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

Mother’s Day flower embroidery hoop…

With Mother’s day just around the corner, I thought this cute little project, would make a lovely gift. you could even change the words and give the hoop for a special birthday or occasion.

Download my free pattern using the link below

Whilst making this project, I came across this amazing thread gloss by Thread Joy, made with natural untreated British Bees wax and high quality fragrance oil.

The thread gloss come in different blends, which Claire at Thread Joy has chosen to evoke feelings of well-being, and allows you to match your mood to your stitching. Whilst I was embroidering the lettering I used the Release blend, which has been created to DE-stress, as it uses a blend of Ylang Ylang and Neroli, and it smells divine, like you have a calming candle burning in the room. It was brilliant at avoiding all these pesky tangles in my thread, and made sewing a dream.

Head to Claire’ Etsy shop to purchase yours.

Find out more about Thread Joy by heading over to their Instagram page

https://www.instagram.com/threadjoy_threadgloss/

I cant recommend this enough, and one pot will last ages, the only tricky part is choosing which blend to choose. These made a beautiful gift for yourself and for anyone who is into their embroidery, Thread Joy pride themselves on their beautiful packaging and its all fully recyclable.

Happy sewing, I cant wait to see your embroidery hoops

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Happy Sewing

Michelle

Roald Dahl – The Witches…

Do you remember reading the book? well Craftcotton have just released a collection of Roald Dahl fabrics… I couldn’t resist turning some of them into a cute satchel

‘You really are a very clever little mouse’ fabric was just too cute to not use as the main outer fabric, I added the frogs for the pocket, and the Witches for the lining.

This pattern is available from Debbie Shore ‘Satchels’ book, with templates and really easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

To see how I used the ‘Witches’ fabrics, download my tutorial, at the link below

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Michelle

Island Batik Blog Hop bag challenge…

Hello, thanks for stopping by, today is my day to share the bag I made for the Island Batik blog hop bag challenge, over the next four weeks, all 25 of us Island batik ambassadors will be show casing the ‘by annie.com‘ bags we have made using some of the brand new Island Batik fabric collections.

The new collection I used is called Deco Revival by Kathy Engle .

Buildings – Olive Deco Revival for the main fabric

Columns – Opal Deco Revival for the lining

Circle – Jelly bean for the coordinating fabric

I will be honest with you, when I first received our second box from Island batik with the products and information to make the bag, there was panic on my face… I’ve only ever made simple tote bags and pencil cases, so this sure was going to be a challenge…

The pattern I chose from ‘by annie.com‘ bags, was called ‘Take A Stand’ (stand up tote bag, a zippered tote that opens wide for easy access)

The instructions were amazing, and I really do recommend them to anyone who wants to make their own bag, really clear step by step instructions, with the option of an add on video tutorial if you get stuck. I was overwhelmed with the amount of pieces, but with clear labels and instructions it came together really well.

With all the pieces made, I was ready to start constructing the bag…

This pattern comes with two sizes, the size I chose was the smaller one

8 3/4″H x 12″W x 6 1/2″D, the larger size is 12 1/2″H x 16″W x 8″D

Two outside zippered pockets, 5 internal mesh pockets, and an adjustable strap.

Island batik are giving away two FQ packs, one to each of the two winners, to enter simply click on the link below…

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d463e29d16/

Best of luck…

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Michelle

light at the end of the tunnel…

Can I see the light at the end of the tunnel?

Quilt Now have just released its first publication since lock down, and the magazine is absolutely packed full of inspiration and exciting things to make… and I’m thrilled to be featured inside, in fact I have my first pull-out supplement…

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Inside you’ll find information about the history of the Dresden quilt, the Dresden ruler and my pattern to make the quilt with matching cushion, using the beautiful fabrics from Riley Blake ‘Sweet Honey Kisses’

These beautiful photos were taken by Quilt Now…

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Michelle

 

 

Island Batik June Challenge…

Can you believe its June already…

If I’m honest everyday seems to feel the same at the minute, but today I will celebrate June by sharing with you my Island Batik June project

6 - Free Theme

This months challenge was a ‘free’ theme, that meant we could make anything, using any fabric from box 1… I couldn’t resist using more fabrics from the stunning ‘Northern Lights’ collection from Kathy Engle for Island Batik.

Copy of Northern-Lights

I had been given a sample of Vlieseline R200, a new thermo insulating wadding… Its is lush. Vlieseline have developed two new thermo-insulating waddings made using 100% recycled polyester: R80 and R 200. These exceptional waddings have a high migration resistance so they will retain their shape and smooth handle, even after washing. They are suitable for use with all fabrics and are great for quilts, patchwork, bag making and garment applications. R200 is a more substantial, extremely bulky wadding with a soft handle.  It can be hand sewn and is washable to 40°

I chose to make a cat bed, I have four cats, and they love to sleep on my quilts (usually when I’m trying to quilt them), so this one could be theirs…

I made a row of 6″ hearts using different fabrics form the collection

I quilted the row of hearts and this created the surrounding edge for my cat bed

I self covered 4 small buttons, and these were added to the base of the cat cushion

I hand sewed the surrounding edge to the base, and the cat bed was ready for its first guest…

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One very happy and comfy mog

I couldn’t resist sharing a few more photos of my cat making herself comfortable

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Michelle

Feeling creative?

Yesterday, was the first day I’ve been home alone for 6 weeks, yes it was back to school time for all four of my boys, and boy did my house feel empty and soooo quiet…

So I set myself a little challenge to create different ways to use an embroidery hoop.

First up, was a reminder hoop, I thought it could be hung by the door, to hold little messages…

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Here’s how I made it… Really simple, but quite effective, would make a beautiful gift too…

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Then I included a pocket, the fabric I used is a super soft Jersey fabric, so it had a little stretch in it, perfect for a nursery…

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Here’s how I made it… My son thought it was adorable, and wants it hanging in his room 😊

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These are all great scrap busting projects, but this last one, is perfect if you have a special piece of fabric, or a piece left over from something special you have made…

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And there they were… And before I knew it the boys were home, complaining about being hungry and arguing with each other – back to normal, and just the way I like it 😊

Thanks for reading, hope this post has inspired you to get creative.

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Michelle

Cosy petal cushion tutorial…

I love the new collection from Gutermann ‘Cosy Moods’, one of my first projects is this ‘Cosy petal’ cushion

These beautiful green, red and blue, along with powdery pink are stunning, and definitely give off a cosy feel. I’ve used needle-turn applique to create my design

You can download my tutorial at the link below

 Cosy mood cushion tutorial

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See more of this beautiful collection here

https://consumer.guetermann.com/en/products/fabrics-accessories-guetermann-ring-a-roses/collection-cosy-mood

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Michelle

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Something for the weekend…

So tell me, did you wake up this morning, wondering what to do with yourself…

and then you thought… hmm i could go shopping?… but i have no bag! and what you need is a tutorial on how to make a cute Tilda shopping bag, well i heard you, here is my free tutorial…

Say NO to plastic bags

Download my PDF here…

Tilda Shopping Bag 

If you like this pattern, keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming tutorial for my Dresden quilt, in Quilt Now magazine, coming June 2019.

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~Michelle~

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