Survey time! Fleet & Flourish by Maureen Cracknell

Fleet & Flourish by Maureen Cracknell effortlessly captures a feminine free-spirit! With a bohemian-meets-romantic edge, this collection features an artfully selected range of deep coloured florals, soft graphic designs and delicate lace. Due in December/January from Art Gallery, Fleet & Flourish will include prints on quilting weight cotton, new 58″ wide quilting cotton, cotton voile, jersey knits and cotton canvas!

Fleet & Flourish by Maureen Cracknell

All entries received by 18 October will be entered to win a £10 voucher to The Village Haberdashery.


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Sewing wish list: October

Welcome back to my sewing wish list! Somehow I skipped September so here we are in October. Here are a few things I’m dreaming of making!

At the moment, I’m all about comfort. Secret pyjamas. And real ones! So here we go. The first thing on my list is basically anything with this sweater knit. It’s so fun! I think a Colette Myrtle cowl neck dress would be awesome and cosy.


I’m super jealous of all the Grainline Lindens being made up out there! I’d love to pair this pattern with our pink Liberty sweatshirt fabric. It’s incredibly soft on the inside and is so pretty!


Finally, I think double gauze would make the most amazing pyjamas. It’s the softest, loveliest fabric ever. So I’m thinking these cheeky little foxes should be stitched up as Sewaholic Tofinos! The best loungewear ever.


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Genuinely useful new baby makes with Zoe: Trousers/nappy covers

This is the first in a new series of blog posts by Zoe Edwards offering tips for gifts you can make for a new baby! Take it away, Zoe!

Zoe and Dolores

If you are craftily inclined, the birth of a new baby can often inspire the desire to get making. Unless they are crazy, the parents will certainly appreciate receiving a handmade gift over another pack of shop-bought onesies, but embarking on the right baby-sewing project will ensure that your hard work actually gets used!

This is the first in a mini-series of blog posts that will give you some ideas for items you can make for a new baby that won’t languish at the bottom of a drawer. ‘Well, what qualifies you, Zoe, to write such a ground-breaking series of posts?’ you are no doubt asking. Well, my daughter is nearly two years old now, so exactly which gifts we found useful and which never got used is still pretty fresh in my memory, but the fog of new parenthood and sleep deprivation has cleared sufficiently for me to string two sentences together.

Small World by Rae Hoekstra

So first up, may I recommend making some baby trousers or nappy covers? To first-time parents, it is genuinely shocking to discover that their tiny new person may require more outfit changes in one day than Britney Spears did during her last tour. Whether you choose to make trousers that cover the legs, or nappy covers that (as the name suggests) are pants designed to cover the nappy, you should be guided by what season the baby will be wearing them in. The season can also give you direction on what type of fabric to use for the project. It is frustrating to be given something lovely for your beautiful baba to wear but it doesn’t get used because the weather is too warm or cold for it to be appropriate. I know it is obvious to say, but babies grow super quick so it’s very likely that if you put a garment aside for suitable weather, it won’t fit them anymore. Sad face.

Small World Corduroy

Now that we are firmly into autumn, I made these baby trousers in a delightfully soft needle cord in a fun print. After a couple of laps of the baby section in any department store, the parents will probably be very much over looking at pastel pink or pastel blue stuff, so this project really is your opportunity to pick something fun. The repetition of nappy and outfit changes will be brightened considerably if they are trying to clad that squirming little bottom in something that makes them smile. This needle cord also has the benefit of being made from 100% organic cotton by Cloud9 Fabrics, it’s called Oh My Darlin’Clementine from the Small World range designed by Rae Hoekstra. The Small World range is comprised of fantastic, colourful, gender-neutral, perfect for this application. If you’d prefer a subtler look, this project would also work really well in these deliciously soft double gauze or striped or solid interlock knits.

modern baby set

The pattern I used was the Modern Baby Set by Green Bee which includes patterns for both trousers and nappy covers for babies aged 0-3 months. One of the awesome things about this pattern is that the front and back pieces are cut from the same pattern piece. Explain that to the new parents, then it’ll save them a lot of bleary-eyed attempts to figure out which way round the trousers or nappy cover goes during nappy changes. If you use a different trouser or nappy cover pattern that has front and back pieces that are different, then why not stitch a loop of ribbon into the back waistband so the back can be easily identified?

