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 - 


Friday, 22 March 2019

Another Windy Day

It's another Windy Day. I thought I'd share this page taken from my "365 Things to Know" Book :) 

And here's some fabric that also embraces the weather in its design " Weather Permitting" :)

Have a great weekend :)


Thursday, 21 March 2019

Langham Handmade Fair

I'm very excited to be attending the Langham Handmade Fair in Essex. I'm not going as a stall holder, my friend Emma - EmTeacup has a stall & has invited me to go along :)  

photo uploaded from their Facebook Page

Emma used to stock her keyrings in my shop & she also made the Pin Board in the entrance. Emma makes selfie dolls, patchwork quilts, bunting & bags, here's hoping she gets lots of sales on the day.  

I'm really looking forward to seeing all the other stall holders & spreading the word of The Little Fabric Store's Online Shop.

My Pop Up Shops are next Wednesday & Thursday at Bee Inspired. I'm looking forward to once again being with like minded people :)

- Have a lovely weekend -


Friday, 15 March 2019

My Views

Before I go into "My Views" there's New Fabrics available :)

Stacy Iest Hsu Children's Cut Sew Panel measures 90cm x 112cm and is 100% Cotton. It's printed with easy to follow instructions on the panel. There's 4 Dolls on the panel. When finished the dolls measure approximately 40cm

"With the florals, classic ginghams & dots that I love, & colours of sunshine, sky, sprout, peony, pebble, & white linen, Amberley is poised & ready to bring warmth & charm to you & your home"........ 

Today's Blog is a little different as I'm sharing my personal views. Today is the Global Strike for Climate. A monthly event that is inspired by the Swedish teenager Greta Thunburg, who since September last year has been Striking outside the Swedish Parliament. Her straight talking approach to the Climate Crisis is very thought provoking & really gets you thinking. If you'd like to watch her Ted Talk just click the link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2QxFM9y0tY

Since watching her campaign to stop the Climate Crisis & reduce emissions it made me think about how little I do and my ignorance to what's going on in the world. I would use coal for our fire, purchase things in non recyclable plastic and live the way we're told via supermarkets & advertising without a second thought. This has opened my eyes to change. Alongside this I've been looking at a blog by Bea Johnson. Bea is all about a Zero Waste Home. Another inspiring woman who has made me think about the things I buy. I couldn't believe how many things are sold in non recyclable packaging. I didn't notice until I made a concerted effort to look. As you can imaging my shopping trolley was a little empty! I've had to make compromises as I'm not the only person living in my home so I'm finding some kind of balance at the moment. 

It made me think about the fabrics & wadding I sell. I confidently know they're all 100% Cotton which is compostable & will decompose in land fill. I've decided to get in touch with my suppliers with some questions:

1. Are your workers/staff across the world in manufacturing & delivery paid fairly
2. Is your cotton bought at a fair price & ethically sourced

I'll let you know what they reply :) My postal packaging is also plastic. As far as I know they're recyclable. I am going to my supplier next week to either purchase recyclable plastic or cardboard boxes. I only use paper bags at my Pop Up Shops & encourage people to use a bag they've brought with them. A lot of you do, which is greatly appreciated :) 

All this may have all coincided with becoming a grandparent, thinking of the next generations coming into our world. So my aim is :

  • To ensure that I use recyclable packaging
  • Email online buyers to ask if they need a paper copy of their Invoice as this is already emailed to them, saving paper. 

I'll continue to supply the best quality fabrics at The Little Fabric Store. They may not be the cheapest on the market but I have confidence in the quality & recyclable options for any waste. Although us crafter's hang on to any scrap of fabric for that just in case moment ;) 

On a brighter note, I took some photos on my walk to the Post Office the other week. When we had that amazing weather. It was so nice. 

People's Park Grimsby 

My neighbour does regular litter picking there so I'll make it my mission to volunteer. I couldn't believe it today, I parked up at the back of the Spar shop in Scartho. The wind had caused so much rubbish to collect there. When I got back to the car two men were litter picking. I got talking to them, they're self employed & collect litter from all the shops in the area. How brilliant is that :) 

I'll let you know the responses I receive from my stockists.

Have a great weekend :)


Saturday, 9 March 2019


There's 25% OFF ALL DASHWOOD FABRICS for a limited time only. Head to my website to grab yourself a bargain :) 
Enjoy your weekend - Helen - 


Sunday, 3 March 2019

March Gift Along

Welcome to the March Gift Along :) This month I've made a selection of Face Cloths & Make Up Remover Pads. These are a definite stash buster using left over fabrics & yarns.

Knitted Makeup Remover Pads

Using left over Yarn (Rowan Breezed) I made Make Up Remover Pads. This Yarn is a linen & cotton mix. You can use any left over cotton yarn to make yours. I purchased mine from M & G Designs in Louth but you can check online or at your local yarn store. 

