Month: August 2018

Roman Blind – How to dress a window in a north facing room.

North Facing Window

This north facing window used to have short blackout curtains on a Geo stainless steel pole. The window is just over a metre drop and has a small Victorian style radiator underneath.  As the bedroom is a small room, the previous curtains jutting into the bedroom seemed to close the room in and make the room look smaller.

To maximise the space and light in this bedroom I decided to have a black out roman blind fitted outside the recess.  There is not a great deal of space between the ceiling and the top of the recess so the roman blind is fitted just under the ceiling.

Fitted just under ceiling

By placing the blind under the ceiling this gives the illusion that the window has a larger drop and makes the window look bigger.

When the roman blind is open the folds does not cover the glass too much and obscure the top of the window. This helps to maximize the light.

I wanted to create a modern look and in my opinion this was the perfect choice. The good news was that I didn’t need to buy a lot of fabric. Roman blinds needs much less fabric than curtains.

I could have had this fabric made into a blackout roller blind but the folds on a roman give a softer look in this instance.

Iliv birds Scandi fabric in colour capri

The fabric chosen is Iliv Scandi Birds colour Capri. It gives a modern fresh feel to this small bedroom.  I have made a matching drum lampshade and bed cushion.

Matching Drum Lampshade

These little birds have flown home to roost and I love them, I hope you do too.

Enjoy the bank holiday,  Sarah

How to make a Lavender Bag

You will need:

Fabric length 35cm x 12.5cm



Cotton thread (colour to match the fabric)

Ribbon (approx 40cm length)

Dried Lavender

Fold the fabric right sides together to form an oblong.  Sew up each side with a seam allowance of 1cm,  keeping the top open.  Trim the corners so there is less bulk when you turn it inside out. Be careful not to trim too close to the stitching.

Fold the edge of the fabric down about 5cm

Next, turn the oblong right side out.  Your fabric is facing the right way now.  This is your basic bag.

Dried Lavender

Fill the bag with dried lavender.

Using a double thread using a basic running stitch, sew about 4.5cm down from the top of the folded fabric.  You need to hide the top raw edge inside the bag.

Pull the thread to form the ruffle and then tie off the cotton.

Lavender Bag

Tie the top of the bag with a contrast ribbon.

You can now place your pretty little bag in a drawer or wardrobe. They are perfect for making your clothes smell fresh and keeping moths at bay, or you can put them under your pillow to help you sleep.  I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do.   Best wishes  Sarah.

Inspired by Nature

Lavender and Sunflowers in Provence?   No this is Hitchin in sunny Hertfordshire where the fields are a beautiful purple and yellow from June until September. As you get out of the car the smell of the lavender is amazing. It is also reassuring to see lots of bees. Armed with scissors and a paper carrier bag given at the entrance, I picked to my heart’s content. I walked between the lavender rows to the brow of the rolling hill, then looked back at England’s pleasant countryside.

After a bite to eat at the on-site restaurant and a visit to the gift shop where I resisted the lavender chocolate for sale, I headed home.


As I left this wonderful place I thought ” What a great way to spend a sunny morning.”

At the moment the house smells of lavender which I am busily drying for future projects. In the meantime I have made some lavender bags.   I will show you how to make these in my next blog , they are very easy to make.

Home-made lavender bags

Best Wishes


This fabric is a ‘reel’ find.

Hope to create something lovely with this fabric very soon when the weather is cooler.  This fabric is Ian Mankin Skye Check in colour oatmeal.  It is a cotton linen blend and being a weave has a very good weight to it.

In the meantime I am enjoying playing with some props in my workroom. I love my old cotton reels, so couldn’t resist having some of them in the photo and adding this old tape for good measure!

As if by magic….. I am very pleased with the result, just hope my customer is.  This is an interlined roman blind for their study.

Roman Blind in Ian Mankin Skye Check Oatmeal fabric

I hope this gives you some creative inspiration.  If not, please contact me and I will be happy to help.

Best Wishes Sarah