Sunday, 22 March 2015

Summer is coming and the wonders of what can be made in a week

I would firstly like to thank all my blog visitors that visit me each week and take time out of their day to comment. Your comments mean a lot to me and love to read what you have to say.



Okay maybe not summer for a few months but have to get busy making now and be ready when the time comes. This week finally got around to my large bags in stripes which I think could be Hamptons and the boardwalk of course Nantucket. My neighbours gave me a large pack of brown paper to use up, had been holding for wrapping but found a new use, for my patterns. Funny as we used to use brown paper at college for pattern cutting, must have slipped my mind. Very strong unlike pattern tissue which is a pain to draw on.

When I start out to design, always start with the finished item in my mind and work backwards, cutting out pieces  of fabric as I go. Then I transfer to the brown paper for future use. I know sounds odd but works for me. Perhaps this gives an idea as to the state of my mind, one big muddle, lol.

Hamptons


Nantucket


As you know I never waste fabric and after my pink linen top and the waistcoat still had some bits of linen left. Brain into gear and turned them into lavender sachets with pink satin ribbon and a diamante buckle trim.



Butterfly Handbag/Purse

Found this fabric and whilst not pink do love lilac and with French wording had to buy. Already had this project in mind and just love the butterfly embroidery, think it adds a bit of joie de vivre.


No waste with some more diamante sachets and a couple of lavender bags



Bought this cotton ticking style fabric and as love swallows thought embroidering onto off white linen and adding to the front of the sachet, filled with lavender are so sweet.



Think that is about all for this week but do pop over to Lucy Blossom Crafts to see the other wonderful blogs in this weeks Handmade Monday, I am off to start a new project of chevron circle purses all will become clear next week.



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Thinking what he can HELP!!!! with next....


20 comments:

  1. Lovely fabrics, I adore the Nantuckets one. The little sachets are lovely and very pretty with the ribbon detail.
    The swallows are pretty as is the lovely photo of Shiloh.
    Jan x

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  2. It's always very satisfying when people leave comments, makes it all worthwhile :) You look like you have been very busy and I'm impressed with the way you use every available scrap of left over fabric.

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    1. Thank you, cannot waste a thing. Used to keep for applique but that box got a bit big so now new rule: cut into a length of fabric use all of it in one go

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  3. Hi Caroline, what beautiful pieces! I love that you use leftover fabric for smaller items. Being a lover of everything birds, i especially love the Swallow Lavender sachets. Amazing work all of it :)
    Xox louise

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  4. I wish I was organised enough to be making for summer already!

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    1. Not always as organised as I should be but this year part of my resolutions. May have gone to pot by mid June, lol

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  5. More lovely projects Caroline, I love the way you make use of leftover fabric wheras I have a rapidly going basket of offcuts.

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    1. Thank you Vicky and for welcoming me back into the Handmade Monday fold

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  6. what gorgeous bags, such lovely fabric and little lavender bags. I'm in love with your dog, what a beauty!

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Shiloh is special to us

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  7. Love your beach bag. I would love a bag like that. Your little embroidered swallows are very cute too.

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  8. Your bags are so wonderful. It sounds like a logical way to design to me if I'm honest! I just love the way you use up scraps to make those adorable scented pillows! Really lovely makes! xx

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    1. Thank you Jenny, maybe I am not that odd

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  9. The beach bag is good - but I particularly like the idea of brown paper bag for pattern drafting.

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    1. Thank you Vicky, brown paper is a must

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  10. Those bags are gorgeous and I love your swallows too! When I'm drafting patterns I cut stuff out then measure it afterwards :)

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  11. wow you have been busy! cant pick a favourite as they all are so lovely :) think its brill how you use up fabric into wonderful creations :) xx

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