• PDF Sewing Pattern - the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch. A great project bag, make-up or toiletries bag. Pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence
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    New Pattern – The Little Zippy Pouch

    Hellooooo! Well, that was a slightly longer than intended break! We had an early half term and since then I’ve been working away on my next pattern and I’m so excited to finally share it with you today! If you’ve followed me for any time, you may remember that I designed the Little Zippy Pouch a few years back for Quilt Now, and then went on to tweak it slightly by showing you how to add zipper tabs. It’s been one of my most used pouches as it’s the perfect size to carry just enough hand-sewing around with me. Over the years, people have asked if I would look to release…

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

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

    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…

  • Candy Swirls quilt in Love, Patchwork & Quilting, Issue 64 by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence
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    Candy Swirls quilt and mini

    A while ago now I finished a quilt which I’ve been itching to show to you, and today is finally the day! A few years ago, I made a cushion for Fat Quarterly magazine using Gardenvale fabrics. Trying to channel my inner Jen Kingwell (!) and with the theme being curves, I played around with Drunkards Path block, splitting the quarter circle with a curve and called it the Drunkards Wheel. I had lots of fun making the cushion, and playing with how the block could be tessellated in different ways to create new patterns but then…..life! It’s been in the back of my mind for a while now and…

  • Clip'n'Pincushion by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence
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    The Clip’n’Pincushion

    Hello! Today I thought I’d talk about the inspiration behind the clip’n’pincushion that was launched a few months ago. To be honest, this mostly came about as a result of my lack-lustre sewing habits!!! I love using wonder clips as I find them so useful…do you ever use them? Mine are in constant rotation – holding thick layers of fabric together, keeping pattern pieces together for quilting and dressmaking, keeping blocks together in order whilst sewing a quilt top together, clipping binding in place……..the possibilities are endless! I’m not quite so good at tidying them away as I go along though – tending to throw them in the vague direction of…