• Quilting,  sewing

    Gingerbread Man Christmas Banner

    Have you seen the Gingerbread House quilt-a-long that Love Patchwork & Quilting are running this month? It’s a row-by-row design by Gracey of Burlap & Blossom Patterns which you can find in Issue 66. I was asked if I would like to have a go at making a block and after a quick look at the pattern, I couldn’t say no! I decided upon a Gingerbread man, because who doesn’t love a good gingerbread man (although Boy 2 was a bit disappointed when I told him I’m made one only for him to then realise it was in fabric and not an actual biscuit. Oops!) There are a lot of little pieces…

  • Flexi Tote PDF Sewing Pattern - Small tote, project or lunch bag with options for pocket, quilting and zip closure by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence
    Patterns,  sewing

    New Pattern – The Flexi Tote

    It’s taken a while, but I’m really excited to launch my latest pattern, the Flexi Tote! I first made this bag last year as a Christmas present – my in-laws have a farm shop nearby that they pop too quite regularly for a few bits and pieces, and I wanted to make them something which would be tough, durable, reusable and not too big! The first version I made (or the standard version, as I’ve called it in the pattern) is made using a heavy-weight fabric such as canvas, denim or upholstery weight fabric. As a result, you don’t need to worry about adding interfacing for extra stability, making the tote…

  • My favourite 5 must have sewing tools by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence
    sewing,  Tips & Tutorials

    My favourite must-have sewing tools

    Did you see the #greatbritishquilter event that happened over on Instagram during September? It runs for the whole month and is organised by Sarah Ashford Studio and Very Kerry Berry. It’s a great way of getting to know/find other quilters, and there are prompts for what to post each day to help everyone get to know one another. By the end of the month, you will most likely have a longer wish-list of fabrics/patterns and projects than you started out with, and more friends too! The prompt for one of the days’ was ‘flatlay‘ – making an arrangement of items to tell a story and taking a picture from above. I…

  • The Big Pocket Advent Calendar sewing pattern with pockets big enough to hold treats for the whole family by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence
    Patterns,  Quilting,  sewing

    Big Pocket Advent Calendar Sewing Pattern

    Today I thought it would be good fun to share my Big Pocket Advent Calendar pattern with you……talking about it in September seems a little soon, but I’ve seen Christmas Cards in the shop so I guess that almost makes it okay?! This pattern had been simmering in my mind for a little while to be honest. For years, I’ve been looking at the advent calendar panels that you can buy – they’re all so lovely and they look like the start of a fun family tradition….. But! I never fancied making three. Let alone have the wall space to hang them all! And the pockets were never quite big…

  • Sewing the Huxley Bag - a convertible rucksack (Goheen Designs) by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence
    sewing,  Tips & Tutorials

    Sewing the Huxley Bag – a convertible rucksack

    A little while ago, I was debating designing a new bag. My messenger bag was threadbare and I’d cut it apart to remove the hardware for my daughters’ bag! I wanted a bag that I could convert from a shoulder/ crossbody bag into a rucksack and although I had come across quite a few – I especially liked this one – they weren’t quite what I wanted. Then I saw the Huxley Bag by Goheen Designs and I was smitten. The idea of using rivets and other hardware seemed like good fun! Originally, I’d hoped to have it finished in time for Festival of Quilts, but that didn’t quite happen……kids,…