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Wonderland vignettes in our West Hampstead Shop!

Today Kym is taking over the blog to share all of the gorgeous samples we have in the shop using fabric from the Wonderland fabric collection from Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel! We got some great snaps of these garments and quilts, but in the shop they really tell the Alice in Wonderland story so we hope you’ll come in to see them all in person. It’s so much fun in here!

When I heard that we were about to receive the stunning Wonderland collection from Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel I was so excited and my head started buzzing with ideas! I have always loved the Alice in Wonderland story and it was a dream come true to have the opportunity to create a shop full of themed displays.

Our new shop is the perfect setting for our cute vignettes and I had great fun creating a little scenes in each area. Annie and I popped out onto one of the pretty roof gardens behind our shop for the photoshoot. We hope you like our new backdrops.

The Tea Party

Is there a more perfect dress for afternoon tea than the Colette Rue Dress in a beautiful Garden Party print fabric?

I just love the v shaped bodice (you can just about see it on the below image) and pleated skirt. Such an elegant shape! This dress is also fully lined in Kona Cotton Solids Indigo.

Just like in our blue, orange and ivory vignette we re-covered this Ikea Ekenäset Armchair in a new fabric. This time the Wonderland Canvas in Light Blue Metallic was the obvious option as it is so gorgeous and I just love how it has turned out! A big thanks to @electricsmoke for helping me out with the staple gun when putting it together!

Last time we didn’t share the back of the chair with you but here it is! It has two YKK 22inch Standard zips mimicking the original Ikea upholstery underneath.

I had a lovely couple of afternoons at local ceramic painting shop Art for Fun because you simply can’t have a tea party without a teapot! I painted this one in a Cheshire Cat theme with matching tea cup. The little Doormouse asleep inside is knitted up in Cascade 220 in Walnut Heather and this pattern from Ravelry.

Mad Tea Party

I spotted this tutorial online to make a Mad Hatter’s Hat and @chefgreg took up the challenge. Isn’t it fab! It is amazing what you can create with cardboard, paper and the all important Mod Podge!

Mad Hatter Hat

Alice and the White Rabbit

The first window you come to in the shop is the home of the White Rabbit! He is looking very smart in the Oliver + S Art Museum Vest in Magic Forest in Neutral and Cotton + Steel Basics – Netorious in Black Cat. I love how well these fabrics go together. The fastenings are Black Kam Snaps!

His bow tie is in Kona Cotton Solids Black and made using this tutorial. I created his fluffy tail using a ball of Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran in Natural and the really fun Multipom pom pom maker! The shorts are Oliver + S Sketchbook Shorts in Robert Kaufman‘s Manchester in Charcoal and the shirt is our usual go-to white button down Oliver + S Sketchbook Shirt.

In this vignette we also have Alice looking very pretty in her Megan Neilsen Darling Ranges Dress stitched up in Caterpillar Dots in Cobalt Metallic.

Darling Ranges Dress

Darling Ranges Dress

I had a great time making the self covered buttons with Cotton + Steel BasicsNetorious in Goldilocks and Silver. They are so easy to make!

Darling Ranges Buttons

Quilt Garden

On our quilt swings in the shop we have two fabulous quilts! The first has been stitched by Caroline in a fabulous Backgammon design. The pattern is the Melody Miller Playful Quilt and can be downloaded from the Cotton + Steel website.

It is so cool how she has used the selvedge in the piecing!

And of course not forgetting her trademark paw print signature.

Our second beautiful quilt was stitched by our teacher and friend Jenny Haynes. She has taken inspiration from a Double Drunkard’s Path block quilt block to create this striking design which is called ‘Five Impossible Things’.

The background print is Magic Forest in Midnight Metallic and I just love how the gold shines!

Jenny has created a no binding effect on the quilt edges which gives it a really clean modern finish.

The back of quilt is a great neutral contrast to the front and really shows off her exquisite quilting!

