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Lockdown Lunchtime – Large IKEA Style Holdall

November 23, 2020 / 0 Comments

Hold all is right for this make… It holds an enormous amount of everything really. It’s also absolutely perfect for you lining your shopping trolly if you use a hand scanner system when supermarket shopping. I personally love it for Aldi & Lidl shopping… it normally makes for a very stressful shopping experience but when I remember to take this bag I can open it up and scoop everything into it in my trolley then lift it out into the…

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Lockdown Lunchtime – Leather Keyrings & Gift Tags

November 23, 2020 / 0 Comments

Hello welcome back to the Hide & Hammer Lockdown Lunchtime makes! As the nights are drawing in and everything’s getting a little colder here in the UK I’m trying to find fun, quick activities to do with Eve that we can add to Christmas presents (I make the straps at work and she helps me stamp the letters… just to be clear I don’t let my 2 year old wield sharp knives and blowtorches!). I thought these would be a…

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Lockdown Lunchtime – Leather Envelope Make

November 9, 2020 / 2 Comments

Here we go! The first instalment of Lockdown Lunchtime Makes…. In todays video I showed you how to make a really simple leather envelope to house things like laptops, notebooks, and even your phone. It’s a really fun make and one that you can easily gift to friends and family for Christmas should you wish to. There’s no stitching involved in this make it’s a bit of clever maths and drawing out your pattern carefully so that you get the…

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WE ARE HIRING!

October 29, 2020 / 0 Comments

Designer and maker of leather bags based near Stroud, Gloucestershire is looking for a helping hand in her workshop one day a week, to help make up the components of the bags ready for shipping out to customers. The right candidate would have a practical mindset, be able to use a sewing machine accurately. A knowledge of leather would be advantageous but not essential, must be able to work independently and have an excellent eye for detail. You must also be able to…

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Azuma Bukuro – Make With Me

October 10, 2020 / 0 Comments

Through the out the month of September I’ve been doing a series of videos on the different stages when making your Azuma Bukuro bag. Rather than a Make-A-Long where I make one too and only post photos this time I’m going to run a series of live videos and IGTV videos around making your bags. The aim is that along with the booklet that you can download we will go through the stages together and create something you’re really proud…

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The Gifting Season

October 7, 2020 / 0 Comments

Here in my home we celebrate Christmas, my husband loves christmas he absolutely adores it and I’m sure Eve will get caught up in the magic of it this year too in fact she is already beginning to. I on the other hand have never really enjoyed Christmas Day at all, but what I do enjoy is making gifts for others and the whole process of putting together amazing things that you hope the other person will love just as…

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Something That Struck a Chord

October 7, 2020 / 0 Comments

I’ve been trying to find something meaningful to me to share for the ‘random acts of poetry’ day…. I mean it seemed as good a reason as any to do a little soul searching and find something out about myself that I’d not realised or yet shared publicly. I’m not generally a big one for poetry… I studied it at great length at school and as a result found that trying to discover the hidden meaning in texts based on…

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Leather Notebook Cover – Make your own!

August 10, 2020 / 0 Comments

Following on from the success of our leather notebook kits I have put together a bit of a buyers guide for those of you that would like to make larger ones or source your own leather and experiment (you can find the PDF downloads here). Leather – Leather in the UK is sold by the square foot, you’ll want to purchase a nice piece of leather shoulder for this project. 2mm thick is ideal but you can use a thicker…

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Azuma Bukuro bag – Mitred Corner Tutorial

July 28, 2020 / 0 Comments

As part of the Azuma Bukuro tutorial I refer to a mitred corner. This is the process of folding, pressing and cutting a corner to make a really nice crisp corner on the 4 corners of your bag. It’s simple enough but accuracy is key. Firstly press all your seams – if you’re using a dark fabric like I am you may like to use a chalk marker and mark your lines just to make sure you’ve got everything in…

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#12 Azuma Bukuro

July 28, 2020 / 2 Comments

I received a really interesting email from a lovely customer explaining to me why my use of the term ‘bento bag’ was incorrect. I’m so great full to her for taking the time to educate me on this and you may have already read my email on the subject. To re-cap a bento bag is a bag carrying your bento (Sounds simple right?… bento is a term used for food as I understand it) and so the correct term for…

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