Category Archives: Sewing

Drawstring Project Bags

I made a few more drawstring project bags – next up will be some zippered ones; there’s a few more drawstring styles I plan on trying. I do have to sort out zippers, which means deciding what I want to make with which fabric and then not changing my mind. You don’t look up “indecisive” in the dictionary and see a photo of me, no, not at all….

I made a couple of large red, cream, and brown drawstring bags – they are lined in cream fabric but 2 different ones. They are the same size as the mustard ones, but are in a heavier fabric.

Red, Cream & Brown – it has red ribbon to close.
This bag will hold 3 skeins of yarn, needles and notions!

Then there are 2 purple reversible project bags made from a light cotton fabric – one is dark purple with large light purple starbursts and the other is light purple with dark purple starbursts. Each side has drawstrings – use the dark side for light yarns and the light one for dark yarns.

Both Purple Project Bags
Dark Purple with top folded down
Light Purple w/ top folded down.

I tried a new design – boy, do I need to pay attention more! It’s not a hard pattern to follow – no curves, nothing to miter or anything but I took forever to make them because I kept making silly mistakes and having to unpick and resew. To be fair, I usually don’t follow a pattern so I’m not used to it and whizz along until, ooops, time to get the seam ripper out. I also added in a lining, which adds all of 2 steps to the pattern.

This one’s a lime green cotton with a Liberty MacIntosh Roses lawn fabric. I haven’t sewn with a Liberty fabric before and it’s a little more slippery than I thought it would be. The zip is cream and the pocket is large enough to hold some notions, a small pair of scissors and a folded up pattern. The lining is cream cotton.

Sock knitting bag – Liberty MacIntosh Roses

These 2 use the same main fabric – a kelly green cotton, and then the accent fabric are Summersville Fabrics: black houses, libraries and cars/buses and the other is a green with small houses and trees. They have either black or green topstitching and dark green ribbon to close. I think I like the black one better – which do you prefer?

Green Summersville Fabric
Black Summersville Fabric

Some of these are already listed in my etsy shop here. If you prefer Ebay, they are also listed here.

and here’s the first one – Mustard & Black.

Mustard & Black Knitting Bag
The others will get listed over the next couple of days.

Which is your favourite?

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A Knitting Bag! (Or Crochet Bag, I’m not picky…)

I plan on making more fabric items this year and I started with this lovely knitting/crochet projectbag. It’s made from high quality quilting cotton and lined in cream cotton. There’s black grosgrain ribbon pulled through an abstract black & white quilting cotton to close it, and it will hold 3-4 skeins of fingering yarn + needles/hooks and notions. I have enough fabric to make 3 but after that, no more. So kind of “Limited Edition”…. 🙂

Mustard & Black Knitting Bag
Drawstring Bag
Bag with 3 skeins of yarn inside
Peeking into the top of the bag
Side of the Bag

Standing up and open

It’s listed in my Etsy shop here and I plan on having more join it soon. What do you look for in a knitting bag – pockets for notions? Do you prefer a zippered bag, or a drawstring with a toggle on it? How about fabric — funky, elegant, cheerful? Give me some ideas!

More New Camera Straps!

Yup, it’s that time again… new items! This time it’s 4 Camera Scarf Straps – 3 with nylon straps and 1 with keyrings and lobster clasps.

The scarf straps are all upcycled from 2nd hand scarves. The kind of camera strap they get made into depends on the material, size and shape. Thicker ones like pashminas get made into non-adjustable straps with nylon strap fittings and I have to work with the thickness and make a larger pleather cover for them than for a thinner scarf. The long, fine scarves are sewn into adjustable straps with keyrings and lobster clasps for fittings. I don’t usually have much trouble with these ones; I’ve made so many now. I have plans to make covers for the straps that come with DSLR cameras; I have some bright and cheerful cottons as well as some patterned Fat Quarters too.

These 4 Camera Scarf Straps are all listed in my Etsy, Amazon and Ebay shops, so you get your pick of where to buy them! BTW, which is your favourite platform to buy from out of the 3?

Butterflies & Birds Scarf Strap

I have 2 available – Etsy, Ebay, and Amazon.

Close-up of Butterfly & Birds

Tan Floral Scarf Strap

This one is OOAK (one-of-a-kind) – Etsy, Ebay, and Amazon.

