Christmas 2015

Christmas has been and gone, although with a week left of the holidays, I’m still very much in relaxing mode after lots of sewing pre-Christmas. This year my focus was on sewing for markets as I knew I had some markets close together and wouldn’t have time to re-stock in-between. Orders were quieter this year, which is a mixed blessing, as working 4 days a week leaves little time for sewing, and balancing making stock for markets or orders can produce a little stress (to say the least). This year I’ll see whether I can build up stock for markets AND get more orders AND be more organised.

Here’s a few of the items I made for markets and orders. The tartan stocking, upcycled from a skirt, was a particular favourite of mine and of course, there were elephants for the tree again! I made a few sets of covered notebooks and matching pencil cases, which make perfect presents, and the brolly bags sold as well as ever.

As ever, if you see something you like just send me a message.

Tartan stocking

Upcycled tartan stocking


Brolly bags

Brolly bags – for your wet umbrella



Getting ready for market

On Sunday, 26th January 2014 I’ll be at the first market being held by The Mall, who run the shopping centre in Walthamstow. They want to start a craft fair with handmade produce made in the community, so I thought I would go along and have a stall.

I haven’t had to make much, as I have quite a lot of stock already made up, but I have made a sausage sock dog (Chorizo, being studied by the cat!) and two monkeys (who have yet to be named), so here they are:



As well as these toys, I’ll be having handbags, children’s bags, knitting and crochet caddies, and other goodies. Let’s hope there are some customers!

Bags, bags and more bags!

I love bags, and I particularly love pretty bags, with different patterns and colours. Big bags, small bags and ones inbetween. Here are just a few of the bags I’ve made over the last year, apart from the first one, which I made a few years ago and is still my handbag.


This next bag was made as a change bag and was also bought by some-one to use as a sports bag

owl bag collage2

This bag is made from South African schwe schwe fabric which is a wax print. When it’s new, the fabric is stiff, but once washed, it is lovely and soft. Lots of great patterns.

Shwe shwe collage

These next few bags were based on my bag but with pleats.


summer bag

And just a few more….

kerry bag

black and red collage

And finally a few with oilcloth.

biege oilcloth collage

owl oilcloth collage

So, many bags with different uses, different sizes and different fabrics, but all practical and fun to make!

(If you’ve seen a bag you like, or a style you like but you don’t like the fabric, just send me a message at and I would be happy to discuss what you would like)

Craftee fox gets his CE mark

Like Sizzles, Craftee was prodded and poked, weighed and twisted, and passed all the tests. I made a non fox coloured test animal, as finding orange socks can be very difficult! My tester was yellow and black and without the orange and white didn’t look like a fox at all. Since then, the first CE marked fox has been made, and has been named Fidget! Fidget sports a dark blue jumper, with pictures of a little man catching butterflies, or is it a fishing net? I’m not quite sure, but Fidget loves everything to do with the outdoors – as most foxes do.


At the same time as testing Craftee, I tested a little backpack and a tutu for my sock animals. While in South Africa, I used to sell the sock bunnies with backpacks on at Easter time, as the bunnies love to carry their easter eggs in the backpacks.

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Playing with my blog!

Its taken me a while to get around to setting up this blog and I want to consider it more a website rather than a blog. As an introduction, I sew things – either for myself, my family or to sell. Here’s a little sock dog I was working on today. My daughter has called him Sizzles, after the dog from Charlie and Lola, and hasn’t put him down since he was finished. I know this because he has a bell on his collar and it keeps tinkling! I usually make sock animals that are CE certified, which mean they meet toy safety regulations, but at the moment Sizzles couldn’t be sold, but I am thinking about making others like him.


As well as Sizzles, I also made a little fox for my husband this Christmas. He isn’t really a sock animal owner, but I thought he might like his own Craftee Fox. I think we may be seeing more of Craftee on this site!