Painting the Roses

Our Queen of Hearts is wearing the simply stunning By Hand London Flora Dress in the Painted Roses in Orange Rayon. (This print also comes in a stylish black colourway). The rayon has such a lovely feel to it and do not fear, it is not as slippery to work with as you might think! I just used some finer needles to compliment when stitching, Schmetz Universal Needles – Size 60/8 worked great.

The full circle skirt on this pattern creates such a lovely silhouette and she looks so chic in our window!

Our little girl is wearing the super cute Merchant and Mills The Skipper Dress. How sweet is she! Fabric is Follow Suit in Orange Metallic.

I couldn’t resist making some paper roses from our paper flower making supplies. The Queen of hearts is not going to be happy with me… we had better get painting those roses red!

Painted flowers ladder

Paper Flowers

I hope you enjoyed reading all about our Wonderland displays. We would love to see what you have all made with the collection. Tag your makes with #thevillagehaberdashery. Happy Sewing!

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Portable knitting projects by Allison and Rachel from Yarn in the City!

We’re excited to have Allison and Rachel from Yarn in the City writing some yarn-focused blog posts for us to help inspire you with your knitting and crochet projects. We’ve also got an event planned to make use of the big West Hampstead Square space right in front of the shop! Yarn in the City will be joining us for World Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday, 10th June (click the link for more details or RSVP to join us – it’s free!).

With WWKIP Day in mind, we asked Allison and Rachel to suggest some portable projects for their first blog post that would be perfect for a day out of knitting in the sunshine. Take it away Allison and Rachel!

Yarn in the City evolved from the Great London Yarn Crawl, our first event, which began in 2013 and saw almost 100 knitters and yarn lovers traveling to yarn shops around the city on public transport. The inspiration for the event was our own experience with spending lots of time on the Tube and the bus, knitting as as way to pass the time.

As you can imagine, working on a project while you’re on the go means that space is a consideration. You might be hopping on or off public transport or be carrying something else as well, so small, travel-friendly projects that aren’t too complicated are the way to go. And even If you’ve only got a chance to steal a few stitches here and there, they can really add up when you’re stitching on the move! Here’s some of our favourite options:

Socks are probably one of the smallest projects you can carry with you. Aside from shaping the toe and the heel, most patterns are pretty straight forward and you can get into a groove with your project whether you’re using DPNs, magic loop or a crochet hook!

Rye socks by Tin Can Knits

If you’re new to socks then a great one for getting started are the Rye socks by Tin Can Knits. They knit up quickly in worsted weight yarn while teaching you each component of sock construction. The sizing runs from baby to big so you can make them for the whole family. A great family-friendly yarn that washes like a dream is the Spud & Chloe Sweater. Plus, Tin Can Knits have great tutorials on their website to talk you through each step in case you get stuck.

Broken Seed Stitch Socks

The Broken Seed Stitch Socks by Hanna Leväniemi are a gorgeous option for showing off a variegated yarn and Malabrigo Sock would be perfect. We love the contrast heels and toes, which are a great way to use up scraps that may be lurking in your stash at home.

Zen Yoga Socks by Melissa Medaglia

For the crocheters out there, why not whip up a pair of yoga socks now that the weather is getting warm enough for sun salutations in the garden? These Zen Yoga Socks by Melissa Medaglia would be delicious in organic Blue Sky Fibers Worsted Cotton – and would make cute pedicure socks too!

Stuff for Babies and Toddlers
If garments are more your thing then projects for the small people in your life are easy to carry with you!

Girl’s Smocked Tunic and Leggings by Tina Barrett

This Girl’s Smocked Tunic and Leggings by Tina Barrett is a darling option for new arrivals. We love the versatility of it working as a dress first and a tunic later as baby grows. Cumbria Fingering from The Fibre Co. seems the obvious choice here as the soft merino and masham wool blended together would make this a stunning heirloom.

Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down

The Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down is the essential baby cardi that all mums will want to keep in their nappy bags just in case of a chill. With only two baby sizes available (0-6 and 6-12mo) and knit in a worsted/Aran weight yarn such as Cascade 220, this little sweater will be finished in no time.

Crochet Baby Converse by Suzanne Resaul

Not exactly a baby garment but definitely cute as a button, we couldn’t not include these adorable Crochet Baby Converse by Suzanne Resaul. The attention to detail is second to none and we love the bright colours. The Rico Essentials Aran are a great budget-friendly choice here.

Okay, so depending on the shawl pattern, they can get kind of big! What we’re thinking of here are shawls that focus mainly on garter stitch, with minimal patterning to break things up and keep your interest. BIG shawls have been the trend for the last 18 months or so and show no sign of slowing down with designers putting together patterns that call for three, four or even five skeins of yarn! The colour combinations are endless and can provide a lot of inspiration for finding yarns that complement what you might already have in your stash.

Andrea Mowry’s Find Your Fade

Andrea Mowry’s Find Your Fade has been all the rage this spring. It’s a lot of comfortable garter stitch knitting with shaping and eyelets to keep things interesting. The pattern calls for 7 colours, but the total yardage is only 4 full skeins making it easy to adapt to your own creativity. Many projects have already been made using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, which is another great suggestion for Starting Point, a mystery knit-a-long by Joji Locatelli that gets underway on May 12th.

These (and shawls in general) are bigger projects but are still good in terms of portability, especially in the earlier stages.

Of course, sometimes it’s just as easy to get inspiration from seeing what others around us are working on like at a knit night, or on Ravelry.

And we have our own knit night right here in the shop on Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:00pm to help spark your own creativity. Will we see you there? A big thanks to Allison and Rachel for this fab post!

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Sewing Inspiration for Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel

Hi all – Kym here! We have all been super excited about the arrival of Wonderland, the latest collection by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel. We are busy stitching up our display pieces that are coming soon to our West Hampstead Shop!

Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel

I have loved checking out what you have all made already with this stunning Alice in Wonderland themed collection and wanted to share some of my favourites. Plus check out the tags #wonderlandfabric #riflepapercofabric and #riflepapercowonderland on Instagram for lots more amazing project ideas!

I am totally in love with this darling purse by @finchknittingsewingstudio.

Wonderland Purse

…and her amazing quilt!

Wonderland Quilt

@melissamckelvey has made these aprons using the Wonderland collection and Rifle Paper Co. previous Les Fleurs collection.

Wonderland Aprons

How sweet are these little Baby Bibs by @lucyandmabs!

Wonderland Baby Bibs

@posypincushion has got the pattern placement just right in this lovely quilt block.

Wonderland Quilt Block

These bow ties in Painted Roses in Black and Painted Roses in Orange rayon by @east_of_ordinary are very smart.

Wonderland Bow Ties

Wonderland Bow Ties

@kneesocksandgoldilocks has been super busy creating some gorgeous little dresses in Caterpillar Dots in Cobalt Metallic, Cheshire Stripe in White, Garden Party in Crimson, Cheshire Stripe in Orange, Garden Party in Navy, Mad Tea Party in Neutral, Cameos in Rose, and more!

Wonderland Dress

Wonderland Dress

Wonderland Dress

Wonderland Dress

Wonderland Dress

@kneesocksandgoldilocks has also made these fab collars!

Wonderland Collars

@gemsystudio has stitched herself a Deer and Doe Cardamome Dress in Follow Suit in Navy Metallic Cotton Lawn. Perfect for summer!

Wonderland Dress

What a great idea from @ohhellobug with these covered pendants!

Wonderland Pendants

@meghanrbuchanan‘s Wonderland quilt is totally totally lovely!

Wonderland Quilt

Here is @littlesewitall wearing her Grainline Studio’s Scout Tee in Painted Roses in Black.

