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Leading by example is a trait that comes naturally to designer and sewist Fiona Hesford. Her advice for budding crafters is “not to run before you can walk and to try and avoid projects that are overly challenging,” which is exactly why her own Sewgirl designs are “simple and straightforward to make.”

As with a lot of creatives, Fiona’s passion for making was sparked early on in her life: “I was aged eight or nine and I spent a lot of my time making a

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