Dashwood Makes: Christmas Dreams & Winter Wonderland

Can we official talk about Christmas yet? With 56 sleeps to go and our festive collections Christmas Dreams & Winter Wonderland out in the shops we think we can!

(And by the looks of all the Dashwood makes being sent to us, a lot of crafters out there are ready to start thinking about Christmas crafting too)

So lets kick off the holiday countdown by sharing some of the things people have been making with Christmas Dreams and Winter Wonderland already. We hope that these brilliant makes will inspire you to get sewing your own wintery makes:

Christmas Envelopes for Santa (Fabric Christmas Tree Decorations)

Christmas Wish Envelopes

Jo Carter has shunned all other projects in favour of sewing these really fun fabric Christmas tree decorations. They’re envelopes addressed to Santa that your children can put their Christmas wish list in and hang on the tree. Jo used the Winter Wonderland collection to line these little beauties and we think they’re the perfect gift for the kids (and big kids) in your life.

Jo’s creations were featured in Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine if you want even more close ups and tips to make these.

 Christmas Wish Advent Calendar

Our Winter Wonderland fabric collection comes with an advent calendar panel, ready for you to cut and sew into your own fabric advent calendar. It’s a fun and fairly quick project and can be rolled out every year! Here’s some of the pics people have shared of their calendars:

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Jo Sews Handmade shared a photo of her getting ready to make the advent calendar this weekend on Instagram.

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Myla Fabric shared their finished calendar (above) ready for goodies and treats to be added!

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Stitch Studio UK also shared the final creation with us – we think it looks fab all made up and ready to be hung in the heart of a home.

Christmas Quilted Cushions

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We loved this Winter Wonderland quilted Dresden Plate panel cushion by Vintage Cherry on Instagram. It’s a nice way to add a quilt element without having to go the full hog and sew a big quilt. We also love that she added the matching flurry to compliment the patterns!

Christmas Dreams Children’s Dress

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Lily and Giraffe have sewn some wonderful Christmas children’s clothes with our festive collections, but this particular girl’s dress in Christmas Dreams really stood out for us. Head over to their Instagram to see more of their makes.

Christmas Wish Bow Ties

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Tien + Miep make lots of items for their Etsy shop and we spotted these bow ties made with our  previous Christmas Wish collection. Although not strictly our current festive fabric, some of the patterns are still available and we think it’s such a fun idea for adults and children, or even your pet who needs a little nod to the Christmas cheer in their outfit!

Christmas Stockings!

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Who doesn’t love a stocking hanging over the fireplace ready for goodies and little surprises on Christmas day? Especially when they’re pink trimmed with your name embroidered on! These cute stockings were made by Sarah of One Stitch Over The Rainbow and use our Christmas Dreams collection.

Festive Dress

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Little & Loud used the owl print from our Winter Wonderland collection to make this gorgeous dress  – the perfect outfit for Christmas day teamed with bright woollen tights!

Festive Quilting 

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For the quilters amongst you, we urge you to go check out Ellison Lane on Instagram, who’s documented the make of her Christmas Dreams quilt – including close ups of each block, like this 18″ centre piece.

Christmas Stamp Bunting

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If you’re tired of tinsel and are looking some alternative Christmas decorations we recommend giving this postage stamp bunting a go. Made by Jo Carter, it uses our Christmas Dreams collection and is a great way to use up small scraps and leftovers.

Over to you!

What are you planning to make for the Christmas season with our festive collections? Share links to your photos and projects in the comments, we’d love to see (and feature!) them!

2014 Review + 2015 Look Ahead

We’ve been looking back at 2014 for Dashwood Studio – from the collections we’ve launched to the shows we’ve exhibited at, to all the wonderful makes and creations people have making with our fabric.

It was a whirlwind year for the studio. We’re so happy that our collections have been so well received and there’s demand for more!

So we thought, as we look forward to this year and all we already have planned, it would be nice to acknowledge everything that’s happened plus a few titbits of what we have in store in the coming months with a 2014 Review + 2015 Look Ahead!

2014

// We released 9 new fabric collections:

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Suffolk Garden, Cuckoo’s Calling, Fly Away, September Blue, Retro Orchard, Christmas Wish, Prairie, Wildwood and Annali.

// We worked with 8 very talented British designers:

Dashwood Designers 2014

Brie Harrison, Bethan Janine,  Phyllida Coroneo, Susan Driscoll, Wendy Kendall, Lizzie Mackay, Rebecca Stoner and Stephanie Thannhauser.

// Our fabric is stocked internationally…in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Korea

// We had over 20 quilts made with our fabric:

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// Dashwood was featured in some of our favourite craft magazines:

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// We ran 5 competitions:

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….and gave away 10 prizes – including quilts, soft toys and a whole load of fabric!

// We celebrated our first birthday!

// Our most popular blog posts were:

// Our most pinned fabric prints were:

Pinned Prints

Top left to bottom right – WILD1037 (foxes!) from Wildwood, CATS 1049 (cats!) from Novelties, FLUR 2000 – turq from Flurry, CUKO 1081 (cuckoo clocks) from Cuckoo’s Calling

// We’re now stocked in John Lewis*! Woop!

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*Some John Lewis stores across the UK

2015

// We’ve 2 new collections coming your way very soon. Here’s a sneak peek of the first one:

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// We’ll be exhibiting at 4 craft and fabric trade shows across the UK and Europe before April is through!

// Dashwood Studio is coming to Instagram!

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We can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for the company – and we look forward to bringing you more collections, tutorials and competitions in the coming months. If you’re not already, please come and join us on Facebook and Pinterest – and subscribe to the blog on Bloglovin.

Thank you so much for your continued support for our fabric – here’s to you, the people who make