Gotta pick a pocket or two!
(Firstly I can’t claim this was all my idea – I saw something similar floating around on facebook which was made as a fabric wall hanging.)
My pocket board is mounted on an artist’s canvas – 4 pockets cut from old clothes, machine stitched onto a fabric panel, embellished with a bit of embroidery chopped off a blouse and some buttons I had lying around.
I love it, it makes a perfect place to keep my favourite pens and scissors!
What better use of a duvet cover than some lovely comfy jim jams?
I bought this Harlequin and Columbine duvet cover in a charity shop, because it was 50p and because I can’t resist a bit of 80’s
Because it’s been washed about a million times in the last 30 years the cotton is lovely and soft. (The brand is St. Michael, and you know your mum would tell you how the stuff from Marks and Sparks is made to last.)
I used an experimental pattern.
Which means I made it up as I went along.
Basically, I drew around a top I already had, to make one piece for the back, and three pieces for the front. I didn’t want to have the stress of needing buttons so made sure it would fit over my head. I also drew around some existing PJ trousers to make two pieces for the bottoms.
As an inexperienced dressmaker I did made a few bad decisions – I should have hemmed the neckline before sewing the shoulders together, and I could have been a bit more generous in the size of the channel for the elastic on the trousers, but hey ho, they fit and I made them myself!
No, this bag will not be appearing in my Folksy shop.
It’s just too darn cute.
Listed my first Christmassy offering in my Folksy shop today.
Little drawstring bags (oh, how I love a drawstring bag!!) to hang on your tree with little surprises inside.
You can buy them here in a handy pack of 6.
I just love this bag I made! Designed with little boys in mind, it is also the perfect size to be a grown up’s shoulder bag.
I really want to keep it, but I have about a zillion handbags already. It’s in my Folksy shop right now.
What do you call a dinosaur that never gives up?
This week I made some laundry bags from a duvet cover which my friend had given me. It had had an unfortunate meeting with some airfix paint and was deemed no longer fit for purpose. I love a bit of recycling and often make things out of pre-loved fabric. Eighty percent of the material of this duvet cover was perfectly fine, but I know many people would have sent it straight to the wheelie bin.
I listed this bag on Folksy but it made me wonder – would there be potential customers out there who would be put off by something made out of previously used fabric? Would they prefer the crisp feel of brand new cotton? Would they accept that I would have to charge twice the price for new material? By purchasing upcycled they are saving money as well as the Earth’s resources.
What do you think? Is second hand fabric okay with you?