Thursday, 15 December 2016

Christmas 2016

It's that festive time of the year, spending time with family & friends will soon be here. I also look forward to a bit of selfish sewing between Christmas & New Year.  I love those days when you don't even know what time it is as you've been lost in a project. Normally you know about it when people need feeding 😀

The shop is looking lovely with lots of tempting gifts in the window. I also have gift vouchers available. I love decorating the window & my home too. I managed to have a Crafternoon with family the other Sunday. We sat & ate chilli then made some Christmas decorations. It was so nice to get together & be creative. These winter months are the perfect excuse too.

- Here's some photos of the window - 

- Fabrics, Wool Blend Felt & Janet Clare Books available - 

Janet Clare Patterns, Kits, Jelly Rolls & Charms
These House lights are from Not on The High Street aren't they sweet 

- Here's Janet Clare's Christmas Stocking made up. Pattern is available - 

I've got a fab offer on this week, there's 20% off all 5" Charm Packs was £11.50 now £9 each making this a perfect Secret Santa Gift. There's more great offers on Sunday & next week. I'm Open 10-2pm on Sunday 18th Dec for the Winter Christmas Market.

I'm open normal days & hours next week but will be Closed on Saturday 24th December & re-open on Wednesday 4th January. Have a wonderful Christmas, thank you for your support via visiting my shop, on line sales & reading my blog. 

- Merry Christmas - 
x Helen x 

- 2016 was a big year for me, I turned 40 & my son got married. 
I'm looking forward to what 2017 has in store. 
The Janet Clare's Shipping Forecast Quilt :) - 


Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Louth Christmas Market - Sunday 27th November

I love Christmas :) there's nothing like visiting your local Christmas Market to get you in the festive mood. This year the Louth Independent Traders have organised the biggest Santa Clause you may have ever seen. The event is on Sunday 27th November 10am - 4pm. 

There's plenty going on during the day, you can also make your own Christmas Bunting in my little shop. It's really easy too :) Everything will be provided. Please ring 01507 201131 or email me to book on ( sessions are 10.30-11.30am & 12.30pm-1.30pm. £4 each. 

I made my Christmas Bunting on Christmas Eve last year. We've had the same Christmas Lights hanging on our chimney breast for years and we couldn't find them anywhere!!! So I made these joyful things :)

- Helen - 


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

The Wedding

As promised here are few photos from my Son's Wedding. Brad & Beth got married in Ilam (Staffordshire) not far from Beth's hometown of Matlock (Derbyshire). It's such a beautiful spot in the world, the weather was perfect we couldn't have asked for a better day. Can you tell I'm the proud Mother of the Groom :) My daughter Lauren took all the photos, her photography site is linked. I'm so proud of her too. Anyway here are the photos:

The Bride & Groom
Brad & Beth

Me, my Husband, & Children
Nathan, Brad & Lauren

The proud Parents 

My Mum with my brothers & sister
Naomi, Mark & Jared 

My Dad & Debbie with my brothers & sisters
Naomi, Mark, Jared & Beth

All Girls together
Sister in law Mandy & my niece Chloe

Congratulations to the Happy Couple
love x Mum x


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Flight (Closed 14th & 15th Oct)

Janet Clare's Collection - Flight - Inspired by British Aviation these designs are perfect for boy/men projects & anyone who loves Janet Clare's fabrics.

- Air Show Pattern - 

I'm closed on Friday 14th & Saturday 15th October. My son Brad & his soon to be wife Beth are getting married. I'm so excited. I'm back normal hours on Tuesday 18th October, you can also shop online 

- Helen - 
Mother of the Groom :) 


Friday, 16 September 2016

The Victorian Fayre

The Victorian Fayre was held last Sunday. It was lovely to see people visiting Louth with family & friends, enjoying the day. The Louth Independent Traders organise these events, they're all local business owners who give up their time to organise and run these events. This is how much the independent shops care about Louth, working together to advertise and support each other, it's a great place to have a little fabric store.

- Victorian Helen, I could have been on Downton with this outfit:)
I bought this Vintage Apron at my last craft fair before opening my shop -

- My mum took these photos whilst walking around the stalls - 

If there are any events in your area go along, support them 
and you'll be sure to have a lovely day 


Saturday, 10 September 2016


Here's Moda's Lullaby designed by Kate & Birdie. It's their ..."follow-up to their debut baby collection, Storybook. Whisper sweet lullabies are filled with starry night skies, woodland critters, baby birds and tiny blooms. With perfectly coordinated prints with hand-drawn stitching and herringbone, this collection’s baby-soft palette of peachy pink and aqua blue combine with timeless shades of cream and linen to create a Kate & Birdie signature...." Available as Fat Quarters, lengths of the bolt & 5" Charms (added to the website soon) 

 - Sue's Baby Quilt made using a 5" Charm pack - 

Also the Victorian Faye is on Sunday 11th September 10am - 4pm
A great Family day out, I'll be open for part of the event.


Friday, 2 September 2016

The Handmade Fair

Kirstie's Handmade Fair takes place from 16th-18th September. I have 2 tickets to give away for this amazing event courtesy of John at Lapage Made. To win these tickets visit my Facebook page enter your name below and share my page. A name will be chosen at random on Tuesday 6th September. 

- Helen - 


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

New Shop Hours

Oo it's the Bank Holiday weekend coming up. What are your plans? I'm hoping to be in the garden, weather permitting, spending time with family & having a few creative hours to myself. I've had a lot of home renovations over the summer and things are still upside down. That sewing room is calling though, I really can't wait to have a creative space which I've warned my husband will be an "explosion of Helen"!!!

