Where imagination runs wild...

Auckland, New Zealand · 5764 Sales


Where imagination runs wild...

Auckland, New Zealand 5764 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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twigandtale is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Big Little is changing to Twig + Tale
Find us at while we update everything here in our Etsy shop.

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Note from shop owner

Last updated on Oct 20, 2016

Big Little is changing to Twig + Tale
Find us at while we update everything here in our Etsy shop.

♥ ♥


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Beautiful. Natural. Handmade.

Hi, my name is Lisa, and I love to create beautiful winter clothing and doll patterns in my tree-house studio hidden within the magical New Zealand rainforest.

I draft my own clothing patterns, capturing the essence of my favourite childhood storybooks. With a love affair for natural fabrics and exquisite stitching, my signature style is warm, enduring and classic with a hint of woodland storybook whimsy. Recycling old garments with delicious fabrics is a passion and all of my patterns can be made from recycled materials.

Creating something beautiful from my hands was once a dream which has slowly become true. I learnt to hand embroider as part of a painstaking recovery from a devastating crush injury to my right hand in 2008. Year upon year, stitch by stitch, needlework has, and continues to be, a delightful yet important part of my recovery. It has been an amazing, terrifying, joyous, painful yet inspirational journey.

Twig + Tale (formerly Big Little) came into being in 2011, selling the little things I so carefully and lovingly crafted during "hand therapy". The joy of creating something so beautiful from such a mangled body part was truly wonderful. Orders came faster than I could possibly produce by myself and combined with our growing little family, the idea of selling patterns for home sewers to create their own special things evolved...

These days I look after our two delightful children, and work from my treehouse studio designing clothing and doll patterns. I love to craft, find yummy and pretty things in our garden and spend time wandering through the imaginary worlds of our little girl.

Thanks for your support of my work. It means so much!

Lisa x

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Shop policies

Last updated on October 20, 2016
Twig & Tale is for everyone who shares a love of creativity and an adventurous spirit—beginner sewers especially! It's a celebration of the innocence of childhood and the wonder of nature. Our sewing patterns embrace simple, step-by-step construction and the timeless charm of natural materials.

All our patterns have been vigorously tested so you can purchase with confidence. We specialise in simple construction - perfect for the beginner and adventurous beginner sewer. Each pattern comes with a full step-by-step tutorial with plenty of pictures to guide you every step of the way.

We warmly invite you to join the Twig + Tale Pattern Group on Facebook - a friendly community where you can ask questions, receive pattern support and share pics of your finished Twig + Tale garments.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
We accept Paypal, Etsy Gift Cards and Credit Cards via Etsy's Direct Checkout.
All patterns are available via an INSTANT download service.
You will receive an email within minutes of your purchase, with details on how to download your pattern. You can also download it from the "purchases" tab under "your account".
Refunds and Exchanges
Due to the nature of PDF patterns and copyright issues we do not offer refunds on patterns once they have been downloaded. Sometimes mistakes happen, so if you haven't downloaded your pattern yet, please contact us as soon as possible.
Additional policies and FAQs
We are happy to announce that we now support all small scale and handmade businesses wishing to use our patterns.

You are now welcome to sell any items you make from your Twig + Tale patterns, provided you credit Twig + Tale as the designer of the pattern in your listings/tags. ("This item is made from a Twig + Tale pattern")

It is illegal to share, trade, reproduce or sell any Twig + Tale patterns. Please support our hard work and direct your friends to our shop to purchase their own copy.