Make Your Own

As part of my continued series of my favourite tools, I thought I’d include one that isn’t so much a tool as a useful item. But it is one that I have crafted myself… my pin bowl.

What’s a pin bowl I can imagine you asking? Well, I’m not a fan of a pin cushion just because when I take pins out as I’m sewing, I don’t want to have to look at pushing the pointy end into the cushion, and making sure it’s in enough to stay put. I used to throw them on the side and then try and sweep them back into their box when I was done. The amount of times one would somehow escape and later end up in my foot was ridiculous. So I decided to make a solution.

On Pinterest I’d seen this button bowl design….


There’s a few different how-tos that most involve using PVA and sticking around a bowl or balloon. I didn’t have any PVA to hand, but I wanted to do it and I had gotten a large selection of beautiful mini wooden buttons. So I decided to grab my glue gun and make my own.


This was the result of a couple of evenings’ work with time snatched here and there to get it done. It works perfectly for what I need and I like the cute factor of it when I leave it on the side. Plus I can throw my pins in as I sew and they fall down to the middle. When I’m all done I just pour them back into their box and it’s all done.

On my agenda to make this year to make my sewing life easier is a thread catcher. There’s a few different templates on Pinterest, but I’ve got to pick some fabric out as well, and we all know how difficult it can be to pick fabric for a particular project!


I Will Cut You

I love sharp things. I’m a bit obsessed with them. I love cutting stuff. I love the tools for cutting stuff. It’s probably a bit of an unhealthy obsession, but there you go.

It actually takes quite a lot of restrain for me to limit the number of cutting tools I own, as I try not to be over the top, and I know I can only use one at a time. So, due to this *slight* obsession, I thought I’d share my main 3 pairs of scissors. This is a set that I am always looking to add to and improve on, but these are my current top three…


So, first up, we have my dressmaking shears from John Lewis. I asked for these for a Christmas/birthday a few years ago and they are still going strong. They beautifully heavy and slice through the fabric with ease. The angle of the handle makes it easy to keep the bottom blade down and almost glide your hand through. These are banned from being used on anything other than fabric, and that offence is punishable by death in my opinion!
You can buy your own pair here.

The middle pair are another John Lewis set of embroidery scissors. They’re small size and sharp point makes them perfect for trimming down threads right close to the fabric. These little beauties have done me well, but are unfortunately due for a trade in soon as I have accidentally damaged the tip when I was a bit too care-free with my tools. Oops! I’ll be replacing them with another pair of the same though!

Finally we have my standard boring used for everything scissors. I think I got these from Ikea or Dunelm as part of a set. I can’t really remember, but boy are they sharp. I keep these lovelies for cutting my patterns and tape and general snipping. Every good seamstress should have a pair of bog standard scissors for cutting paper, as for some reason paper blunts the blade. I never like to pay too much for my paper scissors, but these one have done me proud so far!

These are my top 3. I do have some other cutting tools that I’ll be sharing, but I thought I’d cover my regularly used ones first!

What are your favourite cutting tools?

The First Blog is The Hardest

It has to be said, I always find the first post the hardest, but here we are.

I’m not a big one for introductions so I’m not gonna go for “Hi, my name is Kathy, I’m this age, these are my labels, blah blah blah”. Nope.

Instead, I’ll do a quick boring list of what this blog will be about, for me anyway, and you’ll get to know me along the way through my posts I hope. Oh, and I should probably cover it off with a small warning; I like to swear. I used to edit it out, thought it didn’t really “have a place” if you’re trying to keep a blog, but then I realised that if I want my blog to reflect me and who I really am, then I need to stop trying to “edit” myself to what I think others expect of me.

Anyway, things you can expect to hear more about from me until you get bored…

  • Sewing – I’m not amazing at it, and I’m mostly self-taught, but I love it and it makes me happy.
  • Knitting – who doesn’t love a bit of this grandma hobby!
  • Crafting generally – hand me a glue gun or some spray paint and I’m pretty much in my element
  • Quackers Home – this is my little sideline business that I do mostly for fun. I makes bath products and homewares, and my Dad makes wooden items that I sell as well through my Facebook page. Go check it out here.
  • Ehlers Danlos Syndrome – I suffer with Type 3 – Hypermobility. It’s known as a rare disease, often takes years to get diagnosed and has a fair old impact on my life. Within this you’ll hear me talk about the spoon theory and zebras quite a lot.
  • DUCKS – finally; I confess; I have an obsession with rubber ducks. I have over 100 of the things in all different makes and styles. To say I’m obsessed is bordering on an understatement.

There’s not much else really to say at the moment. I’ll try to use decent clear categories as we go along to make it easy for you to follow the stuff you want, and avoid the stuff you don’t and we’ll see how it goes from there.