its a winning friday…

Looking to add some style to your sewing area, or have a friend who loves to sew? well I have a beautiful giveaway happening this weekend…

Grovesltd have just released the new Gold range from Hemline, and its gorgeous

“Hemline Gold is an exclusive range of high quality sewing products inspired by the rich history of the haberdashery industry, fused with sleek and modern finishes. Drawing inspiration from traditional Victorian heritage and craftsmanship the Hemline Gold range has been designed and manufactured with performance, conscience and style in mind.

The collection features rich brushed gold, matt black and modern clear acrylic finishes across popular sewing essentials such as scissors, pins, tape measures, hand sewing needles and more.

The environmentally conscious packaging has been developed specifically to be easy to recycle, with no plastic waste, wrapped within brown Kraft paper and printed with a delicate Matt black design”

To be in with a chance of winning a packet of stunning fabric quilting clips and a super cute glass jar of gold assorted sized pins, simply…


1) Follow my blog —> by clicking the follow button

2) Leave me a comment so I know you’ve entered

OPEN TO UK ENTRIES ONLY
(winner chosen at random on Sunday 9th May – Best of luck

Michelle x

wedding keepsakes…

I was recently asked to make a wedding keepsake, custom orders are always exciting, so I couldn’t wait to start designing. As I think I’ve mentioned before I absolutely love free motion embroidery, so this was an excuse to lower the dog feeds on my machine and get busy…

I wanted to include the bride and grooms name and the date of their special occasion, I also wanted to incorporate something growing with tiny buds which would represent their lives together, growing and thriving over time.

This piece is quilted on a pretty ivory floral cotton, (which makes an ideal 2nd wedding anniversary gift, as this is traditionally cotton), with a navy blue background, as this was the colour theme of the couples wedding

I also used a beautiful variegated blue thread from DMC to hand embroider the names and date.

I embroidered the love tree and tiny hearts, to add beautiful detail to this keepsake.

I’m so pleased with how this turned out, that I’ve added it to my Etsy Shop as a ‘made to order’ gift. Head over and give it a favourite or even share with someone who you think might like it. These make a lovely wedding gift, especially as they come framed, gift wrapped and with free UK delivery.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/your/shops/CreativeblondeGifts

Thanks for stopping by, please get in touch with a bespoke order if you have something in mind.

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend

Michelle x

its all up to you…

The months Island Batik Challenge, was left down to us as ambassadors to decide what to make. Head over to the Island Batik page to see all the amazing creations from this month

www.facebook.com/islandbatik

I’ve been busy over the last few months completing the first of three modules of a surface pattern design course, so I was keen to bring some of my designs to life…

I used Jewel Quest fabric collection, along with some bright green and purple threads from Aurifil to create my cushion covers

Jewel Quest fabric from Island Batik

I really love free motion quilting, its just like drawing but with your machine, and I get a real buzz from it, here are some close ups, each cover is quilted using Hobbs 80/20 cotton mix batting.

16″ x 16″ cushion covers

If you love these cushion covers, I have some exciting news… I’m currently taking orders, so please get in touch as I’d love to make something that fits your living room or bedroom decor. These cushions covers are made to order, which means they are available in all sizes and colours, prices start from just £20.

These two cushions are already looking stunning in their new home, and look brilliant on their new owners snuggle sofa

Thanks so much for stopping by to read my blog, happy Monday!

Michelle x

Pennant flag patterns

A beautiful addition to a nursery or bedroom, this makes a lovely gift to make and keep, or for friends and family to make and gift. Download my free pattern below to make your own pennant flag, or order my ‘pennant flag’ kit from my ‘Creative Blonde kits’ page, includes everything you need (threads not included).

Big welcome, little one.

Using the adorable new nursery fabrics from Craftcotton, in lovely soft tones of peach/coral and greens, means it will work perfectly with almost all nursery colours.

All of me, loves all of you.

If you’re not a sewer/quilter, or just don’t have the time, but would love to order one of these for your child/grandchild, please get in touch using my ‘contact/order form’ page, or contact me via email.

Thanks for stopping by and supporting my small business. Happy Tuesday!

Do what makes your heart smile

Michelle xx

nursery kite…

A beautiful addition to a nursery, this makes a lovely gift to make and keep, or for friends and family to make and gift. Download my pattern below to make your own nursery kite, or order my ‘Nursery Kite’ kit from my ‘Creative Blonde kits’ page, includes everything you need (threads not included).

Nursery kite decoration

Using the adorable new nursery fabrics from Craftcotton, in lovely soft tones of peach/coral and greens, means it will work perfectly with almost all nursery colours.

Super cute bows

If you’re not a sewer/quilter, or just don’t have the time, but would love to order one of these for your child/grandchild, please get in touch using my ‘contact/order form’ page, or contact me via email.

These nursery/bedroom kites, can be personalised with your child’s/grand-child’s name.

Thanks for stopping by and supporting my small business. Happy Tuesday!

Do what makes your heart smile

Michelle xx

Another big ask…

Hi, thanks for stopping by

I hope you are enjoying the lovely long weekend (if you’re in the UK).

