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Stitching Santa 2017 – part 1

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.

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My parcel contained two large pieces of 18 count Aida, a selection of threads

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Three wooden hoops

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A little bird needle threader/cutter and vintage style tin

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Fat quarter  and some lace

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I made a  small project bag, a drawstring bag in Downton Abbey fabrics with a large base, which I hope will be useful.

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I hope she received the parcel  and likes the contents!

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Travel Wash Bag

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.no guts

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.

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The fabric is quilting cotton, number 1 son gave me for my birthday, back in May.

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It will fold flat when empty

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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.

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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!

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Last Minute Wedding Clutch

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.

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Can you see the fabric is not all cut the same way, dots go in different directions – last minute sewing!

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The bag looked a bit plain, so I added a fabric flower. I have made these before in felt…

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but I didn’t have any felt in a suitable colour so used scraps left over from the dress.

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And here you have the last minute wedding clutch bag

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December – Part 1 (The Weekend bag on tour)

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

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and an early morning Eurostar to Brussels for the Christmas Market and chocolate shopping.

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Grand’ Place
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Manneken Pis in one of his many outfits
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Grand’ Place

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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.

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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.

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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………..