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Party Favour Jars

Don’t you love an excuse to make up some party favours?  Well my daughter Annelies is turning 8 next week and she is having a sleepover in the chicken shed with some friends (no chickens!). It was named the chicken shed as we were doing it up for the chickens but it turned out too good so we converted it for the kids instead! Thats a blog in itself for another day!

Well here is what we made this evening before bedtime, until we ran out of jars and sweets! Might have eaten a few along the way! (The idea actually came from one of my sewing students Sharon who loves a bit of chintz!)

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I want to show you how to make a scalloped edge on your sewing machine. Hopefully your machine will have a setting which resembles mine. I know most of the new Singer, Janome, older Elna’s and Bernina machines have this function. Perhaps it is one of those stitches you never used or even realised your machine could do!


We played around with the stitch length and width and settled for 6 width and 0.6 length. After cutting out a circle on your fabric, as demonstrated by Annelies,  use the edge of the foot with the edge of your fabric as a guide and then sew all the way around. Using some sharp very pointy scizzors trim away the excess from your scalloped edge and place on top of an old jar with an elastic, then cover with a ribbon. Careful not to cut through your stitches. 

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We raided my ribbons box and used old pieces of upholstery trimming and laces from the pound shop. Using a straight stitch just attach the ribbons or lace near the edge, demonstrated by Sam. Once attached you can trim off any excess fabric from underneath if required.

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Earlier in the day I made some cherry jam for the first time (if anyone knows an easy way to remove cherry stones please let me know!), so mine went in a Kilner jar, with a lovely jar cover made by my sewing student Sharon O’Connor.

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For your inspiration I have included some other images of jam jar covers that I found on my favourite site Pinterest. Next time I am going to try embroidering them first on my embroidery machine!

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I would love to hear from you if you have any other ideas or if you give it a go yourself.

Dotty Bobbin x

TIP: if you are struggling to remove the sticky label residue on the jars, try using a cotton pad and nail polish remover – worked for me! 


Buying or upgrading your sewing machine, what to look for……

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Almost daily I am asked about what machine should someone buy for themselves, or for their children. So I am sharing the advice I give to them with you. I have seen and used loads and loads of different machines, so I am not a technical expert but I know what works for me and my students! This is aimed at people looking to upgrade or purchase a sewing machine (NOT a quilting, overlocker or embroidery machine).

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Nowadays the machines we can buy help us enormously. For those that struggle to thread a needle, we have needle threaders built into most new machines. For those who prefer not to coordinate their foot with their hands, the new machines have a function where you can unplug the foot altogether and just control your sewing with the touch of a button. These machines have thread cutters, drop in bobbins, which are much easier to use than the side loading bobbins of old AND my favourite most used function is the speed control dial! Oh my what a great invention. For those just learning to sew, you can’t run away with the machine, it is really useful. It is great for getting kids started too. These machines are also much lighter than the traditional older ones.

My most used machine is my Brother Anniversary Innovis 10, I use 4 of these machines at school to teach my primary children to sew, and I have one at home that my children use. I usually get my adult students started on this before they purchase their own. These machines are currently retailing at £239 incl. VAT. These machines have seen a lot of abuse from the children I teach in class and never once have I not been able to fix it. It is a strong, durable machine.

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My more recent favourite is a Janome CMX30, again has all these lovely useful functions on it like the Brother and has the added benefit of being sold in Costco, recently reduced to £99 plus VAT. (A month ago it was selling for £159 plus VAT). I love the metal foot that comes with this machine, for if you are using a small footstool for the children to reach with, it doesn’t keep falling off!

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Other things I look for in my machines are a decent button hole foot (the cheaper machines have feet that are all plastic and can only cope with small buttons). I like to have a few decorative stitches, especially a nice scalloped edge stitch. This is really nice when you make jam jar covers! Great gifts for parties and Christmas stocking fillers, and an easy pretty stitch for the children to master. Automatic button hole function is really helpful, even my 7 year old can stitch her own buttonhole now.

