I’m really pleased and honoured to have been nominated for the dotcomgiftshop Blog Awards 2017.
I would be absolutely delighted if you would like to vote for me – and the happy news for you is that all voters enter a prize draw to win £100 worth of their chosen dotcomgiftshop gifts, so please spread the word and get your friends, family and followers voting!
Thanks as ever to all my lovely readers for their support and friendship – I always hope, when I get nominated for something like this, that one of you out there gets their name drawn out of the hat for the prize!
I’m happy to let you know that I have a new simple tote bag pattern available on Etsy. I call it the First Steps Tote Bag because the pattern is very straightforward, and would make an ideal project for someone who is getting back into sewing, or who hasn’t sewn for a long time. There’s lots of straight lines to sew, and nice big half inch seams to play with. The pattern is very detailed, and thoroughly tested by stitchers at my sewing classes and by pattern testers too (very big thanks to them!).
Here’s another version I made:
The little trim is a very achievable challenge which makes this simple tote shape a little bit out of the ordinary. As usual with my patterns, there are loads of pictures and the instructions are as detailed as I can possibly make them. Great for beginners of course, but if you are an experienced stitcher after a very quick-to-sew and reliable bag pattern, then I hope this will tempt you!
As I know people always have concerns about putting together their Artist Trading Cards, I thought I’d pull together some links to some of the posts that I’ve written and that guest swappers have written over the years. Other sources of inspiration are the Very Berry ATC Swap Flickr Group (please do load your pics there if you are a Flickr user), and did you see my film on YouTube?
Mini-tutorial by me about how to print our own unique piece of fabric for your ATC – you can print the back too. I think this is my favourite way to present the info on the back of the ATC. Remember, you need to include the title (in this case you could use the theme, ‘Small Things’, your name, the date, and means of contact – email, IG name, etc.).