Monday, 18 November 2013

Festive fabric fun...

Finally whipping up a few Christmas presents!

The tissue holders are an old favourite, but I tweaked the pattern to create a wider cuff, showing more of the lining fabric. The circular basket was an 'invention' based on having seen similar things online, but making it up as I went along. It would be a nice container for a bottle of wine as a gift. Sewing the circular bottom was a useful challenge to tackle, I'm sure I'll make another of these, but a wider one.

This fabric roll was a kit I bought over a year ago... The pattern wasn't entirely straightforward, and I will adjust it next time, but I'm so very glad I persevered!

Now I know the basic technique, I anticipate making many more of these :-)

It provides great storage for jewellery, make up, or sewing supplies... Thank you for all the suggestions that came in for using festive fabric, I still have plenty left for other projects!

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Dog tired...

Somebody came home from her walk this morning and found a lovely sunbeam on the guest bed... We didn't have the heart to move her! It's nice to see the patchwork being enjoyed.

This week my fabric for the low volume charm swap arrived. It's being organised by Rachael, and several of my bloggy pals are joining in. It's always quite tense cutting up the charms for a swap, as one false move and you could find yourself having to buy a new piece! Fortunately, there was a rare moment of calm here yesterday, so I used that to turn this:

into this:

 ...which is all ready to send!

Obviously it's not worth the postage ordering just one metre of fabric, so I added this great music to my order...

I would like to make a special present from it, just pondering ideas still! And on the subject of ideas, I also ordered the mittens fabric, shown here with my entire collection of festive fabrics...

Does anyone have any inspiration for Christmas gifts made with festive fabrics? Other than stockings... ;-)

Monday, 4 November 2013

Patchwork Pencil Pouch

We are very fortunate that Miss PR has had the same, delightful group of friends for years now. They all tend to go to one another's parties, and I try to make most of their presents. Rumour has it that the recipient of a fabric covered notebook last month was a bit disappointed when she saw the parcel, assumed it was a novel, and said sadly to her mother that I normally make her something, but clearly hadn't. Apparently she was then thrilled to find her gift inside, which made me very happy! Nice to know the effort is appreciated. 

What I'm less good at, is keeping a record. Over the years, the girls have had bags, cushions, and notebooks, but I'm not sure who's had what! So, time for a new idea, and with four to make, something speedy...

These little patchwork pouches were easy to whip together, and also gave me some practice with zips ;-) With hindsight, I shouldn't have sent the first one off as a thank you to Catherine, as subsequent ones have been much better made. Oh well, crafty people often just love to have something handmade, and we are always more critical of ourselves!

The fourth one, hot off the sewing machine, is a larger version, and could almost be used for a sewing project bag. No doubt the girls will find a use for them! 

My new job has been thoroughly enjoyable, though with plenty to keep me busy. Only a few weeks' into it, I had to read the prayers at our local cathedral, on behalf of the charity. Gulp. In front of the mayor, tons of dignitaries, and lots of people with medals and awards. No pressure then! I decided to buy a new jacket, and went for a plain grey, textured one, which can be worn with all sorts of other things. Up against all those medals though, I did feel a bit plain... All sorted for next time though, I splashed out on one of Beth's beautiful brooches, which happens to be in our charity colours :-)

Miss PR and I had a lovely few days in York last week, being very cultured and enjoying the museums. It's nice to be home though, especially with the colder weather kicking in. I also have an exciting new project to look forward to, another charm swap, but this time low volume, something I've been wanting to get into for ages. I read about it here, and faster than a speeding sewing machine, not only joined up, but messaged a few friends who leapt in too! That will make it all the more fun, to see what everyone makes with their fabrics.

Have a great week!