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


Thursday, 22 November 2018

Baby Temperance, Graduation & Get 20% OFF

It's been an memorable week which I'd like to share with you. But most importantly you can get 20% Off everything on our site starting today, finishing Monday at midnight. Just enter BLACKFRIDAY at the check out & your discount will be applied.

Our Newest Collection "Once Up a Time" is also reduced, the Princess Playbook & Princess Panel are both £12.75 each. But with 20% discount they come down to £10.20.

Visit the website to take a closer look at this fantastic range designed by Stacey Iest Hsu for Moda Fabrics

I've had a great week. I visited Tealby Patchwork & Quilting Group with my Pop Up Shop. Thanks to everyone who came to see me on such a cold rainy day. It was great to hear about your new projects. Sheila brought along a quilt she made with one of our jelly rolls. I love the pin wheel design in the quilt, beautiful.

Thank you Pat for making this cute 
rabbit for my Granddaughter, she's going to love it

Speaking of my granddaughter, 
here's a few photos of Temperance :)

I'm very proud of my daughter Lauren & Connor, 
they're doing a fantastic job, their little girl is so content

It's been an memorable week, my son Brad, graduated with a Degree of Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University. Not only has he been studying he's been working full time in his field. We're very proud parents.

What have you been making this week? Let me know, I'd love to hear from you. I'm volunteering in my daughter in law's year 4 Class. I'm teaching them to make my famous mini bunting. They're making lots of crafts to sell at their Enterprise Day in December. It's so rewarding teaching children to sew, some were telling me what they make with their grandma's & mum's. Some had never sewn before. I like to tell them "every expert was once a beginner" :) Have you passed on any sewing skills to someone you know? Why not have a crafternoon & invite a few people round, it's lots of fun :) 

Cut out & ready to sew 

There's a few events I'd like to share. I won't have a stall but I'm hoping to visit these. 

Coffee Morning at the Royal British Legion Hall in Louth Wednesday 28th November 9.30 - 12.30. Raffle, cakes, tea & coffee. Money raised goes to REhabKids 

Enjoy the rest of your week. My next Pop Up Shop is at the Bee Inspired Studio Thursday 29th November 12.30-3pm. Hope to see you - Helen - 


Wednesday, 14 November 2018

New Pop Up Shop Dates

Hi Everyone 

I hope you're all having a great week. My new Pop Up Shop dates are now confirmed. My next stop is Tealby where they hold a weekly Patchwork Group. It's a great opportunity to see what they create & they're always looking for new members. 
It is cash only but I can accept cheques & if needed raise a Pay Pal Invoice. Or order online to collect at Tealby & I'll refund you Postage.

I'm holding regular Pop Up's at Bee Inspired. At the moment its the first Wednesday & Thursday of the month and last Thursday of each month. This may change next year but I'm hoping to stick to these regular spots. Tealby will be every 2/3 months.

This week I've been looking at Quick Christmas Projects. I love this Confetti New Years Garland by Purl Soho. What a great way to use up your left over felt too.
I've been arranging my granddaughter's floor quilt ready to sew. I might look into making a Baby Shower Kit for 2019. I'm settling into my Nannie role very well & getting lots of cuddles with Temperance :) 

In Fabric News - arrived this week - Nesting Birds
Designed by Joanne Cocker for Dashwood Studio's
I love these modern prints, they work really well for home projects too. They'd also make great book covers for a new diary.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your creative week

x Helen x 


Saturday, 10 November 2018

Baby News :)

Just a little update :) our daughter Lauren & her partner Connor welcomed Temperance Aeliliah into the World. Temperance was born yesterday weighing 9lb 4oz. We're very happy grandparents :)

No photo yet until I have permission from the parents & they're a little busy at the moment with their special little girl :) 


Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Subscribe & get 10% off everything

I'm giving 10% off everything for subscribers
just head over to my website & subscribe
then enter SUBSCRIBE10 at the check out

New Fabrics are in stock so it's a great opportunity to get some discount on these.

