Baby Clothes Peg Bag

From the charity shop or in the loft ask your Mum for the smallest denim dress or dungarees. You can also use baby suits or whatever you fancy.

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With the denim dungarees I first stitched up the trouser leg. I found it too difficult to stitch the popper section so I cut it off and I stitched that as well.

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Then I put it on a hanger that looks nice with the clothing and then I pinned it and stitched it just below the hanger. I stitched it from the middle to the other side just about to the sleeve area.This is so that the hanger won’t fall off.

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With the stripey outfit I stitched the legs the same as the denim outfit. Then I left a gap where the buttons were and just above the top button I inserted a hanger. Once I inserted the hanger I stitched along the first two button holes. If I didn’t stitch it there it might open up when you try to take out a peg and then the hanger would fall off.

This took me 20 minutes to make 2 and I am going to give them to my Auntie and my Nanny.  Let me know how you get on making your own peg bag. Annelies x

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My Oma gave me a really good sewing tip to share with you all……….in your sewing box you should always keep some dental floss, as it makes a really good strong thread for repairing denim.

Another week with Dotty Bobbin

The last week has been all about applique. It all started with a bunny….

photo 3v2           jan14 079v2    The template for this bunny is available on my Pinterest Dotty Bobbin page, where you will find loads more free templates for other designs, including the alphabet. Annelies will be demonstrating in her next blog how to do applique lettering with a satin stitch. Whilst on the bunny theme, Easter is not far away. We have been using bunnies for Lavender bags to scent our drawers, bunnies for decorating towels, and bunnies on cushions. Not to mention bunnies themselves. My students have been busy and this week I will be featuring Sue and her fabulous kids, Ben and Anne-Marie. Sue first came to me in the beginning of January, with her machine still in her box, now she has finished her first set of beautiful piped, zipped cushions. Well done Sue. Her son Ben has been busy making elf slippers, a lined gillet and last week he learnt to insert a zipper on a pencil case. 

photo 5 v2photo 6v2   photo 4v2photo 7v2 Anne Marie has taken to sewing like a duck to water and has made this nightie herself and sends me pictures of all the clothes she makes for Simon her teddy bear! She has him in a matching outfit here. Well done Anne Marie. This weekend she wants to make leggings! So my next blog will be about sewing stretchy fabric with a twin needle!

Aileen, now nicknamed the bag lady has finished yet another beautiful messenger bag and this week set about learning to sew with oilcloth. I have meanwhile ordered a teflon foot for my machine, to make this job easier. I am going to add this to the list of must have feet for my new starters, along with a piping foot!

And to finish on a gorgeous note, I will shortly be adding wonderful little people to my shop! They are Theresa’s utterly scrumptious rag dolls. They are totally handmade and take ages to make, they have their own little red hearts (yes really) and personalities, and have removable clothes. They cost £35 and Theresa will make them to order through my web site. Please support your local handicrafts and order one. They are soooooo much nicer than baby Annabel! If you want them in a particular fabric to match your girls little outfit for example then so long as you provide the fabric that is fine.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHope you have found some inspiration to get sewing this week. I am hoping Libby, the sewing queen will do a guest Bambino Blog soon, with all her ideas on what to sew during a playdate!

Dotty Bobbin

How to make an envelope cushion by Annelies, aged 7

photo 3 photo 1 (3) Hello, this week I am going to show you how I made my lovely envelope cushion for my bedroom. Firstly put the cushion on top of the fabric. You need to measure the width of the cushion  and add an extra 4cm to get a 2cm seam allowance on each side. Measure the length by wrapping the fabric around the cushion (or use a ruler),  leaving a big overlap.

Zig zag the fabric to stop it fraying in the wash. (If you ask your mum to wash it before you cut the fabric that stops it from shrinking when you wash it too.)

On each short end you need to fold it over twice and pin, so the fold is about 1cm. Stitch in a staight stitch, remembering to go forwards and backwards at the beginning and ends, to stop it coming undone. Lay out the fabric and fold it into an envelope like the picture. Make sure it is the same size as the cushion.

photo 3 (1) photo 2Pin the sides and stitch with a straight stitch. Turn it the right way around and push out the corners with a knitting needle. Iron it, and insert  your cushion. FINISHED, now you know how to make envelope cushions.

Annelies, Aged 7.

photo 2 (4) photo 3 (2)I have shown you the rest of my bedroom which my mum did, so you can see how it all looks together! If you like it, send me a comment please.


Boys Camouflage Waterproof Poncho

Hello Sam here, with my second blog. This week I have made a waterproof, camouflage poncho. It even doubles up as a waterproof blanket to sit on when you have your picnic.  It is very simple to make, all I used were two identical squares of fabric, one was waterproof, the other was camouflage. I used a plate to draw a circle in the centre of the square for my head. Then with both fabrics good side to good side, I stitched the hole first, then stitched another parallel line along the hole, leaving a gap for elastic. I inserted the elastic with a safety pin. Then I went over the elastic hole with the machine. Then I folded in all the four edges of the square, this time with the fabric the right way around, and tucked the folds inwards so it can’t be seen. Then I did a nice neat top stitch on all four edges of the square. Ta Da! Do you like it? Now, if you want you can try it yourself!   My top sewing tip for this week is: you don’t have to take the pins out when you are sewing. You should use thin dressmakers pins to sew and always pin them in at a 90 degree angle, leaving the pin 1cm out of the fabric.                                 jan14 071                          jan14 070