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I thought I would quickly share with you all the places you can find me!
My most favourite place to hang out is Instagram. You can find me there at @sewinthegarden and @buttonsinthegarden

Sew in the Garden is my main account with lots of sewing photos and loads of colourfulness. 

sewing and colourful adventures

Buttons in the Garden is where I show off all the amazing buttons that I sell over on Facebook. Facebook makes it extremely hard for small pages to get seen so if you have any button loving friends please feel free to tell them about my page. 

all the buttons
button shopping heaven

I also love Pinterest! I have lots of inspirational boards, from home ideas to quotes for handmade cards to crafting goals. I do find it very addictive once you start pinning! 

get pinning

And of course here on my blog you can read all about my sewing with a little bit of vegetable growing over the summer months!

Please pop over and say hello and let me know I can find you!

I heart pockets

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It’s a true fact that everyone in the sewing community is in love with pockets. I therefore think you should all follow The Crafty Pinups tutorial and add heart shaped pockets to your Coco’s
Abi’s instructions are super easy to follow and include lots of pictures. This is a really quick and easy way to customise your Coco ready for Valentine’s Day. 
I attempted to make the pockets out of some jersey I had left from another Coco but I kept stretching the fabric as I was sewing the curves so instead I used some corduroy left from the Cleo I made. Yes pockets are perfect to use up scraps of fabric! 

Fabric, cut, sew, pin.

Each pocket needs two heart shaped pieces of fabric and as the corduroy is more structured than the jersey of the Coco I used a cotton, again from my stash, to line the pockets so that they weren’t too thick. 

Yay heart pockets.

You could add heart shaped pockets to any garment with similar placed pockets. I’m thinking of adding a large heart shaped pocket when I make my next Cleo, what do you think?

Hello Clemence 

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I’ve made my first ever skirt! The Clemence skirt is one of my #2017makenine and is by Tilly and the Buttons, from Tillys Love at First Stitch book
I would definitely recommend Clemence for a beginner skirt sewer. It’s simple and easy construction consists of a waist band with a gathered skirt and fastens with an invisible zip at the back. Tillys instructions, as always, are clear and detailed which make it a straight forward sewing project. 

Is it weird that I quite like gathering?
 
My sewing goal is to use up my stash and I’m definitely making the most of what fabric I have. This piece of fabric wasn’t long/wide enough to to make the waist band so i have added joins at the side seams. Due to the pattern I think the joins are pretty discrete! 

Well I’m happy with that matching.
 
The only adjustment, well it’s not really an adjustment as you make your own pattern pieces, is that even though I measured my waist twice and used a 1.5cm seam allowance I had to take it in by 5cm after checking the fit. 

I do love French seams.
 
I’m very impressed with my skirt and will definitely be wearing it lots as it looks great with tights or will make a lovely summer skirt when it’s warm enough to go tightness!

I love it!
 
My third #2017makenine is complete. 

With lots of lovely quilting cotton in my stash I think I’m going to attempt the Audrey or Emery dress in March. 
I couldn’t resist Tilly’s latest pattern, Zadie, and ordered it straight away. I’m going to to have a go at making one of these using my knit fabric scraps from all the Cocos I’ve been making. I will use up my stash!  

Where did January go?

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Well January has been a busy, productive and creative month.

I started a bullet journal at the beginning on the month and it definitely seems to be working for me. I don’t think I’m following the traditional bullet journal layout but the basics are similar. I’ll share my bullet journal with you in the next few months when I’ve really got the hang of it. Having my journal to plan my month, week and days means I’ve been super productive and have achieved so much without being my usual stressful self.

Planning and organising.

 

I used to try and cram everything into my two days off and be so exhausted as I never had any rest/me time. I now make sure I have one day a week doing “nothing” and spread out the other “to do” tasks over the other 6 days rather than fitting them into one day.

The month started off with lots of sewing where I made a Tilly and the Buttons Cleo and three Cocos! I blogged about them both and if you missed the posts just click on them and it will link to the posts.

Comfy Coco.
Colourful Cleo.

 

After lots of sewing it was my birthday and I managed to drag out the celebrations over four days and it wasn’t even a special birthday!

Harry Potter birthday fun.

 

We have also started on the bathroom renovations which I am so excited about. I’ve been living with the “second hand” bathroom since I moved in nearly six years ago.

Floor and walls.

As we are doing the bathroom I thought why not do the spare room too, so up come the carpet! Yay floorboards! This room is always dark and where I have set up camp to do my sewing. I’m thinking of painting the floorboards white and having white walls and a yellow feature wall to hopefully brighten it up.

On Saturday I leant how to lino print. It was with the lovely Katie Allen at The Higgins museum in Bedford. It was so much fun and I am so pleased with my first attempt. I definitely think i will be making more of these. Possibly a logo for my blog?

Lino printing fun.

I’ve also be crocheting away in the evenings and have finished a blanket for the bed. As I was crocheting away I wasn’t sure I liked the colours but once it was finished an I had added the boarder I loved it. It’s the Cosy Blanket from Attic24.

Cosy toes.

Blogging is one of my goals I really want to focus on this year. I’m aiming to post once a week, unless I really have nothing exciting to say then it will be less frequently. So far this month I have managed to achieve that and have had so many visitors and views to my page which is great. Feel free to have a read of my other posts whilst you here of why not follow me so you never miss a post!

Well January has been a great start to the year. Here’s to a productive February!

What have you been up to so far this year?