So, do you wanna build an Elsa? Well, here’s how!

You will need:

A peg, felt pens, a scrap of pale blue felt, a scrap of blue shimmery cape fabric (I used organza), yellow wool, a small (15cm) beige pipe cleaner , PVA glue and blue glitter.

1) Draw Queen Elsa a face and colour the top of her head and around the back and sides in yellow.

2) Glue the felt scrap around Elsa’s body to make her dress.

3) Cut a triangle out of your cape fabric, then cut the pointy top part off. I used pinking sheers to do this to try and minimise fraying.

4) Stick the cape onto the back of Elsa’s dress using a little blob of glue.

5) take you pipe cleaner and place it on top of Elsa’s dress (this will be her arms). Turn over and twist it at the back to secure it in place then pull the arms forward.

6) to make the hair: cut 6 strands of wool the same length and tie in the middle with another small piece of wool. Glue on top of Elsa’s head. You can make a plait once its all dried.

She’s looking good so far!

7) For sparkly shoes put a little glue on the bottom of your peg and sprinkle with blue glitter.

8) Allow it to dry completely then sing ‘Let it goooooo!’ at the top of your voice!

*** Watch out for Anna next week ***


This years Christmas cards will be half Hattie-school-designed-and-printed and half made by the girls using paint-chip-sample-colour-thingies (see below!)

So, here’s what we did. Take the paint-sample-thingies and cut out triangles, stars and tree trunks.

Give your small people a glue stick each and let them loose!

We had great fun making these and some of the results are super. There was talk between the girls of fancying them up with the glitter glue!


Hello my lovelies, are you starting to feel festive yet? I certainly am with all the Christmas fair prep I’ve been doing lately.  To help spread a little festive cheer here is a simple sewing tutorial – a merry little Christmas hoop. Perfect for beginners!

You will need:

An embroidery hoop (I used a 4 inch hoop), navy polka dot fabric, white felt, green felt (I used glittery felt), a scrap of brown felt, matching thread, star buttons, seed beads or sequins, ribbon for hanging, a circle of card and a basic sewing kit.

Before you make a start on your festive hoop, draw around the inside of your hoop onto a piece of thick card (i used a cat food box!) and cut out the circle. This will be used to finish off your hoop and hide all your stitching on the back at the end!

On with the hoop! Cut your pieces: one wiggly snow piece, 4 tree trunks and 4 tree triangles. Use your hoop as a size guide for cutting your shapes. If you are using a bigger hoop, cut bigger shapes!  My trees ranged from 3cm to 4cm tall.

Pin your felt snow in place and separate the two pieces of your hoop. Place your fabric over the top of the inner part of your hoop. Line up the outer hoop so that the screw is at the top and press down over the inner hoop. Gently pull the fabric around all of the edges to make sure it is tight across the hoop before tightening the screw to hold it all in place.

Sew the snow in place using a running stitch.


Arrange your tree trunks on the snow and stitch in place using whip stitch.


Sew the trees in place starting with the back ones. I used running stitch again for these.

Next its time to fancy up your trees! You can use whatever you like to make your trees bright and christmassy – sequins, felt scraps, metallic thread?

I used a star button and seed beads to Christmas up just one of my little trees. Once you are happy with the decorations it time to finish off your hoop.

Finishing off: First you will need to trim off some of the excess fabric. You will need to leave enough to tuck in to the back, about 2cm. Apply a thin layer of fabric glue around the edge of your hoop and allow to dry for 10 minutes (I used hi-tack fabric glue). After 10 minutes to glue should be tacky and you can neatly fold the fabric over the edge, towards the center of the hoop. You may need to apply a little more glue to hold the felt in place.

Next take your circle of card and place it on the wrong side (reverse) of a little square of fabric. apply a little glue to the card and allow to go tacky. Fold in the fabric and try to make sure it is stuck down all the way around. Allow the hoop and the card circle to dry completely before squishing the card circle into the back of the hoop to hide all of your stitching!

Add a piece of ribbon, hang up and admire!

This tutorial is for personal use only. You can make as many as you like for yourself or as gifts. If using my photographs, please gain permission before hand and link back to this original post. All designs and photographs are (c) Claire Payne.


Yesterday we made spooky stained glass windows. Here’s what we did…

Cut out scary shapes from black sugar paper – use chalk to draw out your shape first.

Teared up strips of colourful tissue paper.

Let your small people loose with glue sticks and the tissue paper!

Finish off gluing as your small people got bored after 15 minutes.

And TA-DAAAAA……..Stick them up in your window! We’re going to make some more for Christmas!


So, I still have some of the lovely lime green polka dot fabric left over from re-covering the dining chairs and our poorly little kitty doesn’t like the new sofas so it was time to buy him a new bed. I found this lovely lime green one in a local pet shop but it needed a cushion making for it!

