Today I am delighted to be taking part in fleecefun’s Handmade Saturday series.
Not only is this game good for memory, use it to help children learn their colours and shapes.
My three year old loved playing, after initial reluctance – the ten pairs were perfect for his concentration level. My seven year old benefitted from the practice of octagon’s, hexagon’s and pentagons:)
Pop on over to see my tutorial for making a memory game from fabric scraps and felt.
How Pattern Parcel Works: Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too.
So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.
We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need.
Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well.
Its our goal to raise over $20,000 for Donors Choose this year
Let’s have a quick look inside this Parcel: there are 5 bags (plus a bonus 6th one):
Barcelona Bag and Wallet by Pat Bravo
Butterfly Sling Purse by Emmaline Patterns
Evelyn Hangbag by ChrisW Designs
Midtown Messenger Bag by Betz White
Betty Bowler by Swoon Sewing Patterns BONUS PATTERN: Daphne Bag by Clover & Violet
This is a great selection a bags, a perfect bag for every occasion. Treat yourself or a friend to some new patterns, great timing for the christmas season.
Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #6 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That’s only $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the brand new Daphne Bag pattern from Clover & Violet. The Daphne is a slouchy satchel that can be worn cross body or as a shoulder bag. The zip top keeps your gear secure and the internal pockets keep your accessories where you need them. This is a brand new, never been seen before pattern and is an exclusive opportunity for Parcel #7 customers!
I have chosen to make Midtown Messenger Bag by Betz White. This is the first time I have sewn a Betz White design, I was not disappointed. There are clear directions, with step by step diagrams.
Another first was sewing a zipper closure and turned the lining/main bag to the correct side out, but I need not to have worried, it worked:)
My fabric choices were a cotton patterned skirt, former curtain as accent fabric, and a fabric remnant for lining. I love the fact the pattern encourages readers to think about upcycling fabrics:) I struggled to buy the hardware locally, so ended up at the local charity shop yesterday in order to buy an old bag for the hardware for the strap.
The vibrant colours are great fun.
The bag has an internal padded pocket designed to hold and protect tablets, an external pocket perfect for an A4 notebook and two slip pockets at the front – what’s not to like?
Who doesn’t love handmade christmas decorations? There is something magical about Christmas, which for me includes making and creating many of the decorations. This year I am focussing on felt christmas decorations.
This decision may be biased by the fact I happen to have a pile of felted jumpers.. time to make some knitted christmas stockings with no knitting involved!
I purchase a 100% wool jumpers in charity shops, checking the label for hand wash. The jumper is likely to felt successfully if it is labelled hand wash – if it states it can be machine washed then it has been treated to prevent felting. Wash your jumper on the highest temperature wash on your machine, you may decide it needs to be washed twice to properly felt.
To make your handmade christmas stocking lay your felted jumper out ensuring the hem of the jumper is aligned (front and back).
Draw your stocking onto the felted jumper using tailors chalk (alternatively cut out a newspaper template as a pattern to cut round).
Cut out your stocking (two sides)
Cut out a felt shape, if you are creating a circle you can use a mug as a template.
Play with sequins and beads to create a pattern you are happy with.
Decorate your felt shape, I used invisible thread (it’s similar to thin fishing wire which is clear).
Sew your shape onto the front piece of your stocking. this circular shape was sewn with a blanket stitch.
Place the right sides of your stocking together and sew round. Attach a ribbon loop.
Check out my pinterest board for more ideas for handmade christmas decorations, or to see more upcycled sweater creations I have a roundup of ideas here.
This post is part of Bugs and Fishes Christmas Craft Tutorial link up, looking forward to seeing other fantastic decoration ideas:)
Whats your favourite handmade christmas decoration?
I enjoy sewing and pattern making focussing on recycled bags. This love of recycling and caring for the environment is my excuse to haunt charity shops for bargains!
I blog about these, come join me on my journey!!