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Scrap Happy- July 2016

I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am with my scrappy makes this time!

First up, some bunting. Now this was a big deal for me as I wanted it to fit the cloakroom window, so I had to figure out how long to make the string, how many triangles, how big they should be and at what interval to place them. I have never made bunting before and having to do all this measuring and thinking was  a challenge. But I loved it.

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I was so proud of it, here  are a couple of close ups.

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And the one at the left is the fabric from the dress I made my granddaughter.

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Even the blue bias binding tape was a leftover which I found in my sewing box.

Talking of the crab fabric. There was still some left so my next idea was to make Miss F a matching bag to go with her dress. Big challenge! Nowhere could I find a pattern for a bag for a little girl. Well how hard could it be? I designed my own!  Again lots of head scratching and measuring etc etc etc etc. But… Tahdah!

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One bag. Box corners and lined, I might add.

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Lining was the fabric left from a toy giraffe!.

The straps were another issue. I sewed them in situ but for good measure I added buttons too.

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They were buttons I already owned too. How long to make the straps was another conundrum, but I still had the dress on a coathanger so I guessed, how long to make them.

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One dress with matching bag.

I have now posted this off for Miss F and await the verdict anxiously.

Joining with Kate and these other talented ladies for this months Scrap Happy.

Usually has a scrappy post:

Kate at https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/scraphappy-july-2/

Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)

Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Heléne at http://quiltochsom.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Sometimes has a scrappy post:

Eva at bambisyr-evaj.blogspot.com (in Swedish only)

Sue at sewingmagpie.blogspot.com (in English only)

Nanette at http://stitchandsow-homeandgarden.blogspot.com.au (in English only)

Lynn at https://thetialys.wordpress.com (in English only)

Norma at https://shesewsyouknow.wordpress.com (in English only)

Lynda at: https://pixilatedtoo.wordpress.com (in English only)

Birthe: http://birthesrom.blogspot.no (in Norwegian only)

Turid: http://densyendehimmel.blogspot.se (in English and Norwegian)

Jodie Zollinger: https://homesweetdreaming.com/ (in English only)

Debbierose: https://sewrosey.wordpress.com (in English only)

Claire: https://knitnkwilt.wordpress.com (in English only)

Do have a look at their lovely makes.

Hope that we all get a chance this weekend for some happy crafting. Thoughts going out to thoose caught up in events in Nice. So sad. The world is a wonderful place, so just Why?

 

 

My first Tote bag!

Making this tote bag has quite simply filled me with admiration for the sewers on the Great British Sewing Bee. How they make anything in the time allowed  is amazing. It takes me three hours just to get my head around a pattern and the instructions…

I fell in love with these fabrics when I stumbled across this website at  African fabrics

So when Mr E asked me what I wanted for Christmas I pointed him in their direction and a BIG HINT that I would like to make a bag.

So I was very happy to receive this

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unpack it a bit more to reveal

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some gorgeous glass buttons. The instructions were adequate, but as a bit of a novice I needed a bit of thinking time. You have to wash the fabrics before you begin, which proved to be highly necessary as the indigo fabric was very stiff before washing, but frayed quite a bit in the machine. There was sufficient fabric but not an over generous amount.

By February I was finally underway.

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And this week I got my TAHDAH moment

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The bag is reversible and indeed mine would be but that would have meant that the strap was just tied in place through a button hole which didn’t seem very secure to me. So after I had used the pretty buttons on the flap

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I used one to secure the handle

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What I hadn’t realized when I started was that the pattern fabric side is also quilted. I have never machine quilted so opted to hand quilt- proved ideal when watching said sewing bee.

Final touch is a matching purse

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Thoroughly enjoyed making the bag  and would recommend the kit.

Joining with Handmade Harbour to day. Do check out the other lovely makes there.

 

 

 

 

 

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