1st December 2018

Needle sizes

Needles vary in length, point shape and thickness depending on their purpose.

16th November 2018

Choosing your first sewing machine

If you’re buying a sewing machine for the first time it can be a bit of a mine field!

7th December 2018


A strip of piping around a bag or across a pocket gives a professional finishing touch to your work and is simple to make yourself.

1st November 2018

English Paper Piecing

English paper piecing is an age-old technique for hand-sewing quilts.

1st October 2018

Making a square bag base

Sometimes known as a box base, this technique creates a neat, professional-looking bag base.

19th September 2018

Using printed patterns

These are my top tips for using printed patterns, like the ones from my Half Yard Sewing Club projects.

10th August 2018

Choosing interfacing

How do I pick the right wadding/batting or interfacing for my project?

1st September 2018

Rotary cutting

Rotary cutter, rectangular ruler and mat: these three go together, and quite simply I use them to cut anything straight!

10th August 2018

Free motion embroidery

I really enjoy using this embroidery technique, to add texture to quilting projects, to attach applique shapes, to get creative with stitching artwork, but most of all, to have fun!

10th August 2018

Bias binding

I use quite a lot of bias binding in my projects as it’s a simple solution to finishing off raw edges, and gives a professional finish to my work.

10th August 2018

Magnetic clasps

These simple clasps don’t usually come with instructions, so here’s how to fit them.

10th August 2018


Appliqué is the method of applying a decorative fabric motif to your work.

10th August 2018

Letterbox zip

The letterbox zipped pocket is fitted into the lining before the bag is constructed and can be made any size you like, as long as it is within the size of the lining.