The Little Giveaway


I’m so excited to be guest blogging over at Girl Charlee UK (click for tutorial) and showing you how to make yourself this peplum top. I do love a good peplum- creates a lovely hourglass shape and most importantly, hides a food baby (which is a really big selling point for me when it comes to clothes: can I have starters, mains and dessert no.1, no.2 and maybe no.3 without anyone noticing?) Even more exciting for all you lovely followers is the chance to get your hands on 2 metres of gorgeous knit fabric! Enough to make yourself a top (desserts I’m afraid are not included). Eep! I’m so excited. Head over to their site to see their gorgeous collection of fabrics to get you inspired and make sure you take a look at their brand new super soft BOLT range.


*How to enter the GIVEAWAY*

All you have to do is go over to the Girl Charlee UK website and join the mailing list. Once you do that just pop back over here and post ‘done’ along with your name. It’s that simple! Just make sure you enter before the deadline so I can enter you into the draw- Midday (GMT) on Tuesday 1st November. 

Good luck!




The Little Beginner


One of the questions I get asked the most is: “I want to start sewing- which machine should I buy?” So here’s my hopefully handy guide on buying a sewing machine.

Firstly, YAY! You want to start sewing! It will be daunting. You will make mistakes. But you will also get better with each step you take. And that sense of achievement after you complete that first item? Well, there’s no feeling quite like it. I promise you won’t regret it. It is doable. Trust me. I’ve been there- just scroll back and you’ll see my wonky-hemmed maxi skirt which didn’t even fit over my head. That was 4 years ago. Then there’s the less than perfect wonky-zipped maxi dress a year after the skirt (a wonky-theme to my sewing abilities). And then a week after that, my graduation dress. Fast forward 3 years and I’m being flummoxed by stretch materials in the quarter-finals of The Great British Sewing Bee. So two things to take from that: you can go from making barely-wearable items to being in the quarter-finals of The Great British Sewing Bee with a bit of a ‘can-do’ attitude and seam ripper, and secondly- there’s always more to learn!

Anyway, pep-talk out of the way: lets get onto sewing machines and the questions you might want to ask yourself. Continue reading

The little dress form


This is my dress form. As you can see, I use it everyday! Perhaps not in the way it was meant to be used but it’s still being used right?…

I got emailed this question and thought I’d share my thoughts in case anyone else was pondering the same thing:

“My question is if I was to invest in a dress form to help me would I need an adjustable one or can I do just as well with a fixed size which is of course cheaper but I thought best to get some advice first as the adjustable are quite expensive.”

I hear you, and currently having the same dilemma and wondering whether to upgrade my one. Sewing can be an expensive hobby: machines, accessories, fabric. So where do you draw the line?  Continue reading

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