How to’s

Click on the link to access websites that give you information on “how to do it”. Send us your favourite links – leave a message in the box at the bottom of the page.


NEW  Freezer paper for applique:

Fusible web applique:

Raw edge applique:

Binding – list of online tutorials

Continuous binding:


Double-fold binding:

Facing finish:

“Pillow case” finish:

Narrow binding:

Cording and zigzag:

Satin stitch:



Free motion embroidery: – a short video

Needle felting:

Getting started in quiltmaking – videos on basic techniques – free videos and patterns – lessons on everything from basic supplies to mitred borders – basic lesssons – tips and techniques – basic lessons and – articles and patterns from Quilters Newsletter – tips and techniques – tools and supplies

Hand quilting



Machine quilting – 10 tips to improve your machine quilting – a “speed taster” of a video showing you how to quilt feathers


Fast flying geese:

Surface design


NEW Colour basics – short introduction and longer article

Coloured pencils on fabric:

Dyeing: – “the lazy dyer”

Foiling: – with fusible web

Gelatine printing:

Painting: – with thickened dye

Printing with fruits and vegetables:

Stamping: – see the “stamping Monday” posts

Tools of the trade



Hoops or frames:

Finishing and Caring for your Quilt

How to block a quilt :

How to make interfaced quilt labels :

How to care for your quilt :

What you can do with a Little Gem:

Hanging: – using triangles instead of a hanging sleeve

Another description of using triangles as a hanging device – the tutorial is in pdf format, located just under the banner –

Mounting and framing:

Mounting on plexiglass/perspex:

NEWEST A compendium of display systems:

3 Responses to How to’s

  1. Gillian says:

    I found the article on stitching circles fascinating and very informative. Am determined to have a go.
    Thank you

  2. Sheila Darkin says:

    Spent most of the afternoon looking at all your “little gems” and would be interested in doing one or two or three………..myself. Are they all 14″ x 10″ couldn’t quite decide. Thanks – they are inspirational and interesting and fun!

  3. littlegemquilts says:

    Glad you found the Little Gems inspirational. All the quiltlets are A4 size which equates to about 8 1/2 ” x 11 3/4 “. If you are thinking of making some for the fund raising cause they would need to be here in the UK by 16th August. I have a contact in BC who is flying here to the Festival for the tombola who could bring your Little Gems with her. Hilary (Little Gems Team)

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