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How to customise your clothes with motifs

Do you, like me, love the new craze for motifs?

You will only need to spend a few pounds and some happy time in your local Haberdashery department, to transform a garment from “old” to “new” and be on trend for this seasons look, which has been sweeping the catwalks.

It’s very simple to hand, machine or iron the motifs, on to the garment or bag of your choice.

You will need:

For machine sewing: Sewing machine, pins, thread to match the edge of the motif.

For hand sewing : Thread to match the edge of the motif, hand sewing needle, pins and a thimble.

For iron-on: Iron, paper and pins.

Machine sewing

Pin the motif into place, thread your sewing machine with the matching thread and sew around the motif, using a reverse stitch to finish.

Hand Sewing

Pin the motif into place, and thread a hand-sewing needle with matching tread. Begin the running stitch from the inside and push your needle up through the fabric and motif, make a small neat stitch, push the needle back down through the fabric and motif.

Push the needle back up through the fabric and motif next to the stitch you have just made, and pull the thread down into your first stitch, continue pushing the needle up and down through the motif and fabric until it is sewn into place.

Iron on

Place motif on washed fabric and cover with a thin cloth, or plain paper.

Press firmly at medium heat and no steam for 20-30 seconds, then flip over and press the reverse side. Allow to cool before wearing.



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