AGA Hob Covers – Time for a Little Sewing

Make Aga Hob Covers

With the cold winter nights looming ahead of us, it’s a perfect time to get out the sewing machine and start a sewing project.  Using fabric from our Deckchair Stripes patchwork bundles we have created some gorgeous AGA covers which will brighten up the kitchen during these dark winter months.

make aga covers

Choose from our: bestsellers, bright colours, classic colours, seaside colours,  winter warmer or our lucky dip quilting squares and see what fabulous things you can create!

Make Aga hob covers

Dreaming of the Summer Sunshine…

It’s less than a month till Christmas and yet before long we’ll be thinking of summer. No sooner will we have given our Christmas presents than Easter eggs will be on the shelves!

In these dark dreary months we all need to daydream… can’t help dreaming of summer lazing in the deckchair.  Have a look at our lovely deckchairs and beach accessories thinking of those glorious sunny days ahead.

And for those of you who are lucky enough to be heading for sunnier climes this Christmas have a look around at the colours that inspire you. Maybe you’ll find them in one of our stripes.

Get ready for Christmas with our Yummy Mince Pie Recipe!

Bring the fun back into Christmas by cooking this quick and easy mince pie recipe.  Cook your mince pies in style with our stripy aprons, striped double oven gloves and tea towels.   We also have kid’s stripy aprons for your little helpers!

Mince Pie Recipe:

250g (8oz) Shortcrust Pastry or Puff Pastry
250-350g Mincemeat
Beaten Egg
Icing Sugar

Roll out the pastry thinly and divide in half and cut into 6 cm rounds to fit patty tins.  Fill with about 1 dessertspoon of mincemeat.  Roll remaining pastry and cut out 5cm lids for the pies.  Moisten the edges of the pies with water and cover with lids pressing the edges to seal.  Brush with egg, make a slit in the top of each and bake in a hot oven (Gas Mark 6) for about 20 min.  Remove and cool. Dredge with icing sugar and ENJOY!

(Pastry – can be bought ready made or use this simple Shortcrust pastry recipe)

Short Crust Pastry:

  1. 250 g plain flour
  2. 125g butter
  3. 2-3 water
  4. ¼ Teaspoon salt

Sift flour and salt into bowl. Cut butter into the flour with knife and rub it in with fingertips until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.  Sprinkle with water and knead until smooth.  Roll out lightly onto a floured surface using a floured rolling pin.

Christmas is Coming!

The clock is ticking with only 35 days left till Christmas!

If you’re out of ideas for that perfect Christmas present then why not have a browse through our great selection of stripy Christmas present ideas including presents for men, presents for women and presents for kids.

Looking to give something a little different to keep your whole family guessing?  Take a look at our unusual gift ideas including our: Edwardian Garden Shelter, Garden Hammocks and Cushions, Deckchairs, Ladies Leather Garden Gloves and our Ballroom Stripe Lambswool Throw.