On My Sewing Table

This is on my sewing table at the moment. The house sewing box is from Cath Kidston. The crocheted jam jar cozies are inspired by the talented Lucy at Attic 24. And finally the pin cushion was made by me!

It certainly brightens my day.


Cath Kidston -esque Draught Excluder

A while ago it was a friend’s birthday, and a mutual friend asked me if I could make a dog draught excluder for the birthday girl, just like the one from last years Cath Kidston catalogue.

I agreed of course, but I have never even made a softie so had no idea how to form the head bit. I spent a good few hours staring at the computer looking at how to do it, then just went ahead and had a bash.

I am so pleased with how it turned out. It’s not perfect, but both friends were delighted with my handiwork. Thank goodness!!

New Shop

I have BIG news.

I have just opened a little shoppette (it is too small to call a ‘shop’) on Etsy. After some lovely emails from some supportive people, especially from Vanessa, I thought “what’s stopping me?”. So I just got on with it. 

Drawstring bag

The shop is called Heart of Holland and you can use the blue etsy button on the side to go straight to it. I will mostly be using dutch fabrics with perhaps a little Cath Kidston occasionally or some other special fabric. At the moment there is only drawstring bags for sale, and I will be making mini tote bags for little girls, aprons and bunting as well when the rest of my supplies eventually get here. 

Please drop in over the next few weeks and see what else I have added. I would love to hear your feedback.

I hope you like what you see.

Thanks for your support

The Mini Quilt

Well folks here it is. I’m afraid my photography skills are pretty limited, and, as they (whoever they are) always say, it really does look better in real life.

So what do you think?

Mini quilt

I have never hand quilted anything before and there were a few injuries on the way. My husband asked it I needed “one of those things you have to stop all the finger pricking”, but I’m afraid no thimble covers the whole hand does it?  

Any way, I love my little cup cakes and when I can find my mini pegs I will put it on it’s little wire hanger and place it in my sewing room.

A little W.I.P

A wip

Above is a sneaky peak of something I have been working on. I was inspired by this: 

for Emily by nanaCompany.

It was made by the lovely Amy, she is a very talented lady and she has an etsy shop here.

I have done most of the applique work on mine and I am going to do some hand quilting, which is another new thing for me to try so you may not get to see the finished result for a little while. But that’s OK, isn’t it? 


Pile of napkins

Remember this Cath Kidston fabric? Well I said that was probably going to make napkins with it and that is exactly what I did.

I found a great tutorial on Film in the Fridge’s blog.

The size of the napkin is quite small, but they are perfect to use at breakfast or with morning tea or coffee. (Served with cake of course)

I think the ric rac really finishes them off well, but you could of course leave that off, and just have a plain reversible napkin.

Close up of napkin

Notice Board

I have had one of those cheap Ikea cork notice boards for ages and have been meaning to cover it in fabric. This weekend I did just that. The weather was good so I could go outside and spray the adhesive on to the board, then apply the fabric.

Cath Kidston Notice board

I chose some pretty blue Cath Kidston fabric I had in my stash and finished it off by glueing some cream and red ribbon around the edge with fabric glue.

Cath Kidston notice board in situ

It looks really pretty, now all I need to do is go looking for the pushpins so I can put it to good use.

Until next time……

Pretty little bunting


As you know my daughter loves pink (so do I), plus I love Cath Kidston as you saw yesterday. So what could be more perfect than pretty pink bunting incorporating some CK and Tilda fabric.


My daughter’s bed and the bunting in situ, it really looks delightful.


It was super easy to make, I just cute 2 triangles for each flag with pinking shears, sewed around the edges, then attached some binding. Job done.


Until next time………

BTRS Book Review

Over at Craftevolution they have a Book Club which reviews a craft book every 4-6weeks and they asked me to contribute, which I have just done. This month’s book review was Bend the Rules Sewing by Amy Karol. This book was first published in 2007 and is extremely popular. You only have to check out the Flickr group to realise that people are still using the book a lot.

As part of the review, you have to chose a project and discuss. I already have made a number of the Zip Pouches and I have made a Heidi Headband, both as gifts for little girls.

The Zip pouch 
I have made a few of these over the past few months, they are simple to make and make super gifts. Before making this I had never inserted a zip into anything. The zips I bought are longer than needed, but Amy tells you what to do if that is the case. It was suprisingly simple to insert a zip and i was really pleased with how it turned out.Riding Hood Pouch and headband
The Heidi Headband 
I made this with all fabric, although Amy’s project is with linen and ribbon. It was a super easy project. My only issue was I make them for 5 and 6 year old girls and the twill tape makes them more difficult to put in their hair themselves.  but for older girls who can tie a bow – it is a brilliant idea
Cath Kidston pouch exterior
In general I like the book, and if you are a beginner sewer then the basic sewing skills secton at the begining of the book would prove to be very helpful, and most of the projects are quick and easy. Although it seems so many of the sewing books at the moment have a “how to sew” section, it seemed a waste to give over nearly the first 50 pages to it.


My book is a first edition and naturally there are some errors so it is always worth checking with the publisher for errors. Amy Karol has put her errata here.

As for my dislikes, I am not so keen on the drawings in the book of how to make the projects up. If you are a beginner sewer, you often can not tell which is the right and wrong side of the fabric from the drawings, which could be confusing.

Cath Kidston pouch interior
My favourite bit is the fact that Amy encourages you to be creative in each of the projects which is a really nice touch – it allows a lot more freedom and creativity. So it often feels that the projects are merely a starting point and you can take them in any direction.

Overall I like this book and have infact recommended it to others.