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Bustle & Sew: DIY Embroidery Kits


A few weeks ago I received one of the brand new DIY embroidery kits from Helen & Rosie, the mother & daughter duo behind Bustle & Sew, the successful monthly magazine and patten company based here in the UK.

I have long been a fan of Bustle & Sew, their website is a treasure trove of embroidery, applique, softie and sewing patterns with an instantly recognisable country vintage style. I follow them on Instagram and love seeing their beautiful creations popping up daily in my feed.


The DIY Embroidery Kits are a new venture from Bustle & Sew and contain (almost) everything you need to stitch up a sweet embroidery hoop  in one of six designs. All you add is 10 inch square piece of fabric of your choosing.


I had long been looking for a project to use the cute Pink Toadstool fabric from Riley Blake Little Red Riding Hood collection and decided this would be the perfect project to use it on. The Bustle & Sew embroidery design comes printed on a piece of adhesive fabri solvy which you simply stick to the front of your fabric and stitch through.

It was so simple to stitch up over the course of a few evenings and if you are a newbie to embroidery the instructions contained in the kit will teach you how to stitch each embroidery stitch used in the pattern.


When I had finished stitching my design I simply hand washed the embroidery and the water soluble Fabri Solvy washed out leaving behind my finished embroidery creation.IMG_6390

I had some left over quilt binding in my scrap bag measuring 1 metre 15cm which was enough to wrap around the outside of the 7 inch embroidery hoop to finish off my hoopla!P1017912


The Bustle & Sew DIY embroidery kits come in six designs which you can find on the Bustle & Sew etsy shop


Bustle & Sew chose a couple of fabrics from the Homemakery for their samples so if you want to recreate them at home the top row is Tilda Stine in White, Sevenberry Cottage Floral in Blue, Dashwood Studio Suffolk Garden Yellow Fern, the bottom row is Dashwood Studio Teal Flurry, Dashwood Studio Prairie Stitchy Ikat and Lecien Petit Fleur in Cream.

I really enjoyed stitching my Home Sweet Home kit, the instructions contained in the kit are really comprehensive making the kits perfect for beginner stitchers.  The kits themselves come beautifully wrapped and would make a great crafty gift, alternatively if you prefer doing the stitching yourself the finished embroidery hoopla would make fantastic gifts for friends, family or yourself!

Happy Stitching!

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