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Kona Cotton Solids

Be your own designer with our extensive range of Kona cotton solids by Robert Kaufman. Kona cotton solids are renowned for their high quality 100% cotton construction and allow you to be the creator of your own designs. With over 40 shades available from £8 a metre, you'll be limited only by how daring you feel!

Why plain fabric?

Plain fabric enables you to incorporate, subtly or overtly, an entirely bespoke arrangement of tones without restriction. There is simply no end of colour combinations and no limitations that would otherwise exist when putting printed designs together. We've pulled together some inspiration so you can see what we're talking about!

1. The quilted picture:

How absolutely stunning is this story of cotton reels, simply put together yet intricately adorned with stunning stitch detailing that speaks for itself. Image credit

2. The 'oh my god I have to make one' blanket:

Rich, sumptuous and perfect in every way. Endless appeal. Image credit

3. The muted-tone perfection wall hanging:

This arrangement is so cool and understated it hurts. Apartment chic at it's finest. Image credit

4. The 'not for the fainted hearted' picture project:

What an incredible take on traditional portraiture, drawing with fabric. Image credit

5. The quietly satisfying geometric knock out pillow project:

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Tutorials and Free Patterns

For free tutorials and inspiration a plenty, put the kettle on and check out the Queen of quilts. Trust us, you'll be mesmerised and thankful for the tea while time slips away - over at Jeli Quilts 

Are you ready?

Are you ready to take your making to the level of designer? It's easier than it sounds and trust us when we say you really can't go wrong. As in life, beauty is in the eye of the beholder so let your eye lead you to your perfect colour combinations.

Have fun!

Yours, over the rainbow x

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Lace Zips & What to do with them.....

When people see our lace zips, they always love them..... it's hard not to right? They're so pretty!

However we're so often asked, how or what can they be used for?

So with this in mind we thought we put together a quick post with some of our favourite ideas, to help inspire you....

1 - Tea and a Sewing Machine - Purse with Lace Zipper

2. Beautiful Clutch Bag from Wonderful DIY


3. Lace Zipper on a top by Sewing Rabbit

4. Lace Zipper Pouch by Fort Worth Fabric Studio

5 - and not to miss our own recent tutorial and free pattern 🙂 - Sew Cherry 2 Lace Zipper Make Up Bag

Hope this helps get your inspired!

Happy 'Lace Zipper' sewing x


All hail the embroidery hoop. A whole lotta hoopla!

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Have you ever considered using the humble embroidery hoop for anything other than humble embroidery?! We're in love with the idea of taking a hoop and covering it with fabric to create a fabulous memo board, and it doesn't stop there. These look fabulous as a collection with different coverings, and we found a couple of other uses for them to share with you too, if you're so inclined. But firstly...

To make your own memo board:

Step 1 - Using cork which can be bought on the roll, lay your hoop on top of the cork and cut around your hoop with approximately a 1 inch allowance the whole way round.

Step 2 - You'll need to cut approximately 8 notches around the edge of the cork to ensure it can be secured without any unsightly bumps.

Step 3 -Then place your desired fabric over the cork and cut to match.

Step 4 -Now place your outer hoop around the inside hoop including fabric and cork and secure the closure. Get pinning!

Here's a collection of other uses we found along the way which we think are equally fabulous. The full collection of embroidery hoops available from Poppies and Polka Dots here.

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Other embroidery hoop uses:

The Dream Catcher - This beautiful hoop is limitless in the adornments that can be added to it and is suitable for big and little people alike. We love the playful pom poms and invoking colour combinations. Image credit.


The Reinvented Jewellery Box - A great way to store items and actually be able to see them! Image credit.


The Card Organiser - This is so simple and so incredibly beautiful all at once. We love the idea of this for seasonal displays such as Christmas and birthday's to keep it special but it would work equally well for postcards of inspiration or reminders. Image credit.


The Calendar - Quite frankly if this isn't the most adorable thing we've ever seen then I don't know what is and you get to show off your embroidery skills to! Image credit.


The Clock - This is the most charming clock we've ever seen! No craft room is complete without! Image credit.


