After subscribing to the Simply Sewing Magazine for some time, I was delighted when this Kimino pattern was included – I simply loved the look of it!
So, I started making it. Sadly, the pattern was not as “Easy to sew” as indicated – my mother (a textiles teacher for over 35 years) and I struggled with the scanty instructions (even in terms of cutting out of the pattern in the fabric!).
HOWEVER, we gave up on the pattern, and used our knowledge to finish it ourselves…
I am happy with the result! Read more
Your sewing machine will come with a variety of feet for you to use – but feet for a sewing machine are not just for show – they facilitate you achieving the best from your stitching and fabric: difficult tasks become a breeze (and more fun!) if we take the time to swap over a foot. And this is how a foot fetish begins! Speciality feet do vary between brands, so check what is compatible with your sewing machine make and model before purchasing!
I do not own every single one of these feet (yet!) but hope too (soon)! It is not a comprehensive list of what is available, but there are (more than) a few useful ones. Read more
I have never attended a craft related trade fair before, and only went to The Festival of Quilts to check out the Storage4Crafts Storage units, with the veiw of helping me organise my *new* sewing room…. (That in itself is a good story….) Read more
Taking the Fabric Strawberry Bouquet as a rough pattern and inspiration, I decided to make a punnet for a friend of mine for her new home!
- Fabric in shades of reds and pinks
- Green felt
- Thread (in red/pink to match fabric)
- Green embroidery thread
- Needle (although a sewing machine can be used for the first step to save time, this can all be done by hand 😀 )
- Stuffing Read more
I always have the aim of finishing all Christmas present making (or buying!) by the 31st of October: It allows me to relax whilst everyone around me panic-buys!
Last year, I make a lot of my friends the Phoebe Bag from the Craftsy website. Not only is this a lovely bag pattern, but it is FREE to download!! Read more
My mother started keeping hens so that she could have fresh eggs every day… So for Christmas last year, I made her an Egg Gathering Apron!
This was a fun project to make and looks beautiful when finished – it also serves as a fun way of recycling scraps of fabric…. I took great pleasure in using the leftovers from the Tooly-Tool Holder Easel I made earlier this week!
This tooly tool holder pattern was found on Craftsy.
After inheriting a volume of wool, needles and equipment which doubled my own crafting room in content, I was in dire need of a refurb of my crafting room… after sorting out the basics (moving it to a larger room to start with!) I started to search for something to hold my most-used small tools within easy reach of my sewing machine.
After inheriting my Nanna’s Knitting Needles (and soooo much more), I had to go through them and check what I had double, and which I was keeping. There were 100’s…. so after finalising what I was keeping, I needed an easier way to store – and find! – them. I did not use a pattern for this, but sewed it together adhoc.