Let’s Make a Kimono style wrap top!

To celebrate the Pink Sewing Bus turning 1, we had a celebration on Facebook doing a LIVE design and sewing session on board the Pink Sewing Bus making this kimono style wrap!

Measuring up:
Hold your arm straight out to the side and measure out from the middle of your neck straight out to the length of your sleeve ¾ sleeve for mine. (measurement  1)

Measure from the middle of your neck to the middle of your shoulder (measurement 1.5)

Measure from the middle of your neck down to your chest / bust line. (measurement 2)

Measure around your bust and divide by 4 (measurement 3)

Measure down from your bustline to your waist line (measurement 4)

Measure around your waistline and divide by 4 (measurement 5)

Measure down from your waist to hip (measurement 6)

Measure around your hip and divide by 4 (measurement 7)

Draw the pattern:
Go to your roll of paper leaving around 15cm from the top of your page, label each line with the *number

From the edge of your paper draw a straight line out measurement *1

From this first line drop down vertically using measurement  2

Draw a straight line from the edge of paper using measurement *3

From this first line drop down vertically using measurement 4

Draw a straight line from the edge of paper using measurement *5

From this line drop down vertically using measurement  6

Draw a straight line from the edge of paper using measurement * 7

Create another line halfway between line 5 & 3 (9)  and join this below to 7 & 5

Create a curve starting at line 5, curve out touching line and slowly curving to line 9 then curve out to the edge of the page

Go back to the top of page of your page and use measurement 0.5 along line *1 from this 0.5 point draw a diagonal upwards above line *1. Go back to point *0.5 and draw another diagonal line to just hit the edge of the page 4cm above line *9.

Add 2cm for ease and seam allowance the whole way around

Cut out and lay your fabric on the fold!

Let’s sew a quirky Cat from fat quarters

In this video we are making a quirky cat made with some gorgeous Fat Quarters from my @PinkSewingBus partners @Hobbycraft.

Join me @MissLibbyRose as I guide you through how to make this fun and quirky cat friend.. Soon you’ll be wanting to make one for everyone!

Download the pattern here:- cat page 1  & cat page 2

In this project we are making a fun Cat Creature made with some gorgeous Fat Quarters from my @PinkSewingBus partners @Hobbycraft.

You will need:-
Pattern pieces :
Page 1: http://www.misslibbyrose.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/cat-page-1.pdf
Page 2: http://www.misslibbyrose.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/cat-page-2.pdf
Sewing machine : http://janome.co.uk/
Scissors : http://ow.ly/4nmDGt
A pack of fat quarters : http://ow.ly/4nmDQJ
Ribbon for whiskers
http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/sewing/haberdashery/ribbon-and-trimmings?filter=RWIDTH~Thin+Ribbon+-+10+Mm+Or+Narrower/
Buttons for nose and eyes
http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/sewing/haberdashery/buttons
Stuffing: http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/polyester-soft-toy-stuffing-250g/567212-1000
Bondaweb or Heat n Bond:
http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/heat-n-bond-ultra-hold-iron_on-adhesive-93-cm/573666-1000?pn_rty=%20sp
Pins : http://ow.ly/4nmDWh
Sewing thread : http://ow.ly/4nmGRP
An iron

Method:-
Print out patterns at A4 size and stick them together as instructed on the pattern piece.
Lay your fat quarter piece in half and pop the pattern with the straight line on the fold.
Cut 2 x pieces of the main body (1xfront and 1 x back)
In contrasting fabric, cut out the heart piece for the face with matching bondaweb or heat n bond
Attach the heart face to the front piece using the iron and following the instructions on the heat n bond or bondaweb.
Create the whiskers with the ribbons, put a pin in the middle and sew them in place.
Hand sew on the buttons for the nose and eyes.
Lay the front cat piece on top of the back so the right sides are facing each other & pin.
Leaving a 0.5 to 1cm seam allowance (lay the edge of your foot against the edge of the fabric) stitch the whole way around the shapes leaving a gap in the bottom wide enough to fit your fingers through.
Once all stitching is in place remove pins and use your scissors to create notches or small cuts up to the stitch lines on the curves and corners. (make sure you don’t cut the stitching!)
Turn the whole cat through to the right side using the gap you left earlier.
Press flat.
Open your bag of toy filling and take small handfulls of fluffy stuffing to fill your cat. Push the stuffing all the way up to the top of the ears, then filling up the arms, face, legs and last of all over filling the tummy.
If you are having troubles getting your stuffing into all these spaces you could use a chopstick, knitting needle (not the pointy end) or any other blunt long apparatus.
Once you are happy with the stuffing qty it is time to stitch up the hole!
Using a small zig zag stitch on the machine or hand-sewing (hand sewing is the preferred method) stitch up the hole in the bottom.

