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Felt Memory game Vicky Myers Creations

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:)

Felt memory game DIYPop on over to see my tutorial for making a memory game from fabric scraps and felt.

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Midtown Messenger Bag Pattern Parcel 7#

Midtown messenger bag Vickymyerscreations

Pattern Parcel 7#

Not heard of pattern parcel before?

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

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!
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.

Bonus Pattern:

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!

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win
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.

zipper closure

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:)

Messenger bag Vickymyerscreations

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.

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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?

I’m planning on making the Barcelona Bag next.

Why not treat yourself to some new patterns?

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Parcel #7 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, November 7
Stitched || Sew Exhausted

Saturday, November 8
Made by Sara ||Oliver’s Fancy || Strawberry Patch Ramblings

Sunday, November 9
from a box ||Mia’s Creations || MOMENTS

Monday, November 10
owen’s olivia || While she was sleeping

Tuesday, November 11
Nutta || Radiant Home Studio || La Pantigana

Wednesday, November 12
Sew Fishsticks || Stacy Sews || Stitching Insane || GnomeAngel

Thursday, November 13
Needle and Ted || Patchouli Moon Studio || Sprouting JubeJube || The Crazy Tailor

Friday, November 14
Casa Crafty || A Jennuine Life || ‘So, Zo… What do you know?’

Saturday, November 15
Stitches by Laura || Rebekah Sews || Serger Pepper

Sunday, November 16
Blogs Like A Mother || Vicky Myers creations || Blossom Heart Quilts

Monday, November 17
Shanni Loves || So Sew Easy || GYCT Designs || Tiger In A Tornado

Tuesday, November 18
The Nosy Pepper || Keep Calm and Carrion || There & Back || Sewing Sober

Wednesday, November 19
Sew Like My Mom || Knot Sew Normal || Stacy Sews || sewVery

Thursday, November 20
Mimi’s Mom || Our Family Four || shades of BOLD || Modern Handcraft

Friday, November 21
Shawnta Sews || Lulu & Celeste || Amanda Rose || Robin’s Fabric Nest || House of Pinheiro

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How to make a felt christmas stocking

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.

Handmade Christmas Stocking

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!

Felt Christmas Stocking

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).

Felted jumper stocking

Draw your stocking onto the felted jumper using tailors chalk (alternatively cut out a newspaper template as a pattern to cut round).

Christmas StockingCut out your stocking (two sides)

Cut out stocking

Cut out a felt shape, if you are creating a circle you can use a mug as a template.

Mug Template

Play with sequins and beads to create a pattern you are happy with.

Felt decorated stocking

Decorate your felt shape, I used invisible thread (it’s similar to thin fishing wire which is clear).

Sew on your beads

Sew your shape onto the front piece of your stocking. this circular shape was sewn with a blanket stitch.

Handmade stocking

Place the right sides of your stocking together and sew round. Attach a ribbon loop.

Christmas Stocking - Vicky Myers Creations

 

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?

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