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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!

Choosing Felt ~ A Buyer’s Guide

Choosing Felt ~ A Buyer’s Guide

Which is the best type of felt to use for making ornaments and dolls? Felt comes in a number of different fibre compositions and thicknesses, as well as (luckily for us) a huge range of lovely colours. The type you should choose depends on what you plan to make, as...

An Interview for Sew Magazine Part 2

An Interview for Sew Magazine Part 2

Continuing my interview with Sew Magazine. You can read the first part here. We absolutely love your latest book Felt Ornaments for All Occasions! What inspired you to write this book? What do you want readers to take away from it? I had always wanted to write a...

An Interview for Sew Magazine Part 1

An Interview for Sew Magazine Part 1

I was delighted to be interviewed by the UK's top sewing magazine this month! It was fun to trace the development of my business right back from the beginning, through its various stages to the present, and the publication of my book, Felt Ornaments For All Occasions....

How to Make a Dutch Rabbit Felt Toy

How to Make a Dutch Rabbit Felt Toy

  I love Dutch rabbits, with their distinctive face markings in grey and white or black and white. I thought I’d try making one using my Tabitha Rabbit pattern, and the result was Tabitha’s new friend Topsy.       Here’s how to adapt the Tabitha...

Dressing Up For Christmas

Dressing Up For Christmas

I had the sewing machine out the other day so, even though I prefer hand stitching, I decided to quickly make the dolls a batch of new clothes with some lovely Christmas fabrics I had stashed away. I made Toby's waistcoat in a bright patterned print, and used the...

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...