Make Do and Mend 

Look what I found in my local charity shop  

Although I haven’t read all of it just yet, I have looked at the sewing bits and think it’s fairly interesting on how things have changed and how things were made and fixed back in the day.


All I can say is thank goodness for the sewing machine button hole function.

Just imagine having to sew button holes by hand 😐 I think I would of had a full on melt down


I love the N.B. Tip

It says make horizontal buttonholes for coats, jackets and all fitted garments, for looser things like shirts and blouses, the buttonholes should be vertical. Who knew ????

Thank you 🌸🌸


Kanzashi Flower Tutorial

Kanzashi Flowers

These beautiful flowers are so simple to make and a few can be made in front of the tv in an evening, they make great detail to all kinds of projects like on handbags, dolls hair or cloths , children’s clothes, adult clothes to name but a few. 

To make Kanzashi flowers you will need:

Disappearing  ink pen or tailors chalk  
Buttons or beads

Here’s how I made the flowers 

You need to make 5 circles of fabric mine are 5cm dimension image
Fold the circle in halfimage
Using a running stitch, stitch along the curved edge of all 5 petalsimageimage
imagePull tight to gather up the petals and stitch together
Sew on you button or bead to the centre of the flower.image
and that’s it your first flower that I think looks like a blossom flower 😊🌸🌸🌸

The Folded Flower

imageYou will need to cut out 5 squares of fabric mine measure 7cm around each sideimage
imageFold in half length ways (to make a triangle)
imageHolding the triangle with the top point facing you fold down each of the top points to the bottom point.image
image image imageTurn the square over and fold in the left and right points to the middle then fold in half (so that the left and right folds are on the inside) 
image imagePlace a pin through the fabric to keep it together whilst you make all five petals
image image imageOnce all the petals are made with a needle and thread sew through the middle of each petal then trim of the access fabric join the thread with a knot making a loose flower shape
imagePush down the middle of the petal to make a petal shape, repeat for each petalimage
imageSew a button or a bead to the middle of the flower.
Beautiful 🌺

Pointed Petal Flower

imageYou will need 5 circles of fabric mine are 5cm dimension
imageFold in half and then in half again 
imageSew along the curved edge using a running stitch
imageRepeat for all five petals 
imagePull your thread to gather your flower and sew togetherimage
imageSew on a button or a bead to the centre.

Ta-dah 🌸🌺🌼🌸🌺🌼🌸🌺🌼🌸🌺🌼🌸🌺🌼🌸🌺🌼🌸🌺🌼🌸🌺🌼🌸🌺🌼🌸🌺🌼🌸🌺🌼