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Adjusting the length of your stitch and the width is a must, then you can nicely control your satin stitch how YOU want it for any applique, which both these machines do. Having a dial with a long stitch and a shorter stitch isn’t really enough if you want to have fun on your machine with applique. Hopefully a blind hem stitch will be on there as well, so you can master beautiful curtain hems, although you might have to buy the foot separately. Dont worry about the feet that come with the machine too much (other than the button hole one), as you can buy these quite cheaply separately. Usually as the price of the machine goes up, you will get more feet supplied with the machine, and the number of decorative stitches will go up.

In summary, things to look for in your machine:

  • Drop in bobbin
  • Speed control dial
  • Needle threader
  • Thread cutter
  • Sewing without a foot pedal (if you have kids)
  • Decorative stitches (usually a little star like flower is on there)
  • Scalloped edge stitch
  • Adjustable width
  • Adjsutable length
  • Blind hem stitch
  • Built in lamp

Good makes are Janome (purchased Elna, so now the same brand), Brother, Singer, Bernina (if you can afford one!). There are lots of others out there, but my advice is stay clear of the little machines, you will outgrow them very quickly. They appeal to the kids because of the colours and the price, but they don’t have the functions that the children need to control the machine nicely and they seem to be forever getting jammed up. Mostly because they move around a lot when you are sewing so the thread jumps out of where it is meant to be. However if that is all you have got, don’t let it put you off starting to sew!

The specialist feet that we use the most in my classes are the following:

  • Satin foot
  • Zipper foot
  • Piping foot
  • Teflon foot
  • Open toe embroidery foot
  • Walking foot

All the machines will come with a satin foot (the clear one), and a zipper foot as standard.

Some of my students love the hem guiding foot too, especially if you are making a quilt with lots of squares and your hems have to be 100% accurate, otherwise the squares won’t match up.

Regarding the feet, the manufacturers will tell you to only buy their feet for their machines, but I find that the universal ones available on ebay and Amazon are perfectly fine for all my modern machines. The exception is the walking foot, this is a much more mechanical foot and try and buy a good one from the same brand as your machine if possible.

Before you discard your old machine, please don’t, I also have a fabulous collection of older machines. I use these for things like curtain making. Due to their weight (most are made of metal not plastic), it means they don’t jump around the table when you are sewing fast, and they can cope with multiple layers and heavier fabrics really nicely. So invest in a good servicing of your old machine, and have it ready for those big projects. Another benefit of these machines is that when you think they don’t work anymore, then you can just replace the engine, it is not a big job as they are externally mounted. I have replaced 3 engines, costing me around £40 each. Now they will work for another 20 years or so!

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I do have a number of other specialist machines that I use all the time, such as an industrial overlocking machine, a specialist quilting machine and a digital embroidery machine, however another day, another blog……

Did you find this useful? I would love to hear about your favourite machine in my comments.




Creative Business Start Up Marketing – what works for me, Dotty Bobbin



Hello all, these last few weeks I have been spending time on my business marketing and am now the proud owner of some branded mugs and even my car is branded. I would like to share with you what is working and what isn’t.

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I found an A frame chalkboard in a skip (yes I am a skip raider ), painted some more blackboard paint on it, purchased some waterproof chalk pens and voila I had a chalkboard outside my house 24 hours a day.

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My husband thought I would never get any business from it, but actually I have had one drop in customer who drove by, saw the sign, pulled up the car, checked my website on her phone and then called me to purchase 6 of my lunchplates. How lovely. Then I have had at least 3 enquiries about my classes (it hasn’t been up that long), with one lady Donna, even just ringing my doorbell and introducing herself from up the road, and starting the week after. So roadside marketing does work. However it does have it’s downside, as they might catch you in your dressing gown! I will let you know if I get any interest from the car branding. The mug was just indulgent of me really, but the photo of the mug nicely sums up my classes I think!

