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Simple Sewing: How to make Suffolk Puffs

Since the Great British Sewing Bee started on BBC 2, a programme where amateur sewers take on challenges to become Britain’s best home sewer, we’ve been dying to try out some simple sewing ourselves.

Sewing is a fun hobby, which can also come in pretty handy too! We’ve come across Suffolks Puffs, an easy and simple way get you started. These pretty puffs are an easy technique to use up scrap material and are great for sewing beginners. They are simple and can be used in all kinds of ways from embellishing clothing to covering a cushion cover.

Take a look at our top 3 ways to use your Suffolk puffs and use our step by step instructions to try them out for yourself! 

What you will need:

Fabric, scissors, needle, thread, pencil

1.  To start your Suffolk puffs, draw circles with a pencil on to the back of your chosen fabric, about double the size you want your puff to be. Cut  the circles out along the drawn line.

2.  Tie a knot in one end of your thread and sew a running stitch all around the circle, quite close to the edge.

3.  Pull the thread to gather the fabric into the middle.

4.  Flatten the puff between your finger and thumb, and secure it by pulling your needle and thread through the centre by tying in a knot.


5.  You can lay one puff on top of the other and secure with a couple of stitches for a layered look.  You can also attach a button or some lace to add some extra details!

So get into sewing the easy way with simple Suffolk puffs, the possibilities are endless! We would love to see what you make so don’t forget to send us a picture once you’re finished!

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