Category Archives: Homemakery News

Win: Wild Things – Funky Little Clothes to Sew

Wild Things Funky Little Clothes to Sew

Wild Things – Funky Little Clothes to Sew is the first book by Kirsty Hartley the talented designer and business owner behind Wild Things which can only be described as one of the most innovative and fun kids clothing company around. Kirsty started Wild Things back in 2011 with the ethos “to put imagination back into beautiful every day children’s clothes”. Kirstys book takes her ethos a step further by providing the patterns and instructions to make your very own versions of her outfits for the little people in your life.

Bird hoodie

The book is split into 3 main sections:

Dresses: With over 70 pages of dressmaking including A line dresses, pinafores, sundresses, rompers, aprons and long sleeve dresses there is plenty of options for beginners as well as more experienced dressmakers. I loved the Flower Collar Dress and Bumblebee Romper, yes its a romper that looks like a bee, oh the cuteness!A Line Wild things Print Dress 1

Bottoms: With cute elasticated skirts, bloomers and baby knickers this section works well providing matching bottoms for the dresses and pinafores in the dresses section.group_234788

Character Outfits: For me the Character Outfits section is the most unique and fun section, fancy making a fox, owl or baby mouse dress? Or how about some bear, puppy or wolf dungarees. A red riding hood cape or a bear or lion coat? The designs are incredible and you can only imagine the excitement a child would having wearing one of these gorgeous outfits, they scream fun playtime and would be sure to fire the dungarees

A couple of things I love about Kirsty’s book:

  • All the basic techniques you will need are explained up front with step by step photo instructions, applique, bias binding and inserting a zip are all covered
  • Projects are graded from easy to more challenging so you can easily identify a project to meet your skills.
  • The full size patterns come in a pocket and you can take them out and spread them out, you will need to trace them but I love that this book includes proper sized patterns! You can also download them if you want to print them out and a link is provided in the book
  • The designs are FUN, FUN, FUN, this is a book that screams sunshine, stories and playtime! If you have a child aged 6 months to 7 years there is something for you and them!

teepee group shot

Overall its a gorgeous book full of unique inspiring projects so if you have little ones to make for its gorgeous! Don’t take my word for it you can have a flick through the book over on Amazon

Kirsty has kindly sent me one copy of Wild Things: Funky Little Clothes to Sew to giveaway, so to be in with a chance of winning just enter using the Rafflecopter Giveaway below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The draw closes on 6th June and I will contact the winner shortly afterwards

Good luck!

Kate signature

Ps. If you are not sure you are up to making one of  Kirsty’s cute outfits yourself, head over to Wild Things shop where you can find the pre-made version all handmade here in the UK, shhh we wont tell!

New in: Limited Edition Tilda – Painting Flowers

April Showers bring May Flowers or in this case Tilda Painting Flowers!

Tilda Painting Flowers The Homemakery

Tilda Painting Flowers The Homemakery

Tilda have just released their first ever Limited Edition fabric collection for Summer 2015. Painted Flowers picks out some of the most popular prints from Apple Bloom and Spring Lake and reinvents them in a gorgeous sage green, pink, china and storm blue colour palette.

Tilda Painting Flowers The Homemakery

Our allocation of fabrics arrived at lunchtime today and we have already sold half of our stock of some of these fabrics! It has been crazy busy but I can see why because this collection is just so beautiful! If you fancy treating yourself to the new Painting Flowers fabric bundle you can save 10% off the fabric bundle over the bank holiday weekend, which basically works out as a free fat quarter and you get free P&P too!

 Tilda Painting Flowers The Homemakery

If you are looking for some Painting Flowers inspiration head over to the Tilda’s World blog where they have this free Painting Flowers quilt pattern


Do keep an eye on the Tilda’s World blog as rumour has it they will be releasing a pattern to the Painting Flowers Bag below very soon!


If you do fancy getting your hands on any of the gorgeous Painting Flowers fabrics do get in quick as we won’t be able to get anymore once we sell out, once its gone, it really is gone!

Have a great bank holiday weekend!

Kate signature

Farm Girl Vintage and a Sew Along!

If you haven’t checked out Lori Holt’s blog, Bee in my Bonnet, recently you might have missed that her third book Farm Girl Vintage has just been released! I have long been a fan of Loris first book Quilty Fun and after spotting various sneak peeks popping up on Lori’s instagram feed I knew this was another book I would have to get!

Farm Girl Vintage Book

Farm Girl Vintage is similar to Quilty Fun but with a Vintage, Country, Farm Girl theme. If you want to pre-order Farm Girl Vintage we will be getting a delivery next week and shipping them out for the weekend.

You can see below some of the 45 traditional and cute farm themed blocks that Lori has bought to life in the book.

Farm Girl Potholders

Each sampler block can be made in both 6 inch and 12 inch sizes and there are detailed instructions to make 10 quilts, 2 table runners, a table topper and a pot holder!

Farm Girl Sampler-Quilt

Sew Along

I was incredibly excited to hear Lori is going to be leading a Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along over on her blog and on Instagram. It starts on Friday 1st May and will continue until mid-October, each Friday Lori will be sewing 2 blocks from the book with 45 blocks being sewn in total!

I took part in Lori’s  Quilty Fun Christmas Sew Along  in November and finished my quilt in January (its so cute I will share it here soon!), needless to say I cannot wait to start the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along!

If you fancy joining in you will need a copy of Farm Girl Vintage which you can pre-order here.  I have also pulled together a couple of Farm Girl inspired fabric bundles if you fancy sewing along.

Fabulous Farm Girl Bundle


First up is the Fabulous Farm Girl bundle this bumper bundle contains 30 fat quarters inspired by Lori in her go to colour palette of Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Aqua and Blue along with some of those oh so useful low volume prints.




Skinny Farm Girl Bundle

If you are thinking of using some of your own stash but want a bundle to get started with have a look at our Skinny Farm Girl bundle which is a paired down version of the Fabulous bundle and contains 14 fat quarters.


Low Volume Farm Girl


If you want to add some Low Volume fabrics to your stash our Low Volume Farm Girl Bundle contains 8 fat quarters to co-ordinate with Lori’s of Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Aqua and Blue colour palette.


Background Fabrics

Throughout the sew-a-long Lori has recommended low volume polka dots on white for background fabrics. We have pulled together our Sevenberry dots on a white background in pink, blue and beige if you are looking for a Swiss dot.

Pick & Mix Farm Girl

If you fancy choosing your own fabrics for the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along I have set up a Farm Girl Fabric category on the website where you can pick and mix your Farm Girl inspired fabrics, there is even a feature on there that you can view them by colour!


I hope you will join me on the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along, I will be sharing my progress here on the blog and over on Instagram, I can’t wait to have a quilty kind of summer!

Happy Sewing

Kate signature

New: Pam Kitty Garden

Pam Kitty

It may be freezing cold outside but Summer has arrived inside in the form of the Pam Kitty Garden collection designed by Pam Vieira-McGinnis for Lakehouse DryGoods.


This delightful collection combines 1930’s reproduction florals with polka dots, ginghams, plaids, great low volume prints and gorgeous newsprints and toile.


If you fancy seeing the Pam Kitty Garden fabrics in all their glory do have a look at our YouTube Video:

I’m thinking a Homebird & Belle zipped project bag would look just perfect in these!

Happy Sewing



Kate signature