Vote for me!

I’m really pleased and honoured to have been nominated for the dotcomgiftshop Blog Awards 2017.

Dot com gift shop awards nomination

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!


A new bag pattern


Step by Step tote

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:

finished bag

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!


Some Artist Trading Card Resources

Textile Artist Trading Card with using selvages or selvedges
My June 2016 Artist Trading Card under construction!

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?

ATC Top Tips

Tips from Bekki on sizing and design.

Labelling at Artist Trading Card

Mini-tutorial by me on using Transfer Artist Paper to label the back of your card.


ATCs and the creative process

Some fab thoughts from Catherine on bringing your ideas together.

ATC construction ideas

Some practical ideas for creating the shape of your ATC from Carley.

Finding your ATC inspiration

A great post about bringing your ideas together by Susan, including a pic of Ryan Gosling to distract you..

Making your own printed fabric for your ATC

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.).

Another way to construct your ATC

Mini-tutorial by me showing another way of putting an ATC together, layer by layer.

When your ATC goes missing

Staying philosophical if the worst happens… a post about the post by me.


And finally – do keep in touch with me during the swap, and feel free to come to me with any questions you might have. Thanks so much for swapping along!