Monday, February 27, 2012

Wrap Skirt

The Versatile Wrap Skirt

I was wearing this skirt yesterday which reminded me that I hadn't blogged it yet...



The Versatile Bag too...

I used a reversible fabric that I purchased a couple of years ago from Pearls Palace in Daylesford - I really loved that little shop but sadly it is no longer there.

It is a denim look on one side and the red gingham on the other.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Bowled Over

I made a fabric coiled basket a while back now - with every intention of doing more...

It is fun, uses up scraps and looks great

Also there is that little element of surprise as you can't totally predict how it will end up.

Here are my latest efforts...

4  - and still every intention of doing more...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentines Treats

For Valentines Day...


Kate talked us (Bitchy Stitchers) through making this sweet little paper heart...

Pretty - Thanks Kate.

Monday, February 13, 2012


I made Kim a little Happy New Year gift that has finally arrived to her...

He is Arnold

From the book Hop Skip Jump

I also made the cloud pillow from this book...

Happy Cloudy Day

Sunday, February 12, 2012

February Market Day

Today was the Mount Gambier Library Market

It is always good fun.

This is a snapshot of my stall today...

Heart Warmers

For your Valentine...

I have made these from Up-cycled felted wool sweaters and
filled them with rice and lavender oil.

Silhouette Stamped Button Brooches on Linen fabric

A couple of gorgeous Tree fabric Zippy Pouches...

These are Lavender Bags made from sheer muslin and I stamped little images on them.

Pretty Silk Flower Brooches


Some Hankies with the Silhouette Image Stamped on them.

There was a bit of a fabric stamping thing going on as I got some new fabric ink and a couple of new stamps - which I needed to try out.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

More Zakka Style

Two more things from the Zakka Style Book...

Rain Cloud Mug Rug

The Artist for this is Christie Fowler of pigeon-pair

Christie lives in Melbourne


Bread Basket

the Artist for this one is Rachel Roxburgh of roxycreations

Rachel is an Australian living in Italy

I am getting great value out of this book.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Cut-Up Couture

On the Shelf

New book arrived yesterday...


It is a good one.


I can definitely feel a men's shirt thrift hunt coming on...

Monday, February 6, 2012

Gelli Arts

Tiff got one of those Gel Printing Plates around Christmas time, so while she wasn't looking I borrowed it and had a little play...

These are fabric swatches together with fabric paint.
Roll the paint onto the gel printing plate then draw your image into the paint and press your fabric onto it for a mono print.

I can see quite a bit more potential here...

It was fun.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

A few Purses & Bags

Purses and bags that I made during January...

The one at the back is my version of Malka Dubrawsky's scrap-busting coin purse..which is in her book Fresh Quilting.

Front right is a Suzuko Koseki design from one of her books
and I can't quite remember which one?

I am using it to keep my finger cymbals in - for Belly Dancing.

Front left is my own design in the Koseki style - it is very tiny!

Sassy Shoppers

I have made these out of reversible linen, so there is a pattern on both the sides of the fabric.
I got this fabric a while ago with every intention of making an 'eco shopper' but I couldn't decide on which pattern to use and one where I had enough fabric...and then a couple of Mollie Makes ago there was a pattern that was just right. So from Mollie Makes magazine issue 5 Sassy Shopper!
Half a yard of fabric was the perfect amount to make the large one.

Pencil Pouches

This is a tutorial I saw over at aspoonfulofsugardesigns

I liked it so I made a few...

And one that is a bit smaller than the others.

And this was a UFO for a while too.

Here is one I made based on the Delightful Linen Bag instructions in the Zakka Style book.

I have had the little post card printed piece for a couple of years now courtesy of Jodie Carlton of Ric-Rac and the Daylesford Retreat, It was an exchange where we did something on the postcard and swapped with another. I have to fess up here and say that I was not really able to use what I got - mainly as it was upside down - so I undid that ladies work - sorry - and did my own. I sort of feel a bit bad but it was an anonymous swap so...

I really like it now.

 I made these ittty bitty pouches for the little travel or car sewing emergency kits.

I was very keen to try out this particular way of sewing these together, sort of outer and lining all together.
I am very happy with how it worked out.

I have only ever seen the instructions on how to do it this way in one book and that is Poppy Treffry's Free & Easy Stitch Style - I just adapted the size to suit my project.

Swiss First Aid Bags

I know it is the Swiss Flag... but really a white bag with a red cross is a bit impractical I think it would get very dirty and look yuck so I though I would try it this way.

I like them.

I got the idea for this out of an Ebook Pretty Patchwork Holidays.

I made it up the way I do all my drawstring bags which is different to the pattern instructions.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Little Birds

I have been working out of my Little Birds book...

It is another Design Collective book, so all the projects are done by a different person.

Firstly I have made a Bluebird Wallet

Actually mine is a Redbird Wallet...

The artist for this project is Laura Clempson of cupcakesforclara


then I used another project (Little Birds Quilt) as inspiration for a bit of free motion playing, and made these little door knob decorations...

The artist for the Little Birds Quilt is Anita Peluso of bloominworkshop

I think I might make the quilt one day too...

Anita has some nice tutorials on her blog.