Saturday, 30 November 2013

More pocket bags

I really needed to stock up on these bags.  One thing I have definitely learnt over the two years I have been sewing with a view to raising money for Utange is that all bags are faster to make when made in bulk.  So I try to make at least five of a style of bag at one time. Occasionally this has been a mistake, when the style of bag has not sold well, but generally it works well.  I bear this in mind when cutting, too.  With all the adult jeans I am given, I have a standard method of cutting them up, which involves cutting up the seams to separate the four leg pieces.  My next step is generally to separate the back pockets from the rest of the leg, and I aim to cut these into 8" squares.  Sometimes this is not possible, and so I have a large collection of pocket pieces waiting to be used in projects which.  However, the 8" pockets are used to make these bags and the backpacks.  I then piece the pockets in pairs horizontally, then put two pairs together to make the front or back of the bag.  The linings are then a standard 15 1/2" square and it all sews up remarkably quickly.
I'm sharing this project at the following link parties:

Crafty Showcase Polkadot prettiesSaturday Sew and Tell 
It's Overflowing

Saturday at Seven
Strut your stuff Saturday
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Friday, 29 November 2013

Bromham concert for Utange

Another fabulous event. This concert featured so many excellent musicians.  I had a stall, and sold over £100 worth of items within the space of less than half an hour, during the interval.  It has to ahve been my fastest selling ever!
As usual, I had some great conversations, and am hoping for a few repeat customers at the December Crafts Cakes and Produce event in Church Lane Community Centre in Bedford.

Thursday, 28 November 2013


Cat lovers will agree with this, I suspect.  It's a bag design which sells well.
"A cat's eyes are windows into another world."

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A Glimpse Inside
Made in a day
Seven Alive
Catch a glimpseMade in a dayLink it Up Thursday
Gingerly Made
Hookin up with HoHGingerly madeMake it Wear it Thursday
I gotta create

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Girly bookmarks

Ready for Christmas stocking fillers, I have rebuilt my stock of bookmarks.  I was a little shocked to find how depleted my stock was - not any more, however!  Here are some "girly" bookmarks, ready to sell.
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Create and ShareMade by MeWe Made it Wednesday
A Creative PrincessWhatever goes WednesdayA Little Bird told me

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Backpack bonanza!

So here is the remainder of the backpack stock.  I realised that I made ten of these in my latest batch of sewing.  I wonder how many will be sold in the sales I have before Christmas!
I've had these bags purchased as changing bags, school bags, sports kit bags, and shopping bags.  I look forward to any new ideas in the coming season.

This project will be shared at the following link parties:

Better Off Thread
The DIY Dreamer
Sew Cute TuesdayToo Cute TuesdayFrom Dream to reality
Fluster Buster
Fluster busterNifty Thrifty TuesdayLadybug Blessings

Monday, 25 November 2013

Which one fits you?

A series of purses for ladies to choose from - or for men to choose from for the woman in their lives!
I think any male who bought "Goddess in training" could be on to a winner!

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A Round TuitSew Can DoHand made Monday
Sew ChattyMondays @ All Things Fee!

Sew ChattyCalling all Crafters
Make it yourself Monday

Sunday, 24 November 2013


"Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow is yet to come.
All we have is today.
Live one peaceful day at a time."

Love this saying!

Shared here:

sew many ways

Sew Darn CraftySunday FundaySubmarine Sunday
Life on Lakeshore Drive
I Heart Nap Time

Bouquet of talentSundae ScoopSew-licious
The Girl Creative
The Girl Creative
Just something I whipped upPetite HermineThe weekend creative

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Musical bookmarks

I'm trying to appeal to all tastes with these bookmarks, I hope you will notice!
Hopefully someone will note-ice them.  (Sorry!)
I'll add this post to these link parties:

Crafty Showcase Polkadot prettiesSaturday Sew and Tell 
It's Overflowing

Saturday at Seven
Strut your stuff Saturday
Check me out Saturdays