Wonderland Scout Tee

@thepincushion has created this fun Tote bag.

Wonderland Tote Bag

I would love to have this quilted cushion by @fabricmutt on my sofa! Learn to make a quilted cushion of your own in our upcoming class.

Wonderland Cushion

@shopiwasmadeforyou‘s little girls dress in Wonderland in Periwinkle Metallic makes my heart melt! So cute!

Wonderland Dress

@thebaconandmegssews has made this cute purse in Wonderland in Navy Metallic! You can learn to make a similar purse to this in our Zippered Pouches class in June.

Wonderland Bag

You can find the Wonderland collection in stock in store and online What will you make? Please share your makes with #thevillagehaberdashery because we love to see them!

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A Year of Wreaths: March Daffodil Wreath by Laura Howard

It’s time for the March wreath in our Year of Wreaths series with Laura Howard! Read on for her delightful Daffodil Wreath tutorial and pick up a kit here. Take it away, Laura!

Daffodil Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

This month’s wreath is all about joyful spring colour: fresh spring green yarn paired with bright felt daffodils and narcissi. The subtle variations in colour of the hand-dyed Malabrigo yarn create a gorgeous stripy effect around the wreath, and the felt flowers add a vibrant pop of cheerful colour.

As well as making the March wreath you could adapt this tutorial to make floral brooches or headbands, or add stems to the flowers to create a felt bouquet. All the supplies you’ll need to make the wreath are available from the Village Haberdashery shop – follow the links below for individual items or click here for the February wreath kit.

You will need:
*The template sheet provided (click here to download and print the PDF)
*A 30cm polystyrene ring wreath base
*Wool blend felt in Banana Cream, White and Hallows Eve
*Orange and yellow stranded embroidery thread
*Orange and yellow sewing thread
*One skein of Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Lettuce
*Sewing scissors
*Embroidery scissors
*Pinking shears
*Sewing needles and pins
*A large, sharp needle
*A glue gun and glue
*A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
*Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips
*Optional: an air-erasable fabric marker

To make the wreath:

  1. Decorate the wreath base with Malabrigo Merino Worsted yarn in Lettuce.

Secure the yarn with a knot at what will become the back of your wreath. Begin wrapping the yarn around the wreath base, passing the ball of yarn through the hole in the centre of the wreath as you wrap the yarn around the outside. Hide the loose yarn end under the yarn as you wrap, and make sure that you’re not leaving any gaps where the white wreath base shows through. Continue wrapping, gradually covering the whole of the wreath base. Wrapping the wreath takes a while, so I highly recommend wrapping your wreath while watching a film or some episodes of your favourite TV show.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

Once the whole wreath base has been covered with yarn, tie a knot securely at the back and carefully trim the loose end so it won’t be visible when the wreath is hung up.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Use the templates provided to cut out the felt pieces for each of the flowers. To make the exact wreath pictured you will need five daffodils and seven narcissi. For each flower, cut two petal pieces, one trumpet piece and one circle from the appropriate colours (yellow for the daffodils, orange and white for the narcissi).

When you cut each trumpet cut along three sides of the template with sewing scissors and along the remaining (long) side with pinking shears – just above the edge of the paper template. If you don’t have any pinking shears you could use embroidery scissors to cut a zigzagged edge, or just cut a straight edge.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Add some embroidery to each felt circle. Cut a length of embroidery thread to match the felt, and separate half the strands (so for six-stranded thread use three strands). Use the embroidery thread to sew single stitches radiating from the centre of each circle, as shown. Sew seven or eight stitches for the daffodils, and five or six stitches for the narcissi.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Join the trumpet and circle pieces together with whip stitch and matching sewing thread. Make sure that the embroidered side of the felt circle will be visible inside the finished trumpet and that the knot of your thread will be hidden underneath it.

