Monday, 7 January 2019

2019's "Gift Along"

Welcome to my New 2019 Project 
- Gift Along - 

Over Christmas I've been researching all sorts of projects for my "Gift Along". The idea is that every month we'll make gifts ready for Christmas. You can always dip into your gifts for birthday's too (I already have). There's a range of easy makes & ones that require a little more time. These patterns might be one of my own designs, a free pattern from another site or from a book you might like to purchase. I'll give you all the information & links to my site for fabrics & other sites where I've bought haberdashery. 

January 2019

Lip Balm Key Ring Mini Case

These easy to make Lip Balm pockets are a great scrap buster. This free pattern is from Sew4Home. Their tutorial has full instructions & a down loadable template. 
I used fabric from my stash alongside the Moda Linen Blend I have in stock. I use this all the time in projects, it just gives that professional look to a project. The D Rings were purchased from Friary Stitch 

My finished Lip Balm Key Ring Cases 

I also had a pattern saved from a Pretty Patches Magazine, this shows an easier way of making them but using the same principle. I've not manage to find the pattern on line but it's worth looking through your old magazines to see if they have any easy projects.

Easy Lip Balm Pockets - I used Baby Pink Dots for the lining

I love both versions, they're the perfect stocking filler for family & friends. Just add their favourite lip balm & it's sure to be well received. 

 My other project for January is a knitting one. The Autumn & Winter months are also filled with knitting in my house. I love it when you get a craft book where you want to make everything in it. "Knitting from the North" is that book. 
Last year I made the Arrow Cuffs (Page 30). They take about 3 hours to make each cuff. I've used my cuffs so much I saw these as a perfect man present. Instead of following the arrow design I just used a block colour. My husband asked for grey & black to match both his coats. I ended up giving them to him as soon as I'd finished, I felt a bit mean making him wait till December :) I'm now making a black set for someones 50th.

My Arrow Cuffs - I used left over sock yarn from Coop Knits for the arrows & some Debbie Bliss yarn for the main colour

I used left over yarn from my husbands crochet stash. He made a hat using Cascade yarn, these match it perfectly. 
It's a chunky yarn but it made up well still using the original needle size. 

My latest pair of cuffs is made in a Bergere yarn from my stash, originally bought from A Good Yarn  

I was away for a few days in Sands End & Whitby, my winter woolly makes definitely came in handy :)

I hope these projects have inspired you to start my Gift Along. Have a look through your craft books & magazines to see what you can add to the year. My next project will be posted on the 1st February. Have a creative week 
- Helen-


Thursday, 3 January 2019

Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year :) What will 2019 have in store for us all. It's an exciting time to start planning your year ahead. Lots of sewing & crafting to keep us going through winter. I usually have a look through my UFO pile (un-finished objects). I'm even looking at re-inventing these projects instead of traditionally finishing them off. I have the start of a cardigan I was knitting, this will become a cushion :) Do have a few projects you can scale down, a lot of the time you run out of steam on these bigger projects. Instead of a double quilt make it into a single or even a lap quilt. 

I was inspired by a video I saw on the BBC about a group of quilters who make quilts for children in care. There's also a local Project Linus UK Group that meet each month. These quilts go to children in hospital. They have lots of free quilt patterns & knitted blankets for you to make & send off to the charity. The New Year is great opportunity to think of others. I made a fidget toy for my mother in law who has Alzheimer's, the free pattern is quick to make. I'd like to make some for the Care Home on the corner, I walk past it each week. Maybe now is a time to think about being more involved in your neighbourhood community, one of my New Year resolutions :) 

My new monthly projects which will be announced on Monday. I've really enjoyed looking through my craft books, searching out projects to share with you. Till then I hope you enjoy the rest of your week - Helen - :) 


Friday, 21 December 2018

Merry Christmas

I love this build up to Christmas, I know it can be manic but there's also that feeling of excitement. Being able to catch up with family, friends & neighbours is definitely something to look forward too. 

