I took a break after we did the I Heart Market in Durban last month, and then of course had to make like mad this week because the next market is suddenly upon us. We have a sweetie theme going this month, so I learned how to screenprint, printed some fabric and made these:

Screenprinted Sweethearts Totebag

Screenprinted Sweethearts Totebag

Sweetheart Apron - for baking the sweetest cupcakes.

Sweetheart Apron - for baking the sweetest cupcakes.

And then I’ve made a few dancing aprons. Black, some with detailing, some plain. I ran with 2 pockets only. They just don’t photograph that well so I only have a pic of the full length apron I’m calling Jumping Jellybeans. I used the Psychedelic Squares pattern from ‘A is for Apron’ – it’s a great classic apron style.

Jumping Jellybeans apron

Jumping Jellybeans apron

And in between, I’ve been doing a little embroidery…

Vintage children's book illustration transferred to fabric using Dala Photo Transfer, with hand embroidery

Vintage children's book illustration transferred to fabric using Dala Photo Transfer, with hand embroidery

Like a thought bubble, only embroidered...

Like a thought bubble, only embroidered...

A polite request

A polite request

I would like to introduce two new bags:

Nights At the Circus. She holds make-up, a tutu, a trapeze artist, several boxes of popcorn and a candy necklace.

Nights At the Circus. She holds make-up, a tutu, a trapeze artist, several boxes of popcorn and a candy necklace.

Are We Having Fun Yet?:  This bag is cheeky and friendly. She holds a red lipstick, an itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny bikini, a bottle of the best champagne and nights of  wild dancing.

Are We Having Fun Yet?: This bag is cheeky and friendly. She holds a red lipstick, an itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny bikini, a bottle of the best champagne and nights of wild dancing.

I really love this RSA Hospital Use Only fabric. You might remember it from this post about the gift I embroidered for a friend, along with the Sublime Stitching Anatomical Heart. This time I turned it into a bag, and added a pocket because I decided it was time.

Hospital Use Only bag.

Hospital Use Only bag.

Can haz pocket.

Can haz pocket.

Anatomical heart for added fun.

Anatomical heart for added fun.

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

I just love this cute little bag. My daughter has been asking for a sewing project to work on and I think this will be perfect. Plus, I think I want one too.

Tutorial on The Object Project

Tutorial on The Object Project

From Living Creatively

Creative Projects – Living Creatively.

A friend is in town and has agreed to play mule. So this week I’m making an annual bag for my friend Wendy (long promised, and now long overdue), and I thought I’d make a little something for my friend Ashley while I’m about it. I’m liking this one – mainly because it’s quick and I’m an impatient kinda girl – but also because it’s a nice shape. Only, I’ve bought the fabric I want to use and it’s a fat quarter so maybe it won’t be enough…

So maybe I’ll do this one instead …

From My Spare Time

Or this one …

From Three Bears

This one uses more fabric than I have, but it’s soooo cute I think I’ll have to make one anyway …

From Elizabeth at Oh Fransson for Sew, Mama, Sew