All I seem to do lately is to make bags; bags are good, in that (at least the bags I make) are easy to do and they don’t require much material and they’re good at making what are essentially cheap presents inside the bag, look a lot more special, yes I’ve been making my art bags again, well one more art bag and then for a bit of a novelty an ‘art’ pencil case.
As well as making lots of bags, I seem to be breaking lots of needles, I write that I’m ‘slightly limited’ in that I planned on making one more bag tonight (and then no more, enough! – until the next party invite from a child I think will appreciate), but I was down to two universal needles at the start of the day, managed to break one on a zip and the other just broke, half way through making the final bag, so that will have to be finished and blogged about another day, as I have no more universal needles (the standard needle for everyday cottony materials – I do have some ballpoint needles though, which are used for jersey, so if I get desperate to sew something . . . (I actually have an Aranzi Aranzo softie to make)).
The art bag on the top left hand corner is for a friend’s daughter, similar to the art bag I made the other day, which now I’m blogging from my laptop I can say the embroidery design is from Sarah Jane studios. The fabric is from Fabric Rehab here.
The bag on the top right hand corner is a very belated birthday present for my sister. I had great fun embroidering the vintage design (and an interesting lesson in not to mix too strong and too pale colours together, you can barely see some of the packets in the basket on the design, oh well, next time). The design is from mmaammbr’s Flickr photostream (a great place to look for free vintage embroidery designs).
And finally the bulky thing at the bottom of the top picture is a pirate’s pencil case, filled with arty booty (cheap pencils, stamps and ink pads from Wilkinsons), for (you guessed it) a birthday boy’s party this weekend.