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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Artisan Apron from a janet clare pattern

Finished my Artisan apron from a pattern available from Janet Clare, 
I plan to be wearing my apron while sewing and crafting to inspire me to create. 
I will be adding some embellishments as the months go along,  I have already started with a few things that mean something personal to me,  as you can see in the photos below.

First I added 3 small crochet doilies that I just love so much, along one pocket, in the centre I added some of my favourite heart buttons,  love these so much that they have appeared on a few of my latest projects. 
The peach lace I bought on our trip to Australia to visit our son earlier this year,  so I added this as a reminder of our wonderful trip.
On the back along the shoulder seam I embroidered the love to sew,  because I do so much, always makes me feel relaxed stitching , knitting or crochet. 
I was knitting some dolls clothes for my granddaughter earlier this year and made some crochet cats to add to the front of a dolls jumper,  I had one left over so it just had to go on my apron,  another reminder of my fun projects this year. 
Im sure this Apron will pop up again in future posts as I add to it with more precious memories. 
I have a idea to draw around the grandchildren hands then embroidered around the outline. 
So watch this space.
If you would like to make your own Janet Clare artisan apron click to buy the pattern


Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Bag of the Month Club 2016

I have been enjoying my bag making so much this year that I have signed up for

6 of the best bag sewing pattern designers in the business are teaming together to bring you a 6-month membership club.
The club runs from January-June of 2016. Each month, you will receive an exclusive and brand-new pdf bag sewing pattern from that month’s designer, ready to download from your account area on our site. If you are familiar with even one of the designers, then you know that you can expect a high-quality and easy-to-understand sewing pattern each month!
The bag designs will be a mystery until each pattern is revealed every month. We promise, they will definitely be worth the wait! The patterns will be exclusive to the club for the duration. Each pdf pattern will be uploaded into your account on the 1st of the month, and will include detailed instructions, illustrations/photos, and templates needed to make the bag pattern.
If you join after the club begins, you will receive all patterns released to the club up until that point (for instance, if you join on February 14th, you will receive the patterns for January and February automatically).
We are all so excited for you to join us! The one-time fee for 6 months of Bag of the Month Club is $40, during which time you will receive 6 pdf bag sewing patterns. The club runs from January through June of 2016.
There were some fabulous designs in last years group.
 I'm   so excited cant wait for the new year for our first bag pattern to be released.
So if you would like to sign up and join in the fun, click the link in my side bar or the button down below

if you are on Facebook Join the bag of the month Facebook group


Friday, 20 November 2015

The Companion Bag

So loving this carpet bag , can see me making lots more of these in both sizes

 Just love everything about this pattern,  this is using the 8 inch frame, and its the perfect size for every day use. 
Love the way it opens wide so you can see what you need at a glance.

I added an extra pocket to the back that fastens with a magnetic clasps

 Its easy to do just follow instructions for the front pocket. 
I added a crochet flower and button to the front for added details. 

How the inside looks when open, this is the 8 inch frame, there is a zipped pocket and a slip pocket inside the bag. 
The pattern also has instructions for a 12 inch frame

I used a pretty floral cotton for the lining it has the same shade of blues as the main fabric

In the original pattern they used pre made leather handles,  I made my own and also added a longer strap to wear  across the body

You can find this pattern


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Felt Snowman Garland Pattern

Love this felt snowman garland, it so cute cant wait to put it up over Christmas 

I have added the template for the snowman and heart in case anyone would like to make their own garland.
I did hand stitch these, but would be much quicker using a sewing machine.  

Here is the template that I drew for the snowmen.
Below are the instructions for the Felt Gingerbread Garland,
that I made last week, you just follow the same instructions for snowmen
you can find the post and the template for the Gingerbread Garland 

Thanks for looking,
please post a link in the comments if you make either of these garlands
I would love to see them


Thursday, 12 November 2015

Felt Gingerbread Man Garland and Template

Spent a few evenings hand sewing this cute little Garland together.
There is no reason why you cant quicken this project up by using a sewing machine.
I just liked the look of the running stitch and blanket stitched edges .
I have tried to make each little man a little bit different.
As you can see in the photo below.
added some Ric Rak and crosses to give them an iced decoration look .
I started sewing the edges with white embroidery thread, but ran out.
I didn't want to wait until the next day, so just used white yarn for the others,
cut their scarf's from strips of felt 

For the heart, I just drew it onto fabric, did a little running stitch on the line I had drawn.
Stuffing the heart just before getting back to the beginning .
Then using Pinking scissors I cut around the edge following my sewn line.
Just be careful you dont cut into your stitches.
best thing about making your hearts this way 
No turning the right way out.
They have a nicer shape and look way cute with the pinked edges

I have added the Template I drew for the Gingerbread Men and heart.
Just save print on A4 paper in print in landscape.

