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World Book Day 2017 :: Amelia Jane and Mary Poppins

World Book Day is upon us and this year we have a Mary Poppins and an Amelia Jane. Charlotte decided early on that she wanted to be Amelia Jane as she really loves those stories. She reads them over and over again. Amelia Jane really is a naughty doll! Charlotte has modelled herself on the most recent incarnation of Amelia Jane.…

Tool for making your own piping

Tutorial :: How to Make Your Own Piping

Adding piping to a project can really set off what you are making. It’s great for defining the edges on cushions and bags and can add a nice touch when dressmaking. You can of course using pre-made bias binding, but it’s so much nicer to make your own to either completely blend in, or even better to totally contrast the…

Cross Body Clutch for Bag Making Essentials

Feature :: Fold Over Clutch for Bag Making Essentials 4

I love bag designing so I was delighted when the editor of Bag Making Essentials asked me to come up with something  for a forthcoming issue. I love cross body bags as they are just so convenient so I set to work designing something that I thought everyone might like. I spent some time looking around online for some suitable materials and…

Sew Before Social

Sew Before Social :: start your day creating, not consuming

I read an article on The Craft Industry Alliance Blog a while back about starting your day with creating rather than consuming. That is, spend time creating something (anything) before you spend time consuming social media. I realised that I do indeed spend half an hour every morning whilst lying in bed/waking up scrolling through facebook, instagram and email. Seriously, that’s…

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