back again…

After an extremely long hiatus I’m back here with resolve…

There’s lots to catch up on and you’ll see that the girls have grown a little! Here’s a visual catch up on sewing exploits in the last couple of months:


Linen Totes. I’m planning to run a bag making workshop for beginners and have been experimenting with simple basic bag design ideas… problem is, I can’t seem to resist adding pockets, bias, printing, linings…


The linen for both bags comes from our local fabric shop Ty Hardd.

Print Bag – I made up the pattern as I went along. Webbing up-cycled from a trouser waistband. Ochre spot pocket and lining from stash (but originally from Cloth House in London years ago). Printing is a potato print in Pebeo Setacolour fabric paint.

Bias Bag – This is the niftily designed Wrap Pocket Tote from Purl Bee. Lining as before. Cotton Webbing strap and yellow bias binding from the Wool Shop in town – we are so lucky to have a local haberdasher AND a fabric shop in this little town.



Pencilcase for Bonnie (Rose informed me the evening before Bonnie’s 6th birthday party that she liked ‘unicorns and purple’).


Canvas fabric upcycled from charity shop curtain. I made the lino cut unicorn and star and stamped them on with Pebeo Setacolour fabric paint. Sequins and Ric Rac from stash (I feel a burning need to write about sequins soon…)



Disco Skirts for friends Amber and Lyra. Another last minute birthday present moment. Needless to say, Rose and Dilys were happy to model if it meant trying the skirts on for half an hour…


My own quickly rustled-up pattern – just a straight gathered skirt with the silver lining (we all need one!) cunningly folded over to become elastic casing. Next time I’ll omit the neon ribbon trim. I just couldn’t resist trying it, but it made the skirts rather bell-shaped and a bit less sassy than I’d envisaged.

Sequinned fabric from stash (more on the sequin issue soon). Neon ribbon from stash but originally from Suzanne’s fabric shop in Newtown. Silver lining from stash and from our local fabric shop Ty Hardd when I ran out for the second skirt. Elastic made up from stash odds and ends.



Birthday T-Shirt for Tim. We’re both turning 40 this year… at least we’re in it together.


This was a T-shirt from the British Red Cross shop in Newtown – they always seem to have a bundle of factory seconds at knock down price. The appliqué fabric originally came from Celtic Fusion fabrics online.


I think I’ll stop there for now… but there’s more to come…


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