Craaazy Crafters

I am up at 6.30 on a Saturday to go to a huge sewing and hobbycrafts show at Birmingham NEC. I know it’s not technically sewing, but it’s helping to fuel my sewing fad, so deserves a mention I think.


Things I know now

1. It’s not all Sewing

Sewing, as a hobby, involves a lot of planning, cutting, pinning and ironing. I would say that I spent more time doing these things for my Gingham Bunting than actual sewing.

2. Where’s my stash?

As a (new) sewing enthusiast I am expected to have a stash of material, ribbons and other sundries just lying around somewhere waiting to be used in projects. I don’t, so I feel slightly lacking and also annoyed that no-one thought to tell me about the importance of accumulating my stash at an earlier age. Shouldn’t this information be freely available?

3. Material and habberdashery shops are intimidating.

I am unsure of the rules; is there a minimum amount of material I am supposed to buy, for example? Why is it so quiet, I mean seriously quiet, like a library, I’m afraid to breathe in case I disturb the reverential silence in there. Would they escort me from the premises or just shush me if I coughed or hummed by mistake?

4. The foot pedal is my friend.

When I started practicing I thought it was easier to use the buttons on the machine to sew; they’re close at hand and easy to control, but they’re really only good for doing tiny projects where you don’t actually need your hands free to manhandle pieces of material and ribbon. Using the foot pedal is like having super powers, or at least an extra pair of hands.

5. ’til death us do part?

After a month of sewing I can see this is just the beginning; this isn’t something I’m going to master overnight – it’s a hobby for life.

As I am a self-confessed fadgirl I wonder whether it will be a hobby for life for me, or another flash in the pan?

Sew Mag Arrives


What a treat, my new sewing magazine subscription has started and the first beautiful edition was on my dining table when I got home from work last night.

They have a special offer on, 3 issues for £3, just to get you hooked obviously.

This issue has a wedding dress pattern on real dressmakers’ tissue paper, mmm it’s so crinkly and delicate, I’d like to make a dress out of this stuff never mind silk dupon, whatever that is…

Shame I’m already married (that doesn’t sound how I meant it to!), but how amazing to be able to make your own wedding dress!

You can get the subscription offer at the sewing mag website just quote code SEW0410
Now, what to make, something small I think, maybe the beaded coasters, they look lovely; just need to get some fusible webbing interface and I’m all set.