How to print PDF patterns – lets get sewing!

Learn how to print PDF patterns at home, print and sew up your pattern straight away! I am a real fan of digital sewing patterns – for one they are instant! No waiting for a paper pattern in the post or going to the shop and secondly it is a great way of supporting indie … Read more

21 Fun Valentine Sewing Projects

Valentine Sewing Projects

With Valentines Day sneaking upon us now is the time to seek inspiration for Valentine sewing projects, whether it is as decor for your home or to share a little gift with someone special. Valentine’s Day customs go back as far as the 19 Century, from sending greeting cards to offering chocolates and presenting flowers. … Read more

15+ Back to School Sewing Ideas

Today my children broke up for the summer school holidays, but here I am thinking about back to school sewing!! It’s never too early to start sewing a project for back to school, especially, if like me, your summer holidays just fly by with lots of fun outdoor activities. 15+ Back to School Sewing Projects … Read more

Sashiko Inspired Dress

If you have not heard of sashiko before it is a Japanese word describing embroidery frequently used to repair clothes with patches. It is simple running stitches made by hand. Sashiko is usually made with white thread on indigo fabric. I have been contemplating making a dress adorned with sashiko inspired stitching for some time. … Read more

Free PDF T Shirt Patterns Reviewed

Today I am sharing with you a review of several FREE long sleeved T-Shirt PDF Patterns. It’s been a while since I took part in Me Made May over on Instagram, since then I have made several clothes for myself but done absolutely nothing about plugging the identified gaps in my handmade wardrobe, namely long-sleeved T-Shirts and … Read more

Free Wallet & Coin Purse Tutorials

Today I have a great round up of wallet and coin purses to sew – I am sure there is a free wallet pattern that suits you. The beauty of sewing your own wallet means not only can you can choose the style but also the colour and fabric. I personally love a very bright … Read more

How to assemble a PDF pattern

It’s amazing the free patterns one can find on the internet, often as downloadable PDF’s but how do you assemble them? I have tried a number of techniques – from trimming every edge and then taping which can take some time to taping the edges on top of each other.     or check out … Read more

How to make patch pockets, A Line Skirt pattern Hack

Do you spot clothes on others and think “I could make that?” I have been squeezing a little selfish sewing in, a red cord A line skirt with large patch pockets seemed the perfect addition to my wardrobe. As the basis for the skirt I used Pattern K6106, New Look from Dressmaker Magazine Make it today. … Read more

Leather DIY Clutch Purse

This DIY leather clutch takes less than an hour to make, add as much glam as you like with metallic dots.  This fold over clutch bag pattern is a perfect last minute gift. A couple of weeks back I found myself panicking about my outfit to a wedding. Rather ridiculous as everyone is always busy … Read more

Reversible Cafetiere Cosy Pattern

Do you love hot drinks? I have to admit if I am going to have a hot drink I prefer it hot, not lukewarm! This DIY gift is inspired by the desire for hot drinks. This reversible cafetiere cosy pattern makes a great practical DIY gift. I have reused tweed wool from a skirt picked up … Read more

Sew Long Summer, sewing for autumn

Oh my goodness, the children have started their new schools, autumn is so very nearly here and I feel far from ready. How did that happen?? Since participating in Me Made May on Instagram when I reviewed my handmade wardrobe I have been sewing summery items, not filling any of the gaps I identified, mainly long sleeve tops and … Read more

Skirt into a top #refashion

As the school summer holidays continue my desire to sew, to have space in my sanctuary of a sewing room has become ever stronger. When I spotted a gorgeous Monsoon skirt in a charity shop (op shop for American readers) I was immediately drawn to the fabric, an impulse purchase was made with the aspiration that … Read more