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After spending some time in the garden this morning it’s always nice to come inside and watch gardening programmes on Netflix while doing some sewing.  With Christmas coming up I’m trying to make as many Christmas presents as possible so it is enjoyable without the stress of time pressure.  I had one lovely piece of beaded fabric just enough for two purses and matched it with a soft fine weave sacking type fabric.

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A few weeks ago I scored three of these memorial tea towels for Horsham Downs school and I immediately set to work embellishing.  Today I finished off all the free motion sewing (quilting) and I’m pretty pleased with the result.  I will probably frame in a large frame with white edge and perhaps hang it in my laundry.  We will see.

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Here is a small video of the freemotion sewing

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Its my sister-in-law’s birthday on Wednesday (so I won’t post this before)!  She is a great preacher.. yes! Her husband is my brother and the minister of the church I attend.  She loves Scripture around the house … I heard her say it from the pulpit one time, so of course the perfect present!

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Mmmm, I seem to have run out of tissue paper.  Guess I will make a little bag and ‘card’…

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Just had to make a few more of these little zip purses… sooooo easy and fun to make!

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To match the one I had already done with the little tissue packs..

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I started this piece last weekend, Easter weekend, and had to pack my sewing room away, as I do every week, and turn it back into my office.  So I was pleased to be able to finish it this weekend.  The last pieces of orange and red flowers come from a lovely fabric I just cut out to make a top ~ so best I get on with that now!

The evolution of the piece…

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The bigger purse has elements like the “Handle with Care” tag and the little bag with the scissor taken off the inside of other garments … just to add a little fun!776685A2-BB36-420C-AC90-EDBB46AA67E0

I started these two bags about 3 weeks ago by pinning on all the lace and things.  Then,  when I had a few moments I would do a little then put it away again.  A good way to keep the creative momentum going when you don’t have time to spend a whole day sewing.  It was nice today to finish them off.  The process for making the bags is from this You Tube Clip.

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Some men’s shirts have the best fabric, and you can often pick them up cheap from second hand shops! You can make all sorts of things with them.  I didnt have quite enough material with the one shirt so combined two shirts and I love the effect!

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Having the best day!

Watching inspiring You Tube videos, like this one [LINK] which made me attempt this little purse.   36C9201E-7976-409B-9FF8-5BE366DC5D0CF6646670-FBCF-4FA7-933C-28082C4AFF93

 

Plus, inspiration from a pin I found on https://roxycreations.blogspot.co.nz/ and they linked to this amazing woman called Marna Lunt who makes gorgeous embroideries by hand.  Definitely worth checking out.

This was really easy, but did take time.  But a perfect way to spend a day off.

 

I just felt like blinging a towel to match my bathroom..

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So, I decided that my cross-stitch seems to lie around the lounge quite a lot, waiting for me to pick it up, and well, looks quite messy.  So thought I would see what I could come up with in terms of a bag or something.  I got a few ideas off Pinterest and then checked out my fabric stash and came up with this.  The external cover is a placemat I picked up a few years ago and which I particularly love with it’s denim Paris look. IMG_6788IMG_6791

Oh yes, the blue gingham fabric for the pockets, as you can probably work out, is made from a man’s shirt. The sleeve on the right is quite handy because you can open the buttons and put cotttons in.  I then made a separate bag with zip which sits nicely in the middle of the book for popping the actual cross-stitch in and the pattern book.  Winter Days!

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