Recipe: Peach Mango Sorbet

I have a yummy recipe for Peach Mango Sorbet. It’s super simple to make and you don’t need an ice cream maker, you can get away with just a hand blender even!

I made this for the Pool Side Beach Party tour. It’s mostly sewing but maybe you’ll be inspired to make something summery!

I wanted to get some nice pics but things didn’t go as planned, we ate it up too fast! But now I have an excuse to make another batch so I can get some pictures along the way!

Hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think!

Recipe: Peach Mango Sorbet

Recipe: Peach Mango Sorbet


  • 4 peaches
  • 1 large mango
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • For the simple syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup water


    Make a simple syrup:
  1. Place water in pot and bring to boil.
  2. Add sugar to pot and stir until completely dissolved.
  3. Let boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Make the sorbet:
  5. Peel the peaches and chop. Remove flesh of mango and chop. Avoid adding pieces of the stones.
  6. Place fruit in a blender and blend until smooth
  7. Pour simple syrup into blender and add lime juice. Blend for 30 seconds to combine.
  8. Pour fruit puree into a shallow container and put in freezer. After 2 hours, remove from freezer and blend until smooth. Return to freezer. Repeat after 2 hours and then return to freezer and allow to freeze overnight.
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Real Life Real Sewing Blog Tour

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Sew 20‘s Real Life, Real Sewing blog tour challenged participants to show that we actually wear the things we make. None of the staged photos, just actual photos of us going about our daily life wearing handmade. Roxanne of PenSeb&Rox and Sew 20 sent tour participants some questions to answer for her #realliferealsewing tour.
Check out the giveaways that Roxanne is hosting >>here<<.
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My favourite make of all time. The Princess Party dress by Mandy K Designs. Sized 6-12 months, I put her in this dress monthly until she was 18 months when the sleeves were finally too tight. Here she’s wearing it on her first birthday.

1. What do you look for when choosing a sewing project?

For awhile I went through a phase where I would buy all the fabric and I accumulated I huge stash in a short amount of time. I’ve been good though lately, I haven’t bought any new fabric in about 4 months and what I bought 4 months ago was oilcloth as I didn’t have any in my stash. Now (at least for the time being) before choosing a project, I first go through my stash and find some fabric that inspires me and then choose a project to go with it.
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This one may look posed but she was actually playing on the beach in Nova Scotia with my mum and her big sister. This is the only one where my mum’s bum isn’t in the pic, haha. She’s wearing a swim top I made the bottom was rtw. Pattern from Dandelions n Dungarees.

2.  Is there anything you would like to (or wish you could) do differently when selecting projects?

 I wish I planned ahead better. Sometimes I go through weeks where I don’t get any sewing time so by the time I start a project I had planned it’s too late in the season to have much use for it so I drop it and do another project. Like in April I’ll decide I need a new cardigan, I’ll choose my fabric, spend a few days searching my pattern stash for the perfect pattern, print it out and assemble it but by the time I get around to cutting fabric it’s end of May and it’s 30+ Celsius out.
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The Cozy Cakes backpack nearly broke my first sewing machine. She’s also wearing the Heidi and Finn coat I made.
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Here she’s wearing her Clementine dress by My Little Plumcake that I made to her big sister’s birthday!

3. What is your most used/worn sewing project? This either could be of all time or currently.

Currently it’s my Shwin Day Tripper pictured below. I wear it at least once a week. I love the fabric and it’s super comfy. I love dolmans, so my other most worn sewn item is my Golden Rippy Delilah. I don’t wear it as much anymore as it’s starting to wear out and get holes in the fabric but it still gets worn quite a bit as I don’t have a huge wardrobe (rtw or handmade, I need to go shopping/sewing). For Silly Bean her most worn item was her Secret Garden dress. She wore that dress weekly for over a year, she would have kept wearing it but I couldn’t get zip it up anymore. Miss V’s most worn item was her owl Otium top, 18 months later and I just put it in storage. It was slightly large for her when I made it and the sleeves have been too short for only the last two months. She loved the owls and would want to wear it as soon as it was clean again.

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I suppose a bathroom selfie is kind of staged but it doesn’t get more #realliferealsewing than a bathroom selfie at work (wearing my Shwin Day Tripper)

4. Do you have a project that you thought would be used/worn frequently but just did not end up working out?

A couple dresses I made Silly Bean I thought she would love but for some reason she didn’t and she never wore them. In those cases it’s because she didn’t like the fabric as much I had thought she would. I’m hoping that Miss V will like them when she gets bigger but she’s even more opinionated about what she wants to wear than Silly Bean was at her age so who knows.

