I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 63, married to Fred and have one son, Matthew who is 25. I enjoy embroidery and applique and prefer to machine piece and quilt my projects. I love my vintage Singer sewing machines especially my Featherweight 222K. I've recently started collecting Miniature Sewing Machines, three Essex , one Singer 20. one Singer 40 and a Vulcan Countess. My love of sewing I believe comes from my Grandmother - I still have the drawings she made for me to embroider on tea towels many many years ago!

Thursday, 20 March 2014


Last Tuesday I taught a workshop making these extra large paperclip bookmarks.  They are lots of fun to make using covered buttons with flat backs and the bookmark part already has a glue pad attached.

We used Size 60 covered buttons and Selleys Ultra Repair glue.  After we glued the button on to the bookmark we added a large ceramic strength magnet to the back of the button.  This way you can use the item as either a bookmark or a note/photo holder for the fridge!

I'm still working on the secret sewing....  no hope of getting it done by tomorrow so check back over the weekend and hopefully you will see what I've been making!

Happy Sewing!
Cheers from Helen


  1. cute idea Helen.xx

  2. This is such a cute idea and something everybody can use. I'm always losing my bookmarks.