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Being British, we all have something to say about the weather and it isn’t always positive. It’s either too hot or too cold and we’;re known for moaning about it. With summer here and the UK hotting up, we’ve compiled our top tips and tricks to help keep you cool, day or night…

Blackout blinds and curtains are a great way to keep the heat out, as their special thick lining blocks out the sun’s warming rays to help keep your room cool. Closing your blinds and pulling your curtains together in the daytime will keep the heat outanniversary gifts for couples, especially if your room faces the sun all day! Try it and you’ll be surprised by how well it works.

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Top Tip: If you suffer from hayfever why not try using a Pollergen fabric on your curtains, it will decrease?the amount of active pollen that can enter your room, resulting in a restful nights’; sleep. Just ask one of our colleagues in store for more information.

Digesting food uses a lot of energy and generates body heat, so eating a big meal will only make you feel hotter. Try eating small amounts of cold food throughout the day. Salads, sandwiches and cold pasta are a great option because they are light and filling.

No AC? No problem. Grab a fan and point it towards the window, this way it will push all the hot air out, instead of circulating it around the room. Alternatively, fill a shallow pan or bowl with ice and put it in front of your fan. It’;s a?low-cost and genius way of creating your own AC.

As we sweat from the heat we lose a lot of water, and as dehydration can be dangerous, it’s important to keep hydrated. Drinking water is the obvious choice, but why not get creative by making frozen juice lollies? Not only will they be cooling, they have a high water content too.

Cotton is a naturally breathable fabric and will keep you cool in the summer heat. We’re not just talking about bedding here either –; opt for lighter clothing fabrics too. If you are going outside, don’t forget how important it is to use SPF protection.

Low tog duvets are essential during the hotter months, but we also have three dedicated product ranges to help you keep your cool this summer.

With its low heat retention, this Cooler Than range is cooler than standard memory foam, thanks to an airstream pad that allows air to circulate easily.

This range is infused with gel particles that help to absorb body heat, keeping you cooler for longer. Ventilation holes are used throughout the foam, to increase airflow and breathability.

The Miracool range has an instant cool-touch fabric which lowers in temperature you while you sleep but won’t leave you chilly thanks to a premium knitted cover for extra comfort.

For me, the best part about Valentine’s Day is giving the ones I love handmade items filled with goodies. This year, I’m making everyone a Valentine Treat Bag with heart shaped cut outs. These are the perfect size for stuffing with candies, gift cards, or even a small stuffed animal or trinket. Best of all? This project is fat quarter friendly and sews up quickly – so you can easily make one for all your friends and family this year!

Pattern weights are really useful for weighing down fabric or pattern paper when you sew.

I’m sharing with you a simple trick to change up the look of a zip pouch sewing pattern! If you like this project then you may also like this tutorial for an Embellished Zip Pouch.