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Flirtatious Fabric: Two little Owls


After the week I’ve had, I’m considering renaming this blog ‘Sewing Obsession’ – it seems I’ve been well and truly bitten by the stitching bug!

The other day I had the urge to make an owl from some of the lovely Stampin’ Up! fabric, ‘Flirtatious‘. Browsing on You Tube, I found a great tutorial – by a lady called Whitney – which looked quick and easy.


Whitney kindly offers the pattern for the owl (in two sizes) on her blog, Whitney Sews, as a free download.. if you pop over there for the pattern, do say that I sent you! ;o)

So here’s the first one I made in under an hour on Tuesday evening..

Little Owl - Flirtatious fabric by Stampin' Up!

I used all three patterns from the ‘Flirtatious’ Designer Fabric pack (competitively priced at £8.95 for three generous fat quarters), along with two Perfect Plum buttons from the Subtles Designer Buttons collection.

Once my son Harry had claimed this owl (and named it Owlz), I was instantly commissioned by Charlie (my other boy) to make another one…

So here they are together, Owly and Owlz:

Owlz and Owly!

Owly is made to exactly the same pattern, this time using Marina Mist buttons from the Subtles Designer Buttons collection. If you wanted to make these for a baby, you could of course use fabric circles in place of the buttons.

Lovely! Next time I’ll have some shabby chic style bunting to show you, using Stampin’ Up! Candy Cane Christmas Designer Fabric, along with some repurposed duvet cover fabric..

See you soon..

Sarah x x x

Fabric: An i-phone wallet

Spice Cake i-phone case

Hello you,

I have something non-papery to share this morning! After buying my first i-phone on eBay about three weeks ago, I’ve been terrified to take the thing anywhere in case I dropped it or scratched its screen. I searched online for a protective case for it.. and then thought For goodness sake, why don’t I make one myself?!! 

Of course, it’s taken me a good couple of weeks to think about the idea.. and then most of last night to actually get on and do it! Once I started, though, it was actually really easy to accomplish. It’s basically a little wallet made from Stampin’ Up! Spice Cake fabric, lined with felt and held together with some coordinating More Mustard Scallop Dot Ribbon.

Inside Spice Cake i-phone wallet

Can you imagine how relieved I was that the phone fitted inside?! I had a horrible feeling as I turned the wallet right-sides out that it would be too small!

Spice Cake i-phone wallet 3

Once I’d finished the wallet, I remembered I was going to add a loop of ribbon or elastic to fit round a button as the fastening. To do it really neatly, you’d need to add the loop to the flap before stitching up the seams – which I forgot.. hence the ribbon closure instead!

Now I have the pattern it’ll be really simple to make more of these.. and to modify the design to include a button & loop closure. You could also use press-stud fasteners as well – but again, this is probably something that needs thinking about before you sew up all the seams for a really tidy finish.

I’m going to try to write a tutorial for my i-phone wallet – if you’d be interested in this, please don’t hesitate to let me know in the Comments section.


Thanks for reading!

Sarah x x x

Timeless Portrait Bag

A Timeless Portrait fabric bag… handmade by me!

It’s taken me several weeks to get round to finishing this little project.. but I’m thrilled with the result!

Inspired by a number of similar creations I’ve spotted on the internet, this bag was made up using a pattern from the Cath Kidston book, Sew!, with one or two modifications (to make it a bit easier to make!).

It is fully reversible and fastens with a button and hand-made loop (there’s a Cherry Cobbler button on the inside.. just in case I fancy turning the bag inside out).

The hand-made yo-yo flower is fastened on with a brooch pin so that too can be taken off and pinned on the other side. The handle of the bag was made using the 1-1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon which is so useful for sewing projects.

Here’s a picture of my little bag at full stretch..

Timeless Portrait Fabric Bag - image 2

Absolutely love it! Now just need an evening out so I can go and show it off.. :)


Sarah x x