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.

Cross Body Fold Over Clutch Portrait

I spent some time looking around online for some suitable materials and found this fabulous Feathers on Sand print by Lewis and Irene from their To Catch a Dream range. The rest of the bag is made with some faux leather from Fabric-Online. I used it when I made the crossbody rucksack that I designed for Love Sewing, so I knew it was perfect for the job.

Fold Over Cross Body Clutch photo from BME4

The bag has an internal slip pocket and under that flap is a zip to keep your contents nice and secure. I used a pre-made bag strap from Bag-Clasps, they come in a great range of colours…check out the purple!

Let me know, what do you think of my cross body fold over clutch? Think you might try making one?

Bag Making Essentials issue 4 Front Cover

Pick up a copy of Bag Making Essentials from larger newsagents or through the More Mags website

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Etsy Sales Map

I discovered the Etsy Map app the other day – what fun!

You can link your Etsy store and it will show you on a map where your orders have come from. You can even zoom in….go on, give it a try!

I’ve had orders from 17 countries and 36 US states….woohoo, thank you everyone 🙂

If you have an Etsy store why not give it a try, visit Etsy Sales Maps and link your Etsy store to get your personalised map.

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Inaugural Sit & Sew

This week saw the very first Sit & Sew session held at my house. The best news was that I didn’t attend it on my own! People actually booked on and actually turned up!

Sit and Sew with Victoria Peat

I had three rather lovely ladies turn up for some social sewing, chat, tea and biscuits. I even managed to get some sewing done (but not much).

Sit & Sew Feb 2017

One lady did some hand sewing, another was working on a Tilly and The Buttons Cleo Pinafore dress (from some gorgeous needle cord) and the other was making some cushions…..her second ever sewing project!


I’ve decided that I will use the Sit & Sew sessions to work on the Alder Shirtdress from Grainline Studios. I’ve gone for view A as being a pear shape I’m not sure I can withstand too much extra bulk around the lower half!

Alder Shirtdress
I had a really great time and the others seemed to as well. I’ve got a lot on my plate over the next few weeks, but I’ll be planning another session for the not too distant future. Keep your eyes on the facebook page for the next date.

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Feature :: Geometric Coasters for Love Sewing issue 36

I got the chance to work with some fab prints for my latest project for Love Sewing Magazine, what a treat!

Geometric Pieced Coasters for Love Sewing issue 36

There were so many prints to choose from, I was like a child in a sweet shop! This is a great project for using up scraps as it only needs small amounts for each section.

Pieced Fabric Coaster for Love Sewing issue 36

These geometric coasters are also a great project for practicing your precise stitching skills. Sew super straight and stop in the right place for perfect results!

To give a nice firm result I used an extra thick felt that I sourced from the Wool Felt Company

Love Sewing issue 36

If you are looking for a copy of Love Sewing you can pick it up in most news outlets or you can order a copy through the More Mags website

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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 nearly 3 hours a week totally wasted!

So I have started my own initiative called

Sew Before Social

Every day without fail* I have decided to get myself out of bed when the alarm goes off and go down into my studio and get on with some making.

Sew Before Social

My aim initially is to focus on some of the abandoned projects I unearthed when I tidied my studio over the Christmas break. I figure little by little I will get through all sorts of projects on my list, projects that run the risk of never being finished, all in the time I would normally waste looking at ‘stuff’ online!

I am sharing some of my progress in my facebook group  Little Black Duck: In the Sewing Room and on instagram using #sewbeforesocial

What do you think? Fancy joining me with Sew Before Social?

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*ok, as many mornings as I can, I’m only human

Feature :: Glitter Heart Purse for Love Sewing issue 35

Issue 35 of Love Sewing features a little glittery clutch bag designed by me! Have you seen it?

Heart Glitter Clutch for Love Sewing

As bags go it’s quite a quick make and you can let your creative side run free and play about with the colour and placement of the hearts. Wouldn’t it look great with loads and loads of hearts in a whole rainbow of colours?

 

To make this bag however I used a selection of pink vinyl from a Rainbow of Stitches. They were really great to work with, it was like sewing through butter!

A Rainbow of stitches sells this glittery vinyl in loads of different fab colours, of which I particularly like their Black and Silver collection!

Let me know if you make a glittery heart clutch, it would be great to see it !Love Sewing issue 35 front cover

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New Pattern :: Facets of the Heart a foundation paper piecing pattern

Facets of the Heart FPP pattern

I’m so pleased to announce the launch of my newest Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern,
‘Facets of the Heart’

I was looking around for a heart fpp pattern but couldn’t find one that was nicely rounded and took my fancy, so I got to work on designing a pattern of my own! I’ve come up with a design that is indeed nicely rounded and allows you to play with colour.

Facets of the Heart Mini Quilt

I’ve made my heart in a rainbow of colours, but I think it would also look great in several shades of the same colour, or in just two colours. What do you think?

Facets of the Heart FPP Colour Suggestions

The ‘Facets of the Heart’ Foundation Paper Piecing pattern makes a 10″ block. The sample I made up was transformed into a mini quilt that is currently hanging up in my studio, trying to cheer up gloomy days.

There aren’t any really tiny pieces so I would recommend this pattern to those who are at an intermediate or confident beginner level when it comes to paper piecing. The trickiest part is planning your colours and getting them in the right order!

