#22mealsforacoffee goes viral – now keep it going!

I think this is something we should all think about doing – I spend so much time online moaning about the Tories and what they are doing to our welfare system – it’s good to actually do something. Local food banks to this area can be found at HARP in Valkyrie Rd and Storehouse in Coleman street.


Foot on the mend

Well my foot is getting better all the time and I’m able to get back to sewing again. I have 2 fairs next week – one is my daughters’ school summer fair – only £5 a table and just for a couple of hours. I’ve made a few school bags and matching pencil cases for that. The other fair is on Saturday – another school one but on a much larger scale. Saturday is going to be a nightmare from a timing point of view. Izzy has a school camp on Friday and needs to be picked up early on Saturday morning, Maddy has an 11+ mock all morning and I have a craft fair…….and I can’t drive at the moment. Should be fairly exhausting for all!

Today I made some bunting – slightly bigger this time – I used a fabric called “Garden Party” in various shades – it’s not a terribly expensive fabric – quite thin cotton but it is pretty. I also made some scrappy bunting in a kind of pennant style – just to add a bit of variety to my collection.

I have had a go at making Kindle covers too – I seem to have sorted the dimensions out ok and I made them up with some fabric I bought from eBay that I wasn’t that keen on when it actually arrived – they are my prototypes but actually I quite like a couple of them.

Broken foot!

Not much going on with regards to sewing at the moment. I broke my foot last week and it’s been really quite painful. I am hoping to get back to it next week as I have a bunch of bunting to finish, some more coasters, a few pencil cases and a couple of messenger bags – just a small amount to do! I’ve just tried to finish off some coasters and have managed to sew 3 of them together the wrong way round so I suspect my mind is not really on the task! Best to leave it for now I think!



Back to the sewing machine

The Hoff’s favourite horror movies countdown is on TV and I’m avoiding watching it for many reasons. I’ve not blogged for a while – I think I’ve felt a bit discouraged recently after a couple of lukewarm craft fairs. I suppose the thing that I find hardest is justifying the prices of things that I sell – I use lovely fabric that tends to average at about £12 a metre – so much stuff that I’m selling I am having to mark down so that I am barely covering the cost of materials – on top of the fabric there is the cost of interfacing, fleece, zips, fasteners – there seems to be an expectation that items sold at craft fairs should be really cheap. How do you compete with Primark?

Anyway, enough moaning – this weekend I made something for my girls and I really enjoyed it. I made them both a messenger bag for school using some faux Cath Kidston fabric – I used fusible fleece to make them a bit sturdier and I am really pleased with the result. More importantly though, the girls are really proud of them and couldn’t wait to show their friends. I think I could sell these if I made up a couple up – again, just need to figure out pricing. Anyway, here they are 🙂


I do love fabric

Bank holiday has passed and we managed a day out in Greenwich which was lovely – lots of walking and the girls managed to start a craze for rolling down hills and across the grass – not a dog poo in sight! I saw a lovely little shop that had some interesting looking FQs and pretty bias binding in the window but luckily for Matt it was shut. Still we had a lovely day though we were rather footsore when we got home.

Despite all the busyness I managed to get some sewing done too. I subscribed to the Seamstar craft club http://www.seamstar.co.uk/craft-club-c-957.html (as reviewed by Ali from Very Berry Handmade http://veryberryhandmade.co.uk/2013/04/27/seamstar-craft-club/). It cost 9.99 a month and you get a little bundle of coordinating fabrics, trimmings, buttons and a small making project – I was really pleased with mine – I got to use some fabrics I might not have picked. I made some coasters and a pin cushion with my fabric.

I managed two cushions – one a patchwork brick pattern using a pack and tutorial from Very Berry Fabrics and one with an appliqué flower. I’ve also made some bunting – I have 2 craft fairs coming up so am trying to stock up in a few things – still have  to make lavender bags and some purses.






Hooray – I finished my baby quilt

I finished making my pram quilt today – I used a template to help me quilt it – interlocking heart shapes. I didn’t bind the edges though. I don’t think that there’s much of a market for me in this though – from a materials pov it cost me about £30 to make and I can’t see me being able to sell it for that much. Though I’m not really in this to make a fortune I also don’t want to be out of pocket. Still it feels really good to have tried it out and I think I can have a go at smaller quilted items now – may even try that table runner!



Next stage….

I’ve sewn all my blocks together and have pinned it to the batting – I’ve decided that I don’t want to bind it so am not quilting through the backing fabric. I’ve chosen to quilt it in interlinked heart shapes using a paper template – not sure if this is the correct way of doing I though.




I’m having a go at making a quilt on my own. I’ve pieced the blocks and they’re a bit more accurate than last time – used my rotary cutter this time. I just have to sew them together and then baste onto my wadding. I’m not sure exact how I’m going to quilt it – that bit seems far too scary – will cross that bridge when I’m there. The fabric is by Michael Miller and I picked it up at Frumble. It is quite girly but I think the turquoise off sets that a little.


Off to prepare for Lottie’s 3rd birthday now 🙂


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