With all the beach trips we have been on and the many we have planned, I am always finding myself wanting to take a crafty project with me. Most recently it has been crochet, but I have also had some hand sewing that would have been nice to complete on the beach with the waves crashing in front of me! I needed a little bag where I could keep crafty bits separate to sun cream, drinks and towels to avoid any damage.
I came across a pin from Lori over at A Bee in my Bonnet. Right at the top of her post is a row of these adorable little drawstring bags! Cute and just perfect for the bag I had in mind; somewhere to put a few little bits, easy to access and covers the contents up from any sand that may be blowing my way. I headed over to Ayumi at Pink Penguin for the tutorial.
Ayumi suggests using oilcloth for the bag, which would be perfect if I had some…but I didn’t and I wanted to try and use some of the fabric that I already have.
I chose 3 fabrics to use, making the handles the same as the main body fabric, and I made the rim the same as the lining.
Last week I tied up a few loose ends in the bathroom! Again, Pinterest had given me a few ideas that I wanted to get done. Mainly because the bathroom needed a few more pops of colour, but I also wanted to have a go at some other crafts!
1. You may have seen this runner on my Sunday Sevens post and I finally got it finished! Man, did it take some time! I used a method called ‘Quilt as you go‘, where you sew the fabric straight onto the batting. The tutorial I looked at was for a cushion cover panel, which I may make at a later date! I really like the effect, and as I worked toward the edge of my batting, the fabric created a chevron effect.
It’s that time of the week again people! Sunday Sevens – seven photos taken daily, of my week. Bits of my life that I would like to share with whoever reads this post!
I’ve really enjoyed my week this week. I spent a couple of days focused on some paperwork that needed to be done, but I had been putting it off for a while. Once I had completed it, I felt like a weight had been lifted…so a craft filled week was had!
1. Easy access cocoa powder. Cocoa powder in the UK tends to come in a cardboard cylinder shaped container and has a very awkward foil seal on it, which I have never managed to open without a puff of cocoa entering the air! It was a joy to open this stuff!
I recently borrowed a book from the library called ‘Simple Sewing with Lola Nova’ which has loads of useful projects that are quite different to the ones that get recycled over and over. The blog is also worth a read! It was one of these projects that got me thinking about giving the bathroom a little makeover. The bathmat project was simple but I did change a few things to suit what I needed. I bought a plain grey hand towel from Walmart that would be used as the back of the mat. My plan needed to reflect the measurements of the towel so my patchwork squares were different to those in the book.
I quite often see things on Pinterest, which I love and would love to make, but they would not have a purpose. Sometimes I pin them anyway, hoping that an event or occasion will come up and I can get my craft on!
A few weeks ago I saw this tutorial for a quilted baby book. I thought the idea was adorable! It combined a range of skills; quilting, embroidery, appliqué. Many of which I haven’t completed recently or for a number of years. I can confidently say that I can do all three. However, I haven’t done them for a while so this skill set is a bit rusty!
I have a friend back in England, who at the time of this creation, was pregnant but didn’t know if she was having a boy or a girl. I thought that this would be a lovely gift as it is very neutral! I was organised when I went shopping for the fabric. I made a comprehensive list and tried not to overbuy on fabric. Even though I did this, I still have loads of spare material left over!