Handmade Purse and Free Fabric

DSCF0078I made this purse for the friend Cia’s birthday. It was one of my first proper projects on my sewing machine.

I’ve been working on a range, trying to figure out what works well; cotton? linen? pvc?

I found that on the John Lewis JL mini sewing machine, it cannot take fabric tougher than denim so PVC is out the question, especially if one wants to line the purse.

I would recommend trying out with fabric samples before ever committing to lots and lots of fabric that your machine can’t handle! Lots of websites offer free samples of different fabrics. A few of my favorites are:

For this purse I used John Lewis cotton fabric inside and out. Lining is essential, it gives the purse more shape and functionality (and itf used as a make up bag then makes it so much easier to clean!)

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For decoration I used a mixture of buttons, lace and these adorable charms found on sale in millers art store in Glasgow.

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I can say I’ve progressed a bit more on my sewing machine. I can do skirts now… but that is a blog for another day.

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‘Popsicle’ bracelet

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After seeing these all over pintrest and finally buying a bag of lolly sticks I decided to venture into the world of bending wood.

How to:

To bend, boil lolly sticks in water for 30 mins, allow to soak for 30 mins. Bend into a glass smaller than your intended size (this will swell up after painting and then go a bit loose on release) then leave to dry overnight. I found it helped to also leave to dry on a radiator so the wood goes properly hard again. Boil twice as many as you actually want to allow for breakages. Wood splits easily.

It is as easy as that, I imagined bending them would be so much harder than it was!

With the ones that don’t quite bend as much as you’d like, push a hole in the ends and tie through yarn.  The extra ‘edge’ stops the bracelet falling off your wrist, I find you don’t need to pull it too tight as long as the bracelet has curved enough to at least shape the top of your wrist. Before piercing, use insulation tape to stop the wood splitting. I used buttons instead of knotting the ends.

I think they look fun, but my favorite (the one I’ve been wearing) is my newspaper print one. I paper mache’d using block text passages from a magazine, the paper was not glossy or waxy to allow for the glue to stick. After covering the whole bracelet I put it back in the glass to dry hard.  It looks simple and I like trying to read the paper bits.

Bit of fun, kept me quiet while my manpal watched the superbowl. =D

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Welcome To My Evening: Version 1.2 Sundays- The Craft Box

I felt the need to show youse the fruits of my labors this evening. I have successfully stored and neatly arranged all my crafting materials. Ribbons and string, thread and needles, scissors and buttons, fabric and scraps, paper and ‘things’…. so much … Continue reading