Do tweet or facebook a picture if you try this yourself! @misslibbyrose & @pinksewingbus
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Summer Fun Fat Quarter Skirt

In this video we are making the ‘Summer Fun Fat Quarter Skirt’ made with some gorgeous polkadot Fat Quarters from my @PinkSewingBus partners @Hobbycraft.

Download the pattern here:-

summer skirt1  &  summer skirt page2

 


Join me @MissLibbyRose as I guide you through how to make this fun and skirt.

You Will Need:-

The embroidery machine I used to create the gorgeous appliqué is the Janome 350e:-

Memory Craft 350E

Method:-

Print out patterns at A4 size and stick them together as instructed on the pattern piece.

Lay your fat quarter piece in half and pop the pattern with the straight line on the fold.

Cut 4 x pieces on the fold as a start (for a childrens skirt or a small size 8-10 adult)

You can cut more at this stage if you know you will definitely want a larger skirt. You will try it on for size in a short while so you can cut more then or we can say now that 2 x more fat quarters for a size 12-14.

Be brave and bold with your fat quarters you can go clashy or matchy – the choice is yours!

In contrasting fabric, cut out the heart (or other fabric shape) piece for the appliqué with matching bondaweb or heat n bond.

Measure your elastic piece by slightly stretching it around your model and overlapping it by an inch. Put the elastic aside for a later stage.

Lay the first fat quarter piece on top of the second piece so the right sides are facing each other & pin along the straight (diagonal) lines.

Leaving a 1cm to 1.5cm seam allowance stitch the long seam.

Open the seam and lay your next piece on top with right sides together, pin and stitch.

Carry on the above method until all the fat quarters are joined.

Wrap the long piece around your subject, participant or model and check that the pieces overlap each other with room as the elastic will gather or ruche it all together, you dont want it tight at the top!

You can now add more fat quarter panels if required and once you are happy that you have a nice overlap you can stitch the final seam so you have a circular shape.

At this stage it is good practice to go back to your seams and zig zag close to the seams raw edges so you will stop any fraying at a later stage.

Press flat all seams flat.

Apply your appliqué fabric piece in your chosen position by using the iron and following the instructions on the heat n bond or bondaweb.

Stitch around the edge of the appliqué using a zig zag or fancy stitch.

Go to the top of the skirt to create the elasticated waist-band.

Fold down the top of the skirt first of all 1cm and press this flat.

Take your elastic and measure the width (usually 1 – 1.5 inch or 25mm – 32mm works well here)

Fold down the top of the skirt a further gap so your elastic will slide through nicely.

Not too tight here add an extra 1cm if you are not sure.

Press and pin this fold down so the seams match up and don’t worry if you create any pleats or gather to make the seams match each other and fit. This will be disguised later in the elastic ruching.

Using straight stitch or a fancy stitch now it is time to sew within the 1cm turn up following the edge of your presser foot against the edge of the fabric turn up. You are creating a channel at the top of the skirt, leave a gap (enough to thread your elastic through) before you meet yourself back to the start of the stitching.

Take your elastic and safety pin one end to the edge of the hole in the waistband. Safety pin the end of the elastic and push through the channel until you meet yourself back at the start.

Unpin both safety pins.

Pull out both pieces of elastic so you are creating the gather / ruching. Ensure the elastic has not twisted at any point.

Once you are happy sew up the elastic using a zig zag stitch so it can ‘ping’ back into the waist-band channel.

Sew up the hole.

Lastly the hem… go to the bottom of the skirt and ensure you are happy with the length. Adjust if necessary.

Iron a rolled style hem by folding up 1cm and then another 1cm. Iron, pin and sew using the edge of your presser foot against the edge of your fabric as a guide.

