Rowan Tee Pattern Tour: Day 6

We’re back with another week of T-shirts to inspire you. Have any of you started your Christmas sewing yet? I’m starting mine this week and I’ve got a few ideas running through my head for themed T-shirts.

Don’t forget that new subscribers to the Titchy Threads newsletter will get an exclusive discount code – subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber then you should have received that already. OK, let’s begin week two of the tour.

My first guest is Karly from Paisley Roots, who has been such a good friend to me. Karly tested the Rowan Tee and I lost count of how many versions she sewed up. She has already blogged about some of the T-shirts she made here. Karly started her blog with the aim of taking part in Project Run & Play, something she not only achieved but she went on to win her season. She also sells two gorgeous dress patterns in her shop, if only I had a girl to sew for! I love how Karly really takes her kids’ personalities into account when she sews for them. She never does things by halves and today is no exception, as you can see from the photo below and read about here.

Rowan Tees by Karly of Paisley Roots

Next is Maartje from huisje boompje boefjes, lives in Amsterdam and was a recent contributor on the KCW blog. Maartje sews a lot for her two young sons and I just love her style. I first got to know Maartje when she won the Small Fry Skinny Jeans sew along with these jeans and she has become a regular pattern tester for me. I would describe her style as effortlessly cool and innovative. She recently made a Rowan Tee in sweatshirt fabric (upsizing the width to get the right fit) and today she has made her T-shirt in one of my most favourite fabrics ever. Head on over for more details.

Rowan Tee by Maartje of huisje boompje boefjes

My final guest today is Sandrine, who writes the blog Mme Cerise. Sandrine has three boys and I discovered her blog during the most recent KCW. I first fell in love with this shirt and kept finding so many amazing clothes for boys. I absolutely love her mix of bold graphic prints with more understated classic fabrics, like this outfit here. Sandrine chose to sew a Rowan Tee for her eldest son. How cute is he son in his Rowan Tee? You can read all about it here.

Rowan Tee by Sandrine of Mme Cerise

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Rowan Tee Pattern Tour: Day 5

I can’t believe that the first week of the tour is over already.

The first guest today is Kerry from Australia, who blogs at Sutures & Sandpaper. Kerry sews for two boys and a girl and has been so helpful as a tester. I love her minimal style and she has a knack for combining colours and prints. Kerry has sewn up quite a few Rowan Tees and her daughter is particularly fond of the kangaroo pocket. Today Kerry is sharing this perfectly summery short sleeve T-shirt – don’t the colours remind you of ice lollies?

Rowan Tee by Kerry of Sutures & Sandpaper

Next up is Tara from Girl Like The Sea. Tara seems to pick the perfect combination of fabric, pattern and embellishment (like this amazing bee pinafore) every time. I really admire Tara’s talent and creativity and the way she shares this with her children. I love this Charley Harper art project they did (and how tiny is her son Hawthorne in that post!). If you can stop looking at that adorable face below then you will see that Tara has made an awesome hooded T-shirt, which she is talking about over here.

Rowan Tee by Tara from Girl Like the Sea

My last guest of the week is Brienne from Handmade by Brienne. When I read Brienne’s posts I really feel like I’m watching an artist at work – just look at this softie and all the accessories she made for it! I love the clothes she makes for her children and I’d be very happy to wear any of the things she sews for herself. If you love her work as much as me then make sure to check out her shop. When Brienne sent me this photo she told me the hood is her favourite part of the pattern, and I have to agree with her, so head over to Brienne’s blog to find out all the details of her T-shirt.

Rowan Tee from Handmade by Brienne

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Rowan Tee Pattern Tour: Day 4

It’s day 4 and I’m just loving all the photos everyone is sending me of their T-shirts.

Today’s first guest is Inês, who lives in Portugal with her husband and two adorable girls. She blogs at La Folie and regularly shares all the gorgeous clothes she’s been making for her daughters and herself. You can read more about her and her creative process in this interview. Inês helped to test the Rowan Tee pattern and has made two more for her post today although one is bit of a remix.You can read more about her T-shirts here.

