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

Secret Garden Embroidery - What Delilah Did
A natter with…What Delilah Did

Photo credit: Secret Garden Embroidery РWhat Delilah Did

 

A few weeks back, I was really excited¬†to see that the latest book by¬†What Delilah Did (created by Sophie Simpson) is about to be released. A limited number of advance copies of¬†Secret Garden Embroidery¬†(pictured above) were available to buy so I snapped one up! I know people always say that you should never judge a book by its cover, but this is one that you can instantly fall in love¬†just by looking at the beautifully stitched bee and the sweet cover illustrations. These illustrations run right through the book, and the projects are all tied together with the story of Mrs Merriweather and her wonderful garden. I am a big fan of Sophie’s books and wanted to find out more about¬†What Delilah Did, and I’m delighted to say that Sophie very kindly agreed to do a little interview for¬†Hello! Hooray! to tell us all about it…

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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

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

Mollie Makes specials
I am a huge Mollie Makes fan and when I saw that they had published another special, I knew it would be right up my street! The latest one is all about social media, and as I found the blogging special to be very helpful I decided to add it to my collection. I have been meaning to do a little review of them for ages and because this one is so good, it seemed like the perfect opportunity!  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