VIOLA! You are done.. enjoy 🙂

Do tweet or facebook a picture if you try this yourself! @misslibbyrose & @pinksewingbus

Instagram @miss_libby_rose

Let’s make a fun fabric sunglasses case from fat quarters

In this video we are making a fun fabric sunglasses case made with some gorgeous Fat Quarters from my @PinkSewingBus partners @Hobbycraft.

Join me @MissLibbyRose as I guide you through how to make this fun and quirky sunglasses case.. Soon you’ll be wanting to make one for everyone!

Download the pattern here:- sunglasses pattern

You Will Need:-

Pattern piece : http://www.misslibbyrose.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/sunglasses-pattern.pdf
Ribbon: http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/sewing/haberdashery/ribbon-and-trimmings
Sewing machine : http://janome.co.uk/ with a button hole foot!
Scissors : http://ow.ly/4nmDGt
A pack of fat quarters : http://ow.ly/4nmDQJ
Pins : http://ow.ly/4nmDWh
Sewing thread : http://ow.ly/4nmGRP
seam ripper: http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/small-seam-ripper/571969-1000
Safety pin: http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/hemline-safety-pins-100-pack/567002-1000
An iron

Method:-

Print out pattern at A4 size and double check this fits your sunglasses.
Lay your fat quarter piece in half and pop the pattern with the straight line on the fold.
Cut 2 x pieces of fabric on the fold… Be brave and bold with your fat quarters you can go clashy or matchy – the choice is yours!
Create your button hole by using your one-step button hole foot (the long snap on foot.) Stretch it to the widest point so you have a nice big button hole here. Set the machine to the button hole setting. On the left side of the machine in the needle area pull down the lever which is the stopper to guage the length of the buttonhole, put your foot down on the peddle and go!
Once your buttonhole is created, lay the full fat quarter pieces with right sides together, pin along the top lines (above the buttonhole) and leaving a 1cm to 1.5cm seam allowance stitch the long first seam.
Open the seam and fold the fabric so you are creating a long sausage, pin and stitch all around this super long rectangle.
Go to the buttonhole, open up the buttonhole using seam ripper or small embroidery scissors.
Use this buttonhole to pull the whole fabric through to the right side.
Now you will have (again) a long sausage shape but with the fabric through to the right side now.
Push one side of fabric inside the other and press flat.
Now, go to your ribbon and pop a safety pin at the end of one side.
Thread the safety pin with the ribbon attached through the buttonhole pushing it all the way around the top and meeting you back again at the buttonhole. Pull through, remove safety pin and tie in a bow.
Untie the bow and slip glasses inside and re-tie!

Viola you now have a fancy fabric sunglasses case!

Do tweet or facebook a picture if you try this yourself! @misslibbyrose & @pinksewingbus

Instagram @miss_libby_rose

Super Dooper Summer Lovin’ Lined Purse

In this video we are making a super dooper curvy lined purse made with some gorgeous Fat Quarters
from my @PinkSewingBus partners @Hobbycraft.
Join me @MissLibbyRose as I guide you through how to make this fun and quirky purse.

Download the pattern here: super dooper curvy lined purse pattern

 

In this video we are making the ‘Summer Lovin’ curvy lined purse’ made with some gorgeous tropical Fat Quarters from my @PinkSewingBus partners @Hobbycraft.

Join me @MissLibbyRose as I guide you through how to make this fun and quirky purse.

You Will Need:-
– Pattern piece : http://www.misslibbyrose.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/super-dooper-curvy-lined-purse-pattern.pdf
– Sewing machine : http://janome.co.uk/
– Scissors : http://ow.ly/4nmDGt
– A pack of fat quarters : http://ow.ly/4nmDQJ
– Ribbon: http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/sewing/haberdashery/ribbon-and-trimmings
– Pins : http://ow.ly/4nmDWh
– Sewing thread : http://ow.ly/4nmGRP
– An iron

The embroidery machine I used to create the ‘Summer Lovin’ writing is the Janome 350e:-http://janome.co.uk/janome_products/memory-craft-350e/

Method:-

Print out your pattern piece at A4 size and cut out around edges.

