Monthly Archives: January 2013

It is the small things….

When we set out on our journey to set up Material Goods, we wanted to be different, to stand out by providing  a really good service to everyone.  We have been working really hard on getting the new ranges ready to go in the shop and when you are busy working hard it is easy to forget the original aim then, we got this email:

Dear Helen and Lucy,

Got my lovely parcel today from you, super fast delivery as always and was just emailing to say thank you for the lovely card and extra blades you put in the parcel. I tried out the rotary cutter earlier and can’t believe I’ve been putting off buying one! Anyway thanks again, it’s always lovely shopping with you. 

And we both smiled big smiles!  So now we are tackling the work with renewed vim and vigour.

Watch out for the new ranges coming soon!


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Ahh, who doesn’t love a bargain?  Here at Material Goods we’re making room for the fabulous new stock that we’ll be getting at the end of this month, so it’s out with the old, which is this case means our Madrona Road stock.  Although I suspect I will be keeping a bit back for summer dresses or skirts… it IS very beautiful stuff…


mrpackIt’s all listed in our new Ebay sale shop, at £2.50 per fat quarter down from £3 – have a quick look, it won’t be there forever!

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Charm Pack Cushion Cover Tutorial!

As promised, here is the tutorial at last – with photos!  This makes a cover for a cushion pad about 15″ square.  You’ll need:

16 x 5” squares of quilting-weight cotton fabric
1 Fat Quarter of quilting-weight cotton fabric
Cotton sewing thread(optional) 16” square of white cotton fabric
A sewing machine
An iron

First of all, BE WARNED!  This pattern uses a ½” seam allowance throughout!  If you’ve done any patchworking before, you’re probably used to using a ¼” seam, but for this we are using ½”, so that there’s plenty of security around the edges of the cover and the squares in the middle stay square.  I haven’t explained that very well but hopefully it’ll make sense once you get sewing…

Firstly, lay out your squares and decide how you’re going to arrange them.   When you have made your decision, begin sewing them together.


Place two squares right-sides-together and sew –  ½” seams, remember!  You need to be fairly strict about this to make sure the squares fit together neatly at the end.  Sew your squares together in rows, until you have four rows of four squares each.  Iron all your seams flat, ironing every other row’s seams in the opposite direction, like this:


img_2243This makes it vastly easier to get the corners of each square lining up nice and sharp once you sew your rows together, and reduces the bulk in each seam under your machine’s foot.


img_2244There see, look at that.  It’s not foolproof but it does make it much, much easier!

So now the front of your pillow is done.  Iron it again – it doesn’t matter which direction your longways seams go, so long as it’s all looking tidy and flat – and put it on one side.

For the back, trim the selvedge from your Fat Quarter and cut it into two rectangles, approximately 16” x 11”.


img_2246On the long side, fold and press a ¼” hem, then fold and press 3/4” again.  In co-ordinating colour thread, sew the hem closed.

Put your patchwork front right-side up on a table.  Lay the two back pieces over it, right sides down, and with their hemmed sides overlapping.  Make sure the fabric pattern on all your pieces is pointing in the right direction – on this fabric for example you wouldn’t want any upside-down donkeys.  Pin together.


img_2249Optional extra step: Put the 16” square of white cotton behind the patchwork before pinning the layers together.  In the photo above you can just see mine poking out under the squares.  Once the cushion cover is turned right-side-out, this will help protect the back of your patchwork as you stuff the pillow inside.

Sew all around the outside of the cover with a ½” seam.  You may also want to go around the outside of the seam with a zig-zag stitch to help prevent fraying.  Turn everything right-sides out, poke out the corners, and you are done!


img_2250Lovely!  This particular pillow uses fabrics from our Madrona Road charm packs and fat quarters, but if all the above looks too much like hard work (it’s not, it’s fun, honestly!) then this pillow itself is available in our Folksy shop right now.

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Well, it’s been quiet around here lately, but


Well, it’s been quiet around here lately, but we hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

At Material Goods we have great plans for 2013, but first of all, we’re hoping to put our efforts towards a new website and shop that will make it even easier for our customers to buy beautiful fabrics.  (The bad news is that this may slightly delay the online availability of our new ranges, but be reassured that it will only be temporary).  Speaking of which, eagle-eyed readers may wonder about the fabrics used in the letters above – they are ALL part of our wonderful new Spring ranges!  Lots of fresh and vibrant greens, teals and mustards with plenty of pinks and purples in there too for those wanting a more retro twist, and all very exciting!

January can be a bit of a slump for all of us, so to ease your way back into the creative mood, we’ll be posting a very simple cushion tutorial next week, which you can make using any one of our lovely charm packs for the front, and a fat quarter for the back.

And finally, thank you so much to all our customers for your support in 2012.  Onwards to 2013!

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January 3, 2013 · 9:17 pm