I bought this course with Steffani Lincecum a while ago, and finally felt ready to try it. The item I am going to rub off is a simple sleeveless blouse, with a box pleat in the centre of…Continue
I went to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace again last October. One of the stalls I visited was "Ragged Life" where I met Elspeth Jackson the owner. She kindly signed a copy of her book "Rag Rugs, Pillows and More" for me and we chatted about the Rya Rug I had made back in the 70's and the rising popularity of "Rag Rugging".…Continue
Added by Karen on August 17, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments
I have been admiring the many versions of The Lunar Collection by Chris W Designs for quite a while, and eventually decided to try the medium sized Half Moon version to see how I got on with it as it's a big bag and looked like a long sew.
The fabric I wanted to use is…Continue
Added by Karen on July 18, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments
I bought a load of fabrics when I went to visit my cousin last March, and decided it was time to start using some of it. The first fabric I want to use is this dog print cotton duck canvas fabric by Peter Horton Textiles.…Continue
Last spring I made a Beach Bag for Sue using the Totes Ma Tote pattern by Emmaline Bags in this nautical print cotton canvas and Royal Blue cotton duck canvas. It looked smart and carried quite a lot inside, and secured with a recessed zipper.
When I saw her over Christmas she asked if I could make a bag for hubby to carry. They liked the idea of something like the…Continue
I had not made a bag for a while and decided to get my sewing mojo back by making something new out of my stash. I chose the Sunrise Saddle Bag by Dog Under My Desk as I like the curvy shape and knew Erin's instructions are always clear and detailed.…Continue
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I love the slouchy look of this bag pattern, and wanted to sew it in recycled…Continue
Added by Karen on December 15, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
I needed a bag for carrying towels and a key for when I service the gardeners' toilet here on the Estate (Hoveton Hall Estate). I didn't need a structured bag, I needed something light, so I went back to my vintage 70's bag pattern, Style 4143. I always make it two inches shorter than the original pattern, as despite the picture (top left) it would not really fit over the shoulder comfortably…Continue
After I made my first floral Mabel handbag, (free pattern from Swoon) I decided to follow up with another one. This time I am using one of these great case handles I had bought, adding another divided slip pocket and bag feet.…
Christine has issued a new Easy Street pattern called Fiona's Freeway which has the option of adding accents in cork or vinyl. As I have been curious to try cork fabric I decided this was one I had to make!…Continue
Added by Karen on July 19, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments
I bought this dress for my niece's wedding in July, it was just so pretty I couldn't resist it! Then I realised I didn't have a bag to go with it! Can you believe it, all the bags I've made, and I have nothing small, pretty and floral!
So I trawled the local patchwork…Continue
After I made these cushions for my new florist friend, she asked me to make her a bag. She wanted one big enough to carry her laptop and paperwork when she went to visit brides to discuss wedding flowers, with her logo on it. …Continue
Added by Karen on June 29, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Last year I made this Memories Cushion for myself, inspired by Brian Haggard's book "Embroidered Memories". The photo is of my son many years ago, and I converted the original…
Added by Karen on June 14, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments
I bought this bag pattern a while ago as a possibility for a friend, but she never got back to me to have it made so I decided to make it for myself. When I was getting bored one day, waiting for fabric to be chosen for my next project (see my blog on the…Continue
My niece asked if I could make her a bag to fit on top of her new wheeled suitcase and I remembered the Take-off Tote sewing pattern by Erin of Dog Under My Desk. We checked the size to make sure it would fit on the top of her wheeled case, and then went shopping for fabric.…Continue
I've got a couple of commissions to sew for people going on holiday, this is the first one, a beach bag for May, using the Totes Ma Tote Pattern from…Continue
A new florist opened up locally (Flowers at the Forge ) and supplied a lovely basket arrangement for MIL's Mother's Day present. We got talking and I showed her pictures of the cushions I had made for MIL's birthday and the…Continue
For the last couple of years I have made an embroidered cushion for my MIL's birthday present. The first one was a pattern I bought from bustleandsew.com but had problems with the sizing both the pattern and the hexagons.…Continue