Lay 2 fat quarter pieces whole and place pattern on top (whole) watching your pattern directions as discussed in the video, pin and cut around.

Fold the pattern along the dashes as on pattern instructions. Pin and cut 2 x smaller pieces with the pattern folded.

Lay the 2 x smaller pieces with right sides together, pin along the top straight line and sew this straight line leaving a small seam allowance (foot against the edge of the fabric – do this for the rest of the sewing)

Open up this seam, press and fold over so the right sides are showing.

Decide which pieces are for your lining and lay the lining sides together so they are right sides together, pin and sew these 2 x pieces around this bottom curvy section. Leave a gap (around 3 x fingers wide) in the centre bottom.

Now do the same for the 2 x pieces that are for the outside. Lay with right sides together. This time slide one piece of ribbon (long enough to tie a bow at the end – around 20cm) and place this in the centre bottom (same place as you left the hole on the other side) leave a bit of ribbon poking through so you can stitch this into the purse.

Pin and sew around this bottom curved part.

You will have 2 x pieces remaining un-sewed at the top. This will make the top of the purse and you will feel like you are closing it all up now.

Take the other piece of ribbon (around 20cm long) and place it in the top centre with a small amount poking through on this side and the majority inside the purse.

Pin and sew these remaining 2 x top parts to each other with right sides together from stitch line to stitch line, sewing in the ribbon at the top.

Go to the hole you left in a previous step and pull it all through here.

Push the inside (lining) inside the outside pieces, lay flat and press.

Once you are happy you can go inside to the hole and sew up the final part (the hole).

VIOLA! You are done.. enjoy 🙂

Do tweet or facebook a picture if you try this yourself! @misslibbyrose & @pinksewingbus

Instagram @miss_libby_rose

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This weeks adventures took me along to the Woldingham Wives group to give a talk on sewing to a wonderful group of women who meet once a month.  My lovely friend Norma Vondee (mosaic artist) had put my name forward and I felt so honoured to be a part of this lovely group for the day. I decided to base my talk around the Pink Bus (obvs!!) and discuss the meaning of why I set up this travelling sewing workshop and my sense for using sewing as a mindful tool.  I explained how the big reason I love teaching is actually not just about teaching the skills of sewing & craft (which I do love) I wanted to make a point that it actually isn’t about the sewing…

I’ve worked with people from all walks of life and the same theme runs throughout: confidence in oneself and in ones ability! I have taught in childrens centres, housing associations, community centres, childrens parties, adults hen parties, and the list goes on… What i see is a transformation…. it’s about sitting in a group and using the tools of sewing to create a space to talk openly and wholeheartedly in a safe and fun space.   People feel more inclined to chat and feel better when there hands are busy doing an activity.   It fills my heart with joy that I am starting to hear more and more involvement in crafts into the health sector.   I believe that Sewing is indeed a mindful practice and I am using the Pink Sewing Bus as a tool to get people on board to spread this message.

The vision was and still is to open up to a wide audience and to create even more of a community spirit especially within hard to reach areas.  I started this blog and called it ‘Sewing Stories’ and this is aimed at expanding community knowledge, showing how joining in with art and craft together brings out stories, and I am currently in the looong process of writing a book that is dedicated to telling these stories and inspiring others that Sewing is indeed a mindful activity.

Another tool for this is the fabulous embroidery machine courteous of Janome, I have been embroidering empowering and fun slogans into the sewing projects. Everyone from Kids to Adults can choose a quirky slogan such as ‘happy heart’ to make lavender heart bunting or even ‘singing in the rain’ on a purse. These small offerings as part of a class are there to spread this message plus as a prompt and conversation starter.

I also love to use the hashtag #sewingmakesyousmile on social media, so do use this in your practice if sewing does make you smile – not only from the outside but from within!

 

THE HOBBYCRAFT STORE VISITS HAVE BEGUN!
I had a lovely time starting the Hobbycraft Store visits last week in Woking. If you’d like to join me on the Pink Bus for a lovely price of £10 a session plus a £5 Hobbycraft voucher to spend in store… do check out the full listings here:  http://www.misslibbyrose.com/hobbycraft-store-visits/

 

Reasons to be cheerful:
1. Giving the talk to a great response and spreading my message!

