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Customer Makes – The Catriona Tote Pattern

I was delighted to receive some pictures recently from one of my customers who has used the Catriona Tote sewing pattern to make these gorgeous versions of the bag. Thanks … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

My New Book! Style and Swing – 12 Structured Handbags for Beginners and Beyond

I’m so excited to announce that my new book, Style and Swing, is available to pre-order on Amazon! As some of you will know, this has been a long awaited … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · 15 Comments

New Sewing Projects in issue 6 of Love Sewing magazine

The new issue 6 of Love Sewing magazine is out now! I am delighted to have contributed the Autumn Woods Shoulder Bag and the Halloween Party Set. I’m so excited … Continue reading

October 10, 2014 · 6 Comments

Blog Hippity Hop!

I was delighted to be nominated by the lovely Michelle from Sewnhenge for the Blog Hop that’s doing the rounds just now. Every Monday, people from creative blogs have been … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 9 Comments

Fly Away: The New Fabric Collection from Dashwood Studio

Look what’s just arrived from Dashwood Studio! A lovely fat quarter bundle of the new Fly Away fabric collection by Phyllida Coronéo, available from retailers in September. Phyllida’s second collection … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 3 Comments

Bag-making Tutorial: How to Topstitch a Bag Opening

I always topstitch around the top, opening edges of any bag I make and I instruct this in my sewing patterns as it makes such a difference to the finish. … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

New Projects in Love Sewing Magazine Issue 5

The latest issue of Love Sewing magazine will be on sale later this week and I’m excited to show you the two new projects that I’ve contributed for this issue. … Continue reading

September 9, 2014 · 3 Comments

Beginner’s guide to threading a machine – needle thread and drop-in bobbin thread

I’ve been asked to do a tutorial on how to thread up a sewing machine and so I’ve done this based on my Frister & Rossmann QE404. Most machines will … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · 7 Comments

New Sewing Book Update

So exciting, received a very important parcel last week! The page proofs for my new upcoming book with Martingale & Co. publishers! This is the first time I’ve seen any … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · 9 Comments

Complete Range of Bag-making Supplies Now in Stock!

I’m delighted to let you know that I’ve now got a complete range of bag-making supplies in stock at To complement my range of printed patterns and downloadable patterns, … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

New Dressmaking Project with White Tree Fabrics

I’m delighted to have joined the ‘Blog Team’ for WhiteTree Fabrics. I’m so proud to be a part of this new team of bloggers/sewists, who have the privilege of trying … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · 5 Comments

New Sewing Magazines, New Projects on The Way!

Many of you will know that I’ve been writing for Sewing World magazine for a few years now. Whilst I’ll be continuing writing new technique features and bag making projects … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · 5 Comments

New Sewing Patterns, Fabrics and Bag-making Supplies!

Hi all, just back from holiday, refreshed and ready for ‘work’ again. I’ve been busy revamping my website at and delighted to announce the arrival of some fab new … Continue reading

August 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

August issue of Sewing World Magazine

The new issue of Sewing World magazine is out in the shops now! Another fab issue, full of lovely projects, features and a special Patchwork & Quilting supplement. The projects … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

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