Friday, November 26, 2010

Tutorial and Giveaway!

To celebrate the opening of our new online store, I thought it might be fun to do a tutorial and giveaway!  We are currently running a special offer in our store: with every skirt purchased from our Summer Collection, you will receive a matching Puff Brooch FREE! Simply pin a puff brooch to any top and it will instantly coordinate with the beautiful colours in that skirt.  These brooches are made from a Suffolk Puff (or Yo-Yo) which has been embellished with a crocheted flower and button - so pretty!  

In today's tutorial, I'll be guiding you though the creation of one of my Puff Brooches - and will give details at the bottom of this post on how to enter the giveaway to receive this very brooch as well as two matching hair ties!

To make a Suffolk puff, you'll first need to decide on its finished size.  For a brooch on a little girl, I find that a finished diametre of just over 5.5cm (2 inches) works well, otherwise it can become a bit overpowering on her outfit.  For hair clips or ties, smaller is better again.

For this tutorial, you will need:
  • a smallish piece of fabric
  • fabric scissors
  • a paper template cut into a circle of the desired size
  • needle
  • thread
  • embellishments (I'm using a crocheted flower and button)
  • brooch pin
  • thread to match the button colour 

Here's what you do:

1. Using a paper template with a 12.5 cm (5 inch) diametre, cut a fabric circle.  This width allows for .5cm (1/4 inch) fold-over around the entire outside edge and will give you a finished puff of approximately 5.5cm.

2.  Thread the needle with a doubled piece of thread for strength - you'll be pulling tightly on those stitches!  Tie a knot at the end of the threads, leaving a tail of a few centimetres.

3.  Place the fabric circle wrong side up and with your free thumb, fold over half a centimetre of the edge to make your first stitch from the top side.  Continue to fold with your thumb as you go, making small stitches along the edge. (I'm right-handed, so I stitch from right to left and hold the edge down with my left thumb.)

4.  When you reach the beginning again, bring your last stitch through to the top side.  Gently pull on the thread to tighten your stitches and form the puff shape.

The gathering will end up as a tight circle in the centre and the folded edge will be hidden underneath.
5.  Keeping the thread taut, make a couple of small stitches inside the gathered edge to finish off.  Cut the thread, again leaving a tail of a few centimetres; knot this three or four times with the initial thread tail to secure. Cut the thread ends and you have completed your puff!

6.  Now for the embellishments!  Place the crocheted flower and button in the centre of the puff and stitch them in place, starting from the back (again, using a doubled thread and leaving a tail for later).  Once they are secure, stitch the brooch pin to the back of the puff and finish by again knotting the ends together to secure.

All finished!

How sweet does it look on our Kate Strappy Top!

Would you like to enter this giveaway??  Each of the following will give you one entry:
  • leave a comment on this blog
  • blog about the giveaway, and place a link to this post on your blog
  • visit our facebook page, 'like' it, and leave a comment here to let me know
  • follow us on twitter, and leave a comment here to let me know
On Friday December 3rd, I will select a winner.  International entries are welcome - I am happy to post anywhere in the world!  What a gorgeous treat for the little girl in your life!

Speaking of blogs, I follow Natasha's gorgeous lifestyle and cooking blog 5 Minutes Just for Me - today she is doing a '5 Minutes With....' segment about me!  Hop on over to read it! Make sure you stay for a while - she writes the most wonderful posts about home decorating, cooking and much, much more!

Thank you for visiting me today - I have also joined up with Beverly's Pink Saturday linky party.  Thanks for having me Beverly!


  1. Please count me in for your give way! I love your goodies!

    Best wishes dear friend,

  2. Hi Fiona. Welcome to the world of blogging! I am visiting via Natasha's blog. I love your beautiful little dresses, and really do wish you well with your on-line shop. It's always exciting to start a new venture, if a little worrying as well!

  3. Hi Fiona!
    Welcome to Blogland (as I like to call it). I love that skirt in Natasha's blog with the street design, it's beautiful! And thanks for the how to make tips, I'm as good with sewing with a machine as I am with cooking...
    So with hand I can handle. I will be your newest follower! Have a good weekend! Oh and do count me in for your give away, thank you!

  4. Hi Fiona.
    I find your blog from Natasha's blog. The dresses are amazing! I am a new follower now and I will do a post about your giveaway! I leave in Greece so I could not enter your giveaway! Please come and visit me at my blog.
    Happy blogging:)

  5. Thank you for the tutorial.I like the colors and patterns of your creations. Catherine

  6. Super Cute! I love all the fabrics you use! They are so happy! (& I do love happy :) I can't wait to follow along & see where your blog takes us!!! :) Just poped over from Natasha's!

  7. Hello Fiona, How nice to meet you in the bloogy world. I LOVE all your beautiful designs and fabric. Just found you through the lovely Natasha. Please count me in in your giveaway, cheers Katherine PS I am a brissie girl too. Do your clothes go up to girls size 12 or 14?? and if not would you consider? fingers crossed xx

  8. How sweet. Thanks for showing that to us. Love your little clothes. First saw it on Natasha's blog. Such bright children's wear. Love the ruffles.

  9. Thanks for the tut, I have never made one before and yours look adorable with the little crochet flower on top. Happy PINK Saturday, Nan

  10. Thanks for the tutorial. Making them is really involved. Have a great Pink Saturday and please include me in your giveaway.

  11. Happy Pink Saturday Sweetie...
    Welcome to the wonderful world of pinks. I am so darn thrilled to find you through Natasha. Your dresses are so beautiful. You are a wonderful seamstress.

    I love this little tutorial. Yo-yos are so much fun to make and they can be used for so many different things. I used to add them to hair bows for the grand daughters. Thank you so much for sharing today.

    I am Country Wings in Phoenix your newest follower. I can't wait to see what you share next. Please stop by and let me share my pink post with you. I would be honored to have you as a follower as well. I love meeting new friends and sharing ideas and crafts.

    Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

  12. What a cute brooch! Stopping over from 5mins. I have a little cousin that would love it so count me in :). I liked on facebook and followed on twitter, plus I added you to my lovely gift ideas list on twitter. Thanks too for the tutorial, I will have to try my hand at these for gifts!

  13. Welcome to your first Pink Saturday, Fiona. I am so glad Natasha has introduced up and brought us together.

    Girl, if you could only know just how pathetic I am with any kind of needle you would shake your head in dismay. Needle run when they see me nearby.

    Your designs are gorgeous. I will share your link with my neighbor. She has a sweet granddaughter to buy pretties.

  14. making it look effort-less and easy. Love your blog xoxox

  15. I am coming by from Natasha's much do I love your designs...I am swooning! So lovely. This is an adorable brooch too...thanks for the tutorial! I am a new follower.
    504 Main


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