Sewing for a tween – Growing Up Handmade Blog Tour

I don’t know about you but finding appropriate clothes for a¬†tween can be slightly tricky. My daughter is developing her sense of style, but is at that awkward stage of outgrowing the clothes ranges we usually shop at (she in age 12 clothes). As a mere 10 year old teenager ranges are not suitable for … Read more

Sew up a cardigan in an hour! Plus Giveaway

I am delighted to be taking part in this tour. Having never sewn a cardigan I am pleased to be trying something new. I have to admit to deliberately picking cardigans I thought a) would look good but b) would be easy to sew! My first cardigan pattern is Womens Draped Cardigan from Seamingly Smitten. My fabric is … Read more

Summer top – free pattern review

Don’t you just love it when you are gifted free fabric? I was lucky to receive this lovely soft cotton. Initially I dilemmered about what to make with it until I spotted a lovely top with free pattern from Collette. Its super quick to whip up. The top just slips over the head with no fastenings to … Read more

Quilted Notebook Cover

I am delighted to join Radiant Home Studio 2 year blog celebration. Sara has  an inspiring sewing blog… Plus beautiful photographs (good photographs on a blog are always a great plus). Today I am sharing with you one of her tutorials ” Quilted Sketchbook Cover”. As an avid fan of upcycling I naturally turned to my … Read more

Layla Bag Pattern review

I love this bag – its different from any bag I have made or owned. Designed by Sarah Gido of Cosy Nest Designs, the Layla Bag can be worn over the shoulder or carried by its handles. As usual with pattern testing for Sarah I learnt some new skills – on this occasion it was the … Read more

10+ Free Patterns for Recycled Bags

The theme for this years Zero Waste week is reuse, why not refashion clothes into bags – I love the challenge and creativity involved in this. It costs little, have a go:) Here are my top 10 plus tutorials for upcycling clothes into bags. Loving this sweater bag from Renegade Seamstress – Taking less than … Read more

Free Evening Bag Patterns

What’s not to love about a bag? My husband raised his eyebrows when I recently made the comment “I need a stylish upcycled bag for Tuesday”. Bags can be so simple to make, so it can be quick and easy to whip up a bag to go with an evening outfit. Here are three of … Read more

So Sew Easy Cowl Neck Top

I mentioned last week that on my WIP was a top for myself. It’s been a tricky week in our household, which I have found rather stressful. By the time Friday arrived I felt ready to treat myself and whip up this top ready for a girls night in Saturday evening:) The top is a … Read more

Ellory Bag Pattern Review

Introducing the Ellory Bag by Cozy Nest Design. One of the reasons I enjoy pattern testing is that I stretch my skills, this bag sure did. It was one of those occasions when I just made silly error after silly error. I started off feeling chuffed. As suggested I marked out the pattern pieces on the interfacing, … Read more

Liliane Bag Pattern Review

I appreciate it’s been a bit quiet round here – I missed posting last Sunday, fairly unheard of for me! Behind the scenes I have been busy pattern testing. First up I have pattern tested for Delinda Boutique. The Liliane Bag is the first of Maria’s designs I have sewn, I was not disappointed! Of course … Read more

Noodlehead Tote – Pinterest make

One of my New year resolutions this year is to make items I have pinned, after all  I have many fabulous pinned ideas. I fell in love with this bag by Noodlehead last summer when I saw this gorgeous version made by Imagine Gnats.   When my California Sunshine bag died on the way home from the park on … Read more

Soft Toy “Another Little Fishy” pattern review

Introducing Finger Pocket Fish “Another Little Fishy”. Short of a last minute gift? This fish cuddly toy – puppet would make a great present. I have been fortunate to pattern test for Janette from Just Bananas Over Soft Toys. She is passionate about creating soft toys, in her own words “The prospect of transforming a … Read more