Monday, 9 November 2015

Paws the cat

This is a door stop from issue 2 of my magazine, I've seen lots of your projects already, I think this ones going to be popular!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

How to draw the perfect heart

The perfect heart can be quite a tricky shape to draw, so here’s my tip... fold a piece of card in half. Take a small plate, ribbon spool or anything round of the size you want, and place it over the fold. Draw around the curve.
Then take a ruler, and draw a line from the side of the circle to the fold. If you make a short line, you’ll have a fat heart, a longer line will give you a ‘Scandinavian’ shape heart! Simple!


Friday, 6 November 2015

Sew Inspired magazine issue 2 is out now!

Issue 2 of Sew Inspired is now out! These are a few projects from the magazine,
 hot water bottle cover,
These are the purses on the free cd,

a bit of recycling...

always a smocking project!
And a free pattern!

Friday, 18 September 2015

Craft awards 2015

I'm so excited to have been nominated for two craft awards this year, Half Yard Christmas for Beat Craft Book and Bags Galore! for Best Craft CD! If you'd like to give me a little tick, here's the link... and thank you in advance!

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Quilted covers and cosies

My next book is Quilted Covers and Cosies, simple little item for the home, a beginner will easily be able to make them. Its published in November.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

My shop has moved, with 20% dicount

As my web site had so much traffic I'm afraid it didn't cope too well, so my shop has moved over to Crafters Companion, which also means that club members get a discount!

My magazine, Sew Inspired

A few pictures from issue 1 of my brand new sewing magazine, Sew Inspired, it comes with £30 of free gifts including a cd, dress pattern and heart template, and over 20 projects! I've had some lovely feedback, and  seems to be selling out on the news stands...

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

My web site

I do apologise for my web site being down for so long, hopefully my team will have it sorted tomorrow, I think I need a few special offers to apologise!

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Todays make! A carpet bag

I'm working on some bag patterns, and this is my take on the traditional carpet bag! I must admit I'm hooked, I think I'll be making a few of these!

Friday, 14 August 2015

My new magazine, Sew Inspired!

Gosh this is so exciting... my very first magazine is now on sale, in all the major new stands and on Create and Craft. 21 projects and £30 worth of freebies! Hope you like it!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Grace clasp handle purse

I have some bag frames on my web site and am designing some simple patterns to go with them, I love this little purse, simple but classy, and you can interchange the handle with different coloured bags so its really versatile too!
They're only £9.99, you can find them here...

Friday, 17 July 2015

It's Still Christmas on Create and Craft!

I'll see you this afternoon at 4 and 7 with my Christmas cds! I've brought some lovely new fabrics too, in the scandi style everyone loves... you can see more on my web site, along with some new Tilda fat quarters!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Matilda Bag make from today!

This little bag is made from ticking and seeded cotton, with a slightly adapted Matilda Bag Pattern from my paper pattern range. I love the look of ticking, smart and quite nautical, and it's so soft to work with! The Matilda pattern has a zipped pocket inside and a patch pocket on the front, a nice size for day or evening!

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Free tote bag pattern and video tutorial

I've popped a free pattern download on my web site, it'll be there till the 12th July, enjoy!

This is the bag, it's a simple tote with a zipped pocket on the inside. Click here to download in the US, and here for the UK... and either for the rest of the world!

Friday, 19 June 2015

My day with the mini sewers!


This is Ellie, Lottie and Annabel, three cousins with a passion for sewing, so lovely to see in a young person. When I arrived they were making scissor keepers from my Spring cd, and I must admit I was slightly envious of their fabulous sewing room!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

My Christmas cd!

This is Christmas Carole, the tree fairy, and Santa Claus from my latest double cd set. There are 5 characters and 5 very easy Christmas decorations, with 10 sets of photographic step by step instructions, 10 patterns to download and 10 links to video tutorials. Available on my web site., from Friday 12th June. All of the patterns can be adapted, so for instance  Carole can become a rag doll, the robins could be birds of paradise, the penguin... well I suppose he'll always be a penguin! But you can enjoy them all year round.
The fabrics are also new, Scandinavian inspired reds and greys. I love working with good quality fabric, and this certainly is!


Friday, 5 June 2015

Would you like to be on my design team? [UK only I'm afraid...]

I'm looking for new Design Team members! This is an exciting chance for those of you who love sewing and love my products! Applications are open from 05/06/15 to 19/06/15. The design team will be picked by an independent group of industry specialists.

Read all the details and fill out the form here:

Friday, 29 May 2015

Summer Cd with free fabric now available on my web site

I'm giving away 2 half yards of fabric free with the cds, whilst I have the stock!

Click here to take a look...

Saturday, 16 May 2015

No sew hessian/burlap flowers

These pretty, hessian flowers don't involve a sewing machine, and are so much fun to make!
See how to here...  

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

My interview with Lauren Guthreie from the Sewing Bee

I met Lauren from the Great British Sewing Bee at Olympia earlier this year, and she kindly agreed to my little interview! She has a book published, Sew With Lauren, and you can get a signed copy here.

1.     I know you’ve been sewing for most of your life, do you remember the first thing you ever made?

My earliest memory of sewing was when I was 4 years old. I used to come home from school for lunch and I can remember my Mum teaching me how to make a stitch sampler. I used to love it and wouldn’t want to go back to school so I could keep working on it. I’ve still got the sampler today up on my wall!


