Puppy poop bag holder – tutorial

Puppy poop bag holder – tutorial

Not my most glamorous make, but very useful! I find that clean poop bags get tucked away into pockets and bags, and I can never find one when I want one.  This holder can be hung on the back of a door, and it has saved me so much time already.  Pup is grateful too … Continue reading

The most amazing chocolate cheesecake

The most amazing chocolate cheesecake

Mmm…. chocolate three ways – white, dark and biscuit! This is my go-to pudding when we have guests.  It has a dark chocolate digestive base, white chocolate cheesecake (I use Green & Black’s white chocolate with vanilla) and dark chocolate swirled on the top. No cooking, can be made up to two days before and … Continue reading

How to make a simple skirt difficult

How to make a simple skirt difficult

This was the first piece of vintage fabric I bought – about four years ago – and the piece that made me want to start sewing clothes.  I’m glad I waited this long to use it – it was a nightmare to sew. Fortunately, I chose a simple pattern, a circle skirt on a yolk, … Continue reading

Sewing space and stash essentials

Sewing space and stash essentials

I enjoyed reading about Jenny’s ( Bobbins and Whimsy ) 7 sewing stash essentials – and interested to see most of them were different from mine. So I thought I’d share too! 1. Thread of many colours This is the wooden tray I keep by my sewing machine.  I found it in an antique shop and … Continue reading

Quilting – a new obsession?

Quilting – a new obsession?

I’ve been bitten by the quilting bug! Quilting has never really appealed to me before.  It looked like you have to be very precise (not me at all) and I’d rather spend the fabric fund on material for clothes. Then last summer I read The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier, which got me interested in … Continue reading

Spring Sewing Swap

Spring Sewing Swap

Thank you to Kerry of Kestrelmakes for organising the Spring Sewing Swap.  I was very lucky to be paired with Alexa of Almost a Hippy.  Look at the wonderful things she found for me! First, this beautiful butterfly print jersey fabric. I have a choice of two patterns in mind, both from Burda magazine February … Continue reading

June and half year goals update

June and half year goals update

2014 resolution – to make 52 things I’ve made 23 items, so almost on target.  Most were made from stash fabric (v.good) but only eight  were for me!  More selfish sewing is definitely needed. June goals One of my June goals was to take more photos.  This is one of my favourites.  I’m really pleased … Continue reading

Anna Maria Horner Roundabout top

Anna Maria Horner Roundabout top

I’m always looking for new woven top patterns, and when I saw the Anna Maria Horner Roundabout dress and top on the South West Stitchers swap table I pounced! (Politely – there was no grabbing, I promise). The cover doesn’t look promising – I can’t tell you how much this dress wouldn’t suit me – … Continue reading

Tooth fairy pillow – tutorial

Tooth fairy pillow – tutorial

Logan, my youngest nephew, has just lost his first tooth. The excitement! As all major occasions should be celebrated in stitched form, I thought I’d make him a Tooth Fairy pillow to hang on his door. Logan likes to write letters, and so does our local Tooth Fairy, so it has a back pocket for … Continue reading

FFO – Finally Finished Object!

FFO – Finally Finished Object!

What’s the longest you’ve taken to make something, start to finish?  This top, Butterick 3385, took a year and a half! I made it at the beginning of 2012.  Muslined first, then spent time finishing with french seams and bias bound the underbust seam.  I must have forgotten to try it on during making, because … Continue reading