Due to the August Bank Holiday the Shop will be Closed on Tuesday 30th August and my new Shop hours will start on Wednesday 31st August. I'm opening half an hour earlier in the shop & the website is open all day, everyday. 

The Little Fabric Store
Opening Hours

Tuesday & Thursday 
9am - 3pm
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
9am - 4pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
Shop on-line at

Summer for me is dressmaking. This Summer I've made two of Janet Clare's Artisan Apron's "wearing your creativity". The first is made in a Linen Denim, it's plain background gave me chance to play.

Janet's Artisan Apron Pattern 
available in store & online

My denim Apron decorated with bias binding, bunting & brooches
Made in a medium (denim linen on order)

This is my linen blend Apron lined with a plain cotton in orchid
Made in a size small (linen blend in store & online)

I've also added to the Compagnie M range in the shop and will be putting these on the website. I made the Lotta Skirt last year and got it out again this summer. This survived the bottom of my rucksack last year when I went interrailing in Europe. The fabric is a Moda and it washes brilliantly and doesn't crease. The design is something unique and has a European style about it. 

The Lotta Skirt shown using the teenage & adult pattern
(also available in age 1-10yrs)
fabric no longer available 

I hope you've all had & still having a fantastic summer. What have you been making this summer. Send in your photos to I'd love to see your makes. Have a great Bank Holiday weekend - Helen - 

Friday, 19 August 2016

Hall of Fame Winners

I've always loved seeing the projects people make with fabrics bought from the shop. The Hall of Fame showcases these. The following numbers have been chosen at random on the Hall of Fame page, these are the winners of 2 metres of fabric or 8 fat quarters from the sale section. 

28 - Cereda Kemp

This top made by Cereda is lovely. Using the ever popular WildWood Cloud 9, Cereda has used a plain to compliment the design.


58. Carol Housley

 This beautiful Tea Cosy has been made by Carol Housley. Carol has stitched the  tapestry front and backed it the Chick fabric bought from the shop.


81. Elaine Lorimer

Elaine Lorimer makes this sweet rabbits, aren't they lovely. Elaine used a small Sevenberry print & Moda's Essential Dots.


86. Sue Crossley

Sue Crossley made this gorgeous dress using "More Hearty Good Wishes"


95. Eleisha Kissaine

Eleisha is making her daughter some skirts, 
all the fabrics are from The Little Fabric Store


108 - Leigh Thompson

Leigh Thompson has made her holiday bag using 
Moda's Bright Sun & Miss Kate fabrics. 

Karen visited the shop with Luke this week to show me her amazing Linen Blend Skirt. Its a Sew Me Something Skirt Pattern made with Moda's Mo Mo Flying Colours Range (some fabrics still available in the shop). Isn't it fab, I love it.

Sharing what we make inspires others and brings us joy.
Thank you for your continued support

- Helen - 

Thursday, 4 August 2016

I'm back :)

The Little Fabric Store is Open today 9.30am till 2pm. I'll be working 9.30am - 2pm all this week (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th August), back to normal hours from Tuesday 9th August. I'm looking forward to getting back. You can also purchase fabrics on line at use the code SUMMERSALE at the check out to receive 10% off your order.

New Janet Clare patterns are in & Christmas fabrics!!! Here's a sneaky peek at Janet's patterns available in the shop & hopefully added to the website soon. I'll post the Christmas fabrics at the end of August. Hope you're all enjoying the Summer - Helen - 


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Closed Today

The Little Fabric Store is closed today due to illness :( I've got a kidney infection and I'm on antibiotics. I'll be resting up today and should be back in the shop tomorrow. 

Sorry for any inconvenience - Helen - 

Tuesday, 19 July 2016


I'd like to say a big THANK YOU for all your birthday messages, cards & pressies. I had a fantastic weekend and felt well and truly spoilt. After my trip to York I enjoyed a meal at Sage in Grimsby. It's owned by my good friends Sabine & Ian, it's well worth a visit. Then I spent the weekend with my family. 

- 40 year old me & my daughter Lauren - 

- Me & my boys Brad & Nathan - 

So Summer is here and so is my Summer Sale. There's lots of discounts in the Shop as well as on-line. 

The Shop has selected fabric lines reduced to £8 a metre & £2 a Fat Quarter with haberdashery reductions too.
On-line you can enjoy 10% off all fabrics just enter SUMMERSALE at the checkout.

The Sale continues till Sunday 24th July 

- Helen - 


Thursday, 14 July 2016

The Big 40

I hope you're all enjoying the Summer. It's my big 40 tomorrow, eek. The Shop will be closed Friday 15th & Saturday 16th July whilst I'm celebrating. I love having my birthday in the Summer, especially with the Summer Sales on. Speaking of Sale's mine starts in Tuesday 19th July when I re-open. There will be some great offers on so be sure to pop in next week. My on line Shop will also have some reductions, there's 10% off every on-line order starting on Tuesday. 

In the mean time it's Louth in Bloom here today, here's a few photos of the Shop in it's full Summer Glory.

- Decorated with Felt Daises - 

- I've made Janet Clare's Small Brown British Bird Quilt. 
I've loved every minute of making this quilt (more photo's to follow next week). 
You can buy her pattern from me in the Shop for 6.99 - 

Have a fab weekend
- Helen -