A happy customer!

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Feb 242014

If you’ve been reading my ramblings for a while you’ll know that I’m a bit of a sciencey nerd, and nothing makes me happier than when I get a request for a set of planets. I love making these little chaps and sewing on their super smiley faces. Here is my latest happy little customer!

Doesn’t she look cute hanging out with her new friends! These are going to be made into a mobile for this little munchkins bedroom and I bet they’ll look great!

If you would like your own set just drop me an email for a quote to: claire[at]paynedesign[dot]co[dot]uk  there is a bit of waiting list but they’re worth it! I posted another set out this morning :)


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 Terrysfabrics.co.uk), 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!

New Things!

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May 132013

New birthday card colour combinations! £3 each.

*** NEW *** Colouring/arty carry set! I’m really proud of this!

I was asked by a friend to design something for her little girl to house an A5 sized pad/colouring book, a set of 12 colouring pencils and an extra little pocket for a drawing pencil. It’s something that has been on my own ‘must make’ list for a while now so having someone ask me for one was just the kick up the bottom I needed to actually get into pattern making mode.

Did I say how pleased I am with the finished product!?

This is V2.1. V1 didn’t have handles and wasn’t quite big enough for 13 little pockets. V2 had the handles but the flap was just a bit wrong on one side, not a HUGE adjustment but a necessary one to stop me knowing it wasn’t quite perfect. Some people say I’m too fussy! I wouldn’t want to expose you to an inferior product! The contents were supplied by the friend so I’m working on sourcing some good quality A5 pads and felt pens/pencils.

If anything takes your fancy you can email me: claire@paynedesign.co.uk

May 082013

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Hattie Approved

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May 032013

My top critics have been checking out this weeks finished personalised PE bags…

These are hot off the sewing machine and have now made it to their new homes.


I really can’t decide which of these fabrics I like best. Ann Kelle is one of my favourite designers when it comes to fun kids prints. I think I may be in love with them all!

even the really pink ones….!

Details on how to order yours can be found HERE :)

Coming soon…

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Apr 282013

I’ll have HAPPY BIRTHDAY rainbow bunting available next week.

If you wanted to pre-order some to avoid disappointment then do drop me an email to: claire@paynedesign.co.uk

£32.50 including UK postage.

Apr 262013

Hattie has been poorly this week (her tonsils again) so yesterday we had a deal. I could catch up on the Great British Sewing Bee Final if I made Bunny another new dress!

What a smart Bunny!


Hattie is 3. She loves her Bunny. She knows mummy can sew.

What she doesn’t know is Mummy could probably do with a bit more practice making Bunny dresses! ;)

I’m not quite sure about her fabric choice….foxes…..on a rabbit?! At least she has good taste, I love a walk in the woods by Aneela Hoey!

Apr 022013

Hello my lovelies! I have a fab offer for your today.

I need samples for new product photographs before they are officially launched so I’m offering a whopping 25% off any orders of a 4 cup personalised tea cosy.

Usual price £27 – BARGAIN PRICE £20!!!!! (plus postage)

They’re made from lovely natural linen-cotton blend fabric. Machine appliqued flower and hand embroidered personalisation. Fully lined with green polka dot cotton lining and wadding to keep your brew warm.

Sponge clean only.

If you would like a beautiful bargain tea cosy to keep your morning cuppa warm or as a gorgeous gift just email me: claire@paynedesign.co.uk with your paypal address and details of your personalisation and I’ll send you an invoice! I’m also looking for a guinea pig for a sunflower design!

(Oh! Today *IS* Grampy’s birthday – HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRAMPY!)

Feb 132013


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