Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Mannequin pin cushion I use on air

I've been getting a few queries about the pin cushion I use on air, it's my mannequin, with a bucket base, and you can find it here... hope you like it!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Froggy face coin purse

I was sent a picture and asked to make a coin purse from this little person, I think he's a cartoon character but looks like a froggy-face to me! And it actually came out a bit big for a coin purse, unless you have a lot of coins that is! There's a zip across the back, and he's fully lined. There's a You Tube video on my channel if you'd like to make one...

Friday, 17 October 2014

Voting for the Craft Awards 2014

I have two books nominated for best craft books, Half Yard Heaven and Sew Bunting, Voting has opened today and there are prizes to be won, it would be lovely to have your vote! [again... sorry, these things all seem to come at once!]

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Cosmetic bag step by step pictures

My bag measures 8" tall and 8" wide, I drew around a plate to make the curve. The cut out squares in the base are 1" along the sides.lining on the left, outer on the right.

I made my own bias tape strips

The strips went in between the two front panels

I then sewed bias along the round edge of the bag

The zip was then sewn to the bias, I used an invisible zip as it was the only red one I had, but I sewed it on the same as a regular zip.

Then do the same with the second side of the zip

sew the bag sides together from just under the end of the zip either side, and across the base.
Do the same with the lining.

Open up the cut off corners and sew to make a square base, turn the right side out.
Same with the lining!

Press the opening in the lining over by 1/4", then drop into the bag and hand-sew aroun the top.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

A few pictures from my frilly pinny workshop

We had such a lovely day!

Half Yard Home

It looks like Amazon are sending out my new book , Half Yard Home, ahead of the publication date so if you've ordered, they're on their way! I'm so pleased with this one, small projects for each room, but I love the photography more than anything. My husband is a very talented man! The pictures were takes about a year ago, it takes a good 18 months to produce a book, I'm working on three for 2016 at the moment!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Pretty plant pot tutorial

No sewing for these cute plant pots, I love the textures of terra cotta, string and linen. Perfect storage pots for pencils and bobbins and so simple to make!

I filmed a video tutorial for RedShed, take a look here...

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

My tidy sewing room!

I feel so much more organised when my rooms tidy, just need a coffee and the dog and I'm ready!

This blog nominated for an award!

I'm so excited and surprised that readers of Sew magazine have nominated this blog for an award! Voting is open now so please feel free to click and vote! And thank you all who nominated me...

Zipped wristlet tutorial

I've been making a few of these in different sizes, I'm thinking Christmas isn't very far away!

Here's the link...

Monday, 6 October 2014

Make up bag

I'm just finishing off this little make up bag, it's quite time consuming as I'm hand sewing in the lining, but I think it'll be worth it! I like the ticking, that was from Abakhan, and I made the bias tape with my Simplicity tape maker. I'll post instructions when I'm done...