Sew for Cancer…..

My mum has sadly been diagnosed with cancer recently and has a syringe driver fitted to keep on top of her pain relief and anti-sickness meds. This involves having a small tube plugged into your body and then connected to a large plastic case which contains the syringe. It is quite big and clunky so I quickly made up an across the body bag for her so she can be hands free, I made it as light as possible with some poppers to fasten it. Her nurse thinks this is a great idea and would like more of them for her patients.



I would like to welcome anyone that has a spare moment to join me in making these bags to donate to your local hospital or send over to me so I can give them to the nurse that expressed an interest in them.

It could also be a great scrap buster to use up those leftovers! Any donations would be greatly appreciated.


If you would like to make a bag for patients with syringe drivers fitted here are the details:

 The Driver measures:  27cm x 12cm x 5cm

  • Use lightweight fabrics that are strong but not too bulky (I used fleece for the bag and a cotton strap)
  • Please ensure it is washable
  • Ensure the strap is adjustable so it is the most comfortable for the patient, suggest a slider or poppers at regular intervals.
  • Consider making for Men, Women and Children
  • Add a fastening for the bag such as poppers or zip but allow a gap for the tube to come out of the bag

 Idea: Make it out of your fabric scraps, small pieces could make up a patchwork style bag

Alternatively if you would like to donate fabric so I can make more of these bags please get in touch by email or find me on Instagram as @theruralsewist.

 Many Thanks in advance and let’s make having a syringe driver a little easier for patients.

 #sewingforcancer #cancerresearch #charitysewing #syringedriver #sewingleftovers #scrapbuster

If you are a patient that would like a bag for your syringe driver or know someone that needs one please get in touch, I am happy to make them and hopefully make it a little easier to have a syringe driver fitted.

Many Thanks




November SewHub

This month I have been inspired by Frances Tobin from The Makers Atelier

I went along to an evening talk about how the Makers Atelier started out and had a chance to meet Frances the founder of Makers Atelier and see the samples from the book and pattern collection.

Frances started making her own clothes at the age of 8! Wow! And had various jobs for big designers in the fashion industry It was a really interesting to hear about her design career and transition to becoming an indie pattern designer.

The samples of the book and patterns were on rails to have a look at and it quickly dawned on me that the styles were really simple and therefore let all the fabric do the talking. It was a beautiful collection with very few prints which made me think more about making classic styles in solid colours which have texture and scream quality.



The Pattern pages is a free downloadable magazine for dressmakers and fashion lovers. It has lots of interesting content and a great variety of designers and new things to check out.


A few more Tilly and the Buttons Agnes tops and hacks to add to my collection for the #owop17 challenge.

This is a sewing challenge to wear the same pattern everyday for one week running from 25th November through to 1st December. Head over to my instagram to see how I got on.


Shopping! With all the very tempting Black Friday offers it would be rude not to support some small businesses and I also went along the knitting and stitching show and found some lovely new things.

I got my hands on the Papercut Otsu Jeans Pattern which I have had on the wish list.

Til the sun goes down very kindly offered up some free tickets so I went along on Sunday and purchased this beautiful satin fabric. The quality of her fabrics was AMAZING and they are original designs too.


The Little Tailoress Podcasts on YouTube

I can’t get the hang of knitting but when I watch Ami’s podcasts I really really wish I could – she makes it sound so easy and makes the most gorgeous things and the colours of her hand-dyed yarn are edible!

She is really inspiring to me and talks about all kinds of projects from knitting, sewing, and furniture painting. I also love the chat about tv, film and books – you definitely need to prepare your favourite drink, find a comfy spot and absorb the loveliness.


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Hello November…

I am Samantha, I live on a Diary farm in North Yorkshire with my husband  and German Wirehaired Pointer dog, Doug. I have been sewing for 10+ years but started dressmaking in September 2016. I love the fact that I can add my own style to garments, get the fit right and it makes you looking at high street fashion in a different light. I am looking forward to sharing my passion of dress making and taking you through my journey of building my handmade wardrobe and talking about all the other things I discover along the way.

 I would say I am an intermediate sewist but love a new challenge and plan on enhancing my skills to do more techniques and advanced skills. My goal this winter is to make my first pair of jeans and take on projects that take a little longer rather than doing the quick and easy makes. I encourage everyone to have a go at sewing but be warned it is addictive!

 Dressmaking has definitely made me more interested in fashion and makes me think more about styles and outfits. I have never been a follower of fashion trends and like to put my own stamp on things, in fact I would buy ‘ready to wear’ from the high street and go home and amend them. When you actually look into the detail they are poorly made and (in my opinion, not good value for money!). Dressmaking has also made me think more about my body shape, what suits me and also what colour pallet I should wear more of.

New patterns also encourage me to try new necklines, sleeve styles and shapes. I have added more skirts and dresses to my wardrobe since starting sewing my own clothes and steered away from plain ready to wear separates.

I get a lot of inspiration from Instagram and Youtube where I follow other seamstresses, sewists and knitters and join in with the organised challenges and meet ups that are organised by the lovely people in the community.