Facets of the Heart Mini Quilt

The pdf pattern is presented over 7 pages, 3 of which are the pattern pieces. It features a full colour image of the design, a colouring diagram, a diagram on how to assemble your block as well as tips on how to print your pattern correctly first time around.

All of the pattern pieces have been drafted digitally and have been reversed so that you can more accurately plan and sew up your colours in the right order. I’ve also included a 1/4″ seam allowance around each of the sections to make things as easy as possible for you.

Here’s a flavour of what the pages are like…

Facets of the Heart Sample Pages

Use #facetsoftheheart when you’re uploading pictures of your work on social media so we can all see your great work.

You can also join Little Black Duck :: In the Sewing Room on facebook and share your pictures there, or ask questions if you are stuck!

If you would like to buy a copy of the ‘Facets of the Heart’ FPP pdf pattern you can get a copy from my shop, my Etsy store or Craftsy for around £3.50-£4.

I hope you love my Facets of the Heart pattern and enjoy making one of your own!

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Tilda Bumblebee Blog Hop :: A Little Bunny in a Tilda Dress

Have you seen the new Bumblebee range from Tilda? It’s a really lovely range with a fresh Spring like feel to them. As the name suggest there are even bumblebees on some of the prints!

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The team at Sew and So asked me to take part in the blog hop and kindly sent me some fabric to have a look at.

As I am hoping for Spring to get a wriggle on I thought I would design a Bunny in a Dress!

I drafted a simple bunny pattern and made her from some chambray/denim that I had in the stash (I wish I knew where it came from as it was good to work with). I then decided to line her ears in the Pink Flower Nest as surely every bunny girl would love floral ears, don’t you think?

 

Tilda Bunny Ears

She of course needed a little dress as I didn’t want a bear bunny on my website! I decided to go for the Teal version of Rosa Mollis as it has little bees on it, in amongst the flowers.

Tilda Rosa Mollis

Cute and small sewing of course requires the use of the small rotary cutter. A smaller rotary cutting blade really does make it a lot easier to cut around the little curves.

 

If you’re making a cute little dress and need to trim the seam allowances, then ordinary pinking shears will just not do the job….scalloped edges every time!

scalloped edges on mini tilda dress

So, what do you think, does she look ok in her little Tilda dress?

Tilda Bunny in a Dress

Why, yes, I did fussy cut so I she got a little bee on her shoulder. Thank you for noticing!

Tilda Bunny Bee on Shoulder

I was only kidding myself, Spring is not nearly here so I knitted her a little scarf too!

Little Knitted Scarf

3.25mm needles and ggh Soft Kid in stocking stitch if you are interested. Lots and lots of rows.

Tilda Bunny in knitted scarf

Hope you like my little bunny and are inspired to make something for yourself. If you fancy making something from the new range then check out the Tilda Bumblebee fabrics at Sew and SoTilda

You can also have a look at what else has been created on the Tilda Bumblebee blog hop….
Monday 9th January – SewandSo
Tuesday 10th January – Helen Philipps (wow, what a busy lady!)
Wednesday 11th January – Charlotte Newland (winner of the Great British Sewing Bee 2016, no less)
Friday 13th January – SewandSo – Free Pattern! (of a dolly mermaid tail – so cute!)
Tuesday 17th January – Lucie the Happy Quilter
Wednesday 18th January – Little Black Duck
Thursday 19th January – Very Berry Handmade
Friday 20th January – Sew Sweet Violet

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Tilda Bumblebee Range Blog Hop

Have you seen that Tilda have a new range out? It’s called the Bumblebee range and it’s out now!

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Sew and So are  organising a blog hop and they have asked for me to take part again. How nice of them!

I seem to be in good company too….check out their blog post to see the schedule and who is involved. I’m up on Weds 18th Jan, so don’t forget to drop back to see what I make with the new range.

p.s. did you see the hoop art project I designed for the Tilda Cabbage Rose Launch?

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Feature :: Scrappy Brick Quilt with Tree Applique for Quilt Now issue 31

Over the Summer of 2016 I spent time making and designing a scrappy quilt for Quilt Now magazine.

I had a set of Fat Eighths from the Garden Secrets range (by Sarah Watson for Cloud 9) to work with and the brief was to create a scrappy quilt in a cot or lap size.

It is such a great range of prints, with my favourite being this one with the little dashes:

I went for a brick design with a tree design appliqued over the top. Initially I went for a large Hare, but I just wasn’t feeling it….it wasn’t quite me.

Scrappy quilt with Tree Applique

After I had attached the tree to the backing using a blind hem stitch I took a deep breath and went for it with some free motion quilting. As always with FMQ, it took much longer than expected! I am however really pleased with how it turned out. The stitch length is not terribly even, but you only notice if you are looking too closely!

Back of scrappy quilt with tree applique

I did some tree bark effect on the trunk and branches and some meandering leaves for the rest of the tree.

Quilting Detail

Hope you like it!

The quilt is now back home from the photography studio (must get a copy of the picture they took) and is keeping me warm on the sofa on these chilly nights!

The pattern and instructions for my Scrappy Brick Quilt with Tree Applique can be found in issue 31 of Quilt Now magazine

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