Saturday, 21 May 2016


I was busily stitching one of these little zipped bags on Thursday afternoon and realised that I'd missed Debbie Shore's two hour sewing programme on Hochanda.  When I went on to their 'catchup' I was really surprised to see that her demonstration was of the selfsame bag as I had just completed - coincidence or what?  It is a handy size for either carrying make-up or maybe even a little sewing kit - whatever you fancy really and only a small amount of fabric is needed.  As today is chilly and very wet I thought I'd spend time at the machine again and have produced a second zipped bag as well as a shoulder bag using up some corduroy which a friend gave to me, knowing that I like making bags.  I must say it isn't my favourite fabric for stitching but it worked out OK in the end.

The zipped purse is called 'Emma' and I think there is a You Tube video explaining how it is made and the pattern is on one of Debbie Shore's many CD's.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

A Bargain - or Maybe Not!

At our patchwork group meeting recently I picked up some strips of border fabrics at a bargain price thinking that they would come in handy for making bags for a Tombola at our upcoming exhibition. The problem arose when I came to look through my stash for suitable fabric to go with these strips because although I have lots of fabric one way and another there was very little of the right colour or size.  However I have managed to make two bags with what I had and I think the remaining strips will be left for the time being because my aim is to use up bits and pieces I already have rather than going out to buy more new fabric.  In my search I have found quite a quantity of small pieces which hopefully I can piece together randomly to make a few multi-coloured bags to brighten up a shopping day.  For the bag with a pocket I even resorted to upcycling a denim skirt which I no longer wear!!

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Another Week

Another week has just flown by, starting off with rainy days but warmer than of late which of course has meant that things in the garden have suddenly started growing like mad - at least the weeds and grass have!!  Yesterday I just had to tackle the lawns again and also helped with the cutting back of some overhanging branches so today I've spent a quieter day sewing - made a couple of bags.  However today being Sunday  means it is time for the Pixie Snippets Playground card and I did manage to make something from some of the bits and pieces on my desk.  The image is from a little pad of cuties by Lili of the Valley, the kraft frame is the 'waste' from cutting out a decorative oval to which I've added some die cut corners from snippets of kraft card.  Background is an offcut from a larger piece of printed paper and the greeting was stamped and die cut.

Image - Lili of the Valley
Dies - Spellbinders and Sue Wilson corners
Greeting - stamp and bitty banner die from Stampin' Up.