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Welcome to Charleston! - Brand new collection by Amy Sinibaldi

Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi

We're thrilled to have taken stock of our latest collection - Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi. Get lost in dreamy hues of blue and raspberry and let Charleston transport you with all it's southern hospitality.

Pineapples, umbrellas and barnacles!

What could be more surreal than this daydream inducing collection of summer ready prints. Themes include 'Garden of Dreams' and 'Teacups' and the more intriguing 'Barnacles' (trust us you'll love it).

Chic and fresh

There's something so chic about the simplicity of this collection but it's subtler details aren't to be missed like the delicate bees included in Garden of Dreams or the sprigs of samphire included in Barnacles.

Feeling inspired?

We're overcome by the flexibility of this collection. It brings together an appreciation of geometric shapes and the subtle softness of garden blooms and tea time happiness, meaning it would lend itself to any setting and unlimited projects.

Yours, making a throw for the lounge x

 

 

 

 

Hark the sound of Birdsong! - Our latest collection by Jojo Coco for Dashwood Studio

Birdsong by Dashwood Studio

We're delighted to have taken stock of the latest collection for Dashwood Studio by Joanne Cocker called Birdsong.

About the collection

Birdsong is an enchanting collection comprising of muted tones and calming scenes that blend effortlessly with one another. Birch trees, mountains and raindrops as well as scattered seeds and horizons are represented in the range, adding to it's earthy, laid back feel.

See what you think

We're in love with the fresh, crisp colour combinations and natural feeling we get from this collection. Joanne described the collection as having been inspired by an appreciation for the small things, those we don't always notice but which are beautiful when we stop to enjoy them for a moment.

Take a look for yourself!

Right at home

The collection lends itself effortlessly to homeware because of it's ease to mix and match. Image credit

What will you make with your selections?

Yours, in flight x

Sew Cherry 2 - Easy Make Up Bag Tutorial with Lace Zip

In my opinion, you can never have enough of these little purses. I've called this a make-up purse, but really this type of thing can be used to hold anything; it's incredibly useful and also makes the perfect gift.

This is an ideal project for a beginner sewer, but is also a great little project for more experienced sewers, looking for a quick hit project! Hope you enjoy, feel free to add any comments, feedback below!

What you need:

1 x Pattern - download here

1 x FQ - Outer Fabric

1 x FQ - Lining Fabric

1 x FQ - Fusible Interfacing

1 x 20cm (8 inch) Lace Zip

Rotary Cutter / board or scissors

Matching Cotton & Cotton

General Sewing tools (Sewing Machine, Pins, Pencil)

Instructions:

1 - Using the pattern template, cut out 2 pieces from your outer fabric, 2 pieces from your lining fabric and 2 pieces from the interfacing.

2 - Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the outer fabric - repeat for the 2nd piece.

3 - Place the lining and outer fabrics right sides together.

4 - Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew together the outer and lining pieces along the top edge (see images above and below to see the top edge). Repeat this for the 2nd pieces.

5 - Now press the seams together.....

.......and then press open the seams for both pieces.

(sorry I forgot to take a picture of the next step.....) You then need to fold along the seam, so that wrong sides are together. Do this for both pieces.

6 - Next pin the zip to the top edge of one of the pieces.

7 - Using a zipper foot, sew the zip to the top of the first piece of fabric (I decided to use some matching red cotton for this part of the make).

8 - Then take the 2nd piece of fabric and pin the top to the opposite side of the zip. Take this to your machine and again sew onto the 2nd piece of fabric. Remember if your needle is kept in the fabric and you lift your footer, you can move the zip pull along and out of the way of the machine needle for ease.

9 - Next bring the outer fabric pieces together (right sides together) and the lining fabric pieces together (right sides together). Then making sure that the bottom edges are perfectly aligned,  we'll then sew the outer fabrics together and the lining fabrics together. So, start by lining up the outer fabrics and using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew along the bottom edge as per below image.

10 - Next you will sew together the bottom of the lining pieces together. This time, you will need to remember to leave a gap of approximately 2 inches - this will be used to turn the project right side out, once we've sewn sides and corners.

So for now, line up the edges of the 2 lining pieces and sew (leaving that gap - my gap went a bit off centre, but it doesn't really matter).

11 - Next we'll sew the sides together. Before doing so, clip the two zip tabs flat.

12 - Next you sew along both sides using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

13 - So now both sides are sewn together we just need to finish off the 4 corners before turning the bag right side out. Bring the seams together on your first corner and clip in placing, making sure all the edges line up.

