I have had fun recently with a couple of very quirky basmati rice sacks I brought back from Kerala India in January this year. I went from buying silk to sacks, two extremes from an extremely intriguing country.
The silk is still languishing in my stash, but I had to try my hand at the sacking, something different to create with and so tactile. I didn’t realise how messy it was to cut and sew and I looked like a real wild woman when I had finished.
Design on both sides
But I like the result. The design with Ali Baba and his sacks of money in the centre made me smile, and the print is on both sides, too, which pleased me. I am wondering whether to make a more structured bag with another sack, and reduce the size of the design by taking off the address at the bottom. I shall have a ponder. It really satisfied me that something can be re-used so successfully and so lengthen the life of such a utilitarian item.
This is the third set of sleep sacs I have made. I didn’t know they would be such a hit! And they were all for twins, there must be “something in the water” as they say!
Must say they have been on the to do list for a couple of months, so I hope these New Zealand babies have not got too big already.
Now, what is next on the list, oh dear yes that last dining room curtain …….
I have been having great fun sewing these Kindle covers. This one has just gone on Etsy, but over the weekend I made three, two were requests, so it’s lovely that people like and use them, gives me a little kick.
Next on my sewing list is to finish off curtains started a while ago for the dining room. I thought I would do the job properly, but didn’t realise how much hand sewing is involved, still only small windows in this cottage of ours so onward and upward and raise the curtain I say!
Off for coffee now, with a pic of finished curtains with any luck. X
I have been feeling very smug with myself recently, I have managed to get a few gifts sewn and have erased a few jobs from my burgeoning “to do” list. A great feeling isn’t it?
Today the post man arrived with a thank you present from a happy recipient of two baby sleep sacs I had made for gorgeous twin boys. Stupidly I forgot to take a pic of the sleep sacs but I am dying to study my new books, people are so kind. Have attached a link to tempt you!
On the Go Bags Love to Sew
I have also just finished a slightly overdue request. A Kindle Fire slip cover made from my friends favourite denim skirt she no longer wanted to wear. But now she has it recycled and I think it worked well. Well padded and lined it should continue to be a favourite!
Kindle Fire Slip Cover
Up early this morning, my best creative time, and I got the preparation done for a sewing session on Friday. All these pieces are interfaced, well almost all. And the labels are an absolute necessity. I am helping a group of clever ladies piece together a sweet shoulder bag, I have sewn one up already and written about it here. Zip and Clip Bag
Look at all the pieces for just one bag, I really should calculate the time it takes to complete, so I am ready next time a prospective purchaser asks!
I am really looking forward to working with everyone to get this bag finished, we have already been on a Quilting Trail of 3 shops to buy fabrics and notions. I used to go on pub crawls in my youth, but now its quilting shops so much easier on the head!
But my fabrics were all bought in India, hence the lovely bright colours, perfect! And now I have two new books for inspiration, what joy.
I have chewed over this little bag design for ages (excuse the pun) and have decided my first effort, Beagle Bag Version 1 , though it worked well and has been used a lot, was a little over the top for a simple activity.
So number two is pared down but still practical, using the same waterproof outer and ripstop inner. The top simply folds over and fastens with a magnetic snap and it has an outer zip pocket and an inner slip pocket. The strap is long enough to be worn across the body, and could be used as an emergency lead. At the side is a D ring to attach to a belt or whistle.
The way its been raining here lately, think I will make one for myself!
These are the diverse sewing requests I have been asked for since starting a market stall. I had great fun with the elf, and the aprons took me back to the first school sewing lesson I had; the stockings for two cats a hamster and fish was something completely new.
I do hope the recipients like them, and a very Happy Christmas sewing to you all, just in case I don’t get back here before then! X
Yesterday saw me and my long suffering Hubby working a stall in a local town indoor craft market, a mixture of excitement and fear!
Met some really lovely stall holders and shoppers and had a thoroughly good time, learned a lot and came home slightly better off, and wanting to get straight back to the sewing! Was standing there thinking of my next projects, though probably no time now before Christmas!
I am hoping , now, to have a regular stall at this venue, Sewn Up Gifts will soon become a little goldmine, you never know!!
Now I am no sailor, considering I live on a small island and am always going away, there is no chance of me getting on a”boat”. Real sailors say ” its not a boat but a liner or a ship or a cruiser”. Whatever it is I am not venturing forth, unless I spend all the while with my head in a bucket!
But my next statement may cause you to think I am insane. I spent a week in Cyprus, with lots of time on my hands. Was staring up at this sail style canopy which looked very elegant. And I scanned around our private pool at all the sun beds and chairs etc. Look at all that sewing I thought. I could do that if only my machine could cope with all that canvas. Now you know whats coming! I did some research cos I have been wanting to make bags of various sorts, for a while now. I have no room for an industrial machine, but I found a compromise!
Some of you will have heard of “Sailrite”, not me! What a revelation! Spent the rest of the holiday pinning pics on Pinterest and convincing myself I really need this machine.
My brave husband said I should get it ” if I needed it” and so I have!
My Blue Bruiser! Sailrite sewing machine.
My blue bruiser is not delicate, she is able to stitch through denim layers like butter. So far ( I have only had her 2 days) I have had no chance to start a project, but there are loads in my head.
Anyone else out there own this beautiful beast, would love to see your makes from it!
Happy sewing all
Those of you who have a very good memory may remember I was attempting to create an indispensable doggie walking bag for my favourite furry friend Louis, above?
With a month long holiday and various other interruptions I was only able to finish it off last week. I had made the interior before we went away in July, so it wasn’t too bad. But the requirements were quite exact, so it took a lot of head scratching.
I have ended up with something usable and practical, but I am thinking of making the second version with a flap across the top rather than a zip inside.
Would be very grateful for your thoughts!
Front with two pockets
Side with extra clip and long strap
Back with secure pocket
It is made from waterproof jacket fabric with a rip stop lining and waterproof top zip.
Hello to all you lovely fellow creative stitchers! I am after your help, I am going on holiday for a whole month, and yes I know I am really, really lucky!
I need your help because if I don’t have anything to do during those quiet moments(?) I think I will go a bit stir crazy. We are holidaying with family in Cyprus, and we know the place very well. So sight seeing will not be top of the list in the height of the Mediterranean summer . Also there is only so much swimming and sunbathing/napping you can do!
I am already cramming a braid making wheel in my case, which is very light, and the makings for some hand quilting, Folded Star or Somerset QuiltIng.
I have given you a link to a lovely example shown on Pinterest, don’t think my effort will be anything like that. I should get out and about a bit and see if the Cypriot ladies enjoy patch work quilting or fabric crafts in general. I know the ladies up in the Troodos Mountains make the most pretty laces. Lefkara used to be the centre of the hand made laces you see, but I do not know if the tradition is still ongoing. When we were in India, the people I chatted with were perplexed with the idea of cutting up perfectly good fabric to sew up again in a pattern to make a quilt. My explanations when asked what I was buying for, were obviously different!
Any portable sewing ideas would be very welcome!