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These were the main raw materials. Anyone else think plastic shiney sweet wrappers are a terrible waste but very seductive? I collected them over Christmas and sewed them to a piece of donated fabric – not fabric I could have used for anything visible.
Close up of quilting & binding. The binding was made from strips from a pair of lace tights I tore when I put them on on New Year’s Eve. I found it quite tricky to attach the strips because of the stretchiness but at least it went around corners easily.
Happy New Year to all of you! xxx
As you probably know by now, I’m very interested in historic quilting. I’ve often looked at Victorian crazy quilts and wondered whether to try a version. All the embroidery on the nineteenth century versions is a bit too ornate for my taste but I figured I could still use the principles to make a quilt.
Inside my head I saw autumn leaves in a maze. I didn’t put anything down on paper for once, just started to see where it went.
I made it from cotton scraps rather than the traditional silk and I did everything by machine. The “embroidery” is zigzag stitch using variegated silk thread.
It’s a stash bust too – I used only fabrics and threads I already had.There’s something very satisfying in making something out of nothing. You might want to take a look at Vix’s inspiring take on this topic.
Do you like making something with just what you have already? It would be lovely to see what you’ve made.
I have just seen Loulou’s gift decorations from coffee filters. I think you might like them.
I’m going to give a historic quilting workshop at the Weald & Downland Museum in May. Victorian & medieval to try & lots of other sorts to examine. I’m in the brochure & I’m so excited….
And a new skirt…
The fabric is very felt like and I bought it from the Turkish Market in Berlin. I used the same pattern as the patchwork skirt I made in the summer. I love the way it’s cut on the bias.
The blouse is lovely but it crumples like a rag after a really short time. I’m thinking of using a bit of spray starch. Or does anyone have a better idea, please?
Happy Weekend! xxx
Anyone remember Cabaret? It was one of my favourite films.
I went to Berlin for the first time in the 1980s – before the wall came down and it seemed a sad place but I’ve always wanted to go back. So that’s where we went, taking the Eurostar to Brussels, changing in Cologne and reaching Berlin about 12 hours later. Train travel is my absolute favourite: it really feels like travel.
In search of Cabaret, Christopher Isherwood, cycling around Potsdam, hanging out in Prenslauerberg, the Turkish Market, museums, history…. so much to do and only a week to do it in. I’d love to go back.
Everything me-made except boots from Green Shoes, tights – retail, denim jacket – charity shop.
Good news at home too. My other half has a new job and I’ve just started a temp job at M & S.
Happy weekend xxx
You can see another version here.
This is how to put the bag together. It has one or two interesting steps that I hope you’ll find useful.
For how to make the fabric look here.
You will need lining fabric, threads and a sewing machine.
2. Note: I have added only one handle. If you plan to carry anything heavy you might want to have two handles. These instructions don’t include that.
Cut the handle about 43 inches long by 3.5 inches wide. That length allows for attaching to the bag by just over an inch.
The length works well for me but if you’re much taller or shorter than 5ft 5ins you’ll want to check whether you need to adjust it.
4. Making a false gusset (optional but looks nice!).
At the corner, place the side seam on top of the bottom seam.
8. Repeat for the other corner.
10. Fold the handle in half lengthwise & sew – I used zigzag because it’s more secure.
13. Make up the jeans fabric into a bag following steps 3 – 8 above.
14. Zigzag along the top of the bag and the lining to stop fraying.
15. Insert the lining bag into the jeans bag, wrong sides together. The top of the lining should be showing by about an inch above the top of the jeans bag.
Finish the ends of the handle with a zigzag stitch and attach securely to the bag on the inside at the sides. Overlap the handle and the bag by at least an inch. I avoided sewing over the side seams because of the bulk of the fabric I would have to have sewn over.
Sew the handle in place around all of the overlap and diagonally across the middle for extra strength.
And that’s it!
Gorgeous autumn day today so we took a picnic to the beach. Of course, Gus spent an hour or so retrieving his ball from the sea.
Hope you had a lovely weekend. xxx