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Archive | February, 2017

Best Press - Favourite Sewing Notions

Mary Ellen's Best Press " the clear starch alternative" Scent Free 499ml (15.9 FL OZ)

We LOVE this spray,  it seriously makes a difference and if you are a maker or quilter, we think you'll love it too.


Just shake the bottle, spray onto your fabric and press.

If you are sewing small patchwork pieces, or any sewing that includes triangles, like flying geese, half square triangles etc. you will LOVE this. It dramatically improves your accuracy as the fabric is held very stable - it's our favourite secret patchwork accuracy weapon!

A light spray of Mary Ellen's Best Press, makes the fabric crisp, so it's much easier to rotary cut. Ideal when you are cutting fabric on the bias too, as it stops it from stretching out of shape when sewing. It's perfect if you want to get your seams crisp but not stiff.

Unlike starch, Mary Ellen's Best Press doesn't flake or leave a nasty residue, it's guaranteed to become a staple in your sewing box as it will have a really positive impact on your project.

Let us know what you think, we'd love to have your opinion too 🙂

The Poppies & Polka Dots 'Design Wall' feature - Now live!

We're thrilled to announce the launch of our latest tool, the Poppies & Polka Dots Design Wall.

Think of this as your own personal design area where you can organise the fabrics on your wish list, move them around, resize them and find the perfect combinations for your next sewing project!

The Design Wall is a brand new way to draw your projects together. If you're hopping from page or theme, simply press the 'add to design wall' button and all your selections will be saved in once place.

You'll receive a pop up message which confirms that your selection has been saved and you can carry on shopping or designing as you wish!

Furthermore, all of your selections can be re-arranged and enlarged to optimise your fabric shopping experience. The Design Wall  allows you to experiment with different colour and design combinations to your hearts content!

Each product added to the design wall maintains it's product tag so that you can easily retrace your steps and find these again effortlessly or organise items by designers or collection.

At any time in your design journey you can revisit your virtual pin board of ideas at the click of a button, top right of the site as shown here marked 'My Design Wall'.

And when you're done, you can add any that you like in to your basket ready to go.

Have a play and let us know what you think.

Yours, virtual swatching! x

A Guide to Fabric Patterns - Lets call it a late Valentine's Gift from us to you!

Ever wondered what the difference is between a Pencil Stripe and a Pin Stripe or how a Herringbone compares to a Houndstooth? Well in this week's Poppy Seeds, we sent out a Poppies & Polka Dots Guide to Patterns and we just couldn't resist sharing it here too!

If you're not already signed up to our weekly 'Poppy Seeds' - free weekly tips to help your sewing skills blossom, then be sure to do so here

For now here's our guide, which can be printed off and pinned next to your sewing machine, so you'll never be confused by patterns again!

The Makers Retreat. A stylish new way to sew & make!

Love sewing? Then you'll love the newly launched Poppies & Polka Dots 'The Makers Retreat'. A whole day dedicated just to you, your sewing machine, knitting needles or hooks. Sounds like your cup of tea? We've even laid on lunch so that all you need to decide is what to make on the day.

We've included a pop up shop, showcasing all the trinkets and yummy things you love about Poppies & Polka Dots, with lots of items available to buy on the day including new releases.

When is it taking place? The first Makers Retreat will take place on Sunday 19th March 17

Venue: Penn Street Village Hall, Amersham, Buckinghamshire HP7 0PX

Allow yourself to get fully immersed in a project of your choice. Perhaps you just don't have enough time during the day or all those small distractions take the fun away. This will be a unique chance to have uninterrupted crafting time and to really get the most out of your skills, tucked away in the gorgeous village hall in Penn Street, close to Amersham. We literally can't wait.

Come and meet us! Say hello, get comfy and indulge in a day dedicated entirely to your craft. You'll be part of our first ever Retreat and it promises to be a truly indulgent day. We've thought of everything from ironing stations through to afternoon tea so that you don't have to. You've earned it.

Places are limited - follow this link to secure your place and let us know what you'll be making on the day!

Make the most of our introductory retreat price of £40 including lunch.

Yours, with sights set on this new Bumblee range for crafting with on the day! x

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