Friday, 9 January 2015

Moving forward with VAT

As most of you know by know, the EU VAT laws took effect the 1st of January.
In order for Kerry and I to meet these new laws, we have decided to switch to a new payment platform, Payhip. (Here is our Sew-Ichigo shop page on payhip!)

You will still find our patterns for sale in our shop here, however, we have removed our Craftsy and Etsy patterns until they change the way their sales are completed.

We are so happy that payhip has allowed us to continue selling our patterns! You will notice our shop page is slightly different now. Just click on the photos to purchase whichever pattern you like.

Happy shopping!
Penny and Kerry

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Black Friday 25% Discount!

A black friday sale awaits you here at Sew-Ichigo! There is a 25% off all our patterns in our shop, plus the Craftsy and Etsy shops. 

There will be changes starting in January to what we sell, where and pricing may rise at some point to take account on new EU legislation that effects all digital sales to the EU no matter where the seller is based- see here and here for more info.  We don't know exactly what the full impact will be but we hope to still be selling to everyone everywhere as soon as we can.  Our guess is it will take a little while to get everything into place so this is a great time to take advantage of our annual Black Friday discount and this one is even bigger than last years!
Obvious choices are the Sew Very Christmas pattern selection:

Or the best selling, Kitchen Classics:

Don't forget the very handy Latte to Go with the free gift card holder tutorial:

And the ever useful Strawberry-Ichigo

The price has been discounted for you on Etsy and Craftsy.  To get your 25% discount in our Sew-Ichigo shop, use blackfriday as your code!  See our tutorial page for lots of free links to make bags, mini quilts and more with our block patterns.  Discount runs from Thursday to Sunday inclusive.

Happy thanksgiving to USA readers!  Kerry and Penny xxx

Saturday, 8 March 2014


I cannot tell you how thrilled Penny and I were last year when we received an email from Erin of House on Hill Road.  She wanted to profile Sew-Ichigo in her forthcoming book, Quiltessential.  The book is has been published a few months now and it is so exciting and an incredible honour to be in the company of some amazing designers.
It is a directory style book; a reference for process and design.  Inside you'll find piecing techniques, texture, colour and practicalities like quilt sizes, fabric maths and binding alongside clear and detailed  photographs and rich inspiration images.  I've had it sat on my shelves a few months now and it is my go to resource when I want to check on a technique or just bounce ideas around my head.
I did have a wry grin at the mention of grease proof paper for the freezer paper technique.  I have the UK edition and at an editorial level, someone has made the decision that grease proof is the nearest UK equivalent to freezer paper!  The tulip design in the picture above might look familiar: it's Charise's  'Hello Spring'.  There are lots of other familiar faces inside from Rita of Red Pepper Quilts to Kajsa Wikman of Syko.  A thoroughly useful, inspiring and recommendable book!

Sunday, 5 January 2014

New year Latte slippers

Happy New Year everyone!

I wanted to quickly share a new pair of slippers I made using Ayumi's log cabin slipper pattern (you can get the slipper pattern here). I love this pattern!  I mean I really really really love it!

For the tops, I used my Espresso cup pattern which is available in the Parisienne Cafe Set.  The Espresso cups seem very appropriate for those early mornings when you put your slippers on. Reminding you that a little bit of caffeine will make everything all better.

Happy weekend to you all!

Monday, 16 December 2013

In the Pantry mini instructions


Several people expressed interest in making their own "In the Pantry" mini so I put together a quick tutorial to help!
First of all, you'll need to purchase the "In the Pantry" pattern set from Kerry and I's Sew-Ichigo shop.  The pattern set is chock full of possibilities. Kerry has come up with 4 variations of the canister jar, and the set also includes my Mama's Pyrex pattern as well as the silverware.
Next, using this diagram, you will sew it together.

A few tips:

1. All the blocks are at 100% unless indicated by the diagram.
2. All seam allowances are 1/4''.
3. Some of the sashing pieces will be slightly bigger than the block they are being sewn to. That is ok. Just trim the sashing pieces down after you've sewn each section. And trim each section as you go.


1. Sew one of each block: mama's pyrex, simple sweet jar, knife, spoon and fork. Sew three simple sweet jars at 75%.
2. Sew sashing A to the top of the mama's pyrex block.
3. Sew sashing B to the top of the largest simple sweet jar.
3. Sew the knife, spoon and fork blocks together as indicated in the diagram, then sew sashing C to the top of the blocks.
4. Sew two of the smaller simple sweet jars together side by side.
5. Sew a 1 1/2'' sashing strip to each side of one of the smaller simple sweet jars.
6. Sew a 1 1/2'' sashing strip to the top of the jar in step 5.
7. Sew the small jar in step 6 to the top of the small jars in step 4.
8. Sew the large jar to the left side of the utensil block.
9. Sew the small stacked jar block to the right side of the utensil block.
10. Sew a 1 1/4'' sashing strip to the bottom and then one to the right of the jar/utensil block
11. Sew the mama's pyrex block to the left of the jar/utensil block.
12. Make a quilt sandwich, quilt using sparkles with Aurifil thread, then bind.

If you make this mini, Kerry and I would love to see it! You can tag me on Instagram (I'm @sewtakeahike, and please use the hashtag #sewichigo) and/or you can post it on flickr in the sew-ichigo group here!


Friday, 29 November 2013

Black Friday: All Sew-Ichigo Patterns 20% off!

We are joining in with Black Friday by discounting all Sew-Ichigo patterns by 20% through Sunday Dec 1 at 6am!

Use the discount code: blackfriday here for the discount.

No discount code needed on Craftsy, and Etsy, the discount is built into the current price of all the pattern sets.

This includes our newest pattern, 'In the Pantry':

For the Geek in your life (don't we all have one of those!) 'Get Your Geek On'

Our Christmas set, 'Sew Very Christmas' is perfect for gift bags, mug rugs and more:

Our 'Latte to Go' pattern has a free tutorial to make a gift card holder- a coffee shop card makes a great teacher gift.

This is just a small selection.  All our patterns can be found here, Etsy pattern sets here, and our Craftsy patterns are here.  All our free tutorials are here.


This offer is available for 48 hours only.
Pattern Download Information:  This applies to all patterns on sale here.
  • Patterns will be delivered to your email account as soon as payment is received.  You will need Adobe Reader- available for free here- installed on your computer.
  • If you pay by Paypal the pattern will automatically be sent to the email in your paypal account
  • Payment is easy!  Paypal accepts credit and debit cards, you do not need to have a Paypal account.
  • The download link expires after three attempts.  We recommend you save the files on your computer or to cloud storage e.g. Dropbox so it is there for future use.   Be careful not to tap multiple times e.g.  on a smart phone- each tap will be a download attempt!
  • We permit small home scale production of items using these block but credit must be given to the original designers, Kerry Green and Penny Layman. No commercial production is allowed.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Easily add 1/4" seam allowance to curved seams

The "In the Pantry" pattern set includes one pattern with some gentle curved seams. A great beginners pattern if you've not sewn curved seams before.

To help you along the way, I've created a short video to guide you when cutting your 1/4" seam allowance around curved seams. This method is much easier and faster than using a seam guide to mark around the pattern piece, then cutting from dot to dot around the pattern.

Go ahead and try it, it really is as easy as it seems!


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