I read from my Kindle every day and like to keep it safe in a padded case. The original case has fallen apart so now I needed to ‘run up’ a new one. I had two scraps of fabric remnants from other projects which were just the right size to make a new case. Using some wadding from an old ironing board cover I quilted the remnant of face fabric. I started with a diagonal grid but then went ‘off plan’ and completed one of my favourite designs where straight lines turn into curves.
I was making up the construction as I went along and having completed the quilting I then stitched the outer to the lining right sides together leaving one end open to turn through. However, I forgot to stitch the sides together before turning right side out and thus have had to hand stitch them – not my favourite pastime!
The flap was finished by turning the lining fabric to the outside, folding and top stitching in place. I also popped in a hair bungee to use as the loop for the button. The button is infact two buttons stitched together which is a favourite method to give additional interest to a plain button.
Now I can rest assured that my kindle is snug, safe and sound in its own padded case.
‘journey’ into NCWs continues. I have now made the standard size
wallet several times. A couple where I sized up by 25%, one where I
sized down to 75% and now for this adventure I sized up to 150% of
the original size.
size up the pattern I simply printed at 150% and then where the
pattern exceeded the size of the A4 sheet, added additional paper and
‘winged’ it! By increasing by 50% some simple arithmetic was
involved e.g. where the original was 8 inches, the new size was 12
inches etc. To calculate the size of the pattern piece for the card
slots was the most complicated. In the end, I drafted a new piece by
drawing out the fold and stitching lines based on the formula of 2 ½
inches for the first line, *1¾ inches for the second, 2¼ inches for
the third*, repeat from * to * until when folded the finished piece
measured 6 inches in length plus seam allowances.
started the construction by making up a long adjustable strap. I used
30mm nickel hardware for the adjusting rectangle and two nickel
I cut out the main outer pattern piece, taking care to centre up the
design and also stitching two pieces together so that the one-way
design had the correct orientation once the clutch wallet was made
up. I then cut the flap and tried to match up the design. I ensured
that the stand of the central motif continued down from the flap to
the clutch wallet but sadly did not quite achieve a perfect match for
the outer jellies!
made up the flap and used Peltex stiffening in addition to the
heavyweight fusible interfacing. For stitching I used a ‘Jeans’ no.80
needle in the machine. As the flap is so much larger, now was the
opportunity to use a different lock. I had ordered this Large
from Emmeline Bags in the USA* and although the size was listed on the website it was still larger than I had anticipated but was an ideal size for this project. Insertion of the lock went really well as I now have a dedicated screwdriver to use on those pesky tiny fixing screws. *For future supplies, I will use Sew Hot based in the UK
Stitching the large card slots fabric pattern piece that had been interfaced with some stiff fusible interfacing was a little like wrestling a bag of cats, but I got there in the end.
Next was the two zipped pockets. I used some spare fabric from my stash of fat quarters and a pair of zips that my father had supplied from when he worked at the Opti-lon zip factory in Kent. Making the zip pockets was fairly simple. As is my usual practice – I added some colourful tassels to the zip pulls. I then had to stitch them into the clutch wallet and finish off with a rectangular shaped box to fix everything in place which is the very last piece of stitching on this project.
Lastly, some riveting. I love to apply rivets to my projects and cannot get enough of them!
am delighted with the bag and think that I will take it with me to
use as an evening clutch when on my Greek Islands cruise in May this
I have now made three versions of the Companion Carpet Bag using the 8inch frame, this will be the fourth and possibly last, at least for a while!
Now that we are in the throes of Winter weather, cold, wet, and windy I decided that I needed a more ‘neutral’ handbag.
For this version I used some furnishing weight linen that was gifted to me together with some faux snakeskin vinyl that I bought back in August from Thimbles Fabrics and Crafts at the Festival of Quilts held at Birmingham National Exhibition Centre. For the lining I raided my stash of fat quarters from New Threads Quilt Shop and the zip for the internal pocket came from the stash that was supplied by my father from when he was an Engineer at Optilon zip factory. The fabrics were stabilised with heavyweight fusible interfacing plus Bosal ® foam wadding.
I have made the bag before, the construction was pretty
straightforward. Unfortunately I did not have sufficient of the Grey
colourway of linen but was able to use some co-ordinating print linen
for the bag frame channel. Some wrestling of the fabric was involved
as I turned the bag right side out as all that stabilising, wadding
and faux snakeskin made the outer very substantial.
I had found the fabulous plastic and nickel finish bag handles in my bag-making stash and attached them to the bag with rivetted tabs of faux snakeskin. I particularly like this method and it will be appearing on future bag makes. I attached a flap closure using two pieces of faux snakeskin with a concealed magnetic snap.
The finishing touches were pretty little tassels on the zip pull of the internal pocket and a faux leather ‘handmade’ label attached to the plain outer side of the bag.
I am just so pleased and proud of this bag that it makes me smile every time I use it.
attending the NCW workshop in October I have been ‘hooked’ on this
pattern. I have already made several versions with the pattern scaled
up by 25% and have lately re-printed at 150% scale. This purse is
made at 75% scale.
used a couple of Fat Quarters from New Threads Quilt Shop to make the
outer and flap with the insides also made from sugar skull print plus
another fat quarter of pink floral print.
In the process of construction I soon realised that there would not be sufficient space inside to make the usual double zip pockets and therefore this version is restricted to two sets of cards slots, 3 slip sections and just one zip pocket.
I used my regular heavyweight fusible interfacing and standard 30mm wide twist lock in nickel for the closure.
