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Rugs which are beautiful and hard-wearing can be very costly to purchase. By making your own, you can both save money and add something unique to your home. This method of making rugs using embroidery stitches is very similar to other kinds of tapestry work. You can make cushions, stool tops and wall hangings in… Continue Reading

How to Make Loose Covers for Armchairs

How to Make Loose Covers for Armchairs

Many people, who would think nothing of making a dress in a weekend, balk at the prospect of making a loose cover for an armchair. But once you know how —and if you take your time—the method is more straightforward and you need fewer techniques. The advantages of a loose cover are that it protects… Continue Reading

Fun Furs

Fun Furs

‘Fun furs’ are wild and colourful deep-pile fur fabrics, not intended to bear any relation to any real animal’s skin. They are made from a variety of fibres, including acrylics, polyesters, and pure wool, and most have knitted backings. They are available in a wide range of textures and colours —even checks and tartans—and are… Continue Reading

Glossary of DIY Terms

When tackling d-I-y jobs, the first major hurdle for the uninitiated is all the unfamiliar words and phrases used in leaflets, instructions, catalogues, shops and so on. Here is an alphabetical guide to some of them; the explanations to other puzzling terms are made clear within the relevant sections. To start with, we suggest you… Continue Reading


Choose nails which are around three times longer than the thickness of the timber they must hold, and always nail your lighter work to your heavier. To make strong nailed joints, drive nails in from opposite directions and bend the points into the wood; this is called clench nailing. Where joints meet at right angles,… Continue Reading


EXTERIOR CHECK LIST For most of these jobs, you will need professional help. In particular, the inexperienced should avoid working at a height. You will find the following notes handy for briefing and supervising your builder. Make sure all work is done as specified. Builders often skimp on roofs in particular as they know you… Continue Reading

Storage Solutions

‘A place for everything and everything in its place’ – this must be a maxim familiar to everyone. And although it sounds rather tediously tidy, it should at least be the aim of your storage strategy throughout the house. Whether you can get the family to conform to your carefully worked out systems is another… Continue Reading


Today, in their homes, everybody is short of space. Large houses are expensive to buy, to maintain and to heat; and usually rate demands are exorbitant. So families are tending not to move as the children get bigger and more numerous. The spaces remain the same, but the demands on them are greater. Consequently the… Continue Reading


Conventional ideas about children die hard – none harder than the ones entertained by almost every expectant mother as she plans the room for her first baby. A nursery can be very pretty indeed but if you have to organize your home on a tight budget and have a limited amount of time to spend… Continue Reading


Kitchens – possibly the trickiest rooms to organize in the whole house. But the most worthwhile, as research has shown that the ‘average’ woman spends about 3^ hours every day in the kitchen. THE PROBLEMS Firstly, every family wants different things out of their kitchen – the galley-type arrangement that suits the working couple will… Continue Reading