stay gold

Stay Gold embroidery


I've been working away on a couple of new embroidery pieces in the evenings.  It's been relaxing just stitching simple stitches without over thinking things, I always enjoy mindless stitching the best.  Daytime activity has been more than stressful lately and I'm finding more and more that I need to balance things out with activities that can be soothing to practice.  


The Stay Gold embroidery floss collection I put together for Aurifil has just started to arrive in stores.

I also got around to stitching up a new pouch to house my floss colours in.  This is the See It All Pouch pattern from my new book, it keeps everything together plus you can see all the pretty stuff you have in there.  The pattern for the needlebook in the first photo can also be found in the book.

A pattern set for both the embroideries above can be found here.


I also stitched up a new version of my Springtime pattern.  This one has a lot more going on in terms of stitches plus it's fun revisting something you've already stitched.  I'm probably going to make this one a few times and then use the finished pieces together in a throw or something.

That's the plan anyhow!

Needlebook Plus


I sewed up a new version of one of my book projects over the weekend - the Needlebook Plus.  I really wanted to do some quick and easy sewing and this little number fitted the bill perfectly.  I've recently started to understand that it really is worth investing in different needle types for different aspects of sewing.  There are needles for quilting, applique, embroidery and so on.  I've noticed that once my needles are out of the original packaging, it can be hard to figure out which discipline they are for.  I'll be using this needlebook to keep my needles in order, applique needles on one page, quilting on the next and so on.  I also like to keep at least one needle in the original packaging (for future reference) and these can be stored in the pockets at the back of the needlebook along with a needle threader and a small pair of scissors -  I have a small pair somewhere but I've forgotten where I last left them...  Another reason to have made this book.


There is also a handy pincushion which can be stored in the even handier front inside pocket.  I'm currently using my needlebook for three different projects.  I'm almost finished on one and just starting the other two.  Having everything handily within reach for once means that no matter which project I pick up, I will have the right equipment on hand.

Which is always good when you just want to sew.

Pattern can be found in my new book.

Fabrics are from my new Stay Gold collection - stockist info here

stay gold


My new fabric line Stay Gold has been steadily arriving in stores these past few weeks.  I've tried to create a modern prairie style with the prints and you will find it a fun line to use for making quilts, pouches, children's clothes, toys and more.  The line features 8 prints on organic quilting cotton, I hope you are inspired to create.  You can find a list of stockists at the end of this post.



The line is perfect for making the kind of pouch projects I love.  You can find plenty of suitable patterns here including the Zip-Up Tray Pouch.  


Double Zip Box Pouch


Open-Out Box Pouch

There's also plenty more projects that will work in my book.


You can stock up on Stay Gold at the following stores -


Fat Quarter Shop

Hawthorne Threads


Owl And Drum

Bloomerie Fabrics

Bijou Lovely

Pink Castle Fabrics

Honey Be Good

Sew Organic Fabric

Simply Love Fabrics

Crimson Confection

Knit & Bolt

Sunny Day Supply



Mad About Patchwork



Olive And Flo Handmade

Maud's Fabric Finds

M is for Make

double zip box pouch


I'm sharing a fun new pattern with you today - the Double Zip Box Pouch!  

This one has been in the works for a while.  I've had many ideas for multi-pocket pouches over the last few years and made some to try out.  Generally I've found that they don't hold very much in total.  My main goal with this project was to create a pouch with two SPACIOUS pockets that hold a lot.  This is a box shaped pouch with BOX shaped pockets, each pocket has a good sized capacity for whatever it is you wish to keep in them.  

To give you an idea - I'll use common sewing item, the Aurifil thread spool as a unit of measure.  Each of the 2 pockets will easily accommodate 14 large spools of Aurifil thread.  So 28 spools in total if you wanted to keep just threads in there.


Or you could keep tools on one side and project components in the other.  Or maybe something completely different altogether - travel, stationery, toys...  Anyhow I'll leave that up to you.  You can find details of size dimensions and material requirements here.

The pouch comes together quickly and there is nothing tricky in the construction.  If you can sew a zipper, you'll find it easy.  I used some floral prints from my new Stay Gold collection for Cloud 9 fabrics.  The line just arrived in stores, such as here.

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 I hope you enjoy the pattern!

Zip-Up Tray Pouch paper patterns

Zip up tray pouch aneela hoey

After repeated requests, I have decided to try out a paper version of my Zip-Up Tray Pouch pattern.  I'm excited to now have the patterns in my hands and available here. The pattern is a 12 page booklet, printed on heavy paper with a silk finish.  It is perfect if you prefer to have a physical copy of the pattern when sewing and will make a great addition to your pattern library. 

Shop owners wanting to stock the pattern, please get in touch here.

If you can think of a store that may be interested, let them know!

The PDF version of this pattern is available here.



stay gold aurifloss box


I'm excited to share that I've collaborated with Aurifil once more to put together a collection of all my favourite Aurifloss colours.  The shades co-ordinate perfectly with my forthcoming Stay Gold fabric line and I've also included a free pattern insert to stitch the mini sampler embroidery shown.

Perfect if your looking for a new project for those on the go summer months :)

You can find a limited number of the boxes available here.

Happy Stitching!




open-out box pouch


I have a new pattern release to share with you today - the Open-Out Box Pouch.  This one has been on my brain for a while - I wanted to create a fairly standard looking zip pouch that magically expands into a box shape when open.  This means that you can easily see and grab what you need then zip it up to keep contents secure when not in use.  It's a fun project to sew and has so many uses - perfect for projects, tools, travel, kids and more!


The overall style of the pouch has a very modern, angular look.  I used prints from my new Stay Gold fabric line for Cloud 9 fabrics (out in May) along with some favourite Essex linens, corduroy and Shetland flannel (all Robert Kaufman fabrics).

This is a great pouch for showcasing a fun lining fabric as it will be fully visible when open (see below).


There are instructions for 2 sizes (see pattern listing for dimensions) and other than fabric and the zipper, this one requires only regular woven interfacing plus fusible fleece if you are making the large size.

You can find the pattern listing here.  I hope you have fun making one! 

(Please note - this pattern is not included in my forthcoming book Stitched Sewing Organizers but if you like the general style, the book will be perfect for you!  Preorder here).