• General Musings,  LIfestyle

    Reusable Period Products (Part 2: Reusable pads and period underwear)

    The long awaiting and much requested followup to my post on reusable period products is here! And I actually can’t believe that it’s nearing my 2 year anniversary of switching to reusable period products! 2 years since I sent my friends panicked Whatsapp messages saying “just bought a Mooncup in Boots? Now what?” I have to say- it’s honestly been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I really hope that this series of blog posts inspires and helps you make the jump to a more eco-friendly, purse-friendly, person-friendly period! Now before we go into the details- today we’re covering my experiences with reusable pads and period underwear- here is a reminder of my little disclaimer: This is my personal experience of using these products- every person is different so what might work for me, may not work for you I always find things like this difficult to write because of my day job- being a doctor I worry people will take what I say differently. But I am writing this from a ‘person who menstruates’ point of view rather than a medical/doctoring point of view. If you have any queries around your own physical needs please speak…

  • Crafting,  Cricut Creations,  DIY/Around the home,  LIfestyle

    Ramadan Countdown Calendar

    This blog post is part of a sponsored collection of projects created in partnership with Cricut.* One of the best bits about being a crafter is being able to create bespoke, unique things for yourself (and others!) Growing up as a Muslim it was a very different landscape compared to now- I’m trying to think back to the first time I saw any ‘Eid’ or ‘Ramadan’ products in the shops when I was kid and I can’t really think anything. But I do remember walking around those ‘back to school’ personalised pencil cases/pens/keyring stalls and knowing for sure I’d never find a ‘Rumana’ in there… But these days not only can we buy beautiful products, we can make them ourselves. And it’s really wonderful to have that experience. And now I have a daughter, even more fun being able to share it with her. This year I’m so excited about partnering up with Cricut to bring you a collection of Ramadan and Eid Cricut projects. It’s been so much fun to design them, even if it was a steep learning curve getting my head around Illustrator and SVGs. But I hope you’ll agree it was all worth it! Over the…

  • Spoonflower Fabric Picks

    Spoonflower Fabric Picks

    One of the things I love about Spoonflower is the massive range of prints and patterns (and the fabric types). But also one of the things that makes it quite overwhelming to navigate is the massive range of prints and patterns! I’m that person who can’t make decisions on a whim so this can really stress me out. You might even say, a ‘chronic overthinker’… Anyway, as an official Spoonflower Ambassador* (ooh la la, had to drop that in there), you’re probably going to see more beautiful prints coming your way and I’ve found a quick an easy way to share my Spoonflower picks in case you wanted to buy the print yourself. I’ve created a public collection of my fabric choices so you can just click through the link and go straight to the patterns. Whoop! I haven’t figured out the best way to categorise them/name the collections so forgive me if that changes over time- I think it will most likely relate back to the sewing project I use it for. But because this one is currently secret (oo-er), it doesn’t really have a category? Regardless, for my public collections click here. And for this specific group of…

  • Garden Adventures

    Sew Veg in One Bed

    If you’ve been following my Instagram you might have noticed that (along with the rest of the country) we’ve got a little into gardening. We’ve fumbled our way through growing herbs in the past and last year tried our hand at some veg for the first time. It was so much fun and gave us an excuse to go outside. So this year we’ve decided to take it a little more seriously using the Veg in One Bed book by @huwsgarden So many of you got in touch with me saying you were planning to do the same or had the book as well. And too my surprise, a tonne of you actually went and bought the book after I shared it on my Instagram! Honestly I’m so excited to go on this journey with you and share our progress. Don’t expect any tips though because we are full on beginners. But seeing as I’ve been getting loads of questions about our progress so far I thought I’d bring my mini review across to the blog plus a downloadable template for veg patch planning. Veg in One Bed by Huw Richards (Hardback, £16.99) A beginner’s guide to growing veg in a…

  • Sewing

    Underwear: The trials and tribulations

    This blog post is sponsored by Craft + Thrift: an Etsy store of curated deadstock, vintage and thrifted fabric for the sustainable sewist. All thoughts/opinions are my own. I’ve always tried to use each sewing project as a chance to learn something new- whether its a new fabric or a new technique. It’s all an opportunity to become a better sewer, right? Yeah yeah yeah. I can tell you that that is NOT what I was thinking as I wrangled my twisted jersey from under my needle plate for the billionth time. When Amy @Craftandthriftshop asked if wanted to work with her on a post of course I said yes! I love discovering new fabric shops, especially ones with a sustainable ethos. I was browsing through the fabrics and noticed she did underwear kits. Oo-er. I’ve always been curious about sewing underwear. Truthfully I’ve never had the urge or interest to sew them! My only experience of underwear was sewing a bra on The Great British Sewing Bee. I actually kind of enjoyed it- until my bra *literally* fell apart during judging. So yeah- I wasn’t exactly rushing to recreate that experience! (Imagine that happening in the shop!) But I’ve…

