New Dog Walker bags

Been having great fun sewing these cross body bags for walking with your furry friend and they are proving popular. Loads of room for all your bits and bobs, and made from either recycled or new (run out of old jeans!) jeans denim.

Up for grabs in my Etsy shop www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SewnUpGifts

Happy walking everyone and stay safe.

Zippy Bags

Been needing to sew some fun things lately and yet get a speedy result. These three are a start, and I am hoping to sew a bunch more.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SewnUpGifts

Just need to find some more insect inspired fabrics now!

Nip and a tuck!

So chuffed with myself for actually doing some dressmaking felt inspired to show it off!  Not much but its a start back on the dressmaking trail.  Should be thinking about Christmas sewing but hey ho, there is nowhere to go just at the mo so making the most!

Hope you like my effort here, sewing therapy is a great thing!

Simplicity 8454, lovely pattern but I had to really squeeze it out, due to raiding my “to make” fabric stash.   As a result the neck binding is not on the bias, still I can live with it or grow my hair to cover up!

 

Travel Bag

This is a zippy little bag to put the travel bits in.  I know not many of us are able to plan any travel just now but get those travel docs and money ready, just in case!

Available in my Etsy Shop Sewn Up Gifts

Sewn Up Gifts Etsy

“Made sewers of us all.”

Have you noticed that since nearly all of us have been confined at home and perhaps garden, there has been an upsurge in all things crafty? Its amazing really. I used to cook, but now a definite no no to that. Perhaps a catering training was too much! I cannot draw well enough to show off my efforts and anything involving too much IT leaves me cold.

No, its gardening or sewing for me! Never done so much continuous gardening for ages and it shows thank goodness. Grass edges trimmed and seeds growing, just about, too.

But sewing is my real love. Its been mostly face coverings and scrubs lately of course, but they are needed so much. And now I can look forward to some dress making, all those lengths in a drawer which make me guilty every time I see them.

I have finished my last scrubs set I am going to clear that stash!

Luna Lapin, is it a hare or rabbit?

Shes called a rabbit but has the ears and long legs of a hare, I am confused but I am going to call her a habbit, with no connection to Hobbits!

A very kind friend gave me the book by Sarah Peel ” Making Luna Lapin” as she knows I have a liking for making rabbits! My others were made from a ’40s pattern by Edith Moody. Now I am all up to date!

Many of you will already be acquainted with this felt and cotton bunny, she has a capsule wardrobe and a comfy armchair and pouffe to lounge those long legs on. I also gave her a tote bag and necklace to complete the look.

I hope you like her as much as I enjoyed making her. x

Oh I’ve had a hard day!
Do you like my bag?
And my arm chair?

Royal Botanical Gardens Kew

A long overdue visit to this amazing UNESCO World heritage site did not disappoint yesterday. I am not going to try and tell you its history do not worry. There is loads of information on line if you want to learn.

Of course it was raining but it didn’t matter, we went prepared and enjoyed the fragrances from the flowers all the more.

From now until October Dale Chilhuly is holding an exhibition of his innovative architectural glass masterpieces, which are dotted around these wonderful gardens. You suddenly see one through a space and are amazed.

The Hive is also not to be missed. Designed by Wolfgang Buttress it is a multi-sensory experience revealing the secret world of the honey bee. Fascinating!

Leather Craft Work Shop

Yesterday I went with my crafty daughter to this amazing Leather Craft Workshop and came back home tired and finger sore but very happy!

A messenger bag hand stitched and finished in a day. Wow we were so impressed with our day here at http://www.leathercraftworkshopdays.co.uk

There were just the two of us booked onto the day and so we were able to learn so much about this ancient craft from Richard who was so patient and meticulous with his instruction. I do hope he has a well deserved rest today!

We are both now planning our first creative journey into leather, I will now have to make my own version of the messenger bag as I have given mine to my long suffering husband. It is a replacement for a knitted scarf I promised him 50 years ago, and yes it still gets mentioned!

Sewing for self.

Before I disappeared for 10 days holiday I got into some selfish sewing. I sewed up a blouse from some very easy to use 100% quilters cotton which printed in Japan. I was very pleased with it as it was firm and so very easy to use. I had spotted it at one of Doughtys road shows recently. See the link below.

https://www.doughtysonline.co.uk/

Why should patch workers and quilters have all the fun stuff I say? I have been noticing more and more in my part of the world, England, that the fabric shops that there are, cater usually for patch workers and quilters rather than dressmakers. I do both types of sewing so that I don’t get stuck in a rut and I have always got something on the go. I do use the internet as a resource, but you cannot beat an actual feel and rummage in a “proper” shop environment don’t you agree?

Now rant over I will show you this blouse! I used McCall’s 6035 from 2010 I have just seen! I do not know if it is still in print, you may have to research if you fancy having a shot at it. There are easy fitting princess seams and sleeves with a small dart at the elbow. There are 4 different views, I chose the 3/4 sleeve version gathered into a cuff.

Envelope M6035

I do hope you find a copy if you feel inspired, I often reuse my patterns over and over and do not realise how old they are! Especially if there are several different versions like this one. At the time of writing there were some available on Amazon and Etsy. Good luck.

Heidi Hen

Hoping you all had a Happy Holiday, and here’s to a fab New Year. I have started my creative year by sewing a hen. Perhaps not the first thing to spring to mind when you are unable to get into the sewing mood or room because of all the festivities and bodies around?

But I was given this pattern from “Quilters Trading Post” web site and couldn’t resist!

I am thinking whether to make some more of various sizes with perhaps a nest or hen house with chicks, maybe in time for Easter .

Heidi Hen  a Quilters Trading Post pattern