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Wearing her Secret Garden dress for the umpteenth time.

5. What is your favorite tip or quote that applies to sewing for real life?

Hmm… well, my favourite tip is to press your seams as you go. It really does make a difference in your sewing and can help make your sewing go from looking ‘homemade’ to ‘handmade’ if that makes any sense. The only time people ask me if I made a piece of clothing is when it’s a fabric print that doesn’t seem too common. I’m just going to attribute that to good pressing, ha.

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I loved this dress too. The pattern is so well done, it’s the Lorelei dress by E-Beth Designs.
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Wedding photo booth photo from July 2015. Silly Bean is wearing a dress I made, unfortunately you can’t really see it just the bodice. It was so cute on her. I never blogged it and can’t remember the pattern name but the dress has a bubble skirt.

Do you have any examples of Real Life, Real Sewing to show off? You can play along by using the #realliferealsewing on social media.

6/20 | Sew 20 Tour Kick-off | The Wholesome Mama | Wild & Wanderful | Randoms by Rydz

6/21 | Daydream Believers | Sugarplum Cuties | Friends Stitched Together | The Inspired Wren | PenSeb&Rox

6/22 | Sewstarly | Very Blissful | House of Estrela | The Berry Bunch | Musings of a Seamstress

6/23 | mahlicadesigns | sewingbyti | Candice Ayala | Call Ajaire | Sunflower Seams

6/24 | Beri Bee Designs | Lulu & Celeste | FABulous Home Sewn | Mae & K | Sew 20 Social Media Round-up

6/25 | Sew 20 Tour Wrap-up

Tutorial: Quilted Heart Coaster

Upcycled Heart Coaster tutorial by Lulu & Celeste

Hi! This tutorial for the Quilted Heart Coaster was one I originally shared over at Wally and Grace. I love making coasters… They’re fairly quick projects that are great for using up scraps and for upcycling, and they also make great gifts! Make a couple coasters, buy a pretty mug and add some tea bags (or coffee), and voilà! You have a fun gift. Continue reading “Tutorial: Quilted Heart Coaster”

Feature Issue 11

One Thimble Issue 11 Blog Tour

One Thimble Issue 11 preview

The theme for the newest issue of One Thimble magazine is ‘Urban Jungle’. There are 12 PDF patterns included in the issue as well as 26 articles, all for $25 AUD (so if you’re in the US it will be much less!) The articles range from regular features such as a gift guide featuring items handmade in Australia (while keeping them related to the theme) to articles on sewing techniques and tutorials. As a bonus there are also exclusive discount codes included!

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Each of the patterns included in the issue* have beautiful photos showcasing the pattern using the Urban Jungle theme.

Issue 11 contents

What caught my eye most about this issue was how well so many of the patterns seem to complement one another. The toys and accessories are all animal related (baby shoes, baby quilt, cross-stitch wall art, FMA, and the two toy patterns). 

One of the articles that interested me was one on sewing with laminated cotton. Laminated cotton is similar but not the same as oilcloth which I’ve used before. I haven’t tried laminated cotton yet and have been interested in trying it out however from what I’ve seen it’s not as inexpensive as oilcloth. There are lots of good tips for sewing with it as well as links to tutorials that I need to try.

The Hood Creature free motion appliqué (or FMA) pattern included in this issue is super cute and is a perfect match with the hoodie pattern. I’ve used one of the designer’s (StitchART by Jeanine) other FMA patterns in a pair of PJ’s I sewed up for my oldest daughter recently. You can check it out >>HERE<<, it’s really cute. Free motion appliqué is super fun and fairly easy to do, I will be for sure stitching up one of the hood creatures soon.

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Felt 3D Animal Puzzle by Felt With Love Designs

No surprise to those that know me, but I really wanted to sew these up. I love felt and I have a fairly good size stash of wool felt on hand, although my colour choices are somewhat limited at the moment.

Included in the pattern are templates for a giraffe, elephant, rhinoceros, octopus, unicorn, turtle, lion and alligator. Since I didn’t want to use the same colour felt for more than one animal (to make it possibly easier for my 2.5 year old, although maybe she’d have been fine), I made just the elephant, octopus, unicorn, turtle and alligator.

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As expected the 6-year-old, Silly Bean, claimed the unicorn for herself, which was fine because the octopus was Miss V’s favourite. They liked them so much in fact that they actually slept with them the first night!

