A unique present for baby

Ever since my little Harry arrived I’ve caught the sewing for baby bug. And what accessory does a baby need more than anything (other than nappies) – baby bibs!

Our collection of baby bibs are adorable and completely unique, plus they have that added bonus of keeping your baby’s clothes milk and dribble free. What’s more, they make the perfect handmade baby gift, ideal for all new Mums and Dads, or would make the ideal new baby or christening gift for a friend.

Cheeky monkey baby bibs

All our baby bibs…

  • Are made from 100% cotton
  • Have handy side Velcro fastening for easy access, and also limits rubbing on the back of baby’s neck
  • Finished with hand embroidered wording
  • Feature pretty and cute designs

Bib Measurements (approx):

  • Length – 30cm (12″)
  • Width- 22cm (8.5″)

Our baby bibs are handmade to order, and you can add a personal touch by adding your own wording and choosing the colour of your bib. They are available through our Etsy shop for only £7.00 each.

However if you cannot find the design you’re looking for, head to our commissions page.

And just for some final cuteness, here’s my little Prince Charming modelling our royal baby themed bibs…

Prince Charming

Charlotte x

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Shabby Chic Union Jack Cushion Tutorial

A while ago I was asked to make a shabby chic style Union Jack cushion cover for a friend’s sister who lives in America. What a good excuse to get my sewing machine out! I decided that I wanted to keep the traditional red, white and blue, but in muted tones, and of course with a touch of prettiness in the form of ditsy flower patterns.

What you need:
1/2 metre of blue floral fabric (FABRIC A)
1/2 metre of white/pink patterned fabirc (FABRIC B)
1/4 metre of red and white polka dot fabric (FABRIC C)
4 metres of cream ric rac
2 metres of red gingham grosgrain ribbon
Co-ordinating cottons

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Step one:
Cut out…
1 x Fabric A – 43 x 43cm (17″ x 17″)
2 x Fabric B – 43 x 26cm (17″ x 10″)
2 x Fabric C – 43 x 6cm (17″ x 2.5″)
4 x 26cm (10″) of Gingham ribbon
8 x 26cm (10″) of Cream Ric Rac

Step two: Fold and iron each length of the the Fabric C strips.

Step three: Layer the two strips of Fabric C in a cross on top of Fabric A. Trim these strips with ric rac. Pin and tack.

Step four: Arrange the four strips of ribbon at diagonals around your cross to complete the Union Jack design. Edge the ribbon with ric rac. Pin and tack.

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Step five: Once all the fabric has been pinned and tacked in place, use the sewing machine to top stitch along the edges to secure.

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Step six: Take your two pieces of Fabric B, and hem along the long edge on both pieces.

Step seven: Lay your embroidered piece of Fabric A face up, then layer both pieces of Fabric B face down so the hemmed edges overlap – this will make the opening flap for your cushion cover. Pin and sew around the four outside edges.

Step eight: Clip the corners, turn right way out and iron flat. All you need to do now is find a comfy cushion and you’ll have a stylish addition to any sofa.

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I hope you enjoy making this cushion cover. Let me know how you get on, we always love to see your pictures on our Facebook page! And do let me know if you have any queries.

If you would like us to create a bespoke item for you, read all about our Commissions for more details.

Until next time… x

New fabric alert

I love buying new fabric, and I get really excited at the prospect of what to make.

So when I went on my yearly trip to the Stitch, Sew and HobbyCraft show at Westpoint, Exeter yesterday I knew that I would be on the look out for some pretty and funky new materials, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Well, I have to admit I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t buy more, but the hubby was there, pulling me away, asking if I really needed the fabric (which of course the answer is alway yes!), and pointing out that I have lots of fabric at home (which is true, but a girl always needs more!).

So, I made a beeline for the Little Laura’s Haberdashery and Favourite Fabrics stands. Spent a good while rifling through all the fat quarters and settled on this rather charming selection.

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I’m especially loving the beautifully bright Michael Woodland by Michael Miller. Thinking it would make a rather funky purse.

I’ll keep you posted on what I make, and if you have any ideas drop me a line in the comments below.

x

 

Hi, Hello!

We’re so excited to finally have our website and blog up and running. We can’t wait to tell you about all our exciting new creations and ideas.

So let me tell you a little bit about us…

We’re a mother daughter team who love creating lovely hand sewn items. From adorable baby bibs to nappy clutches and sweet tea cosies to quirky granny dolls. We have a huge range of items that make the perfect gift for a loved one, or even an ideal little treat for you.

In a nutshell, Charlotte comes up with crazy ideas, and Dee works out how to turn those crazy ideas into a Pretty Little Treat!

I’m Charlotte, as the slighty more web savvy one it’ll be me who is doing all the yabbering online, but that doesn’t mean Dee isn’t sewing her little socks off behind the scenes. I have on good authority that she was up into the wee hours of the morning beevering away at her trusty Brother Sewing Machine (by the way, we love Brother, so expect a lot of love on this blog), making a new little treat for you all. Here’s a hint… you can carry it!

So who am I?

I have always loved crafting, especially needlework and sewing. If it’s quirky, vintage or retro, I love it!

I first decided to start Pretty Little Treats when friends and colleagues saw some of my work and started asking if I could make something for them, and quickly roped in Mum (Dee) to help. Since then we’ve been doing craft fayres, selling online and designing and sewing lots of new treats.

Six months ago my hubby and I welcomed our adorable little boy Harry to our family, and he’s not only made us such super proud parents, but also proven to be a huge source of inspiration and a pretty cute model. (Another word of warning, Harry cuteness may flood this blog a little!)

My super talented Mum, Dee, has been crafting for years, and she has most definitely passed on her passion for crafts to little old me, her youngest daughter. From knitting to cross stitch, Dee has tried it all, but it’s sewing that she truly loves.

When I asked Dee to help with Pretty LIttle Treats, she immediately took up the challenge, got out the sewing machines, and it hasn’t stopped working yet!

So welcome to our little crafting world, we’re looking forward to sharing it with you.

xx