Sunday, 8 December 2019

Sample Sale Today!

I'm having a "just in time for Christmas" sample sale, selling some recently stitched project samples at bargain prices.

The sale starts at 11am (GMT) today, over at lauralupinsells. Please bear with me while I get everything listed! Leave a comment on anything you'd like to buy and I'll reply as soon as possible, then we can sort out payment via PayPal.

I'll be listing dove ornaments, a robin brooch, animal masks, gingerbread men ornaments (tutorial coming soon!), fox and badger brooches, and some embroidered pieces, too. There are a few items still available from my previous sale, as well. If it's not marked sold it's still available :)

The UK postage shown for each item is for it posted solo. I'll combine postage for items bought together - you can send an approximately shoebox sized parcel weighing up to 2kg by 2nd class post for just £3 in the UK, so most packages won't cost more than this to send (yay!). If you're elsewhere in the world, let me know your country and I'll check the postage for you.

Don't have an Instagram account but spotted something you'd like to buy? It's free to sign up for an account, or you can send me a message via my contact form and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

New in My Shop: Fabulous Felt Flower Brooches Tutorial & Floral Embroidery Patterns

I added a new printable PDF pattern to my shops this week: a tutorial for sewing lots of fabulous flowers!

The PDF file includes full size templates and step-by-step instructions (with lots of photos) for sewing several styles of big, bold flower brooches. Choose from the pointed or curved petals, and top your brooches with a button or some seed beads.


These brooches are really easy to sew but the finished result is fabulous and they make a really big impact. The biggest brooches are about 12.5 cm (5 inches) wide.


I used to sell lots of these flowers in my shops back in the days when I sold handmade things...

It's been really fun revisiting this design and revamping it so I can share it with you guys as a printable PDF. As well as adding the curved petal flowers, I've also drawn a couple of floral embroidery patterns. I'm so pleased with how they've turned out!

The file includes detailed and simple versions of each of the embroidery designs and a short guide to how I stitched my flowers. They look great framed in a 5 inch embroidery hoop but you could stitch them on anything you fancy.

You could also use the felt flowers for other crafty projects: I used to sell the smaller flowers as haircombs, and I think a few of them would look awesome glued to a wreath!

Remember, when you buy any patterns from my shops you have my permission to use them to make handmade things to sell at craft fairs or online.

Click here to buy my Fabulous Flowers PDF from my Etsy shop (the files will be available to download immediately after purchase), or click here to buy it from my Folksy shop (I'll email you the files within 24 hours). Shop before December 12th to get my flower designs at the bargain launch price!

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Friday, 6 December 2019

Felt Doves: Sew Pretty Bird Ornaments for Your Christmas Tree

As I mentioned yesterday, this month I'm sending out TWO free festive sewing tutorials to the subscribers of my pattern newsletter.

In December you can learn to sew sweet little felt robins (follow the link if you missed yesterday's post!) and pretty felt doves:

The doves tutorial includes a step-by-step guide to sewing the ornaments, and templates for two sizes of the birds.


You can stitch plain white doves or add embellishments for extra loveliness. The bigger doves are particularly great to decorate as there's more space to work with!

I added sequins and beads, and also embroidered one of the doves' wings with some snowflakes.


I love how all of the doves I stitched turned out, but I'm particularly pleased with the snowflake one!

The ornaments are double sided, so you make two sides that are a mirror image of each other. Here's an in-progress pic of one of the sequinned doves:

Want to sew some dove ornaments for you Christmas tree, or to give as gifts this winter?

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The dove and robin tutorials should be sent out to my current pattern newsletter subscribers this week (fingers crossed!) then they'll be available as a download for new subscribers until next month's project is released.

Click here to visit my tutorial archive for lots more free Christmas patterns and project ideas.

P.S. I talk about these designs as being Christmas craft projects, but of course you don't need to celebrate Christmas to want to sew a winter robin or a sparkly dove! If you're not a lover of Christmas I hope you'll forgive my linguistic habit and stitch yourself some felt birds anyway xx

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Sew a Felt Robin Brooch or Ornament for Christmas!

This month subscribers to my free pattern newsletter will recieve not one but TWO free festive projects! Hurrah!

The first tutorial? A step by step guide to sewing a little felt robin:

You can make the robins as brooches or as decorations for your Christmas tree... with or without sequins :)


These little robins are an old design I used to sell in my shops many years ago. It's been so nice digging out the old templates and sewing some again! Here's an old work-in-progress photo from a busy winter:

Both of December's free projects will be sent out to my current pattern newsletter subscribers soon (hopefully this week!), then they'll be available as a download for new subscribers until next month's project is released.

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If you sign up to my monthly pattern newsletter you'll recieve a free project from me in your inbox once a month, and you can also sign up to hear about what's new on my blog and in my shop (I'm sharing lots of behind the scenes updates at the moment).

Click here to visit my tutorial archive for lots more free Christmas tutorials and craft ideas.

P.S. I'll share pics of this month's second freebie tomorrow!