March 2017 Workshops


I’m spending a few days in London this week, seeing a show and seeing the sights. I’ve made myself a waterfall coat and a couple more of my favourite dungaree dresses to keep me warm and stylish while I’m there.

Would you love to be able to do the same? Whip yourself up some new clothes for a few days away or even for a special ocassion? If you’ve never sewn before or if you’ve not touched a sewing machine for years or if you would class yourself as a beginner, then all this month’s workshops are are ideal to get you started in making your own clothes. In each workshop you will learn some new tips and techniques that will help increase your sewing skills and experience level.

Wednesday 8th March (7-9pm) – Learn to Sew Storage Baskets – Helm, Balby, Doncaster (DN4 8QN)

In this quirky class you’ll learn to sew useful pretty storage baskets, that you can use on your dressing table, the kids room or hundred’s of other places around the home. You’ll leave the class with new skills, a lovely storage basket & the instructions to make it again. Learn bsaic sewing machine skills and how to apply interfacing and why we use it.
£25 (all materials included) – Click here for more info. Email me at to book your place.

Saturday 11th March (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew Shift Dresses – St Nicholas Church Hall, Bawtry (DN10 6JD)

This is the most popular workshop I do and it is a firm favourite with me too! It’s such a great dress to wear, I used to wear one to the office (before I left the day job) and I regularly wear them now. They are easy to dress up or dress down and you can feel office smart or weekend ready depending on the fabric and how you style the shift dress. In this workshop you will learn about facings and darts.
£45 (materials not included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.

Saturday 18th March (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew Casual Trousers – St John’s Church Hall, Swinton, Rotherham (DN10 6JD)

Fingers crossed, by this point in March, Spring will be well and truly on it’s way and these lightweight casual trousers will be just the perfect thing to wear. With a drawstring and elasticated waist and pockets they are the ultimate comfy trousers. You will learn to sew pockets and buttonholes in this workshop.
£55 (all materials included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.

Saturday 25th March (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew Gathered Skirts – St Nicholas Church Hall, Bawtry (DN10 6JD)

This was one of the first clothing workshops I ever did. The skirts are lovely and ideal for spring and summer. In this workshop you will learn a technique for creating gathers and how to insert an invisible zip.
£45 (materials not included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.

Monday 27th March (9.30am-3pm) – Learn to Sew Kimono Jackets – Austerfield Study Centre, Austerfield (DN10 6RG)

These Kimono Jackets are fab for your spring wardrobe. I throw mine on as an extra layer if it’s a bit cooler and it is something that can work on a night out or as a casual jacket or as a beach cover-up. It is really versatile. You will learn abot working with different fabrics, how important the grainline is as well as how to sew French Seams.
£45 (materials not included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.

I look forward to seeing you at a workshop soon and to help you start to create your own wardrobe of fabulous clothes.

Alison xx

PS. There are still places left on Saturday’s Sew Your Own Project Workshop and Monday’s Learn to Sew Simple Woven Tees Workshop. Click here for more info on upcoming workshops.



Get to know your Sewing Machine – Ten Top Tips

Have you got a new sewing machine? Have you had a machine for years but are still a bit intimidated by it? Do you sew regularly but are never fully confident of your stitching?

Whether you are a novice or are a bit more experienced, I have putt together ten top tips that will help you get to know your sewing machine better and make you a better sewer!

Ten Top Tips #1

Only turn the handwheel forwards.

Turning it in the opposite direction can cause your threads to get tangled and/or snap.


Ten Top Tips #2

When putting your thread onto the machine always make sure the thread is coming off the spool in the right direction.

If on your machine, the spool lies flat then the thread should be coming from underneath. If your machine has upright spool pins, any writing on the spool should be the right way up.


Ten Top Tips #3

Use the correct needle for your fabric.

The lower the number the finer the needle, and the finer the fabric, the finer the needle you should use.


Ten Top Tips #4

Remove your thread from the machine, by unthreading your needle first and then cutting at the top near the spool and pulling from the bottom.