You will need enough fabric for 2 sides of the cushion to fit your pet bed, wadding (I used the 6oz wadding from, enough bias binding to go around the circumference or your pet bed plus another 20cm, a sewing machine and basic sewing kit.

Draw around your pet bed on the reverse of your fabric. Add an extra 2cm all the way around to take into acount the poofyness (yes, that’s a technical cushion term!) of your wadding. Cut out your shape and place on top of the wadding. Cut a rectangle of wadding a little larger than your oval shape. Cut another rectangle of  your chosen fabric a little larger than the wadding.

Make your quilt sandwich as follows: rectangle of chosen fabric – face down, wadding, oval of fabric – face up. Pin all the way round and then zig-zag all the way around using your sewing machine. Trim off the excess and get your chosen bias binding ready! I used a nice bright yellow 25mm double folded. I was considering cerise but thought little kitty Willo wasn’t really a pink sort of boy!

Unfold one side of your bias binding and pin it securely all the way around your cushion leaving a couple of longer ends for overlap. sew along the fold line leaving a 5cm gap at each end. Fold over the longer ends so that they meet neatly in the middle. cut off the excess and then sew it down.

Fold the bias binding over the cushion and clip in place (I used a pile of hair clip blanks I have lying around) and hand sew to the back of your cushion. Pop it in your kitty bed and let your little furry friend get comfy!

As you can see I forgot to take into account the wadding poofyness so added in an extra 2cm all the way around in the instructions! Willo doesn’t mind, he’s quite taken by the kitty bed!

Jul 122013

Remember about 6 years ago I painted and recovered some second hand chairs we’d bought? Well after 2 years of this booster seat being on H’s chair its looking a little grubby!


She’s a very messy eater! Messier than her little sister in fact. So its time to get them recovered and here’s a little post on how to do it!

You will need: tools for removing whatever covering you have on your seat pad, a staple gun, 6oz wadding and a nice decor-weight fabric. These fabrics were sent to me by Terrysfabrics for review.


First you need to remove the seat and strip off whatever is covering it. This took forever as I’d gone a bit staple happy the first time I recovered them. I’ll not be making that mistake again! Once your seat is back to basics you need to to draw around the seat on the wadding and cut out. I then used a little spray adhesive to stick the piece of wadding to the top of the chair seat – mostly just to hold it in place while I stapled the fabric on.


Take your chosen fabric…and again (on the reverse side) draw around your seat. Be sure to leave a good 3 inches around the seat to give you plenty of fabric to fold over the sides to staple down.


Cut out your fabric and place the seat in the center.

Double fold the fabric to give you a nice neat edge to work with then starting in the middle of one side, working out.

Staple down the opposite side, again starting in the middle, being sure to pull your fabric nice and tight.

Staple the sides, stopping 2 inches before the ends.


Trim off some of the excess fabric from the corners – this gets rid of some of the bulk and will allow you to make your corners neat and tidy!

One finished seat pad!

Doesn’t it look smart?

The 6oz wadding gives the seat a nice pad, much more comfy then the old ones! Now I just need to finish the rest and make a new back rest pad for C’s highchair to match!


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Apr 192013

So, how would you like to make this FAB tutu? It’s a very easy make with NO SEWING involved at all!

For this one (for our 3 and a half year old) I used 1.5m orange ribbon and 2m of gold Tulle.

Using nice sharp scissors cut your tulle into 2″ strips. I then cut these in half, this part depends on the width of your tulle and how tall your small person is. Hattie is a little cutey and this tutu is going over a pair of leggins for a party at the weekend. I made it shorter so I could make it fuller.

Fold your strip in half…

Fold the loopy end over the ribbon and pull the ends through to make a slip knot

Pull tight and carry on with the next strip!

Carry on until you have enough strips to go around your little ones waist.

Tie in a pretty bow and let them run wild!

Nov 212011

Hello there! I’ve been meaning to post more tutorials on here and thought with the festive season approaching it was time to share my felt holly brooch. This is a hand sewn version and it’s simple and very easy for beginners! Continue reading »

I know what you’re thinking. Why is there a card making tutorial on a mainly sewing blog? Well, It does involve a sewing machine! Today I am going to show you how to make a numbered birthday card like this one:


Apr 052009

Well, I’ve spent the afternoon making a peg bag tutorial. If you CLICK HERE it should take you to the pdf with the template for the pants and the list of things you’ll need. I took lots of photos so thought it best to have the tutorial on flickr so you can get a good look at what I did. Just CLICK HERE to be taken to the set and then get making! Hopefully the instructions make sense but let me know if they don’t! I’ve also set up a flickr group where you can share your pants peg bags!

Please only make peg bags from this pattern for pesonnal use. I’ll be very sad if you try to sell them

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