Doorstop Delights

It seems that the trend of making your own fabric doorstops are still as popular as ever, so I thought I would do a follow up refresh on my popular door stop post from 2009.  These days there are so many weird and wonderful styles and shapes of door stops, with everything from a plain square to the more elaborate owls (which I have to say are just the cutest things).  However for this review of my top 3 current  favourite doorstops based on the traditional rectangle shape, which you can download my FREE door stop pattern.

It’s cute, it’s useful, it’s British

This gorgeous Union Jack door stop is so fantastic.  This year has been jammed packed with patriotic goodness and so it’s no surprise that Best of British inspired apparel and products have sprung up everywhere.  This wonderful doorstop is available from sparklypinkdesigns however if you wanted make your own British inspired doorstop why not mix some union jack fabric along with your own ‘Keep Calm…’embellishment…perhaps ‘Keep Calm and Keep the Door Open’!

Funky and House Proud

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Zippered Purse

It is true that you can never have too many bags! I also think the same is true for zip up purses.  You can sew so many great variations on zippered purses with different pleats and colours.  I think this tutorial from Skip to my Lou is a great way to start if you are a beginner to pleats and also zips (as they can be such fiddly things to get right!)  Being a self confessed button-a-holic there was no way mine was going to get away without a bit of trusty button embellishment!  So if you were all wondering what you are getting for Christmas the secrets out.  They’re perfect for stashing lips balms, grips and hair bobbles in! Happy stitching.

Country Cottage Coasters

These adorable criss cross coasters are so easy to put together and make a wonderful present for someone.  All you need is a hand square template making, 2 different coordinating fabrics, interfacing (iron on is a must for me!).  Thanks to for sharing such a great pattern.  I have seen a variation on this by folding each square into a triangle.  They make perfect mats for candle holders, plant pots and sometime just a decent brew, plus they are fully washable.

Lovely vintage bunting



I’ve had a handmade skirt from the 70’s which was handed down to me for sometime now and alas I am no longer able to get into it. Enter rainy Saturday and my trust sewing machine and hey presto some lovely vintage bunting to brighten my room up.

Duttons for buttons bag pimped



Finally got around to sewing buttons on to my bag. I used a mix of new and vintage ones from my collection, I love the mix and match feel they give it. As the bag is hessian I put a nice lining in to give my belongings a wee bit of extra comfort with some lovely vintage material from my friend.

Felty phone love


Finally got my lovely htc phone screen fixed the other day and thought I would whip up a lovely new phone case to celebrate the occasion. I used a few felt scraps and a wee bit of ribbon. I have had lots of lovely compliments about it. Although I confess I’m gearing up to start crocheting a new one.

Addicted to sock fellas

I have just started making these adorable little sock buddies.

I was lent a couple of books on making them and have been meaning to get started on them.

Armed with a pack of baby socks from asda and a bag of stuffing I started the mission.

On the whole I am pretty pleased with them.

I’m looking forward to experimenting more with body shapes and with facial expressions in the future.