Thursday, 26 June 2014

Quilted Cushion

My Mum asked me to recover an old cushion for her. she is decorating the spare room in blues & cream/white tones and wanted the new cover to match this scheme. After looking through my old copies of Love Patchwork magazine she selected the most complicated patchwork cushion design in there for her new cover!

The fabrics were all ones I already had. The patchwork design itselt was complicated, and I'll admit that I couldn't see how it was all going to come together when I was laying it out, but I followed the step by step instructions and slowly the design emerged!

I'm really thrilled with the end result, and more importantly so is Mum!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

A Very Special Bunny!

The bunny dolls from Posie Gets Cosie have been my favourite things to make this year. When a friend requested a custom made bunny, complete with pyjamas and a jumper, the challenge was too cute to resist!

The result is my favourite bunny so far - looking dapper in vintage fabric pyjamas with a patterned jumper over the top and slippers in case he gets cold!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Rosie Cushion

For Ash's Mum's birthday I made her a cushion with her beloved dog Rosie on it. This has been a surprise hit with everyone who's seen it and they all now want cushions with their pets on them!

The background fabric and inner cushion came from Ikea. Rosie's face is felt with free machine embroidery over the top.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Gender Neutral Baby Quilt

I'm starting to make more items to sell, which is exciting, but also quite daunting! I'm trying to appeal to a wide range of tastes while also staying true to my ethos of 'Vintage Bee' - vintage style, quirky and original items.

This baby quilt is intended to be gender neutral. In my opinion far too much baby stuff is either blue or pink, it gets a bit boring and stereotypical. This cute cream fabric was an ebay purchase. The squares on it are tiny and took me ages to sew around but I love the finished effect!

As you can see, I've started adding by Bee label to items for sale! This quilt is for sale on my Vintage Bee Facebook page.

Embroidered Baby Bits

Recently everyone at work seems to be pregnant! With this baby boom in full swing I've been embroidering lots of baby gros and bibs as gift sets.

I love making these! I use scraps from my stash for the picture and then free motion embroider around that. I use Primark plain baby gros and bibs. And add my Vintage Bee label! I think these make really special gifts for expectant parents-to-be, and everyone who has recieved one so far has been thrilled!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Nautical Cushion

I had some patchwork pieced together and left over from a recent baby quilt I made. It was a big enough piece to be used as part of something else, so I decided to make it into a cushion cover.

I love this nautical themed fabric. It came from Trago Mills for the bargain price of £2.16 a metre! Such a great place to get fabric.

The cushion is a simple slip cover style. I think it's pretty gender neutral too with its red and blues.

Mr Basil Fox

I loved making the bunny dolls so much that when I saw patterns for other animal friends had been created I think I actually squeeked with joy!

The patterns come from, available as a kit or PDF - I have purchased the PDF options. They are clear & easy to follow & quite simply a joy to make! I've customised outfits for the bunnies I've made which is also simple to do.

What are you waiting for, go and make a foxy friend!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014


 Bunting is a great way of using up scraps of fabric. I had promised a friend some personalised bunting for her daughter's room, and then I got another bunting order through my Facebook page (look me up! Vintage Bee!) so an afternoon of bunting creation commenced!

I couldn't resist making some Vintage Bee bunting too - currently this is hanging in my sewing room, but when I do craft fairs it will hang on the front of my stall.