2. Pink Bus Birthday coming up… Turning 1 (more details in another post when confirmed)

3. #sewingmakesyousmile

SONG!!

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March is the month that includes my Birthday and this year it has been the iconic 40th! WOW what a wonderful celebration it has been including a trip to Venice!

as soon as my walking foot arrives I will do a video but in the meantime….
http://janome.com/en/accessories/sewing-machine-feet/even-feed-foot/

Easter workshops!

I am so very excited to be sewing on the Pink Bus at Ottie and the Bea on Modays and Greenwich Market on Thursdays over the Easter break.

Easter Treasure Bags Sewing Workshop

Turning 40……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reasons to be cheerful…

  1. Feeling fabulous at 40! and to all my gorgeous friends for kind gifts, party, cards and wonderfulness!
  2. Lovely family trip to Venice which was the most magical experience ever!
  3. My new after school club at Greenwich Market and the class of 4-7 year olds that are developing… (http://www.misslibbyrose.com/product/kids-sewing-club-at-greenwich-market/)

Song of the week!

It’s got to be Mambo Italiano!

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What a difference a swim makes!

I had a lovely meeting this week with HC HQ team on the plans for the year ahead plus how things have gone the year past. I found myself talking about the topic ‘sewing for mindfulness’ which many of you know is a theme that is so close to my heart and indeed the subject for my impending book that is sloooowly being written!  I felt myself discussing this topic (although this wasn’t what the meeting was supposed to be about) and how sewing can bring people together, chat, and in many instances even turn into a group therapy session. This applies to all ages from a rough day at school for an 8 yr old to a group session of quirky adults learning to sew for the first time. What I did find myself saying and thinking was no matter what I always need to be in my own mindful state before even beginning a teaching class, whatever that takes, I always work hard on my own mindful state.
As I mentioned in my last post I have found the start of this year super dooper tough! The weather has been cold and everything has got off to a slow start so I decided to set myself a challenge to make myself feel better! I love to swim and so I decided that every day for 4 weeks I would go for a swim, whatever it takes! That means that sometimes I am up earlier than Julia and at the gym by 630am to get in the pool so I still have enough time to do all that I need to do in a day – and actually it’s not that bad! Most mornings are freezing, I am 1 week in and to warm up I am generally doing a bit of gym as well and this is making me feel great! In turn which is another ‘feel good’ solution is my water intake has gone up as a result of the extra exercise which has given me a lot more clarity in myself and my work.

After school clubs superstar of the week is determined Scarlett. I have no pics from the show yet but I have admired Scarlett working so diligently to get all the outfits created and made for her school fashion show. I know she had worked day & night over the weekend to finish these and in after school clubs on Wednesday we were all set to do hems, buttonholes and finish off!

I had the gorgeous Janome DKS30 special edition all set up with it’s wonderful buttonhole function.  Now.. sewing with slippery fabrics has always had a tender space in my heart. In my time as a designer / maker I would often be partial to using ‘difficult’ fabrics such as Satins, Organzas, Chinese silk, stretch, and of course layers of lovely organza.. So – when Scarlett was having trouble with the button holes on her beautiful Chinese silk dress… The button holes were slipping and getting stuck on seams and overlapping facings, this was so distressing as it was the last thing to go on the dress … And then came the AHA moment.. I used to try all sorts of solutions to help with slippery fabrics in my designer days and I remember a fool-proof one, using paper on the top and bottom of fabrics, creating the stitch and when all held in place, tear the paper away – so at the final part of the class we set the paper up and Scarlett was able to wizz through the button holes without a worry of slipping or the machine getting stuck..

Another week and another Pink Bus Birthday Party. This time we were making outfit for a favourite teddy bear! Each participant brings along their best bunny or finest teddy to create a fabulous outfit! So I spent some time rustling up a range of fabrics (you can never tell what mini designers you have on board so I need to bring a vast range including some of the fab bright fat quarters from Hobbycraft.  Patterns I have created to be scaled up or down as to the size. On arrival and to my absolute delight I was wonderfully welcomed by the 2 mummies in charge of the party, lots of lovely cups of tea and hip hooray no rain as there was in the morning! A fun time was had by all including a pyjama set, an array of colourful net tu-tu’s (made with the circle skirt style) dress with bows and the superstar make was a skirt with a big trailing bustle  of colourful nets at the back! WOW what a design this was…

Reasons to be cheerful

  1. Feeling fantastic as I am now 8 days in to my ‘swim every day for 4 weeks’ challenge
  2. BIlly the Blue (My VW Beetle) passing his MOT with little fuss making life easier for another year!
  3. Making apple and ginger cake that was delicious and enjoyed by all!

