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  • Posted on February 12, 2015

    Sew Scentilicious!

    Here at RPS and CICO Books, there are two television programmes (well, there are probably a few more!) that we can’t help but get super excited about… As you know, GBBO is one of those programmes and the other is the absolutely brilliant Great British Sewing Bee! With an office full of craft lovers, the wonderful fabric and stitching challenges are right up our street, and last week’s introductory episode got us all in the sewing mood! So, in preparation for tonight’s episode, we’ve picked out a small and simple sewing pattern to make while we’re watching the contestants; stylish lavender bags from the new book by Kate Haxell, Sew-licious Little Things. Why not give this simple Scentilicious project a go tonight!


    Lavender bags smell delicious, but often look embarrassingly twee. Why? I’ve no idea; there’s no need for it. Make your own from scraps of your favorite fabrics, and give them little loops so you can put them on clothes hangers and make your whole closet scentilicious. The buttons help to make the lavender bag pleasingly firm, but you don’t have to add them. 


    Two scraps of fabric, each the size you want the lavender bag to be; mine was about 4 x 3 1/4in (10 x 8cm)

    Piece of ribbon or tape about 4in (10cm) long

    Dried lavender

    Decorative button and plain button

    Fabric scissors

    Iron and ironing board


    Sewing threads to match fabrics

    Sewing machine

    Hand-sewing needle

    1. Place the fabrics right sides together and cut out the shape you want your bag to be, remembering to cut it about 3/8in (1cm) larger all around to allow for seam allowances. If you prefer, you can make a paper template and draw around that.

    2. Fold the tape in half, overlapping the ends so that the right side of one end lies on top of the wrong side of the other end. Pin the folded tape to the right side of the front of the bag, matching the raw ends to the top edge.

    3. Lay the other piece of fabric right side down on top of the first piece, with the tape in between. Taking a 3/8in (1-cm) seam allowance, sew around the edges, leaving a small gap in one side. Cut notches in the seam allowances around any curves.

    4. Turn the bag right side out through gap and press it flat. Fill the bag dried lavender, then ladder stitch the gap closed.

    5. Thread the hand-sewing needle with a long length of thread, double it, and knot the ends. From the back, take the needle right through the bag, then thread on the decorative button. Go back down through the other hole in the button and right through to the back of the bag, then thread on the plain button. Pull the thread tight. Go back and forth through both buttons a few times, then secure the thread by looping and knotting it under the button on the back.

    Sew-licious Little Things by Kate Haxell is available here.

    Full of lovely small and practical projects for the home and accessories for you to wear, this book is perfect if you're after a quick sewing pattern or want to make the most of the little things in life. For more on craft project ideas, click here.

    Hope you enjoy the Sewing Bee and have a lovely evening!

    This post was posted in Craft Projects, Featured, News, UK, What's new and was tagged with handmade, fabric, quick, sewing, tutorial, 2015, patterns

  • Posted on January 19, 2015

    Cosy, Warm and Woolly!

    Cold isn’t it! It certainly got a little nippier over the weekend, and suddenly that snow we were promised during last week’s balmier weather doesn’t seem so far-fetched! Pairing this with a broken heater in the offices and we’re considering hibernation for the rest of the winter. Before we take such drastic steps, we thought perhaps our books might have some cosy inspiration! Beanies and Bobble Hats by Fiona Goble is just the thing we need during this cold snap, so we thought we’d share this classic bobble hat pattern with you – this quick knit will warm you right up! Now…is it Spring yet?


    Sometimes, only something classically simple will fit the bill. So here is a traditional bobble hat that you can customize to your own style. Knit it in two colors and add a bobble in another color—just like I have. Knit it totally plain. Or knit it in stripes. I’ve chosen a lovely cotton-rich yarn for this hat, so you can keep it to hand to ward off any cool spring breezes. And it’s chunky, so it will knit up in just an evening or two.


    Rowan All Seasons Chunky (60% cotton, 40% acrylic) chunky yarn

    1 x 3½ oz (100g) ball (93yd/85m) in shade 609 Jetsam (A)

    1 x 3½ oz (100g) ball (93yd/85m) in shade 603 Drift (B)

    1 x 3½ oz (100g) ball (93yd/85m) in shade 611 Samphire (C)

    Needles and equipment

    US 10½ (6.5mm) knitting needles

    Yarn sewing needle

    A pompom maker to make 2¾ in (7cm) pompoms, or two cardboard circles each measuring 2¾ in (7cm) in diameter with a 1¼ in (3cm) diameter hole in the center.

    Gauge (tension)

    14 sts and 16 rows in stockinette (stocking) stitch to a 4-in (10-cm) square on US 10½ (6.5mm) needles.


    The finished hat measures approx. 10½ in (50cm) circumference and 8¼ in (21cm) high excluding the pompom.

    For the hat

    Cast on 60 sts in A.

    Row 1: [K2, p2] to end.

    Rep row 1, 5 times more.

    Break A and join in B.

    Work 20 rows in st st beg with a k row.

    Row 27: K4, [k2tog, k8] 5 times, k2tog, k4. (54 sts)

    Row 28: Purl.

    Row 29: K3, [sl2, k1, p2sso, k6] 5 times, sl2, k1, p2sso, k3.

    Row 30: Purl.

    Row 31: K2, [sl2, k1, p2sso, k4] 5 times, sl2, k1, p2sso, k2.

    Row 32: Purl.

    Row 33: K1, [sl2, k1, p2sso, k2] 5 times, sl2, k1, p2sso, k1.

    Row 34: Purl.

    Row 35: [Sl2, k1, p2sso] 6 times.

    Break yarn, thread it through rem sts, and pull up securely.

    To make up

    Sew the back seam using mattress stitch.

    Using the pompom maker or cardboard circles, make a pompom using C. Trim the pompom and use the tails of yarn to sew it to the top of the hat.

    Weave in all loose ends.

    Beanies and Bobble Hats by Fiona Goble is available here. Other current craft books by us are here.

    Happy knitting and stay cosy!


    This post was posted in Craft Projects, Featured, News, UK, What's new and was tagged with january, handmade, knitting, Fiona Goble, tutorial, 2015, patterns

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