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UK Edition: Stitchin’ Style With Sew Hip Magazine

Aug 16, 2010

by alicejb handmade and vintage goods

Alice Blackledge is the editor of the UK’s No. 1 sewing magazine, Sew Hip. Since its launch nearly two years ago, the magazine has strived to provide fresh and exciting sewing projects to readers. Alice takes charge of commissions, but also writes and designs for the mag. To submit contributions to the UK’s fastest growing craft publication, email Alice at

Commissioning is hands down the most fun part of being editor at Sew Hip! It means I get to spend one week of every month trawling Etsy for amazing fabric creations and designers, and my goodness there are so many. For me it’s fabulous to see that Etsy is making it easier to source handmade goodness from the UK — it’s so important to us as an independent magazine that we champion all of our local, independent makers. Once I find an inspiring artist, I request a custom item, which is then displayed in the magazine — as well as a pattern for the unique piece.

I’d love to share with you some of my best finds, from sewing supplies to finished items, and hopefully you’ll be inspired to give your own handmade items a go! I love all things sewing, so I hope you’ll feel my enthusiasm.

You can’t go wrong with some fantastic fabric and none is more special than some of the gorgeous hand-printed beauties on offer from the UK. Whether it’s the distinctly British feel of this yellow brolly fabric by plainjanetextiles, the trademark dense details in skandi fabric from summersville or the modern clean lines in PatTheCat‘s anglepoise design, there really is something out there to suit every seamstress.

Ooh buttons. I challenge you to find a stitcher out there who doesn’t squeal a little bit at some lovely buttons! It’s my weakness, so finding just a few to share has been really tricky. Fionamacneil hand crafts such beautiful ones, like these strawberry buttons. How she has the patience, I don’t know… but I really feel like I need them in my life! Titchables is one of my first stops when I’m looking for lovely things to go in the magazine, the fabric cover buttons in this shop are always cute and these teacup buttons simultaneously feed my addiction to tea. What a great combination.

This jumbo ribbon gift box from paperandstring might just be one of the best things I’ve seen. Ever. Ribbon is just great all around; add it to anything and it’s instantly better. I’m going a little weak at the knees looking at the colour combos from Overspill, too. Not much makes me happier than lovely matching colour palettes, like this bright citrus ribbon pack


I think I might be going a little crazy for supplies here! Lets move on to some of the beautiful handmade things that I’ve found…

How gorgeous is this delicate little pincushion from namolio? Almost too good to use! I have such admiration for crocheters — no matter how hard I try I just don’t get it. I’ll have to stick to needle and thread when it comes to my own crafting.


We’re ever so lucky — lupin is going to be designing some Christmas (yes, I dare to mention it in August!) decorations for the magazine soon. What this lady can do with felt is just amazing. She’s a genius, simple as that. I am constantly in awe of the things she makes, such as this headband. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m more than a little envious of her talents.


I’ve just moved house so lovely homely things are of personal interest while I’m decking the whole place out. Owls are having a bit of a moment aren’t they? Well why not, they are lovely. I particularly like this tea cosy from robinandmould — it’s hand printed in my home county of Wiltshire no less. Oh, and I’m also loving the pun in the description… you can’t beat a good pun!

Many thanks to Alice for sharing her stitchin’ style! You can also check out the Sew Hip blog.

Sew Hip would like to offer UK Etsy blog readers 15% off subscription to the magazine — call 01279 879038, quoting code SHEtsy15. Offer applies to postal subscriptions within the UK only and is valid until September 13, 2010.


Guest Curator Posts | Needlecraft, Crochet and Patterns on Etsy | UK Edition

Handmade Tea Cup Buttons - Set of 5 - UK Seller
Handmade Tea Cup Buttons - Set of 5 - UK Seller
scandi - screenprinted fabric in london bus red on oatmeal
scandi - screenprinted fabric in london bus red on oatmeal
Linen  pincushion - crochet motif
Linen pincushion - crochet motif
25 ribbons in a Candy Stripe gift box
25 ribbons in a Candy Stripe gift box
Hand printed golden yellow Bird brolly fabric
Hand printed golden yellow Bird brolly fabric
Bright Citrus Mixed Ribbon Pack
Bright Citrus Mixed Ribbon Pack


  • janinebasil

    janinebasil said 7 years ago

    Such pretty finds :D I remember Sew Hip when it started!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    I love that ribbon gift box, it'd be great for other things too like a stack of gift cookies. So cute!

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes said 7 years ago

    Awesome, Love those buttons :)

  • lazygiraffe

    lazygiraffe said 7 years ago

    ooh gorgeous finds, love the ribbon gift pack!

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 7 years ago

    Simply wonderful. Great colors!

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 7 years ago

    I so love the tea cozy. I am a tea junkie. Buttons and ribbon- you can't have too many buttons or too much ribbon. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 7 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for sharing :)

  • heidiadnum

    heidiadnum said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous fabrics :)

  • themagpiesdaughter

    themagpiesdaughter said 7 years ago

    I adore the tea cup buttons! Nice to see lupin recognised, one of the best shops on Etsy...or anywhere! Love her stuff! :)

  • earlybirdcreations

    earlybirdcreations said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous finds here! Love that tea cozy :)

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 7 years ago

    lovely- i adore namolio's work, and those fabrics (especially the umbrella one) are so sweet. thanks!

