Thursday, 29 November 2012

Penguin bags

Another variation on the baby owl bag shape.  This was inspired by the success of the penguin phone cases and has come out looking very cute.

I have already sold several of these, to be given as Christmas presents. I'm having fun playing with different facial expressions.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Owl purses

I was told at a recent sale that owls are very "in" at the moment.  I can certainly see that I sell plenty of owl themed items.  This month I have restocked my owl coin purses to keep up with the trend.

You can find a tutorial for these purses here if you would like one for yourself.  You are welcome to make them to sell but if you do, please consider making a donation to The Sure Foundation (paypal link on the side bar).
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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Boxy purses - with tutorial

My purses needed restocking in time for Christmas, and I felt like playing around with ideas and patterns a bit.  I saw a tiny boxy purse attached to a keyring and that inspired these:
These started as an 8.5" x 6" rectangle.  I inserted the zip and then sewed the sides so that the zip was centrally placed - like this:
 Then I cut the corners out - about a 1" square - in each corner, like this:

I pinched the corners and sewed them together to make the box.

They are not yet quite the size I want, but they look pretty cure.  Next set may well be smaller and more cube than cuboid - possibly attached to a keyring.

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Monday, 26 November 2012

More bookmarks

This is the second batch of embroidered bookmarks.  I used a different selection of patterns - I think I prefer the pictures to the text, but I am not sure yet.  I'll have to see how sales go to know which I should focus on.
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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Wallet style purses

These are such simple purses to make, and great for boys.  I used an 8.5" x 6" rectangle, choosing pieces of denim with interesting stitching on them.  After sewing a 6" zip to the short ends of the rectangles, I sewed the sides up with the zip in the middle, just as for the boxy purses.  However, in that case the purses were then completed!
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Friday, 23 November 2012

Penguin purses

Another novelty coin purse design - I have been catching up on these while the embroidery machine is out of action.  These are simple to make. They have a basic construction of three 4" squares each of denim and lining.  I curve the base of one of the squares to make the head / flap.  Before starting construction I applique eyes and the white body and add the velcro for the fastening.
I then sew round the sides and curved edge of the flap, sewing it to the lining. I clip the edges, turn it the right way out and topstitch.
I then sew together the body part with velcro and one lining along the top edge.  sandwiching the head between the other body pieces (same fabric types facing). Open these out and put the two pieces together, same fabrics matched.  Sew round the resulting piece, leaving the bottom edge of the lining open for turning.
Turn right way in and sew up the lining before pushing the lining inside the main body.
There's a tutorial with pictures for the monkey purse (made in the same way) here if these instructions don't make sense to you!

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