Whipping the thread out from the top can upset the tension discs.


Ten Top Tips #5

Understand your machine dials – read your manual

  1. Tension
  2. Needle position/stitch width
  3. Stitch Selection
  4. Stitch Length


Ten Top Tips #6

If you are having tension issues, thread the top and bottom in different colours so you can more clearly identify the issue.

If the thread is bunching up under your fabric it is an issue with your top threading.

If the thread is bunching up on the top of your fabric it is an issue with your bobbin.


Ten Top Tips #7

Change your needle regularly – you will not sew well with a blunt needle.

It is recommended that you change your needle after 8 hours of sewing, but I tend to change it at the start of every new project.


Ten Top Tips #8

Use the seam guides on the machine base to keep your sewing straight.

Your pattern should tell you what seam allowance to use, find the guideline that corresponds and keep the raw edges of the fabric level with this line.


Ten Top Tips #9

Play about with the different stitches, so you know what your machine can do.

Consult the manual.


Ten Top Tips #10

Find out what the different presser feet you have are for.

The only ones I ever use are:

  1. Regular presser foot
  2. Zip foot
  3. Invisible zip foot
  4. Automatic buttonhole foot


If you want to get to know your sewing machine or overlocker better, for £30, you can book in for a private 1 hour get to know your sewing machine lesson at my home sewing studio in January. Just click here, pay & I will be in touch to book your date and time.

Alison xx

PS. If you want more tips and advice, inspiration and support, join my Facebook Group, Learning to Sew, here.


January 2017 Workshops

I know everyone will be deep into the seasonal festivities at the minute, but I’m excited to let you all know about January’s upcoming workshops.


Sunday 8th January (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew Lounge Pants – St Nicholas Church Hall, Bawtry (DN10 6JD)

This is a fantastic beginner’s workshop, you will walk away with your cosy made by you, for you Lounge Pants or Pyjama Bottoms, a unique garment that you can be proud that you made yourself. (Can be made for adults or kids.)


£45 (materials not included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.


Wednesday 11th January (7-9pm) – Learn to Sew Bunting – Helm, Balby, Doncaster (DN4 8QN)

In this quirky class you’ll learn to sew pretty bunting. Perfect for a party or decorating your home. You’ll leave the class with new skills, some bunting & the instructions to make it again.

£25 (all materials included) – Click here for more info. Email Rachael at to book your place.


Saturday 14th January (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew Kimono Jackets – The Hub, Retford (DN22 6PA)


A favourite workshop, you will create a beautiful made by you, for you Kimono Jacket, a unique garment that you can be proud to wear.

£45 (materials not included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.


Saturday 21st January (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew A-line Skirts – St John’s Church Hall, Swinton, Rotherham (DN10 6JD)

The workshop is suitable for beginners or those lacking in confidence or experience and I will guide you through the steps, so you will learn as you make. There is no better feeling than receiving a compliment on an outfit and being able to say that you made it yourself.


£55 (all materials included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.


Saturday 28th  January (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew Blouses – St Nicholas Church Hall, Bawtry (DN10 6JD)

A brand new workshop, sample photos to be released soon of this on trend blouse.

£45 (materials not included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.


Monday 30th January (9.30am-3pm) – Learn to Sew Shift Dresses – Austerfield Study Centre, Austerfield (DN10 6RG)

The first weekday workshop is the popular Learn to Sew Shift Dresses.


£45 (materials not included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.

There are many more exciting things coming in the New Year, so keep a look out for details coming soon.

Alison xx

PS. If you’re not a member of my Facebook Group, Learning to Sew yet, click here to join for tips, advice, support & inspiration.

Recommendations for Fabric Shops in South Yorkshire & Retford

I am often asked where I buy my fabric from and I have promised to share the local fabric shops where I buy some of my fabrics.

I am based in Bawtry, South Yorkshire, which is a lovely little town, about 10 miles south of Doncaster, but it has no fabric shops, so my fabric shopping circles out from this point.

