Tuesday, 10 September 2019

The Last Week of The Little Fabric Store

This is the last week of The Little Fabric Store. I still have a few fabrics left all £8 a metre/£2 a Fat Quarter. A few Dolls Panels are available, £8 each. Janet Clare Books are now reduced to £10 & Patterns £5 each. All Mettler Threads are also half price :) 
I'm at Louth Market tomorrow (Wednesday 11th Sept) & the Bee Inspired Studio on Thursday 12th Sept 12.30-3pm. It'll be great to see you if you can make it. 

My website closes at midnight on Saturday 14th September. So head over and get yourself a bargain. (please note it'll be closed on Wed & Thurs, back online on Friday)

I hope you can join me for my last week at The Little Fabric Store. 

See you soon, Helen x 


Monday, 12 August 2019

July's Gift Along

Here's July's Gift Along :) 

In July I made a Fabric Pentagon Ball. The perfect project to use up your fabrics and settle into some hand sewing. Something I enjoy in the summer. Also it's a great gift for anyone having a baby as it's not to time consuming like a quilt might be. 

I chose some bright colourful fabrics and a soft linen for the smaller triangles

Using English Paper Piecing I used the templates to create my pentagon & triangle shapes ready to stitch together

My Pattern was taken from the I Love Patchwork Book

I also used left over Cotton Wadding. Just snip them into small pieces. I actually needed to add more than what's shown in the basket

Once you've stitched your shapes together you'll have the two halves of your Ball. Check you have enough filling before stitching the halves together. You'll need to remove the wadding as you stitch leaving a gap to turn out. Then stuff the Ball

Keep adding your filling to get it full. The Wadding makes a really dense ball. My granddaughter loves hers :) 

There's also a free pattern available at Simply Sewing 

I hope you have fun making this project :) 

(August's will be posted soon)

Happy Sewing 


Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Summer Clearance - Everything Must Go

It's been so nice being back in Louth Town Centre. The Market Place has a wonderful atmosphere. I've been very lucky with the weather too, it was my first rainy day this week but that didn't stop you all coming out to support the local businesses in Louth. Thank you :)

I'm having a big Sale and Everything must go. I've decided not to buy any new fabrics which will mean the close of The Little Fabric Store. It's been nearly a year since I moved out of the Shop to concentrate selling online & at Pop Up Shops in the Lincolnshire area. In that time my life has changed and I'm ready to start a new chapter. This still involves sewing & knitting ;)

I'd like to thank everyone who's supported my business through purchases, Facebook shares and word of mouth recommendations. I've had an amazing time making my dream a reality. As a 17yr old teenage mum who's life looked to others like it might not go anywhere I created a business out of something I love. And after all that I've come to realise my biggest achievement in life was/is raising my children who have become amazing people. My husband, children & family have backed & supported me all the way. It's something I'll always be thankful for. 

I hope I've inspired you to start sewing/get back into sewing and to find your creative side. With all the routine life brings it's so nice to sit alone/with others and create something that brings you joy. Life is so serious, lets have some fun ;)

So if you'd like to see me & grab a bargain (Fabrics are now £8 a metre, apart from the Robert Kaufman Linens which are reduced to £10 instead of £16) pop down to Louth Market any Wednesday in August. My Website reductions will be available on Tuesday 6th August. 

Thanks for being part of this amazing journey 

x Helen x

Ps I've not forgotten my Gift Along for July & August. I'll post these next week


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 -