• Tutorial - how to add zipper pulls to the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch using mini macarons by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence
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    Tutorial: Adding a Zip Pull using Mini Macarons

    Hello there! Well, this morning I’ve just finished off a zip pull – one of those fantastic 5-10min project that makes you feel so happy with the end result,  that I just had to hop on and share it with you! A little while ago, I’d ordered a few things from the Rose Garden Patchwork (a new-to-me online shop) which specialises in Japanese fabrics.  Obviously, I’d ordered a couple of fat quarters (!) but also added to my basket these Mini Macaron’s: they are like buttons that you can cover with fabric but without the shank.  So you can place them together to cover the end of zip-tabs….I’d never seen…

  • My favourite 5 must have sewing tools by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence
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    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…

  • Sewing the Huxley Bag - a convertible rucksack (Goheen Designs) by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence
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    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,…

  • Messenger bag and tips on sewing with waxed cotton by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence
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    A new Messenger Bag using waxed cotton

    A few years ago now, I made a messenger bag that I have absolutely loved and used so much it’s actually gone thread-bare in parts!  I’ve been debating making another one for a while because it was such a fun make, and decided one would be perfect for my Girl for her birthday. I also thought I’d have a go at using waxed cotton fabric for the fun of it and, being in the UK, it generally rains a lot here! I found a company which do an antiqued waxed Barbour type fabric and went with the Gold Stone colourway (just in case you’re interested!) I’d never used waxed cotton before and…

  • Green Triangle Quilt and Dream Green Wadding by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence
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    A Green Quilt: Green fabric and Green wadding

    A while ago (longer than I really wish to admit!), Boy 2 asked if he could have a ‘Green Triangle quilt please, Mummy’. Of course, other things kept coming up and although I kept buying green fabrics when I saw them, I didn’t really make much progress!!! At the beginning of this year though, I decided that now was the time! I pulled out all the fabrics, looked at the notes I’d scribbled myself and set to for a massive chopping session. And then realised that my size measurements were based on when Boy 2 was a toddler, and promptly had to cut a load more!!!! At least it should…