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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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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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