Close-up of Floral Scarf Strap
Floral Scarf Strap

Green Stripes Pashmina Scarf Strap

There are 2 of this lovely pashmina scarf strap available –Etsy, Ebay, and Amazon.

Close-up of Green Striped Strap
Green Stripes

White Silk Embroidered Scarf Strap

This one is gorgeous, no matter what I tried, my photos do not do it justice – soft white silk with small flowers embroidered on it… Etsy, Ebay, and Amazon.

Close-up

Which is your favourite?

Keepsake Cushions

I managed to get some photos for a keepsake cushion I made in November (I think) – it was for my buyer’s daughter. I got a polo shirt, which are a little more time-consuming to make than a plain buttoned shirt.

I leave the collar on and fill it in with a sleeve, and sew shut the bottom of the shirt. With this one, because of the design of the shirt, I changed the font used in the patch so I didn’t cover up any of the design, with my buyer’s agreement.

My buyer was very happy with the end result — and wasn’t expecting it to be so big! “I have just collected my cushion from the post office. I love it! Thank You so much. I imagined it to be smaller than it is.
My daughter will love it.
Thank You for such a prompt service.”

These photos show the keepsake cushion cover while being made. Each one I make ends up being made slightly differently depending on the shirt/t-shirt/polo shirt/jumper, the size I can make and what my buyer would like.

Picking the size for the cushion cover
Picking the size for the cushion cover
With Patch added & sides sewn
With Patch added & sides sewn
Cut to size
Cut to size
The neckline is ready to fill in
The neckline is ready to fill in
Finished - with cushion form and bottom edge sewn shut.
Finished – with cushion form and bottom edge sewn shut.
Close-up of the patch
Close-up of the patch

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year!

As I’ve been so busy this October November and December filling orders, this blog has gone by the wayside.

How busy have I been?

I made and sent 210 items in those 3 months including about 7 keepsake cushion patches and 14 keepsake cushions, 12 faux mohair wraps, 12 Santa Letters & Reindeer Food, 17 camera buddies, 7 camera straps and 7 pairs of herringbone handwarmers. I had many more queries for keepsake cushions in December, but simply couldn’t fit more in before Christmas. For the first time ever, I shut my shops for 10 days to catch up. I have never done that before, but with son going to school in Cambridge and even more going on in Real Life, I needed to.

They are all back open now, and there’s a sale on in my Looking Glass Designs shop for 15% off everything!

Here’s a few keepsake cushions I made –

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Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

As some of you know from previous years, I make Hallowe’en bags – crocheted as well as appliqued. I have some listed below and will add more later on this week….

They are always very popular, and if you’d like one, get in my order books now!

Jack o'Lantern Trick or Treat Bag
Jack o’Lantern Trick or Treat Bag

Get my Pumpkin Trick or Treat Bag Here!

Frankenstein Bag
Frankenstein Bag
Get Frankie Here.

Ghost Trick or Treat Bag
Ghost Trick or Treat Bag
Get Ghostie Here.

Ghost Applique Bag
Ghost Applique Bag

Get this Ghost applique bag Here.

White Ghost Applique Bag
White Ghost Applique Bag

And this ghost applique bag here.

Bats & Moon Trick or Treat Bag
Bats & Moon Trick or Treat Bag

Grab my Bat & Moon Trick or Treat Bag here

Jack o'Lantern Bag
Jack o’Lantern Bag

Snaffle up this Jack o’Lantern Bag here!

Camera Scarf Straps

Just a quick little post showing off my camera scarf straps! I participated in a Market Night on a Facebook Group last night and 2 of these sold there, but they were so pretty I thought I’d show them to you anyway. The rest will be, or are, in my etsy shop and my folksy shop ready to go to new homes!

Everyone who has bought them has loved their choice – one customer ended up buying one each for her Mum and step-Dad as they loved the look of hers so much! I rarely have more than 2-3 of each scarf so grab them while you can if you find some you love!

