It’s In The Bag ……

After quite some time now I have finally got around to doing another workshop at My Sewing Basket ….. Donna kept on at me and I gave way and made sure I allowed myself some time to run a workshop in making the wonderful padded tote bag that I originally saw on MissouriQuiltCo You Tube page ….. Fantastic tutorial that I have tweeked for my ease.

It translated really well for 4 wonderful ladies Margaret, Christine, Judy and Barbara.  All have varied levels of sewing skills but that worked to our advantage as it became a lovely support one another type day. It’s rewarding to watch people who start the day as strangers interact with one another and share skills and experiences.

As ever I under estimated how much time I needed!  Really I must always add an extra hour to allow for the lovely friendly banter that happens.

Excellent taste prevailed today with beautiful fabric choices as you can see and despite Margaret having to leave before she had finished, she has enough skill to finish at home and has promised a picture of her finished item.

I chose a fairly thick wadding so it gave us a few challenges but well worth it as the finished products were AWESOME 🙂

This is such a versatile  design, size up or down for various tasks : book bag, shopping tote, make up bag etc.

My previous variety of totes came along for the ride as a demonstration of how versatile the design is and the many fancy finishes you can put on for added personality.


variety of totes

variety of totes

To think I really didn't like this fabric when my darling friend R chose it yet now it's my most favourite ;)

To think I really didn’t like this fabric when my darling friend R chose it yet now it’s my most favourite 😉

At the end of the workshop my delightful ladies left with very professional looking totes and without exception all seemed very happy with their results so I really can’t ask for anymore can I?

Donna has already started on at me for the next workshop …….. Doesn’t she know I work?  A detail that she is keen to skip over and if I’m honest, I rather like ;). Makes me feel wanted ….. The chance to share my love of crafting is a gift….. One my darling Mum gave to me all those years ago.  Wouldn’t be fair to be selfish and keep it to myself now would it?

What do you think of the finished results my lovelies?



On Your Marks, Get Set, Goooooo

Seems I have had my machine for a year…. Where did that time go? Still love as much as day one.

Have yet another one hour kimono on the go! AND another 3 cut out.  Fortunately it is a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK so have some extra time which is handy as I really do want to get these done.

Finished one here is for my niece, the 3 that are on their marks …… Bestie, DD2’s Bestie and MEEEEEEE!  Yes indeedy am actually doing one for oneself 😉

Will pop some pictures here when they are done so you can see how one simple pattern can look so very different dependant on fabric type and design.

have a crafty one …… Weekend that is 🙂

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Plus Size Pattern Pyramid – 4 for 4

As the ‘winner’ of plus size pattern pyramid I yesterday took reciept of the wonderous pattern package, it finally got through the chaos of Christmas post and deite it having been clearly kicked round the sorting office, all 19 patterns were there. Guess the postal workers don’t make from scratch like us talented folk 😉

Thank you Bea for sending all this loveliness my way x

There are some really great patterns in here, I have chosen 4 that I feel I cannot live without and replaced with what I hope will appeal to coming recipients of the package. Remember, this is for us curvier ladies so patterns are a more generous sizing to fit our femininity in to!

So heres how it works …… Comment on this post indicating your wanting to take part, at the end of the alloted period of time all names are entered into a random selection programme, the name that is thrown out at me is the next recipient!!!   Easy peasy huh!?

This is NOT exclusive to the UK so please feel free where ever you are on the planet, give it a go ….. I will keep the list open until midnight on 31st December 2013 and draw the next ‘winner’ on New Years day.

Please, Please, Please REBLOG so other enthusiastic crafters get a chance at entering.

Merry Craftmas 🙂

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3 was the original intention  but then the hat/scarf felt too good to pass on having never seen a pattern like this before

3 was the original intention but then the hat/scarf felt too good to pass on having never seen a pattern like this before


My 4 offerings

My 4 offerings

Simply classic and timeless, all go up to a UK 20 and 22

Simply classic and timeless, all go up to a UK 20 and 22

A couple of different shape dresses but all are gorgeous I think, fortunately I have duplicates ;)

A couple of different shape dresses but all are gorgeous I think, fortunately I have duplicates 😉

S S S S S Successful Saturday

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Woke up with the bit between my teeth this morning. Having had creative meltdown in the week…. you know the sort when way too many ideas are popping into your head. YEP! One of them. My great new long distance friendship with Del of curlsnskirls is turning out to be an education. This week I learned that in a Martin Luther King speech he speaks of Analysis Paralysis …. did the great man sew I wonder? Us creative lovies know all too well the analyse, analyse and analyse again. I loved the new found knowledge, it was a “Yes, Yes, Yes that sums it up” moment.