I also had two unexpected radio mentions this week, from Heart Watford and Hemel, and Dacorum Radio, these were by one client just telling Heart on facebook what she was up to that morning (which happened to be coming to my sewing class), and the other is, by chance one of my new sewing ladies presents on Dacorum Radio on a Wednesday morning during my class, so we chose a favourite song and sent in a request from the sewing ladies!

All of this marketing is either free or very cheap (the car magnets cost £14 for two). This means I can keep the costs of my classes down, as I want them to be available to everyone.

I am the proud owner of a magnificent digital embroidery machine, so of course I have been doing my own logo on my own clothing and much to my daughter’s delight I have also made her her very own Bambino Bobbin fleece. Probably unnecessary but fun marketing and free.

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What I have found very useful is that my fabulous web designers Stuart and Deborah from SVS Web Design put statistical analysis on the back end of my website for me, so I can see what works and what doesn’t. Suddenly all the marketing analysis that I absolutely despised doing when I worked in the corporate world, is actually fun and would you believe it USEFUL! I can see what the impact of a mention on the radio has to my website hits for example, I can see how many people read the blogs and which pages they visit on my website. I can even see what countries they are from and what search tools they are using (more useful to the web designer this one!).

I have also given some business cards to the local haberdashery store Needlecraft, and have a regular client and her daughter who came from their referral.

By far the most useful marketing tool has been a business facebook account and word of mouth. By publishing lots of pictures of what my fabulous students have been up to, has inspired many others to start sewing classes with me.

I must not forget my website of course. It has proved invaluable, not just in generating business on its own but also by showing potential clients that are interested that I am a viable business, and by giving me a platform to launch new products, new courses, testimonials and so forth. Having a bespoke website built means I am in control of it as well, and I can make changes and tweak the site as I grow, instead of having to fit my business into a standard model built by someone else.

I am compiling a little advert for the local primary school fair brochure, cost £12, mostly to support the school and hopefully it will generate some interest (although most people at the school know what I do already as I run the sewing club there!). I will let you know if it works!

Twitter……three months ago it was alien to me, now I already have 145 followers and growing every day. The best way I can describe it to those who don’t use it for their business is like business networking meetings but online, in your own time. People support other people, show interest in other businesses and they will show interest in yours, and you discover a massive GLOBAL community of people doing what you love to do, you can ask advice, share ideas, showcase what you have done, the list is endless. There are loads and loads of twitter groups where you can showcase your services or products and have a look at everyone else’s. I use two groups mostly , #indiehour on a Tuesday evening and #handmadehour on a Wednesday evening (where I try to do a live twitter feed during my evening class). The downside is that some of the things others are making are too irresistible and I end up spending money!

Pinterest, an endless source of ideas for my sewing classes mostly but increasingly a marketing tool as well. I can post our creations there and I now have a business account (free), allowing me to put ‘pin it’ markers all over my website so other people can share my web content on Pinterest. I also use Pinterest as a support tool for my students at home, where I post things that might interest them, things they can make at home without my help and help them with ideas and inspirations of things to make.

My next task is to complete my outlook contacts page, so I can easily email people. I am trying to keep a list of details of people who have enquired or expressed an interest but not actually booked.

If you have any thing else that worked for your creative business start up please share with us in your comments. Thank you 

Saskia x



Quilting, Open Toe Embroidery Foot and Easter Wreaths!

Easter week is upon us already and I haven’t even made my Easter runner yet. Four days left, better get cracking (sorry couldn’t resist that one!). The holidays are always an opportunity to get some sewing and crafting done with my own children, and ensures that I test run everything that I try with my students! So this is what we have been up to. Quilting, open toe embroidery/free sewing, discovering heat resistant wadding plus a little bit of Easter crafting too. I found a lovely fabric in IKEA which is only £5 per metre and is full of leaves. I thought it was nice and spring like and the large shapes make it ideal to practice sewing with an open toe foot on your machine.

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Typically this foot creates fear in some. It involves removing the shank on your machine to fit it and dropping the feed dog, but once you get it right it is good fun, even for kids. You can pick them up fairly cheaply on Amazon. So tips I have learnt along the way with some help from my Twitter friends…when sewing freely on fabric without wadding, your fabric must be stiff or stiffened with interfacing, otherwise it will look a mess. I tried using an embroidery hoop but it wouldn’t fit under the foot. Then ensure that your feed dog is down. Most machines have a knob at the back of the machine, sometimes you have to remove the arm of the machine to see it. This will drop the feed dog. Older machines or cheaper modern models will have a plastic or metal plate that you can clip on top of the feed dog instead.Thread as normal, leave tension as normal and away you go! If you have to change thread I found it affected the tension, so I had to lift the feed dog back up and drop it again to get it back to a nice tension.

Here is what we have made, we lined with heat resistant wadding and backed with curtain lining. Then used the veins in the leaves as our guides.  I did the middle one, the others were done by my children. 

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Another IKEA fabric seen here I used just to practice on but I bet that would make a nice quilting project too! 

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My grown up students have been quilting too! Here are some of Vicky’s creations and Nicky’s. Fabulous aren’t they? They tried out the walking foot for these creations.

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Lastly had to mention these as they are such a success, for less than £1 on Amazon you can buy wire florist’s wreaths. Cut all your scraps, or tear them to save time into 1 inch wide strips about 5 or 6 inches long. The tie with a single knot all around the wreath on both wires. It takes a lot of knots and about 1 1/2 hour of time, then fluff up and trim with scissors. These are the first ones my children made last week. They are beautiful and make a lovely Easter centre piece or on the door. I will be making some more as gifts and for Halloween and Christmas too!

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Have a wonderful Easter xxx

Dotty Bobbin and her Bambinos!

Things have been a bit chaotic these last few weeks, my sewing classes have taken off, especially my evening and weekend classes. This week I will focus my blog on some of the children I teach. So up first in the photos is Niamh and Jodie. This was their second ever sewing lesson and from an old IKEA pillow case they have made these lovely pinny aprons. Lovely don’t you think? We cheated with the gathering as it was their second lesson and gathered them using tensioned elastic and a wide zig zag stitch then placed the band over the top.

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Laney made a wonderful full fronted apron but unfortunately I forgot to capture that one on camera! (sorry Laney!). Anne Marie, who is more used to sewing tiny clothes, sleeping bags and accessories for Simon the bear (who is about 20cm tall!)  made an apron for her Granny, we used a butchers apron as a pattern and she has lined it in a nice waffle fabric. She was going to finish off the straps at home. The waffle lining fabric gave it a lovely weight.

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Lucy made a gorgeous apron in her second sewing class, which she is modelling below. And Olivia made her first box bottom oil cloth bag with zip all by herself!

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We have had great fun creating things with the children and it is lovely to show them a new skill that will stay with them forever I hope.

I would like to finish off by sharing with you that during my last Wednesday evening class, I did a live twitter feed with #handmadehour whilst I was teaching, updating them with what we were doing, and guess who replied……………the one and only Lynda from the Sewing Bee. I was so excited.

I hope you all make some wonderful creations over the next couple of weeks and I hope you share them with me! In the meantime I have been making a pop up gazebo cover. I have even stolen my living room curtains to use as fabric! Good excuse for another trip to IKEA I think! I will let you know when it is finished, it is a big project with about 25m plus of fabric, but I hope to use it for childrens sewing parties.

Dotty Bobbin x


Upcycling skirt from old jeans

Hello and after a mad few weeks I am back. Things have really taken off with the business and my idea of growing the business slowly have kind of taken a back seat! Hey at least I love my job! I wanted to do a separate blog to show you how easy it is to make a skirt from a pair of jeans. This skirt was for my daughter and we made it together as you can see. She didn’t like the big flares on the bottom of the jeans so we decided to cut them off! I hope you like the result.

