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

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! 

Thursday, 30 April 2015

New 'Lewis & Irene' Fabrics

So excited to get a delivery of Lewis & Irene fabrics today. A mixture of the 'Our Friends in the Garden' and A Little Bird Told Me' collections. They are just so pretty. 

I really want to make myself a skirt from the bird fabrics!

I've just picked a winner for our Lewis & Irene 'Spring Hare' Fabric Giveaway. Congratulations to Tracy Nixon. Please get in touch to claim your prize!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Little Lady Liberty Blog Hop

I am so pleased to be part of the 'Little Lady Liberty' Blog Hop.

Little Lady Liberty is a gorgeous new sewing book by Alice Caroline. It is packed full lovely patterns and step by step instructions to make beautiful items for girls using gorgeous Liberty fabrics which Caroline also sells here. Liberty prints are just so pretty with a really vintage 'English' feel to them. Perfect for little girls.

This book is absolutely gorgeous to look at and packed full of lovely things to make from lampshades, duvets and quilts to skirts, dolls and storage baskets and even little things like belts and hair scrunchies. There is something for everyone from the novice sewer to the more advanced and lots of things that children could also make for themselves.

I am really tempted to have a go at several of the projects in this lovely book. I just need to find some time! I'm also very tempted to invest in some Liberty fabrics!

You can buy a hard copy of the book on the Stitch, Craft, Create website here or the ebook version here. You can find lots of other lovely crafty books as well on the Stitch, Craft, Create website here.

Happy sewing!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Sew Scrumptious Fabulous Fabric Giveaway!


To celebrate the final of the Great British Sewing Bee, we are having a fabric giveaway!

You can win a 5 half metres of these gorgeous fabrics from the new 'Spring Hare' collection from Lewis & Irene PLUS a metre of fabric of your choice!! Thats 3.5 metres in total.


All you have to do to enter is pop over to the Sew Scrumptious website and let us know which fabric you would choose if you won to go along with your Spring Hare Bundle. You can gain extra entries if you choose to share the giveaway on Twitter and facebook etc.

Can't wait to get your hands on some lovely fabrics? There is a 5% discount off all our lovely fabrics if you enter PATRICK at the checkout.

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Happy sewing!

Giveaway ends on 31 March 2015 at 5pm.

Friday, 26 December 2014

Sew Scrumptious Sale!

The Sew Scrumptious Sale is now on! Hundreds of lovely fabrics have been discounted in order to make room for lots of fabulous new fabrics arriving next year. 

You can find all the sale fabrics on the website here.

Pop over and have a look. You know it makes sense!

Thursday, 11 December 2014


I love getting parcels in the post so I was very excited when the lovely people at Jacqui Small sent me a copy of Giftwrapped by Jane Means to review. Jane is THE giftwrapping queen and sells the the most gorgeous ribbons online so I couldn't wait to check out some of her ideas and tips.

Giftwrapped is such a lovely book. Full of gorgeous photography and great ideas for wrapping gifts. I've used lots of Janes's lovely ribbons in sewing projects before as one of her Ribbon Bloggers but it was lovely to see them all used in a different way.

The book was full of inspiration and tips for wrapping different shaped items and how you can use different items to embellish your gifts. I loved the idea of using 'recycled' items like old money, keys, photographs or vintage books or sheet music to decorate gifts. You can also use feathers, beads or old jewellery to add a touch of glamour! There is even a section on tying the perfect bow in different types of ribbon.

Giftwrapped is a lovely book to browse through particularly at this time of year. I've already got lots of lovely ideas for all my Christmas presents. 

You can order Giftwrapped at the discounted price of £16.00 including p&p* (RRP: £20.00), telephone 01903 828503 or email and quote the offer code APG252. *UK ONLY - Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas. You find more lovely craft books here

Monday, 27 October 2014

Christmas Sewing Gifts for 2014

Its the annual Sew Scrumptious round up of gorgeous gift ideas for people who love sewing. 20 gorgeous goodies that would be welcome in anyones Christmas Stocking including mine! This list is perfect for dropping massive hints to loved ones so please feel free to share.

