Sunday, 29 January 2012

...the Enterprise

A pattern designer on my favourtie crochet site Ravely was looking for pattern testers for this little beauty a couple of weeks ago. How could I resist - anything that combines two of my loves - Star Trek and crochet has got to be a good thing!  And it is!

Sunday, 15 January 2012

...upcycled bags

We needed some new shopping bags and I was mulling over what to make them with.  At the same time I was sorting through a pile of old clothes ond other things and thought it might be quite cool to try and get some new bags for free from the old clothes I had.  I proceeded to chop and resew stuff to get four new shopping bags all for the price of the electricity my sewing machine takes.

Clockwise round from top left:-

White bag - made from some trousers I got very very cheap in a sale but never wore as everyone knows me and white clothing is not a good mix + a bit of trim of my ribbons and trim box which just keeps on giving.

Red bag - born of a pair of red shorts that I wore but never really liked.  My legs are not really designed for shorts.  The term caterpillar knees was regularly used to describe my legs when I was little.

Grey bag - made from an old umbrella.

Blue bag - Made from an old pair of trousers which i wore a lot and loved but in reality they are never going to fit me again.

Off to the shops ....

Sunday, 8 January 2012

... sewing machine cover

After a December of making things for other people January is always about making things for me.  I had a bit of a sort out of my job box over Christmas and found this lurking in it.  Now to say I made all of this recently would be a terrible lie but it had sat in the box for ages because i just could not get round to hand stitching the purple binding on the sides.

It seemed like the perfect job for over Christmas so I hunkered down in the front room with good tele on and got it sewed.  Hurrah - now my sewing machine has a lovely cover so it won't keep getting dusty and my job box hs one less thing in it, win - win.

Just as a note this is another one of those wonderful 'free apart from the electricity' projects.  The fabric for the outer and the lining (oh yes, it's lined!) was given to me, the fabric for the patchwork detail are scraps from other jobs (I save even the tiniest bit of fabric), the thread came with the machine and the binding fabric is a bit I cut off a top of mine I shortened (I told you i saved everything!!!)