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Q&A with Toria from 'Further Adventures of a Little Squish' Craft Blog

We have another fab Q&A for you today!
For a little while now I've been a follower of Little Squish and we regularly have contact on twitter :) So I thought it was about time I asked Toria (the writer) if she would like to do a little guest post over here on the blog and tell us a little about herself, her blog and the fantastic Children's clothing she makes. So to find out more please read on...

Welcome! Can you tell us a little bit about you and your blog?

Hello! I’m Toria, mummy to two girls, and I taught myself to sew about 3 years ago to make things for my daughters. My background is in teaching, but since learning to sew I’ve gone on to start my own business, Little Squish, making clothes for children! My blog mostly focuses on the sewing I do for myself as I just wanted something to document it and see my progression.

When did you start sewing and what inspired you to start? What was your first project?

I grew up watching my Grandmother sew, but I never really had any interest back then. It wasn’t until Kirstie Allsopp started doing her Christmas crafty shows that I thought I’d want to have a go myself!

The very first thing I made was a pretty awful-looking quilt square; it was meant to be put together with squares made by other mums in my birth group, but I don’t think anyone ever finished it! I sewed it completely by hand and felt so proud of myself at the time.

The first thing I ever made using my Grandma’s old sewing machine was a little felt bag for my daughter, which she still has so it’s pretty special to me.

What is your favourite craft?

It has to be sewing! Not only do I love doing it, I’ve met some amazing people through it too. A close second at the moment is screen-printing though, it’s such good fun. This year I really want to master a bit of crochet or knitting, but so far I’m mostly tangling myself up!

What do you love most about sewing?

As I gave up a teaching career to stay at home with my daughters, sewing keeps my brain active! It’s also a way to unwind after a long day and forget about anything else that may be going on.

Do your friends or family craft along with you?

My husband helps me out when I’m screen-printing, he quite enjoys that, but I tend to sew alone. One of my friends recently bought her first sewing machine though, so maybe in the future we can have our own little Sewing Bee!

Who do you make things for?

Myself and my daughters. I’ve made a couple of gifts for people, but I tend to just sew clothes for us. Through Little Squish, I sew just for younger children, so it tends to be simple things like elasticated skirts (with a bit of screen-printing too!). 

What made you decide to start to blog about your crafting?

I wanted to have somewhere to document my sewing progress, a bit like a diary I guess. It also seemed like a good way to get involved in the sewing community.

Do you have a favourite snack when crafting?

I try to avoid snacks until the crafting is done; I’m always worried I’ll make a mess! I can’t craft without a good cup of tea though, tea is my weakness.

What 3 sewing or craft items/tools could you not live without?

I think sewing machine kind of goes without saying doesn’t it? It has to be my seam ripper, because I’m forever having to unpick stuff; my glue pen which I’ve found is a great alternative to pinning (depending on what I’m making); and my tape measure.

What are your favourite fabrics to sew with any why?

I have a real soft spot for quilting cottons, just because I love to make myself skirts and dresses with novelty prints on.

How many projects do you have on the go at one time?

Haha, quite a few usually. I get all excited by something, start making it and then get distracted and start something else.

What’s your favourite thing you have ever made?

That’s a really tough question! I think the project I’m proudest of (which is kind of the same thing!) is the Little Red Riding Hood cape that ended up being my first project for Love Sewing magazine. I’d designed it for my eldest daughter for World Book Day and it was a very proud moment to see it in print!

What is your latest WIP? Do you have a photo?

I cut out a skater-style dress a while back, pinned it and it’s now waiting patiently for me to get around to sewing it. It’s a mustard-coloured fabric with white cats all over it. I would take a photo, but I’m not exactly sure where it is!

Do you watch TV or listen to music while you craft?

I tend to have the TV on. We watch a lot of stuff on Netflix.

What/who do you go to for inspiration before you start crafting?

Inspiration can be anywhere! Sometimes I’ll see someone wearing something, or see something I like online, and I’ll think about how to sew something similar; other times inspiration can come from sewing books or magazines. And of course, there’s always Pinterest!

Do you have a crafty tip you would like to share?

Make sure you have everything you need for a project before you start it! So many times I’ll abandon a project for ages because I forgot to get the zip I needed to finish it, or something like that.

Do you follow other blogs? If so which blogs?

I do and thank goodness for Bloglovin’ or I’d never keep up with them all. I love Dolly Clackett, Roisin has my dream handmade wardrobe! Other blogs I love right now are Made Peachy, Lazy Daisy Jones and Makery.

Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

Just be yourself and don’t be disheartened if hardly anyone reads those first few posts. Also, get your blog on Bloglovin’ so people can find you more easily.

Could you sum yourself up as a crafter in 3 words?

Colourful, messy, perfectionist.

Thanks so much Toria, it was great to find out a little more about you. For anyone new to Toria, check out her blog and be sure to check out her shop page which has some delightful screen printed children's clothes for sale!
Bye for now!,
Vicki x

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