How to make an ‘Easy Peasy Poncho’ without a pattern

Romper and Poncho by Needle and TedWhat’s the difference between a poncho and cape? This is what my daughter asked me when I told her I had made her a poncho. Errr! A poncho is a rectangular shape and a cape has a curved hem. This is what I told her, but I wasn’t quite sure. Well, do you know? Continue reading

Finally here, FOLD|2 the new collection from Madeit Patterns

Some of you already know that I became partners with Anna Bruce at Madeit Patterns at the beginning of this year. Right away we got to work, and now I am finally ready to show you the result.


I could go on about how hard we worked, mostly through the night for the last 7 months putting a collection together.


I could spend hours explaining each and every beautiful piece and how it is constructed.

Kite Fold Tee by Madeit Patterns

I could talk about when things went right and when things went wrong. And the joys of creating a new look for our website.

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I could tell you how incredibly proud I am of our new collection.

FOLD |2  Pattern collection by Madeit

But I am just going to let the collection do the talking, not me.

Head on over to our new look website and immerse yourself in FOLD|2 the new collection from Madeit Pattterns, inspired by the Japanese art of origami. We hope you love it as much as we do.

Hold up, wait a minute.

But before you go I have some thanking to do. There is no way I could have done all this on my own. So I would like to thank my partner in crime Anna Bruce, I couldn’t have asked for a better partner, her skills compliment and her ideas match. I would also like to thank all the other people who helped get this show on the road… Graham, Jamie, Darcy, Scout, Blake, Toby, Tengo, Hannah, Erin, Mila, Matas, Eve, Mia, Alicia, Gabi, Sarah, Kim, Sara, Maartje, Toya, Maria, Nienke, Diana, Andreia, Diorella, Emi, Julie, Karly, Maria, Alexis, Vanessa, Maria and Abi. Your help was invaluable, your generosity and kindness was touching and your support kept me going through some long tiresome nights. Thank you all, so much. <3

Now off you go to Madeit Patterns and make use of our special launch offer: Buy 2 patterns and get a third FREE, but be quick, the offer lasts for just 3 days.


We have a winner…

ruffle top4 made by Needle and Ted

…Actually we have 3.

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A few weeks ago I asked for some advice on how to get a child to keep still during a photoshoot. I got some really fun and clever suggestions but my absolute favourite was musical statues from Elizabeth. I shall be trying this great idea during my next shoot with my 3 year old. It may just do the trick. Thank you Elizabeth and everyone else who left a comment and played along.

If you haven’t yet received your Elegance & Elephants pattern Elizabeth, please let me know.

Needle and Ted

Earlier this week I asked two questions about NOSH fabric and my very pink bike.

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I think my questions must have been FAR TOO EASY because it didn’t take long at all for Jenny and Diana to get them right. Well done Jenny and Diana and thank you to everyone else who left a comment.

1m of Nosh fabric black Star Jacquard is on it’s way to Jenny and Diana.


NOSH fabric giveaway

STAR Jacquard Black by NOSH (1)I received this amazing fabric from NOSH and immediately felt the need to drape it over my shoulders whilst looking in the mirror and imagining all the lovely things it could become. I know this blog was originally meant to be about what I sew for my 2 daughters but sorry girls, this fabric is mine, all mine, I’m keeping it and you can’t have it. Do I feel guilty? Nope! What I make for myself will last me years, I will appreciate every little handmade detail, I will continue to like stars way past next week, I will not dribble toothpaste down it, I will not wear it during ‘attack time’ with daddy and I will not dump it on the floor before I go to bed (actually I can’t guarantee that one).
_0001_Else made by Needle and TedYou may be wondering why I am wearing a pink cycle helmet. I cycled to the park with my sister for her to take these pictures and we both agreed, hat hair is not a good look. Continue reading

16 sewing patterns to be GIVEN AWAY

ruffle top6 made by Needle and Ted

‘Pretty’ is not how I would usually describe the things I make for my girls. There is nothing pretty about grey, my usual colour of choice. But this blog post features a pretty girl, with pretty eyes, wearing a pretty flowers in her hair, in a pretty blouse, made out of pretty fabric. And just so that the overload of pretty doesn’t make you want to vomit, I toned it all down with a pair of jeans. Continue reading