Today is the day I have decided to open my Etsy shop… I thought about doing it yesterday, but what with it being April fools day, I didn’t want anything thinking it was joke 😉

So, yes you guessed it, I have yet another favour to ask… please can you show to some love on my Etsy shop, by hitting the favourite button on my shop – many many thanks in advance.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CreativeblondeGifts

Below is a little snapshot of what my page is looking like… it definitely needs some love… it only has 1 admirer, and I promise you that isn’t me 😉

I currently have a lovely giveaway over on my Instagram page this weekend, for more details of how to enter head over to my page www.instagram.com/michelle_creativeblonde


This giveaway contains one premium sewing scissors set, which included a 22cm dressmaking scissors, 105cm retractable tape measure and 24 x 16cm zippered pouch.

To see more of my tutorials or to place an order, you can head over my website www.creativeblonde.co.uk and/or Instagram page www.instagram.co.uk/michelle_creativeblonde and www.facebook.com/creativeblonde66

Have a lovely weekend

Michelle x

Big news…

On the 18th March 2021, I became a partner of ‘Not On The High Street’. I’m so excited to share this news with you. I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your support and good wishes along the way. I’m so excited to be taking my little business to the next level. 

You can visit my storefront by visiting https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/creativeblonde

If you like any of the products I sell, I would really appreciate a click on the heart, next to each item 🙂 also If you have friends and family who would be interested, please feel free to pass on the link – small businesses like mine run off publicity and word of mouth.

Personalised Luxury handmade ties

Personalised Luxury handmade ties with a Monogram or small messages – the perfect gift as we start to return to work

Message me regarding colours and patterns you require.


Standard length 57″ (Longer ties can be made if required)

Made in 100% cotton or cotton blend

Personalised Luxury Handmade Ties with a Monogram or small messages – the perfect gift as we start to return to work

Message me regarding colours and patterns you require.

Newborn Gift Sets

Choose from one of my five Personlised Newborn Gift Sets – Essential, Essential special, Premium, Luxury and Natural

Available in the gift sets are, bibs, bandanas, bunting, teething rings, hats and comforter, all personalised with baby’s first name

All items will be wrapped in soft tissue paper, and tied with ribbon – making it a super special gift to receive for any new parent.

Memory Quilts


If you have a toddler, then I’m guessing you have a bag or two or three of their baby clothes… Trapped in bag at the back of the cupboard or up in the loft. Why not let me create a beautiful cosy quilt for them to use everywhere they go… Cuddle times, nap times, car journeys etc. 

To see more of my tutorials or to place an order, you can click on the tabs at the top of the home page. Find me on Instagram www.instagram.co.uk/michelle_creativeblonde and www.facebook.com/creativeblonde66

Thanks for stopping by, stay safe

x Michelle x

Blueberry Swirl Quilt…

This months Island Batik Challenge was a scrap busting challenge…

I was keen to use my 2 1/2″ strips from the Crystal Sea collection, as this collection is bursting with all my favourite colours.

The bonus of using pre-cuts strips is the top quilt will come together quite quickly

I used Hobbs 80/20 black cotton batting , as its perfect when sewing with black or dark fabrics, as it helps maintain the fabrics true colours, and avoid light fibre lint transferring onto your quilt top during the quilting process

My gorgeous 10 stone Newfoundland was only too happy to pose for a photo 🙂

You can download my ‘Blueberry Swirl’ quilt pattern by heading over to my patterns page

https://creativeblondeblog.wordpress.com/patterns/

Don’t have time to sew, please contact me via my website here to place an order.

www.creativeblonde.co.uk

To see more of my tutorials or to place an order, you can head over my website www.creativeblonde.co.uk and/or Instagram page www.instagram.co.uk/michelle_creativeblonde and www.facebook.com/creativeblonde66

Happy sewing, thanks for stopping by, wishing you a lovely weekend

Michelle x

Free ‘Dinosaur Squares’ Quilt pattern…

I couldn’t wait to use these gorgeous prints and colours from CraftCotton, which have been teamed up with a lovely soft chambray denim effect fabric, to make this super soft and cosy quilt.

This is a simple quilt to make as its made up of mostly squares and rectangles, but creates a stunning effect, which works perfectly with these fabric colours.

This quilt is the perfect size for any single bed or for cosy afternoons in front of their cartoons

To download my free pattern, simple click the link below

Don’t have time to sew, please contact me via my website here to place an order.

www.creativeblonde.co.uk

Other newborn items in this fabric collection are also available to purchase from my website.

To see more of my tutorials or to place an order, you can head over my website www.creativeblonde.co.uk and/or Instagram page www.instagram.co.uk/michelle_creativeblonde and www.facebook.com/creativeblonde66

Stockist for Fabric and Batting

www.visagetextiles.com

https://www.facebook.com/craftcottonco

Stockist for Aurifil Threads

www.aurifil.com/

www.facebook.com/aurifil.quilt.thread

Sew Useful…

I’ve been busy working on this really useful Chair back caddy, I’m really pleased the fabrics I chose, they are from the Makoti collection by Stuart Hillard for CraftCotton, using Debbie Shore Pattern from her Sew Useful book.

I fussy cut the panel for the smallest pocket, to really show off the fabric.

I made my own bias binding, from the Makoti collection

I also decided to make my own bag straps from the Makoti colletion and Vliseline interfacing

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This bag is great if you’re short on space, and with all the pockets of different sizes, its so versatile

I used Aurifil thread to make this bag, with Vliseline Interfacing and In R Form as the fusible batting, to give this bag extra strength.

Follow me here on my blog, and share with friends, you can also find/tag me on Instagram and Facebook with your makes.

‘Do what makes your heart smile’
Happy Sewing

Michelle