the rope, making sure each wind sits right next to the last. This can take a little work, but as soon as you get the knack, it's easier. Best advice: Don't go too fast. Wind tightly. Keep the rope curved as you wind, and you will find it holds its shape nicely.

4) When you reach your marker at the other end, tie a knot in the yarn. Make sure the knot is on the back. Then add a dab of glue over the knot to hold it in place. Repeat steps 3 + 4 for each yarn colour and rope piece.
5) Position the yarn-wound rope in position for your rainbow. Make sure they're nice and tight together. Thread the needle and tie a knot in the end. On the back of your rainbow, starting in the middle, make stitches through the rope to hold them together. 
6) Continue working around the rainbow, making sure the ropes are in position before you stitch them together. Tie a knot when you reach the end of the yarn. Then start again in the middle and work out towards the other end. 
7) Take your card/fabric/leather/interfacing and place it on the table, wrong side up. Lay your rope rainbow on top, right side up. Draw around the rainbow onto the card (or similar), stopping at the bottom of the yarn wound area. Cut out the card roughly 0.5cm inside your drawn line: So the card should be slightly smaller than the rainbow yarn area. Cut a small line in the top centre of the card, horizontally. 
8) Cut a 6cm length of yarn (or ribbon). Fold it in half and thread the cut ends through the cut in the card, from right to wrong side. Cover the card (or similar) with glue, making sure you catch the cut ends of the yarn or ribbon. (If you're using interfacing, don't apply glue)
9) Stick the glued card (or similar) to the wrong side of your rainbow. (If you're using interfacing, place the shiny side against the wrong side of your rainbow and iron in place). If using glue, I now place the rainbow under a couple of books for a while to fix in place. 
10) Once the glue has dried, turn your rainbow over. Nearly there! The last step is to remove the tape from the rope, and brush out the ends out to make them lovely and fluffy! Untwist the rope, and start at the ends, carefully brush until the rope is unfurled. Don't tug too hard! If when you've finished you find the rope is still curled, you can use hair straighteners to flatten it, but only if your rope is cotton!
We'd love to see your creations! Please do remember to share with us :)
And if you tag with #makerymakes you may win some fabric - we pick our fave each month!
Happy making lovely people xx

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FREE Mask Patterns

Posted on April 16, 2020 by The Makery | 0 comments

free mask sewing pattern

I've had so many requests for a mask pattern so here you go! The first pattern below is one I've drafted myself. Another option is this FREE download from Cricut. (You can print the pattern directly from Design Space if you don't have a Cricut machine. Or if you have a Maker, you can cut directly from the fabric.)

**Please note at the bottom of the page, the official advice around this style of face mask**

You'll need:
- Tightly woven (good quality) cotton fabric measuring 24cm x 30cm
- Elastic x 60cm (around 1cm wide)
- Tape measure/ruler
- Scissors
- Pins
- 1 x Safety pin
- Needle & thread or sewing machine
- Iron

1. Lay the fabric out. Fold the rectangle of fabric in half widthways, right sides facing. 

2. Stitch along the bottom open long edge with a 1cm seam allowance.

3. Turn the fabric right side out, to make a tube. 

4. Make a double concertina fold, with the seamed edge on the under-side. Pin and iron the folds flat. Tack the folds in place at each end to hold them in place.

5. Turn the mask over and fold 1.5cm towards the back, on each end. 

6. Machine stitch the folds in place, with a 1cm seam allowance. 

7. Cut the elastic in half and thread one piece through each channel at either end using the safety pin to grip the elastic. 

8. Tie the ends of elastic in a knot, then hide the knots in the channel. 

PLEASE PLEASE share your pics online and tag us! And give us a follow on social media if you can.

**This type of mask is NOT rated for disease control. Official line is: The role of face masks is for patient source control, to reduce contamination of the surrounding area when a person coughs or sneezes.  Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 should wear a face mask until they are isolated in a hospital or at home. Most face masks do not effectively filter small particles from the air and do not prevent leakage around the edge of the mask when the user inhales.* When professional face masks are not available, healthcare personnel might use homemade masks for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, caution should be exercised when considering this option since their capability to protect healthcare personnel is unknown.**

Here's an image of the finished Cricut Face Mask:

mask pattern free

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Make your own Beeswax Wraps (or Vegan!)

Posted on April 02, 2020 by The Makery | 0 comments


We've been asked for this video SO many times, so here it is! Step-by-step instructions to make your own Wax Food Wraps at home.

If you fancy making your own, and would like the pre-mixed ingredients to do so, you can purchase the blocks on our website. Or the kits, which also include fabric/greaseproof paper and instructions. 

Happy making! And so long cling-film! Bah! xx

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Sew Scrubs: FREE Scrubs Pattern (no printing required)

Posted on April 02, 2020 by The Makery | 16 comments

free scrubs pattern

Hey Lovely People!

A friend of mine is a doctor at the local hospital, and she alerted me to the fact that they're extremely low on Scrubs for the doctors and nurses to wear. Especially GPs making home visits, as new sets of scrubs are required for each visit. So, we have made a FREE pattern that you can recreate at home: Very much simplified! No printing required / no purchase required. Just click this link to send us your email address and be sent the pattern and instructions. 

Click here to purchase the supplies to make Scrubs. If you have supplies at home already, Fabric suitable to make Scrubs is a good quality 100% cotton as long as it's washable at 60 degrees. You can also use good bed linen as long as it can be washed at 60 degrees. No brushed cotton though please. 

I have added a message of thanks into the pockets of all the pairs I have made...Mine is added with vinyl, but you could stitch a message.

You can send your finished scrubs to us, or contact your local hub via https://scrubhub.org.uk/

Please don't forget to tag us in any pictures of your finished makes - it literally brings tears to my eyes as I see these being made for our wonderful NHS:


A handful of amazing people yesterday asked to donate to help cover our costs in producing the pattern, materials for scrubs, sending them all out etc. So we've set up a page if anyone else would like to make a small contribution for your copy of our pattern. No obligation of course, but under the circumstances, more appreciated than I can explain. Here's that link:  https://ko-fi.com/themakery

Happy sewing - what a wonderful community the sewing world is :)

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Posted on March 18, 2020 by The Makery | 0 comments

I've been meaning to share this make for ages, so here we go! I can't claim the idea as my own - the original is from the amazing girls at A Beautiful Mess

I was really keen to introduce the children to a broader music range, so this jar comes into its own! The girls really enjoy picking names out and reading them to Alexa. And I love coming down to breakfast to the sound of Fleetwood Mac rather than whatever same old same old they'd been listening to for yonks!

You will need: 
- A Jar, box, tin or basket etc.
- Paper & Pen
- Scissors
- Stickers

You can download the template I used for the music choices here, or make up your own of course!

music artists

Cut out the musicians and pop them in the jar.

You could leave it at that! I made stickers using my Cricut Joy: One for the top and another for the side. 

That's it!

I'd love to see you enjoying this ridiculously simple make! Please share away :) #makerymakes

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