Monday, 13 February 2012

My Monthly Make - February

Appliquéd linen handbag.

I have used a lovely crisp natural linen for the bag, and some vintage floral linen for the appliqué.
I cut the flowers and leaves individually and then used an embellisher machine to attach them.
The embellisher has eight barbed needles that pierces the fabrics at a fast speed
to effectively felt or mesh the layers together.

It makes for quite a muted effect and
 leaves a soft raw edge.
I then free machine stitched around 
the flowers and leaves to accentuate 
the veins and petals.

For rigidity, I interlined the linen with iron-on, 
heavyweight, woven interfacing.

I trimmed the side seams with recycled cotton lace.

And made some handles from some gorgeous soft leather,
using recycled rings to attch them to the bag.

I used a Liberty Tana Lawn for the lining, which I backed with lightweight, 
woven interfacing to give it more body.
I added two pockets inside and a magnetic 
snap fastener to close the bag.

This bag is for sale in my Folksy shop now.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

January Monthly Make

I knew I would leave it until the last minute to do this post, 
in fact I'm a day late!

But I did make these gadget sleeves right at the beginning of the month, 

A pretty floral notepad sleeve, the fabric was a new tea towel I bought in town
and the blue one is a laptop sleeve - the fabric from Ikea.

The lining is the same in both - a vintage chintz with a little ditsy print.

I like the contrasting zips and fabric pulls.

I made these for me - though they might appear in my empty Folksy shop or my 
website Pretty Goods

You may think this is a bit measly for a monthly make -
 there are some gorgeous things on the Flickr group
but making is what 'I do' - all the time. Nearly everyday!

I have commissions for curtains, blinds, loose covers, headboards,
cushions, and even for covering bedside tables in fabric!

This is me, in action....

....all photographed ready to write a tutorial for making interlined curtains 
with handworked pleated headings.

Watch this space
for the tutorial in the near future.

Better get sewing!! (and writing)