UK handmade spotlight – Minnie’s Macaroon, Mrs Mouse hat review

Disclosure – I was kindly sent this Mrs Mouse, baby crochet hat to review by Minnie’s Macaroon. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own. For further details see my disclosure policy.

Today I have a special UK handmade spotlight post for you. Regular readers will know how much I love handmade items and how much I enjoy showcasing the talented makers we have here in the UK. You may also remember that I have made a few crochet items for my baby. So it will come as no surprise that when I saw a message on twitter asking for bloggers to review handmade crochet children’s hats I added my name to the list. The following day I discovered that I had been chosen by Minnie’s Macaroon to review one of their hats. I picked their Mrs Mouse crochet beanie hat in baby size. It was a difficult decision to make since they have so many other gorgeous designs (you can find them all here).

IMG_6667Minnie’s Macaroon is based in West Yorkshire and they have been making and selling hand made items for babies, children and adults since 2009. As well as hats (available in adult, child and baby sizes) they also hand make and sell toys, such as this adorable gingerbread man rattle. All items are made using lovely soft Icelandic yarn.

I received my babies hat on Wednesday morning and I was really pleased with it. I love the design and the yarn is indeed very soft and it also looks like it will be warm and snuggly. I have had many compliments already from other mums and my own mum over how cute the hat is and I couldn’t agree more. The hat is £11 and available in baby (0-24 months) and child (2-9 years) sizes. There is also a Mr Mouse design available in the same sizes. My little girl is almost 7 months and at present the hat is a little too big for her but I have found this with many 6-12 month hats. The only thing missing is perhaps some washing instructions. Minnie’s Macaroons aim to supply high quality, unique and fun gifts not available on the high street at affordable prices. After reviewing this hat I would say that they definitely do just that.

Thank you Minnie’s Macaroon for sending me and my daughter this beautiful hat for review.


UK handmade spotlight – The fabric phoenix


All photos taken by The fabric phoenix and used with permission

The fabric phonex produces beautiful memory softies. Not familiar with memory softies? Basically you send a collection of your babies clothes (for example their first sleepsuits) and they are used to create a beautiful keepsake softie. Memory sofies currently available are bear, lion, dragon, dinosaur, elephant, rabbit, cat and monkey. They can be personallised with your childs name and date of birth to create a truely unique keepsake. These softies are designed as keepsakes and are not suitable to be used as a toy. You can find out more on their facebook page, website or etsy shop. Prices do see to vary across these 3 sites but the latest update on facebook (25th September) is that all memory pets are £30 plus post and packaging.


UK handmade spotlight – Cwtch bugs

cwytchbugs1 My baby has just got to that age where she is constantly dribbling and putting everything in sight in her mouth. Cwtch bugs might just have the products I need. Cwtch (Welsh for hugs) bugs are based in Cardiff, where they produce and sell handmade baby accessories. They have a wide range of dribble bibs and natural teething rings as well as comforters and blankets. New for autumn/winter 2013 they are selling super cute baby harem pants (in a range of fabrics). I love the fabrics they have chosen and there is plenty of choice of designs. They use 100& cotton where they can and they offer organic fabric options as well. Their products would make perfect gifts for newborns and they are available to buy through their etsy shop.

All photos taken by Cwtch bugs, used with permission.

All photos taken by Cwtch bugs, used with permission.

UK handmade spotlight – Parsnip and bramble


All photos taken by parsnip and bramble, used with permission.

Parsnip and bramble produce beautiful handmade baby wear which would make the perfect gift for any newborn. They design and sell a range of original designs, that they cut and sew on to plain baby wear. The plain baby wear items they add their designs to are all made in the UK so you can be assured you are purchasing an entirely British made product. As well as the range of bib, vest and sleepsuit sets available on their etsy site they welcome custom orders. Please visit their facebook page to see photos of happy customers in their fantastic custom designs.

UK handmade spotlight – The Fox in the Attic

foxintheattic1 The fox in the attic sells beautiful hand embroidered soft toys and cushions, as well as a few hand printed items. All items are handmade my Michelle in her home, close to the River Thames. Michelle gets her inspiration from many places such as her travels, history and art. The main items for sale are hand stitched animals. The range is always expanding but at present it includes owls, foxes, bunnies, dogs, monkeys, chickens and cats. All items can be personalised for example with a child’s name. You can find out more about the range on Michelle’s blog and the range is available to buy from her etsy shop.foxintheattic2

UK handmade spotlight – Nell Smith

hand printed babywear 2Nell Smith is an award winning surface designer. She produces beautiful, modern prints by hand, using traditional techniques. Her designs are influenced by Scandinavian textiles and Japanese cartoons. I love the simplicity and cuteness of all her designs which are available as art prints and on organic cotton baby wear including t-shirts, bibs and hats. Many items can also be personalised and because they are hand printed each one is unique.

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Nell’s beautiful products are available to buy through etsy, her website and a bricks and mortar store in the Northern Quarter in Manchester.

UK handmade spotlight – León + Coco

León + Coco are two children, inspiring their parents to create items for children that are not gender specific or slaves to mass market characters. We love the simplicity of the items but also that they design items to inspire children to use their imaginations. Below are some of our favorite items from their range and you can find the full range available to purchase on etsy.