I do use online shops from time to time but that’s a whole different kettle of fish and I will save telling you all about my online recommendations for another day.

Here are my recommendations for fabric shops in South Yorkshire & North Nottinghamshire…

Thread Mill Fabrics in Swinton

4 Church Street, Swinton, Mexborough, S64 8QA. Tel: 01709 571684

Let me preface this by saying that I run Learn to Sew workshops in association with Thread Mill Fabrics in Swinton once a month with fabric supplied by Thread Mill and I help out in this shop one day a week, (on Thursdays). Having said all that, I love this shop and even before I had started my business I always shopped in Thread Mill Fabrics.


The shop is owned and run by Cheryl Barnes and Cheryl herself is the reason for this shop being my number one. Cheryl is so knowledgeable and experienced that whatever sewing project you are working on, she can offer you advice and support and will give you options for the best way to complete your project. There have been many times when I have popped in to pick up some thread or other bits and bobs and have ended up spending the afternoon there, leaving so inspired and motivated to get sewing again on my current project or even several new ones.

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The fabric you see when you walk into the small shop is floor to ceiling and is just the tip of the iceberg. In the back room is where Cheryl keeps all the bridal fabrics. In there is everything from sumptuous satins and chiffons to decorative brocades and lace.

This shop if definitely worth taking the time to go to the slightly out of the way location, it takes me about 40 minutes to get there. Just don’t visit on a Sunday or a Wednesday as the shop is closed and if you go on a Thursday you will get to see me!

Waltons Fabrics in Goldthorpe

47-49 Doncaster Rd, Goldthorpe, Rotherham S63 9H

Waltons Fabrics is a father/daughter team and used to have a stall on Doncaster Market, the market stall has gone now, but there is still that market kind of feel to the shop. They specialise in dancewear fabrics so if you are looking for high shine or sequinned lycra about a third of the shop is dedicated to this, but I must admit I tend to ignore it.

There are hundreds of rolls of fabric here at bargain prices, they tend to buy up end of lines from clothing manufacturers such as Jaques Vert and sell them at heavily discounted prices. There is usually a queue at the counter when I’m shopping, and the staff definitely know their stock.

SewCute Fabrics, Doncaster Market

Doncaster Market: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday

Another newish stall on Doncaster Market, SewCute Fabrics sells mainly cottons & polycottons suitable for crafts & patchwork. However each time I visit this stall the selection is expanding.


Fabric for Lounge Pants From SewCute Fabrics

The Craft Den, Sheffield

23 Loxley Road, Sheffield S6 4TE

Lynne Hunter is the brains behind the Craft Den and it is a veritable quilters paradise, with hundreds of quilting & patchworking cottons and supplies. Lynne also runs a programme of workshops from her on site studio.

Tim & Gills Fabrics, Retford Market

Retford Market: Thursday & Saturday and Melton Mowbray Market: Tuesday

A stall selling craft cottons & soft furnishing fabrics, worthy of a mention in this blog as I got my fabulous map fabric from this stall.


There are other shops in the area, but although I have visited I have not bought or used their fabric so they have not made it to my list of recommendations.

Please comment below if you have any further recommendations to share in the area.

Alison xx

Ps. Don’t forget to join my Facebook group, bringing together a supportive community of those who are new to sewing and more experienced sewers.




Wow! November has been a bit of a whirlwind at BagLadyBird!!

Wow! November has been a bit of a whirlwind at BagLadyBird!! If you’ve missed it, here’s what we’ve been up to…

It was business as usual at the Learn to Sew Woven Tees Workshop at The Hub in Retford. This fab venue is a craft shop/deli/farm shop/gallery & tourist information in Retford. It also has workshop space for artists in residence. We had some wonderful tees created and had heaps of giggles and fun while we were at it!


Next up we were at a brand new venue in Bawtry, the Methodist Church Hall for a brand new workshop too, this was the first ever workshop where we were working with jersey. Some lovely new ladies joined us and made tee dresses. Lovely and casual and so easy to wear.


