Sunday Stash #20

It’s been a good week for stashing with little spending!

Last week I went to the launch of Fiona Pullens book Crafting a Creative Business at the Exeter Sewing Machine shop, goodie bags were given out and included fabric, including a FQ of Big Leaf in pink by Kaffe Fassett from Coats and a fat eighth of an unknown AGF print from Hantex (please leave a comment if you know what it is, edited to add: it’s NY Circuit from Gramercy by Leah Duncan, thanks Lucy).  It was also a great chance to meet up with a bunch of local (and not so local) stitchy ladies.  Emily and I had joined forces recently when I brought her attention to Cats Cradle in Raspberry – Catnap, Lizzy House for only £3 per yard at Fabric Guild!  Between us we bought probably all that remained (sorry, not sorry!), and Emily passed over my 3 yards last week:


There’s a packet of Aurifil in there too which came as a prize for October in the A Lovely Year of Finishes, thanks to Aurifil for being a generous sponsor of this.

During the summer Pink Chalk Studio ran a great series called Where I Sew and gave away gift certificates at the end of it, I won a $20 certificate.  For this I am obviously grateful and not complaining but when you live in the UK and shipping costs are so high it can end up being an expensive win!  But my friend Jo was off on a trip to Canada in October and was busy thinking about what fabric shopping she could do to order and pick up when she was there.  One of her hosts has a mail box in the USA so it was possible for her to get fabric delivered there.  Jo very kindly agreed to let me use this facility too.  Sadly Pink Chalk Fabrics have now shut up the fabric side of the shop (but Kathy has big plans, get an idea of what they are here) so had started reducing prices, I used my gift certificate to purchase these half yards (and paid less than £2 for postage):


l-r: Buttons in Saffron, Figures by Zen Chic, Confetti Dot purple – Dear Stella, Pearl Bracelets, Bright Star – Lizzy House, Pearl Bracelets, Gold Mine – Lizzy House.

I can’t quite remember what I was sewing at the time but I remember thinking that I need to stash some yellow and purple.  In my opinion one can’t go far wrong with Pearl Bracelets either!

I destashed a little this week too, sending some long hoarded boy fabrics off to the lovely Catrin who gave birth to a gorgeous boy recently, she has 2 girls and I thought she might need a head start on boy fabrics!

What have you been stashing?  I’d love to see, I’m linking up with Molli Sparkles:

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X marks the spot

There is a small boy in our house who for a while now has had a keen interest in pirates and treasure. It’s mostly the treasure that interests him to be honest, so much so that we even visited a gold mine on our holiday in the summer.

For his birthday my husband made him a treasure chest from some pallets that were lying around following the building work we had done last year:

treasure chest

My idea for a handmade gift struck when I came across a pirate embroidery pattern by Sarah Jane Studios.  I spent a relaxing few hours stitching the pattern and set about wondering what to do with the finished embroidery.


I had a few pieces of fabric from the Out to Sea line by Sarah Jane and put a request out on instagram for any scraps.  Thanks very much to the lovely Joanne and Susy who sent me some pieces I managed to put this cushion cover together:


I couldn’t bear to cut into the piece from Susy as the drawings are too nice to fussy cut so kept it to use on the back:


Of course with pirates and maps there has to be treasure and so if you look carefully you will find that ‘x’ marks the spot(s):


The ‘x’s’ were already printed on the fabric but I stitched over them with embroidery thread to make them stand out a bit more and make it a little more tactile.

It’s become a firm favourite with Mathias and is used every night when he snuggles up in bed for story time!

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Sunday Stash #19

I meant to write a Sunday Stash post last week but a birthday and a head injury scuppered that plan, and Molli Sparkles was poorly too so there was no link up!

Anyway what I was going to share was this stunning piece of Shetland Flannel that I won from Imagine Gnats as part of #fabricpornfriday on instagram.


The colour is Ocean and I won 2 yards of it, Rachael emailed me to ask if I’d be happy with a piece that had been prewashed as she had come to the end of the bolt (don’t worry she has more back in stock now). I was more than happy with that as it meant I didn’t have to wash it myself.  Tobit chose the colour as I suggested that I would make him some pyjama bottoms with it, although I’m not sure there is quite enough fabric.

My other stash addition is yardage of Stars on red flannel from the Sasparilla collection by October Afternoon for Riley Blake:


Actually it’s not really a stash addition as I bought it to back my Christmas Swoon quilt, I finished the top yesterday so hope that I will be able to baste it this week.  I bought this from Prints to Polka Dots a UK fabric shop which I pleased to say has vastly improved it’s customer service since I last used them a few years ago.

What have you been stashing?  I’d love to see, I’m linking up with the recovering Molli Sparkles:

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Double Figures

Last weekend my eldest daughter turned 10.  She had a few requests for birthday gifts; in addition to those I decided to make her a pouch for her inhaler and spacer instead of using the plastic wallet that school put it in for her!

I used Anna’s open-wide zip pouch tutorial as a basis and changed the sizes to fit the items:


Yes, ok it looks fairly wonky here, but they fit just perfectly inside.


The first aid cross was made from scraps, stitched together and then the edges pressed under to tidy it up before sewing it on.  The main body of the pouch was from a pair of very worn out jeans that are sat under my sewing table waiting to be used.  The zip end fabric was also from the scraps bin, although I wasn’t sure I could find something big enough at first, I mean 2″ x 3″ isn’t exactly tiny or is it?

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My daughter was rather pleased with it and now I just need to find a use for the rest of the jeans and the boxes full of scraps!

Linking up with Nicky and Leanne (even though it is actually Thursday):

Scraptastic Tuesday

and with Le Challenge, which has a theme this month of ‘x':

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