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Lets get organised!

In issue 23 we featured an article on organising your sewing space. At the time, I was in a massive sewing funk. My sewing room had slowly been transformed into the disaster area so everytime I even walked into the room a wall of excuses literally confronted me. With the recently enforced slower pace that we have all been adapting to, I decided to get into that room and give it a massive overhaul. I called the company that installed all of our kitchen and bathroom cabinetry and finally committed to having cupboards and shelving installed. I then went through all of my patterns and culled them all. I sorted through my trims and managed to find a place for everything. And it worked- my missing sewing mojo returned!

Photo by Bria Whiter

With my newly rediscovered motivation urging me on, I started to look for new fabrics and projects. I saw a post over at MaaiDesign about keeping track of your needles. Each needle is really only designed to be used for around 8 hours, but when you are swapping them in and out of your machine for different projects it can be quite a long time before you use them again. I for one could never remember how long I have used any of my needles and wanted a system that would help me to keep track. Today I sat down and designed a little business sized card that can hold two needles and has a space for you to write the needle type and the amount of hours you have used it for. I printed mine out on paper and glued it to some card stock. Then I sliced along the lines and can now slip my used needles into them and keep them all together with my new needle packets. If you would like to print it out, just download the file from here.

I hope that this can assist you all in getting the best results from your sewing adventures!

-Happy Sewing, Lucy.

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A quick check in…

I hope that this finds you all well and healthy. There is no doubt about it, life these days is vastly different at the moment. I am so grateful for my creative outlets and have heard that many people are wanting to take up sewing to keep themselves busy. I thought that it would be the perfect time to share the 10 things that we wished we had of known about sewing when we first started!

Please keep yourself safe, stay home if at all possible and look after your loved ones. Issue 24 is well underway- we have some amazing new patterns and a few hacks that will be very loved! Drop into our FB group here and introduce yourself- we are always up for a chat!

-Happy sewing,

Lucy x

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How we plan on surviving COVID-19

It has the entire world on the edge of our seats. As we all start to prepare for our Easter holidays, there are more and more people talking about the very real possibility of them being extended by a minimum of an extra two weeks. COVID-19 has to be the subject that is most talked about this year. Panic buying has started and it has been nothing short of shocking to see shelf after shelf completely void of products. I myself was quite relaxed about it all until our own toilet paper supply started to dwindle! Once that necessity was taken care of I started to plan for the possibility of 4-6 weeks at home with my 3 children.

Easter for us is always filled with camping trips, craft mornings and of course chocolate! Extending this theme for another few weeks seemed to me to be the easiest way to cope with any sudden lock down that we need to endure. Our chocolate requirements were met and I have stashed it all away until Easter Sunday which then encouraged me to start thinking about the craft side of things. I wanted to have a list of projects that my kids and I could complete together. Instead of keeping it to myself, I thought that I could share it with you all just in case.

Going through all of the back issues of One Thimble, I have compiled the following list of projects that would suit beginners and that would also appeal to children.

Issue 4- Easy Softie Patterns

Emkie Designs Monsters

Issue 8- Cosmos Purse

Issue 9- Good Fortune Headwrap

Issue 10- Adventure Flags

Issue 11- Roly Poly Critters, Felts 3D Puzzle Animals, Freezer Paper Stencils

Roly Poly Critters options

Issue 12- Darling Daisy Girls Bag

Issue13- Kawaii Felt Charms, Kawaii Felt Purse

Issue 14- Wild Things Hottie Cover

wild things hottie cover liberty kitty

Issue 15- Hipster Teddy Bear

Issue 17- Fruit and Veg bags, Taco Time Applique, Fabric Wrap Bracelet, Miss Blossom Bunny Bag

Issue 18- Moonface Cushions

Issue 19- Traffic Cushions, Felt Activity Board, Fancy Scrunchies

Wool Felt Activity Board by My Felt Lady

I am sure that there are many more ideas and projects that I have not included- let me know if there is one that you feel deserves to be mentioned!

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10 Tips for faster sewing

10 tips to get more sewing completed within a short space of time.

There are many good reasons why you should take time and care when
you’re sewing, but there are also some easy things you can do to speed up without compromising quality or finish.

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Boxing day Sale 2019

It’s back! Our yearly opportunity to pick up pattern bargains, ready for your 2020 sewing!  This year 16 fabulous businesses have joined forces to bring you a HUGE Boxing Day Sales Event.

Running all day Boxing Day you can get 30% off your purchases from these businesses with the code CYA19

Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns 
Bella Sunshine Designs 

Bubby and Me

Flosstyle Patterns

Jennuine Designs

Mother Grimm

One Thimble (e-zines only)
Peach Patterns

Piccolo Studio


Suco By Susana

Tadah Patterns (PDF & Print stand-alone patterns only.  No bundles.)

The Eli Monster
Thread Faction Studio  (PDF patterns only)

The Wolf and the Tree

So by Boxing Day do we mean Boxing Day where you live?

YES, Absolutely! The sale begins 12.01am 26/12/19 in Samoa and continues right through till 11.59pm 26/12/19 in Baker’s Island … it runs for 48 hours to make sure we cover Boxing Day world wide!

So how long till it starts?

Check out these handy countdowns to see how long till the sale starts
and till it ends

What better way to get set for a Sew-tastic 2020 than by picking up patterns at an extra special price!

Happy Sewing

Jen and Lucy x

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