Posted in Craft Books, Crochet, New Stock, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

Celebrations, Tutorials and New Stock :)

Hi Everyone,

Well what a week……

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This week more deliveries arrived, new knitting patterns and good old-fashioned craft books….knitting, crochet, quilting and textiles books have replenished our bookshelves.



Finally after being nagged about blogging a tutorial I sat down and blogged a tutorial 🙂 . A quilt as you go shopping bag which you can find on the blog or  click here


The Sewing Studio came alive again on Thursday night with our popular beginners sewing workshop.  This time the end project was a enveloped cushion.  So in 2 hours of getting creative, having a laugh, giggle, tea and biscuits the cushions were finished and ready to take home.


I’ve also had the chance to finish off a couple of UFP’s (unfinished projects) ….

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But we’ve also celebrated our 2nd Birthday this week……. I just wanted to say thank you for everyone’s support over the last two years. Its been so overwhelming and I’ve met some many fantastic people. It’s the best job in the world x


Ami x

Posted in Workshop and classes

Quilt As You Go Bag Tutorial

Hi everyone and welcome to my first online tutorial, hope its ok 🙂

My Quilted Bag Tutorial 

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Materials Needed –

I’ve used 100% cotton, lace trim and 2 oz poly wadding.

2 x 7″ x 16″ for the bottom row of the bag

2 x 4.5″ x 16″ for 2nd row

2 x 4.5 x 16″ for the top row.

Handles – 2 x 32″ x 4″

Trim – 2 x 16″

Poly wadding 2 x 20″ x 19″

Lining measurements are taken after quilting.


Lay one piece of wadding out and decide which order the fabric will appear. The bottom row needs to be the largest piece of fabric.


Take your top two rows off and lay them to one side. We are going to start by attaching the bottom piece.

Flip your bottom piece over so it’s now right side facing the wadding.

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Sew the top edge the fabric to the wadding.


Pull back the fabric to flatten out……


Now your first fabric is in place and with no seam.

Face the 2nd fabric right side down on to the bottom fabric with the bottom edge lining up the top of your bottom fabric…


Sew a together…


Flip the fabric to the right side……only one more row to go.

With the top row of fabric we are going to include the trims.

Line the trim along the top line of the 2nd fabric….add the final fabric face down lining up the bottom with the top edge and the trim…

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Thats one side finished and ready to quilt… do exactly the same again for the another side.

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Time To Quilt

You can quilt this bag in any design you want. On this bag I’ve stuck to straight lines using my normal sewing foot and using matching thread.


After quilting trim back the wadding to the fabric on both pieces.

Lining….The lining material can now be measured and cut. Measure the size of your quilted bag panel and cut your lining material the same size. Mines measures 13″ x 16″ but yours could be different depending how much quilting you have stitched on to your bag.

Next the handles….

Fold the raw edge of the length of the fabric in to the middle so they meet, like this….


and iron…..the hold length ways again, like this


Iron again to hold this in place whilst sewing.

Sew down both edges to this,


To attach the handles, lay your bag fabric down right side facing and measure 3″ across from to side of the top of the bag and pin in to place, making a u shape with the handle, make sure the handle isn’t twisted ….like this,



I have left about 1cm over hang to make sure the handles are firmly secured inside the bag.


Place the lining face down on top of the bag panel and handle…


Take the pins out of the handle and repin in the same place but on top of the lining fabric.

Stitch along the top from left to right reversing over the handles to make them secure…do this to both sides of your bag.


So now your piece will look like this……

Now to put your bag together…

Lay out one side of your bag right side up, place the another side face down on top matching the lining together and your quilted sides together. Next we need to match your seams up on the quilted sides….


Pin and sew around the outside of the bag and lining, LEAVING A 5″ GAP AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LINING FOR TURNING.

Pull the bag through the hole and to the right side of the fabric. Push your corners out and slip stitch the gap.

Finally I like to topstitch the top of the bag to keep lining in place.


Then its finished.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, hope to be back with more very soon.


Ami x

Posted in Crochet, New Stock, News, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

So the Christmas break is over and we are back and raring to go.


Our new window display is looking fantastic thanks to Mum who very kindly offered to help.

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And Dads back in action after the operation on his shoulder……well I say back in action but not quite but still smiling 🙂


Over Christmas I have been enjoying a little bit of crochet because I left my sewing machines back in the Sewing Studio. Its been lovely sitting on the sofa, fire on and not a great deal on the tele……..

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New workshops anyone????

We have two new workshops that will be joining our busy timetable this year ……

Rag Rug Cushions     –



Lampshade Workshops



Dates, times and price will be announced shortly but if you are interested and want to beat the waiting lists please pop me a message and let me know.

All our other workshops and classes for January – March are on our website HERE

So that’s it for another week. Have a lovely weekend, stay warm and keep crafting.

Thank you for all of  your support and kindness.


See you on Monday

Ami, Dave, Glyn & Sylvia

Posted in behind the scenes, Fabric, home makes, in the haberdashery, in the hoop, New Stock, News, Workshop and classes

A Sale, New Fabric and Shop Alterations

Good Evening Everyone,

I hope you have had a good week because we certainly have.

It started off on Monday with other huge fabric order arriving with fab cottons, poly cottons and a little bit of gingham for good measure….


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Then Butterick decided to have a huge sale and all patterns are half priced until Saturday 2nd May…


In between that we’ve had some exciting alterations happening to the haberdashery which means I can order even more fabric…….it still wont be ready for a week or so but here’s a sneaky peek…

my gorgeous hubby working hard :)
my gorgeous hubby working hard 🙂
This week I managed to finish my topsy turvy lap quilt …(seems to be everyone’s favourite and I’m quite pleased with it)

mum kindly modelling the quilt.
mum kindly modelling the quilt.
On the subject of quilting I’m getting asked more and more if I would run a workshop so I’ve finally picked up the courage and I will organise some dates and times and let you know ASAP. I’m also looking at doing a few blog tutorials and a quilt along.

All in all a fantastic week.

Thank you for all your support its so amazing and we are so grateful.

Have a good weekend and we will see you on Monday.