2.     Do you enjoy any other crafts? Baking, knitting, papercraft etc?

 I do enjoy other crafts and have tried lots of things from screen printing, to upholstery. I still knit really regularly now and like to crochet too but I’m not very good at tensioning my yarn to I always end up with hand cramp. I used to bake a lot, mostly cakes and cookies, but don’t have as much time any more.


3.     Sewing must take up a large part of your day, how do you relax?

Funnily enough I relax by sewing too. Sometimes I can’t just sit and rest if I have a project idea in my head. I do run as well which helps me relax.


4.     What are your favourite fabrics to work with? And are you drawn to a particular colour?

 I love light weight cottons the best. My favourite colours are mustard, coral and dark blue and I really like small floral prints.


5.     Tell us a little about your shop, and why you decided to leave your job as a physiotherapist to set it up?

Being creative has always been a passion of mine as I was growing up but I was pushed into more academic subjects like maths and chemistry in school.  I love working with other people and physiotherapy fitted that bill at the time. After over 5 years in the NHS I realised that my true passions were in the creative world. At the same time my husband was deciding to what to do with a building he had owned for a long time that wasn’t being used. We decided to solve both dilemmas and renovate the building into a shop and sewing school and just see how things went. The building is incredible! We are in the middle of Moseley Village in South Birmingham and its a conservation area so we wanted to restore it to it's full glory. It took over a year to renovate the place and set up the shop. Since we opened in April 2013, it’s been amazing and I’m so happy that the shop and workshops have been so busy as popularity of sewing continues to grow.


6.     The Great British Sewing Bee was a special time for you, did you learn anything from the show? And do you keep in touch with any of the contestants?

The Sewing Bee was an amazing experience! Before the show there were a lot of garments that I had never made before – the trousers, a jacket and a man’s shirt. I would have never thought I was capable of things that are quite complicated but I had to just get on with it at the time. It made me realise that a lot of the time its lack of confidence and fear that things will go wrong that hold people back. If I had been at home I wouldn’t have made those things but the show pushed me to new limits and I’ve not looked back since! I do still keep in touch with some of the contestants. The whole process of being involved in the show is very intense and its only really the other contestants that understand what its like – so it’s really lovely to have made some friends for life from it! 


Video tutorial for free lip purse pattern

If you'd like to see the video tutorial for my free downloadable Lottie Lip Zip pattern, click here!

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Paper owl and bag patterns

These are my first six paper patterns, including Betsy the owl cushion and purse, a caravan sewing machine dust cover, mannequin pin cushion, and a handbag and matching purse. They launch on Create and Craft UK on Tuesday the 21st at 11, but will also be available individually and in bundles on my web site, from Tuesday night. Hope you like them!


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Free bag downloads!

The patterns and instructions for these two little purses are free on my web site, just subscribe to my newsletter and download! Hope you like them...

Thursday, 26 March 2015

My web site is now live in the US!

My new web site is now shipping to the US! Take a look at [If you're in the |U|K you'll automatically be taken to the UK web site...]

You'll find free downloads, my cds, fabrics, tools, blog, inspiration and I'll be adding more each month! You can contact me and the team there too, I'd love to hear your comments and see your pictures!

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

My new Spring cd!

This is my second cd twin pack, there are 10 sewing projects, 10 sheets of instructions with patterns, and 10 links to video tutorials. It's launching on Create and Craft in the UK on Saturday 21st March, and should be on my web site soon after, I'm still working on my US web site but hopefully that will be very soon!

I think the slippers quite suit him...

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

New Owl Fabric on my web site...

Only in the UK I'm afraid, this lovely Owl print cotton fabric has just flown in to my web site! Perfect for making the Betsy Owl bag from my Bags Galore cd!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Nursery projects with JoAnn fabrics

Thought you may like to see the nursery set I'm working on with JoAnn fabric and fleece, the nappy stacker is from my Sew Useful book, the baby bag... well you'll just have to wait and see! Fleece is an easy fabric to work with as it doesn't fray, so it's the perfect fabric to fringe!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Half Yard Christmas

Just to let you know that signed copies of my next book, Half Yard Christmas will be available on my web site. from June, if you'd like to reserve a copy please register your interest here and you could be one of the first to receive one!

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

My book award!

The pictures a bit dark, but this is the award I won for Half yard Heaven, it received Highly Commended best New Craft Book 2014 and thats something I'm very proud of! Thanks to all of you who voted, I think this will keep me floating for months!

Thursday, 19 February 2015

JoAnn shows on C&C USA

Just to let you know in the States we're still live this weekend on Create and Craft ,com with JoAnn Fabric and Craft stores, tomorrow it's storage solutions and Sunday will be fleece. Next week the Ottlite will be back in stock and we're doing a bit of quilting! The shows are at 3pm eastern. As we're live over the weekend you can e mail into the show!

Walkaway dress

I'll try and make up as much as I can of the Walkaway dress on Create and Craft UK today, it's a simple dress to make but you'll need a large area for cutting! I used the floor but Alfie thought it was a comfy place to sit too...

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

I'm moving home...

What I mean is I'm creating a new blog on my web site, where I'll be keeping you up t date with what I'm up to, and there will be free projects and videos for you to enjoy. It'll be easier to find old posts and projects, so I do hope you'll join me there! As it's on my web site you can also sign up for a newsletter, free each month. Let me know what you think!

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Sweetie fabric bag

Another bag made from the fabric and pattern on my web site, this is a craft bag with lots of pockets, but would be just as useful as a grocery bag! I didn't make the fabric handles as instructed on the patter, as I was running out of time, so I used webbing instead.