Sew the long straight edge of the trumpet piece to the edge of the circle, then trim any excess felt from the trumpet piece. Sew up the side seam of the trumpet with more whip stitches, then back down the seam to finish your stitching neatly underneath.

Repeat for all the trumpets.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Sew the petal pieces together. Position the pairs of petals on top of each other, as pictured, and secure each of them with a couple of stitches of sewing thread. You can use matching thread for this if you want but as long as the stitches are small and in the centre of the petals they’ll be hidden on the finished flower.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

Tip: if you want to use this tutorial to make flower brooches, etc., now’s the time to sew the trumpet to the petals. Whip stitch in matching sewing thread would work well. If you’re making the wreath leave the pieces unattached (you’ll be gluing them in position later).

You should now have lots of flowers ready to add to your wreath.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Arrange the flowers on the wreath base and pin them in position. You can use the photo as a guide, or create your own arrangement.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Use a glue gun to attach the flowers to the wreath. Think about the order you’re going to glue the flowers before you begin – remember that if two flowers overlap each other you’ll need to glue the bottom flower to the wreath base then attach the top flower.

One by one, remove the pins holding the flowers in place and secure them with a few dabs of hot glue. To attach the petals, add some glue to the wreath base then very carefully press the felt petals down into position on top. To attach each trumpet, add a dab of glue directly to the bottom of the trumpet then place it in the centre of the flower and use your finger (or the unsharpened end of a pencil) to carefully press the trumpet in position.

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

Tip: you may find it helpful to test glue a couple of scrap pieces of felt before you start, so you can see how much glue you need to use to hold each piece in place.

  1. Your wreath is now finished! Add a length of yarn or co-ordinating ribbon for hanging the wreath, or hang it directly from a hook or nail.

Daffodil Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

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A close up on our neon vignette!

We have such a fun neon vignette in our West Hampstead shop, and we’re finally sharing it with you! As you know, we love neon so much around here we’ve given you a special place on our site to find all the neon!

Neon Vignette

So let’s have a look at these fun samples, shall we? First up, we have this awesome Super Cropped Cardigan on loan from Loopy Mango knit up in Merino No. 5 in Spicy Hot Pink. We have this pattern as a digital download that we can share with you when you purchase yarn for the project! Everyone in the shop has tried it on and it’s so fun. The denim skirt is a Grainline Moss Skirt in Selvedge Denim by Robert Kaufman. The skirt was sewn by Zoe Edwards.

Loopy Mango Super Cropped Cardigan and Grainline Moss Skirt in Selvedge Denim

Loopy Mango Super Cropped Cardigan

Our little girl is wearing an Oliver + S Roller Skate Tunic in XOXO in Lightening from the Cotton and Steel Basics collection sewn by Kym. The ribbon is a cotton twill ribbon in Ivory. The little shorts are Green Bee Anya shorts in chambray sewn by Charlotte that have previously been seen in this window and this window.

Neon Oliver + S Roller Skate Top

Neon Oliver + S Roller Skate Top

Finally, we have these fabulous neon macrame plant hangers! Caroline, Kym and I made these with Susana Cunha for this display and I just adore them. It’s hard to get a good photo where they are in front of the window, but they look amazing! Exactly what I imagined when I dreamt up this vignette months ago.

If you want to learn macrame, Susana has a tutorial for these plant hangers on The Daily Stitch here and a class coming up on 25 March that you can sign up for here!

Neon macrame plant hangers

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How to sew a handmade wardrobe inspired by Mia’s iconic garments in La La Land

We’re thrilled that Rachel and Kate from The Fold Line, a brilliant online sewing community, will be contributing a series to The Daily Stitch about how to create a handmade wardrobe inspired by trends in pop culture and fashion! As The Fold Line’s co-founders, they have a practically encyclopaedic knowledge of the sewing pattern world and are the perfect experts to help us create the looks we love with handmade style!

In this first post, we’ll find out which sewing patterns pair with Mia’s iconic garments in the new movie, La La Land! Take it away, Kate and Rachel!

