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January 2015

Hello <<First Name>>

We're back after what was a fabulously relaxing festive period with family and friends.  I'm so thrilled to welcome you into our little online community for another year of sewing support and fun!

As we start a new year, it's got me thinking about new things to try.  I usually set myself a couple of sewing goals - be it a technique to try or a specific project for the year ahead.  A few years ago it was to teach myself how to embroidery (successfully completed thanks to Aimee's excellent book), last year was to make myself a t-shirt (a total disaster and I'm yet to try again).   

It's easy to get caught up in the massive amount of things yet to learn - thanks Pinterest!  It can be hard to remember that your sewing machine can really only take one stitch at a time and that you don't need to rush along your journey to try and learn it all in one hit.  

Sewing has really taught me a lot about patience. It wasn't too long ago and I really only got to sew in 10 minute chunks; things took at least a week or more to finish.  But by being patient and sticking with doing things in tiny baby steps those little bits of time eventually resulted in something fabulous that gave me creative fulfilment as well as a huge sense of accomplishment beyond a folded washing pile or a clean sink full of dishes.

I simply love to sew and I'm so very keen to pass along the skills and techniques; along with that same feeling of chest busting pride, as you start your own sewing journey.  I look forward to meeting you along the road. 

Happy Sewing ♥ Sarah

From around the web

Melissa from Melly Sews has written a fantastic article about sewing badly and needing to make mistakes.
"Sometimes, especially as adults, we don’t want to admit to not knowing something.  Instead of thinking of mistakes as failures, you need to approach them as learning opportunities"
Sewing is beautiful in that most times you get a do-over.  You have a seam ripper (also known as an unpicker) to whisk away the most horrid of puckers or wonky lines of stitching and the chance to try again.  You'll look at and think about the mistake the whole time you're unpicking and work it through in your head about what you need to do to improve.

   Read the whole article here 

What is this Sewing Tool?

A cheap piece of Fantastic Plastic! It's called a Point Turner and I use mine almost daily.  It is a tool for pushing out corners and points of your fabric (think collars, bunting and the bottoms of drawstring bags).  It has a slightly rounded point to minimise the risk of making holes as you push the seam out.  It is much better and safer to use this tool than a chopstick or the tip of your scissors, which are alternatives often mentioned in patterns. 

First step is to carefully trim the bulk of fabric away from your corner – you don’t want to cut your line of stitching .  Trim square corners at 45° or just trim the bulk either side.  Turn the fabric right side out and insert the point turner to carefully push the corner seams out until nice and pointy.  You should just see the stitching slightly in the folds of the fabric.  See, super easy for a great finish.

A point turner is just one of the useful tools I've compiled as part of the Ready, Set, Sew kit available in my shop here.

Highlighted custom order

This time of year is all about Back to School.  Did you know that I first started Hunting for Ladybugs sewing pencil cases?  I've just recently replaced one of the first ones 7 years later; the zip had gone in it.  Not bad hey?
I made this Fox Backpack this week.  It's a perfect example of sewing projects you've made before having a hand in the ones you make now.  I added a drink bottle pocket based on a cargo shorts pocket; the raw edges of the seams inside are bound in bias binding just like a patchwork quilt.  I procrastinated like crazy in starting but once I'd worked out all those 3D shapes coming together, I'm thrilled with how it turned out.  I only hope new owner Sam is too  


There's still lots of summer left to wear skirts.  Skirts are one of the best clothing projects to begin sewing for yourself.  There's a degree of comfort in not needing to get the fit perfect.  If yoiu use a pattern and you're between sizes, cut for you hips.  They're the widest part of your body and it's much easier to adjust for your waistline.  These are all pinned onto my Sewing for Your Wardrobe board; if you'd like to follow me on Pinterest, click here.
This easy wrap skirt is made from 4 Fat Quarters.  It's designed for older girls of about 12-14 years with a flexible waist fit.  Just add more panels to adjust for larger sizes.  Pin It.
Know what you want to make but not quite sure how to describe it.  This will help!
Pin It
A deconstructed pleated skirt that I think would look fabulous made in light linen or heavier fabric in the autumn.  
Pin It
I also couldn't resist showing you these knotted fabric thongs posted by Destri on The Mother Huddle.

Click the images to be taken straight to the tutorials.
About Sarah

I live in rural Western Australia.  I love living in the country; there are so many things that I enjoy about the rhythm of life out here. Being a long way from a fabric shop isn’t one of them (squeee, there's a new fabric shop opening in my town very soon!!!). When I finally pull myself out from behind my sewing machine, you'll find me tending a sadly neglected garden with a G&T in hand while the kids bounce on the trampoline. I may also be found occasionally in the sheep yards helping my farmer husband.
I'd love your support in getting the word out about my little online business -  sewing project kits and custom orders.  Please forward and share this email with any of your friends or family you think might be interested in my work.  Mwah xx 
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