Yours, with a now enormous to do craft list! x


A very gloriumptious, swizzfigglingly splendiferous 100th birthday Roald Dahl


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It is with much affection and nostalgia at Poppies & Polka Dots that we are celebrating what would have been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday. Ask anyone and they will tell you their favourite Roald Dahl story without hesitation. His words, phrases and stories conjure up memories as synonymous with childhood as Wham Bars and Sylvanian Families. And the celebration of his birthday is one close to our hearts because the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is a mere spool's throw away from our Poppies & Polka Dots HQ.

So with this in mind, we've pull together some of our Roald Dahl worthy prints, just for fun...

The Magic Finger - A vivid tale of how it feels when the shoe is on the other foot with the underlying moral never to underestimate the power of child. And oh, what an ending! In honour of the ducks, we present for you Country Girls Ducks


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - No list would be complete without a nod to this wonderfully evocative childhood tale of eccentricity and humility. Raspberry Ripple anyone by the Willy Wonka of Fabric? Clown Stripe by Michael Miller


Matilda - The story of kindred spirits brought together through school. Pencil's at the ready for Study Hall by Alexia Marcelle Abegg

5031-1 - Cotton + Steel - Black & White - Study Hall

James and the Giant Peach - The surreal adventures of a young boy in a giant peach brought to life. Bugs Blue by Jone Inc


George's Marvellous Medicine - Who didn't long to re-enact this? (Well, the concoction part anyway!) Here it is being shaken up! Flurry by Dashwood Studio


Esio Trot - This might be our favourite love story that never nearly was. Long may Mr Hoppy heart Mrs Silver <3. Mustang Arrows Pink by Melody Miller

0006-002 - Mustang Arrows - Pink - Melody Miller - Cotton + Steel

Fantastic Mr Fox - Boggis, Bunce and Bean are unforgettable ugly characters. Here is our perfect tribute to the Fantastic Mr Fox. Foxes by Sevenberry



What's your favourite Roald Dahl novel?

Yours, with a slice of Oompa Loompa Torte x

5 of the best easily portable, sun lounger-friendly crafts!

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Okay, okay, okay, so it's not the best idea to pack chunky yarn on your summer holidays to finish off the wool blanket that you started 6 months previously, when it was freezing cold and you benefited from your project's thermal properties! And a sewing machine might be frowned upon at check-in. So what does constitute a holiday-friendly craft, and what sort of projects lend themselves to laying by the poolside?

1. Embroidery - A classic.  Embroidery has come a long way since your granny's day and yet there is still something really kitsch about it that we can't get enough of. When done well, embroidery tells a story of old skills meeting modern day themes and is a great way to feature elements from your holiday complete with date, as a reminder of your trip. Endless opportunities and easily transportable, the humble embroidery hoop gets our vote. Find ours here.

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2. Brooch Making - If you're missing home, this little kit gives you the opportunity to hand make with love, something for two friends or relatives, with one left over for you. The kit is small enough to keep you on the right side of your in-flight arm rest, and sufficiently fuss-free that you won't get in a tangle with your knickerbocker glory. If you're already a Tilda fan then this needs no introduction. It's all there for you, packaged up in a gorgeous gift bag. Go on, treat yourself, you're on holiday! Tilda Country Escape Brooches kit.

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3. Felt - Small enough to not compete with your baggage allowance and charmingly simple and relaxing to handle. We love to hand sew felt because it's effortless and methodical and feeds the soul! Here are some heart magnets to add to your to-do list. Felt is available in 3 different sizes, 16 inch squares, half metre and full metre. (Image credit.)

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4. Crochet - So satisfying to watch those loops transform into something mysterious and inexplicable! One of our favourite holiday pastimes are crochet bears for a very worthy charity called 'Teddies for Tragedies' who send the bears to children in crisis. They are currently experiencing distribution issues, however the charity that provides the crochet pattern has advocated using this to create bear donations for your local children's ward. The Toronto branch has provided a crochet pattern online. The bears are small enough to be easy to handle and you'll feel good about making someone else feel good! For our stunning selection of crochet hooks whatever you're making, look no further.

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5. English Paper Piecing - This is a really holiday-worthy art because it allows the time to spread out your pieces and think about placement. Pack your desired paper pieces and your fat quarters and get lost in the art of cutting and placing. Our broad selection of paper pieces.

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All that's left is to wish you a very bon vacance! One where you truly enjoy yourself, relax and fend off project homesickness.

Yours, wearing in my espadrilles x

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