Review of the year: 2019

With the year drawing to a close, I thought I would reflect on my makes during 2019. Most challenging make - the black copley cardigan I've chosen the black copley cardigan as it is the make that took me the longest.  I have made this pattern before but in a yellow colour, which was a lot easier on the eye!  I can get quite impatient so the fact I persevered and finished it within a year is quite an achievement. I haven't worn it much yet - I think I have just got a bit exhausted from it.  I'm sure…

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Pattern Review: So Sew Easy Serger Scrap Catcher

Today I am sharing my thoughts on a free sewing pattern you can follow on the So Sew Easy website - it's the Easy Serger Scrap Catcher! Details Pattern name: Easy Serger Scrap Catcher Variation/Style: N/A Design House: Pattern from So Sew Easy website Size I made: made according to the pattern's suggested measurements Fabric I used some remnant fabrics to make this - I would say that the toucan fabric pictured is quilting cotton weight.  From the image below, you can see I had two colour ways of this fetching fabric.  I also added fusible fleece to it to give the final mat…

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5 Ideas for quick sewing gifts (all free patterns/tutorials)

I love to make a gift for my nearest and dearest, and while I start with huge ambitious plans, I'm normally grappling with time.  Here are a few ideas if you find yourself wanting to make gifts but needing some faster options. 1. Eye Mask (Tilly and the Buttons) A classic quick and fun make is the eye mask.  A great gift for frequent travelers or someone who likes to wear one in general!  This tutorial is a lovely simple yet effective gift which you could complement with some lavender spray for their pillow or include in a travel pack set. 2.…

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The project bag (McCall’s stitch ‘n save M6493) review

finished tote

I was busy last month making birthday gifts and playing around with video making with my camera last month.  Here’s  one of the projects I made.  I’ve had the fabric for this make for a while as I wanted to make a project bag for knitting or crocheting for my sister for Christmas but never managed to make it.  It’s a pattern which I’ve had lying around for quite a while too. (more…)

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