Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Mini Belinda style bag

I'm not sure about this yet.  I think more work is needed on the design still.  Perhaps the addition of a zip will help; I have several more in the making so need to do something.
I really like the way the squares are arranged; there is just something not quite right about the finished product, and I think it is the lack of a closure.  Back to the drawing board!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Cuffed bag

The cuff on this serves no purpose except for decoration, but is a great opportunity to show off a fabric.  I have some African fabrics which would be good used in this way.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Gym bag

This bag has been a long time in the making.  I need to remake this style in greater numbers before my sale season begins, as it is always popular.
Great as a handbag or a gym bag, this version is somewhat longer in length than normal as I used two sets of pockets.  I think this might be worth repeating - especially given the number of pockets I have in stock!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Cargo bags

I have had a selection of jeans and cargo pants in my garage which I was unable to work out how to use for some considerable time.  With pockets down the legs, they did not lend themselves to cutting into strips of patches.  I had an idea that they could make a complete bag each, but could not figure out how to do it.  This week the answer came to me.  I spent a day cutting and sewing and finished off six bags really quickly - once I had it figured out, it was really easy.  I am so pleased with the results, particularly with the jeans.  (The cargo pants are much lighter weight and consequently so is the bag, and it does not hold its shape as well.)
This version ties as favourite.  It is a heavy grey denim and has a total of six external pockets, three of them with fastenings.  Fabulous!

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Mini pocket bag

The inspiration for this bag was the fabric.  It called out to be a feature.  So I used it as an external pocket on a simple deep bag.  This would be good to use as a gift bag, I think.

Friday, 27 February 2015

LIttle girl's bag

These little bags are great for a little girl who wants to be "just like mummy".  They are quite quick to make (though the pattern was not as quick to translate from Japanese!)
The contrast strip in this is made from the remains of a jelly roll.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Bookmark restock

These £1 bookmarks are a great attraction for children with pocket money.  I love being able to tell them that their £1 will feed a Kenyan child for a week through the Feed500 programme.  I quite like choosing the patterns for the bookmarks as well.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Pocket purse

Another of my zipped pocket purses; another item due for a restock.  These are lovely to use up fabulous pockets on.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Giant bag with button art

This is the second of my giant bags - the ones which turned out much larger than I was expecting!  I have already had a comment from someone who saw the first on my blog that this might be just what she is looking for, so maybe they will sell faster than I expect!
An additional bonus is that I was able to use up some of my huge stock of white buttons to create the "art".  I have to say, this would be great as a holdall for family swimming - plenty of space inside!

Monday, 23 February 2015

Stallholder apron - tutorial

I have been restocking my stallholder aprons, and thought this would be a good opportunity to explain how to make them for yourself.

You will need two large pairs of jeans for this - or at least, the pocket parts of them.

Cut the jean legs off and cut around the back of the jeans to separate the back from the front.
You will find that, because of the centre seam, the piece does not lay flat.  I created a pleat and hand sewed this to make it flat.  It is rather trial and error to get it right, but it does work.

Cut off the side seams if you have not already done so, and cut a curve at each side of the fabric piece you have until you have a shape which is right for your apron.  Cut through the belt at the top with very sharp strong scissors!

Use this piece as a template on a second pair of jeans, but this time cut off the top of the jeans about an inch above the pockets.  This will be the front section of your apron.

Cut a strip of cotton fabric 2" wide for the binding.  Sew this along the top of the front section, and then hand stitch it down on the back.

Cut more strips 4" wide for the straps.  Press in half lengthwise, then press the sides to this middle fold.  Fold along the original crease and you will have a strip which is four thicknesses of fabric and about one inch wide.  Machine along both sides.
Machine these straps to the the belt piece of the bottom section of your apron.

Put the top apron piece on top of the bottom piece and pin together.  Stitch down the centre front of the apron, to one side of the seam.  Back stitch several times at the tol of the front piece to prevent the two separating with use.
Very carefully stitch another piece of binding all the way round your apron and hand sew it to the back.  This will cover all the raw edges.

You now have an apron which has a total of six pockets - great for organising yourself when doing craft fairs.  I use one side for "stall stuff" and the other for "my stuff", with the most valuable items (eg phone, notes) in the internal back pocket.  I find I feel very secure with this.

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