Sewing

Things for me! (Part 1)

I’ve had a lovely weekend of spending time with my family and friends, and making things too! With only a couple of days to go before the term begins again in earnest, I felt like I needed to make some more stuff! I’m going to show you the first now.

Before Christmas, I threw my three-year-old lunchbag away, tattered and torn, with a broken zip and peeling, frayed edges, in the hope that it would force me to make another one before I went back to work in January. Guess what? I forgot about it until yesterday!

So I thought it would be the perfect project for my lovely fabric from my Secret Santa. I’m in a Craft club that meets monthly and we decided this year to exchange crafty Secret Santa gifts at our Christmas ‘do’. I was delighted with mine (you can’t go wrong for me with anything sewing-related, and fabric, well….!) I received a sweet bundle of cute fabrics, all tied with a piece of lovely chunky yarn. Delish!

I was under strict instructions to use it to make something for myself, rather than other people! So here is the finished item. I wanted something much bigger than my old one, and open at the top rather than zipped, so that I could carry leftovers in various-sized plastic tubs, my coffee flask, etc. I am really pleased with the result and can’t wait to use it tomorrow! I often take cutlery and have just been throwing it into my bag, so I also made a little cutlery pouch out of the lining fabric. I had some cute fox ribbon in my stash (from Material Magic), so added that to some polka dot handles.

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Thank you Secret Santa, for my lovely fabric! Hope you like what I’ve done with it! 🙂

Happy back-to-work day to you all for tomorrow. I’ll post the next thing I made for myself next time!

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My life as a bag lady

So, a few years ago I began to sew. I’ve always loved crafts and making things, and apart from a couple of small things I made at school (more years ago than I care to remember!), I had little knowledge of sewing. I bought a cheap, basic machine, signed up for an evening class and that’s where the passion was ignited!

The first thing I made was a cushion cover, then a simple skirt and a bag. The first bag of many hundreds of bags that I have made over the years! I have to admit, I love bags. The first one I made was following a store-bought pattern and under the supervision of my sewing teacher. I still sometimes use it, years later. It’s not the best I’ve made but it was my first, so I love it.

Well, once I had started making more bags, I realised that while I do love them, there is a limit to the amount one girl could use. Even someone who carries tons of stuff around, like me! So I began making them for presents. Then someone said “you should sell these” and so I did. I began by doing a couple of craft fairs and then signed up with Etsy. I now have an Etsy shop and it is so exciting when people like (and even buy) one of my bags. I have sent them all over the world.

So, following my first post when someone commented “show us yer bags”, here they are! You can find my shop at www.luckybear.etsy.com  If you drop by, do let me know what you think. And if you like something, please feel free to buy! Here are a few to give you a flavour…

A book bag in one of my favourite fabircs. I LOVE orange - you will discover that about me!
A book bag in one of my favourite fabrics. I LOVE orange – you will discover that about me!
Love this print from IKEA.
Love this print from IKEA.
One of my tweed bags...with a Scottie dog motif.
One of my tweed bags…with a Scottie dog motif.