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So firstly we cut off the legs of the jeans quite high up so it ended up looking like a mini skirt. Then we cut a large rectangle of fabric. We basically used the width of the fabric that we had, and to give a nice finish I overlocked both edges (which is why Annelies didn’t make it all by herself as the overlocker is too dangerous with the blade).

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Then we sewed two parallel lines of stiches as shown, making sure we used our longest straight stitch and didn’t do any reverse stitching at the beginning and the end so that we could pull the thread to gather our stitches. Again Annelies needed help with the gathering as it was quite a large rectangle (now a hoop), and I was afraid she would snap the gathering threads. Once the gathering was exactly the same width as the bottom of our denim section we pinned it in place.

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We then sewed a straight line down the middle of our two rows of parallel stitches. This holds the gathering in place and secures the fabric to the denim. After it was attached, we removed our pins, and unpicked our long gathering stitches and this is the result. I hope you like it as much as we do!

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1st March 2014

Rosie, one of my loyal Wednesday morning students is creating a beautiful quilted blanket for her mother. She is blessed with two sets of twins and here are the beginnings of four of her squares to go on her quilt, each taken from the actual hand print of one of her children.

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Once she has finished the quilt I will show you the results. Meanwhile Sharon from the same class has been also creating a quilt which requires 260 squares. Every third square she is making an applique creation, from butterflies and hearts and pieces of fabric from special items from when her twins were younger. Her quilt will be covering two lovely retro sleeping bags! Yes Sharon and Rosie did meet through their twins!

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On the theme of applique we have been learning in the childrens class as well as my adult classes some of the different methods of applique. Here is a picture of Libby, having appliqued this fabulous stiff sparkly fabric onto her sisters denim shorts. It only took her about 5 minutes each and they look amazing!

In the last 3 weeks my new Wednesday evening class has grown from 1 person to 5 people. We have fun sewing from 8-10 in the evening once the kiddies are in bed (not always sleeping!), the fire is usually on and we have lots of tea and coffee and good company learning to sew. So far we have been learning the basics of our machines, zipper insertion, making oilcloth box bottom bags, gathering and two applique stitches. Over the next few weeks some of them will be making dressing gowns like this one I made for Annelies (with matching ones for the bear of course), and messenger bags.

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Dont forget to read Bambino Bobbins blog, where Annelies has posted a blog on how to make a beautiful peg bag from babies clothes in 10 minutes.

Thanks for reading x




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. 

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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

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.

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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!

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“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

26th November 2013

Baby-xmas-treeWell, exciting times, Christmas is around the corner, we are busy making all sorts of things for the Christmas school fair to sell, from stockings, lunch bags, Christmas trees and fairies. I am busy embroidering handmade stockings for gifts for all my doggy friends in nice doggy fabric of course! I have almost finished a Victorian spoonback chair that I have been upholstering  for the past 4 years!  I have chosen some fabric that I was given from one of my students, a lovely tartan. I have then machine embroidered  heart with red roses on the fabric on the seat and little red embroidered roses on the upholstered buttons. It has turned out nichairce and I hope once I have polished the wood up a little that it will be ready to sell on the web site. Derek has lovingly put on some top notch solid brass castors to bring it back to its glory. It has been a labour of love as when we got it, it was riddled with woodworm and we have treated every hole with an injection of treatment and we have braced the back to give additional support. All this to revive an old antique! But now it will have another 50 years life in it and will hopefully adorn someone’s living room or bedroom with pride.

Christmas-StockingThis weekend I have a 2 hour session running on Saturday where we will be making Christmas stockings. I have two mums and their daughters coming together, and a request for Annelies to be present to help as well! She is a great help, and is already a great teacher at age 7! I can’t wait to see what her house looks like when she leaves home! She will be making everything in it I am sure.

I look forward to my drop in class on Wednesday to see if Jackie has managed to copy the original Italian quilting cushion transfers that Aileen brought in from the 1940s or 50s. Everyone brings in treasures, it is a real treat. Perhaps one day soon I will have a go at making one of these cushions.

Dotty Bobbin