Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Little Lady Liberty Blog Hop

I am so pleased to be part of the 'Little Lady Liberty' Blog Hop.

Little Lady Liberty is a gorgeous new sewing book by Alice Caroline. It is packed full lovely patterns and step by step instructions to make beautiful items for girls using gorgeous Liberty fabrics which Caroline also sells here. Liberty prints are just so pretty with a really vintage 'English' feel to them. Perfect for little girls.

This book is absolutely gorgeous to look at and packed full of lovely things to make from lampshades, duvets and quilts to skirts, dolls and storage baskets and even little things like belts and hair scrunchies. There is something for everyone from the novice sewer to the more advanced and lots of things that children could also make for themselves.

I am really tempted to have a go at several of the projects in this lovely book. I just need to find some time! I'm also very tempted to invest in some Liberty fabrics!

You can buy a hard copy of the book on the Stitch, Craft, Create website here or the ebook version here. You can find lots of other lovely crafty books as well on the Stitch, Craft, Create website here.

Happy sewing!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Sew Scrumptious Fabulous Fabric Giveaway!

To celebrate the final of the Great British Sewing Bee, we are having a fabric giveaway!

You can win a 5 half metres of these gorgeous fabrics from the new 'Spring Hare' collection from Lewis & Irene PLUS a metre of fabric of your choice!! Thats 3.5 metres in total.


All you have to do to enter is pop over to the Sew Scrumptious website and let us know which fabric you would choose if you won to go along with your Spring Hare Bundle. You can gain extra entries if you choose to share the giveaway on Twitter and facebook etc.

Can't wait to get your hands on some lovely fabrics? There is a 5% discount off all our lovely fabrics if you enter PATRICK at the checkout.

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Happy sewing!

Giveaway ends on 31 March 2015 at 5pm.

Friday, 26 December 2014

Sew Scrumptious Sale!

The Sew Scrumptious Sale is now on! Hundreds of lovely fabrics have been discounted in order to make room for lots of fabulous new fabrics arriving next year. 

You can find all the sale fabrics on the website here.

Pop over and have a look. You know it makes sense!

Thursday, 11 December 2014


I love getting parcels in the post so I was very excited when the lovely people at Jacqui Small sent me a copy of Giftwrapped by Jane Means to review. Jane is THE giftwrapping queen and sells the the most gorgeous ribbons online so I couldn't wait to check out some of her ideas and tips.

Giftwrapped is such a lovely book. Full of gorgeous photography and great ideas for wrapping gifts. I've used lots of Janes's lovely ribbons in sewing projects before as one of her Ribbon Bloggers but it was lovely to see them all used in a different way.

The book was full of inspiration and tips for wrapping different shaped items and how you can use different items to embellish your gifts. I loved the idea of using 'recycled' items like old money, keys, photographs or vintage books or sheet music to decorate gifts. You can also use feathers, beads or old jewellery to add a touch of glamour! There is even a section on tying the perfect bow in different types of ribbon.

Giftwrapped is a lovely book to browse through particularly at this time of year. I've already got lots of lovely ideas for all my Christmas presents. 

You can order Giftwrapped at the discounted price of £16.00 including p&p* (RRP: £20.00), telephone 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk and quote the offer code APG252. *UK ONLY - Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas. You find more lovely craft books here

Monday, 27 October 2014

Christmas Sewing Gifts for 2014

Its the annual Sew Scrumptious round up of gorgeous gift ideas for people who love sewing. 20 gorgeous goodies that would be welcome in anyones Christmas Stocking including mine! This list is perfect for dropping massive hints to loved ones so please feel free to share.

First up is this gorgeous Sewing Machine Necklace by Strangely Yours £22.92. They have a fab range of quirky jewellery including cute little cameras. Pop over and check out their etsy shop.

Next we have this lovely box of vintage style mini wooden spools from Crabtree Lane £22. Perfect for storing ribbons and lace and it also comes in a very pretty box!

Love this gorgeous Cotton Reel Necklace by Rock Rose Jewellery £45. This necklace is made from Sterling Silver and you can even choose the thread colour!

I couldn't resist adding this print to the list. 'The Lace Singer' A3 Print is designed by By Charlies Hand £25. The print is from an original papercut by Charlotte Trimm.

Another gorgeous necklace. This 'Love You Sew' Oval Pincushion Necklace is by Wychbury Designs £18. Absolutely beautiful with a real vintage feel.

I've just ordered myself one of these pretty Craft Wall Planners by Artwork by Angie £14.50. Perfect for reminding me of all my deadlines next year! A little treat to myself!

I just adore the colours of these Tape Measure Bangles £29 by Bloom Boutique.
These are definitely on my Christmas list this year.

This Large Cotton Reel Storage Pot by The Posh Scarecrow £10 would make a brilliant addition to a craft room or office. Perfect for storing scissors or pens.

