How to make a Paper Bag skirt

Pleat fold top and paperbag skirt_1

A paper bag skirt was the first skirt I ever made for Scout. But sadly it has become too small for social etiquette. She wanted me to make her another one, but she was adamant that she didn’t want the single strap this time. I tried to tell explain to her that it was cool and quirky, but she looked at me in a way that suggested I had no idea what cool was. Continue reading

Five reasons why you will fall in love with a ‘Big’ Black Dress

Big Black Dress4_free pattern_Needle and TedNever mind the Little Black Dress, right here, right now it’s all about the BIG BLACK DRESS. Nothing fancy, just a big black dress that you can chuck on and exude a laconic nonchalance.

We all know everyone needs a little black dress in their life, but sometimes a big black dress is more suitable for that ‘artfully undone’ look. And I have just the pattern for you to make your very own BIG BLACK DRESS in the time it would take to choose your accessories for a big night out. And it’s FREE. You’re welcome. Continue reading

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

Amazing cutting method that will blow your mind

subtraction_C3 by Needle and Ted

If you haven’t seen Stylo magazine you must go check it out, it’s full of stunning photography of kids clothes that you will never believe are all handmade. And guess who is featured in Issue 4!

subtraction_C5 by Needle and Ted

I did quite a few looks for the magazine that I will blog about in the coming weeks, but first of all I wanted to share with you my favourite look of all. Continue reading

Something for nothing

reversible wrap top ♥ Needle and Ted

Don’t you just hate it when you open a website and music comes blasting out of your speakers? Especially if you’re at work, in a really quiet office and you were sneakily surfing the net when you shouldn’t be. Well, if I wanted to be really annoying, right now, blasting out of your speakers would be ‘The best things in life are free’ by Janet Jackson & Luther Vandross. Because yes, this delightful wrap top you see before you was made from a pattern by Craftiness is not Optional that was free, yes, that’s right, you heard it, ‘free’.

reversible wrap top ♥ Needle and Ted

I really appreciate it when a designer gives away a free pattern, I know a lot of work goes into designing a garment, drafting and grading a pattern, writing and photographing /illustrating a tutorial etc, etc. So I would like to say thank you to Jess of Craftiness is not Optional, this is one of my favourite patterns. What’s more, as it’s reversible, you get two for the price of one (even if you didn’t pay for it in the first place).

reversible wrap top ♥ Needle and Ted reversible wrap top ♥ Needle and TedThe fabric for both sides comes from the ever reliable Ikea. The peach geometric cotton was a duvet in a former life, I have lots left over so you’ll be seeing more geometric peachy numbers in the future.reversible wrap top ♥ Needle and Ted

The reversible wrap top was quick and straightforward to sew, even for me who could quite easily take 2 hours sewing a pillowcase with my friend the unpicker.

I’m eager to make another one and get a bit creative, a curve at the bottom perhaps?

reversible wrap top ♥ Needle and Ted reversible wrap top ♥ Needle and Ted

If you’re interested in more free patterns and tutorials, follow my steadily evolving Pinterest board, it includes adult patterns too.

Please let me know if you find any others I can add to my collection, the best things in life are free…..



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