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.

 

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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!

 

McCall’s 7357

It has been an age since I have last been able to get down to some proper dressmaking, my first true craft love.  Below is the post I did for Pattern Review,

click here    McCall’s 7357

if you would like to see more!

 

 

 

Pattern Description: Loose fitting pullover tops have neckband, self lined yokes, applied tab, side front and side back seams, three piece sleeves shaped hemline and narrow hem

Pattern Sizing: 6-22  I cut size 12 UK

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes I made view C

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, but there was a lot of hand sewing and the neck band was awkward.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The seaming gives the top a nice flowing shape and the sleeves hang well. I also like the lined yoke, it makes the top neat and tidy inside.

Fabric Used: A slippery synthetic I bought a few years ago now, and I cannot remember what it was. But it freyed quite badly so overlocking before I fiddled with the neckline was a must.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I didn’t alter the pattern, except to reduce the front opening by 3 inches. I did not see the point in a bigger neck opening, and I didn’t embellish the front as suggested. Neither did I sew the neck band as directed. As my fabric was so temperamental I fused the interfacing onto the fabric before I cut it out, thus I was able to stop it stretching out of shape
I interfaced both the band and the band lining to keep the whole thing stable, on my second attempt. I used a very sheer fusible interfacing, but it was enough to make the fabric easy to cut so it lay along the neck edge cleanly. I over locked the edge of the neck band lining to keep down the bulk, and stitched in the ditch on the machine. I hate hand stitching, though I did hand stitch the sleeve finishes.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I will keep the pattern and sew another in the future, probably in a pretty thin cotton. I recommend it too, but plan your sewing before you start.

Conclusion: A pattern that you can adapt, dress up or down.

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

 

Etsy 13th Birthday Event

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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Thrifty Work

Its April and I have continued my pledge of not buying sewing fabric of any type, craft dressmaking or upholstery, that’s such a lot NOT to look at or buy!  Yes its been hard, but you don’t achieve great things without a bit of effort.  Restraint for me, is always an effort, so I have stayed away from markets shops and most difficult of all, the internet.

By writing about it here it becomes a therapy, commit it to the ether and you cannot erase the promise even to yourself.

Here are a couple of shots of my recent makes, resourced from my drawers and cupboards.

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Give The Dog a Bone

Today has been a bit of a gift for me, I had unexpected time to mess about, as you are supposed to when you have “retired”.

It has snowed, and this wonderful country of mine, though I wouldn’t live anywhere else, cannot cope with snow. The place closes down and people hibernate! I holed up in the kitchen with my powerful Sailrite sewing machine, making dog bone toys from recycled denim leftovers! This is continuing my effort to not buy any fabric this year and I have made a slight dent in the denim pile in the corner of my sewing room.

I am also halfway through making a patchwork denim toiletries bag, I am winging it a bit as I never think shop bought ones are exactly what you want. Will post a picture when finished,during the next snow storm?DSC_0158

I wont forget you!

I have been very remiss this year.  Not much sewing or writing has got done, and on a wet and dreary Monday afternoon I felt very pleased with myself .  I actually got something made, not much but at least it is something!

I have also set myself the task and challenge of not buying any more fabric this year (2018) just in case I try and cheat!  There is so much already waiting for the scissors, you know the feeling!

My first creation at zero cost, this year, is my little Elephant card!  Now this has used up a real huge amount of fabric, but I needed a card for tomorrow. and as they say ” every little helps”.

Now I wonder how many cards it will take to make even a dent in that fabric stash?

 

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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!