Sew this edge together following the line of the edge of the fabric. Repeat for the remaining 3 corners (2 in total for outer fabric and 2 for the lining).

14 - Now you can pull the outer fabric through the turning hole in the lining.

15 - Once you've pull the outer through, you can push in the lining and pull out all of the corners to get the correct shape. Then all that's left to do, is pin together the open seam in the lining and sew!

The finished article - perfect!


The Scrappy Project Planner by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet

Having quilted for many years, Lori Holt is a big fan of writing down and keeping track of each quilt that she makes. Luckily for us, this has now resulted in this utterly fabulous 'Scrappy Project Planner' so we can do the same too!
Are you a planner, scheduler or list maker? Do you love making quilts? If any of these ring true with you, then this Scrappy Project Planner will be right up your street and in Lori Holt's own words...."I'm sure you're gonna love it as much as I do!"
 
The project planner has 5 sections, which makes for 'easy peasy quilty organisation'!

You can see from the image of the project pages above that there is plenty of space for keeping a track of supplies, fabrics used and even sketches if you decide to make your own designs for quilts.
The weekly pages allow you to keep a track of your progress on each project, mark in sewing days, retreats, sew alongs and quilt swaps etc.

The tips and organising section includes Lori's 5 Step method to building and using your own scrappy stash, how she uses her leftovers and even how she shops for and stores her fabric (fabulous!).
There's also her 'Shortcut Methods' on piecing several quilty necessities, like flying geese and quarter square triangles.
Plus several handy charts for all different sizes and loads more......it's simply jam-packed with quilty goodness!
 There's also a section for notes and sketching too!
But here's the 'cherry on the cake'. If you were wondering why Lori Holt called this her 'Scrappy Project Planner', then here's why......
Lori loves to sew scrappy and thought this would be the perfect place to share why and how she does it and most importantly how easy it is.

So the last section of this gorgeous planner, includes 6 (whoop, whoop) new quilt patterns from Lori Holt,  all sewn from her scrappy stash bins!
The first quilt is this one below which is called "Happy Trails".

The next is called "Fat Quarter Flirt" and Lori used 30 fat quarters to make it in this twin size and according to her it's very easy to make and check out the gorgeous result!
The next is called "Shortcut Stars" and she designed it using all of the shortcut methods that Lori included in the planner.
Then comes "Patchwork Tulips", which according to Lori was a must to include as she loves making scrappy flower quilts from her stash.
Then there is the 'Scrap Apple' quilt.....Lori Holt's twist on the traditional pineapple quilt. The book explains an easy method for cutting and sewing this fun quilt.
The final one is her scrappy 'Checkerboard' quilt, which uses the simple but always beautiful nine patch. Perfect for using up your leftover scrappy squares.
Check out how beautiful all 6 quilts look together - a feast for the eyes.... so much variety, such beautiful designs and colours and all from left over scraps!
Lets not also forget the other little goodies which Lori Holt has designed to be used with the planners, we also stock the 3 Sew Cute bookmarks that can be used to keep your place....(3 projects at a time!).
Plus a gorgeous book of super cute, super tiny stickers to be used with you planner and help remind you of appointments, takes and special things that you have planned - irresistible.
So who can resist the temptation, I for one need to have these in my life....
Happy Scrappy Sewing everyone x

My Yummy (and ever so exclusive) Sewing Kit

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We are very excited to announce the arrival of our exclusive 'My Yummy Sewing Kit' tins.

Each kit has been carefully designed to include everything you might need in one place. The tin has been luxuriously lined with felt to help everything stay in it's place and the contents are quality, premium sewing essentials that make a very thoughtful gift, either for the established sewer who will recognise the calibre of contents, or for a sewing enthusiast starting out to help them get off on the right foot.

Pretty as can be and reliable class all at once.

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Each tin includes:

- Mini Wooden Cotton Reel with quality 'sew all' thread

- Crafters Collection General Sewing Needles (18 premium hand sewing needles)

- Sewing Tape Measure

- Adorable Polka Dot Embroidery Scissors (colours may vary)

- Seam Ripper

- Needle Threader

- Polka Dot Buttons x 4

- Collection of pins and safety pins

Made from tin and measuring 12cm x 12cm

We love how the pink felt lining picks out the pink on the front of the tin. A lovely, weighty little kit that exudes worth.

Yours, neatly organised x