How to sew a handmade wardrobe inspired by La La Land

As avid makers we can’t watch films stuffed full of fantastic outfits without thinking…‘hmmm could I make that?’ Last week we sent to see the highly anticipated La La Land and it didn’t disappoint, full of colour, music and dance it really was a visual delight. It was perfect for blowing alway the January blues…and two hours looking at Ryan Gosling is never a chore!

Having gone to bed dreaming of dresses we couldn’t help thinking that if we loved the outfits that you might like them too. Having had a proper look at all the patterns out there we have selected the closest patterns we could find to the styles used in the film and paired some of our favourite fabrics to bring them to life!

How to sew a handmade wardrobe inspired by La La Land

We fell hard for this little yellow number in the tap dancing scene and have found a pretty close match for this in the Sewaholic Cambie dress. To make it look more similar to the one in the film you would need to straighten off the neckline, which would be a simple alteration.

Sewaholic Cambie Dress

We suggest a drapey fabric so that you can swish about in this dress and the viscose from Rifle Paper Co. would be perfect. It would also look fantastic in a cotton and add a little more structure to the dress. If it’s some yellow you are after then this ditsy floral is perfect.

How to sew a handmade wardrobe inspired by La La Land

This dress is from the scene where she meets Ryan for the first time and we think it’s the perfect cocktail dress. The Midsummer Night’s Dream dress from Papercut Patterns is a close match and we thought you could add a press stud or button to the waistband if you wanted to remove the tie at the waist.

Midsummer Night's Dream Dress from paper cut Patterns

We suggest a lightweight cotton lawn or a drapey fabric like a viscose or crepe to make this dress. These cottons lawns from the Wonderland and Wanderlust collections are perfect for when the weather warms up and could be a great addition to your stash.

How to sew a handmade wardrobe inspired by La La Land

This dress was hands down our favourite in the film with a beautiful collar detail. We have found the Butterick B6055, which is a vintage pattern that has been modernised. There would need to be a few simple changes to the pattern, first of all removing the pockets and also the sleeves. Once you had done this you could cut into the centre front of the bodice to fully emulate the shape of the collar.

Butterick B6055

This is perfect for cottons and we found a coral solid that’s pretty close to the original. If you wanted to mix it up a little we love this large scale gingham check and it would still have a very vintage feel.

How to sew a handmade wardrobe inspired by La La Land

This shirt and skirt combo would make a great summer outfit. We have picked the Archer Shirt from Grainline Studio as there is a fantastic sew-along on their blog, if you need a bit of extra help. In terms of changes you could crop the shirt a little but tying it at the front will give it that vintage twist. The skirt is similar to Megan Nielsen’s Brumby Skirt. Don’t you just love the deep pockets on this pattern?


Both of these patterns are perfect for cottons and we have found a fantastic spotty chambray for the shirt and a peach for the skirt. The skirt could also be made in a heavier weight fabric such as a denim or a linen.

How to sew a handmade wardrobe inspired by La La Land

We have found the rather lovely Deer and Doe Sureau pattern to make this dress. Although the pattern does come with sleeves, these could easily be removed. The gathering at the from of the dress is pretty similar and if you wanted to remove the buttons you could use press studs as an alternative trim.

Deer and Doe Sureau Dress

If you are looking for the emerald green fabric to make this dress then the Kona solid Clover is almost perfect. If you are thinking about a winter floral then we love this desert bloom. Both of these are cotton fabrics and would work well with the pattern.

Annie’s note: What do you think? Will you be sewing any La La Land-inspired garments? 

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#tvhhaul November giveaway winners!

We are winding down our #tvhhaul hashtag, so this is our second to last giveaway! As I mentioned in this post, we’ll be continuing our #tvhhaul giveaway every month in 2016 and randomly selecting three winners to receive 500 Stash Points each!

