Wash, Rinse, Repeat

My tip of the day is PRE-WASH YOUR FABRIC! All fabric. Every time. "But, but..." I hear you say, "I'm impatient to get started. It will make my fabric curl/fray. Is is really that important?" Well tough, yes it will and yes it is. Pre-washing is vital before starting...

Confession Time…

I am absolutely terrible for cleaning my machines. Or rather, for NOT cleaning my machines. I am forever getting caught up in a design or a deadline and I think 'I'll do it tomorrow'. Then tomorrow becomes the next day and the next day becomes the next week. Before I...

An Easy Rule(r) To Follow

For those of you looking to step up your game from 'home-made' to 'hand-made', a sharply-pressed, even hem can work wonders. To help you along the way I have created a nifty little ruler. You simply pop it between your layers of fabric, line it up with the correct...

Getting To The Point – Choosing The Right Needle

Did you know that there are different needles for different fabrics? Or are you guilty of sewing everything with a universal needle and hoping for the best? (Confession: even I do this when I'm in a hurry!) Here's a quick run down of the most common needles you're...

Don’t Be Afraid of Stretch Fabrics!

If you take a look inside your wardrobe you’ll probably find that the majority of your clothes are made using stretch, or knit fabrics. However, many people are reluctant to use them for their own sewing projects thinking that they’re tricky to use or require special...

Hello Dolly

Meet the newest member of the MBJM family - Finn. Getting a doll seemed like a great idea. Perfect for roll play and for helping develop Charlie's nurturing side. Plus, one more cute boy to sew for! Next time I have a 'great idea' feel free to whack me round the head...

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree…

The festive season is upon us and it's time for some Christmas sewing. Whilst I love all the Christmas jumpers out there (sweaters/pullovers for my non-British friends. Check out the British Christmas jumper obsession here), I don't think jumpers should get all the...

Rudolph The Red Nosed Pocket

This tutorial is for a Rudolph themed pocket. I added it to an Adventurer Raglan sweatshirt (EU customers can find it here) but it can be used with any sweatshirt pattern you like. You will need: the animal applique pattern (EU customers will find it in the files...

Mother of Dragons

Out of the 4 animal appliqués, my boys definitely like the dragon the best. I'm ok with that because if they're dragons that makes me the Mother of Dragons. Now if only my hair were as awesome as Daenerys'... The dragon is a little more fiddly than the other three,...

Polar Bear Cub

To create an adorable polar bear sweatshirt you will need: the Hot Chocolate pattern (EU customers can find it here) the free animal appliqué pattern (EU customers can find it in the files section of the Facebook sewing group.) white/cream teddy/sherpa/minky/jersey...

Foxes and Dragons and Bears – Oh My!

I have an early Christmas present for you - 4 sets of appliqués/add-ons to help you create some adorable animal sweatshirts. They are designed to work with the Hot Chocolate and Adventurer Patterns (EU customers can find them here),  but with a little adaption can be...

I Want To Break Free!

I hope you guys have been busy enjoying the free Sandcastle Bucket Hat pattern. If you haven't grabbed a copy yet you can find it here. I chose not to include a chin strap in the pattern as I am conscious of the potential choking risk. However, during testing several...

Beach Hair – Don’t Care

If you take a look at the only proper photo I've had taken in the last 5 years you'll see I have a LOT of hair. That photo was a small hair day straight after a hair cut. I love having curly hair, it's great. Unless of course there's water nearby, or it's windy, or...

Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve

I love hearts. I have them festooned liberally around my studio. I had an idea to create a Valentine's outfit for Charlie using hearts, however, Valentine's day isn’t a huge deal in either of my home countries, so I wanted to design something stylish, but subtle that...

Faking It

Tis the season for long sleeves and layers. I love the layered look, but Jack doesn’t like wearing 2 t-shirts, so I fake it. It’s ridiculously easy. Start with a regular t-shirt pattern - I’m using the Eclipse here. Cut 2 regular, short sleeves from your main fabric...

Ruffle Tutorial Part 2

This time I'm going to show you how to make a more traditional ruffle. The brilliant thing about detachable ruffles is that you can make more than one for each nappy! 1. Choose your fabrics:inky for the nappy, and pretty much anything you like for the ruffle! 2. Cut...

Ruffle Tutorial Part 1

I've had quite a few requests for help adding ruffles to nappies, so thought I would create a couple of tutorials for you. I'll talk you through two slightly different ways to make a detachable ruffle nappy. These are by no means the only ways to make ruffle nappies,...

Monster Hoodie

Hands up if you have a little monster at home... Fancy making something for them but don't have the time/patience/skills/confidence to make clothes from scratch? Well how about a monster hoodie? They're so easy to make and I can't even begin to count how many...

Boys Can Wear Pink But…

So here we are again - Boys Can Wear Pink: Season 4, hosted by the oh-so-fabulous Kelly from Handmade Boy. To recap the last 3 seasons. 1. Boys can wear pink - who knew? 2. Boys can wear pink and look awesome. 3. Of course boys can wear pink, duh! I often choose pink...

BCWP 2017: Does He Care What The Other Eyeballs Think?

Boys Can Wear Pink Season 3 I can’t believe it’s a whole year since I blogged for BCWP Season 2, but apparently it is! When, as a family, you have two boys to entertain and two businesses to run, time doesn’t so much fly as travel at warp speed. I had two ideas about...

Building The Dream

I’m an awkward sod sometimes. I could say fussy, I could say particular, but really I’m just awkward. You see I like the fact I work from home, but I don’t actually like working in my home. I am far too easily distracted by the laundry, the washing up, the toys that...

Ready-To-Wear Despair

A question I get asked on a regular basis is 'how do your sizes compare to ready to wear?' or 'what RTW does your age 1 compare to?' I never answer these questions - and here's why. Jack has just turned 4. He is reasonably tall for his age and a little on the slim...

Boys Can Wear Pink

I'm dusting off the cobwebs and re-starting my blog. After a 2 year absence (during which time we've had another child!) I was keen to get things started again and when Kelly from Handmade Boy asked me to take part in her 'Boys Can Wear Pink' blog series, it was just...

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