Spoonful of Sugar - Retro Pillow

Today is my day on the A Spoonful of Sugar: Sew 20 Simple Projects to Sweeten Your Surroundings Zakka Style blog tour and I'm very pleased to share my Retro Pillow - the project which I created from Lisa Cox's gorgeous new book. I used the Chatsworth range of fabric by Emily Taylor for Riley Blake Designs which is very sweet and feminine. 

Lisa (along with her daughter) has blogged over at A Spoonful of Sugar for a number of years. She has just published her first (solo) book... and I'm sssssssssuper excited for my friend. 

Lisa is super generous and shares tonnes of tips, tutorials and free patterns on her blog. I've been a long-time fan and follower of her work and am so pleased that she's taken this wonderful next step in her creative journey. 

A Spoonful of Sugar: Sew 20 Simple Projects to Sweeten Your Surroundings Zakka Style is a beautiful book filled with projects to sweeten your home, zakka style. Each project has excellent colour diagrams and comprehensive step by step instructions. Projects are rated by their difficulty level, which makes this a great book for a newbie sewist. They can start with all of the simple projects and then move forward working on the trickier projects.

The projects included in this book range in skills. Patchwork, piecing, applique, embroidery, sashiko, crochet... Lisa has touched on a lot of skills and personally, I think it's a wonderful to try a lot of new things to see what you like best and practice the skills which you're not so familiar with (like crochet and y-seams). 

My first crocheted scallop edge (I'm a little bit pleased with myself over this edging)

My first ever machine pieced hexagons (Y-Seams... Yikes!!)
Hand quilted with cotton Aurifil Mako 12 in colour # 2310

We're around the half way mark of the blog tour with many great crafty bloggers still to come. Below, you'll find the list of participants - why not go back and check out what everyone has made so far? So much gorgeousness!

April 26            Jodie Carlton                    Ric Rac
April 27            Minki Kim                        Minki’s Work Table
April 28            Melissa LeRay                  Oh How Sweet
April 29            Jemima Flendt                 Tied With a Ribbon
April 30            Beverley McCullough        Flamingo Toes

May 2              Sedef Imer                       Down Grapevine Lane
May 3              Nadra Ridgeway                Ellis and Higgs
May 4              Amy Morinaka                  Chick Chick Sewing
May 5              Caroline Critchfield           Sew Can She
May 6              Kristyne Czepuryk            Pretty By Hand
May 7              Bronwyn Hayes                Red Brolly

May 9              Anorina Morris                  Samelia’s Mum
May 10            Peta Peace                        She Quilts A Lot
May 11            Faith Essenburg                Sarana Ave
May 12            Angie Wilson                     Gnome Angel
May 13            Sharon Burgess                 Lilabelle Lane Creations
May 14            Stacy Olson                       Stacy Olson

May 16            Ayda Algin                         Cafenohut
May 17            Jennie Pickett                    Clover and Violet
May 18            Wynn Tan                          Zakka Art
May 19            Lisa Cox                             A Spoonful of Sugar

Do yourself a favour and order your copy of A Spoonful of Sugar: Sew 20 Simple Projects to Sweeten Your Surroundings Zakka Style and then you'll be ready to join us in the Instagram Sew Along from 1 June to 9 August 2016. 

We will be making projects from the book. There will be five rounds, each lasting for two weeks which will give you plenty of time to complete a project or two from the book.  Our good friend, Amy Sinibaldi from Nana Company is the Guest Judge, with fantastic prizes for the winner of each round, plus a Grand Prize Winner, generously sponsored by Alisha from Ministry of Fabric. We really hope you join in the fun! #ASPOONFULOFSUGARSAL


  1. Your cushion is gorgeous, Anorina. I love the crocheted edging.

  2. Love your pillow Anorina! the fabric choice, the sweet yellow edging - it is all lovely! Thanks so much for being part of the tour :-)

  3. I love the hexie pillow and the crocheted edgeing lace is so sweet. I'd love to learn to do that.


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