Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Magical Bookcase Koda Bags

Hi! I think the Koda is still my favourite bag pattern! I made a couple of Kodas with my new favourite fabric, 'Spellbound' by Dan Morris! It took me ages to decide which shelves to include when cutting the panels, and I had to make the bags an inch or so longer to fit a decent amount of the shelving in. I made one with black denim, and one with black faux leather. I love them both! I also made a little pouch with some leftover fabric. I need to buy more of this fabric!

Denim bag & pouch:

Faux Leather bag:

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

Boat Bag for Dad

Hi! I've been making a bag for my Dad over the last couple of weeks, and we finished it at the weekend. It was very much a joint project! It's a bag for him to take on his sailing trips, to keep all his wash stuff in when he goes to use the showers at whichever marina they have stopped at that night, I found some suitably boaty fabric, and my Dad chose natural cork to go with it. The cork is easy to clean, and I've treated the cotton fabric with Scotchgard, inside and out. There's an inside zip pocket, to keep keys, etc.

I stitched the main bag, and then together we made the holes for the eyelets at the top, and set the eyelets, using tools my Dad made on his lathe. We used some of his boat rope to fasten the bag, and added a D-ring at the base of the bag for the rope to clip onto. I wasn't sure how to fix the rope ends onto the hook, but my Dad was in his element, showing off his splicing skills, plaiting the rope ends back into itself!

I'm really pleased with how this one turned out, and it was nice that it was a joint project! My Dad seems happy with it, too :)

 Splicing in progress...

This bag is based on the Natalie Bucket Bag, but we changed it so that the rope fastens at the bottom of the bag, instead of there being an additional strap on the sides.

Unicorn Pouch


I made a little Unicorn pouch for a friend's little girl. I hope she will like it! Relatively quick to make, and I love the fabric!

This is based on a free pattern, the Flat bottom straight(ish) sides zippy pouch, from Very Berry Handmade, although I do the zip tabs a little bit differently.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Turquoise Birds & Silver Cork Koda Bag

Hi! I've just finished another Koda. I fell in love with the turquoise fabric - Flock, by Dashwood Studio, and I spent ages trying to decide whether to use black fabric to set off the pattern or use natural cork. I went with the cork because it looks so summery, and I love this cork with the silver in it!


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

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

First Faux Leather Koda

Hi! Here's yet another Koda, but this is my first using faux leather. It was actually fairly easy to use, and I love it with the bird fabric :)

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


Hi! I made my first Morsbag! I heard about Morsbags a while ago, and had been meaning to have a go. I love the idea - the bags must be made from recycled / re-purposed washable fabric, and replace the need for plastic bags. The Morsbags are given away, to friends and family, complete strangers - every Morsbag is potentially reducing the amount of plastic filling the seas and harming the sea creatures. The bag has a Morsbag label, to spread the word, and hopefully encourage more people to get involved, and to make and distribute Morsbags.

There's more about it, here:

For my bag, I used an old scarf. I hope it will be strong enough! But I can use it for lighter shopping :)

Spirit Koda

Hi! Some friends of ours have a little daughter who is obsessed with the TV series 'Spirit'. I wanted to make her a bag, but couldn't find any Spirit-themed fabric, so I bought some printable A4 cotton sheets and printed out an image from Spirit. It printed well, but the fabric is a bit odd - it's very thin. I used interfacing and fleece to give it more substance, and used some Scotchgard to prevent the ink from running. I hope it works!

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

More Bereavement Bags

Hi! A few weeks ago, my lovely friends Hazel and Sanj came over to make some Bereavement bags. Hazel doesn't sew, so she entertained us by playing the piano and guitar, and making us laugh!

Sanj and I made a bag each:

My lovely cousin Helen came over last weekend, and we made some more bereavement bags, which also involved a fair bit of unpicking seams when we were gossiping too much and not concentrating! We made two each. We now have 7 altogether. I'm not sure how many we should make before sending them off. Anyway, here's the collection so far. The four on the right are the new ones:

There's some info about the Bereavement bags here: