Hot July Days and thinking of Christmas!

Isn’t it wonderful to have such a lovely hot and sunny July. The weather has been remarkable and now it is so hot! This is the time to turn one’s thoughts to Christmas! To frosty patterns on the windows, ice encrusted puddles, snow on the trees and crisp frosty air. Doesn’t that make you feel cooler!  Here at the Sewing Studio we have some lovely Christmas fabrics which have just come in.    Some lovely designs to get you inspired for making goodies for Christmas present giving and for general use at Christmas. Now is the time to start, to make sure that everything you want to make is finished in time. Make one item a week and you will soon have a sack full of goodies ranging from Christmas stockings and tree decorations to Christmas table runners and table mats. Scroll down to see some of the delicious fabrics in store.

xmas selection

xmas trees

geometric xmas trees

These fabrics will mix and match beautifully while some of the more ornate patterns will make fabulous quilted stockings and table mats.

xmas cottage

This is a gorgeous fabric as it is covered with glitter and really sparkles. The pictures don’t do it justice! I feel cool just looking at it! 🙂

xmas cottage fabric

xmas fabric recipe and writing

xmas fabric recipe and writing2

xmas robins

This panel caught my eye immediately. I love height charts and have recently made one for a new addition to our family. I wish this had been available then as I love owls. If my daughter in law ever presents us with a grandchild then this will be the one I’ll choose for her as she loves owls!

owl height chart full

Written by Val

Lots of New Fabric! and a useful block pattern!

We have so much new fabric arriving at the Sewing Studio that we don’t know where to put it!


Slowly but surely it will all go out onto the shop floor. It is really lovely and makes the mouth water. We have ranges to match some of the pre-cuts which means that projects can be updated with larger pieces and patchwork designs can incorporate both pre-cuts and matching fabric cut by the metre. Some of the designs are Ducks in a Row by designer American Jane and Hubba Hubba from designers Me and My Sisters, all from Moda Fabrics and  Lewe the Ewe by designer Susie B. Lewe the Ewe is a really quirky fabric with pictures of sheep in different settings.


A great fabric for kids patchwork items! The Ducks in a  Row collection of fabric designs  has some really retro designs among the range and some very simplistic colours making it ideal for mixing and matching


I love this lovely owl fabric!


Fly foot and puzzle

The above is a very useful joint block pattern. It consists of a Fly Foot patchwork block and a Dutchman’s Puzzle patchwork block. It is very easy to do and is very effective. It would look good in some of the new Ducks in a Row Fabric.  I used hand-dyed plain fabrics from Farne Designs with a pretty flower print. The blocks here have been made at 16 inches and the binding is 2 inches finished width making a small quiltlet measuring 36 x 36 inches. A very good size for a throw! The Fly Foot block is made up of different half square triangle patches and the Dutchman’s Puzzle uses the Flying Geese patch.  They work together very well!

Written by Val

Summer Days and Tilda cottons!

We have been having some lovely summery weather and long may it continue. When the weather is hot one doesn’t always  feel like sewing but the lovely Tilda cotton fabrics with their delightful pattern booklets will give you a wonderful incentive to make some summery items.

Tilda seaside book small

tilda blue fabric small

Lovely blue prints to make into projects from the Tilda booklet Seaside Ideas. Make some fish for hanging or using as ornaments. They are such fun items!

Tilda book pattern small

Or make a lovely summer bag. This is such an easy bag to make and so summery as well as being very roomy for all those necessary items such as sun cream and sun glasses! If you are like me you can never have too many bags and this one is a winner!  I love the idea of mixing and matching fabrics to create a unique bag. One could even make several in different colours to match all your outfits! And they would be a wonderful way of incorporating some of your scraps into a project which would make this bag very economical!

Tilda fabric small blues

tilda pattern small

tilda close up of pattern small

I think this summer scarf is lovely and the flowery necklace will make a super summer accessory. None of these items take long to make and will stop you getting withdrawel symptoms by not sewing!  These items will please everyone whatever their age! So have fun and get sewing!


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Lovely brushed cottons!

One would think that at the end of May brushed cottons wouldn’t be so appealing but with the damp and chilly weather that is typical of the English summer these fabrics are wonderful. Beautifully cosy and warm to the touch; and the colours and patterns are so attractive. Ideal for kiddies especially for making pymamas and night dresses. I could enjoy some night wear in this lovely fabric and being a Moda fabric it will wear and wash well and sew perfectly. Also as well as making cosy quilts and throws it will make lovely backings. brushed cotton rolls pink brushed cotton mixture

There is a selection in pinks with pirate boats, clouds and castles and there is also a selection in soft tans with some yellows. The printed patterns are straight from a fairy tale with useful plain geometric patterns to use for mixing and matching. I think this range is great fun!

brushed cotton castlesbrushed cotton rolls tan


brushed cotton yellow line

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