Last month we announced that we want to try to promote a hashtag that helps people discover our shop a bit better. So while you can still play in December by tagging your makes and purchases with #tvhhaul, we are encouraging you and sincerely hoping you’ll continue to share with the tag #thevillagehaberdashery now and forever after!

Finally, if you want to play in December, here is a reminder of the rules:

  • Share a picture or video of your purchase or project on Instagram and use the tag #tvhhaul.
  • To be considered in the drawing for December, pictures must be posted in during November and tagged in the actual caption – we won’t accept posts from before 1 December that have been edited to include the hashtag and we won’t accept posts with the tag added in a comment.
  • You can enter as many pictures or videos as you like!

And now, here is the November randomiser! Since our announcement this pool is a little lighter, so some diehard committed #tvhhaul-ers are definitely getting a better chance to win. Get in there in December if you want that to be you!

#tvhhaul November randomiser

And here are this month’s winners!

#9 @createdbykuba Does this tree look to crazy for you partner? Light or dark brown for the trunk? And do I go with this chambray blue sprinkle for the background or do I go get some of the peacock version?  #treeteamglobal  #quietplaypatterns#christmastreequiltswap  #miniquiltswap  #christmas#christmastree  #quilting  #sewing  #quilt  #karenlewistextiles#cottonandsteel  #konacotton  #tvhhaul  #thevillagehaberdashery (editor’s note: you really should go check out the entire progress of this project on Rachael’s feed. It is awesome!)

#tvhhaul November winner 9

#11 @texheks Is it okay if I let this panda be a star in a  #eustarswap item for you partner?  #pandainstar  #embracethewonkiness  #tvhhaul

#tvhhaul November winner 11

#17 @mangosteenha It grows … (60/120) #purlsoho  #tinytilequilt  #tvhhaul  #thevillagehaberdashery

#tvhhaul November winner 17

Thank you to everyone who participated this month!


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Christmas 2016 window display at our West Hampstead shop!

This window! It is so full of amazing, gorgeous things and I love it so much and am so proud! I hope you’ll come by our West Hampstead shop and see everything in person.

Christmas 2016 Shop Window

First, the garments! These were sewn by Kym.

On our lady we have a stunning party dress made by mashing up two Sew Over It dress patterns! The bodice is from the Betty Dress and the skirt is from the Rosie Dress.

Christmas Betty Dress

The fabric is the Brambleberry in Burgundy Metallic print from Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge by Violet Craft and has gold ink that shimmers when the light hits it.

Christmas Betty Dress

Christmas Betty Dress

We’ve put two tulle underskirts under there to give it that lovely full silhouette. It’s such a stunner!

Christmas Betty Dress

Our little man is wearing a simplified Oliver + S Art Museum Vest in Ho Ho Ho in Red from Winter Essentials IV. Kym used it for the front and the back so it’s just so fun and charming (so stealing this for Harvey!) The shorts are Oliver + S Sketchbook Shorts in Robert Kaufman‘s Manchester in Charcoal.




He’s also wearing a bow tie in Shimmer Reflection in Green from Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge made using this tutorial and our go-to white button down Oliver + S Sketchbook Shirt.

Christmas Bow Tie

Our little girl is wearing a Made by Rae Geranium Dress (we can’t get enough of this pattern) in Timber Valley in Evergreen Metallic from Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge and it’s the cutest, loveliest Christmas dress ever!

Christmas Geranium Dress

Christmas Geranium Dress

Christmas Geranium Dress

Caroline made the quilt using a Christmas tree block she created and it looks so good! We’ll be sharing a tutorial on this quilt next week.

Caroline's Christmas Tree Quilt

We put a bundle of the fabrics she used for the trees together you can find it here. It’s lots of Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge and a few other gorgeous fabrics with metallic gold or red and green designs.

Caroline's Christmas Tree Quilt

It’s hard to see in pictures, but the background fabric is Large Snowflake Pigment on White from Winter Essentials IV by Studio E.

