How to: Dashwood Studio’s Winter Wonderland Advent Calendar

And as the Christmas TV ads start playing (our favourite is Sainsbury’s revival of Mog the cat!) and the Christmas DIYs start rolling in, it’s the perfect time to start stitching this year’s Dashwood Studio Winter Wonderland Advent Calendar and fill it up with treats for you and the kids.

The panel is part of our Winter Wonderland collection and is available in many of our stockist’s shops now. The instructions for sewing it are printed on the panel:


…but its always helpful to see how other people have made it, with step by step pictures, so we’ve been on the hunt to find you a detailed DIY. Fortunately, the ladies at Poppies and Polka Dots have a brilliant one on their blog which you can follow.


They’ve edged it with a navy polka dot bias binding to match the panel, but you can make your own using the navy flurry which co-ordinates really nicely with the collection:

FLUR 2000 navy

FLUR 2000 – navy

They also made some looped tabs to run a pole through so you can hang the calendar up, which is a great idea!

Head over to the Poppies and Polka Dots blog to get the full tutorial and pictures.


If you want a hand with stitching your calendar, check out our shops and stockists on the sidebar, because some are running workshops where you can go and make the calendar with sewing assistance.

We want to know in the comments below, what would you fill your calendar with? 

DIY Street Life Washbags

We’ve been fans of The Crimson Rabbit for a while now. Debbie is an artisan and blogger with a penchant for yarn and fabric and we knew she’d be the perfect candidate to turn our Street Life collection into something practical but beautiful.

And she delivered! Just take a look at these beautiful Street Life Washbags!

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Aren’t they great?! We love how roomy they are and the way she’s contrasted the patterns and the zip colours – and when you open them up you get a sneak peak at another print!

If you want to learn how to make these washbags for yourself, head over to Debbie’s blog for a full and detailed tutorial (another thing we love about Debbie, she breaks down all her DIYs into super clear steps with loads of pictures!).

Once you’ve made them, all you have to think about it is what will you put in them?

Rain or Shine Deckchair DIY

When we launched our Rain or Shine collection we asked our Facebook fans to tell us what they’d like to make with the fabric in our ‘What Would You Make?’ contest.

The winners of this round was Carol who owns her own sewing and craft shop in Penarth – Sew Lovely. Carol wanted to turn the sunshine and rainbows prints into a fun summery deckchair and with summer upon us, we couldn’t think of a better make!

And, when the photos of the finished deckchair landed in our inbox, we were thrilled to see what a simple and effective make this is.

Deckchair Overview

Carol also used some of the laminate umbrella fabric to make a handsome raincoat for her dog Lucy. Such a great idea if you’ve a pooch that likes to take walks in the rain!

Now, back to the deckchair. Carol has shared photos of each stage of making the cover. You’ll need a deckchair with a plain sling to start with, and Carol suggests you use the sling as your template (as everyone’s deckchairs will be different sizes).

Here’s Carol’s Visual DIY guide to making this cute deckchair:

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You can find Carol over at or on Facebook and Twitter.


DIY Sewing Tutorial: Suffolk Garden Pyjamas by Lulú Ferris

Today on the blog we have a guest tutorial by the winner of our WWYM Suffolk Garden shout it – Laura from crafty Spanish shop Lulú Ferris. Laura made these beautiful Suffolk Garden Pyjamas and she’s sharing the tutorial so you can make a pair too!


To make these pyjama pants you will need:

– Around 1.5m of the Dandelions fabric
– A stripe of coordinating fabric like the Daisy Spot
– 3 cm width of elastic band
– Paper
– And a pair of pyjama pants that fit you already! :)


Step One

1. First of all, copy the pattern of your pyjamas on the paper. You have to lay down the pyjamas and trace a line around it. Remember to do both sides: front and back. Don´t trace the waist as we are doing it with a different fabric. Once you’ve done it you have to give 1 cm seam allowance and you can start cutting it.


Step Two

2. Then, fold the fabric and copy both patterns onto it. Remember to check the direction of your fabric pattern and follow it when drawing. You can then cut the fabric.


Step Three – A

3. Once the fabric is cut, place one front and one back leg right sides together. Pin them and sew along the outside edge. Use a serger to finish it, or a zigzag stitch if you don’t have one. Do the same for the other leg. Sew just the outside part, not the curve.


Step Three – B

4. When both legs are done, turn one inside out and slip it inside the other so the “v” lines up together. Pin it and sew along. Use a serger to finish it, or a zigzag stitch if you don’t have one.

We’re getting there, they already look like pants!

Step Four

Step Four – A


Step Four – B

Step Four - C

Step Four – C

5. Now comes the waist! Let’s take the pants and measure the lenght of the waist. Give 1 extra cm to each side so when you sew it together you don’t lose any centimeter. The width of the band is up to you. We’ve done 12 cm + 2cm allowance (1 cm each side). Fold the band in half and iron it, get the band inside the waist of the pants, and pin it all around matching seams together (if there’s more than one). Sew all around the waist leaving a 4cm gap at the back or front so when it’s sewn we can get the elastic band in.


Step Five – A


Step Five – B


Step Five – C


Step Five – D

6. Let’s get the elastic band inside the waist. Cut the elastic at the total length of your waist, use a safety pin to help you slide it in. Try the pants and adjust the elastic to your wish. Bear in mind that you will loose a centimeter or two when sewing it, it would usually be a quarter of the total. Sew the elastic, one side top of the other.

7. Close the waist sewing the opening, and then use the serger or zig zag stitch to finish the inside.

We’re almost there! Just the turn-ups are missing! Iron them at the length you need, probably the 1cm we added will be okay and sew them.


Step Seven


You are finished!


What about matching a nice t-shirt with just adding cuffs on the sleeves? You can do it like the waist with or without elastic!


About Lulú Ferris:

Hi! I’m Laura from Lulú Ferris – a crafty shop that I opened almost 3 years ago in a town near Barcelona. I’m so happy I did as I really enjoy my job.

In Lulú we sell fabrics, yarns and basic crafty supplies. We also teach people how to sew, knit, as well as how to make patterns and other crafts. Each workshop has a specialist teacher (I wish I knew how to do everything!)

We also do custom orders, mostly for babies. Speaking of which I have two! Yep two little boys that I adore!

We never stop in here, ah! I almost forgot, we do have a Youtube Channel where we teach little and easy sewing tutorials, in Spanish :)

I hope you enjoy our tutorial and look forward to seeing your own Dashwood PJs!

Laura x

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