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How to make Espadrilles

Posted on June 25, 2015 by The Makery | 5 comments

The world has gone Espadrille crazy! This season the traditional Spanish soft shoe has reached new heights and we're loving it!

Espadrilles are big news this summer with pairs by designers such as Louis Vuitton, Chloé and Fendi, making a whopping £370 and last year Chanel selling out of their interlocking trademark "C" logo with pairs reaching up to £700 on eBay! Not bad for former peasant shoes.

At The Makery we offer how to make espadrilles workshops in our John Lewis, Oxford Street and Bath Makery workshop where we show you how to make your very own pair in your favourite fabric. But don't worry if you can't make it to see us we sell everything you need to make a pair of your own. A pair for every outfit!

Watch our step by step How to make Espadrilles video tutorial. 

We hope you enjoy making them. Don't forget to share your finished shoes on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag them #makerymakes to be in with a chance to win £10 worth of fabric each month - perfect for your next pair!

Need some inspiration? Then peruse our Pinterest board

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New Kit & Haberdashery Range

Posted on November 18, 2014 by The Makery | 0 comments

Here at The Makery we have been beavering away to bring you some exciting new goodies. 

After our appearance on 'Dragons' Den' last year we have been really eager to produce some extra special kits that would wow our creative community. Working alongside Bath based  Wild and Wolf we are so proud to show you our new range.

En-treasured inside these bright gold foil boxes, swaddled in stylish neon tissue paper are some great make-away projects! Whether you're giving the gift of a purse making kit or receiving the treat of a flying duck project we can't wait to see all your creations. 


But the treats don't end there. Alongside the kits we also now have on sale some stunning new items for your haberdashery stash! 

Crochet lace, neon and  glittered ribbon and metallic twines are sure to be a key feature poking out the top of many Christmas stockings. These quality trimmings are beautifully presented, some of which are on a wonderful wooden Makery spool that can be used again and again!


All of these delights can be purchased in The Makery shop at 19 Union Passage, we'd love to see you! Or in our online shop. And if you can bear to wait, they'll soon be available at our Bath Christmas Market stall. They'll also be stocked nationwide in John Lewis, Fortnum & Mason and many independent stores. And they'll be available in the US from early next year.

If you would like to stock any of these products in your shop please contact the wonderful Wild and Wolf team!

We are looking forward to seeing the walls of Britain and the US emblazoned with fabric flying ducks and stylised stag heads.

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8 tips for Christmas crafting

Posted on October 05, 2014 by The Makery | 0 comments
All of us crafty types know if you're going to make Christmas presents and decorations you need to start early. Don't get us wrong, you still could be sewing as Father Christmas' legs appear down the chimney but a little bit of planning will help alleviate some of the panic.


  super cute festive buttons from our Makery collection

Making Christmas presents is a great way to not only save money but add the personal touch to show you have thought about the present and have spent time making it. 
Enjoy making your Christmas goodies, there's nothing so rewarding than giving a handmade gift.

8 tips for Christmas crafting

1. Make a list of presents and trimmings you want to make
2. Be realistic about time available and how ambitious the plans are - the festive period is a busy time with parties and Christmas catch-up drinks
3. Create a secret Pinterest board for ideas and start browsing tutorials 
4. Plan a workshop at The Makery or join a making group to help keep you focussed
5. Pick the project that will take the longest and make a list of the supplies you need
6. Gather and shop for craft supplies for the first two projects only - you may never get past these and will need funds for buying gifts!
7. Get making your first project
8. After two weeks look at your progress - depending on how many sleeps before Christmas - look at your other planned projects. Do you have time? Is there a quick one you can fit in?

Have you got a fail safe Christmas planning top tip? Let us know below. 

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Pompom inspiration

Posted on September 14, 2014 by The Makery | 1 comment

With one week to go until The Handmade Fair in Hampton Court, London we couldn't resist getting in on the action and talking about one of our favourite subjects, pompoms!

Headed up by Kirstie Allsopp, The Handmade Fair team are aiming to break the Guinness World Record for the longest line of pompoms and raise money for the charity Sense to help support adults and children who are deafblind.

Are you taking part in #worldpomination? Have you made some pompoms? If you haven't done it yet, you still have time. Just pop over to #WorldPomination and find out how you can take part. 

We have long been pinners of pompoms on our Pinterest board and love how versatile and easy to make they are. Have you got a pompom board? Share it with us and we will follow back. 

At The Makery pompoms are an essential crafty staple crafty. We sell the regular size pompom makers as well as the mega large. The big one is so popular and would make a perfect super sized bobble hat like this gorgeous one by YesJess on Etsy

YesJess - we like it!

 Have you made something with our giant pompom maker? We'd love to hear, just share on our Facebook or Twitter and we'll post them up.

Via HonestlyWTF

Oh and check out this pompom love-in on style blog HonestlyWTF celebrating the Pom Pom factory who make their pompoms from 100% bio-degradable and recycled tissue paper. They create them for weddings, store windows, fashion shoots and parties but can also make installations. How stunning is the umbrella design!


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The Makery Stag's Head Gallery

Posted on July 25, 2014 by The Makery | 0 comments

We've been so impressed with all the stag's heads our lovely Makery friends have made from our book 'Makery' and with our Stag's Head Make Away kit we wanted to show them off in all their glory.  

From top left to right clockwise: Made by the very clever Sally Hutton; Jemima Kenchington; Louise Dunmore; Clairyland; and both at bottom by Hayley Breen. 

Have you made a Stag's Head from our book or from one of our Make Away Kits? Then please share your handiwork on our Facebook page and we will add them to the gallery.

Or are you in the middle of making a friendly stag or perhaps a unicorn or other creature, then please feel free to use the comments below to offer advice, ask questions and share ideas!

When you post let us know a bit about them, why you made them, who for and if they have a name.

(P.S this is only the first selection so if you have sent it to us then just post again so we can share again x)

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Princess & the Pea | Inspired by

Posted on February 13, 2014 by The Makery | 0 comments

Why is it things always seem so much sweeter when they are created in miniature?

How lovely is this little Liberty print Princess & the Pea (top left) designed by Etsy seller Do Little Design?

Each of the 10 little mattresses are doubled sided so you get 20 pieces of Japanese cotton to coo over, and each stuffed with lavender buds so they smell gorgeous.

We think even Hans Christian Andersen would be smiling.


// Pea inspiration //

If you're a fat quarter and stash addict the Princess & the Pea is the perfect project for you. 

Not only does it let you use up those favourite offcuts but if you're new to quilting the little mattresses are a lovely stress free way to practice your quilting, you can make as many as you like without the worry of a whole quilt!

The finished thing would make a lovely story telling prop for a child or just a lovely addition to your collectibles. 

Get inspired with fabric from The Makery or if you need a pattern check out More Softies or if you are a knitter you'll love this one by Susan B Anderson.

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