Sunday, February 17, 2019

Linens and doilies

I have been looking for a few doilies and linens to put in baskets for display.  I wandered into the charity shop in town and got this lot.  There are all sorts in there, from lacy chairbacks through to small embroidered cloths.


There were a few more than I really needed, but I am sure I can use them eventually.

Will have to take a few more pictures in the sunlight this week.




I left a few at Hexton Country Matters today - to pretty up the shelves.  It is always difficult to know how best to display my things, as each I don;t make 100s of the same item, just a few of each, and often just a one off.

This is the best I could do :)

So back to the doilies and linen, I have been wandering around the internet and have set up a pinterest board.

doilies linens and lace

would love to hear/see some suggestions from anyone.



Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Another Jeans bag

 Had fun making this just before Christmas and left it at My Little Vintage at Olney, so assume that someone must have had it for Christmas.

Made from kids jeans was a great size...I have a few more made and partially made, will get some photos.

Monday, February 04, 2019

Fabric samples


I have had a 'book' of fabric samples for some time, and wasn't sure what to do with them...finally have made them into zipped top bags suitable for cosmetics.

Will work through the book now and make a few more, the patterns were quite spaced apart making them unsuitable for bigger bags, so cut used the most interesting part of the fabric.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Mini zipped keyring bags

I love these little zipped keyring bags, I have made them in the past.  But this time I followed this tutorial:

key ring bags

It was much simpler as you the top is like a french seam, so no small hole to hand sew close.

The video has a variation in the second half of the video.


I put some in My Little Vintage before Christmas with lip balm or a handbag mirror and they had all gone.

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Fabric Shopping in Bedfordshire

I decided to have a mission and visit the local fabric shops in January!  I am pleased with all my purchases.  All the shops have a range of knitting yarns too (BSK only for knitting machines)

So I started at Tudor Rose at Oakley, there were no bargains to be had, all the cottons are £12 and over I think, but have a great selection.  I wasn't into my stride, so just bought half a metre of this pig fabric:

Next we had to go to Dunstable for something, so I went to the Sewing basket, never been before and they have a good selection of cottons, some dressmaking too.  There have some choice under £10, here was a quick snap looking down the shop:


And I bought these 2 - already used quite a bit of the train ticket into glasses cases, I think this is where I got the elephants, I think £6.50 a metre:


Then the next visit was the All Stitches at Wilstead, this is my nearest place and I had no idea how many fabric she was now stocking, so will be back!  There were sale fabrics and 20% off everything else.  Here are is some of the shop:




I bought this selection, and made a few things with the tiny bird print at the back:



I then went to Biggleswade to Buttons, somewhere different to go waiting for husband to finish dialysis at Lister in Stevenage, didn't take any pictures of the shop.   But bought these, yet to break into these ones, but have already got the sheep in pink and grey.  Have quite a few cottons at £6.50 and £7.50


Finally I took a trip out to BSK in Bedford as we went out to lunch in Bromham at the Swan.  Here is a quick snap of the shop:


I bought this tiny print - as will complement many other fabrics: 


I did manage to buy this brand new fat quarter at the charity shop in Baldock for 50p, along with some linens/doilies that look great inside baskets 



Friday, February 01, 2019

Drawstring bags

 Been wanting to make one of these in a while, and this was the finished item.  I personally don't think I would make another, not really sure I actually liked it.

Maybe different dimensions would be better and I would make the drawstring top a bit shorter next time I think.

I used this Drawstring top (I think) there are a lot of tutorials out there.  You could just join all layers together at once and flip it and top stitch it:

joining together

The two at the bottom are like I did before just in different fabric.


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Bags with Zips

I have been wanting to make a few bags with inset zips, and wasn't sure the best way to go about it.

I always look at youtube for inspiration and used these 2 for construction ideas.  I adjusted the sizes as I didn't have any long zips.


Blue one - which I also used thin poly wadding
The one that has not got the pink is the same - but only used iron on interfacing, and just joined the bag together in on go as in this video:
Simpler but different effect

...this one is then the one with pink insert, - will take another picture so you can see the zipped part.



Like the challenge of this, and looking for different ways to achieve a similar look:


I have started putting them all into a folder:
Zip tops