18 November 2015

Christmas Shopping and New Year Workshops

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Nope, me neither - every year I say I'm going to make all the gifts, but it never quite works out that way... so I should really start shopping!

In case you're not a member of our email list, I wanted to let you know about some offers on gift ideas in our shop that may help you with your own Christmas shopping, plus some fun sewing workshops we've got coming up in 2016 at our South London studio...

If you're looking for a gift for a fellow craft lover - or are dropping hints to Santa for what you'd like to receive - we've introduced sewing pattern bundles just for Christmas. For £30 you get a set of three beautiful printed sewing patterns, which include a gorgeous step-by-step instruction booklet with colour photos. Buying a bundle saves you 20% on the full price! The bundles are Easy Peasy Patterns (speedy projects with no fiddly bits), 9 to 5 Classics (for turning heads in the office), and Tilly's Favourites (the ones I can't live without!).

Thinking of gifting our book, Love at First Stitch? I'm happy to write a personal message in it - just email Lexy with up to 20 words that you'd like written in the inside front cover. Best to email her within 30 minutes of placing your order (to catch her before she hits the post office), and please include your order number in the email so I make sure I write it in the right book :)

Ooh and speaking of bundles and books, we're doing a book bundle for Christmas too! For £25 you get a signed book, DIY Dressmaker tote bag (it's great quality, Fair Trade and massive) plus two badges saying "DIY Dressmaker" and "Sewing is Good For You". A really nice gift for crafters (and yes, buying a gift for yourself is totally allowed).

Plus of course we do gift vouchers if you want to let the recipient choose something themselves, whether that's a pattern, book or workshop.

And did you know we also sell sewing patterns on Amazon UK? So you can put them on your wish list to let your friends and family know what to get you ;)

UPDATE: We no longer run workshops at Tilly and the Buttons HQ.  You can now enjoy Tilly teaching you to sew in the comfort of your own home by signing up to one of our online workshops.


We've got some exciting workshops coming up in 2016, including this brand new one! Sophia Palmer of Jessalli Handmade will show you how to mix free-motion machine embroidery - basically drawing with thread at an exciting high speed machine pace! - with appliqué to embellish your sewing projects or create a custom piece of textile art. I've already reserved a place for myself, it sounds so much fun!


Learn tips and tricks to cut, stabilise and sew low-stretch knit fabrics on your normal sewing machine, while making the popular Coco top or dress pattern. Once you've sewn your first of these comfy garments, you'll never look back!


Get to grips with threading a sewing machine and learn to sew a simple scarf to tie around your head, neck or bag. Perfect for absolute beginners or those looking for a refresher.


If you can use a sewing machine for basic stitching and want to start making your own clothes, this workshop offers the perfect introduction. You'll learn how to make the easy-peasy pyjama bottoms project using the Margot sewing pattern, and get a copy of our book, Love at First Stitch, to take away with you.


Save £15 by booking both Make Friends with a Sewing Machine and Make Pyjamas workshops on the same weekend. This is a great way of plunging head first into the wonderful world of sewing. Come along on Saturday with no experience, and by Sunday night you'll be wearing pyjamas that you've made yourself!


Do you own a favourite dress or perfect fitting jeans that you just wish you’d bought three of? Then this class is for you! We'll show you how to clone your favourite clothes and create a pattern that you can use to sew them again and again… and make them immortal!

All workshops are at our studio near West Norwood and West Dulwich stations.

Hope to see you there!