Posts Tagged ‘bag’

A week of WIPs

I don’t know about you but I find myself sewing all the time yet rarely make anything for myself/hubby/house. I make gifts for extended friends and family, complete orders but somehow last year I didn’t really make much for myself. I did start a few projects but they just got shelved, waiting for a spare few minutes of my time (when does that ever happen?!). I guess it’s the same as builders/plumbers or other trades, they do brilliant work for everyone else but their house is always last on the list.

Well I’m trying really hard to change this habit and actually finish some “me” projects. I love sewing for fun as well as work, it’s nice for there
to be no deadline, on the other had these WIPs need finishing!

So far I’ve completed two projects, the first was a simple Liberty print jersey skirt that I just had to put elastic in the waist band.

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It’s nothing too fancy or complicated but they are so comfy. I adapted the pattern from this tutorial to make it.

The next finished WIP I’m really pleased with. You might remember back in October last year I went to the Knitting and Stitching show with my mum and picked up some AMH Field Study from The Village Haberdashery stand. I’d planned to make it into this great AMH bag, to use as my new day bag, Christmas soon arrived and so the bag got put to one side.

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It is finally done!!! What do you think? I finished the lining at our Ladies Wot Stitch evening last night with the help of my mum and friend, Tracey. The pattern was pretty straight forward to follow, although a little wordy for my liking, a few more diagrams would have made life a little easier but I would definitely make it again.

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The only niggly thing I found was when sewing in the lining pocket walls the pattern left raw edges showing inside the pockets. I really didn’t like the idea of this so mum and Tracey suggested adding some binding to the raw edge and putting the pocket walls in upside down.

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I think it looks great like this, it gives a nice tidy finish to the pockets and adds a little flash of the leopard print to the inside. I love the way the bag turned out and have already filled it with all my crap!

It feels so good to start ticking things off my make list ( I do love a list) so the next WIPs to finish are –

Scrappy Trip Along quilt for Hubby
EPP cushion for my living room
Top secret gift project ( I will reveal all soonish)
Architextures quilt for me

Technically the Architextures quilt isn’t a WIP as the fabric hasn’t arrived yet and I haven’t even decided on a design but I’m just really excited for it to arrive so I can play with it!

Have you looked at your pile of WIPs lately? If you’re on Instagram why not show us what you’ve finished by using #finishit2013 you can find me on Instagram or Twitter @jakandgeegee, I’d loved to see you projects so feel free to tag me or say hi.

New project and this time it’s for me!

I’ve just ordered this Anna Maria Horner pattern, called the Art Student Tote.

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I’ve been moaning for ages that I want a new day bag to cart all my crap round in, you know with two kids a handbag is actually a portable life support system. Anyway I couldn’t find one I liked (that didn’t cost a bajillion pounds) so I decided to make one and this is what I’ve chosen. I’m a little nervous as I haven’t made a bag this detailed before, it has lots of straps and pockets, I normally work with simpler patterns but I need to be brave and just get on with it. I can’t wait for the pattern to arrive, promise I will update you as I go along, even if I do make a hash of it!

I’m thinking about using some super yummy animal print from Anna’s new collection Field Study for parts of the bag, what do you think?

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The lady in the know, Katy (over at I’m a Ginger Monkey), introduced me to this amazing collection from Anna, if you like animal print as much as I do then this line is for you! The colours look great, it comes in three palettes,

Moonlit
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Gypsy
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And Patina
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Along with the animal print (did I mention the animal print?!) there are beautiful butterflies, peacock feathers and plenty of florals, I think I may be in love!

 

All images above  are courtesy of www.annamariahorner.com Copyright 2007-2011 Anna Maria Horner

I haven’t forgotten you…….Honest!

I know, I know I’ve been slacking in the blog department lately, it’s been busy around here but I know that’s no excuse so I’m sorry.

Since I last posted the monsters seem to have really grown up, Monster no2 has decided he wants to potty train, so all he seems to say is “wee wee, wee wee mummy!” he quickly worked out that to avoid bedtime or the naughty corner all he has to do is shout the W word and whip off his trousers! Having said that he is doing really well, even waking up in the night a few times to go on the toilet. Monster no1 is rapidly growing up, it’s his first day at school tomorrow, only mornings to start, he is so excited and I am too…..it’s just….he seems so grown up but he’s still my baby. It’s going to feel strange without him at home once he goes full days.

This week we’ve celebrated my mum and Sean’s birthdays. My poor mum had to have some nasty injections at the hospital on her birthday, we had a quiet afternoon together so she could open her pressies. She has an unhealthy obsession with Marmite so I made her a Marmite Hamper

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And this Snoopy make-up bag.

Oh no wait, yup that’s right, I somehow managed to delete the photo of said make-up bag but I’m sure you can imagine what it looks like (I’m a complete muppet and will include a new photo on my next post).

Months ago I was doing a bit of fabric shopping on Etsy (as you do) and came across this fabric from here, my mum has loved Snoopy since she was a kid and you don’t see much of it in the UK anymore so I ordered it and put it away ready for her birthday. I love the comic strip look, the fabric was lovely to sew and the service was great. I hope she likes it as much as I do.

This year I got the hubster proper boy presents (with help from the monsters). I got him a red stripy sweatshirt from John Lewis (I do plan on stealing this after a month or two), monster no1 chose him some Star Wars Lego which they sat and made at breakfast and monster no2 got Daddy some Xbox games (which he is busy playing now). We spent today at Farming World which is great for the kids, lots of farm animals, birds of prey, outdoor and indoor play areas. We all enjoyed it (especially the Pillows), although my back is suffering now!

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As well as all this I have had a few orders to complete and have designed a new fold over clutch which I’ve listed in my Etsy shop. This will be available in more prints soon but feel free to contact me if you would like one in a particular colour way or print.

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