Readers … Your Expert Guidance is Needed

I told a little fib, its 3m! Definitely has some man made in it but can clearly see a cotton weft .

I told a little fib, its 3m! Definitely has some man made in it but can clearly see a cotton weft .

50's crepe

I have posted to the same plea… HEEEEEEEELP!

…I confess it’s my own fault BUT I have more genuine vintage fabric than any sane human being should have. To the point that my up and coming vintage fair on 2 November at Spitalfields Old Market could potentially be awash with cushion families.

Now they say why fix what isn’t broke ~ my families sell VERY well but I do have some fabrics, this one in particular that really should become something else.

It is a wonderful 1050’s crepe bought from The Polished Button and it is even more lovely in the ‘flesh’. From memory I think I bought 2 m.

IDEA 1 : Full apron, made from one of my many vintage patterns

IDEA 2 : A little girls ‘party’ dress again from a vintage pattern

What do you think?  Do you think it lends itself to something else? I would love to hear your ideas as I am on a creative juice overflow…. hence this plea for help!


One Hour Frenzy …

The sewing mojo was hiding somewhere the past few days but when I got up this morning I saw it peeking out at me from under a pile of clean washing in my bedroom.

A gorgeous poppy vintage barkcloth from circa 1950’s that I bought a few weeks back was staring me full and square in the face!

I’ve known for a while now that I wanted to make some lovely simple cushions for Judy’s Vintage Fair. I love the straight forward cover as it shows the beauty of the fabric, both design and texture. Now don’t get me wrong, I like any girl love bling! Just not for home furnishings, plus the purist in me pushes to the front. Hence, I can’t bring myself to put frills etc onto cushion covers!

Sporting the, pulled through a hedge backwards look I set to work …… Yep, in my dressing gown. Yipee! Mojo found 🙂

In an hour I had my first cushion and I am so delighted with it, many more will be made today to create a family of poppy cushions.

hope you like them. 

Absolute Beginners …

This is a 3 hour workshop that I run from the superb facilities at my friends haberdashery shop My Sewing Basket in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England.

My attendees have little to no experience so we explore how to thread a machine, wind the bobbin, practice a bit of sewing in a straight -ish line and then I throw them right in.

Although at the beginning they are a little nervous a real comradery builds amongst them and before I know it the volume level is through the roof…..just where I like it!


By the end they start to turn through their cushion slips and I just stand back and watch their faces as the penny drops with them how this inside out thing really is a cushion cover, they insert the cushion pad and laughter is the over riding sound. How fantastic is that? To know I helped get them there.

Happy Faces Are My Favourite Thing

Happy Faces Are My Favourite Thing

I must make mention to the lovely lady with the ‘book’ fabric. She came along with her own machine but didn’t know how to use it, she was rather nervous and we took it all nice a gently, at the end she waited so she could speak with me alone and said “I honestly can’t believe I have spent 3 hours with you and I can now use my machine and I am taking home a cushion I made all by myself”. I was just so thrilled, there lay the reward, happy faces. LOVE IT!


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