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  • Making a bardot top

    Sew Your Own Bardot Top

      The bardot top (or off the shoulder top) was a huge trend last year. This year it looks set to return with a vengeance. They are perfect for when the…

  • sew your own Christmas gifts

    Sew Your Own Christmas Gifts

      We are fully in the swing of sewing Christmas gifts here at Croft Mill. I am leaving hints around the office for a tweed coat. How well my pot-it notes work,…

  • Sewing Bee News

    The Great British Sewing Bee: Semi-Finals

    This week, we had minor heart palpations. We tuned into BBC 2 at 9pm, and found tennis instead of sewing. We do like tennis, however we do like sewing more… A…

  • The Great British Sewing Bee: Episode 4

    Maybe it is just a coincidence that the Euros are starting this week, where all the national football teams get together for a kick about. Maybe the brains behind The Great…

  • The Great British Sewing Bee: Episode 3

    The third episode of The Great British Sewing Bee was all about how the sewers managed with delicate fabrics. As such, what better way to test them than to have lingerie…

  • The Great British Sewing Bee: Episode 2

    Last night we saw the second episode of The Great British Sewing Bee, which was entirely dedicated to children’s wear. The first round was doubly challenging, as not only were the…

  • Tower Mill Cotton Spinning English Fine Cotton Company

    Cotton Spinning Returns to the North

    In days gone by, the local towns surrounding Croft Mill relied heavily on the various local cotton mills. Fabrics were made in the mills for everything from turbans to first aid,…

  • What to Make with Waterproof Fabrics?

      Now then, I am only speaking from personal experience here, so I may seem like a bit of an odd ball. When I first started sewing I started on cottons…

  • Tips for Sewing with Lace

    A while back we all watched the contestants on The Great British Sewing Bee struggle while sewing with lace. As such we thought we help to demystify the process by sharing some…

  • Sewing for Spring

    Sewing for the Holidays I don’t know about you, but it seems like a lot of people are beginning to book their holidays. One of the (many) things I love about…

  • GBSB: Cotton Fabrics for 1950’s Dresses

    On the last episode of The Great British Sewing Bee the order of the day was vintage. The first challenge was to make the 1950’s ‘Walk away’ dress. During the patterns…

  • knit fabric tips

    Knit Fabric Sewing Tips

    We have lots of lovely new knit fabrics, so we thought it might be helpful to compile a list of knit fabric sewing tips. We’ve questioned and debated with all the…

  • jersey sewing pattern

    Jersey – Easy Sewing Patterns

    Many of you were interested in our ‘Just Jersey Tips’ post, which, as you can guess from the name, had some tips for sewing jersey fabric, so we decided it was high…

  • Got the Blues? Navy and Blue Fabric

    Any one got the blues? We are celebrating the Colne Blues Festival this weekend, it is just up the road, in fact it is on the same road as us and…

  • Monochrome Fabric

    Monochrome – Black and White Dress Fabrics.

    Monochrome is a look that will simply never date no matter what time of year so we have put together some of our black and white fabrics all in one place and with…

  • Fabric Bundles

    The Fabric Bundles are Back!

    We are so excited to be blogging about this because we know how popular these fabric bundles are! Now then, we’ve had a bit of a change round with them- going…

  • garden furniture fabrics croft mill

    Great Garden Furniture Fabrics

    The season of garden parties and barbeques is in full swing and we’re hoping for continual blue skies, though based in Lancashire this may be slightly in vain. We’re a realistic…

  • Festival Fashion: Make Your Own

    Festival season is upon! With Glastonbury right around the corner, if you haven’t got sorted yet…don’t worry there is still time (just about!). And you know we aren’t talking about tents…

  • Buying Jersey Fabrics

    Buying Jersey Fabrics. Just Jersey Tips

    As much we love buying jersey fabrics, we know that they can be a little bit scary to sew due to the stretchiness. Jerseys are not what they first seem, they…

  • Cotton Poplin Fabric

    Cotton Poplin Fabric, You Know I Love You

        February- I’ll be honest it’s not my favourite month. The weather. The realisation that you weigh a lot more, now that Christmas is over. The depressing Facebook status of…