Take a tour of my sewing room!

Sewing Room Tour Vintage Bernina 801

My Sewing Room Tour

When I got back into sewing a couple of years ago, my sewing space was the kitchen table. I kept my sewing machine on a fabric placemat so I could slide it out of the way whenever I sat down for breakfast. This wasn’t exactly ideal, but it was workable, so I was happy enough.

Then we moved house and I was suddenly able to have an entire room for my sewing space. I could put my table in the centre of the room and plonk my machine on top of it without ever having to move it for my plate of toast. It was bliss! Over the two years we’ve been here, I’ve moved things around and tweaked it to my liking and it’s finally at a point where I would like to share it with you.

Are you ready to see where I sew? Read on for the full tour. Continue reading

Planning a Handmade Capsule Wardrobe

5 Piece Holiday Wardrobe

My 5 Piece Handmade Holiday Wardrobe

You know how it is: you’ve booked in a holiday over the new year with your friends and the countdown has begun. Plans are made. Excitement grows.

Then you suddenly realise you have nothing to wear.

Well, no worries there! I’ll just dive into my fabric stash and pull out all of my patterns and spend a million years deciding what to make. Easy, right?

A wardrobe crisis isn’t too much of a problem when you can just hit the shops and wander around until your holiday suitcase is overflowing with outfit combinations. I just have a few problems with that: Continue reading

Five Fabulous Handmade Present Ideas

5 Fabulous Handmade Gifts

Now, I’m going to ask you a question and I don’t want you to panic. Yet.

Are you ready for Christmas?

I know what you’re thinking. Of course not! It’s only October. We have at least two or three months until Christmas, depending on how creative we are with our maths.

Actually, it’s a good thing that we have two or possibly three months until Christmas, because when you make your own presents, it’s best not to leave things until the last minute. We all know last minute Christmas shopping generally involves battles and quests so grand they deserve a trailer voiced by a guy with an epic voice.

Last minute Christmas making, on the other hand, involves a lot of caffeine, some language that would push things past a family-friendly rating and a sleep-deprived crafter on Christmas morning who never wants to see a crochet hook again.

All things considered, it’d be best if we made a start now, right? Continue reading