I’ve had plenty of opportunity of late to add to my ever increasing stash and I have done just that! Whilst on holiday in Florida I spent a few hours (my husband would say days!) in Joanns and brought back some lovely fabric at some really good prices!
I went to the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexander Palace and had a fantastic day browsing all the stalls and finding inspiration in the textile exhibitions. Needless to say I bought a bit of fabric and a few ribbons and trims.
So this weekend I was itching to get sewing with all my new buys. I loved the foxy fabric I bought on holiday with its orange and browns and splash of pink but was a little intimidated at the thought of making anything too big in case it didn’t work out and I wasted the material. Having it as an accent fabric seemed to be the ideal usage leaving me with plenty of material for other projects.
The result was the Foxy Clutch!
Making things is my way of relaxing, so it makes sense when I am on holiday I like to make things even if I am sat on the beach with a wonderful view all around me.
If only the sewing machine fitted in my suitcase!
Does anyone else sew, knit or crochet when sat on the beach?
My foray into making handbags had wained a little bit as I had been tempted by other crafty makes such as my Christmas runner and a flower cushion that is still at the petal making stage. However a post on the American designer, Jennifer Paganelli’s Facebook page made me go and have a look at “Hold it Right there Handbags“. Lots of lovely patterns for handbags!
The PDF downloadable patterns come with fully comprehensive instructions and the story behind the pattern. I liked the look of the Coconut Grove Handbag and thought it would be great to make one that matches my Sunhat. I can see me walking along the beach collecting shells, sunhat on, sarong tied around me and my valuables nice and safe in my matching handbag.
I was even more taken with the bag when I learned of the story behind the pattern. The designer, Suzanna McKeon tells of memories of a trip to Miami and how it inspired the bag. It seemed so fitting to make a bag with Floridan vibes as its a place where I’ve had a lot of happy times, it’s where my husband proposed and it has the wonderful beaches where I can go shelling.
So the Coconut Grove bag in Jennifer Paganelli fabric was born! This will definitely be accompanying me on my next trip to Florida.
I’ve had a bit of a thing about fabric flowers of late, they look so pretty and jazz up almost anything.
Determined to have a go at making them myself I trawled the Internet for tutorials to give me an idea. There are lots out there, from fabric roses to daisies to…well just about any kind of flower!
Then just as the mind was boggling with which one to try my favourite fabric store, Patchwork Paradise, uploaded a tutorial on an easy fabric flower make! Staying loyal to the ones who frequently get me to overspend with their tantalising fabric deals (they really are good deals and excellent service and no I’m not affiliated to them in any way!) I tried my hand at their fabric flower tutorial.
As you can see I got carried away and made flower brooches for my sunhats and beach bag
Next I want to try my hand at crochet flowers, although those of you who follow me on twitter @cruickshancraft will know that I haven’t quite got the hang of crochet, much to the amusement of my mother-in-law! She is trying her best to teach me but this pupil is hard work!
Last Sunday whilst waiting for the men’s final at Wimbledon to start, I sat out in the sunshine and finally got around to making a beach bag for my summer holidays. I saw a tutorial on Pinterest which claimed to be a simple six pocket bag just what I was after!
I didn’t follow the sizes in the tutorial, instead cut out the simple pieces according to the material I had and to what I thought looked like a decent sized beach bag. It really was a simple bag to make and I recommend having a look at the tutorial.
I confess to making one little mistake, when sewing across the corners to get the box shape on the bottom I sewed them the wrong way! By this time Andy Murray was on his third match point and I blame him for the distraction! It was easily rectified though.
The pockets on the front are perfect for slipping in your sun lotion, sunglasses, flip flops and paperback novel (I’m kinda old fashioned!) making it all very organised.
I’m all set for the beach now, got my sunhat, got my beach bag!
…and this is where we’re heading, dreamy bliss!
I had the rare luxury of a day off work today and decided to cast my mind to Christmas. Christmas?!! It’s only June!
Several months ago I bought some wonderful fabric by Sheri McCully for Riley Blake called Alpine Wonderland, a great Christmas design. Since then I’ve been adding to my stash with other fabrics that matched with the idea of making a mantle piece runner for Christmas.
I originally saw on Pinterest a runner that had overlapping banner flags of differing lengths and fell in love with the design. I had no idea how to construct it and spent quite a bit of time in the garden pondering how I was going to make it (well it was sunny!).
I got there in the end and even managed to make it double sided, in case I fancy a change one year.
The weekend started off with the promise of glorious sunshine, reluctantly I spent Saturday doing the housework whilst the sun shone outside! Sunday I intended to spend the day basking in the sunshine on the decking, but this was not to be as the day has been more like a grey winters day! Instead I flitted between projects started but not finished.
First up was hand piecing my table top runner whilst watching a recorded episode of Revenge, love that series it has me completely gripped!
I’m going to use this to experiment with free motion quilting, haven’t decided yet on the design, no doubt I will be over ambitious!
I then went on to constructing the Tweetie Bird bag I’m making. It’s come up a little smaller than I intended but otherwise not bad. It just needs the handles attaching, however I need a loop buckle so the length can be adjusted to turn it from a shoulder bag to a cross body.
…and finally I made my green sunhat, rather ironic given the sun didn’t appear all day. This hat is going to have a coordinating beach bag with the beach hut fabric I ordered from Patchwork Paradise.
Quite a productive day, now I need to get on with the tunic top, beach bag and the free motion quilting experiment.