28 December 2017

Ten Favourite Posts of 2017

How to sew a mitred corner - Tilly and the Buttons

I love this time of year, when we get to slow down, take stock and look back at what we've done over the past twelve months. We've shared lots of juicy posts with you on the blog this year, from sewing tips and tricks, through free patterns, to peeks behind the scenes at Tilly and the Buttons HQ. Here are ten favourite posts from 2017...

How to sew a mitred corner - Tilly and the Buttons
How to sew a mitred corner - Tilly and the Buttons

How to sew a mitred corner


Create a lovely neat finish on exposed corners, such as blouse hems, napkins and the kick pleat on the Etta wiggle dress.

Free Pattern! Make your own snuggly slipper boots - Tilly and the Buttons
Free Pattern! Make your own snuggly slipper boots - Tilly and the Buttons
Free Pattern! Make your own snuggly slipper boots - Tilly and the Buttons

Make your own slipper boots


Fancy making your own super snuggly slipper boots? Download our free pattern to keep your feet cosy this winter.

Five tips for achieving your goals - Tilly and the Buttons
Five tips for achieving your goals - Tilly and the Buttons

Five tips for achieving your goals


More and more of us are embarking on creative projects alongside our day jobs - whether that be vlogging, starting a business, writing a book or other big venture. I shared some things I've learnt about how to stay on track to achieve big goals such as these.
 Five tips for sewing with corduroy - Tilly and the Buttons
Five tips for sewing with corduroy - Tilly and the Buttons
Five tips for sewing with corduroy - Tilly and the Buttons

Five tips for sewing with corduroy


Find out how to cut, sew and press this lovely fabric - perfect for making a wintry Cleo dungaree dress!

Sewing Space Tours - Tilly and the Buttons
Sewing Space Tours - Tilly and the Buttons

Sewing space tours


You guys are obviously as nosy as I am, as you loved peeking into other people's sewing spaces! Our pattern cutter Vanessa kicked off the 2017 tours in January, and we ended on a high note with blogger Selmin showing us around her gorgeous room. Want to show let us into your own sewing area? Here's how to submit your post!

A trick for turning narrow loops - Tilly and the Buttons
A trick for turning narrow loops - Tilly and the Buttons

A trick for turning narrow loops


Don't have a loop turner but need to turn a drawstring, waist tie or other teeny tube right sides out? Here's a hack for doing just that with the help of the thread on your sewing machine. You're welcome!

Five hacks for the Cleo dungaree dress - Tilly and the Buttons
Five hacks for the Cleo dungaree dress - Tilly and the Buttons

Five hacks for the Cleo dungaree dress


The best part of my job is seeing the beautiful creations that you make with our sewing patterns - it never ceases to inspire me and fill my heart with joy. I particularly love these creative hacks for one of our most popular patterns, the Cleo dungaree dress.



Behind the scenes


We've been working hard in the studio to create new patterns, produce online workshops and get orders out to our lovely customers. We've taken you behind the scenes on the blog a few times this year... including having a giggle over the outtakes from that time I modelled our maternity sewing patterns! Note to self: modelling with a 34 week bump, swollen ankles and pelvic girdle pain is not glamorous, hehe :)

Make your own bias binding - Tilly and the Buttons
Make your own bias binding - Tilly and the Buttons
Make your own bias binding - Tilly and the Buttons

Make your own bias binding


Bias binding creates a neat finish on armholes and necklines that don't have a facing. Here's how to make your own using the beautiful fabric in your stash.

Announcing my forthcoming book


Last but not least, I shared news earlier in the year that I was writing a second book, and recently shared the title and cover with you. It's coming out in March 2018 - you can pre-order it right away from Amazon.co.uk (UK readers) or Amazon.com (North America readers). I'm soooo pleased with how the book turned out and can't WAIT to share it with you!

Thanks so much for reading the blog this year. Wishing you a fabulous end of 2017 and here's to an awesome 2018!

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