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    A little pin cushion

      Who 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 Materials 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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    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

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    A little world

    Call 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. 

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    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! love, little pomegranate.                    

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    A little walk down memory lane

    When our first wedding anniversary started looming I started to panic about what to get Tree. I pondered over gifts and searched the internet for inspiration but all I found were variations of the standard ‘gifts for men’; watches/wallets etc etc. Each of these had a hefty price tag and lacked the personal touch (unless you got it personalised in which the price tag would be stratospheric!).  And as a student at the time, my bank account was more on the malnourished side. It got me thinking- even if I managed to scrape enough money to get Tree a fancy watch, how could I top that next year? Or the year after that… Would I just be going for more and more expensive gifts in an effort to show how much I loved him? Doesn’t that completely defy the point of anniversaries? After sweating over what to do we both came to the agreement of not buying anything and instead planned to go for a lovely dinner together.

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    A little catch up

    It’s been a busy few months since I last posted on my blog. My excuse: I’ve said before, many many times, life got in the way! I guess it’s inevitable when you start a new chapter in your life, you get swept away and find it hard to fit the ‘normal’ things back in. Much like when you’re a newlywed and spending every second of everyday with your spouse was all you wanted to do. This time, much less romantic, the new chapter was starting work. A career in medicine in notoriously life consuming, especially as a fresh faced newbie at the bottom of the rung. Even if you manage to go home on time, the day has left you exhausted and you barely have the energy to have dinner before dragging yourself to bed. After a few months of getting ready for bed at 9:30pm (and that being the highlight to the day!), we decided that enough was enough- we had to start doing more of the things we love before we turn into work obsessed cretins! So I started getting back to my sewing machine. Depressingly I found that projects that may have taken me a day or…

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    A little jewellery stand

    Something a little different today! A long while back I got asked how to store pretty hijab pins in a decorative but practical way. I’m a big fan of displaying jewellery as a decorative pieces (my mannequin is currently displaying half of my necklace collection!), so was excited about taking up this challenge. I’ve also been itching to use the Khangas (printed cotton fabric) I’d bought on our travels to Zanzibar, with their bright colourful prints.  As with most of my tutorials (I hope!), there’s nothing too specialised in the ‘materials’ list. I’m sure you know by now, but I’m a big advocate of using whatever you have lying around. A lot of what’s on the list can be exchanged for whatever you have to hand.

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    Repost: A little vintage touch

    Hello all, This is just a wee update on one of my patterns for a crochet lace headband. I recently got an email from a reader asking for help with the pattern and realised there’s a mistake! Whoopsies. And also, because it was one of my earlier patterns it wasn’t as clear as it could be. So I’ve done some changes to the pdf (which is now available on the original post-click above) and taken some photos using thick wool to make it clearer. I hope that helps! Please do send me an email if you get stuck or notice an error, and of course as always- send a photo of your creations so I can add them to my reader’s gallery! love, little pomegranate. P.s. I have some bow-tiful booties and some more blanket buddy variations  to share with you soon! So keep an eye out and subscribe! P.p.s. Tree and I are about to move into a flat so I’m sure I’ll have some homely craft ideas to share too.

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    The little protege

    My niece (in the Asian sense of the word where everyone is your relative-> spreading the love) needed to dress up as a Disney princess for the last week of school and started asking around for a purple coloured maxi skirt to dress up as Princess Jasmine. Unfortunately, I don’t own a purple skirt so I failed on ‘super Aunt’ points. But half an hour later she sent me another message asking for a yellow skirt because she now wanted to dress up as Snow White. As luck would have it, I had the perfect outfit for Snow White- as pointed out by my lovely readers on my tutorial for a crop t-shirt. Super Aunt to the rescue!

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    A (little) new beginning

    Hello all! It’s been too long! It’s actually been six months since I posted something craft related, and three since I’ve posted anything at all. Now, I haven’t been sitting on my bum, twiddling my thumbs- no, no. That would’ve been preferable to what I was actually doing. Which was: revising. Sigh. The bane of my life. There were tears. There were tantrums. There was waaaay too much chocolate and Mountain Dew consumed. But thankfully, we made it through! With exams passed and uni over, I couldn’t wait to get started on my list of ‘things to do’… Starting with moving my blog over to www.thelittlepomegranate.co.uk! My brother was so impressed by how many of you were clicking your way through cyberspace over to my blog that he surprised me with the gift of the co.uk site! Yay! I hope you like it. As you can see, Tree and I have worked on redesigning the blog to make it easier (and prettier) to get around. So if you notice somethings not quite right, do let me know! Hopefully my faithful subscribers will be transferred across with no fuss (will update you when that’s complete). But until then, bookmark this page because this…