I am really pleased with the finished result but feel it is just a little too small. I plan to re-print the pattern at 80% and that additional 5% may be all the extra that I need to make the perfect purse.
spent a very busy afternoon making three window project bags for my
friends at Franklins P&Q club. This design is something that I
have worked on and developed over the years. For the windows I use
clear vinyl purchased from The Range, or if not available, low volume
printed shower curtaining.
first bag in Liquorice Allsorts print was for Pat. When she
celebrated a special birthday recently my friend and I clubbed
together to make and give her a Sewing Organiser using the By Annie
pattern in this same printed cotton fabric originally purchased from
second for Maureen was made using some animal print cotton linen from
Dunelm and the third for Emma was made with Jelly printed cotton
linen from Fabricland, Salisbury branch.
put a few sewing themed gifts inside each bag and hope that the
‘girls’ will use them. I shall look out for them when we have our
I have met Sian Singleton of Kittenish Behaviour on several occasions and when I attended the last two workshops she admired the sewing accessories that I had made in a pretty daisy printed cotton fabric. The set consisted of a Sewing Organiser case from an ‘Annie Unrein’ pattern, clamshell pouch, large & small scissors cases, machine needle wallet, machine needle organiser, thread bin and Dachshund pin dog.
The Sewing Organiser case is a very complicated and time-consuming project which unfortunately I did not have sufficient time to complete. Sian’s birthday next year is something to aim for! Instead for Christmas I would make the some of the other items and hope that she would enjoy them instead.
I deliberately chose a cotton print in a colour that Sian enjoys and set to to make the different items.
I started with the scissors cases. The original larger size was featured in a ‘Threads’ magazine many years ago and I have since adapted and refined the pattern to make it my own. I drafted the smaller case to fit the little scissors that I buy from New Threads Quilt Shop, Weyhill Fairground, Andover. The button loops on the cases are hair bungees and the buttons are made up of a large button in one colour plus a smaller button in a contrast. A nice feature I think.
storage bin and Clamshell pouch are designs picked up at Sprat &
Winkle Quilters sewing retreat days. The wadding in the clamshell
pouch is Bosal ® which gives a good firm finish to help the pouch
stand upright. I finished of the pouch with a co-ordinating tassel.
Everything these days seems to be finished with a tassel!
Dachshund pin dog was featured in a sewing magazine – again a long
time ago and is stuffed with polyester toy filling. I buy my toy
filling from eBay in large quantities. The most recent consignment
arrived in a Double Duvet sized box!
I designed and developed the sewing machine needle wallet to counteract the frustration as my packs of needles were forever ‘migrating’ around my sewing room. I could never find the size and type that I wanted quickly. The pockets are made using the same clear vinyl that I also use in my window project bags. An alternative can be low volume printed shower curtaining which I have used in the past. I have refined the pattern sufficiently to be able to release on the internet and look forward to seeing lots more around and about amongst my sewing friends.
Having made the XL size of Necessary Clutch Wallet three times now, I felt confident in making another to gift to a good friend. Jenny usually wears monochrome fashions and I thought that my signature bold and colourful print would not be appropriate. I found some Grey and White Linen in my ‘landfill’ stash and there was just sufficient to make the outer, flap and wrist strap in this fabric.
I wanted the insides to be a little more ‘exciting’ and used some colourful cotton prints from my Fat Quarter stash in Black, Red and White for the card slots and zip compartments. I used Red zips and finished off with Red tassels on the zip pulls. All the hardware was nickel. Due to the thickness of the linen fabric and stabilisers I used 9mm x 7mm stalk rivets.
For the past several years I have been sharing my sewing adventures with a lady in Germany. We exchange gifts on Birthdays and at Christmas. This year, with my confidence high I decided to make an Extra Large NCW for her.
I know that Antje likes Blue as I have noticed that many of her garments are in this colour. I chose some pretty Paisley on Blue print for the outer and a contrasting Mustard for the inner. Fabrics were purchased specially from New Threads Quilt Shop, Weyhill Fairground, Andover.
I used Nickel for the hardware and the wallet is finished off with two tassels on one of the D rings for the wrist strap and shoulder strap.
already made a trial version of an enlarged NCW (necessary clutch
wallet) using some ‘landfill’ fabric I wanted to revisit the project
with a ‘more interesting’ fabric print.
Pug Dog print linen came in a bag with other ‘destined for landfill’
fabrics and there was only just enough to make this wallet. It was
nearly a disaster as the fabric has a one-way design and I cut two
pieces for the outer forgetting to reverse the print. I had just
enough to re-cut as otherwise half of the pugs would have been upside
down! I did manage to cut a wriststrap and shoulder strap from the
used some pretty lemon yellow cotton fat quarters from my stash for
the internal card slots and zip pockets. The hardware is Brass finish
from my bag-making stash and there are lots of rivets!
bag is on offer for sale on eBay but so far no takers.
the end of the sorry exercise of making a tiered skirt that was an
abject failure I felt in need of a palate cleanser. I thought that I
would run up a TNT project in a couple of hours – an NCW (necessary
clutch wallet). But oh no – this time I wanted to make the NCW
I reprinted the pattern pieces at 125% so the final project measures 10inches wide x 6inches x 1½ inches deep.
As this was going to be a ‘trial’ make I used some donated fabric that was originally intended for landfill. The internal compartments were made with some spare floral print fat quarters from my stash.
Making the outer panel, flap and straps was fairly straightforward but there was some ‘finessing’ required to get the size of the card slots and zip pockets just right.
I am delighted with the end result which will be great to use and wear with denim ensembles.