Blog

Welcome to my new blog!

I'll be posting sneak peeks into my sewing adventures, sharing my creative process and giving you lots of inspiration for your own designs.

23rd July 2018

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to my Half Yard Sewing Club! I’m very excited to be launching the site, and I’d like to thank you all for being so patient! Each month I’ll bring you a unique project to work on. This month, I've designed you a sweet...

22nd November 2018

November live stream

We've had lots of requests from members, so in this month's live stream I covered some top dressmaking tips! We stream live on Facebook, but I'll post all of the videos here as well as on Youtube, so everyone gets to watch. This month, I showed...

2nd December 2018

A day at Create and Craft

Create and Craft is a UK television shopping channel based in Peterborough, England. Occasionally, I present on the channel with my books and fabrics, demonstrating techniques and projects over the course of an hour. As the shows are live, they have...

29th November 2018

Clover giveaway!

I've got some fantastic goodies from Clover to give away to not one, not two, not three, but four lucky Half Yard Sewing Club members! I have three packs of Clover clips to give away! These clips are so handy to use instead of pins, and I have one...

15th November 2018

Christmas shopping book offer!

I’m so excited to be able to offer all of you lovely Half Yard Sewing Club members 50% off all of the books on the Search Press website! Not only will you be able to get every single book on the website for half price, I’ve also arranged for...

16th November 2018

My sewing machine collection

I collect many vintage things, from Victorian cow creamers through to German pre-war Monk jugs! But the collection I love the most are my vintage sewing machines. I have around eight of the classic black Victorian Singer machines. However, my...

13th November 2018

My fabric range - competition!

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED! This year I launched my first fabric range, ‘A Cottage Garden’, which is based on sketches of the things I love in my garden. The birds drinking from the bird bath, daisies growing in the lawn, a dragonfly that...

5th December 2018

The Girl with a Sewing Machine

I was delighted to meet Jenniffer Taylor when I was at the Alexandra Palace in September, and we had a lovely chat about sewing, life and her book Girl with a Sewing Machine. I'm also offering members an exclusive discount on her book, so read on to...

23rd November 2018

Vintage inspired cushion covers

I bought my son and his wife a vintage armchair last year and was lucky enough to find matching fabric to make two cushion covers! I love the elegant stag design and thought simple black piping would give the cover a stylish finish. I added a zip...

10th November 2018

Joy of Jelly Rolls member offer!

OFFER HAS NOW ENDED! Has my Flying Geese Quilt got you excited about quilting? Are you a veteran quilter looking for new ideas and inspiration? Or do you have lots of little scraps of fabric lying around that are too pretty to throw out, but just...

18th October 2018

October live stream

I can't believe it's already October, and we've had our third Half Yard Sewing Club live stream! We stream live on Facebook, but I'll post all of the videos here as well as on Youtube, so everyone gets to watch. This month, I talked everyone...

20th October 2018

Knitting and Stitching Show 2018

I spent four days last week at the KSS show, which took place at this beautiful palace in north London, UK. Alexandra Palace, also known by locals as the ‘Ally Pally’, first opened on Queen Victoria’s 54th birthday, in 1873. It then burnt...

10th October 2018

Paris

There were two reasons for my recent visit to Paris, firstly to see the Jean Paul Gaultier Freak fashion show at the Folies Bergere, and secondly to pick up a little inspiration for a future range of fabric. Both boxes ticked! Garie and I...

14th October 2018

Special Christmas book offer!

It's that time of year again! I've started thinking about my Christmas decorations, and I'm excited already. To help you out with your festive makes, I'm giving all of my Half Yard Sewing Club members a fifty percent discount on my Christmas books!...

12th October 2018

Sew Perfect Pets giveaway!

COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED! I'm excited to annnounce that I'm giving away five copies of Helen Rhiannon's brand new book Sew Perfect Pets to my lovely Half Yard Sewing Club members! There are 18 stylish pets to make, and every one of them is...

5th October 2018

India - part 2!

I thought you’d like to see a few more pictures of our India trip. If you haven't seen the first part of this blog, click here to read it! We spent a lot of time visiting the markets – the streets are too narrow for cars so we travelled around...

28th September 2018

Fun with Fat Quarters member offer!

OFFER HAS NOW ENDED! Lots of you have been asking me for project ideas based around fat quarters, and especially for fat quarter gift ideas with Christmas on the horizon. We've got lots of festive fun coming soon on the Half Yard Sewing Club, but...

21st September 2018

The Handmade Fair

I spent a couple of fabulous days at the Handmade Fair at Hampton Court last week, it was so lovely to meet so many of you, and so many of you joined our club too! The show opened at 10am and the queues of people were reaching around the field. The...

20th September 2018

September live stream

We had a lovely time in our second Half Yard Sewing Club live stream! We stream live on Facebook, but I'll post all of the videos here as well as on Youtube, so everyone gets to watch. This month, I showed everyone my collection of cutting tools,...

6th September 2018

Golden Ticket!

I’ve signed 100 of each of my new Build a Bag books, Occasion Bags and Tote Bags. There will be a golden ticket inside one of the books - if you’re the lucky person who finds it, get in touch and I’ll send you this bag! This is the...

30th August 2018

August live stream

I'm so excited to share my first ever Half Yard Sewing Club live stream with you all! We stream live on Facebook, but I'll post all of the videos here as well, so everyone gets to watch. I had a wonderful time chatting to you and answering...

29th August 2018

Fabric giveaway!

As a thank you for all of my lovely Half Yard Sewing Club subscribers, I'm giving away two sets of my Cottage Garden fabrics, with 5 x 1m lengths in each pack, worth around £40 each! It's 100% quality cotton fabric, which can be used for anything...

1st August 2018

Birthday bunting

I don’t know about you, but in our family, birthdays all seem to arrive at once! What better way to decorate the house and garden than with birthday bunting! I simply appliqued letters onto squares of fabric and then pegged them onto a length of...

8th August 2018

Indian Trimmings

Last year, my husband Garie and I went on an amazing fabric-finding trip to Delhi, and came back with the most wonderfully embellished silks and trims. While most of the fabrics are still in a suitcase, waiting for a little inspiration from me to...