twas the night before Christmas – a treasury

’twas the night before Christmas’ by floraandpoppy

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the houseNot a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

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Personalised Christmas Stock…


Dark magenta (dark pink) chu…


Personalized Pointy Toed Chr…


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Christmas stocking,wet Felte…


Knit Christmas Stockings – R…


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White Christmas Stocking, Wh…


Four Custom Christmas Stocki…


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Personalised Linen Christmas…


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Knitted Christmas Stocking


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Advent calenders – sewing for Christmas

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With Advent not so far ahead, thoughts have turned to Advent calenders.  Molly Flanders has made a wonderful linen and Liberty tana lawn advent calender with a fantastic tutorial.

advent calender diyAt work yesterday I made a Makower panel, it’s great if you have a couple of hours free – although pre printed panels are not my favorite things to sew – sort of painting by numbers.  So with a few weeks to go I thought I’d share some fabulous Advent calenders to make:

advent envelopesadvent envelopes from Jenny Allsorts

advent bunting

Advent bunting


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Quick advent


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Advent cushion


super quick

advent brown paper parcelsfor last minuet makes, this is great!

Christmas Stockings | London Modern Quilt Guild

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This year LMQG have been asked to make Christmas stockings for St Thomas’s Hospital.  I have one cut out and nearly ready, another eep hexagon version in progress.  So I thought I’d post some inspiration for Christmas stocking, just in case you feel inspired to make one for a local charity or home, all are free patterns and tutorials.  The stocking below is from Denyse Schmidt and is a free down load pattern.

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Do you have a favorite pattern or tutorial, if so please leave a link in the comments – have a great weekend!

sports luxe bomber jacket – The Makers Atelier

IMG_5101I made the monster a sports luxe bomber jacket over the weekend and we are both delighted – only the poppers to be snapped on!  The fabric is boiled wool from Fabrics Galore and will be really warm, perfect for a student running around town.  The cuff fabric is a cotton rib jersey again from FG, so much easier to sew with than I had anticipated.

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Things I learnt, using a walking foot really helped.  The boiled wool is pure wool and a little buckly, I used a stretch stitch on my machine with a jersey needle, then over locked all the seams to neaten everything.  Also used a twin needle to stitch the front placket in place, for this I used a bobbin instead of having a second spool of thread.  My overlocking thread came from Wimsew, a brilliant haberdashers and well worth a visit – their overlocking thread is great value.

IMG_5071I also finished my first block in the Bee Europa 2014 – 15, and my bee queen has now received it – I loved the process and can not wait to see the finished quilt!  The pattern is called Big Star and we followed a tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company – it is big too coming out at 25 inch square.

Sewing for Christmas

sewing for christmas 2014There has been progress on my list, at work I have been embroidering some silk with a great Urban Thread pattern.  If you don’t have access to an embroidery machine Urban Threads also produce the patterns for hand stitching, they have a new free pattern every few weeks too.  These are filled with lavender, perfect to help anyone relax and drift off to sleep.


I have also received my first swap challenge fabric and will be working on that this weekend ready to send off as soon as I can.   What will you be stitching this weekend?

Lottie Blouse | Simple Sews

lottie Blouse | Simple SewsI found a few hours to sew a blouse for work, used a free pattern from Love Sewing. I have made this once before in the summer and decided to make some changes, the tie a lot wider, sleeves longer and cut a lower curved from and back hem.

IMG_5021I’ve used a white oxford shirting this time and the tie works better now its fuller.  The sleeves were elbow length, loose and I wanted a wrist length – slightly puffed sleeve.

IMG_5024I used elastic in the cuff, although if I make this again will add a tiny cuff.  Delighted with the finish and its perfect for work, just needs a good pressing with starch.  Next make is The Sport-Luxe Bomber Jacket from the Makers Atelier for the monster in a lovely warm boiled wool.  We met Frances at the Selvedge Fair last Friday and her patterns and designs are fabulous – a small capsule collection that is very easy to wear and make hopefully!  More on that this weekend.

Treasury Tuesday Christmas sewing for men 2014

sewing for christmas 2014Here’s my Treasury Tuesday | Makes for men

‘gifts to make for men’ by floraandpoppy

what to make for the men in your life

5007 Butterick Men’s fit…


Mens Newsboy/Sportcap Hat Pa…


Simplicity 1512 Apron Sewing…


50s Vintage Mens Pajamas Pat…


golf club covers two designs…


Cookie Monster Inspired Golf…


Japanese Craft Book for Mens…


Men’s Double Breasted PE…


Bags in Different Sizes Simp…


Men’s Coat by Ryuichiro …


Swoon Pattern: Spencer Lapto…


Instant Download PDF Vintage…


Bag Sewing Pattern. PDF Sewi…


Vintage 40s Apron Pattern to…


Sewing Pattern for Wallet Ca…


Vintage 1970 Butterick 6013 …


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Quilt Lab by Alexandra Winston

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Quilt Lab is unlike any quilting book I have read. Alexandra Winston has written a brilliant book based on maths and made it fun!  Never has the words Geometry made me turn a pages, because I get quilting Geometry!

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Flying Geese, Court house steps, drunkard’s path and circles all mathematical in their own way but so not scary.  The 12 projects range from a book cover, large cushion to full size quilts, each with full size templates  – so important as the desire to make can come at any time and not just when there is a photocopier in sight.

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Each quilted project has a little written about what inspired Alexandra to make the item and the projects range from straight forward to more tricky – so a great book not just for beginners.

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The circles are made with an interesting method, not quite portholes – brilliantly explained and each step has good photographic reference.

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I really like this book, full of interesting designs and really well explained – a must for this years Christmas list if you can wait that long.  The Molecular would defiantly be my first make, think it’s the hexagons calling!  Below is a you tube flick though of the book.

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