New Absolute Beginners Sewing Class – Term 2


It’s been a busy few days going through re-enrolments with current students, and making spaces for some new ones.  I need paper and pen, my beloved iPad and my favourite diary, not to mention my particularly long To Do List is always sitting close by.

A new class for Term 2 has been announced for Absolute Beginners.

Saturdays 2pm – 5pm

May 18th & 25th and 8th & 15th June  Please note that there will be a week break due to the long weekend.

Cost is $240

Enrolments open this Saturday, 20 April @ 10am

To enrol, please email your name and mobile number.  I will then send a confirmation email and send you class details and an invoice.  Should you have any questions, please drop me an email.

Sewing a Lace Top


At the last minute I decided I needed a back up outfit to wear on a lovely girls night out with my bestie.  I had checked out some fabric during the week and decided to purchase it Saturday afternoon (about 15 minutes before I started a class).  As soon as the class was over I quickly made a pattern, cut my fabric and stitched it up.  I did it in record time of about 35 minutes.  I LOVED it!  I think I am addicted now…I went looking for more lace fabric today, and I just happen to have another girls night out this weekend.  I hope I do have something to show you at the end of the week!  Oh and excuse the ‘selfies’, it seems I am always the one behind the camera even when it’s taking pictures of myself.

Zippy Pouch – The Easy Way

With so many allergies around these days we all know that certain foods are simply not allowed at schools, on airplanes etc.  But at our school they are not allowed to have Bandaids!  Yes you read that correctly…Bandaids!!  Why?  Because some children are allergic to the sticky stuff on the plaster.  When those children fall down and gash their knees can’t they wear the thin tape with holes in it (that the school supplies)?  And surely my children should be able to be use the bandaids that actually soak up the blood?!  Well the answer is no, so I made this little zippy pouch for Miss Pre Primary for her to keep in her bag, so that if she falls again she can run to her bag and put her own bandaids on.

I quite enjoying making these zippy pouches.  I make them in all sorts of fabric and often give them as gifts.  If you would like a tutorial for these please comment.  If I get plenty of comments I am more than happy to share.






Ladies Pattern – The Twiggy Top


I was feeling all inspired yesterday morning, so before class started I quickly drew up a pattern for a top that I can easily wear with jeans.   After class I made it and I have to say it was super easy to make.  I chose a light weight fabric, it is a Japanese Lawn fabric that I found at Spotlight last year.  I had to make some quick bias binding strips to finish off the neck and armholes, it really is easy to do I promise.  This will be a great Absolute Beginner Project, but I would love some of my current students to test this pattern.  I have only made a Size Small at this stage.  You will need 1.10m of fabric.

Easter Pot Holder

I am a little excited about the daily emails I am receiving from Dubai, South Africa, Barcelona, Ohio…all for my Easter Pot Holder pattern.  I posted this on my first blog but now that I have my lovely tablet and mobile friendly website I can now post it here and you can find the pattern at the end of this post.

I originally posted this on the 5 March 2012.


I have just made a stack of these Easter Pot Holders for all the teacher assistants at the kids school.  No doubt they will be inundated with chocolate, so why not give something a bit different.

I have used Insul Bright inside these.  Insul Bright is a type of wadding which has a metallic sheet woven through the fibres.  Most fabric stores sell this, it cost me around $10 per metre.  Please note that this filling is not like the commercial grade and won’t handle extreme temperatures.  It may be worth mentioning when gifting just incase someone burns themself.

As far as fabric choice goes, I used up my scrap fabrics.  You can co-ordinate many fabrics when making these.

I like to use my Walking Foot to make these.

Here is a tutorial for you all to make too.


Cut 2 egg shapes from your fabric.
Cut 4 pocket pieces from fabric.
Cut 1 egg shape & 2 pocket pieces from Insul Bright.

Lay on your table;
1 pocket piece from Insul Bright
1 pocket piece from fabric, right side up
1 pocket piece from fabric, right side down
Pin along top edge and stitch with a 1cm seam allowance.

Trim seam allowance close to stitching.
Press fabric and turn to right side.

Top stitch about 5mm from top edge.
Repeat for other pocket.

Lay on your table;
1 egg shape piece from Insul Bright
1 fabric egg shape piece, right side up
2 finished pockets
and finally the last egg shape piece with right side facing down.
Pin all around egg.

With a 1cm seam allowance stitch around egg, leaving an opening at the side of the egg.
Trim seam allowance close to stitched edge.
Turn through to right side.  It is only a small opening, so please be patient at this stage while you pull the fabric through to the right side.

Press well, tuck in excess fabric, pin and stitch the opening closed.  I also stitch the other side too, just so it looks even.
That’s it, you are done!

click here for Easter Pot Holder Pattern