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What I’m reading: Belle and Boo S is for Sewing

I recently finished my Union Jack flag quilt so was looking for a smaller project to make. Fortunately I found lots of inspiration in Belle and Boo S is for Sewing: over 25 playtime projects to make for creative children.

Belle and Boo sewing book

This unique craft book of Belle & Boo themed playtime projects contains ideas and instructions for over 25 makes designed to engage a child’s imagination. Each sewing project will transport your child to another world where they can make-believe about being a pirate, a ballerina or even a tiny woodland creature.

All projects come with step by step guides and templates and to help those new to sewing, there are full instructions for techniques used. Projects include a jointed Honey Bear toy, felted play toys, a dreamy garden play tent, Belle & Boo puppet theatre with hand puppets to match and a swashbuckling treasure island map.

I decided to make the Honey Bear’s Sleeping Bag for my daughter, using the gorgeous Belle and Boo “Ditsy Boo” screen printed poplin.

teddy bear sleeping bagIt was a lovely straight forward project and I was able to cut the fabric out, quilted the top of the sleeping bag and added the binding by hand.

quilting clipsThe project took a couple of hours but you could make it quicker if you added the binding with a machine rather than by hand.

handmade bindingI enjoyed trying a new quilting technique, it doesn’t show well in the photographs but the front is quilted in a diamond pattern. I used a really light batting so the sleeping bag is quite thin and lightweight. It’s the perfect size for toys, especially my daughters’ favourite unicorn softie.

sleeping bag for toys

Belle and Boo S is for Sewing is priced £16.99 and available from Belle and Boo or all good bookshops.


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    August 4, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    This is really cute! You have done such a good job. I really need to get my sewing machine back out. I just wish I knew some children that would make use of crafts from this book!

    Laura x

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      August 4, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      I think you could make some of the projects for an adult too. There’s a gorgeous tent for the garden, bag and pyjama case you could adapt.There’s also a beautiful advent calendar to make which you could fill with little daily treats for yourself 🙂

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    Brand & Beauty
    August 4, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    What a brilliant book, such cute things. I love sewing myself, it’s so much fun!

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