National Sewing Month Hooray for September 

Official Home of National Sewing Month
The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”

National Sewing Month is a time to indulge your passion for sewing and is the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself to the craft if you’ve never tried it before. New and experienced enthusiasts can find free sewing projects and Guidelines for sewing, embroidery, craft and appliqué articles available on the Sewing & Craft Alliance (SCA) website at Looking for an instructor? Try the SCA searchable instructor database to find one in your area.
Another place to start is the American Sewing Guild. With chapters and neighborhood groups across the country, members meet monthly to share their skills and ideas, enjoy education sessions and participate in community sewing projects.

September is a time to celebrate our passion, but we know the creative, therapeutic and calming effects of sewing are joys that we can celebrate throughout the entire year.
Happy sewing!



Handmade Gentleman’s Necktie


This necktie is made from a pattern I made from scratch on the laptop, I know I know it’s just a necktie just straight lines right!…. But for me this is amazing and could be the start of my own pattern making 🙂


Pattern all printed out and ready to see if it works with fabric.




Joining the two pieces together fabric and lining.


Making the tips of the tie.

Fold with right sides together and pin 1cm from the folded edge.


Unfold and place right sides together with the middle pinned bit standing up.



Sew across the two raw edges leaving the middle bit unseen.



Fold in half and sew across the tip.


Trim raw edges and turn right side out.



Press with the iron and repeat with the other end.


Overlock or zig~zag stitch the two long raw edges.


Fold in half length ways right sides together and Sew all the way along the over locked edge.


Place a safety pin on the small end of the tie and push it through the inside turning it the right side out.





Press your tie with the iron making sure you get a nice point to each end. :)🌸🌼



Barbie Clothes – Stash Buster

My daughter is the very proud owner of a Barbie house, she was so very patient riding the bus home and then waiting for mummy to construct it, even helping with some of it she is very good at telling me where each piece went☺️

Once built ohhh the excitement of putting the new furniture inside and then ooohhhhh mummy we neeeeeeddd the Barbies ……..

Out they came in a whirlwind of Barbie stuff looking like they were having the worst bad hair day EVER, oh no what a messy mess mum, time for a brush we think, and whilst your brushing the hair I will have a go at making some clothes for them, even more smiles.

Here is how I made a skirt and top

IMG_3381 Two rectangles 16″ x 4″ and 4″ x 3″image Overlock or zig-zag stitch all the way around each piece.

image Hem the bottom edge

image Make a casing for the elastic along the top edge.

imageJoin the two short edges right sides together leaving the casing open for the elastic to go through.

imageThread the elastic through and their you go a Barbie skirt.

imageHem the two long edges.

imageMark where you want the ribbon straps to go, I did this by holding around the doll and marking with a erasable pen.

imagePin into place and sew across going back over it twice for strength.

imageRepeat for the back of the straps.

imageMeasure once again for where the Velcro should go, sew into place.

imageimageAnd their you a pretty Barbie.🌸🌺

Hemming a Circle Skirt

This is the method I use to hem a circle skirt or anything that needs hemming that has a curve to it, it helps if your pattern requires you to cut with your grain on the bias, I know this is difficult as the skirt is almost circular but if you have some of it on the bias this helps by giving you a less lumpy edge 😊


Zig-zag your raw edge using regular zip-zag or using your edging foot/overlocker foot or your overlocker

image I have a overlocker foot which since I don’t own a overlocker machine is the one of the best sewing machine feet I own.

image I think it gives you a nice neat edge and leaves you with no stray threads that will need trimming of.


Sew a straight stitch about 1cm from the edge.



Iron along the line of stitches


Sew next to the zig-zag stitch trying to keep as straight as possible as this will show on the right side of your fabric.


Iron you skirt and that’s it


You can also do this method for a double fold you just don’t zig-zag your raw edge.

Thank you  😊🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸😊