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The nearly PR&P entry – Fun, function & forever.

By Julia Claridge | December 6, 2019
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It has been so exciting taking part in season 22 Project run and play competition. This week was the final, sadly I didn’t make it through to officially publish my entry for the competition. Quite early on in the planning for this competition I knew I needed to be well on the way if not…

Project run and play – Vacation exploration

By Julia Claridge | November 26, 2019
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I’m very excited to be here in week 2 of Project run and play season 22. This week the theme is holiday fashion. We are heading fast towards the Christmas holidays so it seemed appropriate to design clothing for these upcoming holidays. I’m a big believer in nurturing my children’s interests, its exciting as a…

Project Run and Play- entry 1 – Destination back yard!

By Julia Claridge | November 19, 2019
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Here is my first entry for Project run and Play season 22. The theme for this weeks entry is location, ‘to showcase what makes the location the BEST!’ I was actually away on a mini family break when the email arrived with the details of the first theme. We were staying in a log cabin…

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Project Run and Play – season 22 is about to start.

By Julia Claridge | November 13, 2019
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I was very excited to receive an email inviting me to participate as a contestant in Project run and Play. Of course I jumped at the opportunity, I really love a design challenge and also love making kids clothing too.  If you haven’t heard of Project run and play it is an online Sewing Bee…

Simple sporty hack for the Dean sweatshirt pattern.

By Julia Claridge | November 1, 2019
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A few weeks ago I launched the first pattern for men. Like its counterparts Lynn and Theodor, Dean is a classic sweatshirt shape, this one cut to fit men. One of the criteria I look for when deciding whether to publish a pattern is its versatility. I like to think about the option of making…

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…

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