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  • isolation sewing

    While we've been at home our ufo's are getting done, our passion has been reignited or we have had the opportunity to try things we otherwise wish we could get around to.  Keeping busy helps normalise our time and find good in bad times.  So coming up are a few of our favourites. but do check out our facebook group as well  robynette play at home   

    Watching from my shop over the past weeks I can only conclude that homemade anything will be the fashion for a while after all this.

      made from the free pattern by Leesa Chandler in the Quilters Companion machine embroidery magazine

           Our Anzac wreath  the cute little bag see it at the site


  • machine embroidery unicorn class

    Our machine embroidery class used the free download from Sweet Pea in conjunction with the new Quilter Companion Embroidery Mag.  The result is these very cute unicorns.


  • Christmas is coming....time to sew

    Christmas is about some 'Santa' bees wax wraps to cover all those dishes you have to take along to parties.....maybe some cherry ones (Hilltops honey wax is also available). Both fabrics are available in store. Also a sneak peak at this gorgeous Christmas centre piece that we'll be teaching it soon.

    Our bees wax cover class was so much fun.  Jane from 'Hilltops Honey' showed us how quick and simple and inexpensive it is to make these wraps.  It is as simple as grate, iron (very hot, non steam) pick up and it drys instantly -  iron out any problems.  Have a go, it'll work.

    here's some pictures




  • wool poncho project

    Needed something to keep me warm during a cold snap and football finals.  Finals in Bathurst NSW is going to be Cold!!!!

    So look what I did on the Saturday morning before I left. 


    The fabric was 1.50m wide so I got 1.5m in length to make a square.

    Fold in quaters and in the folded corner cut a curve. When you unfold you will have circle for the neck hole,  BUT BE VERY CAREFUL IT IS SO EASY TO CUT THE HOLE TOO BIG!!!  So start really small.

    I used bias binding to finish the edge.   Lie bias binding with right sides together with the poncho.  Stitch in the folded line.  Fold over to the wrong side.  Press for a sharp edge.  stitch down.

    Then I used the circle that was cut out from the neckline to make the tab and add a nice finish to the poncho.  Cut a 10 x 10cm square (or as close as possible).  fold the raw edges a 1/4" down form the top and bottom.  Press. 

    Fold the two outside edges to the centre of the square. Press  Then fold the square in half hiding all the raw edges.  Stitch all the way around the tab

    Secure tab to the poncho with 2 trendy buttons.


  • Welcome to our blog

     Our classes are busy creative hubs which we would love to share with you. Follow along.... If you see a fabric we've used dont hesitate to ask us to supply it to you.  We will share our sources with you.


    Well....I had these two precious gems for the day and decided we could do some cooking. I decided to add to the day with some cute little aprons.  Right at the last minute of course.  Here is what I did!  They are quick and easy to do.  This apron will fit 18 months to 5 years.  TAKES 20 mins

      It takes a fat quarter or I used 40cm x 110cm wide for the two.      I'll show how to do one with a fat quarter. you will alos needabout 1m of tape for straps.

    Take a fat quarter and cut 10cm off the shortest width and cut in half lengthways. 

    Take one of the halves fold with right sides together.  Stitch down both sides.  this makes the bib of the apron.

                      Turn right side out. Press.

    On the other half hem along the bottom and both sides.  Pin the bid to the apron.  I folded both in half and put a light press mark on the fold to find the centres of both and lined them up quickly and accurately. 


    Take some tape for straps about 70cm.  Sew tape along the top edge of the apron incorporating the bib section. Tape, should be on top then the bib section, then apron.  This will ensure you can press the tape down to cover the raw edges and stich down.

    Lastly take the last piece of tape and attach to the top of the bib. by stitching each end near the corners. with a cross within the square . 

    ..  HERES A TIP for tying your apron on.  If the neck strap is too large hook one of the side straps through it and tie.  it makes the apron fit snuggly for everyone and if more comfortable then a tie at the back of little necks.


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