It's back! The Great British Sewing Bee - Episode 1

Abigail Cox

Abigail Cox

20 February 2014


It’s back! And it’s bigger and better than before. With a beautiful new studio, trickier challenges and, of course, the brand new bunch of ever so talented yet slightly eccentric contestants – we’re hooked already! (Of course it helps that Mr Patrick Grant is looking suitably dashing as always)




Photo: Great British Sewing Bee 

They’re spoiling us this year with a larger team of needle-working wonders, but have we got any stand out stars yet?

There’s Tamara (40) lover of wacky fabrics who got off to a shaky start with Patrick and May by veering away from the pattern, but charmed them with her boho woolen skirt. Heather (56) was praised for her pretty polka-dot top, and Cerina (50), clearly an accomplished sewer, amazed May with her under stitching (her choice of moped fabric was very cool). Jenni (31) pulled out all the stops by designing her own pattern for a 1930’s silk nightgown, but sadly it didn’t wow the judges. Lovely Lynda (57) was just as ambitious with her multi-paneled pale pink nightdress, and Chinelo (26) rendered Patrick (almost) speechless with her stunning back-less, pattern-less creation. Simon (25) celebrated his family history with his striking multi-weave skirt, after catty words from Patrick in the first challenge (as Simon pointed out - it had a front and a back - what more does he want?!) Police Officer David (39) showed that practice makes perfect with his beautifully made nightie, but it was Julie (51) who ruled the day and won best garment with her luxurious, diamante encrusted silk slip. Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to the super smiley Cliff due to illness – such a shame as his floral shirts looked so promising.

Thankfully though, no one else was shown the door, so it’s all to sew for next week! Tune in on Tuesday at 8pm to watch the sewers face patterned fabric.

If you want to try your hand at sewing natural fabrics like the Sewing Bee team, don't miss our Tribal Wool Jacket in next months Making magazine, out 27th February!

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Treat yourself...

Abigail Cox

Abigail Cox

10 February 2014


Last week I spent hours searching the internet high and low for heart-felt Valentines crafts for our loved ones this Friday (take a look at the pinterest board here) But I think it’s just as important that we take time to treat ourselves every now and then! So stop rushing about, put your feet up with tea and a biscuit and browse these self-indulgent inspirations…

bbEye Mask

This gorgeous Liberty print eye mask is ideal for a glamorous, well-deserved snooze!
Image & Tutorial: click here


These scrumptious looking chocolates are made from ryvita – no need for guilt!
Image & Tutorial: click here


Treat yourself to a new clutch bag – without breaking the bank!
Image & Tutorial: click here


A rose and coconut body scrub is a luxurious way to brighten your skin.
Image & Tutorial: click here


The graphic shape of these rings makes a bold statement – but so simple to create!
Image & Tutorial: click here


Veg Tart Small
 The recipe for this scrummy tart is in our latest issue of Making - out now!!

Go on, you deserve it!!


Love is in the air!

Abigail Cox

Abigail Cox

4 February 2014


Valentines Day. Whether you're a die-hard romantic or a modern day cynic, this holiday will affect us all! It's little over a week away now, but don't panic, I've scoured the internet to find a selection of unique makes for you and your loved ones (and not a fluffy bear in sight!)



These cupcakes look truly scrumptuous...and good enough to keep! 

Click here for tutorial.


Origami hearts are lovely but nothing new - choose vintage printed paper for something different.

Click here for tutorial.


A super simple idea, but ever so cute for breakfast in bed!

Click here for more ideas.

blogSweet Pea

A thoughtful gift that will just get better each season! 

Click here for tutorial

blogCookie (1)

These bold cookies look like they've fallen straight from a Warhol! 

Click here for tutorial.


Take a look at our Valentines board on Pinterest for more inspiration, and don't forget to send us your photos of your creations via Facebook or Twitter

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