  • General Musings

    It’s complicated

    Blogging: it’s where I started 10 years ago, sharing my crochet makes (can you believe?), wedding DIYs and then sewing. Soon after that, social media became a thing (ok, I’m giving away my age a bit- but who remembers before Whatsapp? MSN messenger and dial up internet!?) What happened next was: I started posting more and more on Instagram, and less and less on my blog. It was quick, easy and people started commenting, interacting and following me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been an incredible few years on Instagram and I still can’t believe how many people follow my account. I love the community Instagram has helped build- from the friendships made, to the practical sewing help/advice you can find (I don’t make a pattern without checking out the hashtag beforehand). It’s also a great place to have really interesting conversations and I love hearing peoples view points and learning so much them. It’s also meant that I have learnt about photography, styling and editing. But… (did you guess there was a ‘but’?), something has changed in the past year. I thought maybe I was the only one who felt it but it sounds like a lot of you…

  • LIfestyle

    Let’s talk reusable period products (part 1: Menstrual Cups)

    So this blog post has been a long time coming! A lot of you will know that I gave up single use period products over a year ago (18 months and counting!) and so many of you have reached out to me asking about it, so I thought I’d write you a post of my experiences of the switch. But before we dive in there’s a few things I want to be clear about: This is my personal experience of using these products- every person is different so what might work for me, may not work for you I always find things like this difficult to write because of my day job- being a doctor I worry people will take what I say differently. But I am writing this from a ‘person who menstruates’ point of view rather than a medical/doctoring point of view. If you have any queries around your own physical needs please speak to your health professional Having said that, being a doctor means I have a no frills approach to speaking about these things. So don’t expect euphemisms! I remember a friend asking for my ‘birth story’ and it was only afterwards (and from the trauma…

  • General Musings

    Welcome to my new look (old) blog

    I don’t know about you but every few years I get itchy feet and need to revamp my little blog! I’ve had this blog for nearly ten years now but it’s pretty unrecognisable from it’s old form. Would you believe that it was mainly to share crochet patterns I made as a medical student? I never really expected many people to read it but every single follower/commenter and visitor brought me so much joy. Slowly I started moving into other crafts, first wedding DIYs and then later as I dipped my toe into sewing I started documenting more of my sewing makes. After that… well I started taking my sewing blogging a bit more seriously after being on The Great British Sewing Bee (BBC 1) in 2016 and started to use my platform to raise the issue of inclusivity in the sewing community. As my Instagram account grew I found myself spending more time on that, sharing most of my craft and progress through those little squares. I’ve loved connecting with people over Instagram but I’ve neglected my blog. My blog didn’t ‘feel’ like me. I hadn’t touched it in years and when I looked it I just felt a…

  • Sewing

    Sew Fancy Pants 2020- Fancy details

    I’m sorry this is coming to you much later than expected! I try to keep my Friday mornings set aside for recording videos/posting updates on my Sew Fancy Pants 2020 progress but as you might have seen on my Stories, I couldn’t get around to it this week! But I figured late is better than never, so today I’m bringing you my five beginner friendly tips for Fancy details to jazz up your Fancy Pants… When I was asked to co-host SewFancyPants2020 I saw my role as introducing pants/trouser sewing to beginners because… well, I view myself as beginner. So with this weeks theme I thought I’d share simple ways to make your trousers that little bit more special. Don’t forget though, just by making your own trousers they’re already pretty darn special! 1. Pocket linings This is a great way to make your pants super special without any extra work! You don’t need to cut out any extra fabric, which is a giant win for me as it’s my least favourite bit of sewing. All you need to do is cut out the pocket bags in your chosen Fancy fabric. Be careful to cut the pocket bags only and…

  • Cricut Creations,  Sewing

    Re-usable make up wipes- In collaboration with Cricut

    Like most people these days we’ve been more conscious about single use items in our household. One of the projects I’ve seen pop up a lot on my Instagram is reusable make up wipes- it’s a perfect way to stash bust as well as cut down on cotton pad use. But if I’m honest… I’m lazy, and the idea of cutting out little circles put me off…until I got my Cricut Maker! As I’ve mentioned before, this machine comes with a rotary blade which cuts a huge range of fabrics. The main limitation to using the Cricut to cut fabric is the size of the mats- the fabric needs to be mounted on these to feed through the machine to be cut, so you can only cut fabric as big as the mat (or on a fold-with it temporarily spray basted). But for things like this (repetitive small shape cutting), it is perfect! More than perfect. It’s a dream. It cuts all the pieces out perfectly with zero effort. The SnapGrid function (on the App) is particularly good and helps you make the most of those awkward shaped scraps. I whipped these up in no time and I’ve saved the…