So where do you buy your fabric? This is where I buy my fabric!

So where do you buy your fabric? This is where I buy my fabric!

I guess by now you may have figured out I have  huge fabric habit…

So I thought I would share with you my favourite fabric shops, especially as I get asked by my students quite often where I recommend buying fabric.

Now you can find lovely stuff at your local market if you are prepared to root around and ask the stall holders what fabric it is (as often it is polycotton which I personally detest and would not use for anything other than toiles or for learners to practice on). And you can unearth some amazing bargains that way (£1/ meter for funky florals and cool checks).
But for most of my fabrics I either venture further afield to proper brick and mortar shops or most often, I go no further than my sofa and shop with a cuppa in my hand (or a glass of red like I am now!).
So here goes then for a list of great online fabric shops:
@ Fabric Rehab, a fantastically addictive online fabric shop. Most fabrics are sold by the FQ (fat quarter, a quarter of a yard) but can be bought by the meter by adding 4 FQs to your basket. A veritable smorgasbord of yummy fabrics and great customer services.
I have just spotted some fab retro cassette fabric I will be buying as soon as I post this blog post
@ Eclectic Maker, a delicious online shop selling fabric, patterns, haberdashery and more. Check out this stack of cuteness:

@ Fancy Moon, I so love this shop… it sells Mexican day of the dead, Hawaian prints, cowboy prints, and camp as Christmas pin up fabric as well as many many more amazing hard to get prints, as well as patterns and haberdashery. Contact me for a discount code too! We love the guys n gals at this online shop SO much… Check out this cute Hawaian pin up print:

@  Sew-la-la, a cute shop selling lots of vintage inspired florals and spots as well as pompom trims etc.
@ The Eternal Maker, a wonderful shop selling all the latest Japanese fabrics as well as trims and buttons and tools and hard to get Japanese craft books. Look at this lovely flowery bolt of happiness!
@ Then of course there is Etsy. There is so much gorgeous fabric on there you could lose whole days on there (look under supplies). And shipping from the US to the UK is supercheap and pretty fast. Of course you run the risk your parcel gets intercepted by customs and you have to pay import duty but this has only happened to me a few times when I had boxes sent over, not when I order a few yards here and there.
@ Last but not least there is of course Ebay. Some of my earliest purchases were from lovely Ebayers (the Felt Fairy, Favourite Fabrics (see bundle below) etc) and some I still return to over and over.


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Kids clothes week!

Kids clothes week!

This week it’s Kids Clothes Week; time to sew clothes for children for an hour a day.

I bought some fab boys’ patterns a few weeks back from Blank Slate Patterns and I am making the Cool Coastal Cargos for Max.

The fly zip had me fluxomed for a bit but now it should be plain sailing from here on in!

Front: with cool pirate pockets

Back with ace welt pockets!

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New sewing machines, quilting course in Walthamstow

New sewing machines, quilting course in Walthamstow

Buy JL Mini Sewing Machine, Orange Online at  Buy John Lewis Mini Colour Block Sewing Machine, Pink Online at

I am running a ten week quilting course from Monday, locally. I am really looking forwards to it. It is a bigger class than I have ever taught before (11 people) but as it will be a workshop type class I envisage it will fun and chatty and the more the merrier!

I had all my vintage machines PAT tested for electrical safety this morning, and two failed. This left me with just 6 machines for the class. I knew some people were bringing their own but I felt I needed to have 8 machines or so to use so I bought the two cuties above…

I tend to recommend the John Lewis own brand sewing machines very highly, they are made by Janome, a very good make, they are solid, reliable and cheap. And these mini ones come in polkadots, solids and two tone colour ways, and are only £49, what’s not to like? They are small so good for classes and they handle pretty well.

Whilst looking for a review of these machines (I have not used one for years) I found this lovely website which was a  nice bonus!

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Free online sewing tutorials

Free online sewing tutorials

Look at this amazing resource I have just stumbled across! For ages I have been meaning to put up some basic free sewing tutorials, but there never seems to be time…. so when I found this gorgeous site with a whole host of free tutorials, well, what can I say… I just had to share!

FairyFace designs

Not only has she done this, she also has an awesome blog with stunning stitched things on it. Very inspirational!

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