Sunday, 4 June 2017

Fabulous Fat Quater Book & Fabric Giveaway!

I have been lucky enough to be given a copy of 'Fat Quarter: Quick Makes' and 'Fat Quarter: Home' by Amanda Russell and Juliet Bawden to review on the blog. One lucky reader can win a copy of both of these lovely books plus a bundle of 6 gorgeous fat quarters from Sew Scrumptious (You'll need some fabric to have a go at all the lovely projects!). Just leave a quick comment at the end of the post saying why you want to win this lovely parcel of goodies.

Fat Quarter Quick Makes is a lovely soft back book full of quick and easy projects made from fat quarters and even smaller pieces of fabric.

Its full of colourful photography using gorgeous fabrics with some great projects for beginners, children and more advanced crafters alike. The projects include mobile phone covers, bibs, book bags, cushions, bunting, camera straps, pattern weights, fabric flowers and an eye mask. There are some great projects that would be perfect for making as gifts. 

My 11 year old daughter loved this book and was inspired to go off and make her own version of this tent tidy for her sewing bits and bobs.

We also loved the fabric flowers - a great project for children.

and the knitting bag. Perfect for all us crafters.

Fat Quarter Home is very similar in style but has 25 projects designed specifically for the home again using fat quarters and smaller bits of fabric. 

Projects include a tea cosy, tote bag, plastic bag tidy, lavender bags, hot water bottle cover, wash bag, storage buckets, cushions and door stops amongst others. It is also full of inspiring photography and uses modern, vibrant fabrics that make you want to have a go at making the projects. It has step by step photographic instructions and both books have information about the materials, equipment and basic techniques that you will use as well as patterns. 

I'm really looking forward to making some of the bathroom storage buckets. 

and the notepad cover

Fat Quarter Home and Fat Quarter Quick Makes by Amanda Russell and Juliet Bawden are published by GMC (£12.99, available from  

Be sure to check out the other lovely blogs on the blog tour during the week and don't forget to enter the giveaway to win both books and 6 fat quarters of fabric from the Paracas collection from Lewis & Irene 

Don't forget to leave a comment below to be in with a chance of winning the books and fabric. Please make sure that I can contact you by leaving an email address. The giveaway winner will be picked on Monday 12 June 2017. UK entries only please.

Good Luck!

Monday, 3 April 2017

April Fabric Giveaway!

Its April so I thought it was about time for another fabric giveaway to celebrate the sun coming out and the start of Spring!

We are giving away half a metre of each of these 4 lovely fabrics from the Little Senorita collection from Robert Kaufman. 4 lovely bright prints to cheer us up while we wait for summer.


All you have to do to enter is click on the entry form below and then leave a comment telling me who your favourite fabric designer is. If you want to share the love on facebook or twitter you will get additional entries.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can also have a 10% discount off your next order for any of the fabrics on the Sew Scrumptious website. Just use the code APRILGIVEAWAY at the checkout.

Good luck!

Friday, 31 March 2017

Check out 'Makerist'

I've just discovered Makerist. Its a great new website selling downloadable PDF patterns for sewing, knitting and crochet. They also sell video classes and tutorials for both the beginner and more experienced crafter. Its well worth a look at their website

There are some lovely patterns on the website. These are a few of my favourites...

Hobo Style Lunch Bag

 Baby Girl Sandals

Plush Toy Dragon
Easy Summer Dress


Wonky Hearts Baby Quilt 

For this weekend only you can download a great pattern for a mans hoodie for FREE! Just click here to download.

You can also buy patterns from the Designer of the Week - DreieM's with a massive 40% discount.

You can also follow Makerist on facebook here

Happy Sewing!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Tooth Fairy Cushion Tutorial

You will need:

2 FQ's of cotton fabric. 
(One for the front and pocket and a co-ordinating fabric for the back)
We used Michael Miller's Bot Boy and Bot Dot fabric. You can find a great selection on the Sew Scrumptious website.

You can download the tooth fairy cushion pattern for FREE on the Sew Scrumptious website and find a great video tutorial on the Sew Scrumptious You Tube channel.

How to Make:

Print out the pattern or make your own. You need a square approx 17cm x 17cm and a pocket approx 13cm x 9cm. You can make any size that you like.

Cut one large square from each fabric and one pocket piece from the main fabric

Press down half inch at the top of each large square (towards the back of the fabric) then fold back up. This will help you at a later stage.

Making the pocket: 

Fold the pocket in half and pin (Make sure you think about the pattern on the fabric and which bit you want to see on the pocket front). Machine sew down each short edge leaving the long edge open.

Clip the corners 

Turn inside out and press flat

Zig zag along the bottom edge to neaten and prevent fraying.

Press over a small amount towards the back of the pocket to make a crease

Place the pocket face down on the back fabric piece of your cushion making sure that when you fold it up again, it will be central. Pin along the zigzaged edge.

 Machine sew along the pressed crease you made earlier

Fold pocket back up and pin both sides in place 

Machine sew down each side.  

Making the Cushion:
Pin the fabric squares together (pattern sides facing) and sew down one side along the botton and up the other side leaving the top side open.

Clip the corners.

Turn inside out and press.

Press in the top half inch along the lines you pressed earlier.

Fill with stuffing until a nice shape.

Pin the top edges together. Sew all along the top by machine or by hand if you prefer. This can be a bit fiddly. Try and squish the stuffing towards the bottom while you are doing this.

Print off the tooth fairy poem onto card and pop in the pocket.

Wait for the tooth fairy to arrive!

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

Fabulous 'Guess How Much I Love You' Fabric Giveaway!

We are absolutely loving the new 'Guess How Much I Love You' fabrics from Clothworks which are now available on the Sew Scrumptious website. I used to read this lovely book to my children all the time when they were tiny so it has a bit of an emotional pull for me. 

They are absolutely beautiful so I thought that it was time to have another giveaway. I have put together a FQ bundle of all the new fabrics for one lucky person to win.

The bundle includes a FQ of each of the following fabrics



The giveaway ends on the 28 February 2017 at 12pm. UK residents only I'm afraid.

Good Luck!