Diaper/Changing Bag

My brother and sister-in-law are expecting their first baby in December. I am delighted to share with you the diaper bag I have made for them.

Changing Bag

I used a free pattern from Sew4Home. As usual with a bag with many pockets I found it a little intimidating, but in reality it was easy to sew.

Changing bag

The pattern was well laid out with clear instructions and photographs.

The fabric was gifted to me, my sister-in-law chose it from my stash as a fun gender neutral fabric.

Baby Change Bag

I deviated a little from the pattern, omitting some of the internal pockets, and using plain lining fabric as opposed to the recommended Pull fabric (making use of fabric stash rather than purchasing!)

Homemade Christmas present

I created  small zip bag, lined with fabric shower curtain, my thoughts were of explosive nappies and carrying home rather dirty baby clothes!

I hope you have had an equally productive and creative week, I have to admit to feeling rather chuffed that I have finished my first homemade Christmas present!




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Quick & Easy Halloween Spider Costume

EASY HalloweenCostumeHow to make a quick and easy halloween spider costume…

Twenty four hours prior to a halloween party my daughter decides she wishes to go, dressed up. I don’t know about you but it would grate to spend money on a costume she is only going to wear once. Likewise I didn’t have hours to make something intricate or complicated.

I hit upon the idea of a spiders web cut out from felt, loosely stitched onto an existing top. Initially I planned on making a red dress but realised that a) I didn’t have the fabric and b) we could use clothes she already had!

To make your own, you will need felt, an old top, tailors chalk, scissors and thread.

Start by loosely cutting out your felt to the size of your top.

Halloween Costume

Mark out your spiders web using tailor’s chalk.

Easy spiders web costume

Cut out the spiders web

DIY Halloween Costume


Lay out your felt web, pin in place and then hand stitch down.

We paired the top up with sparkly tights and skirt.


and added some face paints, one finished halloween spider costume

Halloween Spider Costume

Total cost nothing, result!




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Sunday Update – feeling blessed

As National Wool Week draws to a close I am pleased to show you my finished cowl… just in the nick of time with the complete change of weather.


I love this Winter Garden by Debbie Bliss wool… not sure it goes with my coat but who cares?! It was a fab quick knit:) Needless to say I have of course two other knitting projects on the go, a jumper for my son and a cardigan for my daughter – they will keep on growing which means it takes me longer to knit them clothes! Have you done anything to celebrate wool week?

I have also managed to carry on working on building up stock in my Etsy shop, listing two new corduroy bags.

Chooclate Cord Shoulder Bag

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This week I have been delighted and surprised by various people’s kindness – Jill over at Creating my way to Success contacted me and kindly promoted my bags on her blog. If you have not visited her blog before you really should, she has over a 100 free tutorials, and has a tendency to recycle too:)

Natalie over at Free Spirit Designs directed me to Press Loft. I have signed up to a 60 day free trial. Here’s hoping I gain some press coverage. This coming week’s focus is creating some press worthy images, including cut out images (heres hoping for a great tutorial for free software so I can do this!).

And a special big mention for Leah:) In the UK Lidl had a special offer on an overlocker (serger), reduced from the usual selling price of £210 to £129. Inevitably they sold out in many places within minutes of opening. I have never met Leah but as a result of a group Facebook chat she very generously bought one on my behalf and took the risk that I would reimburse her, this took me aback with kindness… In return I am making a cover for her grandson due in December.

I hope you have had an equally productive and blessed week, off to check out Handmade Harbour,



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