Sewing for Beginners: Simple Projects to Get Started With

Copy of Copy of Farewell PartyIn my Sewing for Beginners series, I’ve already discussed what tools you need, and where to buy fabric. This is all well and good, but what do you actually make when you are a beginner?

I’ve said before that I truly believe anyone can learn to sew; some of us will take to it more easily than others, but essentially using a sewing machine is no different to learning how to drive a car, or operate the washing machine. The key to getting the hang of it is picking the right project to start with; something simple enough to complete in a short session, but impressive enough that you are left with something that gives you a real sense of achievement. 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