  • ebrukSupplies

    ebrukSupplies said 7 years ago

    Great finds!

  • Snowdon

    Snowdon said 7 years ago

    Love the owl tea cosy, Robin and Moulds stuff is great. Cute teacup buttons too!

  • aileenrae

    aileenrae said 7 years ago

    I'm a big fan of pincushions. The one you found is beautiful! I wish I had the patience to crochet like that.

  • verityunmondoaparte

    verityunmondoaparte said 7 years ago

    I love te cup buttons!!! great article, congrats ^_^

  • MoonDanceTextiles

    MoonDanceTextiles said 7 years ago

    those buttons are so cute!

  • FifiFlyaway

    FifiFlyaway said 7 years ago

    Lovely :) Nice to see you here Alice!

  • sewnewthings

    sewnewthings said 7 years ago

    I want one of those little pincushions!!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your finds ~ They are wonderful! :)

  • TanyaMac

    TanyaMac said 7 years ago

    Yay for my favourite mag!!! ;D Great finds Alice!

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 7 years ago

    thanks for sharing! great picks!

  • pandawithcookie

    pandawithcookie said 7 years ago

    Bring on the tea!

  • buttonsbyrobin

    buttonsbyrobin said 7 years ago

    Great items. As you can tell I love buttons and embellishments :)

  • jenniferdarezzo

    jenniferdarezzo said 7 years ago

    I want one of those pin cushions too!

  • janicewd

    janicewd said 7 years ago

    Such great items. The owl tea cozy is adorable. Have fun decorating your home.

  • spoonfulzine

    spoonfulzine said 7 years ago

    Totally loving everything... particularly all the neat stitchinG! gorgeous! thea. xx (spoonful)

  • jcisco112

    jcisco112 said 7 years ago

    The tea cup buttons are super cute and I am a big fan of the owl theme that is so popular now. Cute Cute Picks!!

  • Floreal

    Floreal said 7 years ago

    Love the pincushion and the teacup buttons!

  • buysomelove

    buysomelove said 7 years ago

    What an honour it must be for these sellers to be picked to have their items in a magazine. I know, I would probably keel over with a heartattack if I was ever contacted. And I totatally agree, there are some reallllly talented sellers on Etsy! Thanks for the lovely read.

  • cloverduke

    cloverduke said 7 years ago

    looooove every item in this entry! :) such creative designers and great ideas!

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign said 7 years ago

    super lovely finds! I love the ribbon gift box :)

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 7 years ago

    Well conceived & crafted hand printed textiles really pique my interest. Plainjanetextiles' are absolutely adorable. All great picks, great publication! Thanks, Alice!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Awesome , love the buttons ! Thanks so much !

  • doodlekreations

    doodlekreations said 7 years ago

    super cute finds !! very creative :)

  • alicejb

    alicejb said 7 years ago

    Thanks everyone for the lovely comments. I'm stupidly excited by all of this so it's really great to have such positive feedback! xx

  • EverybodyElse

    EverybodyElse said 7 years ago

    Great picks! I love the styles!

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 7 years ago

    love the ribbons! Beautiful contrast!

  • cottonbirddesigns

    cottonbirddesigns said 7 years ago

    Great article, lovely finds!

  • perebags

    perebags said 7 years ago

    Fun finds!

  • SewRecycled

    SewRecycled said 7 years ago

    Excellent article Alice, its great to get peeps to notice us Brits! Thanks x

  • perebags

    perebags said 7 years ago

    Fun finds!

  • titchables

    titchables said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for the lovely words about my teacup buttons! *blushes* Great article!

  • MyrtleLeaves

    MyrtleLeaves said 7 years ago

    Love those buttons!

  • MessyJesse

    MessyJesse said 7 years ago

    wow has it really been two years since it started, seems like yesterday! fab mag, love it! :)

  • jillmccp

    jillmccp said 7 years ago

    Charming. Sweet items.

  • SparrowPrimitives

    SparrowPrimitives said 7 years ago

    Love the tea cosy. I'll echo SewRecycled saying it's great to have UK makers highlighted!

  • junkyardglitter

    junkyardglitter said 7 years ago

    Lovely buttons!!

  • roundabout1

    roundabout1 said 7 years ago

    I just love the buttons! I can never have enough!!

  • CeliaSews

    CeliaSews said 7 years ago

    Wow! Such talent in the UK quarter...awesome bright colours : ) xx

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    Beautiful fabric and needle work. Yes, Owls are in the front row. Molly and the "owl cam" have my attention lately! Thanks Alice!

  • StringsnTings

    StringsnTings said 7 years ago

    These finds are cute as a button!

  • AmandaSainsbury

    AmandaSainsbury said 7 years ago

    Love the printed fabrics :)

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 7 years ago

    I'm loving the fabrics! great article:) Thank you for sharing!

