Free bell sleeve top pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Subscribers free pattern – Bell sleeve – How to make:

By Julia Claridge | November 27, 2020
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This months free subscribers pattern is a bell sleeve top pattern. I’ve made this version in a lightweight silver stretch velvet for a more dressy feel. We might be limited to what we can do and where we can go this party season. It doesn’t have to stop us getting dressed up! Having said that…

George hoody sewing pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Project run and play colloboration – Write your own story!

By Julia Claridge | November 23, 2020
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I’m so excited to finally share what I’ve been working on for the last few months. Let me tell you the story…. Back in July I was contacted by Audrey who runs Project run and play to see if I was interested in being part of a design collaboration. The plan…. to design a pattern…

Check ponte-roma sweatshirt hack Bobbins and Buttons blog

Lynn hack 8 – Check Ponte-roma jersey staggered hem sweatshirt.

By Julia Claridge | November 14, 2020
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This month’s Lynn sweatshirt hack is a staggered hem version made in check Ponte-roma jersey. This is another really quick and simple hack to the Lynn sweatshirt pattern. I feel like this adaptation made in check Ponte-roma jersey turns the casual sweatshirt style into a useful everyday top. To create this top the only alteration…

Bobbins and buttons dungaree dress patterns Emily and Mary.

Dungaree dress twinning! Emily and Mary sewing patterns.

By Julia Claridge | November 7, 2020
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This was always going to be on the cards after the release of the Emily dungaree dress sewing pattern! Mummy and daughter twinning!! I made the Emily and Mary dungaree dress patterns from my range of patterns in a fine stretch terracotta needle cord. The fabric is really easy to work with and very comfortable…

Anna's french terry handmade sweatshirt on Bobbins and Buttons blog

Anna’s French terry sweatshirt hack

By Julia Claridge | October 31, 2020
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My goal when it comes to making clothes is always to make something wearable. For me, that’s pieces like joggers, trousers, t-shirts and jumpers. Wearable doesn’t have to mean boring though, and I am a big fan of making basic garments with a twist. This french terry jumper is the perfect combination of something wearable,…

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

Newsletter subscribers free pattern – 3/4 sleeve – how to make.

By Julia Claridge | October 24, 2020
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The next addition to the free pattern that is available to newsletter subscribers is a sleeve!! A 3/4 sleeve takes the simple sleeveless boxy top to a more seasonally apt top. As always the pattern is free to download if you are a newsletter subscriber. The newsletter has full instructions how to download the pattern.…

Scrap-busting Lynn from Bobbins and Buttons

Lynn hack 7 – Scrap-busting version

By Julia Claridge | October 17, 2020
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This month’s Lynn hack is a simple version great for scrap-busting! I quite often get large pieces left over from making a jersey top. Enough to at least make a front, back or sleeve of another top. I love the colour-blocking trend, so combining scraps to make a Lynn sweatshirt is a great way to…

Bobbins and buttons Lee t-shirt pattern

The testers Lee t-shirt makes.

By Julia Claridge | October 9, 2020
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A few weeks ago I launched the latest Bobbins and Buttons pattern. The Lee t-shirt is a unisex kids t-shirt with three sleeve lengths for kids aged 12 months to 12 years. As always a lovely team of testers made the pattern before completion to check all the details and give me a chance to…

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Anna’s French terry joggers.

By Julia Claridge | October 2, 2020
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I am very pleased to introduce the first blog post from a new member of the blogger network…Anna, you can find Anna at Lets get sewing. I’m so excited to talk about my latest make, it was one of those sewing projects where everything came together perfectly and I’m so happy with the finished result!…

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Lynn hack 6 – Experimenting with dye!

By Julia Claridge | September 26, 2020
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This is the my latest Lynn hack. Which ended up wearable but did go quite badly wrong!! I’ve been wanting to experiment with dye for a long time. I’ve dabbled in the past and my days as a student were full of endless tie-dyed charity shop buys. Now I feel inspired by Shibori techniques. Before…