I have finally, finally finished all the crafty projects that have kept me from my friends, family, the outside, any sort of fun this Summer (I even did my Tax Return on Sunday. Phew). Rather than taking a well earned break or tidying the house I’ve immediately started thinking of the next creative challenge.

I found this gorgeous Vogue pattern at a market on Saturday and I really want to get started on it As Soon As Possible. It’s a 36 inch bust which I certainly am not so I am rather afraid I won’t do a very good job. Where’s Patrick and May when you need them?

Programme Name: The Great British Sewing Bee - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: (L-R) May Martin, Patrick Grant - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Charlotte Medlicott

Well, funny I should ask that right? (Not really, that was just a clunky introduction to what this blog post is really about.) BBC2’s Great British Sewing Bee is looking for contestants for the next series of the show.

The makers of BBC2’s

I would love to take part (mostly so I can become Claudias BBF) but not sure the tabloids would like me too much what with my ever growing library of craft books to my name! I’m sure there’s lots of you out there who know your godets from your gusset and if you do and want a chance to test your dress making skills against other like minded people then click here for more information. Download the application form here and rules here. Closing date for application is the 6th of November




I just had to share this perfect Halloween craft project with you. I’ve been busy working on a secret pom pom project but these two couldn’t wait to get out into the big wide world and start scaring people (yeah right, who are they kidding).

In the world of pom pom making then these are a bit more involved than you basic one colour ones but I’ve tried to make the step by steps clear. Remember when it comes to pom poms then it’s all in the trimming, poms can look pretty dire when they first come out of the maker but get snipping with some sharp scissors and all will become clear… You can also move individual strands of wool within the pompom with the tips of your scissors or a needle to get the perfect pompkin expression…

If you don’t have any plastic makers then the truly remarkable Mr Printables has some instructions on how to make your own cardboard ones (plus loads of other cool stuff).


and if all that’s not spooky enough for you then head over to Instyle.co.uk  where you have the chance to WIN the bespoke sweatshirt I made for this months Make Do & Trend craft page. bat-sweatshirt

Don’t worry if you don’t win. You could always have a go at making one yourself with their handy step by step guide.