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6 Cosy DIYs To Get You Into The Autumn Spirit

Here in the UK the night’s are drawing in, the clocks have gone back and it’s getting chillier by the day. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were wearing tshirts and shorts and firing up the BBQ…

Whilst you mourn the end of summer and ease yourself into autumn, we encourage throwing yourself into some cosy DIYs and craft projects.

Here’s 6 of our favourites with the latest Dashwood prints we think will work a treat:

1. DIY Draft Stopper

DIY draft stopper

This is the perfect DIY if you’ve got a drafty doorway or two and want to keep the heat in whilst still being able to open the door. Making a double draft stopper which covers either side of your doorway is more efficient and moves with the doorway.

This draft stopper was made by Christine over at Cortlandt Place and she has a great tutorial you can follow to make your own.

As for fabric, we recommend our Twist in Royal Blue:

TWIS 1155 - royal

TWIS 1155 – royal

2. Homemade Hand Warmers


Off on a blustery walk or want to keep the kids hands warm on their way to school? These cute re-heatable hand warmers are a really quick and easy make. This tutorial by Rae over at Rae Ann Kelly shows you exactly how to make your own hand warmers.

We recommend one of our Christmas Dreams  prints, especially if you plan on making them as stocking fillers for Christmas presents:

CHDR 1112

CHDR 1112 – starry lights

CHDR 1109

CHDR 1109 – oh christmas tree

CHDR 1113

CHDR 1113 – falling snow

christmas village CHDR 1108

3. Slouchy Slippers


We spotted this cosy DIY on Pinterest, sewn by Sewing Daisies in Australia. They’re loose fit slouchy slippers that are super quick and easy to make – just follow this tutorial.

We recommend the flower bees and summer forest prints from our Nature Trail collection to carry you through autumn, winter and into spring:

NATR 1134 - flowers bees

NATR 1134 – flowers bees

NATR 1130 - summer forest

NATR 1130 – summer forest

4. Firewood Tote


If you have a woodburner or open fire, this wood tote is a great DIY to help you be more cosy (yes, we acknowledge in a round about way!). You can get Laura Wilson’s tutorial here.

We recommend a durable fabric backing and one of our Winter Wonderland prints:

WLND 1115

WLND 1115

WLND 1116

WLND 1116

5. DIY Duvet Cover


Duvet covers, although quite easy to make do require a lot of fabric – but they’re the perfect and quick DIY for a cosy night under the sheets with a good book. This tutorial by Corey on Hey There Home gives you a great step by step guide.

We recommend our Secret Garden bunny print if it’s a children’s bed, or our cute hedgehog and border print from our Nature Trail collection for a whimsical (but a bit more grown-up) vibe

SGND 1123

SGND 1123 – bunny

NATR 1133 - hedgehogs

NATR 1133 – hedgehogs

NATR 1131 - border detail

NATR 1131 – border detail

 6. Mug Cosy


Finally we think this DIY fabric mug cosy will be ideal make for keeping your cups of tea, hot chocolate and steaming coffee hot when the weather really makes a turn for the worst! This tutorial by Kristyn at Lilluna is cute and would go well with our gold and blue Bloom repeats.

BLOO 1144. blue

BLOO 1144 blue

BLOO 1144. gold

BLOO 1144 gold

What cosy DIYs do you have planned or are currently making? We’d love to see WIP and finished projects in the comments!



Autumn 2013 Craft & Design Events Not To Miss

Although we don’t want to wish away the summer months, we can’t help but get excited about some of the upcoming events in the design and craft world. The Autumn months are jam-packed with exhibitions, conferences, markets and showcases, so we decided to bring you a bumper list of Autumn 2013 Craft & Design events to help you plan your diary.

And of course, ourselves and our Dashwood Studio stockists will be at some of these events, so we hope to see you at one soon!


Maison Objet | Paris | 6th – 10th

This is one of our Petite Street designer, Wendy’s, favourite shows. It coincides with Paris Design Week, so if you make the trip you can get a double hit of design goodness.

MoOD | Brussels | 10th – 12th

This is an international trade fair for producers of upholstery, window and wall coverings with a strong emphasis on textiles and fabric.

Endless Stair designed by dRMM for London Design Festival 2013

The London Design Festival | London | 14th – 22nd

Over 300 events at different venues across London – covering everything from architecture, product, technology to fashion and surface pattern.

100% Design | Earls Court, London | 18th – 21st

The largest and longest running contemporary design event for industry professionals in the UK, covering interior design as one of the key sectors.

Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts | Westpoint, Exeter | 26th – 29th

This popular show is great for getting inspiration in stitching and creative crafts and meeting suppliers and designers from these disciplines.


Liverpool Design Festival | Various locations citywide, Liverpool | 6th – 9th Oct

A weekend of workshops, exhibitions, talks and displays in contemporary design in Merseyside.

Knitting and Stitching Show | Alexandra Palace, London | 10th – 13th Oct

Textile lovers flock to this popular show in London to view exhibits, take part in workshops, meet other textile enthusiasts and shop at the many shops and independent makers exhibiting.


contemporary fair

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair | Manchester | 10th – 13th

Now in its 6th Year the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair at Spinningfields is recognised as one of the leading retail events for contemporary craft in the UK.


Country Living Fair | Business Design Centre, London | 30th Oct – 3rd Nov

A big festive fair covering gifts, arts and crafts for the Christmas season.


Renegade Craft Fair | Old Truman Brewery, London | 9th-10th Nov

The RCF is a curated indie-craft marketplace showcasing the brightest talents in contemporary craft and design. 

Have we missed any great events? Tell us by leaving a comment!