Ice Lolly Hallon Dress

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Hi Everyone, 

So I wanted to share my latest creation with you all. I finally finished my Hallon Dress. It's a beautiful pattern by Paradise Patterns. I saw a fabulous block colour dress on instagram a year or so ago of a beachy dress which I later found out was from Pitusa. I've always dreamed about creating a stripey, block 'ice lolly' dress and thought I could have a play with this pattern. 




Stash Busting - Use up your scraps

Saturday, April 10, 2021

 Hi Everyone, 


So I've been sharing a few recent makes on my Instagram lately which I made using fabrics in my stash. I'm trying to use up all the 'bits' of fabric I have. I don't want to keep buying more and more fabric if I'm not going to use it, so for the last year I've only bought fabric with a definite project in mind, rather than buying fabric as it's nice. 

(Side Note; I used to buy 'nice' fabrics a lot and then would never use them as they were 'too nice' to cut. Does anyone else do that?)

I think a lot of us can relate to this issue. But there's loads of ways to use up small amounts of fabric you might have left over.  And in the process become more aware of our buying habits. Which should lead to better shopping, a better wardrobe and more appreciation for your handmade items. 


So here is my run down on some great projects to lessen that stash: 

Knickers

Yup, knickers. Such a great way of using up scraps of nice fabric. For jersey scraps I've used the Megan Nielsen Acacia Pattern loads. It's so easy to make as well. Plus they make cute gifts for girlfriends, nieces, daughters....

Then there's the Noelle knickers by Madalynne if you prefer a high-waisted lacey version. There are so many great (and free) knicker patterns online to try. Why not give it a go. 


Scrunchies

My favourite way of using up small amounts of woven fabrics. And I have a full video tutorial on how to make them HERE. It's a project the girls in my After School Club love to do at the end of term as well. I taught them how to make patchwork versions using tiny amounts of fabric. It's a win win for your hair as well. And we all love a 90s vibe don't we?


Closet Core Pouffe

This was shown to me by a follower. And it's such a great idea. Making a super useful item for the home, plus you fill it with the scraps too! YAY! Head to the Closet Core website for the full tutorial. 


Tropical Blomma Tank Top

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Hi Everyone, 

Thought I'd pop on here and share a new make with you all. I've been on a stash-busting mission lately, going through my fabric stash and actually finding useful and practical ways of using them up. (Another Blog post coming soon!)

One item I managed to squeeze out of some scrap cotton jersey was this Blomma Tank Top (Previously Pua Tank). The pattern is by Hawaii based Paradise Patterns and was a recent discovery of mine on instagram. Sanna's patterns are amazing and I've since bought her new dress pattern too. 

You can actually get this tank top pattern for free by signing up to her mailing list. Win win! And my bestie has already chosen fabric from my stash for me to make her one too. It's a great, quick, easy pattern to get stuck into. 
So here is my Blomma Tank, made from left over jersey. I'm pretty pleased with it actually. Let me know what you think. 




5 Etsy Faves | Spring 2021

Sunday, March 14, 2021

 Hi Everyone, 


So as I said in my Etsy Mother's Day Gift Guide, I wanted to start up my '5 Etsy Faves' posts again. I've been turning to Etsy for a lot of gifts recently and I think it's a fantastic platform for so many small and independent shops and brands to sell on. As part of my Campaign Shop Independent with the Holly & Co Team, I think it's important to highlight some brands you may not have heard of yet. Add them to your Etsy Favourites and then find them easily again and again. Please note this post does contain affiliate links, so I may earn a little commission if you use them. 


Right! Let's get to it!


1. Punch Needle Heart Wall Hanging


This leopard print punch needle piece was in my favourites after discovering Saphia in a Mollie Makes magazine. This piece called 'Gemma' instantly caught my eye and I knew I had to have her. This is her hung up on my spare room gallery wall. Saphia also makes gorgeous crochet jewellery, so definitely check her out.


Shop 'Gemma' Heart Wallhanging HERE*. 


2. Handmade Clay Earrings


I have a couple of Delicious Bits jewellery now and they're so beautifully made. Sarah is also very local to me so I've seen her at many a craft fair over the years. This pair of spotty earrings are to die for and will be a selfish purchase very soon. 


Shop Earrings HERE*.


3. Knot Hairband


If you follow me on Instagram, you will be very used to my knotted hairband obsession. The one hairband I wear a lot is my Anna Spurling Orange and Pink one. Anna's items are GORGEOUS and she always picks the perfect colours. This new summery range caught my eye and the 'Eleanor' is a definite favourite. I mean, come on, it's orange and pink!


Shop Hairband HERE*.


4. Ceramic Lady


I'm obsessed with these figurines. They make me smile so much. I bought one for my cousin's 30th and I really hope she loves it as much as me. What I loved is that each one can be personalised, so you can have so much fun ordering these as gifts for your girl friends. I just think they're fab!


Shop Lady Figurine HERE*.


5. Frill Collar Blouse


Well I've been searching for a blouse pattern for ages and when I saw this one by Isa - I knew I had to get it. It's next on my to-make list and I cannot wait for all the frills. A great pdf pattern with video instructions. Definitely a designer to watch!


Shop Blouse pdf pattern HERE*.


Well, there we have it. I hope I might have introduced you to some new Etsy gems. Let me know if you do get anything I recommended. Mostly my message is, try and look for an independent seller next time you need to buy something. You'd be surprised how many things you can find on Etsy. 


Happy Handmade!


*affiliate links.

Spring Wardrobe Inspiration

Thursday, March 11, 2021

 Hi Everyone!

I hope you're all well and if you're in the UK - Yay for our first week towards normality!! Some of you online have expressed to me how you're so uninspired at the moment and how you find yourself lacking when choosing fabrics and patterns. So, I've created some splashes of inspiration to get you thinking of Spring wardrobe make lists.





First up, the Shelby Dress by True Bias. It's a fantastic staple for your spring/summer wardrobe. And after creating the image above, I'm now planning one myself in the same fabric haha. The fabric is a viscose floral print, fantastic value for money and in two pretty spring shades. 




The Billie Sweater dress by Tilly and the Buttons. If you follow me on Instagram, you already know how much I rave about this dress and how easy it is to wear. It's the perfect transitional piece. It looks chic, whilst also being extremely comfortable. And as the weather warms up we can loose the tights! The fabric is a fleece back jersey, like sweat-shirting, but a little lighter. Team is with Navy ribbing for the perfect combination. 




The Marlo Cardigan by True Bias. This new pdf pattern is a great transitional piece, cropped and normal versions included and we have the perfect fabric for it. Our knitted jersey is super soft and snuggly. I thought a cropped version with big wooden buttons would look so good. Yet another piece I've added to my to-do list!




The Nora. Another great Tilly and the Buttons Pattern. I've told myself I am not allowed the make another Nora, but this combination is just the absolute dream! To make it worse, I used the same fabric but in Grey to make a festive Nora a couple years ago and it's just perfect. I can't tell you how fab the quality of this jersey is. It's a little on the weightier side, so great for sweaters and jumpers, rather than t-shirts as it holds it shape beautifully. 




The Rowan Tee by Megan Nielsen. 6 tops in one pattern and a great staple for all future makes. I thought that a 'V' neck version in our striped ribbed jersey would look great with a pair of jeans this spring. With three colour-ways to choose from and 3 neckline versions, you'll be sure to get some great staple tops with this combination. 



I hope I've sparked your imagination and got your creative juices flowing. Let me know if you do make any of the above. I would love to see! 

Happy Handmade!