  • atelierpompadour

    atelierpompadour said 7 years ago

    printed fabrics are really beautiful!!and I adore Namolio pincuschion!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 7 years ago

    Love the buttons and pin cushions!

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 7 years ago

    Such pretty finds and wonderful shops!

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous prints! Thanks for sharing this article. ♥♥

  • thenewblackmarket

    thenewblackmarket said 7 years ago

    Lovely items!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 7 years ago

    Well, I admire anyone who can sew! :) Loved the little pincushion - sooo pretty.

  • LeahSutton

    LeahSutton said 7 years ago

    Lovely article..and great finds... I love Lupin's fantastic creations :)

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 7 years ago

    I love the tea cozy!!! I love to sew (quilt) and I love seeing articles on my favorite past time!! Thanks!!

  • LeahSutton

    LeahSutton said 7 years ago

    Fantastic article! I love Lupin's fun creations and you have inspired me to stop by there again!

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 7 years ago

    This is a great article. Love those buttons. Thanks for sharing.

  • bigbluebed

    bigbluebed said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous finds. I love SewHip too.

  • contemporarystitches

    contemporarystitches said 7 years ago

    the U.K. is such a hotbed of stitching talent! Yay!!

  • contemporarystitches

    contemporarystitches said 7 years ago

    the U.K. is such a hotbed of stitching talent! Yay!!

  • ValSainsbury

    ValSainsbury said 7 years ago

    Lovely finds!

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 7 years ago


  • TheVintageRecycler

    TheVintageRecycler said 7 years ago

    Love the little teacup covered buttons!!!! Great info!

  • miscolores

    miscolores said 7 years ago

    I loved everything!! and I admit I'm a little envious of Lupin as well! She's so talented! I love her work, congratulations!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    pincushions...sooo cute!

  • mossylanestudio

    mossylanestudio said 7 years ago

    All amazing work. The fabric prints are great!

  • ChickpeaKnits

    ChickpeaKnits said 7 years ago

    what an adorable collection of goodies!! Ahh, felt....what cannot be made with the lovely stuff?

  • beadfreaky

    beadfreaky said 7 years ago

    What a great selection - Love the pincushion and the buttons - Thanks for sharing :)

  • luxcatvintage

    luxcatvintage said 7 years ago


  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    very cute picks. thanks for sharing.

  • DanceLikeIts1492

    DanceLikeIts1492 said 7 years ago

    LOVE the buttons! Thanks for sharing!

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims said 7 years ago

    Nice work!!

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 7 years ago

    Cute stuff, there's nothing more fun than ribbons & buttons! <3 Andrea

  • thepixelprince

    thepixelprince said 7 years ago

    Great colors!

  • vintagelizzy

    vintagelizzy said 7 years ago

    a lovely crafty collection :)

  • PetalPerceptions

    PetalPerceptions said 7 years ago

    Super cute stuff!

  • AndisAccessories

    AndisAccessories said 7 years ago

    Sew many amazing products! I agree that it is wonderful that handmade things are becoming much more popular, thanks to sites, and magazines such as yours!

  • yukarilove

    yukarilove said 7 years ago

    These are so beautiful! I love everything!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    Wonderful! Going back to check out those fabrics ...

  • angeluci

    angeluci said 7 years ago

    I saw the magazine for the first time today (how bizarre) in WHSmiths...alas I only had some fluff and an old button so couldnt buy it...did have a good old flip through though x

  • SixSkeins

    SixSkeins said 7 years ago

    Fabulous fabrics and buttons!

  • robinandmould

    robinandmould said 7 years ago

    Oooh thanks so much for featuring our tea cosy and appreciating the pun! That was Christian's input I freely admit! We love Sew Hip too. Found it only a few issues ago but was really impressed and inspired. Very tempted to get the subscription now... and I have a birthday coming up too - perfect timing!

  • jewellerytreasures

    jewellerytreasures said 7 years ago

    love the crocheted pincushion

  • tagyouritbykari

    tagyouritbykari said 7 years ago

    Love the ribbons, makes me plan all kinds of projects!

  • SamsShenanigans

    SamsShenanigans said 7 years ago

    I adore this magazine!!! I got the first ever issue and have been hooked ever since! Really good ideas and great, interesting articles from like minded people. However now I am in Barcelona it is a nightmare to try and find one over here...I´ve resulted in buying old editions I don´t have over ebay. I keep promising myself I´ll get round to setting up a years subscription and keep this time no excuses!!! Thanks for the reminder!!

  • Sempster

    Sempster said 7 years ago

    The Owl tea cosy - gotta be my favorite!

  • cazhoffy

    cazhoffy said 7 years ago

    I was in sew hip magazine last month and its the first time i had ever seen/heard of the magazine when Alice contacted me and now i am hooked i love it, just wish i had more time to make all the projects!!

  • QuercusSilver

    QuercusSilver said 7 years ago

    Love Lu Summers.

  • uselessbeauty

    uselessbeauty said 7 years ago

    I love the felt, clever Lupin

  • LoveButtons

    LoveButtons said 7 years ago

    Mmmmm! Lovely eye candy. I can't resist sewing bits and bobs - my workroom is bulging with them ;o)

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