Rowan Tee by Inês from La Folie

Christina of 2 Little Hooligans is a woman of many talents, with a huge variety of tutorials and beautiful photographs. I was completely blown away by the Halloween costume she made her son recently, it’s just incredible! One feature I haven’t really mentioned in the Rowan Tee is the twill tape using to stabilise the outside of the hood and Christina has used that to great effect and you can see her T-shirt here.

Rowan Tee by Christina from 2 Little Hooligans
Angie lives in Spain and writes at La Pantigana and I first discovered her blog when she made these amazing Small Fry skinny jeans.  She makes stunning clothes for her whole family and has a really fun style – I love Angie’s remix of the Poppy Tunic and she has included another remix today. You can see what Angie has done with the Rowan Tee here.

Rowan Tees by Angie of La Pantigana

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Rowan Tee Pattern Tour: Day 3

We’re on day 3 already and today I’ve got guests from Europe, America and Australia.

Magda from House of Estrela was one of the testers for the Rowan Tee. I love Madga’s commitment to upcycling and she even hosts a great series on refashioning, if you’re looking for ideas. Magda finds some incredible T-shirts to use and sews for herself and her two young children. Apparently Magda already has a few Rowan Tees already cut out and I love the fun colours of this one she is sharing today.

Rowan Tee by House of Estrela

Brooke from Oliver’s Fancy was also a tester for the Rowan Tee. I’ve been so impressed by everything Brooke has sewing for herself lately and she also makes amazing clothes for her two boys (check out this year’s Halloween costumes!). I think today’s T-shirt shows you Brooke’s knack for picking out the best fabric.

Rowan Tee by Brooke of Oliver's Fancy

My last guest today is my good friend Abby from Things for Boys. If you haven’t read Abby’s blog before then prepare to be inspired. Abby also has two boys and sews for them and herself. She has a great Sewing 101 series and also writes about knitting, crafts, cleaning and recipes (which reminds me, I must try this one!). I absolutely love the way Abby referenced the colours in the sunglasses in her shoulder stripes – you can read more about it here.

Rowan Tee by Abby from things for boys

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Rowan Tee Pattern Tour: Day 2

My first guest on day 2 of the tour is my good friend Stephanie from The Crafty Kitty. I met Stephanie in person when we both attended Blogtacular earlier this year. She creates some adorable tutorials (how cute are these welly liners) and I have a lot of respect for her commitment to only using organic fabrics. She has taken inspiration from one of her son’s favourite books to make him this incredible hooded T-shirt. Can you guess what book it is? You’ll have to head over to her post to find out!

Rowan Tee by Stephanie from The Crafty Kitty

My second guest is Naii from diario de naii, who lives in Spain and sews amazing clothes for her whole family and uses a lot of knit fabrics. I first discovered Naii’s blog during the latest Kids Clothes Week, which was only a couple of weeks ago. I wasn’t sure she’d want to join in at such late notice but lucky for me she did and she has made not one but two T-shirts. Just look at that decorative top stitching, such a fun addition. You can read more about Naii’s T-shirts here.


Finally we have Toni-Maree, a great friend of mine. I’ve managed to bring her out of blog retirement for this post. Her blog is called Sew Jereli, where she writes about sewing for her two boy and herself. She was such a great help during testing and always finds really unusual T-shirts to upcycle. I hear there might be more than one T-shirt to see in today’s post and can’t wait to see what Toni-Maree has made.

Rowan Tee by Sew Jereli

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Rowan Tee Pattern Tour: Day 1

Hello. I am so excited to kick off the Rowan Tee pattern tour. Over the next two weeks some of my favourite blogging friends will be bringing you their versions of the pattern. Follow along to see just how versatile this pattern really is.

Rowan Tee Pattern Tour Guests

You will also spot at the bottom of the graphic that you can head here to get an exclusive discount over the next couple of weeks.

Today’s tour features 3 bloggers who are experiencing warmer climates at the moment, so expect to see some summery versions. It’s also a good day for the boys.

My first guest is the lovely and super talented Carla from Small + Friendly. She makes the coolest clothes for her two boys and she writes about a lot of other subjects. I also really enjoy reading her musings on motherhood, her positive attitude can be so motivational and you come away from her blog feeling like you’ve just visited a good friend. I adore the colour and print combination Carla has used her Rowan Tee, head over to her blog to find out more.

