Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Supporting Local Businesses

Last Bank Holiday I took a day in lieu so on Tuesday I had a wander down to Wellowgate in Grimsby. I live around the corner from this thriving community of independent traders and have been wanting to visit their lovely shops for sometime. There's Vintage Shops, Ladies & Men's. Gift Shops, Chalk Paint Shops & much more. Well worth a visit. I bought something from each shop.



- My basket full of goodies - 

A Vintage Skirt from I Luv it I Really Do Vintage 
A Vintage Cravat, a birthday gift from Ladd's 
Another birthday gift, a Guardian Angel from Home is Where the Heart Is
The lovely basket was from Old Fashioned Ruby


I already support shops in Louth and since becoming a business owner I've realised the importance of shopping local, whether it be where you live or work. You're part of these communities and your custom helps make these businesses continue to grow. There's a campaign that Mollie Makes is currently supporting - Just a Card - it highlights the importance of supporting Independent Traders. 



- Thank you for supporting my business - 


Well the sun was out on Sunday, I had a wonderful day in the garden. I've been waiting to enjoy a lazy afternoon and I finally got my wish. I'm addicted to making Suffolk Puffs/ Yo Yo's. I have Jane Brocket's "The Gentle Art of Stitching", such a lovely book, a welcome addition to any bookcase. So with my comfy garden chair and a BBQ going on in the background I sat and enjoyed making Yo Yo's. Heaven. 




- I love my new wicker basket once again filled with goodies -
I also made some Liberty Corsages Brooches which I'll attach to a birthday card



- "The Gentle Art of Stitching" by Jane Brocket - 
The colour combination for my new throw 



- I hope you've managed to enjoy the sunshine when it's out - 

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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Dashwood Novelties

Dashwood Studio Novelties have arrived. These cute designs are 100% Cotton and are priced at £3 a Fat Quarter/£12 a metre





- Beep Beep - 




- Cute Cats - 




- Jolly Tortoises - 


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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

'Sew Now' sessions

Why not come along to one of my sewing sessions. They're held every other Thursday 10am - 11.30am & every Saturday 1pm - 2.30pm. It's a great way to learn hand sewing techniques and meet new people. There's a mixed age range of people attending. Great conversation too. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book in advance to secure your place, £3.50 a session.



- Saturday's sewing session - 



- New Projects this Spring- 

Wool Blend Felt Boxes with appliqued hearts
& Embroidered signs




Other projects available to try are Mini Bunting, Patchwork coasters, Quilted Cushions & Lap Quilts








These have all been hand sewn mostly using English Paper Piecing. This method of sewing is portable, perfect for TV watching or sitting in the garden. If it's something you'd like to try please contact me:
Telephone - 01507 201131
Email - thelittlefabricstore@gmail.com

I look forward to seeing you soon 
- Helen - 



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Friday, 24 April 2015

Spring Sale

Why not visit the Shop this weekend  to get yourself a bargain. There's over 30% off on selected fabrics. That's £8/£9 a metre and £2 a Fat Quarter. Perfect for those Spring projects.



- A selection of fabrics available on the bolt - 




- These Fat Quarters are now priced at £2/£2.25 -



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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the Air, the Shop door is open and I feel more connected with the day to day life of passers by. The cobbled streets start to fill and everyone has a smile on their face. My mind races with ideas for the window and exciting new stock for the Shop. 

The lovely charm pack quilt has been very popular. It's a great beginners project. I'm looking into making a pattern that will give you a step by step guide.





This Lap/Cot Quilt has been made using a Charm Pack, 
50cm of fabric for the borders
The backing requires 125cm of fabric
Finished size - 103cm x 93cm / 40.5" x 36.5"

Great project if you're thinking about making your first quilt or a quick project for more experienced quilters


Another classic Moda Collection by Jan Patek Quilts has arrived 'Lilies of the Field'. I've teamed it up with French General Woad Blue. Priced at £12 a metre.






- This Bundle contains 5 Fat Quarters £14.00 - 


I hope you're enjoying these Spring Day's. I love to fill mine with Sewing :) 

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Thursday, 2 April 2015

Easter has arrived in Louth

I had a brilliant day on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who visited the Shop even though the weather wasn't the best. Also thank you to everyone who sent through their photos for the Hall of Fame for the draws. Here are the winners selected at random on the day:

Hall Of Fame Winners

77. Rachel from London made this lovely dress from the Denim Linen she purchased whilst visiting family in Louth. Rachel's Dressmaking Blog is well worth a visit Sew South London 


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43. Pam Mapelthorpe has made this hand made Hexi Quilt using a selection of Moda fabrics



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19. Lesley Pringle made this creative organiser using Wren & Friends fabric



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46. Sam Laking made this beautiful dress for her daughter Sophie. The fabric collection is Storybook by Kate & Birdie


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28. Frances made this Stanley cushion using Moda's Essential Dots



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5. Kelly Burton made her Pram Quilt using pre cut charm squares


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Sew Now Attendee Winners

1. Anita
2. Sophie Henderson
3. Sharon
4. Amy Neave
5. Val
6. Jo Ohara

Please call in to collect your fabric bundle/thread

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- Photos of the day - 


Sue, Sue & Gwen all attend my Sew Now Classes



- My family supporting me on the day - 


And Me - 

This first year in the Shop has been about fabric and building up a good amount of choice. This year you'll see the addition of Sewing Kits for adults & children, books, buttons & ribbons as well as other fabric lines.


Thanks again for all your support throughout my first year in New St. The Loyalty Card is my way of showing my appreciation to my customers as without you my business wouldn't be what it is today.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Loyalty Card Launch

I can't quite believe my Shop will have been open a year at the end of this week!!

To celebrate the Event I'm holding a Loyalty Card Launch on Saturday 28th March 9.30am - 4pm. Double points will be issued on the day. A full card will give you 15% of your future purchase. 

There'll be prizes to won throughout the day. 1st Sale of the day and every 10th after will win a prize. Lucky Draws for the 'Hall of Fame' contributors & 'Sew Now' attendees. So come and join me for a complimentary drink to mark the occasion. 


Thanks for all your support during my 1st year in New St. Louth
x Helen x