August 2018 Archive

How to make our sock fish

28 Aug 2018 09:00:00

Our Issue 44 Hip to Toe catalogue features a fantastic sock fish craft - find out how to make your very own using our step by step guide!

Our Issue 44 Hip to Toe catalogue features a fantastic sock fish craft - make your very own using our step by step guide below:

1. For each fish, choose three types of sock - one for the head and fins, one for the body and one for the tail. The fins are optional!

2. Cut out the pattern on paper, for the head, fins, body and tail.

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3. Cut the socks in half, open them out and lay the templates on the INSIDE of the relevant sock. Draw round them and then cut two of each template per fish (one for each half of the fish's body).

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4. Pin the head and tail to the body of each half of your fish, right sides together.

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5. Sew across the join of the tail and the body and then the head to the body. Then trim off the excess.

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6. Repeat this process with the other half of your fish so you end up with 2 pairs of halves consisting of a head, body and tail.

7. Lay both halves together, right sides facing, and pin together around the edges.

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8. Starting from halfway down one side of the bodies, sew around the outline of the template on the sewing machine until you get to 2cm before where you started. You need to leave an opening to allow yourself to turn it inside out

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9. Turn your fish inside out and then use a pencil to pole out the nose and either ends of the tail.

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10. For the fins, lay the template along the edge of the folded sock then draw around the edge.

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11. Stitch around the white line, leaving the end of the find open so you can turn it inside out.

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12. Trim the excess and turn it inside out.

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13. To connect the pieces, go to the opening of the fish and stuff with wadding. Push it all the way down into the ends of the tail and the top of the head. If you want added weight you can always use lentils in the tail.

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14. Stitch up the opening with a needle and thread, stitch the fins onto the outside as well.

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15. Cut small circles out of felt and stitch on with a needle and thread for the eyes.

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Sock fish

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Exclusive bank holiday offer!

26 Aug 2018 09:00:00

Treat yourself this bank holiday weekend with free delivery (UK standard) worth £4.99 when you spend over £50. Terms apply*

Treat yourself this bank holiday weekend with free delivery (UK standard) worth £4.99 when you spend over £50. This offer is only available for a limited time so you need to be quick! Terms apply - please see below*.

Bank holiday offer - August 2018

*Terms and Conditions
To take advantage of this free delivery (UK standard) offer, add any item/s worth £50 or more to your basket (excluding delivery) and enter the code CFBNKFP when prompted. We will automatically deduct the delivery charge from the order. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. This offer expires at 11.59pm on Monday 27th August 2018. Offer only applies to in-stock items. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

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Delivery to the USA and Canada

9 Aug 2018 09:00:59

Great news! We are delighted to announce that Cosyfeet can now deliver direct to USA and Canada!

We are pleased to announce some positive changes to our worldwide shipping restrictions – Cosyfeet can now deliver to the United States of America and Canada!

USA & Canada

These new locations are included in our Rest of the World shipping costs at £8.50 (€10.63, $13.60) per order, and usually take between 5 - 7 working days for delivery.

If you need to know anything else about our postage methods, please refer to our delivery and returns information here.

Alternatively, if you have any questions, you can call us on 01458 447275 Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm and Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm, or fill out our online contact form here.

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Growing your own is good for you!

5 Aug 2018 09:00:00

National Allotments Week (13th – 19th August 2018) celebrates allotments and the benefits that they bring - not only to those who garden them but to the wildlife that inhabit them.

The aim of National Allotments Week (13th – 19th August 2018) is to make people more aware of the benefits of having an allotment.

Allotment

So, what are the benefits? For a start, you can grow your own fruit and vegetables. There’s something very satisfying about sitting down to a healthy meal made from food that you’ve grown and harvested yourself.

You'll also be out in the open air getting some exercise which is not only good for you physically, but mentally too.

A study by researchers at the Universities of Westminster and Essex, found that even a small amount of participation in allotment gardening can have significant benefits on health. It used 269 participants, both allotment gardeners and non-gardeners, to determine the effect of allotment gardening on self-esteem and mood.

