May 31

Bali bag to make

Posted in Make It!

Looking for something to make that’s just a little different? Try a bag like this! You just cut strips of different coloured batik fabrics then wrap and stitch them around a length of rope. The pattern ($12.95) describes the method and everything you need to make a bag roughly 30cm wide and 28cm tall. Buy the pattern online at or come to one of our stores where you’ll also find an enormous range of batik fabrics to choose from.

Choose from any number of colours in our batik rangesMake this bag from multi-coloured batik fabric

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May 25

Come and be inspired!

Hobbysewists can look forward to classes by the fabulous Monica Poole in the coming months! On June 8 at the Figtree store Monica will teach the Dragon Fly Quilt in a day-long session (10am – 3pm; $70.00). Choose a lap, single or queen size quilt and use sketch appliqué (raw edge) or blanket stitch to apply the dragon fly. All cutting will be done before the class. Wow, the colours are divine!
Patchwork at its best

At the Kings Park store, Monica teaches a new Block of the Month starting Wednesday June 15. It’s the divine new Peacock Garden. It’ll be something to treasure forever! The cost is $55 per month (class) plus $30 per month (pattern and kit). Click here for the dates.

Patchwork quilt

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May 23

The all-American quilt

Posted in Quilts

Hobbysew has a huge range of fabrics to choose fromOne hundred percent cotton fabrics

A fascinating documentary drawn from ABC Radio National’s archives went to air this weekend and if you are interested in the history of quilt making you should have a listen. In the documentary from 1996, Judy Kampfner’s investigations took her into quilt-making bees, quilt shops, university history departments and quilters’ homes. Go to the Radio National ‘Replay’ website to listen to the audio. It’s well worth it!

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May 19

Hobbysew Figtree & Illawarra Quilters Inc.

Posted in Figtree, Quilts

Last week on Wednesday 11 May, Hobbysew Figtree had the privilege of hosting the Illawarra Quilters Inc. for their May General Meeting. It was a wonderful and lovely experience for both parties. We’ve received a letter from the Illawarra Quilters Inc. and we’d love to share it with you all. Please have a look at the letter below:

You can click on the image to enlarge.

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May 17

Craft And Quilt Fair – Perth 18 – 22 May

Posted in Uncategorized

Hobbysew has put together a large display of both Koala and Tailor-made sewing furniture. These pieces of furniture is not just about storage of your sewing needs. But all about creating the ultimate work environment for your craft. If you live in Perth, this is your ideal opportunity to actual touch and feel the beautiful range.

So pop buy and visit us at our Hobbysew Stand F18!

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May 16

Flying into colour

FreedomHere’s an opportunity to unleash your creativity! The Hobbysew store at Belconnen is hosting classes by art quilter Helen Godden on Thursday June 2 and Friday June 3. Using metallic and pearlescent acrylic paints, Helen shows how to create a quilt in the style of her Freedom quilt above. You’ll be working on a smaller scale than this magnificent 2.2m tall quilt but essentially learning the techniques Helen has developed to create her colourful quilted artworks. You will be able to choose from several designs that will combine painting with machine quilting. It promises to be a memorable experience! Contact the Belconnen store for details.

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May 13

Take a class

Now that some wintry weather has arrived, there’s no better time to settle down to some sewing or patchwork. And if you need a little push to get started, why not sign up for a class? There are so many choices at any of our Hobbysew stores… from hand- and machine-embroidery to patchwork and dressmaking. “Get to know you machine” and “Conquer your overlocker” are designed to help you get the most out of the equipment you own, whatever the brand. And if you are looking for something else, contact your nearest store as there are classes in stumpwork, papercraft and all sorts of exciting crafts at selected locations.Patchwork quilt

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May 6

We love you Mum!

Posted in Sewing Cabinets

Come in to any of our Hobbysew stores to find a fabulous gift for Mum this Mother’s Day. If she’s a creative Mum, she’ll love anything you buy from us but if you are thinking big, there are savings of $400 to be made on the  SewMate Plus IV – the dream sewing cabinet.

A versatile high quality sewing cabinet

The SewMate Plus IV features an electric lift with remote control to lower your machine up to sew or down to free up a flat surface for cutting or craft activities.

Impeccably finished with bevelled edges, the unit comes in scratch- and water-resistant veneer in a variety of beautiful finishes.

There are soft-closing drawers and plenty of storage and flat surface for working on too. So go on, give Dad a nudge. Mum will love it!

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