I had the opportunity to go on at talk show on Doncaster’s community radio station Sine FM. I was on the #Doncasterisgreat show with Andrew Isaacs and we talked about my sewing machine collection/obsession as well as the upcoming Crafternoon that I am holding in aid of Mind at Helm on Sunday 4th December (11am-12.30pm).


At the Crafternoon I will be showing everyone who joins us how to make the origami star Christmas decorations that I decorated our tree with last year. When I also taught my old team to create the origami stars and we decorated my old office creating a winter wonderland of origami stars and snowflakes made from white photocopier paper! Not sure how popular I was with the print room last Christmas!


If you would like to join us on Sunday (£10 suggested donation) please email Rachael at to book your place.  Drinks & cakes & mince pie are provided and festive jumpers are a must!

Then to start the festive season off right we had a wonderful Learn to Sew Christmas Stockings workshop at Helm, this was the busiest workshop so far but I always love these taster workshops that I hold at Helm as it allows people to get all creative when they are decorating their makes. There were some awesome Christmas Stockings created. You can watch a video we made at the event here.

Another lovely shift dresses workshop in Swinton. At the workshops in Swinton the fabric is included in the price and is chosen from a specially curated selection of fabrics provided by Thread Mill Fabrics in Swinton. This workshop is always popular and we had some beautiful shift dresses made at this one.

The last workshop of the month was the very first Learn to Sew Your Own Project Workshop at St Nicholas Church Hall in Bawtry. Five ladies came together to work on their own projects. Two of them had already started and had reached a tricky bit that they needed help with, another lady had brought a brand new project to start and the other 2 ladies decided that they wanted to make my shift dress. We all had a wonderful time and I can’t wait to see what the next sew your own project workshop brings!!! (More info here.)

In November I also launched Bagladybird – Learn to Sew Gift Vouchers and Get to know your Sewing Machine (or overlocker) 1 to 1 lessons (£30 for 1 hour in my home sewing studio).


If you would like to learn more about anything above, please get in touch through Facebook or on 07957 437001.

Alison xx

Ps. Join my Learning to Sew Facebook group for a lovely supportive community of people, who want to learn to sew or who love to sew, for exclusive content as well as friendly help, advice & inspiration.

I just need to touch…

Kimono Jackets at Swinton, Rotherham on Sew Saturday (15th October 2016), held in the newly modernised St John’s Methodist Church.


Sew Saturday is a campaign run by Sew Magazine to encourage their readers to get out and experience bricks and mortar shops for that unparalleled fabric shopping experience. I have written about this before, how shopping online for fabric cannot be fully satisfying as buying fabrics is such a tactile experience, you just need to touch them!

I believe the opposite of that rhyme that kids say: You see with your eyes and not with your hands! Unless I have experienced how something feels, I have not truly seen it! And it doesn’t stop with fabric shopping. This impulse has even got me into trouble when out and about with Gary. We had gone to the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, I can’t remember what the exhibition was, but there was a 3D printer. It was printing teapots and teapot lids, they were piling up on the floor as the printer printed more and more. I just had to know what they felt like – I had never seen 3D printing before! So I bent down, reached out and touched one. It felt like plastic. But as I touched it, the teapot lid fell to the floor and the sound echoed around the quiet gallery. I picked it up, only to drop it again. At this point the security guard was heading determinedly towards us before I completely wrecked the exhibit and Gary swiftly ushered me to the gift shop, where I was free to touch the merchandise as much as I wanted.

Anyway, needless to say I like fabric shopping in real shops, where I can touch and feel the fabric before choosing what I want to buy and Sew Saturday is a champion of real fabric shops. I decided that BagLadyBird should be involved in this movement as my workshops encourage people to get out from behind their computer screens and venture into the real world and learn skills from a real life person rather than a YouTube tutorial.


