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Welcome to our home beside the sea!

This is where we share news of what we’re up to in the sewing room, making new products and coming up with new patterns and tutorials to help you with your sewing. There’s always tea on the go and usually biscuits. When it’s not raining we down tools and go to the beach!

Retro Christmas Ornaments

Retro Christmas Ornaments

My new Christmas ornaments for 2021 are inspired by retro and mid century decor, especially the beautiful glass baubles with pointed tips and circular motifs. For the lighter colour scheme I combined traditional retro-looking red, white and pale blue. For the other...

Puffin Sewing Accessories

Puffin Sewing Accessories

I've been planning for some time to make a range of sewing accessories, and at last the puffin pin cushion, needle book and scissors case are ready. I really designed them for a PDF pattern so you can make your own, and that's still the plan for early next year. In...

Toby the Dog Sewing Pattern

Toby the Dog Sewing Pattern

Toby the Dog is the latest member of  the Tilly & Puffin family, and the pattern is now ready to download and sew into a 16 inch doll. You can make Toby with a patch over one eye or both, and his perky ears can be tucked down or left at a jaunty angle! He’s...

Wedding Mice Sewing Pattern

Wedding Mice Sewing Pattern

I’m excited to be launching a very special new pattern this month. The Wedding Mice are 13cm/5 inches high, and make a delightful handmade gift for a happy couple or anyone who collects mice! They can be used as cake or cheese toppers, made into hanging decorations by...

Traditional Irish Cottage

Traditional Irish Cottage

  The latest addition to my Irish collection is this cute little white washed cottage with a thatched roof and sheep grazing around the front door. Cottages like this can still be seen around rural Ireland and visited in outdoor museums. They are tiny and dark...

Bailey the Labrador Sewing Pattern

Bailey the Labrador Sewing Pattern

It's all about Labradors this month in the sewing room! Bailey the Labrador is now available as a downloadable PDF pattern so you can sew your own golden, chocolate or black Labrador friend. I'm also in the process of creating a Labrador kit. Meanwhile, Bertie the...

New Year Sewing Room Sort-Out

New Year Sewing Room Sort-Out

Some redecorating in the kitchen has meant that these shelves could move to the sewing room. At last the dolls have come out of their storage box and found a place to sit and keep an eye on everything. Tilly's been sorting and folding all the clothes  and storing them...

Sourcing Fabrics for Doll Clothes

Sourcing Fabrics for Doll Clothes

When I first started thinking about creating doll patterns, one of my motivations was using some of my son’s baby and toddler clothes (which I’d been sentimentally hoarding) to make clothes for my doll models. I wanted to encourage other makers to upcycle clothing,...