First up is this gorgeous Sewing Machine Necklace by Strangely Yours £22.92. They have a fab range of quirky jewellery including cute little cameras. Pop over and check out their etsy shop.

Next we have this lovely box of vintage style mini wooden spools from Crabtree Lane £22. Perfect for storing ribbons and lace and it also comes in a very pretty box!

Love this gorgeous Cotton Reel Necklace by Rock Rose Jewellery £45. This necklace is made from Sterling Silver and you can even choose the thread colour!

I couldn't resist adding this print to the list. 'The Lace Singer' A3 Print is designed by By Charlies Hand £25. The print is from an original papercut by Charlotte Trimm.

Another gorgeous necklace. This 'Love You Sew' Oval Pincushion Necklace is by Wychbury Designs £18. Absolutely beautiful with a real vintage feel.

I've just ordered myself one of these pretty Craft Wall Planners by Artwork by Angie £14.50. Perfect for reminding me of all my deadlines next year! A little treat to myself!

I just adore the colours of these Tape Measure Bangles £29 by Bloom Boutique.
These are definitely on my Christmas list this year.

This Large Cotton Reel Storage Pot by The Posh Scarecrow £10 would make a brilliant addition to a craft room or office. Perfect for storing scissors or pens.

This 'Threads' Hand Screen Printed Cushion by Mintprint £45 would look perfect in my lounge! Love the retro feel of the design. Gorgeous!

These cute little handbag size mirrors would make great stocking fillers for a crafty person. They are from Love Lammie & Co and are only £3.50

Vintage looking inspired sewing inspired Door or Drawer Knobs by Surface Candy £14.95 would liven up any chest of drawers and would be perfect in a sewing room. A great idea!

I have this Button Rug £35 from IKEA in my daughters bedroom. Its so colourful and bright and would also be great for a craft room.

Who doesn't love a vintage Singer? These screen printed Sewing Machine Tote Bags by Stephanie Cole Design £9.95 would make a lovely Christmas gift. Absolutely love the design.

Really like this quirky Antique Sewing Machine & Birds Art Print by Roo Abrook £10. Such beautiful colours. 

Make a fabulous lampshade with a Sew Scrumptious Lampshade Kit. So easy to make. Just add half a metre of fabric or wallpaper for a gorgeous individual lampshade. Available in 20cm and 30cm. From £10. 

I drink a lot of tea so these Sewing Alphabet Mugs by Becka Griffin Illustration £13.50 would be perfect for me! Another great gift idea for a crafty friend maybe?

This gorgeous Liberty 'Betsy' Print Sewing Scissors and Case by Liberty London is only £7.95. They come in a range of different Liberty prints and would make a fabulous gift. I love how you can attach the scissors to the case. I am always losing my scissors!

This is the fourth year these Patchwork Tiles by Welbeck Tiles £75 have featured on the Christmas Gift List. I just LOVE them so much. The prettiest tiles ever. One day they will be mine!

Sometimes you just have to think big when it comes to presents. You never know your luck!! Just LOVE the design of the new Oekeki Renaissance Free Motion Sewing Machines. £599. Find out more on the Oekeki website here

and finally you can never have enough fabric! Choose from a gorgeous selection of quirky and contemporary fabrics at Sew Scrumptious. Fabric makes a perfect gift and as its the season to be jolly, we will even give you a 5% discount on all fabric orders until Christmas. Just type XMAS at the checkout. All fabric comes wrapped in tissue paper ready to hand over on Christmas Day!

Thats it. My top 20 gifts for people who love sewing. Let me know which is your favourite and please feel free to pin this post or share on Facebook and Twitter. Would love to know what you are getting for Christmas!

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