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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!

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...

Meet Fred the Fox Terrier!

Meet Fred the Fox Terrier!

Fred is the newest addition to the family of felt dog ornaments. Fox terriers became popular as pets in the 1930s, and I love the old-fashioned look of these dogs, reminiscent of vintage nursery push-along toys. Doing a little research, I discovered that these feisty...

Video Tutorials~ Making Tilly

Video Tutorials~ Making Tilly

I thought it would be helpful to make some videos showing how to make the dolls, so I've made a start, and I now have a YouTube channel! I plan to create a section on the website for video tutorials, but for now I'll put them here. I've started with sewing on the hair...

Jack Russell and Dachshund sewing kits

Jack Russell and Dachshund sewing kits

The sewing kit range has been updated with new packaging, and some new additions. Mitzi the Dachshund and Jip the Jack Russell have now joined Angus the Scottie in the dog kit range. You can find all the kits here; The kits come boxed up and gift wrapped so they make...

New Year Plans

New Year Plans

At the beginning of January I review the past year and identify what worked and what didn’t, what I need to build on and what new projects I want to concentrate on. I usually overestimate how much I can get done, so this year my focus is on streamlining and...

Merryn Christmas Gift Guide

Merryn Christmas Gift Guide

I'm delighted to be included in this year's Merryn Christmas gift guide. This magazine-style guide contains an array of lovely products from small, independent businesses in the UK and Ireland. A great place to start on the Christmas shopping! My page looks like this,...