Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Louth Market

I'm heading back to Louth Market for the summer :) You'll find me in the Cornmarket, Louth, Lincolnshire every Wednesday during July & August. I'll be there tomorrow (3rd July) & I have a Pop Up Shop at the Bee Inspired Studio on the 4th July. New fabrics have arrived & I there's offers on Dashwood's Flurry & Twist. 

The Bee Inspired Studio 
Unit 21 Nottingham Court Fairfield Ind. Estate
Louth LN11 0WP

Thursday 4th July 

Every Wednesday during July & August at Louth Market, Cornmarket, Lincolnshire

3rd, 10th, 17th, 
 24th & 31st July

7th, 14th, 21st & 28th August

Hope to see you soon 
- Helen - 


Monday, 3 June 2019

June's Gift Along

It's been a while since I last posted. I've been enjoying the weather, sewing and time with family. It's also time for this month's Gift Along, Tea light holders :)

After acquiring a good supply of Nutella jars over the years (the ones that you can re-use as a glass) I decided to use them as a birthday or festive decoration. You could also use any small glass you have in your cupboards or take a look in the Charity Shops.
I looked through my felt stash and found a few strips that will work perfectly :) 

Measure your glass, mine was 9 inches circumference

I cut the felt 10 inches x 3 inches
I always allow more than less especially if you use thick felt

I looked through my craft books for a template I liked. I found a flower & Star template. You could even hand draw a design or create strips in the felt. Anything that will allow the light to shine through.

I traced the flower from the book to make a template.
I drew around the template, 
then cut out the flowers

Using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, draw your stitch line, pin, then sew
I made sure my pen marks ended up as the wrong side of the felt so these won't be seen on the outside

Turn out the cover 

 I then trimmed my seam allowance to 1/4 inch to reduce any bulk

Place the glass into the cover from the top

Enjoy your tea light cover with a candle or a battery tea light :)

I've also knitted a cover using my wool stash. This pattern was taken from  The Knitter's Year by Debbie Bliss

I hope you enjoy these projects. If you'd like to share your makes head over to my Gift Along Facebook Group.

- Helen - 


Tuesday, 14 May 2019

A Day of Making & Pop Up Shops

I love it when you get a full day of sewing :) I've got lots of birthday's in May & I'm still making sure I stick to handmade gifts for everyone. I've also allowed buying the birthday person breakfast/lunch & sending money to my nephews :) 

My Gift Along is all about having a selection of things available ready to pass on to the birthday person as well as for Christmas. One thing I am doing is jotting down what I give so I don't duplicate at Christmas! :) 

I've also decided after making a gift on the day of someones birthday, that it's so much better when you've a selection of things already made in advance :) A lot less stressful!

This weekend I made a bag using a combination of the two bags shown in the Gift Along. I used the new Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Linen in Grey & a Liberty Print pocket using fabric from my stash. 

I also made a card using a piece of the Liberty Print.

I'm really pleased with the look of this bag & I think it suits the person I gave it too.

I made a selection of cards too using scraps of fabric & left over Suffolk Puffs.

I'm working on next months Gift Along & hoping to sew a dress I've had cut out since last summer!!!

I've got a few Pop Up Shops this week at Bee Inspired, it'd be great to see you. Wendy & Dawn also hold Sit & Sew sessions in the afternoon, it's the perfect excuse to Sew :) 

The Bee Inspired Studio
Unit 21 Nottingham Court Fairfield Ind. Estate
Louth LN11 0WP

Wednesday 15thMay
1pm – 3pm 
& Thursday 16thMay 
12.30 - 3pm

Thursday 23rdMay
12.30 -3pm

Have a great week :)

- Helen - 


Thursday, 2 May 2019

May's Gift Along

Welcome to May's Gift Along. This month it's all about Bags.

 Our first pattern is a simple Tote Bag. This free pattern from Mollie Makes & Purlsoho, is so easy to make.

I used our Sevenberry Linen Blend for this bag. Available online & reduced to £4 for half a metre (and that's all you need for this bag)
I used some bag handles I already had in my stash but you can buy this from your local haberdashery or Dunelm

As it's a basic pattern the raw edges are overlocked (or zig zag stitched) making this a quick & easy project. You'll have a selection of designs before you know it. 

I love this bag so much, I've had to make another for me :) 

My second Bag choice is from a book Sew! Cath Kidston  

I used some Cath Kidston fabric I had left from a chair upholstery project. 

The Large Tote - 

This has a bag lining which gives it a professional finish. I used scrap fabrics in complimentary colours to make this, it's a great stash buster.

After making these I really liked them & considered making them into a bag itself so I think next time I'll not make a lining. If you use a thick fabric (linen blend or upholstery fabric) the bag will be hard wearing enough. Also not adding the lining will speedup the project.

