Sunday catch up – a day late!

May 5, 2014

Anyone would think it was a bank holiday! Here’s hoping Handmade Harbour link party is still open.. I’ve had a productive week, yeah!! I have finished my daughters dress… sadly the finished result does not fit, the straps keep falling down, despite taking in the sides by a good inch. I suspect it will be shelved until my Mum next visits, Amy and I are confident she has…

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Bag Pattern Testing, Serger Pepper

May 1, 2014

I am delighted to share Serger Pepper’s new pattern. I recently tested the pattern for Hands-free Asymmetrical Bag, and met a lovely group of other makers and bloggers. This bag is a designed as an every day bag, perfect for many occasions. This bag is a useful messenger bag, with many pockets. The design feature I love best is the beautiful curves . The pattern comes…

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Dressmaking revisited

April 27, 2014

I have recently joined a Facebook group which sets itself sewing challenges, the first challenge I am joining in with is sewing a dress. It is a long time since I sewed an item of clothing for myself – in fact it was in my school days studying GCSE needlework (20 + years ago!). I gave up dressmaking as I struggle to envision the fabric into…

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Infinity Scarf Tutorial- Upcycled Skirt

April 24, 2014

Infinity Scarf  Tutorial – make your own scarf in less than half an hour out of an old much loved skirt. I found a lovely and soft cotton skirt in my local charity shop, which I just had to go back for (a bargain at £2.99)   To make your own: Cut off the waistband and stretched out the fabric. Cut the skirt 46cm up from…

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how does your garden grow?

April 17, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I joined in how does your garden grow blog hop run by Annie. I loved visiting other blogs and seeing posts about their gardens. Not only did I meet some great new bloggers, I was inspired by the photography skills and images I saw. I have always loved the patterns caused by tree branches (these images were taken at Holt…

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DIY Picnic Blanket Tutorial

April 13, 2014

DIY Picnic Blanket Tutorial For this project use whatever fabric you have to hand, as long as it is similar weight. This picnic blanket is made with old curtain for hemming, shirts, fat quarters, and some from the fabric from my stash. This is lined with a fabric shower curtain, just in case the grass is damp! You will need: 64 cotton fabric square’s which…

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