Sylvia’s Patchwork Blog


You can match the back and front of the pincushions of place them randomly.


Patchwork is a great way of using up small bits of fabric. The pin cushions are hand stitched hexagon design and retail at £5.00 each. Choosing co-ordinating colours is great fun.  The pictures show the stages for assembly.



Hand sew each hexagon to the centre one and then join all the sides before sewing the back to the front with blanket stitch.


completed pincushion

The completed pin cushion









The trivets are machine stitched in a log cabin design. The backs have an envelope opening so that herb sachets can be inserted if desired creating a pleasing aroma under a hot pan. These retail at £4.50 each. 

Memory cushions/quilts/totes can be a lovely gift for offspring leaving home for the first time. Scraps from favourite clothing incorporated into a useful item can be a constant reminder of family life. Something to hug when they are missing you.

Contact me if you need help getting started.

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Sylvia’s First Blog

Embroidery has to be my favourite form of needlecraft. It was the first that I mastered and I love the way stitches and colours can be utilized to create a variety of interesting textures.cushion

This can be seen quite clearly in the Jacobean design on this cushion. I’ve used a lot of different stitches in this design including satin stitch, long and short, stem stitch, French knots, cross stitch and filled in running stitch.



cardsEmbroidery is an absorbing pastime and it takes many hours to complete and therefore is not an ideal commercial craft. However, small projects such as decorating napkins, hankerchiefs, greetings cards and embellishing items of clothing can be completed quicker and therefore are suitable for commission work.

If you enjoy this type of occupation you may be interested in coming for a lesson with me. Just email me for details 

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Jenny – Another Waistcoat

A friend came over for lunch recently and I showed her some of the things I’ve been making recently and she fell in love with the waistcoat I made for myself mentioned in my blog last month.

So I set to work to make another for her. Once again I used a large denim skirt from the charity shop and some fabric from an unfashionable skirt of my own for the lining and some of the patches, embellished with some organza ribbon in places. This time I made some buttons from Polymer Clay to tone with the patches. I have to say I liked this one more than the one I made for myself and would have liked to keep it but it looks great on her and she is delighted with it.

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Jenny – Cute Denim Purse Project

The wet and windy weather has been keeping me indoors recently so I’ve had lots of time to sew. I spotted a pattern for some make up bags on Pinterest and I thought I’d adapt the idea to make some little denim purses. I love working with Denim, and you can often find denim garments in charity shops, ideal for recycling. With the addition of some scraps from my stash this was a really fun project

I scaled down the size and added a wrist strap to make them handbag or pocket size. You start with an elongated oval of your fabric and lining plus some wadding. Add some decoration with applique on the outside fabric and then bind all three layers together with some pretty bias binding. The zip is the tricky part and you can do most of it on your sewing machine but you need to finish the last part of the zip by hand. Then hand sew the side seams, catching the wrist strap into one seam as you go. I boxed the bottom corners to make the purse stand up. I think they are really cute. If you’d like one I have them for sale at the bottom of this page.

8. Cute  Zipped Denim Purses – with wrist strap for security, ideal for a quick access to your cash or for a lipstick and mirror for your handbag.  (Sewn by Jenny) (11cm x 11cm x 5cm)

£5.00 each plus post and packing

To find out how to purchase any item please email
or phone 01982 560237 (In the UK) Payment can be organised by cheque, Paypal or card. Postage will be worked out depending on the item (s) chosen.


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Jenny – Woman’s waistcoat from recycled fabric.

I thought I’d share with you a recent project of mine. Last autumn I met a lovely lady called Lynne wearing a super waistcoat. It looked very stylish and I asked her if she had made it herself. It turned out that she had and not only that but had made several, all of which were really cute. I asked her if she’d mind me pinching her idea and she very kindly agreed and encouraged me to have a go at making my own.

So a few months later I got around to having a go myself and it was one of the most enjoyable projects I have ever done. You can let your imagination run riot. First of all I found a large denim skirt in the charity shop and gathered together some fabrics, lace and buttons from my stash, including some hand painted silk I had experimented with years ago and above is the result. I have to say I am rather pleased with it and it does provide a talking point whenever I wear it. A men’s waistcoat pattern was sized down and a few adjustments made for the bust area and it only took an afternoon including picking out the fabrics. Have a go!

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A new year and new venture

For the past few years Sylvia and I have spent at least one afternoon a week sewing and crafting together. Eventually we had amassed such a pile of pretty little handcrafted items for the home, for travelling or just for fun, that we had to find some way of using them. There is only so much you can give away to friends and family.  So this is what this website is all about.

All the items have been made by Sylvia, or me, Jenny, or both of us together in collaboration. Not only do we hope you will find some little item on here that you would like to buy for yourself, or a gift for someone dear, but we hope to share some of our ideas with those of you who like to craft so that you can join us in making your own home made gifts for yourself and your friends and family.



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