Honeybee Cloths - Sewing supplies for busy bees - free patterns - easy  to sew pre-cuts. Pretty cotton prints - fresh cut off the bolt, patterns & notions.

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By Dawn , Sep 23 2017 03:43PM

From our first sight of these sweet, dreamy prints, earlier this year, I've been counting down the months, till September ....

It was certainly worth the wait !

Hushabye Hollow, Lydia Nelson's (Dreamy Quilts) second collection for Moda, and just like the first, it's simply gorgeous!

This sweet collection rendered in pretty neutrals and soft colours is perfect for cot quilts. Prints include the sweetest little woodland friends, vines and soft florals, ditsy ladybirds, pin-dots and vintage ticking.

In Hushabye Hollow, Lydia Nelson's sweet prints, tell of woodlands friends settling down to sleep....

A glass of milk "night-cap" for a sleepy owl, a beaver brushing his teeth after a long day of chomping and a skunk taking a bath with a bucket in the woods. There’s also a fox strumming a lullaby on the lute for a curious mouse and the man on the moon reading himself to sleep.

The collection includes some lovely low volume neutrals too...

Aren't those little ladybirds lovely!

Hushabye Hollow is now available to order in store, including pre-cuts - jelly rolls, layer cakes, charm packs and yardage.

Plus there's 5% off till noon on Monday 25th September, simply quote code "HARVEST" at checkout :)

Happy sewing,

Dawn x x

By Dawn , Aug 3 2017 09:56PM

Seeing the lovely things made from our supplies, makes us very happy! Often they're met by squeals of delight and admiration, like when we saw this gorgeous Gardening apron, made by Michelle of Creative Blonde....

Photographs by Creative Blonde
Photographs by Creative Blonde

Those little hedgehogs were just meant for Michelle's pretty and practical apron, perfect for pottering outdoors. We are so excited that Michelle has offered to share how it's made in this step by step tutorial.

You'll find lots more eye-candy sewing projects on Michelle's blog too, so remember to pop by and say Hello.

Enjoy and happy sewing x

This handy little apron, is perfect for any keen gardener, for carrying packets of seeds, string, small tools and secateurs. Makes an ideal gift too, and so adorable with this cute hedgehog fabric from honeybee cloths.

Fabrics are from Honeybee Cloths

Tutorial written by creative blonde


4 x long quarters (25cm x 110 cm) in each of the following fabrics:

1. Teal print

2. Hedgehog print

3. Grey print

4. Linen print

5. Rotary cutter, cutting mat, iron and basic sewing supplies.

Let’s begin:

From fabric 1 (teal print) cut 2 rectangles measuring 12” x 20 ½” and the same from fabric 4 (linen print). With right sides together, join the two matching colors together, using the ¼” seam allowance. This with make up the front and back of the main apron

Next take fabric 2 (hedgehog print) and cut 2 rectangles measuring 6” x 20 ½” and 1 rectangle measuring 2” x 21” from fabric 4 (linen print), this with make up the pocket and the top of the pocket.

With right sides, together, sew the linen strip to the top of the hedgehog print, making sure the hedgehog fabric is sitting the correct way.

Open and press the seam.

Then take the other hedgehog rectangle and sew to the other side of the linen print fabric, this time the hedgehogs will sit upside down (but only whilst you sew this together)

Increase your stitch size to 3.0 on your machine, and top stitch along the hedgehog fabric, shown the photo below…

With a fabric marker, which can be removed, mark your pockets, and then stitch along each marked line.

Lay your two main rectangles, with right sides together, using ½” seam allowance, sew along one edge, across the bottom and back up the other side. (do not sew the top of the apron). Trim the two bottom corners to remove bulk, and turn apron correct way out, and press.

Almost done, we just need to make the ties…


• Fabric 3 (grey print) cut 2 rectangles measuring 6” x 20”

• Fabric 3 (grey print) 2 rectangles measuring 3 ¼” x 40”

• Fabric 1 (Teal print) 2 rectangles measuring 3 ¼” x 40”

Sew the two grey print fabrics to each other, creating a 6” x 39 ½” length. Join the two narrow strips to opposite fabrics, using ¼” seam allowance, then sew one of these to each end of the large rectangle – shown the photo below, creating a long strip. Press seams open.

Press your long strip in half, to find the middle, then fold and press ½” of the raw edge at each end over.

Fold the corner in at a 45-degree angle – shown in photo below…

Fold and press each length in to the center.

And then fold the whole length in half again, pin to the top of the apron and sew a neat line of stitches across the top, as close the edge as possible, from one side of the tie straight across to the other.

And your apron is finished, fill with a few packets of seeds and gardening wire, and give to a keen gardener as a gift…

Thanks for reading, check out more of my tutorials on my blog at www.creativeblonde.co.uk

And follow me on Instagram - happy sewing x


By Dawn , Feb 1 2017 02:00AM

So excited today, to be joining in this lovely new project - the Sewcial Bee Sampler, hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell, two genius designers for A.G.F.