Caroline's Christmas Tree Quilt

A few of the fabrics Caroline used were directional, and when you cut the trees for these blocks you end up with upside-down triangles that are perfect for bunting. If you make both projects, this is a no-waste fabric situation!

Christmas Bunting

Christmas Bunting

She backed the bunting with Tangly Lights in Santa from All the Trimmings by Riley Blake and used white bias binding to string them together.

Christmas Bunting

Kym made the toddler-sized tree based on the free Stanley Tree pattern from Sewaholic. With the larger version of the pattern as a starting point, we re-drew the tree to make it as tall as possible while still fitting on half the width of standard fabric. The fabric we chose for the tree is Corny Cane in Green from Holiday by Michael Miller and it’s so perfect for this project!

Sewaholic Stanley Tree

Kym also made the smaller version of the pattern for our table with scraps from the big tree. We topped both with a simple red ribbon bow.

Sewaholic Stanley Tree

Kym shared her top five tips for sewing a Stanley Tree if you’d like to make your own!

Sewaholic Stanley Tree

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Five tips for sewing a Stanley Christmas Tree

Kym made an absolutely massive stuffed Christmas tree for our new shop window using the free Sewaholic Stanley Tree pattern. The version in our window, pictured below, is an adaptation of the larger size from the pattern, stretched to be as tall as possible while still fitting the pattern pieces on half the width of standard quilting cotton, without losing the shape of a tree. It’s toddler sized and used about 3.5 kg of toy filling. Woah! She also made a bite sized version using the smaller size of the pattern which is adorable too. The fabric used on this tree is Corny Cane in Green from Holiday by Michael Miller.

In the process, she learned a few tricks along the way that we wanted to share with you!

Five tips for sewing a Stanley Christmas Tree!

1. Use a small stitch length for the tight corners.

Five tips for sewing a Stanley Christmas Tree!

2. Double stitch around each tree to help avoid any stitches snapping when filling.

Five tips for sewing a Stanley Christmas Tree!

3. Press the seam allowances in on the gaps at the bottom before filling to make sewing them up easier.

Five tips for sewing a Stanley Christmas Tree!

4. Fill each section a bit at a time.

Five tips for sewing a Stanley Christmas Tree!

5. You will always need more toy filling than you think you do!

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#tvhhaul September giveaway winners!

It’s (way past) time to announce our September #tvhhaul giveaway winners! As I mentioned in this post, we’ll be continuing our #tvhhaul giveaway every month in 2016 and randomly selecting three winners to receive 500 Stash Points each!


If you want to play in October, here is a reminder of the rules:

  • Share a picture or video of your purchase or project on Instagram and use the tag #tvhhaul.
  • To be considered in the drawing for October, pictures must be posted in during October and tagged in the actual caption – we won’t accept posts from before 1 October that have been edited to include the hashtag and we won’t accept posts with the tag added in a comment.
  • You can enter as many pictures or videos as you like!

And now, here is the September randomiser!


And here are this month’s winners!

#10 @laura_zuckerkuss I plan on joining my remaining #hexietiles (free paper piecing pattern by Julie @juliehirt ) like so.

But then I’m not sure… Should I make another bag? Or a cushion today? Hmmmm Any suggestions ladies from the #hexietilesSAL (organised by Kjerste @rosebudandpenny)? #htWIPit @hawthornethreads

laura zuckerkuss tvhhaul september winner

#37 @handmadeinse New cushions in progress #konasolids #tvhhaul

handmadeinse20 tvhhaul september winner

#11 @alw1979 What happens when I get a slight obsession with making pinafores and tunics for baby girl! Perfect for warm days now or with long sleeves underneath for Autumn. #pinaforedress #sewingformygirl #bestdressedbaby #tvhhaul #isew #handmadewardrobe

alw1979 tvhhaul september winner

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