Happy new-baby sewing, friends.

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Crowdfunding update! We are working with Crowdcube

We recently announced that we will be launching an equity crowdfunding campaign! Your enthusiasm and support for this announcement has been overwhelming and we want to keep you well updated throughout the process. I can now share the exciting news that we’ll be working with Crowdcube on this campaign!


Established in 2011, Crowdcube is the world’s first and leading investment crowdfunding platform, where a community of like­minded people pool their money and knowledge together to back startup, early and growth stage businesses. Crowdcube gives everyone the opportunity to become ‘armchair Dragons’, building upon their own investment portfolio and supporting British businesses. There are more than 200,000 members investing on Crowdcube!

Once we’re finished finalising the details of our equity pitch, we’ll have a page on Crowdcube to explain the investment opportunity in full. You can check out other pitches here to see what it’s going to look like! In the meantime, we have created a page on our website here that we’re updating regularly with frequently asked questions and other useful information.

If you want to support us, you can fill out our pre-launch survey here and help us spread the word about our campaign on social media with the hashtag #wearetvh! We’ve also got some images for you to use on Instagram and you can find them on our investors page. Feel free to suggest more!


Watch this space for more updates!

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Survey time! Sommer by Sarah Jane

Sarah Jane’s next collection for Michael Miller is Sommer and it’s due in January! Sommer is filled with sweet florals, curious bunnies, graceful swans and all the lovely things Sarah Jane is so good at. This collection will include quilting cotton, cotton canvas and, new for Michael Miller, double gauze! Take our survey and let us know what you think about Sommer!

Sarah Jane Sommer

Entries received by 11 October will be entered to win a £10 voucher to The Village Haberdashery!

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Star Block of the Month: October is the Double Star #starbotm

I’m so thrilled to have Charlotte Newland leading our first-ever Block of the Month adventure! Charlotte will be teaching a class on this month’s block, the Double Star, on Monday, 12 October, 6:30pm – 9pm. If you’re following along at home, you can find all of the blog posts about the Star Block of the Month here and we sell kits here. Don’t forget to tag any Instagram posts related to the Star Block of the Month with #starbotmTake it away, Charlotte!

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Welcome back to the Star Block of the Month! This month we are making the Double Star, a nice straightforward block made up of squares and half-square triangles (HSTs).

We will be sewing one 12” block (12.5” unfinished) and sashing it to 18″ (18.5″ unfinished). This diagram gives you the arrangement of colours in the block. As usual, the blank areas are sewn from background fabric:

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

The cool palette uses orchid (colour 1), candy blue (colour 2) and capri (colour 3):
Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

The warm palette uses petunia (colour 1), candy pink (colour 2) and valentine (colour 3):

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Cut the following for each block:

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

We need to make a boat-load of HSTs for this star. Sort your 3.5″ squares into three piles: six of background + colour 2, six of background + colour 3, and two of colour 2 + colour 3:

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Make HSTs in the usual way by drawing a diagonal line across the wrong side of the lighter square, sewing a scant 1/4” from each side of the drawn line on each pair, then cutting along the line to make two HSTs:

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Press with the seam towards the darker fabric and trim to 2.5” x 2.5”, making sure the 45º line on your ruler is in line with the seam. You will end up with 28 HSTs:

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Lay out your pieces to match the block diagram and sew together:

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

Add the sashing according to the block layout diagrams. Attach the 12.5” pieces to the top and bottom of the block first, press, then add the 18.5” strips to the sides.

