Friday, 19 December 2014

And More bags...

Another little something I'm working on for my new project... this would make a great washbag if made in oilcloth...

Sunday, 14 December 2014

More bags!

Now talking of bags and owls, I'm working on a little something that should be with you in the new year, I know I'm teasing at the moment, but I'll let you know more after Christmas. And it's not a book!

A bag book I'm working on...

I'm working on a few books at the moment, one of them being bags! This is a cute little three pocket bag with owls printed on the fabric. 

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Ideal Christmas Show

Here's a few pictures from the show, I was demonstrating making Christmas gift bags. Lots of stalls with so many decorations, and even an ice skating rink in the centre! I went with my daughter, who has bought lots of cinnamon-scented goodies to make Christmas wreaths. There was even a beauty area where you could get your teeth whitened or eyebrows threaded!

I loved the white trees, I half expected Mr Tumnus to pop out!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Alfie modelling in a magazine!

What a lovely surprise today when I picked up my copy of Love Sewing and firstly they've featured my latest book, but also chose a picture that didn't end up in the book, of Alfie snuggling up to one of my cushions! He loves the camera, my daughter had her picture taken on the bed so he just had to join in. He can be fast asleep in another room but as soon as those lights come on he springs into action!

I write a monthly skills class for the magazine, and answer any readers questions that come along. You'll also find my projects in Simple Homemade Magazine each month, the Christmas bookazine should be available now with lots of gift and gift bag ideas!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Christmas gift bag tutorial

I've been making loads of these drawstring bags, video on You Tube, try padding with fusible fleece to carry delicate gifts. Two fat quarters will easily make a good sized bag so they're really quite affordable too! They can be recycled each year, and made from pretty fabrics they could be used for lingerie or nightdress bags, pop a stone in the base and stuff, and you have a door stop.  

Monday, 10 November 2014

Ric-rac roses

I thought this was a nice idea. rolling together two different colours of ric-rac to make a flower! A dot of glue on the ends holds them together... but I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them at the moment...