Laura Ashley Guest Post: How to make a westie dog doorstop

Well hello folks and Happy Friday! I hope you've been enjoying this glorious sunshine. I'm just popping in briefly to let you know that I've written a guest post for the Laura Ashley blog today, showing how to make this lovely westie dog doorstop from one of their craft kits.

It's been a while since I've done much sewing (moving house rather does that to you, although that was, ahem, 10 months ago!), so this seemed like the perfect project to ease me back in. It was quite a novelty having everything I needed all ready for me in a box. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it and am pleased to report that my sewing machine has been busy whirring away again since then. 

You can find my step by step guide to making this lovely doggie door stop on the Laura Ashley blog. Dare I say it might be a possible Christmas gift idea?!!

What I've been making lately - bumper catch-up!

Goodness, I've just realised that it's been a month since I last blogged - where has the time gone?!! We've been away to Cornwall for a week (photos coming soon - why oh why do I take so many.....) and I've been busy making things - quite a lot of things actually. I hadn't realised quite how much until I started putting this post together. I've definitely caught the sewing bug - making things yourself is just so satisfying! It's also the perfect way for me to indulge my love of fabric and vintage prints without feeling quite so guilty about stockpiling them ;)

So, what have I been making?

Well, lots of purses, glasses cases and pencil cases. I adapted my cosmetic bag pattern to make all of these. The glasses case and pencil case have some soft wadding inbetween the fabric to protect their contents. I love how light the glasses case is - perfect for carrying around without even noticing :)

There have also been some tote bags. I absolutely love this pattern - it's such a great way to use and display vintage fabric. And it's the perfect size for carrying around Blythes! I've actually used my tote bags quite a bit - in fact, I'm itching to make more! I think I might try adding a contrasting pocket to the front (and maybe the inside) next time.

I also made this little set for my mother-in-law in a gorgeous contemporary Amy Butler fabric for mother's day - it seemed perfect for spring! I absolutely love choosing a complementary fabric for the lining too - these little green eggs felt like a perfect match.

I wanted to use up some of the smaller bits and pieces of fabric I had, and some pretty scraps, so decided to make a batch of lavender bags. I'd taken some away with me when we went on holiday as our travel bags smelt musty from being in the attic and I popped them in our drawers. They gave me so much pleasure, I resolved to make a batch for our drawers when I got home. I love how they look altogether :)

And last, but by no means least, is a little collection I made from an absolutely stunning Echino fabric by Etsuko Furuya. I'm a huge fan of Echino fabric, and completely fell in love with this stag fabric. It took a fair bit of hunting down on the internet to find a supplier - this lot came from


in Hong Kong. I made the little black and white collection as a birthday present for my husband (the most manly fabric I had!!).

And I just adore the combination of the pink polka dots with the aqua (another Echino fabric) - the cushion covers were the first thing I made. The fabric is a linen and cotton blend and is pretty heavyweight - perfect for cushions and cases :) Although I have to say the black one is now completely covered in grey cat hair - Poppy is particularly fond of it!

So there you go - I'll try not to leave it so long next time!!!

Friday Favourites ~ Vintage print gorgeousness

Well, Happy Friday one and all - even if it is a grey old day! I guess the garden needs some rain.... I thought I would cheer us all up with a collection of lovely bright vintage wallpaper and fabric prints from the 60s and 70s. Aren't they fabulous? This is just a small selection of my favourites.... I'm desperately trying to resist the urge to stockpile them all and be more sensible and just get them when I actually start a particular project....not sure if I'll succeed :) Do drop by and have a good browse - there are hundreds of vintage wonders in some of these beautiful Etsy shops. Enjoy!

Friday Favourites ~ Vintage print gorgeousness

Friday Favourites ~ Vintage fabric loveliness

Happy Friday everyone! Hasn't this been the longest short week ever?! For your pleasure this week I have rounded up some favourite vintage fabrics and handmade items from UK and European Etsy sellers. I love them all! Do go and take a peek - they have some amazing things :)

Friday Favourites ~ Vintage fabric loveliness