• Crafting,  Sewing

    Labels: the frosting of the sewing world?

    This is a sponsored blog post with Dortex Labels* For me, labels are the cherry on the top of a craft project. They’re the perfect way to add a little personalisation, whimsy, humour or even just a more ‘professional’ touch to a make. Or in the case for my Ninni culottes- just marking the ‘back’ of the garment! There are so many nice brands creating brilliant labels but the thing that drew me to the Dortex labels was the ability to personalise them, the large range of types and the an environmentally conscious approach to label making. I was really excited about trying them out and road test their labels before sharing my thoughts with you. I’ve been showed some sneak peeks with you on Instagram and there’s a couple in particular that you guys were loving! I tried out the: Cottonera Premium, Corinera Brass, Corinera natural leather and the Satinera labels. The Cottonera and Satinera are your more traditional fabric labels. The Satinera is made from recycled polyester (rPET) and has the design printed on the label which mean you can get a wide range of designs/colours. I uploaded my blog logo for these. The Cottonera is your typical…

  • Crafting,  Cricut Creations

    Eid Gift Bag

    This blog post is part of a sponsored collection of projects created in partnership with Cricut.* The next of my Cricut Ramadan Projects is up. This week I’m bringing you a reusable/personalised gift bag. One of the best bits of Eid is decorating the house and getting it into that ‘festive’ feel. We didn’t really decorate our house when I was a child, but it was always sparkling clean with the smell of Mr Sheen hanging in the air and a plateful of chicken pastries and samosas on the dining table waiting to be stuck into after a quick trip to the mosque for Eid prayers (or snuck in a pocket to eat on the way…) I still use Mr Sheen and it doesn’t feel like Eid until I’ve cleaned the table with it! But since the rise of decorating and gift giving (this was a smaller part of Eid celebrations as a child, we tended to just get money!), I’ve also been really conscious of the environment and the choices I make to not consume too much. One of the little changes I made recently was doing away with the wrapping paper. Sadly a lot of wrapping paper is…

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

    Eid Mubarak Cake Topper

    This blog post is part of a sponsored collection of projects created in partnership with Cricut.* I’m back with another Cricut Ramadan/Eid project. Wow, how quickly has this month flown by? I really hope you’ve been having a blessed month, whether you celebrate or not! It’s already time to start turning our thoughts to Eid. Now Eid isn’t Eid without a feast of a meal. I say ‘meal’ singular- because it’s a solid day of eating and celebrating with loved ones! From samosas and pastries in the morning to…more samosas and pastries in the evening. One of my favourite parts of Eid was the tradition of going around to *every* house in your community/family to ‘greet’ them and wish them a happy Eid. And obviously, you had to eat something when you’re there- it would be rude not to. We often joke that you regain all that inevitable Ramadan weight loss in that one Eid day! My mum used to spend all night making the most elaborate of Bangladeshi sweets but these days you’re more likely to find a beautifully decorated cake on the table at mine. Ok ok, really I just don’t have my mum’s skills…but I can kinda…

  • Pattern reviews,  Sewing

    Pattern Review: Zero Waste Gathered Dress

    It’s been a little while since I ventured into making a pattern by a new-to-me pattern designer but after stalking the hashtag I knew I needed to jump in and give this Zero Waste Gathered Dress a go. Like a lot of people I’m also trying to be careful about how much fabric waste I produce and the idea of a ‘zero waste’ dress was really appealing. I also like the loose fit and dropped shoulders. As much as I do love a bit of fitting, I was also really craving an ‘easy fit’ make. You’ve probably already seen the finished garment on my Instagram because it’s already a firm favourite…but there are a few things that are worth knowing before you dive into the pattern yourself. Pattern Review: Zero Waste Gathered Dress By Birgitta Helmersson Difficulty: ‘Beginners’- I’m not 100% convinced on this and would say its more a confident beginner (someone with a good understanding of general sewing construction)… but more on that later… Sizes: One size (fits EU 36-44, AUS/UK 8-16, US 4-12) Type: PDF cutting instructions (no pattern pieces) Price: £14 (PDF) Fabric: I’ve had this dusty salmon linen blend fabric from Rainbow Fabrics for over a year and knew this…

  • Crafting,  Cricut Creations

    Ramadan and Eid Cards

    This blog post is part of a sponsored collection of projects created in partnership with Cricut.* The second of my Cricut Ramadan Projects is live! This week I’m bringing you two deceptively simple cards to make- one for Ramadan and one blank one which you could use for Eid and for anything else really. The lattice card is genuinely one of my favourite Cricut makes ever- I adore the colour combinations and the block contrast of the cutout pattern. I made that sample and thought “this is ‘me’ in a card” Card sending is definitely something I’ve fallen back in love with since the pandemic began. It’s been a lovely way to reconnect with loved ones when we can’t be together physically. But there’s more to it than that…If you caught my Instagram stories the other day, you’ll know that I was crying over cards. Why? Because it brought back memories of the birthday cards my grandad used to send me every year, all the way from Bangladesh. Something I didn’t think too much of as a child, brought me to full-on-snotty-tears as an adult. The fact that someone thought about me and cared enough to go out, get a…

  • 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…