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

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, 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 contains a sprinkling of 10 bondaweb backed leaves and a few cloudberry coloured berries.

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.

Applying the little leaves:

• Simply 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, Feb 12 2015 11:56AM

Our little hearts skipped a beat when we seen this.... Our favourite sewing magazines included a super project using Honeybee Cloths supplies.

This months issue of Pretty Patches magazine (Issue 10) includes this gorgeous geometrics pillow made from one of our Mormor bundles.

There's a genius tutorial by Vanessa Lynch which makes lining up the points so easy!

And a competition to win a Honeybee Cloths Mormor bundle too - Simply head over to Pretty Patches and subscribe to their newsletter, and in the next newsletter click to enter the draw ;)

Good luck everyone x

By Dawn, Dec 24 2013 07:00AM

As the holiday season is nearly upon us, we’d just like to say a huge THANK YOU for your tremendous support and feedback. As well as the updates and photos of some of the gorgeous things our customers have been making - you certainly have been very busy bees!

Our little present to you is this free pattern - so quick to make, it can easily be made up in an hour or two from just a few left-overs.

Pretty and practical for the winter months, these sweet little bird hand-warmers make lovely presents too.

Wishing you a very happy festive season and a bright New Year.

Happy sewing x

By Dawn, Jul 30 2013 09:00PM

Some prints make you catch your breath, they have so much potential. They lift your spirits and fill your head with more ideas for patterns and sewing projects than you can shake a measuring stick at! And before you can say “When is the next series of Great British Sewing Bee” they have you reaching for the scissors and tailors chalk….. Lotta Jansdotters Glimma collection is definitely one of these.

The sprigs and their cloudberry colour berries, the kite strings and tails, the clean lines and cool colours simply shout out to be made into something you’ll love.

When the weather turned sunny – something that just don’t happen enough in these cold clines - I needed a cool top. Pulling the sun-top out of the cupboard, where it’s lived for several years, it had definitely seen better days. So tape measure in hand, I set about drafting a DIY pattern from the old top, making a few minor alterations. The original top is made from a stretch T-shirt material, so the new pattern needed to be adapted for a non-stretch cloth.

The result is the DIY Hayle-Beach Top made out of two prints from Lotta Jansdotter’s gorgeous Glimma collection….

(Named after one of the places I love most – Hayle Beach in Cornwall, miles of sandy beach, surfing, and space to fly kites too!)

How the Hayle Beach Top differs from the original top….

Kite Tail shaped ties - Lotta’s lovely Kitta print inspired the kite tail shaped ties which widen at the ends. I can see me using this idea on the next Kitta sun-top too!

Contrasting yoke - The yoke section is made from Marby (Mineral Dust) it complements Kitta perfectly.

The top is sized small to medium (UK 10-14), and needed just 0.5 metre Kitta print for the front and back sections, and just a small piece of Marby for the yoke. The ties and yoke facing were made from 25cm x 110cm plain white cotton.

I really love this little top, it’s certainly going to be packed in my ruck-sack when I go on hols – just hoping the weather holds too !

Happy sewing x

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We very much look forward to sewing a little happiness together, Dawn xx

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