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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!



DIY Quilted Hot Water Bottle Cover in Wildwood

We’ve wanted to share this DIY with your for a few weeks but we got sidetracked by the excitement of showcasing our new collection Prairie and our involvement with Rachel Taylor’s new e-course… oh and also sharing the great DIY fabric coaster tutorial by Nikki!

Wildwood Hot Water Bottle DIY

With so much going on here at Dashwood Studio, we have to remind ourselves to stop and take time out for ourselves, and enjoy the little things in life. One of those things is cosy-ing up on the sofa with a hot water bottle. And yes we know the sun has been shining and we’ve had an unseasonably warm Spring here in the UK so far, but the evenings are still cool enough to enjoy the comfort of a hottie! Well, we think they are…


So how did we make our DIY quilted hot water bottle cover?

This DIY uses two prints from our Wildwood Collection. The fox print (WILD 1037) and the aubergine toadstool print (WILD 1042 Aubergine) plus some green bias binding, plain white cotton fabric and polyester wadding we had in our stash.


We followed the step by step guide that Chloe Mullaney of stonecoldcomfort.com created for for Liberty blog. We suggest you follow Chloe’s tutorial too, as it’s straightforward to follow with loads of great pictures taken at each stage (thanks Chloe!).



What was so great about this tutorial is that you can make it for any size of hot water bottle, as you create your own paper pattern at the start, based on the hottie you have at home. This means you can breath new life into the hot water bottle that has been hanging out in your laundry cupboard for far too long and you don’t have to go out and buy one specifically.


It also didn’t take much fabric (1/2 a meter of each Wildwood print we chose) or much time to make (about an hour with a sewing machine). So it’s a satisfying project for a Saturday afternoon ready for an evening in, in front of the telly…


It also went down extremely well with one heat-seeking curious kitty who wanted in on the cosy action…!

We love showcasing what you make with our collections, so if you’ve got a DIY you want featured on the blog, or just a picture of something you’ve made using Dashwood Studio fabric, please email us – we’d love to feature it on the blog and on our Facebook and Pinterest.