After sweet Lala inspired me to try the fat quarter bags on Sew Mama Sew I kept on with them. And decided that the first bag I had made, which was intended as a gift for Lala, was just not good enough. So today I unpicked it and remade it. I’m enamoured of the pleated version of the bag, but I’m just struggling to get those pleats right. So (sorry Lala) it’s not perfect, but it’s a lot cuter than it was. I think so anyway. Soon it’ll be winging its way to Cape Town filled with all sorts of goodies…

Lala's bag, reshaped and with pleats for extra fun.

Lala's bag, reshaped and with pleats for extra fun.

It’s been a frenzy of bag-making this week and I finally got some good photos. Well, sort of. I seem to get better at bag-making with practice but still trying to get the hang of the damn digital camera.

One fat quarter bag and three variations on the spring bag. I'm having fun.

One fat quarter bag and three variations on the spring bag. I'm having fun.

A while back I posted about this lovely idea from Twig and Thistle. Since then I’ve seen it done a few times by other embroiderers. With another birthday to gift for, I decided to give it a go. Lucky for me, the birthday boy had chosen this beautiful ee cummings stanza as his birthday ‘motto’ (sort of), so I didn’t have to work to hard to come up with the perfect lines…

Text embroidery in progress.

Text embroidery in progress.

Text all done. Time for the finishing touch.

Text all done. Time for the finishing touch.

Now it looks like a page from a school notebook. And it's kind of signed.

Now it looks like a page from a school notebook. And it's kind of signed.

The back looks kind of like there's a hidden message there.

The back looks kind of like there's a hidden message there.

Kindred – Home.

It’s winter here in KZN, and even though that just means it’s cold, not grey or snowy or icy like it would be for our northern hemisphere friends, a cheerful summery desktop wallpaper still makes me smile. The beautiful new ones at Kindred are indeed cheerful, summery and very lovely. Go on over and get yourself a couple to make you smile too.

After a mad burst of productivity last week, I took a bit of time on the weekend to try and recover from my cold and hang out with the family. I did find time on Saturday to make the matching snuggle pants for my husband and son…

Father-Son Snuggle Pants in retro astronaut print.

Father-Son Snuggle Pants in retro astronaut print.

But it turns out my family are particularly hard-wearing on pyjamas, apparently. My pants are the only ones that have not got a hole in the back. Note to self: reinforce all seams on future family snuggle pants.

So, I’m setting up a list of things I want to make, starting this week and hopefully not extending years into the future…

1 more pair of pyjama pants each for the family

Beach bag for my mother (yes Mom, I’ll do this first)

Embroidered bags – which means find the right pattern, embroider it and then make the bag, step-by-step photos here for sure

Embroidered pillowcases – I did one yesterday, and I want to embroider all our home pillowcases, just for fun

Sugar Skull from Sublime Stitching's Dia de los Muertos pattern set

Sugar Skull from Sublime Stitching's Dia de los Muertos pattern set

Aprons – I promised one to a friend, and I haven’t even made one for myself yet

Phew. Time to get sewing, I think.

After reading my previous post on the great bag tutorials on Sew Mama Sew, my friend Lala went browsing, and soon declared an urgent need for one of Jennifer’s lovely Fat Quarter Bags. Since Lala has fear of sewing machine, and since I love her so, I whipped one up for her from a pretty retro-60s style fabric I had lying about. It’s rather pink, but I think it will do for morning tea and afternoon cocktails. Now to package it up and send it on down to Cape Town.

Fat Quarter Bag from Sew Mama Sew tutorial. For Lala.

Fat Quarter Bag from Sew Mama Sew tutorial. For Lala.

Sew Mama Sew has the nicest tutorials for beautiful projects. Elizabeth, of Oh Fransson, posted this fantastic Spring Bag Tutorial back in April and I downloaded it immediately, but didn’t get to using it for a while. Then I went crazy over it. There are some mildly fiddly bits – mainly folding and pressing the handles – but otherwise this is a madly easy bag that you can make in about an hour. Perfect for gifts! I’ve made both the shoulder bag and the handbag version for myself, and just this morning made another shoulder bag for a friend [who had found this gorgeous Amy Butler fabric in a local fabric shop that now seems to be totally out of stock 😦 ]. Next up, I’m going to try making a slightly larger version for my mom, who wants a beach bag.

Handbag version

Handbag version

Shoulder bag for Bron

Shoulder bag for Bron

Happy Bags

Happy Bags