Friday, 20 February 2015

Book Review & Giveaway: Torie Jayne's Stylish Home Sewing

Is your Mum is a dedicated sewist or have-a-go crafter? Are you looking for a special DIY project for Mother's Day on March 15th? Or do you just want to drop a massive hint to your own children by sending them a link to a quality gift that you actually want for Mothering Sunday?

I think I might have found the very thing you've been looking for...

Stylish Home Sewing by Torie Jayne, published by CICO Books, is the perfect book for Mother's Day and to welcome in the Spring. 
I'm happy to report that this book is chock full of stylish DIY sewing projects, there's not a dud in there. It's all killer and no filler! Torie Jayne, who studied fashion, is a paragon of style; her blog gets 100,000 hits a month (that's right: A MONTH!), and she has designed for many high street brands such as M&S and Zara.

Her style is very feminine and pretty, using a trademark palette of tasteful pastels, which makes this book feel like breath of fresh air. Even if you don't share the same taste in florals and linens you could still make up your chosen projects in geo-inspired prints and neon colours.

It's all about sewing for the home, and the projects are grouped into rooms: hallway, kitchen, bedroom etc. There's also a very handy how-to section at the beginning with very easy to understand instructions and helpful illustrations.

I particularly like the bags and baskets which feature these chic leather handles. I'll be running up some of the sturdy storage baskets to address the 'tidiness issues' in my house (kids: I'm looking at you!). My other fave projects are the doily bunting (so simple, so effective and a great excuse to start treasure hunting for vintage doilies in my local charity shops), the rose garland fairy lights (absolutely gorgeous) and, for practical reasons, the drawstring bread bag (watch out for my make - coming soon!).

The lovely team at Cico Books have given us a copy of Stylish Home Sewing to give away to one of our lucky followers. To be in with a chance of winning head over to our Stylist Home Sewing Facebook photo album for further instructions.

For Mother's Day, or just as a treat to yourself, this book is the bees knees.

Stylish Home Sewing by Torie Jayne, photography by Sussie Bell, published by CICO Books, rrp £14.99

Friday, 6 February 2015

Very Valentine's - Top 3 Valentine themed DIYs

There's a week to go before Valentine's Day so you've still got time to make something adorable for the love of your life!

Here's our top 3 Valentine's tutorials, all on our Pinterest board, all guaranteed heart warmers. Go!

Red Heart Pillow Tutorial on U Create by Noodle Head

 How to Make A Jammy Dodger Tutorial on Mollie Makes by Oussi Gresty

 DIY Valentine's Day Cards by Delightfully,Kristi

Happy making you loveable lot!