Category: Fabric

Spring sewing

I started the year with lots of ideas for sewing projects – some of which have happened. The hot water bottle cover was essential for Minky’s chilly Guide camp at the beginning of February – as were the PJ bottoms which I made by adapting this shorts pattern.

I experimented with making coin purses and ended up using the Essential Wristlet pattern to get a neat finish on the top zip. I used this tutorial to add the zipper pocket on the teal version.

The set of seat covers were for a friend with cream coloured chairs and three young children!

The tie dyed bunting was for a project at my old secondary school. It is celebrating it’s 50th birthday so they asked for present and past students to make pennants for bunting to be used at special events. I made tie dyed pennants in homage to the clothes we wore in the sixth form.







Mending these pairs of jeans is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while – since I went wore through the knee of one pair then tripped over while out walking and ripped the knee of another pair on a rock. I came across Sashiko – Japanese embroidery and the idea of Boro – mended and patched textiles, on Pinterest. I loved the idea – and look, so gave it a go on the first pair. Then while researching on Pinterest I came across some lovely embroidered patched jeans, so decided to try this too. I looked in all of my local haberdashery shops for Sashiko thread but ended up ordering it online from Japan Crafts along with needles and a coaster kit to try out. I am not sure how these will wash and wear but for now, I am really pleased with the result of my “make do and mend”.

Bedroom Makeover

We have been redecorating and refreshing Minky’s bedroom with a new animal theme. The walls have been painted a soft grey and the new bed linen features a french bull dog print. I have been busy making a huge fluffy bean bag out of two old bean bags to create a cosy reading corner and I bound the remaining fleece to make a warm blanket. I also made a couple of cushions, a storage basket and a fabric covered picture using cool sausage dog fabric.

Mini zipper pouch

These cute zipper keyring pouches were gifts for a friend and my daughter this Christmas. Here is a link to the free pouch pattern which was really easy to follow. The only tricky bit was sewing the tabs in place. The keyring clips are from lanyards my husband receives every time he attends a business conference so this seemed a great way to reuse them.

Christmas makes

I love the creative opportunities which the festive season brings so this year I sewed a simple quilted runner with some lovely fabrics. Also, every year I love making cards but this year I decided to do an illustration and then print the cards, rather than my usual paper crafting.

Another fidget quilt

Back in September at the Made and Making Charity Sew, I started making a Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer’s or dementia patients. This is my next finished quilt which has a few extra details – like the velcro “book” plus extra texture from soft fleece and coarse netting.



Fidget quilt

During September’s Charity Sew at Made and Making, I started making a Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer’s or dementia patients. Fidget Quilts or sensory lap blankets provide tactile stimulation for restless hands. My quilt took far longer to make than the one session but I think it was worth it and hopefully it will help enhance the care of local dementia sufferers. I am now planning my next quilt.