Pink Butterfly Camera Scarf Strap - sold out
Pink Butterfly Camera Scarf Strap – sold out
Pink Leopard Spots Camera Scarf Strap
Pink Leopard Spots Camera Scarf Strap
Bright Blues  Camera Scarf Strap - sold out.
Bright Blues Camera Scarf Strap – sold out.
Black & White  Camera Scarf Strap
Black & White Camera Scarf Strap
Roses on Black  Camera Scarf Strap
Roses on Black Camera Scarf Strap

Roses Camera Scarf Strap on Etsy

Gold  Camera Scarf Strap
Gold Camera Scarf Strap
White Chiffon  Camera Scarf Strap
White Chiffon Camera Scarf Strap

White Chiffon Scarf Strap on Etsy
White Chiffon Scarf Strap on Folksy

Purple Floral  Camera Scarf Strap
Purple Floral Camera Scarf Strap

Purple Floral Camera Scarf Strap on Etsy
Purple Floral Camera Scarf Strap on Folksy

Black Cotton Camera Scarf Strap
Black Cotton Camera Scarf Strap

Black Camera Scarf Strap on Etsy

Is it *that* time of year already?

Is it *that* time of year already? Time to think about Halloween Items in my etsy shop! I guess so….

So what do I have for Halloween? I have Trick or Treat Bags! Whichever you prefer – cotton tote bags, or crocheted cotton bags… take your pick! Either are perfect for your scariest or prettiest toddler to take out trick or treating. The large crocheted Frankenstein one is often used as a book bag too! These have been very popular the last couple of years! If you’d like one, check out the photos, there are links to each one in my etsy shop at the bottom of the photos.

Pick your favourite and tell me why in the comments!

Pumpkin Face
Pumpkin Face
This bag can be found Here!

Ghost no. 1
Ghost no. 1
This bag can be found Here!

Ghost No. 2
Ghost No. 2
This bag can be found Here!

Bats & Moon Bag
Bats & Moon Bag
This bag can be found Here!

Ghost Bag
Ghost Bag
This bag can be found Here!

Jack o'Lantern Bag
Jack o’Lantern Bag
This bag can be found Here!

Frankie
Frankie
This bag can be found Here!

Large Crochet Frankenstein Bag
Large Crochet Frankenstein Bag
Last but not least, this bag can be found Here!

Scarf Camera Straps

I’ve been making some scarf camera straps and they have been quite popular – I have had 1 buyer buy 3! They are very comfortable and I either buy square scarves and sew them into a rectangle, or find long scarves in local charity shops and use them. Most are adjustable, I haven’t found many scarves that aren’t long enough!

Many are OOAK (One of a kind), so once they are sold, that’s it for that scarf strap. Some of the straps in the photos have already sold…. but you’ll find more in my Etsy Shop, I’ll try to add a couple more every week. Each scarf Camera Strap has swivel lobster clasps to attach to your camera and a slider so you can adjust hte length of your strap. The seams are all triple stitched, and there are 3 rows at the ends of the scarves and then the denim or twill covers are also triple stitched on top.

Which is your favourite?

Lilac Floral Scarf Strap
Lilac Floral Scarf Strap
Black Scarf Strap
Black Scarf Strap
Rainbow Scarf Strap
Rainbow Scarf Strap
Tan Butterfly Scarf Strap
Tan Butterfly Scarf Strap
Purple Floral Scarf Strap
Purple Floral Scarf Strap
Peach Scarf Strap
Peach Scarf Strap
Red Scarf Strap
Red Scarf Strap
Duck Egg Blue Scarf Strap
Duck Egg Blue Scarf Strap
Burgundy Burnt Velvet Scarf Strap
Burgundy Burnt Velvet Scarf Strap
White Scarf Strap
White Scarf Strap
Yellow Scarf Strap
Yellow Scarf Strap

Sewing Pattern Weights

I don’t sew a lot of clothes or anything but rectangular pieces of cloth, but I still pin them to the fabric. I’m a perfectionist, and prefer 90′ corners! I have started to use these pattern weights though, and they work very well.

All the sewing weights
All the sewing weights

I saw some pattern weights on ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ and decided to make some….. and then made more… and then more. So I have added them to my etsy shop!

I have 3 sets up right now, and plan on making some other sizes and shapes as well. Each one weighs about 53g or a little less than 2 oz. and are about 3″ in size. Which set is your favourite?

You can find them here… they’d make great gifts for sewers!

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