one truck tire with a hand sewn cover of #thistleandfoxfabrics is making both kids happy (and me! Cause this is one therapy thing Koko can do mostly independently and it means I don’t have to worry about arci tipping over and hurting herself). Best money I ever spent!
🍃💛 THURSDAY 💛🍃It’s the last day of kinder (and Coen’s four hours of occasional care) for two weeks... I am equal parts excited and anxious... As a teacher I used to look forward to the holidays as a time to catch up on work/not have to interact with people every single day/prepare for the next term/have some down time. Suffice to say, holidays are pretty much the opposite of being able to catch up, have any solitude or plan!! Well, at this stage they are anyway. #preschoolmum#somuchenergy#mumofboys Any one else feel like this?!?!
I am hoping to sneak in some making though, I’m getting very itchy creative feet atm. Also hoping for some good weather for lots of outside time, but it’s Melbourne so who knows what’s ahead!! 🤪
Now that it’s delivered and being enjoyed in its new home I can show you this Pansy floral change mat cover (& matching cot sheet) in Blue & Soft Lilac. Such a pretty print I think I’d like to make myself some pillowcases - though I long for sheets too... I cannot afford them 😜 🌸🍂🌸🍂🌸
Swooping Swallows in Blue & Storm Grey 🐦 swipe left to see the ‘after washing’ texture of this gorgeous organic cotton muslin. I have one large baby wrap/blanket in stock via thistleandfox.com 🐦 or order the fabric by the yard to #makeityourself
Sleepy Koala duvet cover 🐨♥️ If you would like to order any baby/cot sized linens from me before the end of this year please get your orders in NOW as starting October 1st 📯...only Ready to Ship items (& fabric) will be available to purchase from either my Etsy shop or website. 📯All Made to Order & custom order handmade items will have to wait until the new year! 😱 wait, don’t panic, I’m not hanging up my scissors, needle and thread entirely I just need to take some time off sewing 18hrs a day so I can focus on illustrating new designs! 🤗🎉 I’ve been itching to work on all the sketches that lay half finished in my sketchbooks. It’s time! ✏️ Links to my Ready to Ship collection are in my bio #linktree as well as the link to FAQ’s and where to shop for my fabrics for all your DIY projects ✂️
Also whipped up this little bindle for Ollie today! Can just imagine him carting around his toys or collecting treasures on our walks! Again using amazing fabric by @thistleandfox ! Not sure what a bindle is? Think Blinky Bills handkerchief tied to a stick! #thistleandfoxfabrics#thistleandfox#oliverflynn#bindle
My Briar Rose print in turquoise & vanilla smoke 🍂 Now that quite a few of my recent custom orders have been delivered I feel it’s time to share some of these pretty fabric pics that I’ve been collecting on my phone. And 🥁drumroll... it’s time to announce that cot & bassinet sheets are on sale via www.thistleandfox.com for the next 2 weeks only. Use coupon code MADE2MEASURE when ordering 2 or more sheets for 5% off. Prices for 🌿Made To Order 🌿cot sheets will be increasing by $10 on September 8th (sorry - has to be done!) as I’m currently not earning any more than $10 per sheet when I spend so many hours on each order #handmaderealitycheck 🍂 Would you like to learn how to sew your own? I had a thought today that I could create a tutorial on my blog. It’s actually a very simple sewing DIY project as long as you have a working sewing machine and you can sew a straight line... the technique I use only has the usual challenges of unbalanced thread tension, bobbins running out halfway through the project, needles jamming and breaking into your machine... you know, just the usual #sewingshenanigans 😂 #HandsUpIfYoureFedUp#sewingsuckssometimes
Just a quick hello and cyber hug for everyone who has been sending me supportive messages the last few days 💙 All is still not well here, including me and my poor head 🤧 so I sadly did not make it to the markets this weekend. Sorry if you dropped in to see me and couldn’t find me anywhere 😞 #nexttimeforsure
This is one of my organic cotton jersey knit blankets (a really big one!) in the Braided indigo print 💙 Blue, to suit my current mood 😐
Now that my costume making career is over for another year (bye bye book week and secondary college theatre production) and hopefully seeing the tail end of yet another round of colds, I can finally get back to my other sewing projects!! This right here is one of my all time favourite fabrics! It’s by the ever so talented Lauren, the one and only face behind @thistleandfox ! When I fell pregnant with Oliver and began looking for ideas for my dream Australian nursery Lauren’s beautiful fabrics were one of the first things I came across in insta land and have been in love with ever since! #thistleandfoxfabrics#thistleandfox#australiana
A pop of yellow to brighten your Wednesday! Have you seen the wattles starting to bloom? Around here there’s still some very frosty mornings but the wattle and jasmine in our garden are braving the sub zero temps to declare spring is coming!! 🤗 Tap this lovely pic by @thebubdesigns for where to find these beautiful #handmade#babywashcloths and #bathsalts 🌱💛
Another hidden gem found in my #thistleandfoxfabrics feed 💙🐦 thanks for using my fabrics @_love.noo 🐦💙 For everyone using my fabrics please don’t be afraid to tag me 🙈 or we can play hide and seek if you prefer... 😂
Organic Muslin Blankies - There’s one left in my studio in this print! I’ll be taking the few designs I have in stock to the @madewithlovemarketscoffs next Sunday (26th Aug) so you’ll need to get in quick to get your hands on the design you want 🍂🌸🌿🐨 There’s also limited Blue Wrens, Rainbow Songbirds & Bees, Pink Briar Roses, Sleepy Koala and perhaps some other Eucalyptus prints if I find the time to sew this week. Busy busy 🐝🐝🐝
🍃💛 WEDNESDAY 💛🍃 It’s Wednesday! Or as I prefer to call it, the day after @wentworthonfoxtel and the day before @meshel_laurie and Emily Webb’s Australian True Crime podcast new episode comes out 😉 Who watched Wentworth last night?! 😮 (Do you like this little pouch featuring beautiful @thistleandfox fabric? If so, make sure you enter the competition in the previous post for a chance to win a $30 store credit - that would get you one of these for free!!)
