Cath Kidston Mother’s Day Corsage

We made our rosette using Cath Kidston fabric and ribbon and decorated the center with an embroidered button saying Mum. We made an alternative version by covering the button with a piece of vintage embroidery found in a charity shop. We sewed on a safety pin but you can use stick on magnets and put the rosette on the fridge.


You will need 

Cath Kidston fabric

Tape measure

Cath Kidston ribbon

Safety pin

Large coat button

Pinking shears

Dress makers scissors



Embroidery floss

Water erasable pen


  1. Draw round the button on the back of your floral fabric, add an outer circle about 1cm wider than the inner circle.
  2. Turn the fabric over and in water erasable pen write the word mum and draw a heart. Using a back stitch, and blue thread embroider over the word mum.
  3. Embroider the heart in red.
  4. Sew a line of gathering stitches near the edge of the embroidered circle.
  5. Insert the button and gather up the stitches and finish with a knot.
  6. Turn the button over to admire your work.
  7. Cut a piece of floral fabric with 1 long straight edge and 1 pinked edge. 3.5cm wide x 33cm long. Sew a line of running stitches along the long straight edge
  8. Gather the stitches up to form a circle. Tie off the ends.
  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 but this time with a piece of plain blue fabric 2.5cm wide x 21cm long.
  10. Sew the blue rosette onto the floral one at their centers.
  11. Sew the covered button on top of the double rosette.
  12. Cut a piece of ribbon 19cm long. Fold it in half and then sew it onto the back of the rosette.
  13. Sew a safety pin onto the center of the back of the rosette.
  14. To neaten the back cut a small piece of ribbon, turn the ends under and cover all the bits of sewing on the back of the rosette.
  15. Give it to your mother for Mother’s day.

Upcycled Autumn Blanket

With the nights drawing in and the weather getting colder why not make a throw from an old blanket?

We made ours from a single pale green blanket that had seen better days. It was a bit stained and holey so we decided to dye it and appliqué leaves over the holes. Cath Kidston have some great leafy fabric this season so we used their leaves for the appliqué and another of their fabrics to make a bound edge.

You will need

1 blanket

Dylon Machine dye in forest green

1m of Cath Kidston woodland fabric and 1m of woodland rose cotton duck Fabric to make. bias binding

2packets of fusible webbing


Dressmakers pins


Korbond water erasable  pen

Dressmakers tape

Dressmakers scissors


Sewing machine


  1. Following instructions on the packet to dye the blanket. It will felt it slightly too.  Leave blanket to dry.
  2. Iron bondaweb onto the back of the leafy fabric. Cut out the leaves. Peel off the backing paper.
  3. Pin the first leaves so they cover any holes. Arrange other leaves evenly over the blanket.
  4. Iron each leaf in place. Check you have removed all the pins, then sew each leaf onto the blanket.
  5. Cut  the bound strip off each end of the blanket.
  6. Fold the Contrast fabric on the cross and measure a depth of 5cm. Draw a straight line and cut lengths of bias.
  7. Sew the bias strip round the blanket first on one side and then fold over onto the other side of the blanket and we it. Note you will have to ease round the corners of the blanket to fit the bias evenly.



Cath Kidston Covered Chair


You will need:

3m of medium weight Calico

Pieces of Cath Kidston fabric

Pins, needles and thread

Safety pins

Cotton tape

Water-soluble pen


Clothes pegs

Sewing machine

Hook and loop tape

Transform a very dull looking chair into a pretty patchwork heaven. Perfect for a bedroom. We made a pattern and then created our patchwork fabric using Cath Kidston pieces. The hook and loop tape opening on the side seam makes fitting easy.

Tip: Before doing anything with the fabric, wash on a hot wash and then tumble dry it on a hot setting. This way it will shrink as much as it is ever going to. Iron so you have flat fabric to work with.

  1. To make the pattern for each section of the chair cut out a piece of calico, cut them large so there’s enough spare fabric for fitting, the lower edge of the chair will need more than you think necessary to allow for making a tape casing, so be generous. Pin each section onto the chair and then add seam allowance. Remove the section and cut out.
  2. Sew the calico cover together, leave one of the side seams half open. Fit the cover onto the chair, pin the side seam closed and adjust the fitting, taking it in to give a closer fit.

3.Remove the calico cover from the chair, mark the sewn seams with felt pen as well as the centre line of each panel.

4.Unpick the calico cover to create your pattern.

  1. Sew patches of fabric together to roughly the dimensions of each pattern piece. Press the seams flat. Pin the calico pattern pieces onto the patchwork pieces.Cut out the fabric, into as many pattern pieces as you need, we had 6, and press.
  1. Sew the pieces together as you did for the original calico patternleaving one of the side seams half open.
  1. Try the cover on the chair inside out and pin any adjustments that need to be made. Remove the cover and make the adjustments on the sewing machine.
  1. Cut a 3cm bias strip from calico to bind the curved raw edges around the chair legs. Pin, and sew, turn the raw edge under by 0.5cm then turn the binding and sew in place. Sew hook and loop tape to both sides of the seam opening.

To make the tape casing, turn lower edges of the chair cover in by 4cm turn in the raw edge by 1cm then sew down close to the edge. Measure up for the tape, thread through the casings with a safety pin.