Every week, a new free block, from now 1st February, right through the summertime!

To join in simply leave a comment on Sharon's blog or Maureen's blog. Also, if you're on Instagram follow and join in the fun using hashtag #SewcialBeeSampler

In addition, these gorgeous new A.G.F. premium cottons are heading our way, due in store in the next few days.

Including these sweet little owls from Heartland, by Pat Bravo....

and this pretty meadow print, has us dreaming of sunlit, summer meadows....

There's lots to look forward too! So don't forget to pop by Sharon or Maureen's blog for full instructions on how to make the first block in the Sewcial Bee Sampler Quilt. Till next time, stay snug

Happy sewing

Dawn x X

By Dawn , Oct 30 2016 05:11PM

Yellowing birch leaves in our corner of the world means autumn is truly here. Every year, I love seeing their return, the colours so pretty against the backdrop of the sky.

On bright, sunny days, they become golden....

From these little leaves grew the idea for the "Little leaves" mini-kit.

Each kit contains10 - 5" squares in yellows, gold, green, brown, and cloudberry; bondaweb and leaf templates. To make approximately 10 - 20 leaves (depending on leaf template used)

Perfect for making mini-quilts, totes, trimming T-shirts and clothes, or making table-runners, like the one in our post. We can't wait to see how you use your "little leaves" - if you're sharing on social media, please use the hashtag #AutumnLeavesKit

From our little kit, we made a table runner to brighten up the dining table, teaming it up with some left-over strips, in low volume duck egg blue prints, and white on white - to represent the misty autumn skies :)

If you're making a table runner from your kit you will need:

• Light coloured cotton strips 2 ½” wide

• Little leaves mini-kit (found in the autumn section of the store)

• Lightweight Iron-on interfacing

• Insulating wadding (optional)

• Backing fabric

• Thread

The length and width of your runner can be as long or short as you need it to be, so amounts of backing, wadding, interfacing, and strips will vary depending on the size of your runner. If you're making a long table runner, and need more than one pack of 10 leaves, additional Autumn leaves Mini-kits are available in store for just £2.

Low volume prints - Lotta Jansdotter (Mormor); Sweetwater; Cotton & Steel
Low volume prints - Lotta Jansdotter (Mormor); Sweetwater; Cotton & Steel

To make the background:

• Sew 2 ½” wide strips of different length end to end, till you have at least 5 long strips measuring the length of your finished item, plus ½” allowance. Press seams open.

• Place the long strips alongside each other, sew together and press seams open.

• Apply the lightweight iron-on interfacing to the back of the block.

Making the leaves:

1. Trace outline of leaves onto smooth side of bondaweb, leaving a little gap between leaves.

2. Cut approx 5mm from the leaf outline.

3. Place bondaweb rough side down on wrong side of fabric.

4. Press using a hot iron for a few seconds at a time, till the bodaweb is firmly bonded to fabric

5. Cut out each leaf

Applying the little leaves:

• Peel off the bondaweb backing and scatter the leaves on top of the block.

• Once the leaves are in position press for a few seconds using a hot iron.

Then over to the sewing machine....

• Stitch close to the edge of the leaves using either straight stitch or blanket stitch.

• Dark grey thread is used to stitch the centre vein on each leaf and twigs.

To complete the runner

• Simply place quilt top and backing right sides together.

• Sew ¼” from the edge, leaving a small gap through which to turn the runner right side out.

• Using thumb and forefingers, pinch the edges, shaping them to give a nice crisp edge, then press.

• Slip stitch the gap closed.

• Topstitch as close as possible to the edge.

Alternatively, if you prefer the runner can be padded, simply layer your top and bottom layer, right sides together, then insulating wadding. Sew around the edges and leave a slightly bigger gap through which to turn right side out. Quilt to complete.

Now your runners complete, time to pop the kettle on :)

Hope you enjoy the little wonders of autumn.

Happy sewing x X

By Dawn , Oct 7 2016 09:44PM

In our corner of the world mellow misty mornings, and yellowing birch leaves means autumn is truly here....

(Misty- Returning from the Post Office on the hillside path)
(Misty- Returning from the Post Office on the hillside path)

Like the autumn mists, the subtle tone on tone prints of Whispers Jelly roll and Layer Cakes, are perfect when you need a not too plain Solid. The white, cream and grey selection is lovely in "Low Volume Quilts"

Jelly rolls and layer cakes contain one strip of each fabric in the collection in white, natural, muslin, feather, Zen grey and Midnight (black).

Pretty contemporary patterns include: All my hearts - scatterings of tiny hearts;

Take Flight - little birds in flight silhouette

XOXO - rows of X O X O

Pathways - a herringbone type pattern

Trellis - a diagonal cross hatch

Float on - feathers

Zen - an orange peel type pattern

Cascade - scattering of leaf forms

Gentle on the eye, Whispers is quiet and understated, the perfect staple tone on tone neutral.

Available as both Jelly roll and Layer cake :)

Happy sewing x X

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