My husband told me about an article he read. It was about thinking and writing down all the memorable things that happened in 2018. What a great idea to do a summary of your year, especially as these months seem to fly by. Here's mine :)

I celebrated 5 years in the shop 
& 6 years of The Little Fabric Store

I always loved making for the shop window

A few photos of my garden 
After being in the shop all week I realised I wasn't getting out in Nature so I decided to change this

The start of the Tree Quilt

Out on a Nature walk inspired by the Janet Clare Tree Quilt I made for the Shop window

For my birthday I organised a picnic with my family, 
the weather was perfect too

Me & my husband celebrating my nephew's 30th 

Me & my son Brad using the props :)

A double rainbow

A visit to Liberty's of London

A change of direction for The Little Fabric Store

A visit to the Fashion & Textile Museum in London
The Orla Kiely Exhibition

The Little Fabric Store in New Street Louth before 
& after when I closed on the high street

Me & my husband taking a much needed break 
in Spain for our anniversary 

Javea Sant Bertomeu Church

Pebbles on the beach

My Local Park - Peoples Park - In September

Enjoying a bit more time at home

The New Little Fabric Store - online

A really thoughtful gift showing me in 
my shop in New Street

Pumpkins - the start of online tutorials 

My daughter Lauren's Baby Shower

Another tutorial for the Dashwood Advent 

My son Bradley's Graduation 

Me & my beautiful granddaughter Temperance

The start of my Pop Up Shops with 
Wendy at the Bee Inspired Studio 

Having the opportunity to teach 
sewing in my daughter in laws year 4 class


Sydney my second in command at The Little Fabric Store helping me wrap presents, she's a big help ;)

Whats next for The Little Fabric Store - Next year I'll show you sewing & knitting projects to give you inspiration & ideas for every month. The idea is that by making these through out the whole year you'll have lots of handmade gifts ready for next Christmas. 
January's Project will be released on Monday 7th January.

 Pop Up Shop dates are confirmed & will be sent out in the New Year. The Sale will start online from 28th December. 

Thanks for another wonderful year at The Little Fabric Store & for all your continued support. 

- Merry Christmas - 

love Helen x 

Friday, 14 December 2018

Gift Ideas & Christmas Inspiration

Hi, I hope you're all getting excited for Christmas. I always find I have so many ideas of what I'd like to make now, when I should have made them weeks ago!!! I'm going to make a few Christmas Cards this weekend. I can always use them next year :)

You might have seen my hand sewn Christmas Linen Hearts & Baubles in the window a few years ago. They're so easy to make, just make your own heart & bauble template, cut out your linen fabric x 2. Make one medium size heart for the middle, appliqué & stitch. Then appliqué 1 smaller heart to the the centre of the middle heart. I think I'm going to incorporate this design in my cards. For the baubles I appliquéd a band across the centre. Make a loop using twine & hand stitch around the edge with embroidery thread, leave a gap for stuffing. Stitch gap.

This year I made a lot of decorations myself for our Christmas Tree. The Linen Hearts & Baubles. Some cute Christmas knitted Stocking. The pattern is from the Little Cotton Rabbits Blog (it's a really good blog). Then some famous Knitted Baubles from Arne & Carlos's book - 50 Knitted Balls. Oh they even have a tutorial on Knitted Tinsel, I'm tempted :) 

Of course my famous mini bunting hangs 
in the window & on my fireplace :) 

I used a page from the Chronicles of Narnia 
to display on my festive fireplace

I've really enjoyed decorating my home this year, it was always a bit of an after thought as I'd be focused on the Shop Christmas Window. This year it's full on Christmas in my house :) 

If you fancy getting some projects lined up for the New Year I have up to 30% off selected Janet Clare Books & Patterns. More clearance fabrics have been added to the Sale section too :) 

A selection of Stocking Fillers under £10 & £20 

For a quick Quilt this Layer Cake is what's needed 
Was £34.99 now down to our online price of £29.99 
(only 2 left in stock) 
This Quilt top was made by Dawn in under 2 1/2 hours. Dawn holds a sewing group at the Bee Inspired Studio 
on Thursday afternoons

I'll let you know how my sewing projects go and those cards I plan on making :) Have a great weekend. I'll hopefully have more baby photos next week :) - Helen - x 


Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Quick Christmas Projects

I love making these Christmas Garlands, they're a great excuse to buy some Christmas fabrics or use what you have in your stash.

Iron your chosen fabrics & cut your strips 
18cm x roughly 2cm
Pinking shear both ends

Arrange your strips into colours/designs

I added some ribbon & Ric Rac from my stash

Tie your strips onto garden twine

I alternate my colours to give an even balance

Continue tying on the strips to your desired length

Hang your Christmas Garland

- Have fun -

For more Christmas Creating Ideas Visit Crafts Beautiful