Sewing and Knitting Tote

This country vintage style bag was such a pleasure to sew.  And so adaptable as well.  Pockets and size can easily be altered and as with any handmade treasure it is totally one on its own.

The tote is made from a length of very pretty Laura Ashley upholstery fabric that I was donated, I loved it so much I wanted to make it into something that would be flaunted. 

Look at all that space! Just ready for filling.  The red linen gingham just completes the country feel I believe.

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Bags of hessian

Well I have sewn up two rolls of  this very tactile coarse material.  It has so many names it is confusing, hessian, jute, burlap or just plain sacking I guess it  matters not what you call it.

Its use is wide and wonderful, from the building trade keeping the frost off supplies, storing and transporting all types of goods,  to interior design used as wall covering or just a simple wall hanging.  My original rolls were bought for wedding breakfast table runners for  decoration to give a rustic quirky feel to the event.  It worked well, but what a waste for a one off trip!

Of course I rescued the 6 rolls and stashedthem away before any objections were raised and I have spent the last couple of  days satisfying myself that I can recycle the stuff for a Christmas Craft Fair.  What do you reckon?

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Pegging a rug using a hessian backing and fabric scraps.

Bottle Gift Bags.

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Christmas Gift Bags.

The only downside is the mess the fibres make everywhere, and the punishment to the hands, but all in a good recycle cause I say.

 

Sewn Up Christmas 2018

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If like me you are already busy thinking about the Christmas Celebrations you may forgive that I have been even slacker than usual about looking after this blog site of mine.  But I have things made for a Country Park Christmas fair in November and I am still recovering from the excitement of our daughters wedding this year!

It was a really special and beautiful day and there was  a country theme going on.  The decor was quirky and fun and when I am allowed I will share a few photos.  But there was a definite hessian vibe and hessian was laid down the centre of each wedding breakfast table.

Of course I rescued 6 rolls of it the next day, and have been busy up cycling.  Hessian is quite rough on the hands and sewing machine, but I am so lucky to have a Sailrite, it munches on through the coarse fibres spitting out the loose bits every where!  It can also handle the thick thread and has a permanent walking foot, so all good.  My next posting will be all hessian!

 

Etsy 13th Birthday Event

Etsy 13th Birthday Event

Sewn Up Gifts Sale

This is a bit of self promotion, but I hope you don’t mind!  I have been enjoying working in my little on line shop ” Sewn Up Gifts” it is great fun.  I have been creating things that I get great pleasure from  and hope others like my efforts.

I am now holding my first ever Sales Event to help celebrate Etsy’s 13th Birthday. I am offering 10% off selected items.

Would be great if you could take a quick peek, no pressure, I like visitors all the time! The link is at the top of this page.  Happy visiting.

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Fairy Princess

 

Wallets

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My latest love, these wallets are such fun to make!  You use all your know how from dressmaking and craft work to come up with something new each time. They do take a lot of my time to make, however,  and I deliberate for hours over what fabrics to use, my next may be more subdued I think.

These two are made to hold loads of money and cards and one even has a little padded coin purse to match.  A zipped pocket on the back keeps your phone safe, you are ready to go!

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Walkers’ Wallets

These are new into my Etsy shop “Sewn Up Gifts” Wallets   The fabric wallets are light and easy to use ideal for walks when a handbag does not quite “go”!   I have made one for dog lovers especially,  but they both would make nice small gifts for walkers on the go.

A clutch of Kindle Covers

I shall open this little post with a pub quiz question, ” what is the collective noun for kittens” ?  Answer is a kindle, well I never?  Why did Amazon call their e-reader a Kindle, now there’s another question.

Anyway I digress, I have just finished another batch of Kindle cases, made totally from pre-loved denim (it has been pre-washed too in case you are wondering).  I have nearly used up my denim stash which is a bit sad as  it has been real fun designing the cases never quite knowing if what I imagined became reality.

Each case is different as denim takes on its own character as it is worn, and then I mess about with the bits and pieces of the jeans when I have deconstructed them.  See here for more covers if you want more choice.  I reckon they would make great gifts for those book worms or Kindle kittens, at Christmas time!

Ethical Rice Sack Bag

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.

 

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.

E reader covers

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

My New version Dog Walking Bag

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!