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Grey curly scarf

A few months ago we went to the Stitch and Craft show and visited Erica at Debonnaire. DSD fell for the display sample of this grey curly scarf and couldn’t understand that we couldn’t just buy it – we had to buy the wool and actually knit it. I like having sewing and knitting projects […]
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Improvised mug rugs

Ed’s constantly after me not to set my drinks on the arms of our sofas. It’s so tempting because they have big flat arms. So instead of always grabbing a book or piece of paper, I finally managed to sew up something fun to put our mugs on. Mug rugs! This is my first stab […]
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Knitted jumper dress

This raspberry-coloured jumper dress is the most substantial knitting project I’ve made. This pattern is the Girl’s cap sleeved spring top by Shellee Floyd, found on Ravelry.     I won’t share the pattern here because it is $5, but if you do get the pattern and you‚Äôd like to try turning it into a […]
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Teaching kids how to sew buttons

I keep trying to teach DSD basic sewing and knitting skills and some stick better than others. When I was sewing a couple of loose buttons on Ed’s shirt I thought I’d show her how to do a button too – and it was a success! Not only is it fairly easy to teach, the […]
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Habitat sofa cushions

Jay McCaroll’s Habitat collection is brilliant. The prints are so modern and exciting. When we moved into our new place and acquired our previous landlord’s royal/navy blue¬†sofabed I thought Habitat would be perfect for the sofa cushions. I picked out the fabrics below from the collection – the first three for cushions and the last […]
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Polka-dot “Boden” dress

I made this dress last summer but didn’t actually finish it until recently. The fabric is from John Lewis and we picked the print because it looked like something out of the Mini Boden catalogue but I purchased it before I really started following fabric designers so of course I don’t actually know who designed […]
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Fabric crush: Far Far Away III by Heather Ross

Heather Ross’s fabric collections are absolutely perfect. I only discovered her after she launched Far Far Away II and spotting those sweet fairy tale prints were what started my obsession with fabric. I used many of the prints from that collection in my then five/now six-year-old stepdaughter’s Fairy tale quilt. Back in April Heather unveiled […]
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Rainbow sundress

This sundress was made out of an old curtain from my bedroom when I was a kid! When I was home last Thanksgiving rooting around in my mum’s chest of drawers in the basement for old seventies patterns (which she’d thrown out, for shame!) I came across it and thought I could ‘upcycle’ it into […]
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Fairy tale quilt

Last Autumn, I decided I wanted to make DSD, who was five a the time, a quilt. When I saw Heather Ross’s Far Far Away II I thought it would be absolutely perfect. I was just discovering fabric designers and hadn’t ever really seen fabric like this, both whimsical and modern. I went for girly, […]
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