World book day costumes!

By Julia Claridge | March 9, 2017
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After last years World Book Day disaster when I was ready with a costume but then the school didn’t do the dressing up thing I got myself a bit more organised this year….starting with checking the school calendar to see if it was happening!! ..and it was. This year I had not one but two…


Sewing just a skill?

By Julia Claridge | February 23, 2017
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I was recently asked to write a short bio about me and Bobbins and Buttons. I know by now I should have an elevator pitch at the ready that can easily be expanded for a short bio. However I found it quite difficult to convey what I wanted to say. I wanted to express not…

kids sweatshirt and slim fit joggers

Handmade kids sweatshirt and slim fit joggers

By Julia Claridge | January 18, 2017
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I am super excited (and a bit nervous) about the launch of my first sewing pattern which is only weeks away…hopefully! Depending on what my lovely group of pattern testers have to say. But obviously I can’t launch one pattern and leave it at that, so I’ve worked out a bit of a plan of…

no pattern top

Easy lace panel no pattern top tutorial

By Julia Claridge | December 28, 2016
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It is the season for socialising! Much as I love working on something elaborate, the reality of the Christmas season is life is super hectic, trying to squeeze in shopping, school plays as well as extra socialising. As I am keen to stick to making all my clothes, anything new has to be super easy…

Fabric box

Fabric box bottom gift-bag tutorial

By Julia Claridge | December 19, 2016
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This is a simple little project that ticks lots of boxes and has lots of possibilities. I think a fabric gift bag adds an element of individuality and luxury to a simple gift or an extra special flourish to a special gift. It is also a great way to use some of that stash of lovely…

velvet bomber jacket

Plush velvet bomber jacket project for Sew Now magazine

By Julia Claridge | December 6, 2016
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Its very exciting to discover a new sewing magazine has recently launched. Sew Now mixes sewing projects with the latest high street trends, which seems like a great idea to me. Shopping and sewing all in one magazine! I mean.. what could be better? Its equally as exciting to find myself designing a project for the second…

sewing giveaway

***Christmas sewing giveaway***

By Julia Claridge | December 4, 2016
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I think its time for a giveaway! With Christmas not far away you could cross some of your craft loving friends and family off your list with this prize. There are two sets up for grabs each includes a book full of fun projects by Atelyeah ideal for kids or teenagers just starting out on…

fat quarter

What is a fat quarter?

By Julia Claridge | November 28, 2016
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Fabrics are often sold in fat quarters, especially in bundles in the world of quilting. However until you know, you might be wondering what exactly a fat quarter is. So I thought I would write a post to explain this sizing…   This diagram shows the fabric roll at the top, the selvedges at the…

pom pom scarf

Kids knit fabric pom pom scarf tutorial

By Julia Claridge | November 16, 2016
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I recently posted the tutorial for this fun kids pom pom jersey fabric hat and promised to follow with this post for a matching scarf. You can make both items from 50cm sweatshirt fabric and 50cm of cotton jersey fabric. Great to keep your little ones snuggly over the winter months. I think they also…

buying fabric online

Tips for buying fabric online!

By Julia Claridge | November 12, 2016
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I feel I have become something of an expert on buying fabric online over the past few years. Especially since becoming a mum (7 years ago). I think most mums would agree that shopping with a baby or young child in tow is not straight forward or relaxing. But much as we love our little cherubs we…