Flower power

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!

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Holiday prep

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!

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…and this is where we’re heading, dreamy bliss!

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