Saturday, March 31, 2018

Cutting table

I have been looking for a small sturdy table that i can add my cutting mat to, and this was just the right size from The Range.  I think you can get them from other places, but I wanted to see it before I committed to buy.

It works just right and when I am done I fold it away.  The legs are a bit of a faff, as you have to remove them. but not much of a problem really.

Clearly no good if you want to cut out big patterns - but for my 'crafting' type of sewing it is perfect.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Carrier bag holders

Just for fun I made a couple of these using the legs from some jeans that looked like they had hardly been worn.

Left them at Hexton Country Matters
Bottom is elasticated, top just has a couple of tucks.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


I thought it would be nice to make a few items that could be bought a 'sets', so made some little pouches and bought these little mirrors to pop into them.

I played with a pyramid pouch as well with matching tissue.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Ampthill Country Market Stall

It is with sadness that we have decided to close Ampthill Country Market stall - so we just have 2 more weeks.  We were running out of members, and really too much for the small number of us left to cope with, we have always shared the load with baking and making, as well as stall set up and take down.

I thought I would share some of the pictures of my things that have been on the market in the last year or two previously posted on the market facebook page.

The days out that were on the blog have now been added to a new blog as it seemed a shame to lose them.

I will also post some of my other favourite posts that I made on the Country Market here over the next few weeks.

I always have a few things at Hexton Country Matters they also have a facebook page.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


OK - was a while back now....but I made these for Christmas that were all very jolly....

Friday, March 09, 2018

Bucket bag

had a play and made this, no idea what to do with it....

Simple to make, but might be better 'quilted' that will be a new thing for me to do...

Been looking around and notice there are a few with quilted linings, so think that will be my next try.

Monday, March 05, 2018


I saw these pieces of fabric and just loved the design, there were 6 pieces, 4 of them are embroidered.  I assume they were out of a curtain sample book, as they were similar designs in different colour way. 

So I ploughed on and made them all into similar bags, with a the same stripy canvas type of fabric on the back.  Also used the striped canvas for the front pockets.

The plainer fabric sports a zipped pocket on the outside...those lacy zips again, and I left the top unstitched, so a pocket there too.

They all have pockets inside, and also slip pockets.

I had it in my mind that they would be simple totes/shoppers, but realised that the pieces were just a bit too small.  So I added wadding to make the bags more 'substantial' and also some interfacing and a magnetic closure, so now are large handbags.

I enjoyed the challenge, I like to try and make some different things.