Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Embroidered panel bags: Wine!

No, not a wine bag.  Chocolate may be one of the recurring themes of my bags, but wine is another one.
I saw this slogan fairly recently and loved it.  Having sold out of most of my "wine" themed bags at Stony Stratford (thanks largely to a single customer who bought three as presents!) I have been restocking.

"Any time is the right time for a glass of wine".
So (nearly) true!

Monday, 3 November 2014

Money / tool apron

I have one of these which I use for my money at events, and find it indispensable.  It is made from two jean backs and so has two sets of jean pockets, one inside the other, with two further pockets formed by the central seam.  I use one side for money and one side for my possessions (phone, keys etc).   The outer pockets hold my pens and notepads and business cards.  I feel this keeps the cash I take very secure, and it doesn't get in my way.
I have had a few comments and queries at recent events and so decided to make some more in case other stall holders would like to buy them.  It strikes me they would also make good tool aprons or even gardening aprons.

I took this and one other apron with me this weekend; both sold!  Another remake needed!

Sunday, 2 November 2014

New drawstring bag

This pattern has been adapted from one I found in a magazine.
I took the shape from the pattern, but the dimensions were determined by the curtain samples I had to hand and wanted to use.  In the pattern the fabric came from jelly rolls.  I cut my strips to 2 1/2" as in the pattern, and used the full width of the curtain samples.  I ended up with 7 strips so cut 7 strips of denim to match and then pieced, keeping the curtain samples in the same orientation throughout.  I am pleased with the effect and they are quite different to any other bags I have made.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Penguin phone cases - massive remake!

I sold out of these so did a huge remake.  This time I have made various sizes; phones seem to be getting bigger rather than smaller and I have tried to accommodate this.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Bletchley Market

This seems like it was a very long time ago now.  It was a wonderful event, and a very profitable one too.  On the back of it I have booked a stall at their Christmas Lights market.
 The event took place on a warm September Saturday down the main street in Bletchley.  Although I was told I was not in one of the prime positions, to my mind it was ideal as it was not too far from the (free) car parking, and close to the children's attractions.  I was outside a cafe which provided fab bacon butties and great cups of tea.  Stallholders and public alike were friendly and, judging by the footfall, the event had been very well advertised.  It has made me consider attending more market events.
Particular thanks to the lady from the British Heart Foundation who brought me a bag of jeans!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Piggy bag mark 2

The first version of this bag sold rapidly, so it went on the list for a remake.  I'll be interested to see if this one sells as quickly.  To my mind, it is an ideal Christmas present.  It makes me smile whenever I see it. 

Monday, 27 October 2014

Embroidered panel bags: A reminder

The simplest things in life are often the things most precious.

Very true, as many of the residents of Utange, Kenya, show in their every day lives.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Embroidered panel bags: Keep calm

The "Keep calm" theme seems to continue, and I have been collecting a variety of embroidered slogans on this theme.  This is one of the newer ones:
"Keep calm and eat ice cream."

Monday, 13 October 2014

Applique bag - cupcakes

This, like the dogs, uses the vibrant spots fat quarter pack.  I teamed each fabric with a scrap piece of plain material, and chose white for the applique thread rather than my usual black.  The effect is quite striking.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Embroidered panel bags: Cats

I used to think people who liked pets were either "cat people" or "dog people".  I now believe you can be both at the same time.
I love the slogan on this bag, and it does ring true.
"Cats don't have owners - they have servants."