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New Pattern Options


I’ve added a couple of pattern repeat options to the custom printing. The standard preview currently shows only a simple pattern repeat, but if you choose one of the other pattern options (half drop/brick or cross weave) then until I work out how to program the preview to show the different pattern choices, I will email you your preview.

Simple Pattern Repeat

This is what happens by default – I take your pattern image and repeat it starting from the top left corner of your material and filling down to the bottom right.

Standard Pattern Repeat
Simple / Standard Pattern Repeat

Half Drop / Brick Repeat

Brick Repeat
Half Drop / Brick Pattern Repeat

Cross Weave Repeat

Cross Weave Repeat
Cross Weave Pattern Repeat

If you have any questions, do email me.


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New Colour Map Fabric Sample Available

liberty press fabric printing colour map

Order a 20cm x 20cm RGB colour map printed on the fabric of your choice. We use the same colour profile on each fabric, so one may be enough. Postage is free if it is bought on its own.

Of course you are not limited to these colours only; they are a useful reference point to help you map your selected colours to the printed outcome. Use the Adobe 1998 RGB colour model to get the best idea of what your colours will look like printed on our fabrics.

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Draught Excluder


I’m pleased to have solved two storage problems this morning: a sample length of cotton sateen 40cm deep by 110cm wide, and a pile of fibre for spinning that has been getting in the way for a few years, but can’t be got rid of because some day I will get round to spinning it, for sure.

I folded the fabric right sides together then sewed around 3 edges, turned it inside out and stuffed it full of my fibre. I pressed the sides of the short raw edge together and, since it was a selvedge edge that will not fray, I just sewed it along near the edge, on the outside. It looks pretty neat. I used a big stitch when sewing that end so that if I ever get round to washing it, or extracting the fibre to spin, I will be able to do so easily.


Much neater now :\


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Making a (Free) Sewing Pattern – Ikea V Shaped Pillow Cover


Following my rough and ready pillow cover sewing, I am making a more precise template for the cover for my 2nd Ikea V shaped pillow. I am going to make an electronic template outline for the pillow cover, then fill the outline with my decorative pattern, then print it onto fabric. This will save a lot of ink, plus some fabric too, and will give me an even better fitting pillow cover.

Measuring the Pillow

I am drawing my template in Adobe Illustrator. First of all I lay my pillow on the floor and pull it into shape. It is essentially two thick sides of a square, with the inner and outer corner joins having been curved.pillow2 copy

Using a tape measure and measuring from seam to seam over the curved, filled, pillow, I can see that:

Side A is 80cm

Side B is 80cm

Side C is 35cm

Side D is 35cm

I will have a 1cm seam allowance on each side.

Drawing the Lines

In Illustrator I draw vertical line A (holding down shift while I draw a line tool to make the line straight) 82cm long. Then starting at the top of that line I draw horizontal line B, 82cm long.

Tip: The length of the line can be adjusted once you have drawn it: select the line with the hollow pointing arrow/selection tool, then type in the precise width or height you want for that line in the boxes that appear under the menu at the top of the screen. Or, once you have some lines in place, you can click and drag the blob at either end of the line to resize it to meet some other point.

Starting at the unjoined end of line A I draw 37cm wide horizontal line, C. Starting at the unjoined end of line B I draw 37cm tall vertical ine, D.

Starting at the unjoined end of line C I draw vertical line E, which goes up to meet line A. Starting at the unjoined end of line D I draw a horizontal line F, which goes across to join line B. Now my template looks like this:


Drawing the curves

By eye I see that the outer curve starts from where line F meets line A, a point that I will refer to as AF, and ends where line E meets line B, a point that I will refer to as BE.

Using the tape measure I ascertain that the inner curve starts 37cm (38cm including the seam allowance) up from the intersection of lines C and E, a point that I will refer to as CE, and ends 37cm (38cm including the seam allowance) across from the intersection of lines D and F, a point that I will refer to as DF.

free ikea v shaped pillow cover template

To draw the outer curve, I select the Illustrator Arc tool (another option under the Line Tool button), click point AF and drag to point BE.

To draw the inner curve, using the Illustrator Arc tool again, click point CE and drag to point DF.

My template in Illustrator currently looks like this:

I drag the appropriate end points of lines A, B, E and F in turn so that there are no extraneous lines on the inside or outside of my template. It is also important that all the lines join: there should be no gaps in the template or when we fill it with pattern, the pattern will leak out.

Now my template looks like this:


Copying to Photoshop and Filling with a Pattern

I “select all” in Illustrator, and copy. I open a new file in Photoshop and paste my template into it. I select the paint bucket tool, and fill my template with a pattern.


Free Sewing Pattern Template

Click here to download a PDF of this free V Pillow sewing pattern.