This 'Threads' Hand Screen Printed Cushion by Mintprint £45 would look perfect in my lounge! Love the retro feel of the design. Gorgeous!

These cute little handbag size mirrors would make great stocking fillers for a crafty person. They are from Love Lammie & Co and are only £3.50

Vintage looking inspired sewing inspired Door or Drawer Knobs by Surface Candy £14.95 would liven up any chest of drawers and would be perfect in a sewing room. A great idea!

I have this Button Rug £35 from IKEA in my daughters bedroom. Its so colourful and bright and would also be great for a craft room.

Who doesn't love a vintage Singer? These screen printed Sewing Machine Tote Bags by Stephanie Cole Design £9.95 would make a lovely Christmas gift. Absolutely love the design.

Really like this quirky Antique Sewing Machine & Birds Art Print by Roo Abrook £10. Such beautiful colours. 

Make a fabulous lampshade with a Sew Scrumptious Lampshade Kit. So easy to make. Just add half a metre of fabric or wallpaper for a gorgeous individual lampshade. Available in 20cm and 30cm. From £10. 

I drink a lot of tea so these Sewing Alphabet Mugs by Becka Griffin Illustration £13.50 would be perfect for me! Another great gift idea for a crafty friend maybe?

This gorgeous Liberty 'Betsy' Print Sewing Scissors and Case by Liberty London is only £7.95. They come in a range of different Liberty prints and would make a fabulous gift. I love how you can attach the scissors to the case. I am always losing my scissors!

This is the fourth year these Patchwork Tiles by Welbeck Tiles £75 have featured on the Christmas Gift List. I just LOVE them so much. The prettiest tiles ever. One day they will be mine!

Sometimes you just have to think big when it comes to presents. You never know your luck!! Just LOVE the design of the new Oekeki Renaissance Free Motion Sewing Machines. £599. Find out more on the Oekeki website here

and finally you can never have enough fabric! Choose from a gorgeous selection of quirky and contemporary fabrics at Sew Scrumptious. Fabric makes a perfect gift and as its the season to be jolly, we will even give you a 5% discount on all fabric orders until Christmas. Just type XMAS at the checkout. All fabric comes wrapped in tissue paper ready to hand over on Christmas Day!

Thats it. My top 20 gifts for people who love sewing. Let me know which is your favourite and please feel free to pin this post or share on Facebook and Twitter. Would love to know what you are getting for Christmas!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Adventures in Dress Making - Part 1

I have been meaning to learn some proper dress making skills for ages now as I am surrounded by gorgeous fabrics but rarely make anything for myself. Although I can sew, I am self taught and I have to admit to being a bit scared by 'proper' dress making so when I was asked to review 'The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction' by Christina Haynes, it seemed like a sign to jump in and start giving it a go!

The book was a really good starting point for me and a great resource for understanding the basic construction of different items of clothing. It explains all the different terms you read about and helps demistify sewing patterns. There are chapters which explain measuring and what materials you need to use for different garments. It also includes sections on darts, gathering, pleats, pin tucks, shirring, pockets, collars, sleeves and hems amongst other things. Everything a novice dress maker would need to know to get started. 

I love the fact that the book uses photos rather than diagrams. My brain just doesn't do diagrams and I find photos so much easier to follow. I know that its a book I  will return to again and again as my confidence grows and I get braver in the things I make You can buy this lovely book on Amazon here. It would make a great Christmas gift!

Motivated by my lovely new book, I invited my cousin to come over to try and make an A line skirt with me. We also had some help from a lovely local dress maker friend called Rachel. After much discussion and debate and reading of the book and pattern, we finally did it. The finished result is being modelled by Jill. Its got pockets and everything!

We made a few mistakes along the way but both feel really motivated to try and make more clothes now. Watch this space!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Fun of the Fair - Blog Hop & Giveaway!

I am very excited to be part of a Blog Hop to promote the new 'Fun of the Fair' book by Melanie McNeice of Melly & Me. Its a gorgeous new sewing book full of lovely patterns to make cute little animal toys for children.

I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of the ebook and immediatly fell in love with these gorgeous seals. They are just so cute so I thought I should dust off my sewing machine and try and make one! 

and here is my attempt! 


The pattern was easy to follow although a little bit fiddly for a toy making novice like me! I managed to make one in a few hours though and will definitely be making more in the future for my children and their friends. It was great to try making something new.
There are so many lovely projects in the book

You can order a print copy of the book here. If you preorder now you will also receive a copy of the ebook for free. You can buy the book as an ebook here.

If you are a bit addicted to sewing books like me, there is a lovely selection of sewing books generally here

The best thing is that one lucky reader of my blog can win a copy of the book! Just leave a comment below and I will pick a lucky winner on Sunday 19 October at 5pm.

You can see lots of other posts from the blog hop here

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