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.

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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!

 

Elf on the Shelf

 

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

My first Market Stall

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!!

Little Pixie with wings!

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Dear friends, I wanted to show you this little creature I have just stitched with the help of Annie Smith designs.  Not sure what she is exactly, does a pixie have wings? Or should she be a fairy?  I don’t believe in either but I do believe in the spirit of Christmas and think she would be a charming Christmas decoration or would look really interesting on the top of the tree!

In honour of Shakespears’ 400 th anniversary I have given her the grand name of Titania from Midsummer Nights Dream, with that pinkish jute hair I think  it suits!

She is up for grabs in my Etsy shop, Sewn Up Gifts and her creation has been told in pics on my Face book Page Sewn Up Gifts! If you fancy taking a look and liking the page that would be great!

Thanks for stopping by !

Lindy

Wrist Bags

I wanted to show you what I have been enjoying making these last couple of weeks.

I really like the idea of these wrist bags, you don’t always want your handbag to carry along yet you do need cash keys and phone so this is the answer I reckon.  All attached to your wrist so you cannot forget.  I fancy making some from glitzy fabrics for evenings, my daughter wants a waterproof one for her dog walking and gym trips, so I will be refining the pattern as I go and having some creative fun.

 

Cuthbert the WI Rabbit is looking for a new home

I have decided that Cuthbert has been with me long enough and deserves to find himself a new home in the big wide world this Spring!  I will post a couple of mug shots here, as he is not shy, and you can find him in my Etsy shop if you want to take pity on him.  I must warn you, however, he does attract attention and he adores it!

If you are interested in his inner self, I posted  how I created Cuthbert last year, you can read all about it here.  Cuthbert Rabbit “How To”

Meet my new Bunny Rabbits

I have been away ( in case anyone wondered!) and have been itching to get back in my little sewing room which I laughingly call the SUGs room.  I wanted more rabbits, but these don’t seem as quick to reproduce as the “real” ones, 4 days work and I have 2 new pals. Pippa the party bunny and Gertie the gardening rabbit!  I hope you like them, they make me smile anyway!

 

New Easter Bunny

I want to introduce you to my new little rabbit, finished today.  I have great fun making these soft creatures, and they are so easy to look after, I can even leave them home alone while I go on long holidays.   I need two more animals  and think I may try a Mr Fox, but will he and the rabbit be good companions in my little crafty bolt hole, hmm.