15th January 2014

This week things have been moving along at a fast pace with the website. We are ready to go live in a week or so, and Stuart from SVS Web Design is busy pulling together all the items for my shop and putting the finishing touches to the site. I hope you all enjoy it! Please let me know what you think. Also if there is anything in particular you would like me to feature then let me know.

School Sewing Club starts again this week after Christmas break and we shall be making aprons from T-towels. Annelies will update you on her blog as to how they get along and how to make these if you wish to make one at home yourself.

blog-15-1-img1This image is taken from Theresa Sherman on Pinterest, you can see this on my Pinterest link.

I am embarking on lots of new projects myself. Firstly I have finished my roman blinds! I have attached a picture. I purchased the blind kits from Amazon, although not cheap they were worth it as I don’t have to use cleats to hold them up. Lots of measuring and re-measuring but I am happy with the results. Much cheaper and more satisfactory than getting a shop to make them up and I have lined them and made them so that I can take them apart to wash them occasionally.  And of course it means you can make matching lampshades, t-towels and so on!


There was a fabulous sale on at Return To Glory in Berkhamstead, the Peace Hospice Shop. They were selling off their fabric on the roll for £1 a metre. I purchased  a 46metre roll of Laura Ashley blue and white gingham with daisys on it. It is destined for a pop up gazebo cover for the summer, to kick start my children’s sewing parties!

I also purchased the last of a fabulous bright green wool fabric which I am going to use to create………..hopefully………………the best and most unique Christmas tree for next year. Following a few experiences of my real Christmas trees being almost dead by Christmas day, it was actually my daughters idea to make a fabric full size one. If you look at our Christmas gallery, you will see smaller versions of what I am talking about. Very simple to make but effective. But it will take a mountain of stuffing!

My sewing sudents are coming back to life following a lovely Christmas full of handmade table runners, napkins, trees and stockings. This week Rosie brought in a Hollister mens jacket to remove the hood for her husband which went very successfully. Her husband has an eye for detail!!!! Sharon is working on an amazing quilt which is going to recover some vintage sleeping bags. Today we worked out she will need 260 squares to complete the two sleeping bags! Every other square she is appliqueing a heart or butterfly or sewing pretty things on, so it is a mamouth task but she will end up with a beautiful heirloom!

I finish off this blog by telling you about my student Libby. At age 9 she has found her passion, sewing. I am told by her mother that on her playdates she spends the time with her friends sewing on their machines and making lots of pretty things. I am so pleased. That is the best work satisfaction ever and I think you will see more of her creations on my web site.

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This is what she has been creating this last week.

Tomorrow I go in for shoulder surgery so I am hoping I can still sew one handed or I will be lost without my machine. Wish me luck….I hope the surgeon is good with a needle and thread!

Dotty Bobbin x

9th January 2014

9th January 2014

9thJanBlog1This week my Wednesday morning class has been busy. Aileen finished her gorgeous handbag, as seen in the pictures. It is beautifully lined and should wash nicely. A washable handbag! Complete with lined pockets.

Sharon is quilting making two sleeping bag covers with lots of applique for her twins, and Marina finished a beautiful skirt for her daughter. It is called the Madison Reversible Wrap skirt and is available to download the pattern on Etsy.

9thJanBlog2I have been busy testing out some new patterns, one for a childrens pixie cape and dolls clothes patterns, some childrens pixie hats for sale on my web site and of course preparing my website content for you all to look at. I hope you like it!

Each week I plan to let you know what we have been working on in class, to share our trials and trivulations and sewing triumphs!

My children have also started a bambino blog, where you will find top ideas and top sewing tips each week, aimed at inspiring and helping your own bambinos to sew!

9thJanBlog3I will finish todays note on an article from housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine:

“Studies have shown that sewing is not only extremely satisfying, but also beneficial to your health. Research by Stitchlinks has confirmed that concentrating on the present moment while working on a crafting project means you’re not fretting about the past or worrying about the future – making it a great tool for managing stress.” I’ll raise a glass to that!

Dotty Bobbin

Bambino Blog 9th January 2014


Hello my name is Annelies. I am 7 years old and I love sewing. My favourite thing to sew is dolls clothes. I have got lots of ideas to sew and share which is why I am doing a blog. Today I am going to give you an idea to get you started on your machine. sausage-cushionFrom those old trousers you can make a sausage cushion that looks a bit like a sweety. I have attached a photo for you. You cut the leg off some old jeans, pin and sew some lace onto each end and tie the ends with some ribbon like a sweety. In the picture I have embroidered my name in a running stitch in different coloured threads.

Annelies x



Hello, my name is Sam and I am 9 years old and I’m blogging to you about sewing. I started sewing on a machine about two years ago with my mum. First I learnt to zigzag squares before sewing the squares together. Then I started sewing pencil cases, Christmas stockings etc.

Last week my mum gave me a sewing machine to put in my room that she got from Freecycle. She paid for a new engine and now it’s as good as new.sam1

A few days ago I made a waistcoat from guess what…? AN OLD CURTAIN AND A FLEECE BLANKET!!! I’m wearing it in the picture. It took me about four hours to make. Each week starting now I will give you a top tip. This week’s top tip is: fleece is good for beginners sewing because it doesn’t fray and it is a bit stretchy so if your cutting is not perfect you can stretch it to fit! Another tip is to download patterns from Etsy or Pinterest. They are cheaper than buying in the shops and you can use them again and again. Sometimes you can get free ones on Pinterest!

Happy Sewing Sam x