Saturday, 14 April 2018

Koda Bag

Hi! I made this Koda bag a few days ago. I got my measurements wrong - the side panels don't line up - but I love it anyway. Hopefully the next one will work out better!


This is the Koda Cross Body Bag, a free pattern by Huff 'n Cuffs

Lori Pouch

Hi, I made this pouch a few weeks ago, to match the Two Zip Hipster bag I made. It went a bit wrong when I was turning it - I was stuck in the lining somehow! I think I'd accidentally sewn through both lining pieces when top stitching by the zip - what an eeejit! So I had to undo the stitching from inside the lining, and then I was able to turn the pouch. So one side of the zip hasn't got top stitching now, but hopefully it's not too noticeable! I'm really pleased with it, anyway :D

The pattern is the Lori Pouch, by Lorelei Jayne

Phoebe Bag

Hiya. I made a couple more bags in the last couple of weeks. I don't really like this one, it's not really my style, and I'm not sure about the fabric either..but I learned a lot making it! I also made a mistake when doing the magnetic snap - I accidentally drew the marker for the snap on the front of the flap instead of the back, so I had to put a button over it to hide it! I tried to make it look like a design feature by adding buttons on the base of the straps, too...

This is the Phoebe bag, a free pattern by Rebeka Lambert.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Bereavement Bags

Hi. I recently joined a Bag Making group on Facebook, where I heard about 'Bereavement Bags'. The bags are for children who have lost a parent or close relative, and depending on the age of the child, they contain things to comfort them, and help them cope with their grief. There's more about the initiative, here.

They are asking for people to make the bags, so I thought I'd have a go. It was refreshingly straightforward compared to the seagulls bag!

Seagulls Beach Bag

Hi! So my bag-making obsession is still going strong, although this one took me 2 days and lots of headaches and confusion!

It's got a zip pocket on the front and one inside, and elasticated pockets on each side, roomy enough for bottles of water.

It's the Debbie Shore large tote, tutorial here :)

Lots of things went a bit wrong, especially when I accidentally melted some of the fusible fleece when trying to press the inside pocket - nearly cried at that point! And there are some very wonky seams in places, and the front zip pocket isn't quite straight... but I'm choosing to believe that these things gives it a rustic charm! It's also only my second attempt at a 'proper' bag, so I'm really pleased with it!

I had a little helper while making this one, too!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Wash Bags!

Hiya! A couple of days ago I went to the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC, and bought NEW STUFF!  :D

I bought some laminated fabric, mainly because my friend Linda was buying some, so I thought I probably needed some too... I decided to make a wash bag, after finding a free pattern on Pinterest. After making the 2 zip Hipster bag, this was refreshingly quick and easy - just 1 zip, and no lining! So I got a bit carried away and made 3 more! Looks like everyone is getting a wash bag for Christmas this year...

I'm obsessed now. I need more laminated fabric!

Sewing, and the usefulness of a deadline

Hi! I bought my sewing machine 2 years ago, and had a go at making a few things: a cat bed, a chicken, a cover for my sewing machine, and a few tote bags. I still don't really know what I'm doing, and I hadn't made anything for about a year and a half, so I'd pretty much lost all confidence. I really wanted to make a bag, and I'd bought the pattern and fabric a year or so ago, but I was dreading making a start, in case I messed it up.

My lovely cousin Helen started making bags recently, which gave me a bit of a nudge to get my machine out again. A few weeks ago, she made me join a group on Facebook for bag-making, and they are so supportive of beginners, and the beautiful creations on there are inspiring! So I dug out my pattern and fabric. Then did nothing. Then spent many hours looking at fabric online. Then bought more fabric. The watched tutorials to make other bags. Still didn't actually make anything. But the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC was coming up, and I decided that if I hadn't made a damn bag by then, I couldn't buy any more fabric at the NEC!

Two weeks ago I cut out all the fabric. A few days later I cut out the interfacing. The day before the NEC, I ironed all the interfacing on to the fabric, and MADE THE BAG! It took me all day and all evening, and I was exhausted from the concentration, but once I'd got going I didn't want to stop until it was done. I now have a 'proper' bag, with zips and pockets, and an adjustable strap! It's a bit wonky, but it's mine, and I love it.

The pattern is from Dog Under My Desk. Despite the time and stress it took to make, I'm really excited to get going on another bag!

I also had a little helper, Emily. She was a bit of a distraction, but she's beautiful :D

Friday, 23 February 2018

CAS on Friday Guest Designer!

Hi! I am very honoured to be invited as guest designer for the current challenge over at CAS on Friday! The theme is:

One layer wonder - make a card with no layers

I have a brand new stamp set from Paper Artsy, which I thought would be perfect for this challenge. I stamped the flowers, then coloured with inks and a water brush. When dry, I added extra detail with a white gel pen. To keep it completely one layer, I resisted the urge to add Nuvo Drops - I'm never quite sure if Nuvo Drops or gems are allowed on one layer cards! But I'm pleased with how it turned out - the white gel pen brightens up the blocks of colour.

Paper Artsy stamp set: EKC15 (by Kay Carley)
'Birthday Wishes' sentiment from Woodware 'Daisy Panel'
Adirondack Ink pads: Cranberry, Butterscotch, Meadow
White Sakura Gelly Roll gel pen