A little bit about Katherine Hill (that’s me!) and how Katherine Hill Handmade came about…

I’ve been sewing since I was a little girl. My Mum was a needlework teacher and she taught me to sew on an old Singer treadle sewing machine, bought from a local auction. Back then I spent many happy hours making cuddly animals and clothes for my dolls. Later, as a teenager and student, I made my own clothes – some outfits were more successful than others!

Throughout my adult life sewing had gradually become more and more about practical jobs. I worked as a civil servant, and then in IT and sewing was reserved for things like making curtains, or shortening trousers. When my son was born, I stopped working, but I still didn’t have time to return to the sewing machine… until I decided I wanted some new cushion covers. The first few I made were for me and are still on my sofa today. Then I made some more for friends and family as presents. Finally, buoyed up by their enthusiasm, I decided to try making some to sell. Katherine Hill Handmade was born! I opened my etsy shop back in 2015, and my range has been growing ever since.

Two handmade applique animal cushions on mid century chairs

To make my cushion covers (and other items) I use mostly recycled fabric. Some of it is true vintage; some is just second-hand! As well as having a cupboard full of my own old clothes and leftovers, I trawl our local charity shops on a regular basis, looking for clothes, curtains and bedlinen that I can cut up and re-use. Sometimes I buy remnants of furnishing fabrics if a design takes my fancy… and very occasionally I buy fabric off the roll (usually when a customer has asked for something specific)

a selection of vintage fabric selvedges

More recently I have discovered the joys of vintage and secondhand eggcups. I don’t have enough space to accumulate my own collection, but I have developed a method for turning them into beautiful little one-of-a-kind pincushions, and these are slowly filling my shop! Read more about them here

Pin cushions made in Carltonware eggcups with legs

All items are made to my own designs and created using a mixture of machine and hand sewing. I still use the sewing machine I was given for my 16th birthday!

Katherine sitting at her desk with prducts behind and a cup of tea in front