Tilly and The Buttons Stella Hoody and a Thumbhole Hack

Hi All!

In Issue 40 of Simply Sewing Magazine there was a fantastic freebie pattern by Tilly and The Buttons – The Stella Hoodie!! It’s also available from her new Book – Stretch! Make yourself Comfortable Sewing with Knit Fabrics.

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Jennifer Lauren Handmade Juniper Cardigan

Morning All!

When Jennifer put the call out for Testers for her new Cardi pattern, who wouldn’t say no?!

I’ve recently made the Bronte Top and it fit was really good and her instructions are pretty easy to follow so i thought i’d take myself out of my comfort zone and make my 1st ever Cardigan!

Thankfully i had won a £20 voucher from @cottonreelstudio, perfect timing! So i decided to go for the Navy and Black Ponte Roma for a bit of colour blocking and i wanted the cardi to have a bit of structure to it 🙂

There is 2 versions to this cardigan, if you wanted a vintage vibe there is a cropped version or longline length that i opted for.

The fab thing about Jennifer’s patterns is that she has set the pattern pieces really well to print so instead of wasting paper you only need to print the pages you need for whichever version you are sewing! Nothing worse than printing out a 50 odd page pattern and to only use 40 of them…. must be the ‘Yorkshire’ in me!

Oh look my Fondant fancies are making an appearance again! Hahahaha!

 Here’s a pic of the Neckband going in, it’s a lot easier than you think!

Now i won’t lie…. this pattern is for the absolute beginner! You will need to have some experience working with knits as it can be a tricky when you are inserting the saddle sleeves but it is a very interesting design feature!

Here’s my tester version all sewn up!

There is an option for buttons also but for my version i quite like my cardi’s open and tend not to fasten them so didn’t want to fath around for no reason!

So with skipping that step i managed to get this sewn up in a day from sticking the pages to sewing up the cardi so not bad going to say it’s my 1st cardi! Yay!

For my next version, I’m thinking for going for a bit lighter jersey as the Ponte is quite thick and doesn’t drape much because of it plus it’s coming to Spring/Summer which would be a fab cover up! Just need decide if i want to colour block or not….hmmmmm!

The Pattern is now officially realised over at Jennifer’s Shop so grab your copy now and get sewing up some yummy cardis’!



Infinity Scarf with a Pom Pom Twist Tutorial

Hello peeps and Happy Friday!

Hope your ready for a nice quick easy sew for this drab weather we are having in the UK! It’s windy, rainy and dark and its depressing!

So to cheer myself up I made myself a new Jersey Infinity Scarf with added Pom Poms to make it Cheery!

Its great stash buster as it only requires just 20″ of 60″ wide Fabric! Win Win in my eyes!

Here is what needed:

20″ of 60″ Wide Jersey or Cotton Fabric

1.5m of Pom Pom Trim

Thread & Bobbin

Zipper Foot – This is needed instead of Normal Foot as this allow to sew the Trim in 🙂

Plenty of Pins!

Take your piece of Fabric and fold it in Half Length ways with Right Sides Together.

Insert the Pom Pom Trim in between the folds with the Straight edge of the Trim matching the raw edge of the Fabric, so that the Actual Pom Pom’s are on the inside.

Pin all the way along the Long edge leaving the Short Sides open.

Now remember to use your Zipper foot as this will get as close as you can to stitch in the trim as if you try to sew with the normal foot it wouldn’t get anywhere near to secure the pom poms. I also set my Machine to a small Zig Zag Stitch.

I used the otherside of the Foot as my guide to keep it nice and straight whilst sewing.

Now to turn the scarf to the right side by sliding your arm into the ‘tube’ and pull the end through so that it turns itself to the Right Side out.

Take both of the open ends of the Fabric and start pinning where the Seams meet and try and pin about 3 quarters of the way round. Sew in place using 1cm Seam Allowance.

Now to sew the Gap! Lightly press the remaining Seam Allowance and then hand stitch the closing using a Slip stitch.

And Voila! One quick and easy Infinity Scarf with a Twist! See it’s that Easy!!

You can easily swap the Jersey for Cotton if you wanted a ‘Summer’ version 😉

As you can see it’s a fab selfish sew or if you are feeling generous why don’t you knock some these for Family or Friends?

Have a fab weekend!

Sal xx