After playing around with a few measurements and angles last night I figured out a new pattern for sewing fitted change mat covers. It involves a lot less swearing on my part 😉 and it should work for most shaped change mats! All I need from my customers are the dimensions (length x width x depth) of the mattress. You can shop for these Australian Bushland change mat covers and more... at www.thistleandfox.com
There’s a market day coming up and I need to make some new things for my stall 🤔 It’s always impossible to predict what will sell well on the day but I’d love to get some insights from all of you out there in the Instaverse 😉 ...what do you look for when you go to a handmade market? What type of things do you shop for? Are you shopping with a particular gift in mind? Do you shop for yourself? Do you ever place orders with stall holders for custom made items that can be delivered later? 🐨🌿 On the rare occasions I have time (& 💰) to shop at the markets I’m usually on the lookout for gifts for my niece or nephew, or I need something for myself (like that time I didn’t wear enough clothes to a winter market and had to buy a woollen hat and gloves from the stall next to me so I wouldn’t freeze to death) 🤦🏼♀️😆 I’ll remember to take my beanie on Sunday 26th even though it’s bound to be sunny. Doesn’t look like there’s any rain on the horizon yet... 🙏🏻💦💦☔️
I’ve had this idea floating in my head for a while now as my kids absolutely love balloons! So happy to finally have made them using these amazing fabrics by @thistleandfox ! Check out my stories for close up! Lauren’s illustrations and fabrics are second to none, check out the other beautiful prints in her shop, totally spoilt for choice! Can’t wait to share what else I have in the works with more fabric! #poppysroom#balloons#thistleandfoxfabrics#thistleandfox#floralheaven#vintagestyle#br
Tonight is ‘cot sheet sewing night’ and to be honest, it can get a bit tedious after a few months of sewing the same seams over and over... stitch, overlock, french seam, stitch, encase elastic, stitch again.... so I decided to take a 5 minute break and catch up on what all my favs are up to on insta. And then, an hour later... 🤦🏼♀️⌛️EVERY SINGLE TIME 😆 I need to set an alarm “Back to Work Slacker!” 😉
One of my personal favourite designs and colourways is this Pansies & Peonies print so when I caught a glimpse of @aimeethannhauser ‘s work in progress... 🤗😍🙌🏻 to say I can’t wait to see <—- kind of an understatement !!! 😁
Another look at the Meadow with Bees fabric I posted yesterday... this is the first time I’ve had it printed on the organic cotton double gauze (Muslin) and I have to say I’m loving the contrast between the orange blossoms and green leaves 👌🏻 Perfect for spring!
Oh hey! 👋🏻 Exciting day!! Opened up the new issue of @frankiemagazine today to find Thistle and Fox inside! 🍂🐰🦊 who else is a subscriber and long time fan of #frankiemagazine ? 🙋🏼♀️💛 🤗 me, me, over here! ............................
