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My first sleepover

September 20, 2014

Today, the crimson rabbit blog is acting host to a special maker collaboration between myself, Emma Redfern of Hole House and Becks of Tillytocki.  We’re all maker friends on Facebook and remembering our own first sleepovers fondly (and for Emma and Becks, thinking of their own daughters’ experiences), we decided to pool our skills to create a very special first sleepover collection  with our favourite Liberty Tana Lawn fabric, which we’re calling: ‘The Betsy Sleepover Collection’.

A little girl’s first sleepover can be a scary experience. It can also be tons of fun and very exciting! But it’s always special, and a real growing up milestone.

Whether your little girl is having her first sleepover with her grandparents or with friends, you’re going to want it to feel amazing so that it’s memorable for both of you. You’re also going to want her to feel comfortable and confident, so you don’t have to worry quite so much about her.

The preparation for that first sleepover is also a bit of a rite of passage for a little girl – what will I wear, what do I need to take with me, what do I put it all in?! You’ll make this fun for her and together, maybe you’ll pick out a pretty nightdress, fill her own little toiletries bag, and pop it into a special sleepover bag with her favourite bedtime storybook and softie.

Each of the pieces features one of Liberty’s most popular tana lawn prints, ‘Betsy’, in pink, which we’ve accented with white and cream coloured lawns, and a plain lilac linen / cotton blend fabric.

The main feature of The Betsy Sleepover is this beautiful bag by Emma of Hole House. The outer is softly padded and has four external slip pockets, which are lined with lilac linen / cotton, as is the inside of the bag, where there are two further zipped pockets, lined with fun Marnie Makes and Marisa and Creative Thursday prints. Clipped to its own tab inside the bag is a co-ordinating toiletries bag, lined with white vinyl (not pictured). There’s a pretty little birdie button detail on the back of the bag, four golden feet on the bottom, and a cute round wooden Hole House tag hangs from a purple leather lace on the soft purple leather handles. The bag outer measures 29cm tall (excluding the handles) by 39cm wide and 12.5cm deep, measured at the bottom.

Riding along in the bag and acting as confidence mascot, is Miss Emma Fox, who is wearing a hand stitched, pleated edge dress. Miss Emma is named for Emma Woodhouse, the heroine of Jane Austen’s novel, ‘Emma’ and she loves art and music, solving riddles, and matchmaking among her friends. Miss Emma is made by me (Debbie) to a Tilda pattern with quality cotton fabric and her postitionable arms and legs are attached with pretty heart shaped shell buttons. She stands 40cm tall and she is a decorative figure, rather than a CE approved toy. When not on a sleepover, she will happily sit on a shelf or chest in your little girl’s bedroom, and generally look pretty.

No sleepover is complete without your prettiest nightdress! This lovely lawn creation is by Becks of Tillytocki. The fabric is beautifully soft and luxurious and the nightdress has been made with carefully crafted French seams and lots of thoughtful detail. The Betsy print yolk is lined with the same print and has a sweet little button tie at the back and bow detail to the front. The Betsy print appears again as an edging to the softly gathered cream lawn body of the nightdress and it can be made in any size from age 6-12 months up to 12 years of age.

To complete the collection, there is a hand quilted and appliqued case for the nightdress, which is made by me. To make the outer and lining of the case, I’ve used the same lilac linen / cotton fabric that lines Emma’s bag, and I’ve softly hand quilted it with a toning cotton, in a diamond pattern. The little Betsy bed appliqued to the fold over part of the case is also hand quilted and the sheets and pillow are made with crisp white lawn. This applique bed is also a secret pocket for small hands – perfect if you need to squirrel away something small and special on your first sleepover! The case measures 26.6 x 21.6cm.

The Betsy Sleepover collection is for sale by auction, which opens at 9am on Sunday, 21st September 2014 and closes at 9pm on Thursday, 25th September.

We also want to take this opportunity to give something back to children in need and their families, and we will therefore be donating 15% of the winning bid value to the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, who provide emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.  The Trust relies on voluntary donations for almost all of its income.

To place your bid to buy all these lovely pieces, click the ‘Leave a Reply’ link below and enter the amount you would like to bid.

We will confirm the winning bid here on the blog and our individual Facebook pages, shortly after the auction closes and contact the winning bidder by email to organise payment.  Please note that postage will be charged at the Royal Mail’s standard rate for a medium parcel, 1st class, signed for.

There is a reserve minimum bid of £90, plus postage at £11 (Royal Mail’s standard 1st class, signed for service).  The auction is only open to UK bidders as the cost of postage overseas for this size of item would be prohibitive for the bidder.

Best of luck with your bidding and thanks so much for looking and reading!


Debbie, Emma and Becks

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  • Reply Terri Howarth September 21, 2014 at 8:27 am

    £40. Xx

  • Reply Caroline rea September 21, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Adorable beautifully made perfect for my granddaughter age 8 but in a size 10 yr old £42

  • Reply Sally September 22, 2014 at 1:38 am


  • Reply Suzanne September 22, 2014 at 10:04 am

    You clever, clever ladies, just beautiful! I know a certain young 5 year old lady who will just love this collection x

  • Reply Andrea September 23, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Adorable and would be a wonderful gift for someone very special £60

  • Reply Jorja September 25, 2014 at 8:34 am

    If only you did a boys version too!!

  • Reply Caroline September 25, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Perfect for my little girl who turned 5 yesterday xx £125.50

  • Reply crimson September 25, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you to everyone for your bids. I can confirm that the auction is now closed and Caroline is the winning bidder at £125.50! We’ll be in touch with you by email very shortly Caroline 🙂

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