My workshops are always welcoming and the door is always open in the various venues I use, but as it was extra special Sew Saturday, we threw the doors wide open and invited anyone who was passing to pop in and have a look at what we were doing. We had a steady trickle of people pop in throughout the day to learn some more about my Learn to Sew Workshops.

I carefully curate a selection of fabrics supplied by Thread Mill Fabrics (just around the corner from the venue) based on the garment, season and the workshop participants. Many of my workshoppers are repeat customers and I quickly build up a knowledge of their taste and style, which allows me to select a variety of options, which leaves them in a dilemma of what to choose to use on the day. They are of course welcome to buy the fabric to make this or other projects at home. Clearly I have caressed all these fabrics as part of my selection process!


Kimono Jackets is a great project and I love the finished garment. It is so wearable and I often throw mine on with jeans and a simple tee, some statement jewellery and heels and it’s a fantastic evening look.

Within my workshops there are sometimes a few more challenging parts to help you skills increase which make the finished garment that much sweeter and all the ladies love their Kimono Jackets.

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April said: Thank you so much for the help with my jacket. I love it and I can’t wait to show it off at work next week! X

If you would like to join us for any of the upcoming workshops, check out the upcoming events here.

Alison xx

PS: If you haven’t joined the Learning to Sew Facebook Group yet, you can join up here for extra content, support, inspiration and advice.

*Photos: DN4 Photography

Exciting Times at Bagladybird HQ

There are loads of exciting things I want to tell you about happening here at Bagladybird HQ!

dsc_0347The most exciting is that I left my day job this week to concentrate on Bagladybird – Learn to Sew, full time and running more of the learn to sew workshops, that you know & love!

What this also means is for the first time ever I will have space in my diary to take on new one to one clients for Learn to Sew Dressmaking Lessons.

Have you ever wished you could…?

  • Create your dream garment
  • Work on your own dressmaking project and get expert advice while you sew
  • Create your own patterns that fit you perfectly
  • Have that additional support with your fashion projects for school/college/university
  • Get one to one support to help you understand through the basics
  • Know how to read commercial patterns and make clothes from them that fit you like a glove
  • Merge one part of one pattern with the rest of a different pattern
  • Get to know your sewing machine or overlocker and how to make the most of it
  • Have an expert attend your small sewing group

Or if you have something else you feel would benefit from my support, knowledge and dressmaking expertise, please get in touch.

One to one or small group dressmaking lessons are available on weekday daytimes & evenings.

Price list
1 x 1.5 hour lesson – one off                     £50
3 x 1.5 hour lesson – block booking        £125
6 x 1.5 hour lesson – block booking        £250

As always there are lots of fab new workshops coming up, November’s timetable is due to be released very soon to include, kids clothes and working with jersey fabrics.

Check out and book the October Workshops here.

Please contact me by email, telephone (07957 437001) or through Facebook, for more info or if you have any questions.


Learn to Sew Lounge Pants – Review

Learn to Sew Lounge Pants was a fully booked workshop held at St Nicholas Church Hall in Bawtry on Saturday 23rd April 2016.

There was a good mix of those who had attended my workshops before and some first-timers.

A lot of preparation goes into making every workshop an enjoyable and educational experience for all attendees. From selecting and buying suitable fabrics that I think everyone will love, to pre-washing and ironing them to minimise any shrinkage and make them easier to work with. I also make up samples and ensure that there are patterns available in for all in the correct sizes. (This is why I ask for your measurements in advance of a workshop.)

As always, I am assisted by my wonderful boyfriend Gary, who helps in any and every way he can, from washing and ironing the fabrics, to fetching and carrying all the equipment and bits that we need at the venue. And of course serving drinks and biscuits throughout the workshop with his 6-year-old son Jack.

Massive thanks to Gary, I couldn’t do it without him!


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Rhianna (my niece and) my budding photographer was not at this workshop, so many thanks to Jill for all the photos that she took of the Lounge Pants Workshop.