The bag has an outer & inner pocket too, very handy :)

My finished Bag. I'm very happy with it too :)

Here's the Bag I made 7 years ago. The "Sew! Book" had all the fabric & instructions to make this bag.

It was one of my first projects & books I bought when I started sewing, it was so nice to revisit it and make something else from it. Do you have any Craft books or Patterns you've not looked at in a while, there might be some Bag patterns in there waiting to be made. 

Have fun this May 

- Helen -


Tuesday, 9 April 2019


This week I've had a sort out in The Little Fabric Store :) I'm pretty organised on the business side but when it comes to my own projects & sewing haberdashery it's all over the place. So I spent a good few days going through my scrap fabrics and UFO's (un-finished objects). I hadn't realised how may I had!!! So over the past few days I've dedicated my spare time to these once loved projects. As I've said in other posts I'm a big believer in turning a big project into a small one ;)

Here's what I've been working on:

  • The two blocks are from last years Janet Clare Quilt Along. I've decided to hand quilt these & use the quilt as you go method. I have a few more blocks & all the border made. I'm going to create more blocks with the border squares & make up a few more blocks I like from the original quilt. This will become a runner for my bed :) (Janet now has a new quilt along, click on this link to find out more)
  • A tissue pouch I'd half made up as a sample for the sewing sessions at the Shop.
  • A scissor case also half made up for a class, now complete :)
  • A freebie Mollie Makes embroidery. This is going to be made into a Wedding Card.
  • Mollie Makes Dachshund soft doll & custard cream key ring are now pin cushions.

It's been so satisfying re-purposing some of these original makes into something else. What do you have in your UFO stash. I hope you have just as much fun as I have tackling mine. Have a great week sewing :)

- Helen -


Monday, 1 April 2019

It's April's Gift Along :)

This month we're making Tissue Pouches & Glasses Cases. Both are FREE Patterns. I first made these Tissue Pouches when I held "Sew Saturday" at the Shop. It was a National Event in association with Sew Magazine. We also made them in the Hand Sewing sessions. This is machine stitched, which is better for speed. Click on this link for the pattern. I used Linen & Cotton fabrics from my stash :)

The pattern only has written instructions so I thought I'd take some photos to make it easier to follow.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 2

Step 3

Step 3

I thought the end result was to long so I adapted it. It fit's better and by stitching the contrasting fabric strip to the inside first meant when I turned the edges to the front I could pin and machine stitch down. This was so much quicker than hand stitching. See below.
Main fabric 14cm x 16cm 
2 strips of fabric 4cm x 14cm 

The original one on the left & 
the pattern change on the right :) 

My next Gift Along Pattern is a Glasses Case, a FREE pattern by Robert Kaufman. There are two patterns available which is nice. Click on this link for the pattern.

This is the sleeve case assembly. I chose fabrics again from my stash, some nice Cath Kidston which is a heavier weight & a Moda green spot. The sleeve case instructions doesn't ask for wadding but I thought it made sense to add this. I used left over poly wadding as shown below. 

These photos accompany the instructions in the pattern

I love the end result. I'm going to add a popper to ensure my glasses don't escape when in my handbag :)
I'm going to adapt the pattern so I can sew the interlining 
by machine for speed. 
When you're making presents they need to by quick :) 

I have the second design, the fold over case, 
cut out ready to stitch.

I hope you'll enjoy making these projects. You can always join the Facebook Group & share your makes. You can add anything that's inspiring, the more ideas the better :)

Have fun 
- Helen -


Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Pop Up Shops

Hello :) just a reminder I'm at my Pop Up Shop at the Bee Inspired Studio on Wednesday 27th March 1-3pm & Thursday 28th March 12.30-3pm 

The Bee Inspired Studio 
Unit 21 Nottingham Court Fairfield Ind. Estate
Louth LN11 0WP

Wednesday 27th March
1pm - 3pm
Thursday 28th March 
12.30 - 3pm

Map shown below. At the round about on the A16 turn into the Fairfield Estate (where the Shell Garage is visible) carry on down the road & it's your 3rd left

There's also 25% Off all Dashwood Fabrics ending this weekend. Head over to my website to order online or buy at the Pop Up Shop

I had a great time with Emma & Susie last weekend :) 
Here's a few photos from the Langham Handmade Fair

Emma - Em Teacup

I met some talented Crafter's at the Event. I bought this beautiful Vintage Doily & Brooch Peg Doll, 
made by The Indie Folk
This is going to look so nice on my Christmas Tree.

I also ordered some Harem Panda Leggings for Temperance. These are handmade by Spindles & Thread I'll get Temperance to model them when they arrive :)

I love visiting Handmade Fairs, they show off the best Crafter's in the UK & their talent really does show. It's also very inspiring.

I hope you have a good week. Hope to see you at the Pop Up Shops this week. Wendy & Dawn also hold Sit & Sew group whilst I'm there. They're £5 a session. So bring your sewing & make an afternoon of it :)

- Helen -