Song of the week is not so much a song but rather a scene with music.  In this final scene from the film Billy Elliot it shows this final transformation, a beautiful swan in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.. I get a shiver down my back every time I see this and it’s a wonderful reminder that indeed anything is possible when you put your mind to it, trust your instinct and GO FOR IT!, or go watch the whole film to inspire you!

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This started as the perfect year: 2017 began in Cornwall with some dear friends that truly nourish my soul, I so appreciate the times I get to spend in Cornwall, the vast countryside awakens my inner explorer and cheeky adventurer..  Alas since returning early January I have absolutely struggled with the freezing weather and teaching work has been slow off the mark – it’s been cold and in my little world of sewing, I’ve struggled with being a teeny bit lonely! Driving around in my beautiful vintage pink bus has not been appealing in the ice….. So I have decided to finally start this blog. Each time I post I will add a song of the week (because music is a great healer & up-lifter!) and I will end with my list of reasons to be cheerful which I hope will be happy reading and inspire you to write your own list of cheerfulness!

I do hope to move to Cornwall one day, I have been saying this since my first proper visit there in 2011. I am so inspired for the year ahead and have such lovely friends there. Here’s me helping with the chickens!

So the month of January has moved swiftly along (although not as swiftly as I would have liked!) and there have been some lovely things happening in amongst the boring tasks of tax returns.

We started back with our Wednesday After School Clubs earlier in January and I say ‘we’ as it is the lovely students that come along that really make this group special. Some will stay for a term and others come back time and time again, and this term has been no different. I really love how each personality of student can create a new idea and new inspiration that we all feed off and help. New designs, new sewing techniques and not to mention a wealth of stories from the week that has gone before.
My superstar this week was definitely 10 yr old Astrid who had a Harry Potter themed birthday party and was wearing her Gryffindor cloak that she designed and made in the class! Well done Astrid…. and most of all well done as all of your friends couldn’t believe you had actually  made it! Little did they know that you also took all of your own measurements, laid down paper and created the whole thing from scratch including a hood! I can only take part of the credit as I merely guided her in the right direction – so chuffed!
In other after school club news we have a very glamorous witches costume for the stage, a set of vintage inspired dresses for a school fashion show, a wrap dress and 2 x little pinafore dresses on the go.. not forgetting to mention the power rangers tunic top and trousers! PHEW!!

VINTAGE
I was lucky enough to be invited to a house clearance of an absolute craft extraordinaire! What a life this lady had. After her passing the family invited me along to go through her wealth of craft stash and take what I could use in my classes – I had to share these gorgeous Vintage Patterns with my after school club – here’s a snippet…

 

AND THEN… There was The Hobbycraft Press show!!
It’s wonderful to be invited back again to the Hobbycraft Press Show, run sewing workshops and meet some brilliant press & bloggers.. This time we had an evening event for bloggers and day event for press. As this is a spring show I decided we would make Easter treat bags.. with Bunny Ears! These were such a success that I’ll be rolling them on for Easter workshops soon!

AND PATRICK GRANT!! What a treat to have Patrick Grant there and this time we actually got  to chat and have a laugh while he was doing press shots and general fabulous-ness!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Song of the week:

Islands in the stream Dolly & Kenny: No reason why, I just heard it on the radio and it’s such a good singalong tune!

Reasons to be cheerful:
1) First birthday party of the year last Saturday in the Pink Sewing Bus making awesome skirts and the feedback being ‘ They all loved it and said it was “amazing”!
2) Meeting Patrick Grant (of Great British Sewing Bee fame) and having a chat and a laugh while he was being photographed at the Hobbycraft Spring Show.
3) Having the wonderful company of my little pal Elliot (the pug) with me braving the frost, getting our paws dirty & muddy, going on chores in the Pink Sewing Bus and generally stomping away the January Blues…