Handmade gifts

I love making things as gifts for special occasions. A few years ago I made my friends little girl a cushion for her christening and last month I had the perfect motivation to get back behind my sewing machine. I’ve made two lovely friends since having Joshua. Mr B and I just did the NHS antenatal class, we decided against nct in the end, so it was only a day session but out of a big mix of people I’ve met two fab ladies who also both had baby boys. One of them had a naming day and to mark the occasion I decided to make him a cushion which he’ll be able to keep as he grows up. Making them for boys always seems harder as thereare so many pretty girlie fabrics (and my studio is full of them!) but I opted for blue linen with a spot fabric and then sewed vintage buttons on in his initial. A week later it was our good friends twins first birthday, again I wanted to get them something that they could keep as they got older. They have such different personalities so I made two different designs but used the same vintage fabric so they work together if they share a room as they get older. I’m sure none of them at this stage are impressed with a cushion but hopefully they’ll appreciate them in years to come. 

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New arrivals

A whole pile of gorgeous new fabrics has landed at Walnut Tree Home.

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Quite a few of these fabrics are a little different than my usual style that I tend to be drawn to, and perhaps a little more contemporary.

There are some gorgeous bold prints, like these…

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I’m thinking I’ll turn these into quite large cushions, without perhaps any extra embellishment.

These pretty fabrics I may mix in with other things such as ticking…

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And then there’s the stripes, which at the moment I can’t quite decide what to do with!

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The finished cushions will all be listed on my Etsy shop once complete, but don’t forget that I also offer a bespoke service – so if you like any of these fabrics and would like something made to order, just get in touch.

Gearing up for a winter fair

Phew, where have the last few weeks gone? Things have been rather busy of late whilst I’ve been preparing for the Mill Road Winter Fair in Cambridge. If you’re local to the area chances are you’ll know all about this fabulous event – if you don’t then it really is worth a visit, there promises to be something for everyone.

I’ll be launching a new range at the fair – tea towels made with vintage and new fabrics, and show casing some new cushions which aren’t yet listed on my Etsy or Folksy shops. There’ll also be some festive bunting – see, it does work all year round…

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Aside from this, I’ve been thinking about how best to set up my stall, Pinterest has been really helpful in giving me some new ideas and I’ll be giving my plans a test run next weekend. From a customer perspective I think it’s really important that a stall not only looks inviting but encourages people to take a closer look, and hopefully then appreciate a unique handmade item.

If you’re in the area on the 6 December, pop along and say hello to myself and my merry little helpers x

Vintage floral

I love this vintage fabric (which I’ll admit I had some help in sourcing) and had been saving it to turn it into a blind for my own home as there is a fair amount of it. But I’ve decided it’s just too pretty not to share with others by turning it into cushions. It’s quite a busy pattern so I decided it doesn’t need a lot of embellishment – just a simple envelope back. Perfect for a cosy cottage I’d say…

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Amelia

One of my favourite things to do is to make handmade presents for my loved ones. Many of my close friends have (beautiful) children now and it’s lovely to be a part of their lives and be invited to help celebrate their special occasions. Just recently I made some pretty pink bunting for little Amelia for her first birthday and today it was her Christening. I wanted to make her something that would mark this special occasion but also be something which she’ll (I hope) appreciate too when she is grown up. So out came the sewing machine a few weeks back. It was such a pretty design I couldn’t help but make a few extra versions of it, which I have, of course, named the ‘Amelia’. It’s a 40cm envelope backed cushion (with the usual feather filled pad) with pretty floral fabric and vintage trim. Each of the extra ones I made have a slight variation so that each cushion is unique. There are four available to choose from, two have hearts in matching fabric and two have plain fabric hearts. Coordinating bunting is also available.

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