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


TO SEW

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!

THE WINNER IS TRACY NIXON - CONGRATULATIONS!

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.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


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!
 
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