#SEWANDSTITCH DIY Fabric Blogger Challenge

In celebration of our new season fabric prints, we called upon our crafty blogger pals to take part in a make & do challenge! read more

(Please note: This competition is now closed and no further entries will be accepted as of 27th of May 2015)


Share a love for handmade? From paper crafts to stitching and sewing, we love trying our hand at a new DIY project. With this in mind, we called upon four of our crafty blogger pals to share their love of make & do and take part in our exciting Stitch & Sew blogger challenge using our new season fabrics.



We invited the brilliant Kate, Tamsyn, Claire and Fran to take part and sent them each a crafty bundle containing everything they would need to complete their make & do. Handpicking our most-loved prints of the season, we sent each blogger fabrics to choose from with a few crafty essentials to help them on their way. There was only one rule for the challenge – be as creative as they liked!


Read on to discover their crafty creations and how you can win a £50 Laura Ashley voucher

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Kate from Beak Up Crafts 

Ava Fabric

I really hope you like my entry for the Laura Ashley #sewandstitch challenge as it’s for something a bit special – the first bit of decor for our new nursery. We still haven’t got a cot – or anything else for that matter yet – but hey, that doesn’t mean I can’t start making pretty things for it! I’ve seen so many beautiful handmade mobiles on Pinterest but I’ve always quite fancied making one for our baby myself, as it means a bit more and is more personal I think.

For Kate’s baby mobile tutorial click here.


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Tamsyn from The Villa On Mount Pleasant 

Geranium Pale Topaz Fabric Summer Palace Fabric 


I was so delighted when the lovely people at Laura Ashley invited me to take part in their Sew and Stitch challenge, and even more delighted when a beautiful parcel of fabric arrived at my door! I decided to make rosettes with my fabric, as not only are they easy to make (my approach to sewing is rustic at best, so if I can make them, anyone can!) but theyʼre also great for adding a decorative flourish to all sorts of things. Plus these fabrics are absolutely perfect for making rosettes as they retain their lovely ruffled shape so well.

They would be lovely gathered en masse as party decorations or as a focal point in a childʼs bedroom, or you could make smaller rosettes to decorate a handmade bag or cushion.

For Tamsyn’s fabric rosettes tutorial click here.


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Claire from Celebrate Creation

Poppy Meadow Fabric


My #sewandstitch crafty idea is a magnetic memo board. I made a cover for a baking sheet out of the blooming Poppy Meadow fabric Laura Ashley kindly sent me. I added ribbon a third of the way down so that I could hang some pegs on it, which I customised using the pretty buttons included in my crafting bundle. I also sewed a button and ribbon to the top of the board so that it can be hung up or as the memo board is already magnetic, any notes/to do list’s stay put too!

For Claire’s magnet memo board tutorial click here.


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Fran from Fall for DIY

Apple Orchid Fabric | Pussy Willow Off White / Sea spray Fabric 


Three months ago we welcomed a new furry little addition to our family. Since that time we’ve learnt the hard way to cover wooden furniture, block off prized possessions and move household wires to higher ground. Several phone chargers later and we’re still grappling with the latter. An unorganised wire hanging down from a table or desk will, in just a minute, become a new rabbit chew toy. We can’t blame the rabbit, it’s in her nature so we needed to find a failsafe way of keeping the wires secure and organised.

These wire tacos are the perfect solution. I call them tacos but they’re for anything but eating! Folded and stored away the wires are safe from nibbling and stored in a more organised and pretty way than the usual mess.

For Fran’s savvy tech tacos tutorial click here.


If like us you’re simply blown away by these inspiring make & do creations (we’re feeling eager to get our craft on!) we would love for you to choose your favourite blogger craft below and you could win a £50 Laura Ashley voucher to kickstart your next DIY project! Simply click on the blogger below and enter your details.
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Terms and Conditions: The closing date for the Stitch & Sew giveaway is Wednesday the 27th May at midnight. A winner will then be drawn at random and then alerted by email. The prize is a Laura Ashley £50 gift card to be used in store. No cash prize alternatives will be given. The competition is only open to UK residents and you must be 18 or over to enter. There will be one entry per household.


I am a huge fan of Laura Ashley. Since buying and renovating my own house I have become obsessed

I have just finished renovating ,decorating and refurnishing my whole house with Laura Ashley prints,paper,paints rugs lighting and curtains i have loved it all and wish i had more rooms !!
Loving the new fabrics ..

I really like Laura Ashley materials and I think it would be a great idea to show tips on making products. It’s lovely to see this email and look forward to many more like this. Thank you

laura ashley fabrics and prints are beautiful and very unique fab competition xx

I have been using laura ashley fabric’s for many years now, the design’s and quality of the fabric’s are so easy to work with I have never been disapointed with my project’s. Friends and family are always admiring my home and I attribute this to Laura Ashley for its unique Style and Quality . I just love it !

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