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Our workshoppers had the choice of making an elastic waistband or a drawstrng wistband and the option for in seam pockets or patch pockets. So we had a combination of different waistbands, but everyone opted for the handy in seam pocket.

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Unfortunately we ran out of time at the 11th hour, some of the ladies had to take their lounge pants home to be hemmed.

Some fanstastic feedback from Suzanne:

“I had such a fabulous afternoon yesterday learning to make lounge pants! Alison is a brilliant teacher with an endless amount of patience and reassurance! Can’t wait for the next one! x”

The next two workshops are now fully booked – but if you want to hear about upcoming workshops first, please sign up to the BagLadyBird – Learn to Sew Newsletter here!

Alison xx

Ps. July & August workshops will be advertised soon & look out for a BagLadyBird – Learn to Sew Weekender in September 2016.

A gift to myself! – Joes Toes Slipper Kits

One Sunday morning a few weeks ago I was browsing Facebook on my phone in bed, as you do, and I stumbled across Make your Own Slippers Kits from Joes Toes. This instantly peaked my interest as I was in desperate need of new slippers but I had not worked out how this would fit within my ethical stance of making my own clothes rather than buying.

Joes Toes

I’m especially interested in footwear as I worked in an Independent Shoe Shop called Bawtry Shoe Company for many years.

I quickly selected my kit option, red and charcoal grey, so I could create myself some ladybird themed slippers and paid through PayPal, which is always my preferred payment option when shopping online. I will add that the delivery is really reasonable at £3.95 for orders over £10 and my order arrived within a few days.

These slippers are constructed from felt uppers, insoles, midsoles and outer soles and the felt is a minimum of 90% wool. The felt is so thick, soft and luxurious, even before they are made up, you know how comfortable they are going to be.


Frustratingly I was so busy for the next week or so preparing for my Learn to Sew Lounge Pants Workshop that my Joes Toes slipper kit hung distractingly in my workspace waiting for me to have time to look at them properly and make them up.

On the Sunday after the Learn to Sew Lounge Pants Workshop, I sat down at my table in my weekly 3 hour window of me-time, when Gary takes Jack back to his Mum’s. I opened up the bag and looked the instructions up on the laptop and within less than an hour the slippers were completed and on my feet!

I was so eager to make then up that I didn’t take the time to decorate them before I started stitching them together, which in hindsight was a mistake as it made it much more difficult to sew on my ladybird spots after my slippers were made up.

I stitched my slippers with a simple backstitch which was so easy and therapeutic and they made up into something tangible so quickly. The slipper soles and uppers are pre-punched with stitching holes that line up so perfectly, they really are a joy to create.

With over 4,000 colour combinations for you to choose from, and different sole options, there is a slipper for everyone. You can even create mismatched slippers if that is what you desire, and for the 60% of the population with odd sizes feet, Joes Toes will accommodate and you can buy a different size for each foot.


My completed slippers with my ladybird spots

Even if you have never thought of making your own slippers, I would highly recommend trying Joes Toes. They will make an ideal gift, if you are reading this and are someone who I usually buy a Christmas present for, don’t be surprised if you get a Joes Toes make your own slippers kit for Christmas!!

After wearing my slippers for a couple of weeks I am going to purchase myself another pair with a hard Vibram sole, so I can nip out to the garden in my slippers to feed the rabbits or put the bins out in my slippers. I will decorate my slipper tops before I sew them up this time and I will make sure I pull my stitches much tighter as my stitches have given a bit and the uppers are moving a little with my feet instead of holding firm as they should do.

Joes Toes are the brainchild of Cordwainers trained footwear designer Amanda Blackwell based in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. Amanda has used her knowledge of shoe construction to create these easy to make kits. Check them out for yourself at the Joes Toes Website or on Facebook.

Do you think you would like a BagLadyBird – Learn to Sew Slippers Workshop? – Watch this space!

