A little pin cushion


thumb_IMG_9856_1024Who doesn’t like peonies? And who doesn’t like pin cushions? I know I’ve covered pin cushions before but here’s another super simple and easy pin cushion, even for a beginner! We were terrible with pins in the sewing room- plenty of pins where to be found on the floor. Though I’m pretty sure Taufiq would tell you that it’s the same in our flat as well!

Someone once asked me if I stored my pins for sewing in my headscarf, which is a fair question and probably not a bad idea! But no, that’s how I keep my hijab and it’s pleats in place. So as a hijabi and a sewer I have a lot of pins laying around, so a pin cushion is always good to have to hand.

Pin Cushion


  • Some fabric- you can use anything for this! I used left over scraps from baby quilts
  • Something round to trace around approx. 25cm wide (dinner plate/embroidery hoop)
  • Embroidery thread
  • Thread matching your fabric
  • 2 x buttons
  • Stuffing

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A little pyramid pattern weight

I hope you’ve been enjoying The Great British Sewing Bee. I’ve had lots of lovely  comments about my little pattern weights so thought I’d share a tutorial so that you too could have a bamboo steamer full of the very best sewing dim sum.

Pattern weights

Why use pattern weights? Well, there’s a time and a place for pattern weights- but generally they’re a super easy and quick way to keep your pattern in place while you cut out your fabric using a rotary cutter. Some people swear by scissors, but with scissors you really should pin the pattern in place to prevent it shifting which can be a bit long and cumbersome. Some people swear by rotary cutters. Personally I only tend to swear when I’ve managed to nick myself with the blade more than anything… (They are blooming sharp!)

These particular set of pattern weights were whipped up late one evening using left over scraps from Tanzanian/Zanzibari kangas (the traditional clothes made up from one large continuous piece of printed fabric, much like a sari). Continue reading

The (Little) Great British Sewing Bee

So… this is my face. Hello.


You may wonder why I’m showing the face behind The Little Pomegranate after all these years! Well I’m so excited to say  that you may see this face a little more often… I’m a contestant on The Great British Sewing Bee Series 4!

Say what? The girl who once made a skirt which only fit over her head and had a wonky hemline?

The girl who burnt a hole in a dress straight after she finished making it?

The girl who only discovered what interfacing was two years ago?

Yup. Proof that miracles do happen.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been hooked on the show from the very first series in 2013 and looked on at the contestants in awe. Never in a million years did I think I’d actually be part of one of the best shows on TV. To be honest, I can barely believe it even now. I guess I just wanted to say to all you lovely people who followed me on my blog up until now, and all the lovely new faces coming by to visit- thank you! Thank you for silently watching me grow as a crafter/sewer and never poking fun at my awfulness. I hope this blog is a testament to the fact that anyone can pick up sewing and achieve big things. We all start somewhere and I’m glad I started here with you.


The Little Pomegranate aka Rumana

Catch me on BBC 2, 9pm 16th May 2016. Don’f forget to join me on Twitter: @lil_pomegranate and Instagram: thelittlepomegranate


The little instagrammer


I do love a bit of social media; my absolute favourite being Instagram. I have a personal account which I’m constantly uploading my makes on but thought you might be interested in following a blog account. I tend to upload more onto Instagram than I do onto the blog (naughty me, I know!). But do follow me, and if there’s something you like just pester me and I might get around to posting it on the blog… @thelittlepomegranate

A little baby boom

We’ve had a real boom in little one’s around here! Most exciting was the arrival of my brother’s little baby gal- the first grandchild in the family, our cute little pumpkin. Between fielding well meaning Aunties patting on my tummy, asking “when is she going to get a cousin?” and sewing up all sorts of treats for this little one, I’ve been a busy little bee. Here’s a few projects I’ve been working on, along with the links to patterns (all freebies!)


  1. Little Geranium- from Made by Rae– I love this little pattern. So simple and so cute. This cotton fabric was from IKEA! (Size 0-3 months)


2. Little Geranium- from Made by Rae– I did say I loved this dress pattern! This time with a little added bias tape and pockets.Tiny babies need pockets you know. The Mary-Jane style booties are from my own pattern The Little Bow-tiful Booties. Matching headband was just a simple thing I whipped up! The fabric is from IKEA again…The salesperson hovered around behind me waiting for me to checkout. Poor guy, it’s like he’d never been around crafters before! I kindly suggested he carry on with his work and I’d get him when I was ready… (Size 0-3 months) Continue reading

A little world

travel map close upCall back the search parties! I’m here! Tentatively dipping my toes back into the big Blogging world, I’m bringing you a little felt version of the  world…

You may remember my post from a while back on our wedding anniversary scrap book, Tree and I had decided not to buy each other gifts to celebrate our anniversary. We wanted to keep anniversaries simple and celebrate it’s meaning rather than pimp it up with shiny new things (thats what birthdays are for!). So we’ve stuck to the scrap book formula…until last year where I kind of cheated… I’m sure home made gifts don’t count, right? In fairness, what started out as a solo present idea ended up becoming a group project with us both adding something to the final product. It took so long to get the final bits done (*cough*Tree’s contribution*cough*) that the date of our anniversary came and went before it was complete. Once it was finished, we had no where to put it up so it ended up balancing on the floor looking forlorn. Thankfully it’s now found a place as part of our picture wall. DSC_0032 Continue reading

A little monkeying around

crochetmonkeyblanketbuddyHands up who’s fed up of all the sewing posts? Yup, mine’s up too. Theres nothing quite as nice as sitting on the sofa with a big roll of wool and that crochet needle, whipping up something adorable.

This time….it’s another variation of The Little Bunny Blanket Buddy! I know…when am I going to stop doing these? Perhaps when I’ve created enough animals to create my version of Noah’s Ark (which, by the way sounds like an amazing idea!). Continue reading

A little hearty wrapper

wrap dress maxi

Me: What do you think of this photo? Is it a keeper?

Tree: It shows your face [I’m trying to keep some vague sort of web anonymity]

Me: I’m pretty sure if people recognised me it would be because of the full length heart printed dress instead of the slither of forehead…

Another post to add to my “Little chronicles of a small time sewer” collection. To be honest, I probably give my sewing machine a lot more love and attention than my crochet needles at the moment which is why the next few posts are all sewing based! I decided that with each new project I would try to learn at least one new technique.DSC_0984

First up was this heart print cotton from Cape Town. Having watched this year’s Great British Sewing Bee, I learnt that ‘pattern matching’ was 1. an actual thing. 2. apparently quite important. 3. big prints are easier than small prints…or maybe it was the other way around? Continue reading

A little blown away…

I know I haven’t posted in a long while (not for having lots of things to share!) but today I just had to sit my bum down and type this one out. Despite my good intentions to post frequently, it just doesn’t happen these days- I just couldn’t ignore the little notification on my phone from WordPress. Apparently my stats are booming (I’m a little blown away by the numbers!), and what’s causing all the fuss? My post on our wedding anniversary scrap book!

I’m really glad you like that post- it’s genuinely one of the simplest things I’ve made, and the one I hold closest to my heart (and that’s only three years down the line of being married!- can’t imagine how precious it will be in 10, 20 years).

Anyway, unfortunately I haven’t got any proper posts ready for you guys: but here’s just a taste of whats waiting around the corner…

Please keep your comments coming, and keep visiting: I’m still alive!


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