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

Fabric stash inventory

This project and post was inspired by one of my lovely blog readers, Jennie! We met last summer at Harrogate station (on our way home from the Great Northern Quilt Show) and we have been in touch since then via my blog and social media. One of Jennie’s resolutions this year is not to buy any new fabric, but to use up her stash of fabric for projects that she’s working on. I have already bought a bit of fabric this year, so I can’t do exactly what Jennie is doing – but, having to sort out a lot of stuff (i.e. the whole house) after the kitchen work was finished made me think a lot about my own fabric stash and the amount of room that it takes up… So, I decided that I’d do a little fabric stash inventory. Because, let’s face it, I couldn’t remember everything that I have!  Read More

Instagram Gallery: January 2015

It’s time for my Instagram gallery for the month! January has been a hectic month here, but it has been a great one! I celebrated my 29th birthday, and our kitchen build is almost complete. I caught up with lots of friends and we survived the gales and a bit of snow, and I’m enjoying my 365 Grateful challenge. Here’s a gallery of some of my Instagram photos from January:

 

 

Follow me on Instagram @hellohoorayblog 🙂 Click here if you would like to read my review of my Janome 525S sewing machine.