Robert Kaufman "What The Animals Say"

These are the additional fabrics for the Collection

I've had a great couple of weeks at the Bee Inspired Studio. It's been so nice to see familiar faces & talking with you about your sewing projects. I'm hoping to be at the Bee Inspired Studio three times a month. Once these are confirmed I'll let you know :)

Me & Wendy :) 

You can still buy quality fabrics from me at a reduced cost
A lot of stock has rolled back to my Market Days prices, 
that 5 years ago

This photo shows the Bibs made up, how sweet :) 

Last Saturday I visited my friend Emma (Em Teacup) at a local Craft Fair at the weekend. It was so nice to be surrounded by all these crafter's & creators. I remember reading an article about supporting crafter's even if you're a maker yourself. Making a purchase supports their business and you get that personal touch & story behind what they've made. I started my business at a Craft Fair & I'll always have fond memories of watching my business grow & making friends, like Emma :) 

These beautiful things are from a selection of Crafter that were at the Christmas Fair, St. James Hotel, Grimsby

Em Teacup - Cute Christmas Penguin
It Started with a Stitch - Crochet Christmas Bauble
Holly's House - Soy Candle
Katherine Ann Mutch Ceramics - These buttons I bought from Emporium 53 in Cleethorpes 

Anna was there selling flamingo paperie cards there too

My project this week is making up the quilt top for my new granddaughter who should be arriving any day now :)
- Have a wonderful week being creative - 


Thursday, 25 October 2018

The "New" Little Fabric Store

Welcome to The "New" Little Fabric Store
I've finally managed to get the space organised 
and I'm feeling right at home :) 

This week I've been at the Bee Inspired Studio with my Pop Up Shop. I'm there with all my fabrics, wadding, patterns & threads. It's a fantastic space, full of like minded people. There's courses to enquire about & sewing sessions. Look out for some sessions run by me coming soon :) 

I'd like to say a big thank you to a few people. When I left the shop I received some truly thoughtful gifts. Tamika created this beautiful picture of me in my shop. Tamika used fabrics from the shop to create bolts on the shelves. I just love the drawing of me. Thank you for the lovely message you wrote too.

Tamika's sister Teyha made this sweet crocheted rabbit with a dress she made using fabric from the shop. I have it displayed alongside a cross stitch card Gwen made for me. Treasure also crocheted this sewing pouch, she even added a scissor guard to protect the crochet.

On top of the pouch is a 4 Leaf Clover made by Val using Tatting. Val has been demonstrating the lost art of Tatting recently at Caistor Town Hall. What a lovely gift. I've always loved 4 leaf clover's, this entry from my Journal was the 3rd August 1988 (I was 12). The first ever 4 leaf clover I found I showed it to a boy at school & he ripped off one of the leaves :( so I stuck this one straight into my Journal!!!!

- Fabric News - 
These New Dashwood fabrics are arriving soon 
and will be available on the website 
and at next week's Pop Up Shop

Jilly's New Collection "tells the sweet tale of a little cat, 
Emi & her best friend, a small bird 
The two spend their time together in the garden
A palette of soft Autumnal colours creates a playful, 
gentle story about an unlikely friendship"....

I haven't forgotten about the Elf Panel, 
I'll work on this over the weekend
 And I'll let you know when the tutorial is on the blog

- Have a great week - 


Monday, 15 October 2018

Pop Up Shops

I now have a few dates & locations for my Pop Up Shops. I'm really looking forward to taking The Little Fabric Store on the road. Bee Inspired Sewing Studio holds classes & is available to hire for anyone who'd like to teach a class. I'll be based there a couple times a month selling fabrics. I'll also attend the Tealby Patchwork & Quilting Group in November. 

Please note further dates & locations will be added. 
An updated Newsletter will be sent to everyone who's requested one. 
Please email me at if you'd like to be added to the mailing list

So what's been going on at The Little Fabric Store. 
My Sewing Studio is nearly complete :) There's been a lot of background work with advertising & news updates. 
My supplier visited & new fabrics are ordered and on there way. 

As you know I loved working on my window displays so I've continued this at home. My Mini Pumpkins Tutorial will be made this week. I've felt very displaced not having the shop or my sewing studio ready. I'm itching to get settled in & working on my projects. I can't wait to show you my space.

This lovely Autumnal Yarn can be bought at M&G Designs 
I decided to make Tassel's for my Window :) 
Here's a step by step guide from Mollie Makes to make your own

I've decorated my fireplace with pine cones, orange chinese lanterns, tea lights & my woodland animal lights that I used in last years Autumn window. With the nights drawing in the lights make it feel so cosy.

I also hosted my daughter's Baby Shower. It was so nice to be able to do this. It was on a Saturday too :)
We sourced some great party games from Oh Happy Printables & decorations from Ginger Ray

Lauren, Me & My husband Dan

I bought some fabric pens for everyone to write a 
message on a 5" fabric square
These will be sewn into a quilt I'm making for the baby 

After receiving some great feedback from my Dashwood Advent Tutorial I'm now working on The Elves Panel Tutorial. Well who doesn't want to make Christmas Elves :) 

Have a great week
- Helen -