Rowan Tee by Carla from small+friendly

Next is Renee from Nearest the Pin. Renee lives in Australia. She sews stunning clothes for her daughter, her son and herself. Everything Renee sews looks so well made and she has great taste in fabric – I always love the colours and prints she chooses. Renee chose to sew a short sleeved T-shirt with a hood and chest pocket, which you can read about here. I keep meaning to make this combination for my sons – it’s perfect for summer but also great for layering in colder weather.

Rowan Tee by Renee from Nearest the pin

My last guest is another Australian, the lovely Natalie from sew outnumbered. Natalie has tested a few of my patterns (she wrote about them here and here) and is so thorough and helpful! She sews for her two young sons and has also ventured into sewing for herself and her husband recently. Natalie always manages to find really fun fabric for her boys and today’s T-shirt is no exception. The shoulder stripe is such a perfect way to add some contrast. Head over to Natalie’s blog to get all the details.

sew outnumbered

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How To: Decorate Pudsey Cookies

Pudsey Cookies Step by Step Tutorial

Today I am going to show you how to decorate Pudsey Cookies. For those of you who are not sure who Pudsey is, he is the mascot of an annual fundraising event run by the BBC called Children in Need. It has raised over £600 million since 1980 and includes an annual telethon.

Children in Need Logo

It’s very common for schools to run bake sales to raise money and these cookies will be a very popular donation. This year the event takes place on the 14th of November, so you have just over a week to make these.


– bear shaped cookie cutter (this is the set I have)
– cookie dough from your favourite sugar cookie recipe
– royal icing
– edible food colours (yellow, red, green, blue and black)
– piping nozzles and bags


Make sure you chill the dough before you roll it out. I also chill the cookies after cutting them and before baking. This helps to stop them spreading as they bake.

Bake your cookies and allow them to cool. While they are cooling prepare your royal icing. You will need at least half of your icing to be yellow, with small amounts of white, red, green, blue and black. Once everything is ready the decorating can begin.


Make your royal icing the day before. This will give any air bubbles a chance to rise to the surface. Leave in a large bowl and cover well with some cling film touching the top of the icing to prevent it drying out.

Add the colour before you blend the icing to the right consistency. I prefer to use concentrated paste colours.

To get the right consistency add a tiny bit of water at a time. I aim to have it thick enough to pipe the outline but thin enough to use as the filling as well. This saves time and prevents a noticeable outline when the cookies are finished.


Pudsey Tutorial steps 1 to 4

1. Take a bear cookie and outline with yellow icing. I like to use a size 2 nozzle for this. 2. Use the same icing to fill the cookie straight away. Make sure to keep the tip of the nozzle down in the icing, this helps to prevent air bubbles. 3. Continue until the outline is all filled in – take care not to overfill otherwise the icing will start to flow over the sides. 4. Leave the cookie to dry.

Pudsey tutorial steps 5 to 8

Before you begin make sure you have your white, red, blue and green icing ready to go.

5. Outline Pudsey’s scarf with white icing. 6. Fill the outline in straight away with white icing. Don’t fill quite to the top as when you add the other colours the icing might overflow. 7. Immediately add small dots of the red, blue and green icing. Hold the nozzle vertically and use a gentle pressure. 8, Add any other details you would like using the white icing. Leave to dry.

Pudsey Tutorial step 9

9. Use black icing with a very fine nozzle or a black edible writing pen to add the final details.

Your cookies are now ready. Package them up and help raise some money for Children in Need.

Pudsey Cookies

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Rowan Tee Testers

In case you missed it, I released a new pattern a couple of weeks ago – the Rowan Tee. New patterns take a lot of work, and not just by myself. I always make sure that each size is made by at least two testers, and each pattern usually has two (or more) rounds of testing.

So I’d like to thank the lovely ladies below for testing for me and share some of their amazing creations. I have split them into regular, hoods and stripes but there is some overlap as you can mix-and-match any of the options. As you can see there are quite a lot, so I hope I got all the right names and pictures!

