Hi, I’ve been really busy with the lead up to Christmas this year. I’ve exhibited at a local Christmas craft fayre and am working my way through Christmas orders. So far, my farthest order has been a retro pink heart decoration to a lovely woman in Texas!
Plus, I finally achieved 100 sales with Etsy! Yahoo! It’s taken awhile but I’ve got there in the end.
Also Simply Sewing magazine contacted me with a view to a Christmas advert in their magazine. It was bad enough trying to put together a half decent photo of my Christmas crafts, let alone writing a maximum of 20 words about what I do and who I am! Still, here is the finished proof. The publication was out a few days ago….
In the meantime, Happy Christmas to everyone and may you all have a peaceful and prosperous New Year!
As my followers will know I specialise in making crafty products from retro fabrics or anything just that little bit different!
I started on my Christmas shop early October after having sourced some lovely retro Father Christmas fabric from Doughtys in Hereford. Last year I used a similar fabric and could have sold many of the items ten times over, they were that popular. I think it’s the fact that the items I make are distinctive. I mean who wouldn’t want a pink heart shaped retro Christmas decoration on their tree!
Last year I sourced some great fabric from Hobbycraft in the form of fat quarters a lovely pink and blue retro reindeer print especially sold well. Sadly I can’t seem to find that lovely fabric I had so many queries asking me where I sourced it from! I can’t find it anywhere online either!
This year I’ve concentrated on making Santa bags, albeit quite large ones ranging to small ones for little gifts! I’ve also been making lots of pretty bunting as well as the retro Christmas tree decorations
I do admit to quite liking making bunting its methodical and you get a quick return for your work it’s a good choice to channel your inner creativity too!
I hope you like all these handcrafted items and when you want a present that’s a bit quirky or different, please bear me in mind! If there’s a certain fabric or item you like then I can always custom make you something too
You will find these items plus many others in my Etsy shop. Just follow the link at the top of the page.
I saw this great fabric in my local fabric store, Cottonpatch in Birmingham. As an ardent Dr Who fan since a little girl, I just couldn’t resist! It’s bang on trend too for the new female Doctor on BBC although I believe there will be no more Daleks present in the new series
The fabric features the Doctor’s arch enemy, the Daleks! I had a list of things in my head that I wanted to use this delightful fabric for and in the end I decided on a drawstring bag and a document wallet. It was such fun sewing with this fabric. I loved it!
There seems to be a rise in popularity in film or tv fabrics. I recently purchased some fat quarters from Hobbycraft, themed with both Jungle Book and Toy Story. I have used the Jungle Book fabric to make some bunting, which sold a few days later. The Toy Story fabric is currently in the process of being made into bunting again!
Mickey Mouse and friends have also featured in my Etsy shop I’ve had great fun making purses, wallets and bunting from a great array of fabric.
Just last week, I saw a fabulous Tom and Jerry fabric too. It’s on my radar to buy although I have so many fabrics! It’s just hard to resist. Watch this space!
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I saw this lovely fabric from Cath Kidston and fell in love with it! To the extent that I’ve gone mad making things to sell on my Etsy shop with it!
I ordered the pale blue smudge spot and also the London toile. So far, the order of blue spot fabric has been diminishing by the day! I’m literally seeing spots!
The London toile feels a more elegant fabric, as if I should be making a nice skirt out of it and not cutting it up at all! I’ve only made a practical pinboard so far – it does look striking though!
I started making a set of triangular sewing pattern weights for use in dressmaking. These pattern weights are really useful when cutting out paper patterns as they hold the pattern still so you can pin and cut. Plus they look nice too. I’ve made a few of these over the past couple of years and they are fun to make!
Then, I started on a large sewing organiser. I’ve made pocket sewing tidys and have had a few orders for a custom made A4 design. I sell a popular organiser which is made from a delightful retro sewing notions fabric by Makower. Unfortunately, its a hard fabric to find as they don’t obviously make it anymore. The large sewing organiser is A4 size and features a zipped pocket and an inside pouch pocket. Lots of room to store all your sewing knick-knacks. Plus its so handy you can take it on holiday with you or away babysitting for the night in my case!
Next, I made a pinboard/memoboard/noticeboard – lots of people call them different things! I love making these pinboards as you can really be imaginative with contrasting ribbons and trimmings. For the blue smudge spot board, I opted for a “happily ever after” ribbon that I had stored in my ribbon box. ( I love going to different places and buying different ribbons – I’ve had some great ones from Spain, in particular)!
