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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!

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,...

Tilly & Puffin’s Autumn Wardrobe

Tilly & Puffin’s Autumn Wardrobe

Tilly and Puffin needed some warmer clothes for the coming months so I made this pattern for a cosy mix and match outfit. The tops and tights are made from stretch jersey, the skirt from cord and the boots and scarf from felt. You could also make leggings by removing...

Sewing Room Stories ~ Post Office Drawers

Sewing Room Stories ~ Post Office Drawers

One of my first holiday jobs in the 1980s was helping in the tiny Post Office on the island where I grew up. I loved sorting the mail, using the handheld date stamp to frank all the outgoing post and sealing the mailbags ready to be collected and taken by tractor to...