• Country craft: Dip dye curtains

    by  • 26/05/2013 • Country craft • 1 Comment

    Fabric dye is a great, inexpensive way of achieving a new look and personalising ready mades.

    For these bed curtains in our out-soon July issue we took voile panels from Ikea and used beautiful Bahama Blue dye by Dylon to transform them.

    Just gradually lower the curtains into the dye to achieve the subtly shaded effect. Why not have a go following our instructions? It couldn’t be simpler.

    Bring a touch of Bahama Blue to plain white curtains.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try.

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    Make a noticeboard

    by  • 24/04/2013 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Add a country touch to your homeworking corner or study with these lovely fabric-covered magnetic boards. We hung three in a row.

    The boards cost just £10 each from Ikea and the fabric is called Greta, from Sandberg’s Ofelia collection. You’ll see these in our out-soon June issue (on sale 2nd May), but if you can’t wait until then to have a go, why not have a sneak preview of the instructions? Happy sewing!

    Use the same fabric for each panel, or mix them up and have a theme for each.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not try our Country Home Ideas app?

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    Make fabric envelopes

    by  • 27/03/2013 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    These simple pockets are great for craft-corner storage and feature in our polka dot trend feature that’s coming soon in the new Country Homes and Interiors May issue.

    We used pretty designs from Prestigious Textiles to make ours – but you could use any fabrics that you have about the house; it’s a great way to use up old offcuts that aren’t big enough to make into cushions.

    The instructions are easy to follow, so why not give them a go?

    Co-ordinate your envelopes by fabric design so you know what’s stored in each.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or, for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, take a look at our new Country Home Ideas app.

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    Make your own slip covers

    by  • 27/02/2013 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Stripes are a staple of country style and always look fabulous. We love this stripe-themed dining room from our French ticking feature in our out-soon April issue, and especially the wonderfully simple slip covers on the chairs with their mixed and matched patterns and shades. Slip covers are a great way to add a new look without the expense of buying new furniture! Why not have a go at making them yourself? No matter what shape or design your chairs, the instructions are easy to adapt. Go on, have a go!

    Use striped fabrics in complementary designs and shades for a tailored feel in the dining room.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. And for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not buy our new Country Home Ideas app?

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    How to make an envelope cushion

    by  • 23/01/2013 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    The patterned cushions in this beautiful bedroom, which appears in our out-soon March issue, are amazingly easy to make. And if there’s one thing we love on Country Homes and Interiors it’s makes that look gorgeous but are easy, easy, easy to make – in fact they are so easy that the instructions make up just five steps.

    The fabrics – by Lewis & Wood – are some of our favourites around at the moment. Have a look for yourself and give the project a go. Once you start, you’ll have a houseful of fabulous cushions!!

    Stack in neat rows on a bed for a touch of hotel luxury.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. And for more country recipes, crafts and room ideas, why not buy our new Country Home Ideas app?

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    Make Liberty print curtains

    by  • 26/12/2012 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    We love this Liberty print Tana Lawn fabric from Donna Flower that features in our new February issue (on sale 3rd January). It’s perfect for bringing a country feel to a plain bathroom.

    The curtains are decorative in that they stay in a fixed position, tied back neatly with lovely Liberty print bias bindings from Clothkits, which you can also use to trim the top edges of the curtains. Why not have a go at making them – and bring a touch of spring to your windows?

    Our country curtains make a great alternative to nets and frosted windows

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. And for more country recipes, crafts and room ideas, why not buy our new Country Home Ideas app?

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    Make a glamorous Christmas stocking

    by  • 28/11/2012 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    If the usual shop-bought felt stockings feel a bit uninspiring, why not have a go at making your own? This fabulous trio feature in our new January issue and are made from a heady mix of faux fur, designer fabrics, bobble trims, fringing and beads.

    They’re so glorious they make decorations in their own right – hang them in the hallway and they’ll be a wonderful welcoming sight for guests and visitors.

    Our instructions are for the design on the right, but you can easily adapt them to make any – or all! – of the three shown. Happy sewing!

    Our designer stocking (on the right) features a Romo fabric and trims from Designers Guild and Harlequin

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try and for those who love country recipes, craft and room ideas, take a look at our new Country Home Ideas app.

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    Try our brownie recipe

    by  • 24/10/2012 • Country food • 0 Comments

    There’s just something about the chocolate brownie that’s made for autumn days. We love them because they’re easy and use everyday store-cupboard ingredients that everyone has at home.

    A brownie and a cuppa fireside is all you need in life when the wind and rain are doing their worst against your windows. Just draw the curtains and try our delicious recipe.

    Keep hold of the recipe for Christmas, too – brownies are great to have in the cake tin for unexpected guests.

    Little in life is more comforting than a chocolate brownie…

    If you like this idea we have lots more recipes for you to try.

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    How to make a headboard slip cover

    by  • 26/09/2012 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    This lovely Country Homes & Interiors bedroom features in our out-very-soon November issue and has a wonderful feel of autumn about it.

    The headboard cover is made in a beautiful Lewis & Wood fabric called Royal Oak and is so easy to make yourself. It’s made from two pieces of fabric, rounded neatly at the corners and hemmed – just slip it in place over an upholstered headboard.

    It’s a great way to bring a seasonal feel to a room without redecorating or spending lots of money. Why not see what fabric you’ve got in your cupboard and give it a go?

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try.

    Choose an eyecatching design and make the bed the focal point of your room

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    How to sew a lace-trim tablecloth

    by  • 22/08/2012 • Country craft • 1 Comment

    If you’re anything like me you’ll have a little stash of fabric about the house that you’ve been meaning to do something with for months. Well, you no longer have an excuse…

    This fabulous tablecloth idea features in Country Homes and Interiors’ October 2012 issue and is perfect for using up fabric offcuts that are too small for curtains and a shame to chop into for cushions.

    The fabric we’ve used is Sugar Plum Belgian linen from Celia Birtwell and it’s a wonderfully modern take on a traditional floral. The lace is vintage and came from Lunn Antiques. But the beauty of this sewing project is that it’s so simple it can work with any fabric and trim combination – just see what you’ve got in your cupboard and give it a go.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try.

    The bolder the fabric design the better…

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