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Ever since the Great British Sewing Bee featured a zipped up bomber jacket as its first challenge a series or two ago, I wanted such a jacket! In fact have wanted one since the 70’s, so better get a crack on I thought.

It’s all matchy matchy

Here is my version. All went well, only had to get the fashion fabric and ribbing. I found a lovely fine wale needle cord from Minerva Crafts. I had both the separating zip and the lining, silk from India bought on holiday so all sorted and ready to go.

My only frustration was I chose a cuff ribbing as opposed to tubular rib which is wider. So when it came to attaching the bottom rib to the jacket body and lining, I had raw edges to deal with as I had not thought it through and so had not attached the facing the neatest way. Never mind once on it doesn’t matter just looks a bit untidy on the inside.

My conclusion to this project is I am going to make another, more fabric in the stash! Also I do not know how those sewers got this together in 4 hours or so!

Short Cuts

Over the years I must have shortened hundreds of jeans and trousers, always too long from the shops. What do you do with the chopped off hems?

Having watched the Great British Sewing Bee last night, and it being their recycling week I couldn’t put these sawn off cuffs into landfill. Any ideas from you crafty lot? Any thing considered!

Jeans and jog bottoms

Sewn Up Gifts Satchel

Just finished this handy bag for summer. Featuring randomly placed geese silhouettes on a cream and white background, I couldn’t resist making this upholstery fabric into a satchel. The pattern comes from Simply Sewing magazine and is designed by Sue Kim. https://www.gathered.how/magazines-simply-sewing/

There are plenty of pockets inside and out and a top zip too, so everything is kept safe and sound. As well as a grab handle on top there is a detachable long body strap. Perfect for shopping work or class!

I have just added this satchel to my Etsy shop Sewn Up Gifts. Postage free in UK. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SewnUpGifts

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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Beagle Bag Version 1

 

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!

 

It is made from waterproof jacket fabric with a rip stop lining and waterproof top zip.

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!

 

Zip and Clip Bag

Since making the rather large Long Week End bag, and I am away soon on my hols, I set to with this small zip and clip bag from a pattern by ” Around the Bobbin” .  I have had it ready for about 18 months, but I like a deadline so made it in a day.   The instructions are so clear and precise I felt that if you go wrong it is your own fault!  I needed a pretty bag to use in the evening, yet one that could hold all the bits you need when over seas.

I am happy with the result, and my only wish is that the Eiffel Tower was the right way up on the front, it is one of those fabrics that goes in all directions, so I shall live with it!

Pattern

Around the Bobbin zip and clip bag

front & side

Quite a deep bag

Front

zip and mobile pocket

inside

Passport and card slots behind a zip for safety

A New Year “Fit Bit” bag!

Now don’t get me wrong, I haven’t joined the new year flight to the local gym, the only exercise for me is my foot on the sewing machine pedal! But my fitter other half was very lucky to have been given a Fit Bit to spur him on to even greater lengths. Each time he disappears to the gym, on his bike most times, I grab the chance to get to my machine. This morning though, he was gathering his strength with a lie in and I remembered him saying he could do with a little bag to put his Fit Bit in. Once I had worked out to what he was referring I reckoned it was just the job for Sewn Up Gifts. Rushed down stairs for a cup of tea and set to!

Here is the result, made in an hour just in time for the next gym trip!

I made this from a sturdy cotton moleskin. As it is thick fabric I didn’t line it and it does not fray but still my trusty old Bernina only just made it through the layers.  You can make this from scrap fabric and any size depending on your zip collection.  You can always cut nylon zips down to size remember.

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Add binding strip to top edge

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Turn over and press.

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Add tabs to zip ends.

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Stitch zip to binding

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Add any straps etc before sewing together

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Sew together

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Good to go!

I can report this little project a great success, I would have liked to have added an outside pocket for any other bits and pieces but I did not want to risk an expensive repair bill at the sewing machine shop!
Happy New Year everyone!