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Sewing Bee buzz

This week I’ve been catching up on my Soft Furnishings Level One homework.  I am LOVING this course, but so far have simply not had time to make any of the things I should have.  This week then, I’ve made a falanged cushion, a piped cushion (with concealed zip), a roman blind with standard lining, a roman blind with blackout lining and a standard lined curtain.  The studio (as I’ve started calling my little workroom) has certainly been a busy little place.  The great thing about some of these products is that they require hand stitching, which I like to do in front of the tv.  It gave me an excuse to catch up on some of the Great British Sewing Bee.  (Although, small confession, I haven’t actually watched the final challenge of this week yet!)

Oh I could make those, and then clearly haven’t because, well, life.

One of the things I’ve loved about this series, from the first episode, have been the little sewing weights they’ve used.  I said to my mum, they would be great for quilt making where you are cutting through several layers at once.  Oh I could make those, and then clearly haven’t because, well, life.

However, a great post came up on Shiny’s Hive yesterday (an absolute MUST Facebook group to join for anyone thinking of Venturing on their own; brilliant advice from a bunch of people that are out there doing it now) regarding sewing weights and I thought that the time just might be right to tell you all about the next level of Vanilla Monkey Creations.

So some of you might be really supportive of the idea of my business, but thinking that you aren’t my target market as you prefer to craft away for yourself.  Well fear not, my lovely little sewers, there is a section for you!  Have you always wanted to make a quilt, but don’t really know where to start?  Or fancy making a bag, but don’t want the hassle of having to buy a lot of the bits and bobs when you only want to make one?  Well, this is exactly for you.  Hand cut pattern pieces with all the supporting haberdashery that is required to make your own products.  There will even be a quilt in a year where you can subscribe to having a delivery every month which you will be able to create and build up into your own quilt.  If that seems like something you might be interested in, why not sign up to the emailing list and I can let you know when the products launch?

As an added bonus, one lucky person who signs up in the month of June can win a set of 6 small sewing weights, with co-coordinating needle book.  Look, I finally made some!  These are so cute that I thought I just had to get them out there.  I will be making others (as well as some larger ones) which will also be on sale.  If even this is too much for you as you want to get on with it yourself, reply to the email you will receive when you sign up and tell me you would like a kit instead and I will send you all you need to make your own set of 6 small sewing weights and a needle book.  (Except the rice that is used to weight them.  You guys have that, right?)

Hope you guys are doing well out there in the real world.  Let me know how you are getting on in the comments or drop me a line at

Happy Venturing! x


One thought on “Sewing Bee buzz

  1. Looks like just the thing for me and lots more that want the uncertainty of cutting taken out of the equation. Wishing you the very best for your future.


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