Hello September! Can you believe we’re already here? Autumn is such a wonderful season! The beautifully coloured crisp leaves, stunning forsted cobwebs, chunky knitted winter woolies and the yummy hot chocolates! I thought I’d share this tutorial with you! What a stylish way to keep your tea warmer for that little bit longer, you’ll always… 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 »

There’ll always be a last minute emergency when you’re not near a sewing machine, and a bit of hand sewing is necessary! The split in the school trousers is typically found as your son or daughter is just leaving the house for school! But this is a really simple repair. Turn the garment inside out… Read more »

What a lovely way to decorate the house or garden for a birthday party! And this bunting is really simple to make…   I cut out 13 rectangles of fabric, measuring 6″ x 16″, for the pennants. Then trimmed them with pinking shears for two reasons, they look pretty, and won’t fray! The letters were… Read more »

Piping is simply a length of cord, of various widths, sandwiched into a piece of bias binding and sewn into a seam. Usually seen on cushion covers, this technique gives a finished, professional look, and can be used on blinds, curtains, bags and clothing. Bias binding is used so that the piping will go around… Read more »

    For the apron,  cut one piece of cup cake fabric measuring 19” deep and 30” wide, and a piece of plain lining measuring the same. My waist tie measures 3” x 72”, I joined three strips together. Use a plate as a template to cut the bottom two corners into curves. Sew ric… Read more »

A tastier for my next Summer project CD launching at the end of May this free download gives you a step by step guide on how to make this curved tote bag.   Click here to access: SummerDownload

This is a perfect sized pouch for your notebook or tablet, and the pattern can easily be re-sized if you need to. 1.       Cut one piece of patterned  fabric, one of wadding and one of lining fabric . This will need to be 2″ wider than your tablet, and three times as long. Measure 3″… Read more »

My vintage-inspired apron fits a UK size 10-14, please roughly measure the bib and skirt length against yourself before cutting. Although this isn’t couture, it is nice to have a good fit! I’ve used a ½” seam allowance unless stated otherwise, and woven cotton. Pre-wash the fabric first if you like, to help prevent shrinkage… Read more »