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Results from testing the new Dean pattern.

By Julia Claridge | October 4, 2019
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The latest pattern to join the Bobbins and Buttons pattern range is the Dean sweatshirt. A mens sweatshirt pattern. This completes the trio of simple raglan sleeve sweatshirts catering for the whole family. Also this is the first pattern for guys. As always I wanted to have some outside opinions before going ahead with launching…

Summer days and wrap around trousers.

By Julia Claridge | September 29, 2019
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The last few days have been so soggy that I feel I have to admit that summer has sadly come to an end. I’m not really complaining I do love autumn and I had a really great summer. I celebrated a big birthday in August which now means I can officially use a certain age…

The first MENS pattern – meet Dean!

By Julia Claridge | September 20, 2019
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Here it is the first pattern in the Bobbins and Buttons pattern collection for the guys, the Dean pattern. This completes the trio of raglan sleeve sweatshirts and establishes the pattern range as a true family affair. The Bobbins and Buttons pattern range now caters for ladies, kids and men with hopefully enough sizes among the…

Crafty kids party – decorating a Theodor top.

By Julia Claridge | July 12, 2019
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I am a real sucker for kids birthday parties. Over the years I’ve managed to come up with all sorts of props, decorations, food and games for what ever theme my kids have wanted from super heroes to unicorns. I love the whole thing, planning, creating and partying. Its such a special time with these…

How to make a custom car seat organiser.

By Julia Claridge | July 5, 2019
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Making one of these has been on my ‘to do’ list for a long time in the vain hope that I can get my kids to keep the back seat of the car tidy!!!! Ready made car seat organisers are quite easy to find and are relatively cheap. However they are nearly always black which…

Decorative upside down stitching tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | June 28, 2019
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Decorative upside down stitching on the Mary dress pocket. This is a fun technique to try. In this tutorial I am showing this upside down stitching technique on the pocket of the Mary dress. I have included the pattern for this design if you wanted to use the same design on a Mary dress or…

Special occasion dress hack for the Dorothy pattern.

By Julia Claridge | June 12, 2019
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This is a tutorial to show how to add a circular skirt to the Dorothy pattern. Adding a circular skirt gives this simple style that extra swish and twirl power, making it perfect for a special occasion dress. It could easily be transformed to pretty bridesmaid dresses, a party dress or a dress for any…

Testing the Theodor pattern

By Julia Claridge | June 7, 2019
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I know the blog has been seriously neglected for such a long time. I feel like I’ve been in a time warp. Five minutes ago it was the new year and we were preparing to move house and now its nearly the summer holidays!! My usual flow of work and developments for the business has…

Introducing a new ladies sewing pattern….Meet Angie!

By Julia Claridge | April 16, 2019
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Introducing a new ladies sewing pattern. The Angie pattern is the latest addition to the Bobbins & Buttons pattern range and another wardrobe stable. A classic semi-fitted t-shirt with a choice of sleeve lengths and two neckline options. The Angie sewing pattern is designed to be made in jersey fabric with at least a 50%…

Competition – Win £100 bundle of dressmaking fabric.

By Julia Claridge | February 26, 2019
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Its only a matter of weeks before Bobbins and Buttons is heading to Birmingham to exhibit at the Sewing for Pleasure show at the NEC. Hopefully we will spread our corner of sewing love a little bit further. To celebrate our first big show we are running a competition to win a bundle of dressmaking…

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