So I’ve been slowly drawing designs and accumulating bits and pieces for my Etsy store. Nearly there. 🙂 Anyways, spent about half an hour this morning working on some lavender bags that I’m going to be selling. Here’s my finished product:
I made these from scraps of my Lisette Portfolio dress that I have yet to blog about. I love this fabric so much; it has a lovely retro kind of feel to it. It’s a cotton poplin so it has a lot of body and it worked wonderfully for these bags. I think I underestimated just how much lavender I’ll need if I make a lot of these though. Might have to look into bulk buys. 😉
Here’s a pic of one of the bag styles that I’ll be selling too:
This one isn’t my design but the Buttercup bag by Made by Rae. Rae very generously allows you to make and sell items from this pattern (once you’ve bought the pattern which includes two sizes unlike the free pattern). I think it’s a great way to support cottage industry by making a licence available for people to sell items made from your patterns so thank you Rae! 🙂 This bag in the picture was a birthday present for my dear friend S. I love ladybirds and when I saw this fabric I knew I needed to buy some! I love the minty green lining too. And in case you’re wondering, S loved the bag so birthday present success! 🙂
Now I’ve just got to make more stock so I can open my store. 🙂
Since I’ve been sewing, I’ve seen so many lovely things on the interwebs to make. Sometimes I cannot justify making them for myself as either I won’t use them, or I have heaps already. So what is one to do when you want to make lovely things but can’t justify them for yourself? You make them as gifts!
Mother’s Day was just this past Sunday and I handmade gifts for four mothers, my mum and S’s mum, step-mum & Grandma. Their gifts consisted of a tote bag, four placemats and a stuffed Babushka doll all made from free tutorials or patterns on the internet. I even made the gift tags with scrapbooking paper left over from the wedding. 🙂
So much pretty!
These pics were snapped real quick before I had to be off out to deliver two of them. The single placemat and Babushka doll is for Grandma. She’s now in a nursing home so a set of four placemats would kinda be overkill and a tote bag would be near useless to her. Also, I ran out of time and fabric! 😉
The tote bag was from a free Craftsy class called ‘Bag Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch’ which is presented by Kristen Link, owner of Sew, Mama, Sew!. It is really simple to make but so lovely to have. Every time I use my Love Bird/Babushka Doll/Owl one I get comments asking if I made it and compliments on the fabric. Both mum’s that received theirs on Mother’s day were really pleased. S’s mum’s book bag is nearly dead so she was thrilled to have a replacement.
The placemats were from a tutorial by the lovely Lauren of Guthrie & Ghani and of Great British Sewing Bee fame. Seriously, watch this show if you haven’t and check out Lauren & Ayaz’s gorgeous haberdashery by following the link! The placemats seemed easy to begin with and they are but that rick rack can be a bitch!!! Especially the smaller stuff. I used two sizes. In the end it worked out pretty well and I was pleased with them. They were all slightly different sizes but following Karen’s advice (from Did You Make That blog) that the quirks (read: mistakes) are what truly makes it handmade. It shows the love. 🙂
Finally, the Babushka dolls were a free pattern from I Think Sew. They call them Matryoshka Dolls (link may or may not work, you need to sign in/up for the free patterns). They turned quite out nicely. My mum had an awesome idea to put lavender in them after assuming I had put it in and sniffing hers! 🙂
Overall pretty pleased with my presents. I think the recipients were too. 🙂 Got to make some pretty so that’s a plus!
So the same night I got my machine, after my little toadstool bag I got into something more complex but my no means advanced. 🙂 I had had this tutorial in my Dropbox for a while and decided I would make it. At the time picked up my machine, I grabbed a couple of fat quarters as well. I got some interfacing too but I don’t think I got anything strong enough but it did the job. 🙂 In the end I made this little bag. Pretty happy with it apart from the a fact I put the lining in upside down, so the pocket is upside down!