Sewing for Beginners: Where to Purchase Fabric

Copy of Farewell PartyThe next instalment of my Sewing for Beginners series is all about buying fabric! Purchasing fabric can be one of the most exciting parts of a sewing project, but also the most stressful! If like me you don’t have many fabric shops nearby, you have two options: travel far and wide, or buy online. Continue reading

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Sewing for Beginners: Sewing Kit Essentials

IMG_2359I often get lots of comments and questions on the blog/social media asking from those who are completely new to sewing. I thought it was therefore about time to launch a new mini-series, Sewing for Beginners. I’m a firm believer that anyone can sew; it’s just knowing where to start. Think of this series as a friendly, encouraging voice to get you started on your sewing journey. We’ll start by discussing the essential tools you’ll need.

If you’re new to sewing, it’s easy to walk into a fabric shop/haberdashery and be overwhelmed by all of the tools and gadgets on offer. Sewing doesn’t need to be expensive, and you certainly don’t need lots of fancy things to do it, so hear are some tips for where to save money, and where it’s best to invest your hard-earned cash. Continue reading

Handmade Baby Book

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Yesterday, I was lucky enough to have a whole afternoon with no plans whatsoever. As my due date approaches (7 weeks to go), I’ve been keen to try and protect some time at the weekend to generally relax and have some ‘me’ time. The tiredness that I was experiencing a few weeks ago seems to have gotten better, and so I was faced with a window of opportunity to craft whatever I wanted!

With clothes out of the question at the moment, baby crafting is definitely helping to satisfy my need to create! I’d stocked up on fabric a few weeks ago, so was hopeful that I’d be able to make something without a last minute dash to Hobbycraft. Continue reading

Sunshine Picnic Blanket

IMG_6511This post feels very timely, given that tomorrow the weather forecast is for ANOTHER hot day. Don’t get me wrong, I like a bit of sunshine, and I’m not a fan of really hot weather at the best of times, but when I’m growing another human being, I’m definitely not a fan!

Despite this, when the weather is a little bit cooler, it is nice to sit out in the sun and make the most of the nice weather. We haven’t really taken advantage of our garden since we moved in, but with a little one on the way, this is probably going to change. My latest make is perfect for those moments when we do want to spend some time outside. Continue reading

Monochrome Storage Basket

IMG_6326When I first announced my pregnancy, I had lots of friends commenting on how they couldn’t wait to see all of things I was going to make. 26 weeks in, and I’m slightly ashamed to say that I haven’t made a single thing so far! That’s not to say I haven’t thought about it (I have, a lot) I just haven’t really had the time. So when it was time to decide on my third project for the Sew Crafty Design Team, I knew that this was the perfect opportunity to get the baby crafting underway. Continue reading

Mini Makes: Easy Lanyard Makeover

IMG_5854Lanyards with a security badge seem to be commonplace in most workplaces these days. For years, I’ve been trying to find colourful ones to replace my boring navy blue lanyard. Cath Kidston usually have a few, and I struck gold in Accessorize last year with a bright tropical print. Unfortunately, after time they all tend to go a bit grubby, or in the case of my last one, get dropped down the loo by their clumsy owner, meaning they instantly need to be binned! Continue reading

Happy Felt Cushion

IMG_5793I had such a fantastic response to my first Sew Crafty Design Team project, the bright and vibrant sunshine Cleo dress. For my second project, I decided to take a different path and make something for our home.

Since moving house 18 months ago, we’ve been slowly trying to make it our own. Our last house was lovely, but we moved in back in 2011, and our tastes have definitely changed. At the time, I’d been so keen on creating a ‘home’, the cosy space you see in magazines filled with flowery print cushions and quaint little knick-knacks. Now, I’m back to my love of all things yellow (my favourite colour as a child), bright, and fresh and generally creating a home that feels more ‘us’. Continue reading

Sunshine Cleo Dress

img_0436It’s time to reveal my first project as part of the Sew Crafty Design Team, and it probably won’t surprise you that I picked a Tilly and the Buttons make! Since making my first Cleo dress in November 2016, I’ve received lots of lovely comments about my black denim version, and I’ve been itching to have a go at another one.

Online, I’ve seen so many Cleos made in cord; I knew early on that was going to be my next fabric choice. I’ve normally naturally drawn to my usual colour palette of grey or navy, but when I saw this gorgeous needle cord on the Sew Crafty website, I thought it was time to have a go at making something a bit brighter. Yellow is one of my favourite colours, but aside from my trusty yellow raincoat, it doesn’t feature too heavily in my wardrobe. This may now change! Continue reading