Teaching a pattern cutting class using the Colette Ginger pattern

This weekend saw the second class in this two part course, teaching beginners to make a skirt from a commercial pattern. I have been using Colette patterns for these classes for a while now but have recently changed to using the Ginger skirt pattern. I used to use the pedal pushers (Clover) pattern, which wasn’t […]

Craftsy, an amazing online learning and pattern and supplies platform

What is Craftsy?Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. Behind the Scenes: The Making of […]

Mammoth quilts!

I have been working on a quilt commission for the last 6 weeks or so- not solidly, but interspersed with Open University reading, other sewing, teaching and of course, looking after my boys and myself! Anyway I have finished it now and it is winding its way to Taunton as we speak to then be […]

Book review:Scrap house quilt

I had been meaning to buy this book for ages, having somewhere seen a picture of the finished quilt. But I must say the formula put me off a bit. It is available either as a download or a CD rom. I like a paper book to be totally honest, if I am spending money. […]

Some pictures of what I have been up to this summer

The adorable Theo Fab charity shop find… Great photoshoot Hanging out with Superman Made a quilt from vintage sheets and a gorgeous embroidered table cloth. Helped Max make stuff Went to Minnie’s pirate birthday party What a scorchio day! Minnie and Max. Made Minnie’s dress with redound skill or shirring Made with Moxie Prefontayne shorts. […]

Vogue 2902 dress

I spent some time this week making some clothes for me. Really enjoying myself! First I made this vintage inspired Vogue dress. I would not normally wear something this girlie and dressy but I have some weddings to go to soon… However I could not resist blinging it up with some neon ribbon and I […]

Sew Cafe

I have decided to start running drop in stitching sessions again. Once a month there will be a day where you can come and use the machines (sewing and overlocker), get some advice, get some me-time to sew, finish a project or just come and hang out and crochet! Tea, cake and me provided. £15 […]

Sewing World magazine review

I had not read the Sewing World magazine before about a year ago so I cannot say how it has changed from what it was like before, but I know I like it now! And that isn’t just because they like featuring my work, honestly (although do keep an eye out for August’s issue which […]

3 year blogiversary giveaway!

Today we are three! We have stopped wearing nappies and are so much more fun to be around than we were three years ago! To celebrate this I am giving away this fun and funky patchwork pillow. To be in with a chance to win just leave a comment telling me why you deserve to […]

Crowd funding project for a new cheekyhandmades studio

 Cheekyhandmades is bursting at the seams in the current set up, and needs a new home. The loft is already converted but hey there is a huge garden outside so why not go outside to expand? Indeed, that is now the plan. I want to build a cool garden studio with room for all my […]