Saturday, 24 October 2009

Some additions....

I've been ill for 2 weeks so haven't really made much (well I've started plenty but not finished anything until today!)

I went hunting in charity shops this week and found some small  frames for some of my cross stitch and embroidery.  Also managed to get 3 cushions I'm going to re-cover.  I've started embroidering pictures on a couple of plain grey baby tshirts.

I also got a couple of 100% wool jumpers to felt in the washing machine.  I have accidently felted roving when dyeing it several times so thought it would be easy peasy to felt something on purpose - I was wrong!  They have both been through the washing machine about 4 times and still look exactly the same.  Never mind!!

Evil green jumper!! ---->

Today I made this quick drawstring bag for my childrens finger puppets - I keep finding them in the most random places so thought they could do with a home.

I used reverse applique to add a label saying what's in there.

Will be whipping up a few more of these for all those pesky little bits of toys.

Little black and red box pouch I made this morning ---->

And back to the sewing machine I go....

Wednesday, 14 October 2009


I've been doing some embroidery using designs from Urban Threads.

The first one isn't a good pic but it is a pony dressing up as a unicorn!

And a robot with a balloon!


I'm going to use them for some reverse applique on make up bags and maybe some drawstring bags.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Finally something for myself!

I have finally made a bag for myself!

I got this fabric at the Knitting and Stitching show at the Alexandra Palace on Saturday.  It's from The Eternal Maker, they have an amazing range of fabrics and I could have spent hundreds of pounds just at their stand.

I'm going to write a whole post about the show tomorrow.  It was my first time there and it was amazing!

Sunday, 11 October 2009


This evening I've made a doll!  There are a lot of changes I'll make to the next one but not bad for a first attempt.  She is made with flannel so is really soft.  I embroidered her face and used acrylic yarn for her hair.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

New make up pouch...

I've been faffing about with box pouches using this tutorial at the fantastic Indie House .  I thought I'd try putting the zip across the width rather than the length, just to see if it was still easy to get stuff in and out (it is!)  I have some of this fabric in red and black so want to make a ladybird one with a black zip, and some eyes!

More to come tomorrow :)

Friday, 2 October 2009


What can I make out of all this?!

I have ordered some ladybird buttons to embellish a bag I intend to make with the red and black polka dot fabric.  The pink cotton in there is the backing for a quilt I'm attempting (my first!) - just the batting to get now.  There is some green fleece which is screaming out to be turned into some sort of monster softie.  I think the hessian will make some nice rustic gift bags for Christmas presents.  Calico to line those and some more snack pouches.

I'm going to be a busy girl!

A few things I've made...

A buttercup bag - I am so in love with this pattern!  It is quick, easy and only uses a fat quarter of the outer fabric, and even less of the lining.  I have made a couple of these already and I'm definitely going to buy the license so I can sell them.  Also in the picture below is a couple of keyrings - this is a brilliant tutorial, another quick and easy make.  And finally, a reuseable snack pouch - the tutorial says to use PUL for the lining but I haven't got any yet so I just used some unbleached calico.  Not good for 'wet' snacks, but perfect for biscuits, crisps, dried fruit etc.  I love that they are machine washable, no more plastic sandwich bags for us.

Another snack pouch.

A seagull print Buttercup bag!

Makeup bags:

I thought it was about time I did one of these...

In the past year I've taught myself how to knit, crochet, cross stitch, use a sewing machine and make cards.  I've decided to start a blog to keep track of my projects and eventually give people ideas (hopefully!)

My name is Jen, I'm 23, married and have an almost-4-yr-old son, and a 2yr old daughter.  We live in Sussex, UK.  I have a stall at 2 Christmas shopping days in our town in December so the next couple of months will be hectic trying to make enough stock - next year I will start in January!  I also want to make as many Christmas presents for friends and family as possible.  Fingers crossed I don't run out of time!