Wednesday, 24 August 2016

New Shop Hours

Oo it's the Bank Holiday weekend coming up. What are your plans? I'm hoping to be in the garden, weather permitting, spending time with family & having a few creative hours to myself. I've had a lot of home renovations over the summer and things are still upside down. That sewing room is calling though, I really can't wait to have a creative space which I've warned my husband will be an "explosion of Helen"!!!

Due to the August Bank Holiday the Shop will be Closed on Tuesday 30th August and my new Shop hours will start on Wednesday 31st August. I'm opening half an hour earlier in the shop & the website is open all day, everyday. 

The Little Fabric Store
Opening Hours

Tuesday & Thursday 
9am - 3pm
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
9am - 4pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
Shop on-line at

Summer for me is dressmaking. This Summer I've made two of Janet Clare's Artisan Apron's "wearing your creativity". The first is made in a Linen Denim, it's plain background gave me chance to play.

Janet's Artisan Apron Pattern 
available in store & online

My denim Apron decorated with bias binding, bunting & brooches
Made in a medium (denim linen on order)

This is my linen blend Apron lined with a plain cotton in orchid
Made in a size small (linen blend in store & online)

I've also added to the Compagnie M range in the shop and will be putting these on the website. I made the Lotta Skirt last year and got it out again this summer. This survived the bottom of my rucksack last year when I went interrailing in Europe. The fabric is a Moda and it washes brilliantly and doesn't crease. The design is something unique and has a European style about it. 

The Lotta Skirt shown using the teenage & adult pattern
(also available in age 1-10yrs)
fabric no longer available 

I hope you've all had & still having a fantastic summer. What have you been making this summer. Send in your photos to I'd love to see your makes. Have a great Bank Holiday weekend - Helen - 

Friday, 19 August 2016

Hall of Fame Winners

I've always loved seeing the projects people make with fabrics bought from the shop. The Hall of Fame showcases these. The following numbers have been chosen at random on the Hall of Fame page, these are the winners of 2 metres of fabric or 8 fat quarters from the sale section. 

28 - Cereda Kemp

This top made by Cereda is lovely. Using the ever popular WildWood Cloud 9, Cereda has used a plain to compliment the design.


58. Carol Housley

 This beautiful Tea Cosy has been made by Carol Housley. Carol has stitched the  tapestry front and backed it the Chick fabric bought from the shop.


81. Elaine Lorimer

Elaine Lorimer makes this sweet rabbits, aren't they lovely. Elaine used a small Sevenberry print & Moda's Essential Dots.


86. Sue Crossley

Sue Crossley made this gorgeous dress using "More Hearty Good Wishes"


95. Eleisha Kissaine

Eleisha is making her daughter some skirts, 
all the fabrics are from The Little Fabric Store


108 - Leigh Thompson

Leigh Thompson has made her holiday bag using 
Moda's Bright Sun & Miss Kate fabrics. 

Karen visited the shop with Luke this week to show me her amazing Linen Blend Skirt. Its a Sew Me Something Skirt Pattern made with Moda's Mo Mo Flying Colours Range (some fabrics still available in the shop). Isn't it fab, I love it.

Sharing what we make inspires others and brings us joy.
Thank you for your continued support

- Helen - 

Thursday, 4 August 2016

I'm back :)

The Little Fabric Store is Open today 9.30am till 2pm. I'll be working 9.30am - 2pm all this week (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th August), back to normal hours from Tuesday 9th August. I'm looking forward to getting back. You can also purchase fabrics on line at use the code SUMMERSALE at the check out to receive 10% off your order.

New Janet Clare patterns are in & Christmas fabrics!!! Here's a sneaky peek at Janet's patterns available in the shop & hopefully added to the website soon. I'll post the Christmas fabrics at the end of August. Hope you're all enjoying the Summer - Helen - 


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Closed Today

The Little Fabric Store is closed today due to illness :( I've got a kidney infection and I'm on antibiotics. I'll be resting up today and should be back in the shop tomorrow. 

Sorry for any inconvenience - Helen - 

Tuesday, 19 July 2016


I'd like to say a big THANK YOU for all your birthday messages, cards & pressies. I had a fantastic weekend and felt well and truly spoilt. After my trip to York I enjoyed a meal at Sage in Grimsby. It's owned by my good friends Sabine & Ian, it's well worth a visit. Then I spent the weekend with my family. 

- 40 year old me & my daughter Lauren - 

- Me & my boys Brad & Nathan - 

So Summer is here and so is my Summer Sale. There's lots of discounts in the Shop as well as on-line. 

The Shop has selected fabric lines reduced to £8 a metre & £2 a Fat Quarter with haberdashery reductions too.
On-line you can enjoy 10% off all fabrics just enter SUMMERSALE at the checkout.

The Sale continues till Sunday 24th July 

- Helen - 


Thursday, 14 July 2016

The Big 40

I hope you're all enjoying the Summer. It's my big 40 tomorrow, eek. The Shop will be closed Friday 15th & Saturday 16th July whilst I'm celebrating. I love having my birthday in the Summer, especially with the Summer Sales on. Speaking of Sale's mine starts in Tuesday 19th July when I re-open. There will be some great offers on so be sure to pop in next week. My on line Shop will also have some reductions, there's 10% off every on-line order starting on Tuesday. 

In the mean time it's Louth in Bloom here today, here's a few photos of the Shop in it's full Summer Glory.

- Decorated with Felt Daises - 

- I've made Janet Clare's Small Brown British Bird Quilt. 
I've loved every minute of making this quilt (more photo's to follow next week). 
You can buy her pattern from me in the Shop for 6.99 - 

Have a fab weekend
- Helen - 


Saturday, 18 June 2016

Website Launch

I've been working on my new website which I launched yesterday. This means the UK can now enjoy purchases from The Little Fabric Store. A few more products will be added, more fabric lines and dress patterns too. There's a standard postage of £3.00 for all UK orders. This is an important step for The Little Fabric Store and I'm looking forward to attracting a wider audience of like minded creative people. All the lovely people who visit in the summer can continue to see what product lines we have all year round. It's all very exciting. 

In the mean time I've been making for the window. The Great British Sewing Bee is on which means a summer of Dressmaking. I made the cute Bettine Dress (Tilly & the Buttons) & after seeing a pattern hack on her blog, I loved it that much I made a top.

I added a Liberty Bias Binding to the neck, I'm really happy with the results too

The Pattern Hack Top version.
 I used Valley - designed by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda

I suppose I just need the nice weather now to wear them :)

I hope the GBSB has inspired you to have a go at dressmaking. 
It's so much fun.
Pop in to see what patterns I have available. Sew Over It Patterns will be added on the website - Helen -