Friday, 23 May 2014

Vintage Pattern

I thought I would showcase one of my favourite books from my childhood, bearing in mind how old I am, it must be vintage, ha! ha!  The book in question is a Good Housekeeping Show Me  How To Sew for children printed in 1947.

I have some wonderful memories sitting with my Mum learning how to sew, she still has some of the little things that I made her as gifts for Christmas and birthdays.  I used this book with my own three daughters and intend to use it for the Grandchildren.  There is a wonderful pattern for a Norwegian bonnet that I can remember making for a badge at Brownies.

It shows you all the stitches for embroidery and cross stitch and actually asks What would you like to make first?

Apparently I loved making pin cushions and funnily enough I am still drawn to pin cushions now, there is nothing nicer than a novelty pin cushion.

For the first time in this series of vintage patterns I don't wonder about its history or who had it before me...I know.  My elder sister had it for a short while but was never really interested in sewing so it was passed to me and cherished.  Here it will stay safe and secure ready for the next generation of little hands ready to stitch.

Hope you all have a wonderful Bank Holiday Weekend.

See you soon.


  1. I love old books like this one, there is so much history attached to them & so many happy memories. Hope you have a great weekend.

  2. That is so darling! And it is wonderful that you have it from your childhood and it is in such great condition!

    Amy jo

  3. Its a lovely thing to have.

  4. What a lovely book to have, and to know that you have had it all this time! Do you still make things from it now I wonder? xx

  5. Such a wonderful thing for you to have!! Have a happy and safe bank holiday weekend!! xo

    ~ Wendy

  6. A beautiful little treasure !
    Have a nice weekend !

  7. What a wonderful book! I would have loved it as a child. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Thank you for sharing such a treasure! It is obviously well loved and will still be used! Chrissie x

  9. how sweet! I don't think we have to crafting book that we learned our stitches from, I'll ask my sister next time I talk to her, if we have it it's in her house not mine :) Love the photos :)