The Flurry range from Dashwood Studios has become a firm stock staple for many of you and what’s not to like? It’s a fun, contemporary supporting print in some gorgeous colours. We’ve been asked to colour match Dashwood Studios Flurry with Kona a few times now so we’ve linked the two collections on the website as “Related Products” but I thought I’d list them here for anyone to stumble upon.
Boy, am I happy I stumbled upon Compagnie M. patterns a couple of months ago. I was looking for a new dress pattern for Littlest Plush and I wanted something funky, with some cute details and preferably with pockets as she does love a spot of treasure collection throughout the day (too cute). I was SO happy when I discovered Compagnie M’s patterns and instantly fell in love with the Louisa Dress, I mean – look at the pretty piping! And the pockets! I was smitten, a new girl crush was born and I immediately snapped up a PDF pattern of the Louisa dress (and a few more besides. Marte’s, the brains behind Compagnie M, has drafted some very amazing contemporary patterns.)
Out with the old and in with the new! We’re clearing some old lines in preparation for the new season. Find designer cotton prints from brands including Alexander Henry, Camelot Fabric and Blend and plush fabrics from Shannon with 20% off. If you are on the look out for a bargain be quick before they all go!
Our lovely Michael Miller rep came to see me yesterday armed with a suitcase full of pretties. Here are some of the highlights due over the next few months for your drooling pleasure!
Christmas! I thought I’d chosen all of my Christmas fabric already but I couldn’t resist some of the Michael Miller pretties that are due around May. “All The Trimmings” has some cute owls, funky Christmas lights and trees.
Well this past week has been a bit of a whirlwind of highs and lows at Plush Towers. The low is that our heating in the warehouse has broken and it’s been close to arctic. We’re still in hats, gloves and scarves and hoping that Mr British Gas is true to his word and gets us warmed up again TODAY (cross your fingers, or send us a blanket?) but I must say that icicles aside I’ve been riding high on the news that we came away with a few gongs from the 2014 British Sewing Awards.
We have been rolling out a series of improvements to the website over the past couple of months and I just wanted to let you know about one in particular because I think it’s rather splendid. We’ve added a “Zoom” option to all the website photos when you’re looking at a category or search results page. So what? You might think, well it means you can enlarge any fabric to see it up close and check out more detail without having to click in and out of the product itself. This will save you lots of clicks as you’re browsing plus if you like what you see you can pop it in your basket from that very same window – result! This then leaves you within your search results to carry on shopping.
The other enhancement that you might find handy is that we’ve now added “width” as a filter on the left hand side so if you’re looking for a wider fabric they are now much easier to find.
We have lots more enhancements planned for this year but if you have anything you would like to see, do let us know as we’re always keen to hear how we can make the site a better place to hang out.
I think Ann Kelle’s Monkeys Royal was one of the very first quilt cotton fabrics we stocked, and we still carry it today. “Urban Zoologie” has been a hugely popular collection for us and it’s back, this time a bit smaller, and in my opinion even cuter! The colour palettes have been reworked and I have to say that I’m totally in love with the pink colourway which is contrasted with a soft grey and has a hint of mint (rhyme intended). There are more animals too choose from and some old favourites too. There’s a selection of multicoloured cuties including adorable foxes, chicks, monkeys and owls.
Do you have a favourite? I think I’m a little bit in love with the pink elephants.
Every time we pass another milestone it amazes me and it’s certainly time for a celebration as we have reached 40,000 followers on Facebook. To say a huge thank you to all of our loyal customers for your continued support and for getting us this far, we’re offering 10% off everything (except gift vouchers) until Wednesday 21st January PLUS every order made during this period will be entered into a draw to win over £250 of sewing loot!
Use the code FB40K at checkout to redeem your discount. (Cannot be used in conjunction with any other code)
For full details check out the competition page.
Thanks again for all of your support and good luck!
If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter you’ll already know that we post tutorials we find around the web that we think you’ll enjoy and will offer some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing. I thought it would be helpful if I posted round-up of the most popular tutorials each Friday so you can get some planning in for some weekend sewing.
One: Make a Plush Animal Mat from A Beautiful Mess
This tutorial for a plush animal mat is such a fun and original idea! It’s perfect for children, and its simple step by step guide makes it a great (if a little daunting) project for beginners. You could easily adapt this project to suit your little one’s animal preference too.
Two: Make your own minky [plush] blanket from How Does She
Learn how to make your very own plush blanket with this simple step by step tutorial. If you’re new to sewing with plush, this is such an easy project to start with, and even if you’re a plush expert, adding a snuggly blanket to your collection of crafts will never go amiss! And although this tutorial is for a baby blanket, you could easily increase the dimensions and make one for yourself!
Three: Heart Shaped Oven Mitts from Sew4Home
It’s never too early for Valentines themed projects. This tutorial for pretty heart-shaped oven mitts is such a cute and original idea and it also comes with a free template
Four: How-to: Make a Drawstring Backpack from Crafting a Greener World
Learn how to make your own practical and pretty drawstring backpack in six easy steps with this super tutorial
As I’ve previously mentioned we’re going on the road which of course means there’s been a ton of things to think about and organise, one of which is what would we do with money on the day. If you follow me on Instagram then you will have seen me whip up some of these aprons a few weeks ago and I’m really please with how they’ve turned out. I had a few criteria, I wanted them to have a zip, I wanted a pocket for my phone and I wanted to make them from denim so they were super durable and wouldn’t need any kind of interfacing and most importantly so the Plush Boys would be happy to wear them. I didn’t want any kind of seam at the bottom of the apron to eliminate bulk and save myself a step. You could equally use 2 smaller pieces of fabric for the aprons and sew at the bottom but for some reason I was quite set on not having a bottom seam (maybe I am worried all of my money might fall out!) These aprons would be perfect for you to use at a craft fair if you have any coming up and will keep all your pennies safe and secure.