How to sew an inside zip pocket


Hey everyone!

I promised I would write a post for how I went about adding an inside zip pocket to my clutch bags.  So here it is!

The pocket panel measures 7″ across and adjust the depth depending on how deep you want your pocket.  Cut two of these.  Place one of the pocket panels right sides facing in the centre 2″ down from the top of your lining panel.  Mark a rectangular box 3/8″ x 5.5″ on your pocket panel 1″ from the top. Sew along your rectangle.

Cut along the centre of your rectangle cutting a V towards the corners.  Be careful not to cut into the stitching but get as close as possible.   Pull the pocket square through to the back of the lining.  Press.  The pic bottom left is how the front will look and bottom right is the back.

Attaching the zip:  Place and pin the zip facing through from behind the panel. Adjust the end of the zip if needed as I did in the photo below.  I had an 8″ zip which I shortened for this.

Sew around the zip.  I found with the zipper foot I ended up too close to the zip and preferred using the foot below to secure the zip in place.

To finish the pocket: Turn over and place the second pocket panel right sides together and pin around the edges.  Sew around the edge of the pocket panels and over the zip ends with a 1/4″ seam moving the lining out of the way as you go.  This seals the pocket.


I hope that makes sense.  Any questions ask away.

If you haven’t already,  check out Poppy and Poochie‘s blog post about Growing your creativity and her most recent about what to do when you have lost your SewJo.  Its a great series and there are some fab link ups to read.  Oh and my guest post from last week, of course!

Until next time..


How to Grow your Creativity


Hey everyone!

I am guest posting over on Poppy and Poochie‘s blog today. Whoot! Head on over, read my story and find out how I grew my creativity.  There is a link up with some super interesting blog posts by other amazing makers and Collette will be doing a giveaway.  It’s all good! All the details are on her blog. So head over there by clicking on the link above. 

Happy Thursday!!


Cushions, Hexie Love and EPP


So, where was I ? Oh yes, my marathon making session! It seems a long time ago now…

As many of you know I am a printmaker at heart and jump at the chance to print on anything and mark make.  Having got my hands on some lovely white canvas and impulse buying some variegated mango Aurifil thread I decided to test out some block printing.  Why not! I found the surface of the lino didn’t take with the fabric ink but gave a pooling effect when printed.  Which I kind of liked!   The variegated thread pulls the design together and I used it to crosshatch quilt over the entire cushion top.

I see more block printing in my future and will be experimenting more with this technique on fabric.    I love the effect of rawness and simplicity  you can get from this process.

You know those quilts made entirely by hand?  Amazing, huh!  I have always been completly in awe of those that can commit to making a whole quilt using English Paper Piecing.  Hand stitching has never really been my area of strength…  However, when I saw Jodie from Tales of cloth had brought out EPP shape packs, and the amazing blocks that were being made from them on Instagram, I couldn’t help myself but get a packet or two and have a go.  Jodie is holding a family pack competition which is running until the end of September if I remember correctly.  So if you are in any way into EPP or want to try it out I would thoroughly recommend  heading over to Tales of Cloth grabbing a pack and joining in the fun.  I am absolutely hooked and currently have stitchers claw to prove it!

I will write a bit more about my makes using the family packs later, but for now, here is a cushion top made while waiting for my packs to arrive.  Just to prepare myself, you know..  I picked up some useful EPP tips from Lucy from Charm About You and realised I had been using way too much glue for basting!!  Check out her blog through the link.  She’s fab! 

In other news I have a couple of new stockists, Whoot!  Edinburgh Printmakers have a selection of my Project bags, Stacking baskets and Coin purses.  And from the 24th August I will have a shelf at Popping up in Stockbridge which will be filled with quilted goodies.  If you are in the Edinburgh area both of these are well worth a visit.

Until next time..


Octopoda: Fabric collection no.3


Phew! I got it finished on time.  I don’t know about you but I always forget how much the school summer holidays impact on work time.  Anyway I managed to get Octopoda printed and ready on schedule. Whoot!

I love creating these mini collections and chose Octopus for my inspiration this time.  Well it made sense that I should go into the sea after Actinomycetes and Flying High.  I chose Octopus because they are intelligent , practical creatures as well as being graceful and beautiful.

Did you know they have three hearts, blue blood and can reform limbs that have been severed?  They can also camouflage themselves in a spilt second to blend in with their surroundings and avoid predators.   Octopuses (apparently the correct plural) are capable of quite complex behaviour being able to unscrew lids and use discarded coconut shells as tools and shelter.  And we all remember Paul the Octopus that predicted the World Cup results in 2010.  Need I say more..

So without further ado… Octopoda!

IMG_0042This is the first collection that I have created a full panel design.  I am going to be using a few of these to make cushion tops from.   Paper piecing a border around them using other prints in the collection.

IMG_0040With Octopoda I wanted to create images likened to old seafarer tattoos or those illustrations where the giant octopus is reaching up out of the sea to engulf the passing ship.  IMG_0041

Octopoda’s print run will continue until 31st October.  Panels are available in my Etsy Shop now.

Until next time


Fabric and Crochet Baskets, Oh My!


I got some play time in, hurrah!  The kids went off to their Grans for a holiday which gave me much needed space to try out new techniques and processes.  When the kids are away I will play!

If you have been following me on Instagram you will have seen various random makes popping up in my feed.  Playing and experimentation is the part of the making process that usually gets pushed aside for orders and commissions.  But, its the part where the best ideas and inspiration comes from!

When I sat down to write this post I realised I have been making too many projects to cover in just one post.  So I  have decided to split the post up and spread it over a few weeks. It was in danger of becoming ridiculously lengthy and we all have busy lives, right?

