Affordable crafting and sewing supplies?

I have set myself a challenge, to visit one of the many economy stores that are popping up and to see what supplies I could find.

I think you may be surprised…

Fabric duvet sets

Fabric, table runners, t-towels, and of course bed linen. This single duvet cover for £6.99 which is the equivalent of 4 metres of fabric, for the same price I would gain one metre of the equivalent economy fabric in a fabric shop.

Foam tape

Tape, I was looking for parcel tape and double sided tape – have you seen this great tutorial for fabric washi tape, made with double sided tape and fabric scraps?  What I found was foam double sided tape – great for mounting:) Plus Pritt stick glue and wallpaper samples, perfect for card making.

Wool

Wool – you can never be short of wool:)

Storage

Affordable storage for your crafting supplies.

I didn’t find everything I expected to. I guess that is part of economy store shopping.. you never know what they have in stock!

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5 Wallet Tutorials

Fancy making yourself  new wallet? Here are 5 wallet tutorials, all free – I love the fact people take time and effort to write free tutorials.

Phone wallet

Phone wallet by Indianna Dreams – this is a combination of two tutorials to create this unique wallet stroke phone holder.

Modest Haven wallet

Looking for something far simpler? Check out this card and note holder by Modest 

mel all wrapped up wallet

This wallet design includes card holder, note pocket and a zip pocket for coins, plus I love the patchwork detail:) From All wrapped up.

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This pretty wallet has 6 card pockets, a note holder and change zip pocket from Very  Purpleperson

Bi-fold-Wallet-Sewing-Pattern-Cash-Card-Purse

This bifold wallet includes handy wrist strap, PDF pattern available through Pattern Pile.

After all this research I have made one, this was commissioned as a gift. As always I love making commissions but also feel far more responsible, colour and fabric choices seem so much harder.

Fabric Wallet

Thank fully I know the recipient loves recycling too, and that she would be delighted with shirt fabric for the front and interior:)

Fabric wallet 1

 

What would be your essential criteria for a wallet be??

As usual I am hopping by Handmade Harbour to see what everyone else’s week has been like,

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Stash busting thank you notelets

Following my rather extensive birthday celebrations (well why not drag it out at my age!) I have enjoyed rummaging through my paper craft hoard. The aim to make some stash busting thank you notelets:).

Thank you notelet

 

A little bit of playing around created a quick and simple collage thank you notelet.

paper notelets

To create your own you will need two types of paper. I used a leaf printed handmade paper, and silver chinese temple paper. It’s nearly twelve years since I have been to China – definitely time to use some of my stock!

paper squares

Rip into square shapes, one slightly bigger than the other.

thankyou notelets

Stamp text onto the card.

thank you notelet 1

Quick, simple and effective (just don’t tell the people who received them just how quick and easy!). I really enjoyed working with paper as a change – I may just be doing some more rummaging:)

As usual I am hopping by Handmade Harbour to see what everyone else’s week has been like,

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