Sewing machine bag

A little while back I made a cover for my sewing machine (click here to see that post) and it has been brilliant for keeping my machine super clean! But because I don’t have a craft room, I have to move it around. A lot. It would be helpful to do this without having to take the cover off all the time, and I also do that thing where I sit down ready to sew and then realise that I have left the pedal somewhere else! This just means a lot of wandering around finding things. So I decided to make a sewing machine bag to solve the problem – I can keep my pedal in the bag, and then carry it around wherever I need to!  Read More

Simplicity bloggers challenge | Hello! Hooray!
Simplicity blogger challenge

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on my dress for the Simplicity blogger challenge – and (with only a couple of days to spare) I have finished. Phew! When I heard about the challenge I knew I’d have to give it a go, and had an idea of what I wanted to do straight away. Other than my Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress (which I still haven’t blogged about) I have never actually made a dress! I have made tops and skirts, waistcoats and even that pair of trousers for Tom, but never a dress. This is also my first time adapting a pattern too, so I really have learnt a lot by making this dress! Having completed it, I’m definitely hooked on making dresses, so I will have to get around to making more. This dress is entered in the ‘best dressmaking project’ category. Read More

Geometric painted roll-up blinds | Hello! Hooray!
Geometric painted roll-up blinds

When we planned our new kitchen, we knew that it would be a lovely light, bright space. Now that we’re well in to spring and the days are sunnier and longer, we’re really feeling the benefit of this! We knew that we’d have to get some blinds for the windows, and found one for the front one no problem (we just got a cream Venetian one, so it matches the front window in the living room). But the back windows are a little trickier – we used to have a roller blind in the existing window, but fitting something over the new door and window would be tough as there isn’t a lot of space. And I really wanted them to match, so it meant one thing: having a go at making them!  Read More

Fabric covered exercise books | Hello! Hooray!
Fabric covered exercise books

It’s National Stationery Week this week, and I thought I’d make a little project to celebrate (as a bonus post for today – yay!). These fabric covered exercise books take no time at all to make and are great for fabric stash busting! I’ve used mini notebook-sized ones here, but any size notebook with a thick paper cover will work just fine. Make one for yourself or a set of three for a little gift! Although I have used a plain fabric here, patterns do work best so bear this in mind when you’re choosing what to use. Read More

Vintage sewing treasures

Tom’s Nanna recently passed on a box of vintage sewing treasures to me, and I had to let you see them! I was so excited to discover what was inside… I love anything vintage but especially sewing things. They always make me wonder who used them and where they came from. I don’t actually know anything about these, but I’ll find out and will let you know!  Read More

Hello! Hooray! | Filofax inserts
Filofax inserts
About a year ago, I decided to have a revamp of my Filofax inserts and wrote a little tutorial for my other crafty project, Less Grafting More Crafting. I fancied having a change with the inserts recently and thought it would be good to freshen everything up (including the tutorial), which was good because we’re actually having issues with our site at the moment so it’s not currently available. It was a really popular tutorial and I’m sad that our site is down, but we’re working hard to solve the issues asap! Making new inserts for your Filofax is really easy and it’s a great way to personalise your organiser. When I made my original inserts I included all sorts of things, but with this second revamp I’ve really worked out what I need and what works for me, so you can do the same too. It’s a very personal thing, using your organiser, so I hope you find some of these things useful and that you might give this project a go!  Read More

Liberty patchwork drawstring bag

I love love love Liberty fabric, and wanted to use my charm pack to make something that I could use all the time. I’ve been doing a lot of hand stitching recently and decided that it would be useful to have something to keep a project all together, so my Liberty patchwork drawstring bag is just perfect! I can tidy things away quickly and take it with me on the go too. You could use any fabric scraps for this project – you don’t have to use Liberty fabric, as long as the print is fairly small – and it would make a great gift. Read More

Another patchwork baby quilt

I have recently made another patchwork baby quilt for one of our dear friends who has just had her first baby. This baby is a miracle really, especially after she was told in 2013 that she would never be able to have children – it was the most wonderful news when she told us! I obviously had to make a quilt, as this is my tradition now. I knew that it would have to feature music in some way and I found this amazing Michael Miller fabric – it’s called Jazz Between Friends guitar in the adventure shade. Love it! Read More