hot water bottle tutorial

hot water bottle tutorialWhat you will need:

1 patterned fat quarter
1 fat quarter of insulation
1 fat quarter for lining and 2 strips of coordinating fabric (for binding)

First make up your pattern, one whole bottle water bottle tutorial 1

One front bottom (base to B) and one front top (top to A). Download the pdf of the pattern top and pattern water bottle tutorial 2Cutting out:
Place the pattern on your main fabric, pin and cut out, 1 whole cover, 1 x top to A and 1 x bottom to B. I like to do this fabric facing up. Repeat this for the insulation and lining water bottle tutorial 3Sandwich layers together, lining face down, insulating layer and main fabric face up – you can then quilt the pieces or embellish as you wish. Pin the binding along the straight raw edges of both front pattern AA and water bottle tutorial 4Stitch using ¼ inch seam, press the seams open, I hand slip stitch the reverse water bottle tutorial 5To assemble the cover, place the back right side up, front top right side down and then front bottom right side down. Pin around the out side edge and stitch a 1 cm seam all water bottle tutorial 6To finish snip seam allowance with pinking shears or zigzag. Then turn right side out and place your empty hot water bottle inside. Adding the insulation makes a real difference to the length of time the bottle stays hot; it should still be warm when you have to get up on a frosty morning.

this was first published on the village haberdashery website ©Ruth Poppyinstitches formally two hippos.


meet Myrtle

IMG_4387She’s finished!  I follower the Colette sew a long and it was all very straight forward, nothing tricky at all.  Well except my sewing machine just could not sew jersey, its a Brother Innovis QC-1000 and has lots of stretch stitches but kept swallowing the fabric. Tried tissue papper to no avail. Luckily my overlocker took over and most of this is sewn on it.  Just twin needle stitching finishing in the end on the bro.  The jersey is lovely and I found it at Fabrics Galore.

IMG_4345I read a tip that using a spool as well as the reel of thread helped when twin stitching and I used super stretch needles that may well have not been correct.

IMG_4347Any advice for next time?  This is my very first jersey garment EVER and I’ve been sewing since I was a child!



Bake off | Etsy style

Bake Off – etsy style

Come along inside and we’ll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place.  The Wind in the Willows

Personalized rolling pin - Made by...pattern

dark indigo denim aprons with cross back ties for men or women available in two different fits

Mad hatter, Alice in Wonderland cookie cutter, 3D printed

ONE Porcelain baking label, hemp string, kitchen tags, 10 choices

Large vintage french Le Parfait / Le Pratique storage jars

Batter mixing pouring bowl hand thrown with a whisk ceramic pottery

Personalised 'Made By' Baking Stencil

Oven Mitt Chatsworth extra long aga rayburn

8 Madeleine Molds Vintage French Baking Tins British Bake Off Home Decor Styling Prop Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen

Mason Cash Mixing Bowl Vintage Cookware Kitchenalia Nostalgic Item Gresley Ceramic England!

Vintage French chocolate mold, professional chocolate mold, French chocolatier, French baking tray, baking pan, mini cake mold, patisserie

Painted Wooden Spoons - Set of Three - White, Light Blue & Blue Polka Dot - Kitchen Cooking Utensils

Hand egg whisk cream cake vintage beater whipping kitchenalia skyline

Vintage Tin Muffin Trays or Molds

Disposable Loaf Tin or Pan - 10 in pack

5 vintage tart tins with fluted edges


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a week in stitching and travels

I read this week “mystery is most valuable in design, never show all there is at once”.

hexy logcabin block

And I guess that’s what we often do.  Sharing snippets of works in progress – unless with me its dressmaking, I like to get that done, finished and worn!  This year without realising I have been slowly stitching a new wardrobe and not buying, all spurred on by wonderful new pattern.  Anyway I digress, to follow the wise words I read, I am only showing a couple of snippits today of what I hope will be  a larger sugary bright hexy log cabin in space deckchair.  The center hexagon below is 1 inch and above 1. 5inches – before stitching that is.

hexy log cabbin 2

new dressmaking patterns – what will you be making?

Butterick 6105The new Autumnal patterns are starting to arrive on line and I have a small wish list of patterns I’d love to sew.  My favorite patterns come form Vogue, Butterick, Colette PatternsBy Hand London and Gather (the Mortmain is a fabulous dress and a firm favorite) can’t wait to see their next pattern.  Bluegingerdoll patterns look great and after meeting a lady who was wearing the Mae blouse and raved about the patterns I took the plunge and bought the Winifred.

Vogue 1406

The first pattern to catch my eye over on Vogue’s website was the Vogue 1406, looks like a brilliant autumn/winter dress.

V9021Vogue 9021 very easy Vogue would be fabulous in a wool flannel, although the low armholes would require a fabulous bra!

white russian | capital chic patterns

White Russian really caught my eye, perfect for chillier days!

1950's-roseAnother pattern company I’d love to try, again inspired fro someone I met at work are Sew La Di Da patterns and the 1950’s Rose dress looks to me like the perfect party dress.

Butterick 6105Jacket/coat pattern Butterick 6105 looks perfect for this autunm/winter, designed by the lovely Gertie.  She also has a new dress pattern Butterick 6084, the back button down neck detail is great.

Butterick 6094

Mortmain dress | Hemingway green

mortmain dressToday I finished my 4th Mortmain dress in a really bright green Hemingway print from Fabrics Galore.  The dress is super easy to make, fits well and I love wearing them – a staple dress at work.

mortmain dress zip                             mortmain dress1

As you can see I used an invisible zip and always leave my tacking in if it can not be seen.  Gives a different look to the exposed metal zip that it is designed to have, truth be told I couldn’t find one!  I finished the hem with blind hemming as I prefer not to see the stitching, so quick and easy on my sewing machine.

mortmain dress4Really please with how it tuned out and is ready to worn this weekend at a family tea party.  Now just a hem and I will be finished with a denim skirt for the monster.   Now back to stitching.