🐰Pascal is excited too, though he’s more interested in nibbling the watercolour flowers and getting into mischief during the 5 seconds it took me to snap these pics before the sun went down. Time for carrots 🥕 Happy hoppy Tuesday 😘
Have you seen the latest improvements to thistleandfox.com ? While waiting for my next fabric delivery I’ve been staying up late updating the website this week so it’s easier to find the things you’re looking for. There will be more print options added soon for all the bestsellers including cot sheets... but I’m most excited about the new kids quilts, quilted throws and play mats I’ve been designing... keep an eye out & don’t forget everything is HandMade to Order just for you by muggins here (that’s me) 😜😘
She looks surprised to be here!👀 I know I am. Little Rock Wallaby portrait is taking shape ✏️ it’s nice to be drawing again after four months of not being able to hold a pencil without my wrist hurting (tendonitis) but it seems ok at the moment. Perhaps the cool weather helps to keep the swelling down. ...Bit like having an ice pack wrapped around my hands all day and night 😉
Thanks for the wonderful review! ★★★★★ "Absolutely in love with the blanket, cot sheet and change mat cover we ordered. The attention to detail, right down to the packaging and beautiful postcard prints, is why handmade and local is always the best choice! This has to be my absolute favourite fabric design and it looks perfect in the nursery for our new bub. Thank you so much!" Abloom and Co. 🙌🏻 📷 @kathleenamy 🍂 https://etsy.me/2Niel7U
Without a doubt the most popular muslin swaddle in my baby blanket range and when you see how sweet it looks when wrapped around a sleepy newborn or layed out under a wriggly baby kicking their legs, you can see why 💙
If you keep an eye on my stories you will have seen a few behind the scenes scenes today 😏 here at #thistleandfoxfabrics sewing chaos HQ.
And now that I’ve tidied my kitchen you might be seeing some more pics of my living space (directly behind me in this photo). Those posts will be over at @artbygingerkelly if you’re interested. You’re welcome to ask questions about my space. It’s a pretty unusual setup and I love getting the chance to show it off occasionally. It also gives me an incentive to tidy up every once in a while 😂 Where’s the emoji for ‘buried under a pile of fabric’ ?
🍃 LITTLE BILBY 🍃 Look at this little face 😍 It is just the cutest!! Could this beautiful little bilby fabric from @thistleandfox be any sweeter?! 😍 I have only ever seen a bilby in real life at the wonderful @zoosvictoria Healesville Sanctuary and they really are such cute little creatures. LOVE!
I have 2m of this gorgeous cotton (#thistleandfoxfabrics ) which I was just going make a blanket with some fleece... but now I’m not sure. Should it becomes Tui pinafore? Twirly skirt? Although the blanket would be a good size and shape for the other, should my boy ever decide to sleep there again 😂 So indecisive!
In between vacuuming and sorting through a mountain of laundry that needs folding... I’m back at the sewing machine this weekend. Finishing custom orders and getting some pretty things ready for my reps! 🤗 this is a Fitted cot sheet - organic cotton sateen printed with Gum Blossom Rose Gold Pink #pink#gumnutbaby 🌸🍃
@songbirdandwren has been busy at work creating the sweetest little bags and pouches from my #Australiana fabrics 🌼🍃 Prepare to be inundated with plenty more pics now that I’ve finally got my technology functioning again 💪🏻📱 Now I’d better go find that camera battery charger I’ve been searching for for the last 6 weeks #thosepeskyfaeries
While we’re on the subject of cushions... you can order these personalized Name Cushions at a wholesale price when you order 6 at a time! 🌸🍃Got lots of kids or need gifts for all the cousins? 🤗 they make a great gift!
This design can be customized with yellow, peach, bright or soft pink blossoms. A red blossom version will be available soon. 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿
Australian Eucalyptus Leaves Peach Coloured Blossoms. Personalized Botanical Throw Pillow Cover Linen Cotton. ships in 4-6 wks
Cushion stack to show off a few new colourways for some old favourites in my print portfolio. 📓From top to bottom: Miss Everdeen botanical in Robins Egg Blue; Rose Duo Posy on Rust; Ferns in Ecru.
Custom orders for sets of linen or velvet cushions are most welcome. Linen cushions have a natural linen reverse side. Velvet cushions are made from a beautiful upholstery weight fabric and printed on both sides. Standard sizes from 40cm square to 90cm floor cushions are possible. Find some designs in my Etsy shop - more available on my website soon
The softest blanket in the whole wide world. And the only one.
Releasing into the wild via my website at 8pm tonight.
There’s also a small first release of shopping tote bags going live at 5pm... only 15 minutes away so I guess I’d better get a wriggle on 👋🏻 .
Exciting changes are afoot in my studio! As a result, all kids & toddler bedding sets will be available to order exclusively via www.thistleandfox.com from July 1st.
A few brand new botanical & fauna prints + all your favourites will be available for pre order. ✏️This is your last chance to order baby bedding at the current prices in my Etsy shop as everything custom made will be heading over to my website shop at the end of this month ✏️ In the meantime, for custom cot & kids bed sheet sizes please contact me for a quote.
A very pretty order is heading out today and I can’t wait to see a little bebe wrapped up in their blanket laying on their organic cotton play mat with their very special Sleepy Koala cushion to rest their head on... or perhaps I should say for mumma to rest her head on 😘❤️🐨