I cast on 20 stitches on a 3mm needle. This yarn suggests a larger needle size but I wanted it to be a dense weave. I used a garter stitch (knit every row) & continued knitting until it was 3.5 inches square. You can adapt your yarn choice to knit to this size.

I've tried & tested these & they take makeup off really well 

Fabric Makeup Remover Pads

These are made using a brushed cotton pillow case that I'd previously used for a Christmas Elf face :) You can use any brushed cotton from your stash or search online. I also used left over fabric from the Basket I made in February's Gift Along.

1. Cut your brushed cotton 3 inch x 3 inch 
& 2 fabric strips 1 inch x 3 inch (I used a lawn fabric which is finer creating less bulk)

2. Pin the borders (fabric design facing the brushed cotton) & sew using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, then press open
Cut your 2 side borders 1 inch x 4 inch, attach these & sew in place

3. Press open. This is the top of you Makeup Remover Pad. Make another using the same instructions.

4. Now you have 2 completed squares cut out some left over cotton wadding (we all must have plenty of this in our stash) measuring 4 inch x 4 inch

5. Layer all 3 together with the wadding at the top then the top & bottom fabrics facing each other as shown below

6. Pin around the edges & sew leaving a gap to turn out

7. Turn out & press

8. Use a ladder stitch to close your gap

9. Stitch around the centre of the white edge to finish :) 

I really like these, you could easily adapt this to stitching bias binding around the edges instead of adding borders. What ever works with your stash ;) 

Knitted Face Cloths

To go along side you're Makeup Remover Pads we have Knitted Face Cloths. This is a free pattern from Mollie Makes

I used left over yarn from my husbands crochet yarn stash. The pattern suggest a cotton yarn, I've used Cascade yarn 

These are a big hit in my home which made me think they'd make perfect Christmas Gifts

Face Cloths

These face cloths were bought new but you could use a bath towel or towelling fabric to make your own. By adding a bias binding it gives a personal touch. 

These Liberty Bias Binding's were a Gift a few years ago. I've found some online but you could always use fabric to create your own bias binding

Attach your binding around the edges of your face cloth & sew in place using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Turn the binding over & pin. Stitch either by hand or on the machine using a complimentary thread.

Team your finished Face Cloth with some soap :) 

I hope you're all enjoying the Gift Along, it's simply here to give you ideas & inspiration. If you have any you'd like to share feel free to email me (thelittlefabricstore@gmail.com) or join our Gift Along Facebook Group to share photos of your makes & ideas. 

Here's my finished Nest Boxes. I love them :) I'd consider not adding the leaves for my next set. This way they'd make up quicker. 

Enjoy making these Projects, I'll see you with April's Gift Along :) 


Tuesday, 19 February 2019

My Crafty Week

These past few weeks I've been making, either sewing, knitting, baking & cooking good food (although I did attempt marmalade & somehow ended up draining the oranges instead of taking them out the pot!! No marmalade). I enjoy these sunny days, it makes me want to be creative. I know I should really go out for a walk but when the sun is streaming through my window I can clearly see & match all my fabrics & threads :) I've really enjoyed making more Nesting Boxes & arranging fabrics to make more of the Large Storage Boxes. The Nesting Boxes are so handy, I've even filled the small one with my new March Gift Along Makes :)

The Large Nesting Box 

I'm also working on the Baby Shower Quilt for Temperance. I'm incorporating the Enchanted Cut & Sew Panel into the quilt by placing milestone appliqué patches to the plain border squares (the panel was £8 now only £5). These are perfect to add to a baby quilt or to appliqué on T-shirts. The panel also comes with cut & sew baby bibs.

I was inspired to use the same appliqué method used for the leaves on the Nesting Box

I've picked out matching threads 

Appliquéd onto the quilt

I've also started to make my own birthday cards. A pack of 10 cards with envelopes only cost £2 from The Works. I bought mine from the store in Grimsby. I've lots of left over suffolk puffs/yo yo's which I'll also use up. This was something I made about 7 years ago. It's strips of fabrics sewn onto card. You then draw hearts & birds on the back of the card. Sew around your design to secure the fabric & cut out your shape. This was for my mum's birthday :) 

I'm also knitting myself some longer wrist warmers - Pinwheel Mitts. The pattern is from Loop. I visited the store in London with my crafty friend Emma (of Em Teacup) in the Summer.

I bought the recommend yarn, Isager Highland Wool it's very nice to work with. I also adapted the pattern so there's no thumb gusset but I increased the top rounds to make it wider for my hand. I've made one, just need to make the other now :)

While we're talking about knitting, here's my little granddaughter Temperance wearing a beautiful cardigan made by one of my lovely customers, Sylvia from Sutton on Sea. I think she looks adorable in it :) Thank you Sylvia x

I know the Sewing Bee is also on at the moment, I'm sure that's giving us all the inspiration to get to our sewing machine & be creative 

Have a wonderful week

- Helen -