Saturday, 28 July 2012

A new bag for the summer

A couple of weeks ago the handle on my bag I use every day broke and I have been squeezing everything into a bag I usually use for evenings out. I need a larger bag to carry all the rubbish, or should that be essentials, for summer days out with three young children. When else in your life is it essential to carry around three colouring books and assorted crayons?!

I had a vague design in my head and this bag is based on the Teardrop bag from Amy Butler's Style Stitches book. I love this book. It has so many great bag patterns in it. I've made the strap a little longer than the original pattern and didn't include the pleat on the front so I could create the floral pattern.

The front of the bag has some flowers cut from the fabric I used for the back of the bag. I used Bondaweb to attach them to the fabric and then did free motion stitching around the edges of each piece. The neutral fabric on the front was some linen I bought from Ikea.

Here's the back...

The book suggests a magnetic snap closure, but I've found an elastic loop and button much simpler to make, plus I get to add a pretty button. This button is from the Basic Grey collection PB& J.

I'm really happy with my bag and I shall enjoy using it and filling it with crayons, tissues, suncream, nappies, puzzle books, sun hats etc etc etc......

Friday, 27 July 2012

Maisy Mouse Quilt # 3

I made a third version of a Maisy Mouse quilt recently for some friends' baby girl. This is my last Maisy quilt as I have finally used up my original fat quarters pack I bought last year. Maisy quilt design #1 is here and Maisy quilt design #2 is here.

I've been trying to keep cot quilts very simple recently so that I can actually get them finished before the baby's first birthday! This design is pieced together with squares and strips with Maisy circles appliqu├ęd over the top. I had some strip pieced border strips leftover from quilt #2 to go around the edges. I quilted around some paper star templates in the centre of each square of four.

Some spotty blue stars for the back and some pink polka dot fabric for the binding.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

An apple for the teacher

The end of term has come and gone and this year seems to have whizzed by. My girls have had some fantastic teachers this year and we are so happy that they love school - making friends and learning lots of new things.

We repeated the project we did last year for my older girl's two teachers and made some Thank You mini books. We sent out letters to all the children in the class along with two apple shaped pieces of card and asked them to write about what was their favourite thing about this year, or a thank you, or draw a picture. We had some great responses and lots of the children sent back pages (14 out of 21). I always feel a bit embarrassed to ask families to do this at the end of term as it's such a busy time for everyone, but I had lots of comments from parents who thought it was a wonderful idea.

The chipboard covers are from an Apple coaster minibook by Maya Road and we decorated the covers using paper and stickers from the Summertime collection by Echo Park. One of the teachers came out to see me on the last day to say thank you for the lovely books. She had no idea how we had got all the children involved!

I put this page together recently too. It's not my usual choice of materials, but I really like it. The background paper came from an old DCWV stack of school papers and it matched the photo so perfectly that I had to use it. The square, multicoloured tags behind the title are by Making Memories and they have been in my embellishment box for ages (probably at least 8 years!). I managed to use them all up in one go.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Bags, beads and brooches

I can't believe that it's been nearly a month since I made an appearance on here - whoops! It's end of term madness here with picnics, concerts, sports days, thank you presents, birthday parties and tired children all in the mix. I have managed to squeeze in quite a bit of crafting too, but it's all secret magazine projects. I have to try to get ahead of myself now as I know not much will get done over the summer. I hoping to have some time for playing in the evenings.

One of my secret projects is not so secret now though. Can you see the little bird brooch in the right hand lower corner of the bookazine above? He's one of mine! This is a bookazine just released by Traplet and it's got loads of great patterns and projects in it. I quite fancy making one of the bags in there, especially as the handle on my everyday bag broke last week! You can find out more about the bookazine HERE.