I am halfway through making a Snowman Garland, I will post when its finished

Thanks for looking.
Please leave a comment


Charlies Aunt Poachers Bag and Necessary Clutch Wallet

Here is the Bag I made to go with my Necessary Clutch wallet , that I showed in the post below.
I just about had enough fabric left to complete this bag.
I added an extra Zipped pocket to the inside.
The original bag on the pattern is made out of tweeds and cord fabric.
for mine I used quilting cotton .

lots of pockets for keeping you stuff nice and safe, the top flap closes with a popper.
the top of the bag is narrow so nothing falls out.

I'm going to make this bag in a tweed or more heavier weight fabric for our
wet winter months.
If you like the look of this bag and are interested in the pattern.
you can get a downloadable pattern from Charlies Aunt.
She specialises in Vintage Bag Patterns, you can find them


Necessary Clutch Wallet

I have had this fabric in my stash for awhile just waiting for the right project .
The Necessary Clutch Wallet was just crying out to be made in it
 And I love it.
I've made a few of these wallets as gifts for family, this one is all mine.
I adapted the pattern slightly by adding a zip pocket on the back.
I followed a tutorial on the facebook group NCW addicts,
they have lots of hints and tips for this pattern
if you LOVE this wallet as much as i do you can find it 


Charlies Aunt Bags and Necessary Clutch Wallet

I made this set for my daughter Aleysha,
The bag pattern is from Charlies Aunt, this one is called the Exchange Bag
you can find the pattern and many more 
Wonderful patterns I want to make them all.
I also made a matching wallet, this is my most favourite wallet pattern ever , I love it.
it has so many sections for all our cards receipts etc.
there is a wonderful facebook group called NCW Addicts 
they will give you loads of hints and tips on how to  make your first wallet.
Did I say I love this wallet
you can find the pattern
thanks for looking
please feel free to leave a comment, 
I love to hear your feedback 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Hanging Angel number 2

Here is my second hanging Angel. 
This one will hang in my granddaughter Perrie's bedroom. 
For her hair I used Alpaca wool it comes in natural colours and feels so soft to touch. 
I hand sewed it to her head so it looks like a mass of curls


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Tilda Doll number 2

 Here she is my Tilda doll number 2.
Such fun making these dolls adding all the little finishing touches that bring these dolls to life. 

Again she has 3 layers of lace trimmed skirts,  the top layer I shaped the front edges added lace and closed it at the front with 3 pink pearl beads. 
I also knitted her a little teddy for her to cuddle and  attached  it to her hand

I put a lace belt around the waist and let it flow down the back, I also added another 3 pearl beads at the back .

You can see how cute it looks in these photos. 

For her hair I crocheted a little wig using Alpaca wool,  I then addded extra threads to each side until I had enough to style into two long platted bunches. 

She is also wearing some cute denim lace up boots

This doll is going to my granddaughter Perrie. 
Im sure this won't be the last tilda doll I make,  im getting a little addiction for them. 
Thanks for looking. 
Please leave a comment,  I enjoy your feedback


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Tilda Doll

                   Im here to show you my first Tilda Doll, I have named her Bella

 Here is a view of how she looks from the back, I think her lace trim looks lovely floating down the back of her skirt, and her tidy hair do.
 In the above photos you can see the details of her waist,  I have added pretty lace, some pearls to hitch up her dress on the one side, this let's you see the pretty polka dot skirt layer underneath.
                           I also made a crochet draw string bag for her to hold.
How she looks from the side with her pretty ribbon and side swept hair do.

Her cute boots match the bodice on her dress,  these I trimmed in lace  but might still add some laces up the front,  

Here you can see how the dress looks slightly hooked uo showing off the underneath dress layers.
I really enjoyed making this doll, doing all the hand sewn lace trims that really made her come to life. 
She has tiny seed beads for eyes and the Tilda Doll blushed cheeks