Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Tutorial: Crochet Basket Pattern


2 x 50gms Creative Cotton Aran

4mm crochet hook

Decorations of your own choice


Begin with 6ch, join into a ring with a sl st.

Round 1:1ch, 6dc into ring, join with sl st.

Round 2: 1 ch, 2 dc into each st, join with sl st. (12 sts)

Round 3: 1 ch,* I dc in next st, 2dc in next st*, repeat, join with sl st (18sts)

Round 4: 1ch, *1dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st*, repeat, join with sl st (24sts)

Round 5: 1ch, *1dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st*, repeat, join with sl st (30sts)

Round 6: 1ch, *1dc in next 4 sts, 2dc in next st*, repeat, join with sl st (36sts)

Round 7: 1ch, *1dc in next 5 sts, 2dc in next st* repeat, join with sl st (42 sts)

Round 8: 1ch, *1dc in next 6 sts, 2dc in next st* repeat, join with sl st (48sts)

Round 9: 1ch, *1dc in next 7 sts, 2dc in next st*, repeat, join with sl st (54sts)

Round 10: 1ch, *1dc in next 8sts, 2dc in next st*, repeat, join with sl st (60 sts)

Round 11: 1ch, *1dc in next 9 sts, 2dc in next st*, repeat, join with sl st (66sts)

Round 12: 1ch, *1dc in next 10 sts, 2dc in next st*, repeat, join with sl st (72 sts)

Round 13: 1ch,*1dc in next 11sts, 2dc in next st*, repeat, join with sl st (78 sts)

Round 14: dc in back loop of each st, to mark edge of base.

Continue to dc all 78 sts for each row, joining with a sl st until desired height is reached, including turn back. Work an edging if desired. Fasten off and sew in ends.

Suggestions for decoration: Ric Rac, Bobble braid, embroidery etc.

Finished size of basket  is approx. 6” diameter, and 6” high with top rolled down. Size of basket can be altered by working more or less rounds for base and/or sides.

ch – chain
sl-st – slip stitch
dc – double crochet
st - stitch
sts - stitches

Monday, 23 April 2012

Here, there and everywhere.

I thought that it would be a great idea to do a bit of a round up of all the places that you can find and connect with everyone at the Owl and Sewing Cat. 

Firstly there is the blog! You can subscribe to our RSS feed by clicking here or alternatively add your email address to the box in the right hand sidebar to have our wonderful words delivered direct to your inbox.

We have a regular newsletter and if you would like to receive it you just need to add your email address to the box in the right hand sidebar.

I have also created this little button for people to add to their own websites if that is something that they like to do! Please feel free to use it, but link back to here if possible.

We have a Facebook page which we keep updated with all of the wonderful items that are made in our classes and any news such as information regarding new fabric lines that have come in. Please come and 'Like' us and share your makes on our pages. We love to see what you have come up with.

We are on Twitter as well, you can keep up with our tweets here.

Finally, we have just started to use Flickr to save photographs of items made in the store and by us at home. I will work on setting up groups so that people can add their own pictures, we would love to see anything that you make using our tutorials.

I think that just about covers it for now! If you blog about making and sewing (among other things) and would like us to add you to our blog roll please leave a link in the comments. If you let us know who you are on twitter we will follow you there too.

Happy sewing,


Wednesday, 18 April 2012



My name is Kelly and I work for Tracey at the Owl and Sewing Cat. Over the past month or so I have been revamping our website and this blog and between Tracey and I we have loads of great ideas for the future.

I thought that it would be nice to put a face to a name so here I am. I can be found once a week in the shop tapping away at my keyboard. My main role is to update all of our beautiful fabrics for sale and keep all the information on the Owl and Sewing Cat website up to date including the sewing workshops and all other items for sale.

I will write and send our monthly newsletters (to sign up complete the box in the right hand sidebar) and I will also be keeping this blog up to date which I am really looking forward to as I love writing and crafting and sewing and then writing about it.

If you Tweet us or like us on Facebook and spend some time chatting with us then it might be me or it might be Tracey. Either way we love to hear from you and see what you have been making.

Please leave us a comment to let us know what you think of the blog and we would love to hear any suggestions or requests for posts. I am keen to make this a place where we can share our achievements (and disasters, I can be a bit of a bodge-it seamstress at times). If there is anything you would like a tutorial for, or a demonstration then please get in touch.

Happy Sewing,


Friday, 13 April 2012

Tutorial: Simple Tote Bag

2 pieces of fabric 15” (38cm) x 19” (48cm) for main bag
2 pieces of fabric 3.5” (9cm) x 27” (68cm) for straps
Sewing machine
Tape measure
Needle and thread

1. Take the two rectangle pieces of fabric and place them right sides together and stitch around the three sides taking a ¾” (1.5cm) seam allowance and leaving the top edges un-sewn. Zig zag the outside edges together or pinking shear, to neaten them and then turn rights side out and press.

2. Fold over and press 1 inch (2.5cm) from the top edge and then another 1 inch (2.5cm) to make a double hem along the top edges. Then pin in place.

3. Next step is to make the handles, by taking the long strips and fold them in half lengthways with the right sides together and press. Then stitch the long edges together with a 3/8 inch (1cm) seam allowance. Turn the straps the right side out by attaching a safety pin to one end on the single fabric and push it through until it comes out the other end and is then turned the right sides out. Now press the straps flat with the seam on the centre of the reverse and topstitch along both long sides of the straps for a neat finish and to stop them twisting.

4. Using pins mark the handle positions on the bag’s top hem, placing them 3” (7.5cm) in from the side seams. Then take the straps and pin them in place tucking them under the top hem of the bag. Once pinned in place double check that the straps are not twisted and machine stitch the hem around the top and bottom edges a foot width away from the edge, therefore reinforcing the handles at the same time.

5. For some more fun add ric rak, decorative trim, labels or buttons onto the anchor points of the bag.

We would love to see any bags that you make. Email us a picture or add to our Facebook page.

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