Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Cotton & Steel fabrics have arrived.....

We are really pleased to be stocking Cotton & Steel Fabrics on the Sew Scrumptious website. Coton & Steel is a collective of some of our favourite fabric designers including Sarah Watts and Melody Miller. You can find the fabrics on the website here


We are offering a 5% discount on all our fabrics until the end of October. Just type BLOG5 at the checkout.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Tefal Access Steam Review

I was very excited to be asked to review the Tefal Access Steam garment steamer for Tefal. As someone who hates ironing I've always wondered what clothes steamers are like as I've seen them being used in fancy clothes shops and dry cleaners.

This is a smaller version but still has a 1500W power output. You basically just fill up the tank with water, wait for 45 seconds and steam away! It gets rid of all creases and also sanitises the fabric at the same time. Its safe to use on all kinds of fabric even the most delicate.

I'm always really nervous about ironing delicate fabrics so thought it would be good to try it out on a new silk mix top I have that creases very easily and is very shiny and delicate.

Before photos (very creased!)

After photos

The steamer was absolutely brilliant on this silk top. You could see the creases disappear as you held the steamer in front of the fabric and it literally only took seconds. Will def be using this on all my delicate clothes from now on.

I also tried the steamer on some thicker cotton t shirt tops. It still worked well but it did take longer especially for really stubborn creases. It struggled a little bit on an linen jacket but to be honest so does the iron! I would definitely recomend this garment steamer for delicate tops and dresses and it woud be really useful for dressmakers using cotton or silk fabrics.

You can find out more including stockists on the Tefal website here.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I know its only September but our Christmas fabrics are starting to arrive so I thought now would be a great time to remind you that there is a free Christmas Stocking tutorial on the Sew Scrumptious blog here.

You can download the pattern for free on the website here.

If you need a bit of inspiration re Christmas fabrics to use then you can view some of our range below or on the website here








Want an early Christmas Present? There is 10% off all our Christmas Fabrics. Just type XMAS at the checkout!  

Monday, 20 July 2015

My Messy Adventure!

We love Roald Dahl in this house. We have all the books, have been to see Matilda at the theatre and have tickets to see Charlie & the Chocolate Factory in London next month. I even sell Roald Dahl fabrics on my website so I was really interested to find out more when Persil got in touch about their new Roald Dahl inspired interactive story which aims to encourage children to get outside during the summer holidays and get messy and dirty!

'My Messy Adventure' is an interactive story featuring characters from Roald Dahls best loved books. Its free to play on the Persil website here. You simply access the adventure on a tablet or smartphone and go outside with your children. The interactive adventure puts your child in the centre of the story and allows them to meet Roald Dahl's most famous characters. The children are encouraged to take photos of the great outdoors on their devices as part of the story and to take part in challenges and tasks such as hunting bugs or collecting leaves. A great fun way to get them outside and interact with nature. 

My 6 and 9 year olds loved being part of the story especially being allowed to take my phone outside with them to take photos! A great way to get them out of the house away from the TV. (Thats not me in the photo by the way. Its Gabby Logan who is promoting the interactive adventure. I wish I looked that glamourous in wellies!).

Pop over to the Persil website to have a look or keep an eye out for branded packs in the shops. You can also enter a competition to win your own family messy adventure!

Thursday, 4 June 2015

50 Fat Quarter Makes - Blog Hop

I'm in a book! A real life book sold on Amazon and everything!! I am beyond excited. 

50 Fat Quarter Makes edited by Ame Verso is a fab book full of projects made using fat quarters of fabric. A perfect way to use up the smaller bits of fabric that we all have. I was so pleased to be asked along with a host of other super talented designers and makers to contribute 5 projects for the book which has just been published and is available now.

My projects included a Handbag Size Tissue Holder, Dog Bandana Bib, Christmas Stocking, Camisole Top and Drawstring Bag



There are some fantastic projects in the book by some great sewing bloggers. You can find details of all of their fantastic blogs below. Pop over and have a look and say hi. 

Some of my favourite projects in the book and ones which I mean to try out very soon are

Quirky Pencil Case

Cute Collar Bib

 Ditsy Teddy Bear

 Pocket Organiser


The fabric for all of the projects was supplied by www.stitchcraftcreate.co.uk

You can buy the book on Amazon here

To find out more about the book and the blog hop, pop over to these fantastic blogs over the next week.

Monday 1st June - Jo Avery -  myBearpaw
Tuesday 2nd June - Liz Betts - BetsyBetts
Wednesday 3rd June - Ali Burdon - VeryBerryHandmade
Thursday 4th June - Jesse Fincham - MessyJesse
Friday 5th June - Louise Horler - SewScrumptious
Monday 8th June - Kevin Kosbab - Feeddog
Tuesday 9th June - Emily Levey - StrawberryPatchRamblings
Wednesday 10th June - Cynthia Shaffer
Thursday 11th June - Kaye Prince - MissPrint
Friday 12th June - Ame Verso - StitchCraftCreate

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Childs Sunglasses Case Tutorial

These gorgeous Sunglasses Cases are designed to help children keep their glasses or sunglasses safe and sound. The cases have a handy swivel hook to enable them to be attached to bags or clothes. They are slightly padded to prevent breakages! 

You will need:
56cm x 50cm (FQ) Cotton Fabric
You can find a fantastic selection of quirky childrens fabrics here 

Lining: 56cm x 50cm (FQ) Cotton Fabric
I used Polka Dot fabric. You can find a selection here 

56cm x 50cm Fusible Fleece or Wadding. I used Vilene H640 Pellon.

12cm Ribbon. I always use the fabulous ribbons at www.janemeans.com

Swivel Clip

Sew on Snap Fastener

You can download the pattern for free here

Useful Info

Use 1 cm Seam Allowance

You could use a split ring rather than a swivel clip or make a wrist strap.

Perfect for attaching to school bags for children who wear glasses to school. Can be used to store glasses during PE etc.

Can be made larger to accomodate adult glasses/sunglasses


1) Cut two 18cm x 10cm pieces of fabric from the main fabric, lining fabric and fusible fleece. Attach the fusible fleece pieces to the back of the two main fabric pieces using a warm iron. Make sure they are securely attached.

2) Lay one piece of the main fabric on a table, pattern side facing up. Thread your swivel clip onto the ribbon so it is half way down and place the ribbon facing downwards as in the photo.

3) Place a lining piece of fabric, pattern side down on top of the main fabric and pin along the top of both (make sure the ribbon is kept in place). Sew along the top using a 1cm seam allowance. Unfold and press flat. Repeat without the ribbon for the remaining pieces of fabric. You should have 2 long rectangular pieces of fabric each with a joining main fabric and lining fabric.

4) Place the two long rectangles of fabric on top of each other so the pattern sides are facing with the main pieces of fabric together and the lining pieces of fabric together. Starting at the bottom left hand side of the lining fabric, sew up to the top of the main fabric, along the top and back down the other side. Leave the short side of the lining fabric open.

5) Pull the top of the case through the open end of the lining until all of the pattern side of the fabric is showing. Poke out the corners with your fingers. Press the main case and the lining fabric. 

6) Fold under approx.1cm of the end of the lining fabric on both sides and press. Sew along the edge to close the opening.

7) Push the lining fabric back inside the main case making sure that you poke the corners of the lining into the corners of the main case so that the lining is sitting flat. Press again. Sew on a press fastener.

8) Add sunglasses!

Pop over to the Sew Scrumptious facebook page and share photos if you make a sunglasses case. We would love to see them! 

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