Star Block of the Month from The Village Haberdashery

That’s it for this month – see you in November!

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#tvhhaul September giveaway winners

It’s time to announce our September #tvhhaul giveaway winners! As I mentioned in this post, we’ll be doing our #tvhhaul giveaway every month this year and randomly selecting three winners to receive a £25 voucher each! If you want to play in October, here is a reminder of the rules:

  • Share a picture or video of your purchase or project on Instagram and use the tag #tvhhaul.
  • To be considered in the drawing for October, pictures must be posted in September and tagged in the actual caption – we won’t accept posts from before 1 October 2015 that have been edited to include the hashtag and we won’t accept posts with the tag added in a comment.
  • You can enter as many pictures or videos as you like!

Here is our randomiser for September! If you’re one of our lovely winners you will be contacted directly with vouchers later today.

#tvhhaul September randomizer

#67 @muriel14 Ooooh! It’s great @carolynfriedlander @vhaberdashery #carkai #tvhhaul

September #tvhhaul winner

#35 @kettleyarnco Reposting my gift to @elkrenee for a little @vhaberdashery #tvhhaul action! #kokka #robertkaufmanfabrics #knittingprojectbag

September #tvhhaul winner

#31 @redwsews @My finished @tillybuttons #Coco worn to take my biggest little girl to school for the first time yesterday. Made in luscious @vhaberdashery interlock. Full details in a blog post soon (but couldn’t resist sharing how gorgeous my big girl looked in her uniform!) #tvhhaul

September #tvhhaul winner


Thank you to everyone who shared on our hashtag #tvhhaul! We love seeing your makes so please keep them coming!

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Reminder: Shop hours and shipping during The Knitting and Stitching Show

Reminder: Shop hours and shipping during The Knitting and Stitching Show

Next week we’re heading to Alexandra Palace for The Knitting and Stitching Show! Tuesday we’ll be packing up/setting up and Wednesday to Sunday the show is in full swing, so our West Hampstead shop will be closed from 6-11 October. We are so sorry for any inconvenience!


The Knitting and Stitching Show is a five-day event featuring galleries, workshops and more than 400 stalls. If you haven’t already bought your tickets we have a discount code for you! Use code EX15 when you book via for a special ticket price of £12. We hope you’ll come visit us in booth L7 at the show! We’ll be bringing Carkai, Blueberry Park and so many other awesome things!

It is difficult for us to pack and ship our online orders during the show, so we’ll have a shipment going out on Monday, 5 October, and we’ll have another shipment going out on Saturday, 10 October, and then regular service will resume on Monday, 12 October. Thank you for your patience during this busy time!

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A new online sewing community! The Fold Line launches today

You’ve heard of Ravelry, right? The awesome online community for knitters and crocheters? Well, there’s never quite been a place like it for sewers. Until today! The Fold Line is now live and if you like to sew you’re going to love it.

The Fold Line launches today

It’s super fast to sign up for an account to socialise, make friends, create groups and keep up to date on the latest sewing news and events. Plus there is an extensive pattern review section so you can discover new sewing patterns and find inspiration! Find me on there and let’s be friends!

You can also follow The Fold Line on InstagramTwitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Bloglovin!

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Survey time! Avantgarde by Katarina Roccella

Art Gallery Fabrics just announced their next season of gorgeous collections and AvantGarde by Katarina Roccella is the first one we’re surveying! Katarina shows her painterly background with a homage to the Avant Garde art movement in AvantGarde. A simultaneous explosion of colour, this collection threads the simplicity of geometric shapes with the beauty of a simple flower and a handmade stitch to create a balance that satisfies the colourful and the bold.

AvantGarde by Katarina Roccella

Avantgarde is due in December/January, AvantGarde includes quilting weight cotton, jersey knits, cotton canvas and cotton voile. All surveys received by 4 October will be entered to win a £10 voucher to The Village Haberdashery.

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