So up with the lark a little project to test; a simplicity pattern 1706A  for a possible workshop was the oredr of the day.

Little fleece poncho, nice for beginners as it has a hood and hoods always seem difficult or too technical to the newly initiated and of course in practice they are a breeze.

Had the pattern cut, pinned, tailor tacked and fabric cut in 30 minutes ….. excellent start!

Should have kept going at that point but I let myself get distrcted by the most distracting person I know, The Husband! A cappucino and natter later, oh and a few comments on the horrors of morning TV I regrouped and went back to the task at hand.

The fleece sewed really nicely and the pattern was lovely and easy to follow which is a must as I so want to encourage my students to use commercial patterns and to not be afraid of them, this one fits the bill perfectly!

My only minor, really mini grumble is the amount of bulk around the neck line as the hood is lined in a fleece as well so got bulky quickly, other than that very happy and am sure it will be hit with beginners.

I made the large (age 7-8) and yet again lack living model of required age so after a charm offensive Big Ted agreed again to model for me, need to be careful there….. his demands could start to become diva-ish if I’m not too careful 🙂

So here is the poncho for your appraisal and comments …..


Expertly Modelled By Big Ted

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Lacking a 4 year old for the job I whispered in Big Ted’s shell like (ear) and suggested that although he’s an old boy he would rock the halloween look. 

I think you will agree he really does, kindly throwing some excellent shapes like an old pro so that I could share with you, as promised possible cape for my coming Halloween Hoolie workshop.

What do you think?

Halloween Hoolie

Having added the idea of a workshop for my fellow creative souls in Bedfordshire to create something for Halloween under the banner of Halloween Hoolie I this evening put together some Halloween bunting

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and I am chuffed to pieces with it. The fabric is so fun and was a joy to sew, so I intend on using another design in the same fabric and put a little cape together for inspiration, I think it will make a great trick or treat outfit that can then be used in the little persons dressing up box, of course the beauty of a cape is it will fit for a couple of years too!  

Always a plus to have something that can be used over and over rather then getting hidden in a cupboard or God forbid hit landfill!

I’m not altogether sure how this workshop will be received as Halloween isnt as huge as with our American cousins, that said it really is building year on year so maybe there is a little market for this workshop! Ever mindful of the growing skill set of my fellow creative souls the workshop needs to be on topic, challenging enough to get the sense of achievement but not so challenging that my lovelies run screaming for the hills never to return because it all got too testing!

I will of course post pictures of the cape here first as I welcome your comments and suggestions as we don’t DO Halloween as well as you just yet given your years of experience 😉 

Am guessing it will be the weekend before it gets made as I have just had it announced that ‘we’ that would be the royal we of course are driving to Norwich tomorrow to look at a car for my man. Can hardly grumble given the number of haberdashery hoolies  I’ve had lately without a word of protest from this wonderful man who lets me fill our little house with beautiful booty!

Happy sewing and crafting dear reader and thanks for stopping by. 

Inspired by Karen Pin Cushion

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Karen Inspired It … Lara Wanted It!

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What A Rotter !

Having led these lovely ladies down the garden path last week by assuring them this little skirt was suitable for beginners, I led the way this week (2nd week) and set them up to get sewing like their very own sewing bee.

Only when they had near on completed their skirts did I tell them this is actually an intermediate creation with all it’s french seams and being fully reversible and an elastic casing!!!

Every single one without exception had just tucked in and taken the challenge head on, I so admire that courage.

We had a wonderful giggle along the way with ‘nails’, code name for one of us leading the hilarity.

Can it be right to have this much fun whilst working  … HELL YES!

What Did That Fabric Turn Into ???

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