And so it started a few of weeks back when I came across Wool and the Gang who have a range of yarn that is made from up cycled t-shirts.  Fabulous!!!  I loved the idea of using up cycled material to make my crochet baskets from. (I have been trying to become more environmentally conscious in my approach to making products)  It did not disappoint!

When crocheted it gives a really firm finish and due to the yarn thickness it is a really fast make.   The black and white, aptly named Beetle juice, yarn has a stretch to it which makes it perfect for covering plant posts to snuggly take on their shape and not have any saggy gaps at the top.  No one likes a saggy gap now do we.

To make the baskets I started with a magic loop, single crocheted x 2 in the round until I got my desired base width, then half double crocheted into the outside loop to get the height.  If you crochet that should make sense to you.

I had been searching all over for the perfect succulents to go with my crochet baskets and came across Glenhirsts Cacti Nursery.  If you are into succulents this is an amazing place to get them online in the UK.  Their range was brilliant!  Of course, I chose ones that would complement my baskets.  They arrived within a couple of days and were in great condition and have planted up well.  I hadn’t realised they would come without pots but they apparently like to travel that way and came with information and instructions for their care.  I love them, they are perfect!

Continuing the basket experimentation  I wanted to try my hand at the fabric variety and had been holding on to a fat quarter of a Japanese neon fabric for just the right make. I can’t remember the name of or seem to be able to get this fabric anywhere now. If anyone knows please let me know!  Fabric stacking baskets turned out to be the perfect project to show it off and I chose a complete contrast fabric for the lining in Gust Cobalt from Cotton and Steel.

I found a few fabric basket patterns over on Pinterest and used these measurements as a starting point.  The baskets are totally straight forward to make but I managed to sew up the wrong sides twice and tried to turn them inside out and then finally realised the lining sits in and the baskets are closed by folding the rim in, pinning and topstitching.  I really should read patterns before I make things… One handy tip I discovered was to attach the fusible stabiliser to the lining rather than the outside fabric.  This allows the basket to be firm but not feel cardboardy.

Thats all from me.  The stacking baskets and succulent pot cover are listed in my Etsy Shop  now.  Also just to remind you if you want to get your hands on my Actinomycetes fabric you have until the 31st July when the collection ends.  After this time whats left will be removed and made into other things.  Probably fabric baskets!  My next fabric collection will be released at the beginning of August and I will let you know more about that soon.

Until next time, Lucy

Real knitting problems : Where to store those huge knitting needles.


Big knitting is all the rage now days.  And with it comes the problem of where to store those oversized knitting needles required to knit with big wool.  Have you ever tried to shove those oversized needles into a standard knitting needle case?  Which has then gone on to unravel and open, splaying an array of knitting needles everywhere.  This was the dilemma facing one of my favourite people.

At the beginning of last week I had a friend contact me who was having difficulty finding a knitting needle holder big enough to hold her needles.  They were either too small in length, did not have enough space inside, there was nowhere to store her crochet needles etc.  An array of knitting problems!  So, not one to turn down a challenge I set about designing a knitting needle case that was everything she needed it to be; Long enough for her biggest knitting needle,  additional compartments for crochet hooks and sock needles or yarn,  separation in the core of the case to stop needles bunching up , padded so the needles don’t poke out, get damaged or stab you in the arm when you are shoving them in your bag.

And so I came up with the Meg Knitting Case.  (The needles here are my own for demonstration)  I added two sets of poppers to close the front pocket and to hold the top flap in place because we don’t want the needles falling out all over the place.


I have set up a listing in my Etsy shop for the Meg Knitting Case  where you can select the colour you want and have one made just for you.

Until next time,


Mini Pincushion Tutorial


You know how you hold on to those teeny scrap pieces of your favourite fabric?  Well, this project is perfect for using and showing them off.   At 4″ in size it is the perfect size for on the go sewing.  So handy for throwing in your project bag with your EPP.  I have to admit I have become completely obsessed with making them in the last week and thought you might like to as well.

You will need:

  • Cutting mat/ rotary cutter/ ruler
  • Scrap fabric
  • Stuffing or walnut shells
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • batting
  • hand sewing needle
  • 1/4” foot

Cut 4” square of backing fabric.

Cut your sacred scraps into 1” strips.

Cut 5” square of scrap batting.

(I use cotton batting as I find it gives a better quilt and feel to the pincushion)

Cut 2 x 1” squares and sew them right sides together.  Press seams to one side.



Next, sew the squares you just joined to a strip of fabric as shown in pic to begin creating a log cabin.  (I sew a long strip and trim off  rather than cut to size each time)

IMG_0007Continue to work around the block pressing the seams in the same direction, trimming as you go to retain the squared shape.

When you have sewn 15 strips in the round, your block should measure approx 4 1/2”.

IMG_0008Quilt the pincushion top as you choose.  I love crosshatching and this project is a great, and quick, way to be able to use it. Once you are finished quilting trim to 4”.

IMG_0009Place the backing square that you cut earlier, right sides facing, on top of your quilted pincushion top.  Sew a 1/4 “ round the edge leaving an gap (roughly 2”) to be able to turn the pincushion inside out.


Pull your pincushion through the gap and stuff.  I used polyester stuffing.  You can use walnut shells or whatever filling you prefer.  Sew up using a slip stitch.  I double my thread and sew beyond the gap finishing with a triple  small stitch. To secure push the needle through the stitch into the pincushion, up and out, away from the stitch to bury the thread.

Et Voila!

IMG_0010The fabric I have used is from my Actinomycetes fabric collection which is available until 31st July.  A selection of pin cushion and fabric is available in my Etsy Shop

Until next time,