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By boutiqueuniquedesigns, Jul 16 2019 03:40PM

These beauties are all made using the same techniques and are easy to assemble. They would be great for presents or craft fairs.



Full Set Plan it All PDF Pattern Bundle in Alison Glass Ex Libris Remix
Full Set Plan it All PDF Pattern Bundle in Alison Glass Ex Libris Remix

The A5 Journal Folder will hold a variety of A5 journals, notebooks and bullet journals. It is softly padded and closes with an elastic strap around the back cover. Inside it has a handy pocket and a place for pens.

A5 Notebook Journal PDF Pattern Bundle in Alison Glass Ex Libris Remix
A5 Notebook Journal PDF Pattern Bundle in Alison Glass Ex Libris Remix

It measures 6.5”x 8.75”x 1.25” (17cm x 22.5cm x 3.25cm). It holds standard A5 journals maximum size 6”x 8.75”x 1” (15.5cm x 22.5cm x 2.5cm).

The Shopping List Folder is a handy and lovely thing to have. It holds a standard shopping list pad and a pen and has a handy pocket for coupons or receipts. It fastens with an elastic strap.

It measures 3.5”x 8.5”x 1” (9cm x 22cm x 3cm). It will take any standard size shopping note pad maximum size 3”x 8.25” (7.5cm x 21cm).

The Spiral Bound Notebook Folder holds any standard size office shorthand pad. It also has room for a pen and has a large pocket with two smaller pockets on the right-hand side. It fastens with an elastic strap.

Spiral Notebook Folder PDF Pattern Bundle in Alison Glass Ex Libris Remix
Spiral Notebook Folder PDF Pattern Bundle in Alison Glass Ex Libris Remix

It measures 6”x 9”x 1” (15cm x 22.5cm x 3cm). It will take any standard size office shorthand type spiral notebook maximum size 8.25”x 5.5” (21cm x 14cm).


This bundle includes our popular A5 & A4 Ring Planner cover ‘The Dotty Folder’. There is a separate file for the ‘Dotty’ Folder included in this bundle.



A5 Dotty Folder Cover Ring Planner in Alison Glass Ex Libris Remix
A5 Dotty Folder Cover Ring Planner in Alison Glass Ex Libris Remix
PDF Plan it All Notebook & Planner Bundle in Alison Glass Ex Libris Remix
PDF Plan it All Notebook & Planner Bundle in Alison Glass Ex Libris Remix


PDF Plan it All Notebook & Planner Bundle in Alison Glass Ex Libris Remix
PDF Plan it All Notebook & Planner Bundle in Alison Glass Ex Libris Remix




By boutiqueuniquedesigns, Apr 27 2018 02:52PM

Our latest infographic is available below. We have also published our tips in basic text further down the page for our fans who use screen readers or translation engines.


Hi Res Version available here



12 Quick Questions to ask yourself when choosing fabric part 1
12 Quick Questions to ask yourself when choosing fabric part 1


12 Quick Questions to ask yourself when choosing fabric part 2
12 Quick Questions to ask yourself when choosing fabric part 2

When choosing fabric for your project whether it be a garment or a craft item there are number of questions you should ask yourself before buying.


Is the pattern designed for woven fabric or knits?




If a fabric is designed for woven fabrics it can work in a knit, but if it is designed for knit fabrics it rarely works in a woven because there is no give in woven fabrics and it won’t fit well - if at all.


Does the style require a lot of drape or gathers?



If so you need to look at the thickness of the fabric and how it hangs. Pick it up by one corner and see if it drapes well or does it just remain a flat square.



Does the fabric fray?



If you are a beginner and the fabric frays a lot, you may find this an added challenge you could do without.



Is there an obvious pattern to the fabric?



If there is an obvious pattern and you are hoping to pattern match you may need to buy a little extra fabric to achieve this.



Does the fabric have a nap?



Fabrics with a nap can look different from each end because of the way the nap is lying. Think velvet, needlecord, corduroy or fur fabrics. Some patterns will tell you how much extra fabric you need to be able to cut all the pattern pieces in the same direction, but sometimes you may need to work this out for yourself by laying the pattern pieces out.



Is it a stretch fabric?



Stretch fabrics vary tremendously, two way stretch, or four way stretch, with or without elastane, spandex or lycra. You can get stretch woven fabrics, but they have to have elastane, spandex or lycra in them.



Is my fabric two or four way stretch?



This refers to the direction of stretch, if it stretches side to side or up and down only, its two way, if it stretches in both directions it’s four way stretch.



Does my knit have recovery?



To have recovery the fabric needs to have some elasticity usually from elastane, spandex or lycra, this allows the fabric to bounce back into shape, without it just stretches and stretches as you wear it until you wash it.



How much stretch does my fabric have?



Stretch the fabric against a tape measure to see how much stretch it has. This is very important if you are going to rely on the stretch to either make the garment fit or give you support as in lingerie.



Is my fabric washable?



Some fabrics are very high maintenance and are dry clean only, and in some cases like a coat or jacket that isn’t a problem, but if you want to be able to machine wash the end product check along the selvedge first for washing instructions or ask the seller before you buy.



Do I want my fabric to coordinate with another?



If you want two coordinating fabrics because you are doing colour blocking the fool proof way is to use the same fabric in different colours or prints. If this isn’t possible choose fabrics that have the same properties.



What fabric did the designer specify on the pattern?


It is sensible to follow the designer’s recommendations if you want a good finished result. The pattern will have been tested using these fabrics.


This is just a guide to help avoid an expensive mistake. There are no rules and it’s good to experiment with fabrics and ways of using them.


Got the fabric but are going to be choosing a pattern? then check out our 'Which Pattern' Guide on our blog here


Got your fabric and your pattern check out our tips for a professional finish here


Our latest pattern release is the Lucy and Amy Wristlets Combo pack check them out now



















By boutiqueuniquedesigns, Apr 4 2018 06:43PM



A handy sized bag with removable wristlet strap, Lucy is suitable for many uses. They have two roomy internal pockets one with a zip. The front feature panel is eye catching and allows us to show off some of our favourite fabrics and colour combinations. These are an easy make and can be made with or without piping and wadding to suit your own taste.





We designed Lucy along with its sister bag Amy for those times when you don't want a big bag with you but still need to carry those essential items. We were very pleased with the way it turned out and realised it would also be a great make up bag, pencil case or maybe to keep nail varnishes and manicure items in.



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