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30 days of creativity – day 9 – zombie bag

(Yes, another zombie thing – I like zombies, ok?)


I bought the fabric on ebay before Christmas because I thought it was marvellous.

As usual I didn’t have a pattern or a plan. I just made it up as I went along. Usually that turns out ok.

Although I must admit lack of planning has resulted in a bag full of “handmade charm.” Or wonky bits. I prefer handmade charm.




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Upcycled pyjamas – can you tell I’m an eighties child?




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 tat nostalgia.

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!




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Mine… all mine!

No, this bag will not be appearing in my Folksy shop.
It’s just too darn cute.

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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?

A Try-try-try-ceratops!


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Every woman should have a piranha pinny.

This is a pinny. With piranhas. What more do you need to know?

I made it last night. It ties at the back and the front is 2 great big pockets for carrying around stuff.

I was going to put it in my shop… but I don’t know if I can part with it!


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A Swashbuckling week!

A pirate’s life for me!

This week saw my first sale on Folksy (http://folksy.com/shops/shazronnie) – this applique pirate picture, along with a request for a pirate themed birthday card.

I used a digi stamp from my favourite site http://www.digistampboutique.co.uk to create this…

The image is coloured with promarkers, and the letters cut out on the cricut machine. I love the blue and red colours together.

Then I volunteered to also make a pirate outfit, with matching doll’s version.

And then, maybe I might make a little bag to put it in…?

I only had a little piece of this fabric in my stash, but managed to make it into a slightly patchwork affair using some other piratey scraps.

So now it be Sunday – and I be relaxin’ with a bottle o’ rum. Yo ho ho!!



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Applique meets Sampler, they fall in love and live Happily Ever After

This is something I made a few months ago, for a friend who was renewing her wedding vows after ten years of marriage. The re-wedding was today, so I can finally show off my applique version of a sampler.

The large heart has the two wedding dates embroidered around it, while the two small ones feature the names and birthdates of the couple’s two children.

It is mounted onto canvas, and embellished with little buttons and ric rac. Because everyone loves little buttons and ric rac!!

I really loved making this, it felt like a real honour to be trusted with such a special piece of memory keeping. I’d like to wish Holly and Mark many more years of happiness and love.


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