Sew Your Own Appliquéd Christmas Bunting Tutorial

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Deck the halls with boughs of holly, tra la la la! It feels like it’s been Christmas for months at Plush Towers, our Christmas sales seems to start quite steadily in March for some of you early birds but as I adore Christmas amazingly I’m not sick of it yet. I decided we needed some festive bunting for our next open day so set to work designing some Christmas appliqués and thought it’d be rude not to put together a tutorial.

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**Update** I’m delighted that this tutorial was republished in Love Sewing magazine’s November issue. Don’t worry if you missed it, the full tutorial is here but here are the pretty pictures that were published in the magazine

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A Day In My Life

ImageI’m absolutely thrilled to be Tilly Walne’s Miss November! If you’d like a nosey in to the goings on behind the scenes at Plush Towers then pop over to Tilly’s amazing blog for a read about my day. There’s fabric porn too 🙂  Continue reading “A Day In My Life”

Thrilled!

ImageI am absolutely thrilled and humbled to have been nominated for the British Sewing Awards 2013 in the category for Best Sewing Blog! A big thank you to everyone and anyone that voted for lil old me, thank you SO much, it’s very motivating and encouraging.

Our shop was also nominated for 2 categories too – Best Online Retailer and Best Website for Sewing Resources,  I’m over the moon!

Voting starts on 12th November and we will be crossing our fingers and letting you know as soon as the voting opens.

Wheeeee!!

Dress Love: Butterick B5776

ImageI’m slowly going through the wee dress patterns I like in the pattern cabinet for Baby Plush. I need them to be quick and easy as I’m so time poor these days, but I still want to make pretty things for my baby girl. There’s no point having all of these beautiful fabrics surrounding my day if I can’t indulge now is there?! Continue reading “Dress Love: Butterick B5776”

Crayon Roll Tutorial

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Baby Plush has recently got into drawing in a big way, apart from being irresistibly cute toddling around insisting she put crayon to paper it’s amazing how it can keep her occupied, quiet and still for such a long time and she’s not yet even 2. Always one to jump on any opportunity for 5 minutes of peace and quiet I figured it’d be silly not to make her a crayon roll which I can just pop in my bag when we are out and about and so far it’s a huge hit. Continue reading “Crayon Roll Tutorial”

Tutorial: How To Machine Applique

DSC_0651I’ve got a new addiction making these skirts following the fab tutorial over at Dana Made It . They really are the simplest skirt ever and take about 20-30 mins to knock up. My daughter’s wardrobe is being over taken by them. Continue reading “Tutorial: How To Machine Applique”

Sewing Machine Love

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My new baby

Lookie! Lookie! Isn’t she beautiful? I can’t believe I’ve managed to snag myself this amazing Singer 201k today at a car boot sale! The price for this beautiful bounty was only £6, whoop! I am especially bowled over  as I have been coveting a Singer 201 for ages on eBay. Continue reading “Sewing Machine Love”

A Waterproof Fabric Guide

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Following on from my popular post about the fabric possibilities for dribble bibs I thought it would be a good idea to run a  series of these posts to talk about the other more specialist fabrics we stock in the Plush Addict Shop. We get lots of questions about which is the best waterproof fabric to use for a particular type of garment or handmade item so I figured this would be the next one in line for a bit of (hopefully!) helpful blurb. Continue reading “A Waterproof Fabric Guide”

Beginners Guide To Reading a Dressmaking Pattern

makower-sew-retro-2358-images-of-retro-dressmaking-pattern-cotton-patchwork-craft-fabric-8494-p-1If and when you decide to venture into the world of creating a garment to wear for yourself or a Santa suit for your pampered pooch this guide will hopefully answer some basic questions.  Many of us have learned how to use patterns and sew from a family member or a close friend, and there are many different techniques and shortcuts that people use to make it easier.  If however this is not the case for you, pulling out a pattern to create something special can seem very overwhelming. We hope this will help see you through your first simple steps and will make life a little  easier. Continue reading “Beginners Guide To Reading a Dressmaking Pattern”

Time to Sew: Simple A-Line Dress and a Toddler Messenger Bag

Image I had a very rare child free day off yesterday so I decided to do a bit of sewing. I had a brilliant time doing a trolley dash in the morning swiping some prints (which really is *the* best part of this job!) and then I set to work. Very pleased with my day’s work I must say!

My little girl looks amazing in red and I adore the Paintbox collection from Michael Miller, co-ordinating the range is super easy and everything looks so amazing together. I made this dress using Butterick B773 pattern.  Continue reading “Time to Sew: Simple A-Line Dress and a Toddler Messenger Bag”