These two factors, the study explained, are key indicators of mental well-being and long-term disease risk. They found that one session of allotment gardening can result in significant improvements in both self-esteem and mood, via reductions in tension, depression, anger and confusion. 

As well as significant improvements in mental well-being, the study also found that the allotment gardeners had significantly lower BMI than those who did not participate in gardening. 68% of the non-gardening group were overweight or obese, compared with just 47% of the gardeners. Just 30 minutes of gardening on your allotment can burn around 150 calories, the same as doing low-impact aerobics. And spending as little as 15 minutes a day out in the summer sunshine can also build up your levels of vitamin D which is essential for healthy teeth and bones.

Having an allotment can also be a good way to meet new people. Sharing advice and experiences with other like-minded allotment owners while you work can be a real bonding activity!

Last but not least, allotments are an essential habitat for wildlife. By cultivating an allotment, you are helping to keep biodiversity levels buoyant. Sadly, allotments are constantly under threat from developers so it’s important that local communities support allotments. 

If you enjoy gardening why not get involved. To find out more about allotment gardening, visit the National Allotment Society at www.nsalg.org.uk. Happy gardening!

Allotment

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Raising money for the Read2Dogs scheme

5 Aug 2018 09:00:00

Cosyfeet is raising money for the Pets As Therapy scheme which helps children increase their confidence and enjoyment of reading.

Cosyfeet is raising money for the Pets As Therapy scheme which helps children increase their confidence and enjoyment of reading.

Helping children with their reading

Pets As Therapy is Cosyfeet’s charity of the year. The charity's aim is to match volunteers and their pets with establishments to provide comfort, companionship and therapy to those in need. They provide therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, residential nursing and care homes, schools and many more placed with their temperament-assessed pet dogs and cats. 

The money that Cosyfeet raises will go towards their Read2Dogs scheme which helps children increase their confidence and enjoyment of reading. Research has shown that Pets As Therapy dogs can provide comfort, encourage positive social behaviours, enhance self-esteem and motivate speech by reducing stress levels in children.

Read2Dogs

How does the scheme work?

Some young people find it difficult to read out loud to others and can feel nervous or stressed. Pets As Therapy has found that when they read to a non-judgmental PAT dog, these children become less stressed, less self-conscious and feel more confident reading in front of others.

A pilot scheme using reading dogs at Westfields Junior School in Yateley, Hampshire, yielded dramatic results. The school found that all 20 pupils who took part in the scheme felt more confident about reading afterwards. They also found that 60% of pupils made three months' progress in reading ability in just six weeks.

Read2Dogs

Click here to read more about our charity of the year, Pets As Therapy.

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Cosyfeet Competition - August 2018

5 Aug 2018 09:00:00

To coincide with National Allotments Week, send us a photo of a food you’ve grown in your garden, allotment or window box and our favourite will win a £100 Cosyfeet voucher - enter today!

Strawberries

Would you like to win a £100 Cosyfeet voucher? To coincide with National Allotments Week, send us a photo of a food that you’ve grown. It could be herbs in a window box, strawberries in a hanging basket, tomatoes in a pot, an apple tree in your garden or vegetables from your allotment. Our favourite photo will win the prize!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply enter via the online form below by 11.59pm on 30th August 2018. Our favourite photo will win the prize. Terms and conditions apply – please see below*.

Good luck!

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*Terms and Conditions
To be in with the chance of winning a Cosyfeet voucher worth £100, enter our competition via the online competition form above by 11.59pm on 30th August 2018. Simply send us a photograph of some food from your garden or allotment and our favourite will win the prize. One prize available. Only one entry per person. The winner will be contacted by email. The judge's decision is final. Prize cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative. Prize can only be sent to a UK address. We reserve the right to withdraw this competition at any time.

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July 2018 Newsletter Competition Winner

3 Aug 2018 09:00:19

Anne from Lincolnshire has won a Fortnum & Mason hamper worth £125, for correctly answering our Wimbledon quiz! Well done, Anne!

Anne from Lincolnshire has won a Fortnum & Mason hamper worth £125, for correctly answering all the questions in our Wimbledon quiz! Well done, Anne!

July winner

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