Continuing my bag creation phase, I have sewn up some fold up shopping bags. Folded they are approximately 4 x 8 inches, unfolded 18 x 19.5 inches. Just right to pop in the car, bike pannier or handbag. Always be ready for the shop stop and be environmentally friendly too.
I have just finished sewing the intermediate skill level Flight Bag from the pattern in Nicole Mallalieu’s great book ” The Better Bag Maker”, and I wanted to share with you my experience of putting it all together so it fits and works as well as looking fabulous.
This is the third of Nicole’s patterns that I have used and they have all been successful.
You do have to follow the guidance notes carefully, as the projects can force you to switch pages and sections quite a bit, but its worth it!
I spent a lot of time altering the template pattern in this project and ended up with the necessary rectangles, I did wonder however, why I could not have just drawn the shapes and added the points? But it was good practice in pattern drawing I guess.
Nicole also suggests using pins clamps and fabric glue to hold the layers together, I found it easier and more exact to tack or baste the parts together, especially at the 8 corners where the bulk occurs. Also next time I will cut all the inter facings and supporting fabrics that 1/2 inch smaller to cut out the bulk. I would have found it impossible to sew on a domestic machine partly because I was using linen type fabrics and fusible foam with stiff upholstery interfacing.
From drafting the pattern to the final press this bag took me almost 3 days, but take your time it is worth it I hope you agree.
I am going to make myself one now, this one may already have a flight to go on!
A non sewing pal asked me to make her a ” bee bag”. After a small hesitation I realised she wanted a bag with bees printed on it, so I was happy! I can do that I thought.
After quite a wait the first one was done and two more followed soon after, as I had plenty of bee fabric! They were all different as I do not ever sew two things the same. Why do you want something exactly the same as someone else might have?
Follow the Busy Bee link below if you want more details, all this talk of bees makes me long for summer. Not long now.
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?
Pegging a rug using a hessian backing and fabric scraps.
Bottle Gift Bags.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!