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These were fun to make and not too difficult. There are three layers of felt and in between Heat’n Bond* to help them stay together. I used a lightweight Heat N Bond because that is what I had on hand but I think a heavier weight would work better as it took a lot of heat and pressing to get the second and third layers to adhere as the felt was thick.

Interested in seeing more from Felt With Love Designs? You can see the other patterns of theirs that I have sewn up HERE and HERE.

The Felt 3D Animal Puzzle was Felt With Love Designs’ contribution to the magazine. You can purchase this pattern separately for $3 AUD >>HERE*<< or it is included with the purchase of the magazine.


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Roly Poly Critters by Swoodson Says

These are just soooo cute, I couldn’t resist making one. The sloth is adorable so that was the first one I wanted to sew. The fabric suggestions for Roly Poly Critters are to use felt or fleece but I’ve seen some versions using different fabrics that are super cute too. For mine I decided to stick with the fabric suggestions and made it out of felt.

I didn’t have any safety eyes or noses on hand and didn’t know where to buy them locally and with no time to wait for an order to arrive I decided to cut out eye and nose shapes from felt and sew those on. I need to work a little more on sewing around the small curves to make the stitching neater but otherwise it was a pretty quick sew. About 1.5 hours from cut to finish including interruptions from Miss V.

Roly Poly Sloth sewn by Lulu & Celeste

SO SO cute. These will make fun baby gifts. My only wish is that there had been overlap with the animals between these and the baby quilts*. But I guess I could try hacking one of the critters into a bunny! They would make a cute set to give at a baby shower.

I have made many of Swoodson Says’ patterns before. You can see the ones I’ve blogged HERE and HERE, and read an interview with Stephanie of Swoodson Says HERE.

The Roly Poly Critters can be purchased separately for $7 AUD >>HERE*<< or get it with the purchase of the magazine.


For more One Thimble inspiration, check out the rest of the tour stops below:

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Tutorial: ‘Quick’ Fabric Bunting Tip

I’m back with a ‘quick’ fabric bunting tip. I originally shared this tip on Patchwork Posse but I brought it home to the blog today. In the tutorial I posted earlier this week, I make the bunting two layers that are sewn together and then turned right sides out. Today I’ll show you an alternative method which is much quicker!


Extra Materials needed:

  • Pinking shears or a rotary cutter with a pinking blade.


Follow the instructions in the original tutorial up to Step 2 but use a 3/8″ seam allowance instead of 1/4″.

Now, instead of placing two triangles right sides together, place them wrong sides together and sew.


Once your triangles are sewn together, pink the edges using your shears or rotary cutter. Then continue on with Step 5 in the tutorial to attach your bunting flags to the bias tape.



I hope you have fun making your bunting. If you make a bunting from the tutorial please share a picture/link, I’d love to see it!


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P.S. Check out more of my tutorials and quick tips here!

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Tutorial: Fabric Bunting

I first shared a fabric bunting tutorial on Mabey She Made It and a second version on Patchwork Posse. I’ve updated the tutorial, added new pictures and am finally bringing the post ‘home’. Enjoy!



For this bunting I used store-bought bias tape but you could make your own if you prefer. At the end of this post is an example of a bunting that I’ve made using handmade bias tape.

There are many ways to make bunting, this a double-sided sewn version with hidden seams.

Finished Size:

My bunting is 6′ long, with 9 flags/triangles each measuring approx 5.5″ in length.

Materials List:

Rotary cutter
fabric for flags
1 package bias tape



Fabric Bunting Instructions:

1. Decide what size you want your triangles to be, for this bunting I made each side of the triangle measure 6″ long with a 1/4″ seam allowance included, so my finished triangles are about 5.5″ long. Draw your triangle onto cardstock and cut out. (Or you could also cut out onto freezer paper).

2. Using your cardstock triangle trace out onto your fabric. You will need two triangles to make one finished flag. So for mine I cut out 18 pieces.


3. Wrong sides together sew two triangles along the two side edges. Clip the corner and trim close to the point. Repeat with the rest of the triangles.


4. Turn right sides out and press. Optional: Topstitch along the two sewn edges. If topstitching, press again. Repeat for all triangles.

5. Open up the bias tape. Fold the short ends of the bias tape in by 1/4″ and press. Stitch in place.

6. Decide on the layout you like. Leave 1″ gap between each triangle. Baste the triangles to one edge of the bias tape in the order you like.

7. Fold the bias tape over and sew along the entire folded over edge.

Give your bunting one final press and voila! You are done


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