Go Anywhere Bag

My newest bag creation is the Go Anywhere Bag. The pattern is from the Noodlehead blog.

I’ve been chipping away at making this for a few weeks and have really enjoyed the process of seeing it come together. I love the lime, denim and grey (for the piping and lining) colour combinations.

I think this is my most hassle free bag so far (not that the pattern was perfect). Taking my time and my growing sewing knowledge meant this has turned out very nicely indeed!

Yoga Mat Bag

Taking advantage of the peace and quiet at home today (kids at granny’s house) I decided to make a yoga mat bag. After going on a yoga retreat earlier in the summer and struggling on the train with my mat tied up with a scarf, I decided one of these was essential. I’d seen a few tutorials and the one I went for was excellent, really clear and simple. It was finished in under two hours. I used some home decor fabric I picked up locally in a sale. I love it!

Lost Fabric

Good things come to those who wait…my fabric arrived! Along with a customs charge, but at least it wasn’t lost forever somewhere between here and America. After deciding I’d never get this package, I ordered some more to replace it, sharing shipping with my friend Mary. That arrived this week, so i have double fabric joy!

Christmas sewing

Sewing again! I haven’t made anything since the middle of July and was starting wonder if I’d ever get my sewing mojo back!

A few reasons really. The kids have been off school and we’ve been away a lot. My sewing stuff has been piled in a heap in the corner of the room while my husband’s new office got built (think posh garden shed) and sadly a package of fabric I ordered from America never arrived. All these things have conspired to make me feel rather grrrr and blah about creating anything.

Now I am all moved into my new sewing space (husband’s old office) my machine is out, fabric stacked on the shelves and I’ve started on a few projects I’ve had in mind for Christmas (yes Christmas!) gifts.

Still feeling rather mournful about my lost fabric I decided the best way to start was with some scraps projects, which didn’t involve spending, buying, using any proper fabric.

I can’t show you’ve what I’ve made as that would spoil someone’s Christmas gift, so there is a close up shot above.

It is nearly the end of term, so the inevitable head scratching begins over teacher gifts.

Ellen and Thom both had two teachers this year, plus a student teacher in Thom’s class, so I wanted something affordable and easy to make as there are so many to do! I’d seen lots of fabric bookmarks on various blogs and thought it was a lovely idea.

The fabric was from a stack of 5” squares I bought from Frumble. I hadn’t got round to using them. Pairing them up for these bookmarks worked really well.

I didn’t really need a tutorial for this but it was a good starting point. I actaully used 4 layers of interfacing to get them stiff enough. The tags at the bottom are from our local Scrap Store and are misprinted name tapes – quite apt for teacher gifts I thought!

I made two pairs of these as wedding gifts. They started out as square but I thought they were too wide, so I took a plate to them and made them this shape instead. Similar to the pot holders I made a while back. I used a new heatproof batting in these, which worked better than lots of layers of cotton batting as I’d done before. I was really pleased with how they turned out, I just hope they are as practical as they are good looking!

Today I went with Mary Emmens (and our little helpers) to visit Proper Job recycling centre near Chagford in the depths of Devon. (We knew it was the depths of Devon after about 20 minutes lost in the lanes!) it’s a fab place.

I found the things in the picture above in the bric-a-brac room – an Aladdin’s cave of crockery, kitchen and glassware, (I loved it in there!) and an armful of paperbacks from the book room. Mary and I were both impressed with the range and quality of books on offer. Tons of great kids books too.

Mary got a couple of vintage sheets and I got some fabric scraps from the textile room. Lastly I was very pleased to find a jacket to wear to a wedding this weekend, plus a couple of other nice tops in the ladieswear room.

Actually typing this now, I’m already looking forward to going back, perhaps without a child who needs a wee and without getting lost!