• Gardening

    Plant a lasagna bulb pot for fantastic spring colour

    You may or may not have heard of a lasagna bulb pot but I assure you that they are fantastic. For a little bit of work in the autumn (fall) you can guarantee weeks and weeks of spring colour in your garden / porch /patio/ etc. The idea is that you plant your various types of bulbs in layers (kind of like a lasagna) so that your pot will have a succession of bright flowers throughout spring. So easy but incredibly effective! This year I am also doing it with an old wheelbarrow so a little bit of upcycling too. There are no rules about what you can use as…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Fabric Covered Notebook

    Turn any inexpensive notebook or diary into a luxurious, top of the range product. Make a fabric cover that slips on and off. You can even transfer it from book to book as you fill each one. A fabric covered notebook is a great gift idea. How about personalising them for those special people in your life? I have made one for a trusty notebook to carry around and one for my next diary for 2020. This tutorial will show you step by step how to achieve a great finish. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a small commission if you use those links at no cost to you.…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Make your own Pattern Weights

    This is the third part in the series showing you how to make your own sewing supplies. The first part was a pincushion that sharpens your pins that you can find here. The second part was a needlebook to store all your needles safely and that is available here. This tutorial will show you how to make your own pattern weights so that you no longer need to pin your pattern pieces to your fabric. You may well have seen them used on television programmes like The Great British Sewing Bee. Pattern weights save you time and prevent pin marks on fine fabrics. I am loving them so I have…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Make your own Simple Needlebook

    This is the second tutorial in a series that will show you how to make your own dressmaking supplies. This tutorial will show you how to make a really simple needlebook to store all your needles. It will also give you great tips on adapting it to suit your needs. So simple yet so effective. I have made mine out of the same fabric as my pincushion and pattern weights so that I am making a sewing set. You can see the full tutorial for the pincushion at ‘How to make a pincushion’ and the pattern weights at ‘How to make pattern weights’. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn…

  • Gardening

    Seedlings – how to transplant

    Once you have sown your seeds, kept them warm and watered them you need to move them on to the next stage in their development. You need to prick your seedlings out into their final planting place or a larger pot. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and trust. You will need: Tray of seedlings Multi purpose compost Small pots or seed tray containing inserts or tubes from toilet rolls Small stick or similar     Step 1: Fill some plant pots or seed trays with inserts with multi-purpose compost ready…

  • Craft

    How to make a Fabric Pinboard

      This tutorial will show you how quick and easy it is to make your own fabric pinboard with a professional finish. It can be completed in an afternoon! This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and trust. You will need: Corkboard or stretched canvas board. Canvas boards available at The Works and Amazon Enough fabric to cover the board Enough wadding or quilt batting to cover the board Ribbon (plenty, I used 10m and my 2 boards are 40cm x 50cm and 30cm x 40cm) Staple gun and staples Buttons (mine are…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    How to make a tool/make-up brush storage roll

    This tool roll is so easy to make in under an hour and fabulous for keeping all your make up brushes tidy and easy to select. In this tutorial I have made a tool roll for a set of nail art brushes and at the end you will see pictures of the roll I made for a set of spanners. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and trust. What you will need: Fabric (I used a fat quarter) Thread Ribbon (or similar) for tie Pins Air erasable fabric marker (optional) Step…