Our Story

Pretty Fabrics and Trims was founded by a mother (Penny) and daughter (Sarah) team with a love of pretty fabrics and sewing.

Sewing has always been an important part of our family life and whilst very often we have sewn through necessity, without a doubt, the sense of well being and calmness that can be felt when sewing is priceless.  We were both lucky enough to grow up surrounded by piles of pretty fabrics and being taught timeless needlework skills by our mothers.  Looking back at our recent generations, Great Nanny Halliday was a tailoress in the 1920's and her daughter Nanny Flo continued the tradition, passing on the skills to her daughter Penny .... not many weekends passed when Sarah was growing up, when you couldn't hear the tone of a sewing machine in the background, with Penny hard at work.  It's no surprise that Sarah started sewing at an early age, making clothes and pretty quilts for her dolls as soon as she could thread a needle.  Hand sewing is Sarah's passion and she loves nothing better than spending her evenings and weekends with an English Paper Piecing, applique or a small hand stitched project on her lap.  She is already teaching her children how to sew......

Andy, (Sarah's husband) joined the PF & T team in March 2021 after 30 years service in the RAF.  After a swift training session on how to safely use a rotary cutter and being introduced to all the workshop shelves brimming full of pretty fabrics, embroidery thread and jars of buttons, he can now be found busily packing all our kits and clubs!




About Pretty Fabrics & Trims

Pretty Fabrics and Trims was born from an idea Sarah had in 2011, to have a 'shop' full of the prettiest fabrics, ribbons and trims possible, just like the ones that she loved to sew with but found hard to buy in the UK.  Penny jumped straight on board at the first mention of pretty fabrics and together, they 'opened' the website in early 2012.  

Since then, many pretty parcels full of loveliness have been sent all over the world. From our humble beginnings cutting fabric on Penny's kitchen table, in the spring of 2015 our ever growing fabric collection necessitated a move to our current larger, light and airy workshop in Ruskington, a pretty Lincolnshire village with a brook running through its centre.

Everything we use at Pretty Fabrics and Trims has and always will be, chosen with great care and because we personally love it!

The next step...

In 2016, we tentatively launched our first Block of the Month club, 'A Little Happy Year' designed by Sarah.  Further clubs and kits followed and we quickly came to the conclusion, this was something that we absolutely LOVED to do! 

In 2018, we relaunched the website,  with our primary focus now being our exclusive Block of the Month Clubs and our own 'in house' range of Kits, Patterns and Templates, all designed by Sarah.  

Whether you are a experienced seamstress looking for your next project or perhaps, you would like to make your very first quilt, try hand embroidery or sample the delights of English Paper Piecing, our mission is to provide you with the prettiest kits and to give inspiration and support you through the many 'little happy' tutorials that we share on our blog 'A Little Happy Place'.

Giving back...

We also appreciate how important it is to give back to the community, so we have over the years donated hundreds of metres of fabric to the hard working quilting charities: Project Linus and Siblings Together.

Plus, to encourage younger generations to sew, we have given fabric and felt to local Primary Schools and to the Textile Departments at several Senior Schools in the area. 

We have always believed that having a needle and thread in my hands contributes enormously to our general well being. With this in mind Sarah has designed many FREE projects available on our blog, plus since 2020 you can find our annual Christmas Charity pattern.  To date, through your amazing donations we have raised in excess of £2000 for our chosen charities.

For daily snippets and updates, you can also find us on Instagram and on Facebook... and don't forget to sign up for our monthly(ish) Newsletter!

Finally, we believe in good old fashioned customer service, our family motto is "treat as you would like to be treated", which should mean that you are always 100% happy. If EVER this is not the case or you have a suggestion on how we can improve the service that you receive, please do let us know, we love to hear from you!

Our very best wishes & happy stitches

Penny, Sarah & Andy