Well I've been back at the machine again - I think it was cross about being neglected for all those days last week as today it played up like crazy. Broken needles, broken threads, light bulbs going but I took a break for lunch and all seemed to return to normal. I have come to the conclusion that machinery objects to me being hungry and I must remember to squirrel snacks up into the attic with me when I start a sewing session.
I've been making bags this week and have been experimenting with creating different shapes. I've got a bit bored of making rectangle tote bags so thought I'd try a few new things. Or new to me anyway.
The first one was pretty simple but I just love the blue of the fabric and the flowers and felt it fitted a rectangular shape so I went with it.
The second one is probably my favourite - I made it from fabric that my sister found for me a few years ago. I really love it which is probably why I haven't had the heart to cut it up till now. I'm happy I did though - believe it or not this is from a duvet cover! Upcycling at its best! A few pleats really made the difference with this one making it look much more complicated than it actually was to make.
The final bag so far is from a fabric that you would have seen plenty of already. That fabulous vintage floral fabric I got from Sue Ryder a month or so ago. I have nearly used it all up so this is likely to be the last you see of it! I've done really well with it making mini stockings, a skirt, an apron and this bag as well as a few little purses and hanging hearts.
I really like using pleats in bags as they add so much extra shape to it as well as the extra space. Pleating is really simple to do you just need to be prepared to take a bit of time to measure each fold. I will do a tutorial on how to pleat over the weekend so watch this space.
And for the last photo here is a sneak preview of a piece I'm preparing for a winter wonderland showcase that I'm involved in on Facebook in November. I've been digging out all my blue, grey and silver fabrics for the winter theme and what better way to use all those odds and ends than a bit of patchwork! Any ideas what it will be in the end?
I hope you are all having a fabulous week - don't forget to share your pics of the things you've been making - you never know you might get a share in the blog. Thanks for reading.