I’m really looking forward to this weekend! I’m spending both Saturday and Sunday at William Strikes in Carlisle and Cheshire! I’ll be demonstrating a selection of my fabric dies, template sheets and box kits! On Saturday..pop along to William Strikes Houghton Hall garden centre to join me and my trusty Gemini die-cutting and embossing machine…. Read more »

Threaders by Crafter’s Companion brings you a stunning new range of fabrics for this Spring. Available now at Crafter’s Companion I’ve put together some free projects for you to use with the fabrics. Currant Bun: Click here for instructions. Click here for pattern template     Button Wreath: Click here for instructions       Cutting Mat… Read more »

This pleated cushion cover is easier to make than it looks, and can be made in any size you like as long as the patterned pieces of fabric are cut square. I’m using a 30.5cm [12”] cushion pad, and a 6mm [1/4”] seam allowance.   Materials:   Four 15cm [6”] squares of patterned fabric 2… Read more »

Coffee or jam jars make really useful storage canisters, but aren’t usually very pretty! So why not transform a plain jar into a budding tulip, with a handy pin cushion on top! Although your jar sits inside the jacket so that you can still see the contents, you could easily label each jar with a… Read more »

    Four circles of fabric can come together to make a really unusual, simple little bag! I’ve used my new circle template which is 12″ around the outside.   You will need: 12” circle template 2 x 13” pieces of outer fabric 2 x 13” pieces of lining 8” x 6” rectangle of lining… Read more »

Cottage door stop     Prop open your door with this happy little rice-filled door stop, certain to put a smile on the faces of your visitors! As these door stops won’t go in to the washing machine, I’ve used a fabric glue to apply the flowers. You could add birds and trees to make… Read more »

    I have quite a few old sewing machines, some work but most don’t, I just love the look and nostalgic feel of these heavy old beasts! My favourite is the green Singer from the 1940’s I think, although the black cast iron machines are beautiful there are so many around, you don’t see… Read more »

I found a few pieces of fabric in my stash that were too small to make a project, one of them had a print of owls all over it. So, I decided to cut out the owls and applique them to a make up bag! I used a squirt of Stick and Spray for fabric,… Read more »

    Before I design a project, I like to pin a few ideas and fabrics to a mood board, to give me a feeling of what works [and what doesn’t]! I hate wasting time, so the worst thing for me would be to make up a whole project just to realise the colours, fabrics… Read more »

  This craft bag pattern was so easy to follow, I added webbing straps instead of the fabric ones in the instructions to make the bag a bit stronger. You could add more pockets, and even put a zip pocket inside if you wish! Although it’s called a craft bag so is ideal for your… Read more »

My cd launches on Create and Craft on Thursday, 15th Jan at 8am then four more shows [hopefully!] throughout the day.I really hope you like it, I have lots more planned!

Well I have been teasing you, so I’ll come clean! I’ve made a cd with 10 bag projects, patterns for each, and videos of how to make them. Something for beginners and something for those who can sew, projects that you can adapt with extra pockets and trimmings if you wish! It’s launching on Create… Read more »