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Let’s sew with the new Halloween collection: how to make a monster cushion with sounds

monster cushion tutorial

Hi, I’m Ekaterina and for my blog Diyctators.com I create easy to follow instructions for DIY  children’s clothes that are fashionable and practical with a playful extra, that every kid loves. My two sons are my biggest inspiration. They guide me to extraordinary and cool ideas through their fantasy. Since my first experience with Katia Fabrics, I am in love with the great modern prints and the child-friendly quality. The way the tissues look in a single piece of clothes is as great as in a whole kiddo`s outfit. I’ve already sewn a pair of cute baby accessories and a…

Have fun this season with the new ready to sew and enjoy cushion panels. 1 panel = 4 cushions

Foxes panel

One of the most amusing novelties for this season is the cushion panel. Each panel comes ready to be cut, sewn, filled and enjoyed. Make 3 or 4 character or animal cushions to decorate your room using only 1 panel. We have 5 models in two of our key fabrics; poplin and jersey. You will not be able to stop hugging these soft fabrics on cooler winter nights. Monsters, owls, bats and foxes are the protagonists featured on these original cushion panels. In the sewing world, this is a very easy project suitable for beginners. It is very quick to…

New fabrics from the Katia Fabrics Autumn Winter 2019-2020 collection: 31 prints for sewing accessories and garments this season

new fabrics AW coillection

You can’t wait to see the new fabrics from the Katia Fabrics autumn winter 2019-2020 season. It’s true isn’t it? Well, the time has finally arrived. We are presenting you with more than 31 new prints on our poplin, jersey and sweat fabrics, plus this season’s novelty: waterproof fabric. LIFE IN THE DARK is the name of our new Autumn-Winter 2019-2020 collection. A collection inspired by the night and the perception that children have of it. Nighttime has all the elements to captivate children and feed their imaginations with magical and mysterious adventures. See Catalogue Stories that thrive when the…

Back to school with Katia Fabrics! How to sew a school smock: step by step video instructions

sew a school smock

It’s nearly time for the kids to go back to school again and we want to help you get everything ready. In today’s step by step video tutorial we are going to show you how to make a school smock. This includes all aspects of the project from the front button placket, shirt collar and gathered cuffs through to the pockets and bottom hem. This is a detailed project, and furthermore, a useful one whereby you can combine together two poplin prints of your choice. What better way to start school than with a school smock made by your very…

10 sewing tips for beginners you should know before you start sewing

Are you learning to sew and looking for some useful tips to help you achieve the best results with your sewing machine? Then look no further. In today’s post we have compiled a list of 10 sewing Tips for beginners. Sewing is an art, in fact it borders on the magical when a piece of fabric is transformed into something useful, beautiful, and furthermore, made by you. Progress from basic designs to more advanced creations whilst learning new techniques along the way that will help improve your results. We are going to share 10 tips for beginners that are going…

Basic stitches for sewing machines, 10 essential stitches to start sewing

basics stiches in a sewing machine

Sewing machines bring many more stitches than you would normally use in your projects. Today we show you 10 basic stitches that you need to know to handle with ease with your sewing machine. With these stitches you will be able to make accessories for your home and clothes for the whole family. The rest of the stitches are usually just for decorating. The basic stitches in a sewing machine 1. Straight stitch: among the basic stitches the straight stitch is the one you will use most to make all kinds of seams or hems. In it you can change…

7 amusing animal print fabrics to sew with

Animal prints fabrics

We love animal print fabrics and so do the kids. In fact, we wanted to include this amusing and cheerful genre on many of our fabrics right from our first collection. As a result we’ve been accompanied by lions, surikatas, penguins, polar bears, birds, fish and many more. You can combine these prints with solid colour garments, or try an overall look for a more daring approach. Moreover, they offer a different way of adding an animal touch to our handmade wardrobe. 7 amusing animal print fabrics to sew with For the spring / summer 2019 collection we have added…

How to sew a shirt collar: Learn to sew

how to sew a shirt collar

What’s the betting that you think sewing a shirt is a complicated affair, above all the collar, true? Well, in today’s sewing class we are going to show you how to sew a shirt collar with a step by step video. You’ll soon see how easy it is and subsequently you’ll be able to try your hand at some of our awesome shirt or shirt dress patterns. For this project we have used this amusing 100% cotton fabric from the Into the jungle collection:  Jumping Monkeys featuring a monkey print on a white background. For the pattern we have used the…

7 dresses, outfit and accessory patterns to sew in our most suitable fabric for summer: poplin

Summer sewing patterns

Now that the summer is here you probably want to be outdoors and make the most of the moment! But also to dedicate some time to your favourite hobby, true? Dresses, baby outfits and a basket set: Three ideal projects to stand out from the crowd at the beach, swimming pool or on your favourite terrace this summer. This season we have 25 new 100% cotton poplin fabrics which also carry the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification. Furthermore, these are cheerful and a lot of fun. You’ll find monkeys, koalas, hippopotamuses, cats, birds and a lot of Mother Nature in…

Learning to sew: How to apply and sew a bias tape and a pocket in stretch fabric

how to sew a bias

In our sewing class today it’s the turn of two techniques that you will use when working with stretch fabrics: How to apply and sew a bias and a pocket. For these techniques we have used the East Kangaroo sweat fabric and the Bodysuit with straps pattern. Stretch fabrics are both comfortable and cool which makes them ideal for sewing summer garments. But before anything else, we have a few useful few tips that will help make it really easy for you to sew with stretch fabrics. Firstly, always use the correct sewing machine needle for stretch fabrics which has…