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.

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!

 

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

Spectacle Cases R and D for SUGs!

For the past two weeks I have been sweating in my little garret room designing and sewing spec cases!  Oh my goodness I hear you groan, poor thing she needs a life!  Well I am a bit picky and get so enthused in my own little world that little things like this take over.  That’s the beauty of retirement, you can work on what ever you like as long as you get satisfaction.

I am at the satisfaction stage right now and my little Etsy shop may have some new goodies soon if I can get the finished articles done now.

Here are some pics showing the morph from original to (nearly) finished spectacle case.  Now do you call them glasses cases, spectacle cases or reading glass cases?

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Happy with the basics, now to choose fabrics and practice writing with a sewing machine!

I have been guided by my “business manager” that modern men don’t use such fripperies as these, so I am going to offer them only to us fairer sex and personalise them with name or initials if it is desired.

Back to the garret then and see you soon. Happy sewing everyone.

 

 

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!

Carrier Bag Charges by big retailers in England

Are you prepared to pay 5p for your plastic carrier bags from October?  Although quite a few shoppers will add the cost to their shopping bill, and maybe just shrug it off as a good money raising idea for charity, others may want to re-use their own stronger bags and not have to pay 5p to advertise their chosen supermarket or department store.

Got me thinking and as I had some strong printed cotton suitable for crafting bags I have made these tote bags in the photo and a storage dispenser bag for those plastic bags we may want to hang on to!  The bags are lined with red cotton and have strong straps, the plastic bag storage tube is made from a french style kitchen cotton print.

If anyone wants to be prepared the totes are £5 including postage (UK only) and the bag dispenser is £3 including postage (UK only).  I can make more if needed, just say the word!

I can be contacted on facebook or on Sewnupgifts@gmail.com

Reuse your bags.

Re use your bags.