Why sewing machines are essential…

I’ve just spent the morning with a group of lovely ladies who fed me cake. Yep. It’s a great deal when you can swap some skills for actual tea and cake and something to be advised I’m sure medicinally. They wanted a sewing machine trial -a play about and learn some basics before cracking on…

Filo-Faxed…Filo-Fixed…

This is such a 1980’s problem -a perfectly reasonable filofax malfunctions in the elastic strappy-thing department. No problem -time for a quick fix! You will need:-Sturdy velcro (15cm strip);-Two contrasting bits of fabric (one sturdy, one not);-Bondaweb;-Some ribbon (as long as diary around plus 15cm);-A chunky button;-A sewing machine & usual bits & bobs… How…

The Making of a Dress…

It was a mission, I’m not going to lie. My Auntie Sue gave me a 1951 Vogue pattern for an evening dress -turns out that patterns made in the Fifties don’t have a whole lot of printing on them…The instructions are a little presumptive too; like you’re Coco Chanel and this is something you’d do…

My Fabric Family Tree…

I’ve been tidying and having a sort out recently(were hopefully selling our house) and I realised that I have something of a fabric obsession. It’s genetic. Can’t argue with it. Then I got me a thinking about where all these pieces came from, and there were some good times…Some pretty icky screaming baby times too,…

Teach a toddler to sew…

There’s probably an Early Years list of all the things a four year old should be able to do…In fact there is and I haven’t read it. But if I was in charge of writing such things, I think this would be on it…It’s a pre-cursor to tying your shoelaces and really works on the…

Cover yourself up!

My poor old machine…It comes up against a lot of abuse…The spool holder is repaired with a cocktail stick and I have been woefully neglegent with the oiling of it all. After nearly 7 years of hard graft I thought it about time to treat it to a proper cover. This is how it goes……

Making a week…

This week has been about the making -I still can’t get the balance right between actually producing stuff and blogging/etsy-ing and doing the research you need to get going! That, and I had to remake the little kitty cats made earlier in January as good old Royal Mail has them ‘somewhere’ over the Atlantic…grrr. So…

An army of cats…

Cats seem to be featuring highly at the moment…and I don’t even have a cat? What does it say when most of the lovely people I follow on instagram have cats? And when I get etsy commissions to make cats?…Probably ‘get a cat’….can’t I have a ferret instead? x

Blind leading the blind!

So Hannah and I set about another project (as if wrestling FOUR kids under 5 on a freezing day wasn’t enough)…To whip up blinds for her playroom. Her mum (ace lady of fine ideas) thought this one through -how to make blinds without cords that can cause horrid accidents when kids get involved. We’ve all…

Be Mine Valentine…

Just when you thought you uld put away the fabric scraps after Christmas decoration making… Valentines Day gives us girlies the green light to propose…even though I’m married I might just ask hubbie again (he better say yes…). But why buy a card that ends up being blown off the shelf (i’m sure there’s another…

From deepest, darkest Peru…

A little while ago I found a pair of kids curtains in a charity shop -pretty old but a lovely Paddington Bear print…a quick wash and they come up lovely, and so far have become several crafty makes. Two cushion covers brightened up the spare room, and a seat cover for Sam’s chair at the…