Alison xx

Ethical Shopping – In Siem Reap Cambodia

I’m going to be completely honest here! I wrote and published a fantastic detailed report on Ethical Shopping in Siem Reap, Cambodia, however one small technical (operator) error and I managed to erase the entire post!! And since then, this title has sat here without any content and it has bothered me! It has taught me a valuable lesson however to write any posts in a Word document first before publishing, so I will always have a back up.

So now I am going to fill in the blank and give you some of the content I had previously published. I am going to do this quickly and it will be mostly photos with links to the social media or website of the various shops in Siem Reap. These photos will appear in no particular order.


Soieries Du Mekong

This is a social enterprise making and selling beautiful handwoven silk scarves, empowering women in Cambodia with sustainable employment.


Claycult Cambodia

I loved the jewellery that Claycult made and their studio was just around the corner from my Mum & Dad’s. They make ceramic beaded jewellery using the vibrant colours inspired by Cambodia.


Rehash Trash

As with other countries, there is a massive problem with rubbish in Cambodia. Plastic bags are still the norm for every single purchase and this creates a massive landfill issue, if they even make it that far and are not just dumped by the roadside or around the town or countryside. Rehash Trash is taking these plastic carrier bags and upcycling them into something practical and useful.


Friends International

This was a banner from the Friends International stall at the Made in Cambodia Market.


Tonle Posters in Three Seasons


Tonle posters in Three Seasons


Some of the information on Tonle in store

Tonle was my personal favourite and I purchased a couple of items from their shop in the Three Seasons Boutique. They have a zero waste policy and recycle everything including the waste threads.


Spicy Green Mango

Fair trade clothing made by independent seamstresses in Cambodia at Spicy Green Mango.


Amazing quilting


Bike frames & helmets from Bamboo

I wish I had bought one of these bike helmets, from Mekong+ Quilts.



Bambou Indochine

Bambou Indochine shops seem to be popping up everywhere in Cambodia, Gary bought a Bambou polo shirt from the one in the airport and it feels lovely.


Blush Boutique

Blush Boutique sells clothes locally designed and handmade in Cambodia.


El Chiffon

This boutique sold a variety of some of the other brands we saw around Seam Reap, it is on Central Market Street near the Blossom Cafe which is wonderful and you should definitely check it out if you are in Siem Reap.


Three Seasons Boutique

Three different brands under one roof, in the alleys behind Pub Street.


Jeanius by Husk

Husk works with communities to help improve the lives of Cambodian families. Jeanius is a project using recycled jeans.


Wild Poppy

Wild Poppy gives 5% of profits to Husk and stocks their full range. “Made responsibly in Siem Reap Cambodia.”



Spicy Green Mango


Bambou Indochine

IMG_0442IMG_0443IMG_0444Smateria is Italian designed bags & accessories made eithically in Cambodia using upcycled & repurposed materials such as mosquito nets.


Saomao – Can you spot Gary at the till?

Jewellery, textiles and other gifts are sold at Saomao, which is a social enterprise.


Natural plant dyes at The Weavers Project in the Night Market

The Weavers ProjectTo empower women through the ethical and transparent trade of beautiful handmade products. 


Bambou Indochine


This is an example at the Old Market of a stall full of mass produced items aimed at the tourist dollar.IMG_0453

A typical Cambodian tailors shop. I think this one was in Battambang but there are similar in Siem Reap, you can go to one of these shops and have a garment made to order.


Kroma House at the night market

Kroma House sells the traditional Khmer scraves known as kroma.


Pile ’em high seems to be the retail ethis at the markets where the Cambodian locals shop. IMG_0457

A typical fruit stall.IMG_0458

All the shoes stall are grouped together in this market.IMG_0459

This is where Cambodian people would do most of their shopping in town.IMG_0460IMG_0461

Traditional Cambodian Herbal medicinesIMG_0462IMG_0463

These carts selling plastic baskets are a common sight.IMG_0464

More tradional Cambodian herbal medicines.

I hope you enjoyed reading this review of the Ethical Shops in Siem Reap. My original article was more informative! But if you are interested, vlick the links to find out more.

Alison xx

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