Golden ninja costume

My 6 year old is obsessed with Lego Ninjago and really wanted a golden ninja costume. We searched everywhere but could not find one. So of course I had to make him one! We ordered “gold” fleece and shiny gold fabric and some green lining fabric and then I spent a week on and off […]

Sewing machines I own…# Elna Grasshopper

I have to come clean, I have A LOT of sewing machines. Bit of an Ebay habbit combined with people giving me machines, car boot sales etc, and before you know it you have about 20! Yes, 20. So I thought I would do a little series of reviews on them. Some of them are […]

Sewing cool clothes for boys

I have three boys but only one still young enough to like me making clothes for him, he is six and called Max and has great style! It’s been really hard in the past to find cool clothes for boys. Luckily I’m not the only person who likes sewing kids clothes and wants to include […]

Blog move!

I have finally figured out how to blog-on-the-go on my website’s own blog so I am going to use that from now on to blog. Make sure you pop along to say hi and follow me on there. I have some great blogging posts lined up! Find me here – Posted using BlogPress from my […]

indigo quilt

I’ve been working on this quilt for a long time. Sadly as I was nearing completion I washed it and something ran really badly. Which was odd because all the fabric had been pre-washed. It near destroyed the quilt and eventually I decided to separate the quilt front and the back and take out the […]

Patterns for 2014

Bit late to the 2014 plans lists but I’ve had a late start to the year, my littlest boy has only just gone back to school and I’ve been teaching flat out since. I also have way too many sewing plans! Here are just the paper patterns I bought last year that I want to […]

Walthamstow fabric shops

I’ve lived in Walthamstow for over 8 years now and guess I’ve become a bit blasé about the amount of fabric shops and stalls that can be found just on the street market. It was only when I found other people telling me they were visioning from quite far away just to buy fabric here […]

Elna Grasshopper & the quilt I made on it

   My lovely dad brought over this stunning Elna Grasshopper. She’s an old girl, made as she was in September 1946! She is however in perfect condition and sew beautifully. Seeing as I had to try her out I made this lovely quilt entirely out of big equilateral triangles. I cheated and free motion quilted […]

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 […]