Do you love gorgeous Indigo’s and blues?

Stuart Hillard has just released his new collection called ‘Indigo Elements’ for Craftcotton, and its stunning, possibly one of favourites…

If you fancy trying your hand at a simple cushion, you can download my free tutorial using the link below

There will be more makes to follow from this stunning collection in the new year, and a full size quilt inside British Patchwork and Quilting magazine out in the new year also – I will keep you posted

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas, and all the best for 2022

Michelle x

Free Pattern – Kyoto blush cushion covers…

Today I want to share with you a pattern I created using the new Kyoto fabric collection by Stuart Hillard for Craftcotton.

Cushion covers are a great way to add a splash of colour to your living room or bedroom.

Be sure to tag me with your finished cushion covers, I would love to see your cushions

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‘Do what makes your heart smile’
Happy Sewing


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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‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing


Free Pattern/tutorial – My Japanese Tote Bag…

Hi Guys,

I know… my blog posts are like buses, you wait ages for one, and then two come along together, I couldn’t wait to share my free pattern and tutorial for my Japanese Tote Bag, the fabrics are so lovely and all available from Craftcotton, and look lush with the Gutermann metallic thread


Click here to download your free PDF tutorial

japanese tote bag 



Be sure to tag me if you make your own tote bag, i’m really excited to see them

x creativeblonde x

Christmas Bauble Cushion

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas round here, my most favorite time of the year…

Today on the blog is my Christmas Bauble Cushion, made with the gorgeous traditional fabrics from Craftcotton – ‘Christmas Holly’. and sewn together using the sparkly metallic silver and gold threads by Gutermann.



To create your very own bauble cushion, download my free print friendly tutorial here christmas bauble cushion.


It would make a lovely Christmas present for someone special, or just for you in the front of the fire, for a cosy night in x

Thanks for reading x creativeblonde x

Sashiko tote bag

Omgosh, I will soon be able to use that famous line ‘as seen in’ 😍 😂

I’ve been buying this magazine since it was first published, and now one of my tutorials will be in it…


My Sashiko tote bag will be in issue 45 of Quilt Now Magazine, due out in January 2018…


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Motivational Quilt

I was asked to make a quilt using words, to motivate me… after several cups of tea, and reading many motivational quotes, i came up with ‘make it happen’ I guess this stems from me always wishing stuff would happen, or moaning about why things didn’t happen… so from now on i’m going to MAKE IT HAPPEN …


These beautiful floral fabrics are a gorgeous new range from craftcotton

My print friendly step-by-step tutorial can be found here, motivational quilt ‘make it happen’ thanks for reading…

What would your motivational quilt say?

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Pyjama bag for kids…

This fabric from craft cotton new collection called ‘into the woods’ is so gorgeous I just had to make an overnight bag/pyjamas bag to match teddy sleeping bag (see previous tutorial)



Fabrics are all from craftcotton, Into the woods collection and the gorgeous Denim cotton

Pattern and tutorial by creativeblonde

5” petal shape template

Basic sewing supplies

click here for my print friendly tutorial

Pyjama bag for kids


Thanks for reading this tutorial, hope you enjoy making this drawstring denim bag.  Check out my other tutorials, including how to make a matching sleeping bag for teddy at the following links…

Happy sewing x

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