Once again this year I joined in with #stitchingsanta very kindly organised by Shelia who blogs at Sewchet Being even more unorganised than usual in the run up to Christmas I didn’t get round to blogging about presents I gifted. My recipient was Nikki, who does lovely embroidery and blogs at Sewingnikki.
My parcel contained two large pieces of 18 count Aida, a selection of threads
Three wooden hoops
A little bird needle threader/cutter and vintage style tin
Fat quarter and some lace
I made a small project bag, a drawstring bag in Downton Abbey fabrics with a large base, which I hope will be useful.
I hope she received the parcel and likes the contents!
Just a very quick post today, trying to catch up with some projects that I haven’t got round to blogging about.
My travel wash bag was looking a bit the worst for wear, so why buy a new one when you can make one!
A quick browse of the internet (so love the internet for free patterns: thank you to all the designers and bloggers who make them freely available) I found a free pattern at So Chick blog, (No Guts) Boxie Bag, which you can find here.
Why No Guts? because it is made in such a way that there are no exposed seams inside the bag.
Before throwing away the old bag, I removed the zips,mainly as I really liked the zip pulls, ready to reuse in the new bag.
The fabric is quilting cotton, number 1 son gave me for my birthday, back in May.
It will fold flat when empty
but I like to keep it full of all the nice little bottles of toiletries I have collected from the hotels we have stayed in.
I think these bags would be an excellent gift idea, I am thinking of making some in Harris Tweed for Christmas gifts, only 146 day until the big day!
So the night before the wedding I remember that I haven’t got a suitable bag to go with my dress, I know I will make a bag, mad scrabble to find suitable fabric in my stash. A bag in the same fabric as the dress and jacket would be just to much. The only suitable fabric is some home dec/curtain fabric.
I thought a clutch bag would be the most suitable and easy option. I made a pattern and cut a front and back and front flap from the curtain fabric and the same in fusible fleece, a front and back in lining fabric and one front flap piece in dress fabric together with a magnetic snap fastener.
Can you see the fabric is not all cut the same way, dots go in different directions – last minute sewing!
The bag looked a bit plain, so I added a fabric flower. I have made these before in felt…
but I didn’t have any felt in a suitable colour so used scraps left over from the dress.
And here you have the last minute wedding clutch bag
Yet again December has gone past in a blur, and now we have the lovely time between Christmas and New Year, a few days off work and time to put my feet up. I have spent a pleasant afternoon catching up on the blogs I follow.
My husband and I (goodness I sound like the Queen) started December with a night in London and of course a visit to Liberty
and an early morning Eurostar to Brussels for the Christmas Market and chocolate shopping.
I took the weekend bag I made here, I was very pleased with the way it stood up to being dragged round trains, underground, eurostar, metro and back again.
I also made a matching shoulder bag, using the Trail tote free pattern from Noddlehead, here, again all the metal hardware, zips and fabric were recycled.
This is an easy bag to make with good clear instructions, I slightly messed it up by not tapering the piping out before the top of the bag, which then made it difficult to top stitch. I have hand stitched (a bit wonky in places) a running stitch with embroidery floss.
I am now going to pour myself a drink and spend a relaxing evening catching up with more blogs, cheers………..