…. adventures in scruffybadgertime start here ….thank you for popping in!

My aims for this blog are:   

  • To help me do  more of this things I love
  • To develop my creativity
  • Let out my quirk!!  (this once confident creature gets cooped up at work & likes to stretch its legs with a few laps around the block.)
  • Having  a blog gives me somewhere to voice my ideas & saves boring anyone else who might have had to put up with my whitterings.  I’m hoping I get better at it hoping to become wild hearted & crazy legged …
Scruffy Badger

I love making things, sewing, jewellery, colour, photographs  & lots & lots of other things, but it’s sewing that really is my obsession.  I have tried so hard to love running…and it’s hard, but after sticking at it & taking it a bit more seriously I can say that I do!   I guess it’s like olives – it is possible to train yourself to like them.  I’ve avoided running until my recent years but have been sewing since I was old enough to thread a needle.  I have had a sewing hiatus through working full time & I didn’t know how much I missed it until I picked it up again.  I believe I have so much more to learn, extending my skill & experience.  And being a very proud owner of an overlocker brings me a totally new realm of stitchery challenges.

I guess I can see how successful I am at doing the things I love by how much I fill this blog with plans & actual things I’ve done.  ….  this blog will be my journal/ sketchbook to organise my projects….reclaim idle hours of indecision….

And by the way, ScruffyBadger is my nom de plume, but I’m also known as Winnie & I live in Bath, UK.

If you want to drop me an email, please do, my address is:


24 thoughts on “About

  1. Suzanne Bessent-Rothwell

    I saw your rusty brass sequins and wondered where you could get them as they are just what I’m looking for complete with rust. Can you help?

  2. Karen Marie

    I recently found your blog through “Did you make that” blog when everyone met for a shopping trip- which sounded fun! I’ve just started a blog this year and have certainly not gotten in the habit of writing regularly! I love the fabrics you pick for your project. I was especially interested in the top- Simplicity 2599. It turned out so well! I’m looking forward to reading all your posts! (Hopefully it will inspire me to upload my photos and write a bit more!) Cheers!

    1. scruffybadgertime

      Thank you Karen! Nice to hear from you too. I’ll come visit you too! I do find bloggers so inspiring and get so much pleasure from sharing with other people who are interested in the same things. Good luck with your new blog. X

  3. Angela

    Your version of the Meringue skirt by Colette has convinced me to try it. I thought I hated it until I saw your version. Thanks!

  4. madgiemadge

    hello Scruffy B,
    although you aren’t scruffy at all and rather dashing in all your summer clothes. I am a friend of Penny Ives who you met at a Jooby Party I gather. Yep I am just like you. I LOVE sewing. I am lucky as I do not have a boring job as I am an illustrator, but I LOVE sewing more. I love fabric too. Have you seen http://www.fabric-attic.com or similar, they are American and they do all the ‘conversation’ prints you love. I will keep visiting to see what you make. I admire the way you take time over your garments I rush like mad and mess them up. Lovely to meet you, Madge AKA Margaret Chamberlain x

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Wowee, hello Madge, Penny told me about you….how wonderful to “meet you” like this :-)
      I am going to check out your website & say hello (and look up that fabric site ….. coo!)

  5. Ruth Thorp


    I just found your wonderful blog through a link on ‘four square walls’ and was delighted to find a fellow creative Bath sewing blogger. I love all of your beautiful clothes and how strange that we walk the same streets, pass the same landmarks and sit in the same parks. It’s so great finding new and interesting people through the blogging world and better still to find one in the same city where I live. So hello from me and maybe you might like to have a little look at my blogs and website :)



    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Well hello Ruth! I’m going to enjoy checking out your links, great to meet a Bath sewster! And thank you for leaving a comment….I shall make my way over to you once I have hit my sewing deadline & I can look at leisure :-)

  6. zora

    Hi I am a bit late to all the blogs having only recently acquired a laptop. I started working full time recently (2 years ago) and suddenly found my sewing time reduced, I think iv got a routine sorted now though. I run as well, but only to keep the scales happy. Iv bee. Sewing all my life and its that there is a community out there that “gets”it

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Too true Zora – I found that working full time had a massive impact on sewing time – in fact I did hardly any for years. There is only so much time & energy available I found. And when my family got older it was possible to stretch more out of my time – hence the sewing & running. The sewing community is awesome. I still have to pinch myself that there are so many other like minded people out there :-)
      Thank you for leaving your comment & saying hi

  7. Sarah day

    If you get this twice it is because I pressed the wrong button first time! I live in Canberra down under but I lived in Biddestone, which is near Corsham, which is near Chippenham, which is near Bath.

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      wow, hello neighbour! You’ve travelled away though, sounds like an adventurous story could be behind that …..I’ve heard of Biddestone but not sure if Ive been there, Corsham I have though!

  8. Barb

    Hey there Winnie, I have nominated you for the Liebster award – if you’d prefer not to accept, please don’t worry as it was quite a bit of work! x

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  10. Janet @ Ordinary Mom

    Hi! I love the Hudson Pants you made. I wasn’t a fan of the pattern but in floral! LOVE.

    Also, Love your town! My family vacationed in Bath this summer (in the BEST apartment ever!) and I told everyone who would listen that I could just stay and live there forever. Unfortunately I couldn’t get my kids and husband on board right that second. I will have to keep working on them! ;)


    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      I’m glad you had such a great time in Bath! I know I’m really lucky to live here ….sometimes I take it for granted, so it’s good to get a reminder when visitors like you are so enthusiastic about it!!


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