Regular Tees

Row 1 – Brooke (Oliver’s Fancy)Crystal (Stitched by Crystal), Leah, Alison

Row 2 – Karly (Paisley Roots)Sara, Toni-Maree, Candy

Row 3 – Erin (TheBugsBitBoutique)Fay (Fay and Riley)Natalie (Sew Outnumbered)Rita (Conversas De Hermanas)

Regular Tee


Row 1 –  Jacq (Begin with B)Clara Belle (Clara Belle Couture), Gemia (Phat Quarters)Maartje (Huisje Boompje Boefjes)

Row 2 – Kate, Kerry (Sutures & Sandpaper), Inês (La Folie), Emilia (sewthatblog)

Row 3 – Fatima (Conversas De Hermanas), Karly (Paisley Roots), Natalie (Sew Outnumbered), Alicia (Playground Pixie Designs)



Row 1 – Brooke (Oliver’s Fancy), Maria (My Cozy Co), Kate, Kerry (Sutures & Sandpaper)

Row 2 – Crystal (Stitched by Crystal), Sara, Maartje (Huisje Boompje Boefjes), Leah

Row 3 – Fatima (Conversas De Hermanas), Karly (Paisley Roots), Tone (Bless by Tone), Stephanie


Also thanks to the following testers (not pictured): Casey, Magda (House of Estrella), Angela, Kim, Ingrid and Ashley.

And if that isn’t enough Rowan Tees – there will be a pattern tour starting next Monday featuring an all-star blogging line-up. More details to follow!




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Rowan Tee Now Available

Rowan Tee Pattern by Titchy Threads

The Rowan Tee is available and in the shop now. It has taken several months work and a lot of help from my amazing group of testers but I think it’s been worth it. I plan to share some of their T-shirts in a post later this week.

The three views in the diagram below give some example combinations. I think my favourite is view C and I would love to make one like that for me!

Rowan Tee Options

The options included are:

  • 2 different necklines – regular neckline or 3 part hood with stripe
  • 2 different sleeve lengths – short or long sleeves
  • 2 different sleeve finishes – regular hem or cuffed sleeves
  • 2 different body finishes – regular hem or cuffed hem
  • 3 different shoulder / sleeve options – regular shoulder, a shoulder stripe or a full arm stripe
  • 3 different pockets options – no pocket, a chest patch pocket or a kangaroo pocket

You can mix and match all the options to get a total of 144 different combinations. To celebrate this the pattern is available at a reduced of $8.50 for the next 144 hours (or 6 days). So what are you waiting for?

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Get ready for the Rowan Tee

I’m very pleased to announce that my new pattern, the Rowan Tee, will be released this Monday! is now available here in my Titchy Threads shop.

Rowan Tee - Squirrels

I first drafted this pattern as a slim fit tee with a slightly wider than normal neck back in May. Since then I’ve made quite a few different t-shirts, fine tuned the fit and added more options, including a hood and a kangaroo pocket.

Rowan Tee - Rainbow

Recently I have been working hard to finish it and would like to thank my amazing testers for all their hard work testing the many options and providing feedback.

Rowan Tee Options

The options included are:

  • 2 different necklines – regular neckline or 3 part hood with stripe
  • 2 different sleeve lengths – short or long sleeves
  • 2 different sleeve finishes – regular hem or cuffed sleeves
  • 2 different body finishes – regular hem or cuffed hem
  • 3 different shoulder / sleeve options – regular shoulder, a shoulder stripe or a full arm stripe
  • 3 different pockets options – no pocket, a chest patch pocket or a kangaroo pocket

Which makes a total of 144 combinations! Because of this, the pattern will be available at a reduced price for the first 144 hours.


So please check back on Monday for all the details.


In other exciting news, I’ve recently become a contributor to a new sewing magazine in the UK called Love Sewing. My Fancy Pants Leggings are featured in Issue 6. Rowan loved seeing himself in a real magazine, although it did make Casper rather jealous.


I’ve got a few more projects coming up in future issues – some previously blogged and some not. It’s a really great magazine so if you are in the UK make sure you pick up a copy.




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