One of my New year resolutions this year is to make items I have pinned, after all I have many fabulous pinned ideas. I fell in love with this bag by Noodlehead last summer when I saw this gorgeous version made by Imagine Gnats.
When my California Sunshine bag died on the way home from the park on Sunday (dropping to the floor with my precious camera in it!) I knew know was the moment to purchase the pattern and get making.
I love the fact each pattern piece is relatively small therefore you can use up scraps. Do you remember this dress I made? I had enough dress fabric left to create the main panels, and after some rummaging found a complimentary orange shirt for the pockets. The hardest part was making fabric choices!!
The pattern came together quickly, easily taking less than two hours:) All ready for the school run Monday morning.
The version I made has two slip pockets on the outside of the bag and one internal slip pocket on the inside.
The bags is smaller than my previous bag with less pockets – but I do love it, particularly the vibrancy of the colours:) Have you made any pinned items yet this year?
Unfortunately I made it in an evening so there are no photographs of works in progress.
As National Wool Week draws to a close I am pleased to show you my finished cowl… just in the nick of time with the complete change of weather.
I love this Winter Garden by Debbie Bliss wool… not sure it goes with my coat but who cares?! It was a fab quick knit:) Needless to say I have of course two other knitting projects on the go, a jumper for my son and a cardigan for my daughter – they will keep on growing which means it takes me longer to knit them clothes! Have you done anything to celebrate wool week?
I have also managed to carry on working on building up stock in my Etsy shop, listing two new corduroy bags.
Thank you for your feedback last week, I decided to follow your advice and not invest in SEO advice.
This week I have been delighted and surprised by various people’s kindness – Jill over at Creating my way to Success contacted me and kindly promoted my bags on her blog. If you have not visited her blog before you really should, she has over a 100 free tutorials, and has a tendency to recycle too:)
Natalie over at Free Spirit Designs directed me to Press Loft. I have signed up to a 60 day free trial. Here’s hoping I gain some press coverage. This coming week’s focus is creating some press worthy images, including cut out images (heres hoping for a great tutorial for free software so I can do this!).
And a special big mention for Leah:) In the UK Lidl had a special offer on an overlocker (serger), reduced from the usual selling price of £210 to £129. Inevitably they sold out in many places within minutes of opening. I have never met Leah but as a result of a group Facebook chat she very generously bought one on my behalf and took the risk that I would reimburse her, this took me aback with kindness… In return I am making a cover for her grandson due in December.
I hope you have had an equally productive and blessed week, off to check out Handmade Harbour,
I am very excited to be taking part in this blog hop – the theme to create anything in the colours red, black and grey around the topic Rush Hour.
If you have not visited me before one very big Welcome:) I enjoy the challenge of upcycling a former item into something new. Regularly creating bags out of former clothes – this challenge is perfect for me:)
I started off with this wonderful tweed skirt, you can imagine my delight when I discovered it in my stash fitting the theme perfectly:)
The skirt is a 100% wool, with sewn in pleats. I have set myself the challenge to create as many Rush Hour themed items as I can from the one skirt.
First off this gorgeous bag, which highlights the original pleats from the skirt. I have lined it with red cotton, and included an internal zip pocket. Hardware for the bag is rescued from an old bag. There is a tutorial here if you fancy making one yourself:)
With the left over fabric I unpicked the pleats and washed on the highest setting on the machine to felt the woollen fabric. I created the tablet sleeve with complimentary red fabric (a former curtain).
If you fancy making your tablet case I have a simple tutorial here.
Next up a smaller ladies shoulder bag, again lined with complimentary red:) It’s such a fab colour combination.
Having sketched this bag out I am chuffed it fits a mini IPAD.
I am delighted with all of them, in fact I am feeling inspired for these to designs to be the basis of a new autumn range.
Red, White, and Black will be stopping traffic!
Visit this wide range of bloggers to see how they have interpreted the theme:)
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