Finally, inspiration came in form of a handy credit card wallet/purse. These are great to make with fabric scraps and again are fun to do as you can be imaginative with contrasting linings and colourful snap fastenings. In this case, I opeted for a red spotty lining with a matching red fastener. I’ve made quite a few of these little (and larger) wallets and they always go down well at craft fairs.
What next then? I think I may give this fabric a rest for a while until inspiration strikes again. I’ve a lovely floral fabric next up!
All these products are available on my shop or will be very soon!
We had planned a warm Easter school holiday trip to Estepona, south of Malaga, Spain. In reality we were rained in, cold and were grateful of the heated seats in the hire car! It took us 3 days to finally visit the lovely town of Estepona in all it’s sunny glory. It was worth it.
From what I had read, I pictured an idyllic Spanish local town, generally off the tourist trail where Spanish friends and family met on Saturday mornings in their favourite cafe over a Cortado. I wasn’t disappointed. We were the only foreigners there! Lots of locals doing their Saturday morning shopping. And the shoe shops were to die for!!! 3 pairs of lovely sandals made it back into my case!
Anyway, to bring me to the point of this blog. What I hadn’t realised was that Estepona is famous for its flower pot trail! The guidebook said, go into the tourist office and ask for a trail map. We duly did and began to walk street after street of beautiful, colourful flower pots full of red geraniums which were attached to the street walls. Apparently each street has a themed flower pot colour too! I have to say my favourites were the pink spotty ones and was quite disappointed that I couldn’t bring one back in my suitcase!
The trail went on for lovely street after street until my 9 year old had decided enough was enough and he wanted an ice cream! I took so many photos, that here is only a small selection.
So if you are a fan of flowers, gardening and spotty plant pots, you will love it here!
Lovely Estepona, I can’t wait to go back.
Last week I went to my local Hobbycraft for some supplies and saw a new fat quarter bundle of Mickey Mouse fabric. What fun!
I decided to have a go at making a document wallet in the lovely Mickey Mouse fabric as well as some little wallets and purses. I will definitely need to go and replenish my stock of this lovely fabric. If only they had Minnie Mouse too!
Anyway, this led me onto the idea of making a batch of wallets and credit card holders out of my fabric scraps. They will eventually make it onto my Etsy shop but are also useful little presents at craft fairs too! As you can see I’ve had a very busy week!
These little wallets are are easy to make you just need a front fabric, a lining fabric and a layer of interfacing or fleece as a sandwich layer. You can choose how big or small you want to make your wallets, from small business card holders to A4 magazine storage holders.
Its a fun quick way to use up a fabric stash and I like being creative with choosing the fabrics with matching or even contrasting linings. Plus there is the fun at the end with the snap fastener tool! Give it a few weeks and I think I may well start on some more! So go on, give it a go!
A selection of these wallets and card holders are available in my shop just click on the link above and if you fancy a certain fabric or pattern, let me know and I can customise you a lovely wallet.
After the Christmas rush I started my sewing again when my son went back to school. Having had weeks of making Christmas decorations and Santa bags I felt like making something different!
I had a look through all my Cath Kidston books for inspiration however couldn’t really find anything I fancied making. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed my ‘sew retro’ book by the author Judi Ketteler.
I love this book for it’s retro projects and also it’s history of sewing, fabric and fashion through the ages. I’ve previously made a few things from it including an apron and a popular farmers market bag! This time I discovered the ‘charming needlecase’ page and was hooked.
Apparently needlecases were very popular back in the day as needles were so expensive that women wanted to protect them and a made a case specially for them. From doing some research it turns out that the relics of bronze needlecases have been found from Viking sites! I believe the fabric needlecases really stem from the Victorian era.
Anyway, I decided on my material and gave it a go. Actually it was lovely to sew something different and there are so many combinations of front and lining fabric that you can choose from to make your needlecases stand out.
I chose a retro valentines pink fabric with a plain pink lining and pink ribbon. I loved it so much I have made quite a few more and it seems to be becoming rather an obsession!
I wonder if my needlecases will stand the test of time as plenty have from Victoriana!
Needless to say, all are available on my Etsy shop just follow the link at the top of the page!