Its been years since I made these little tissue packs. I saw a reasonable size packet of tissues in a shop and thought they would be fun to make, quick and easy.  I searched on You Tube and found heaps of little demonstrations, and downloaded a pattern (yes a pattern!) because I had never made them lined before.  And in effect lining them made them so much easier to make and tidy.  It was also fun mixing two fabrics together, and using the flowers from one of my husbands old (clean) shirts (that had shrunk in the wash!).

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I found quite a few stunning doilies at an opshop in Te Puke recently and so purchased them thinking I must be able to use them for something.  I looked on Pinterest and sure enough, there are heaps of ideas for traditional doilies.

First Creation…

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Second Creation…

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The original doilies

You can see the small fan shape one on the left.   I still have the large one to create something.  Watch this space!

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This is a prototype for a ‘range’ of hot water bottle covers I’m going to make to sell at the markets!  Real groovy 70’s style pictures on fabric, overlaid on 100% upcyled NZ made blankets. Peace baby!

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One minute it was summer, next minute we’re right in the middle of winter! Brrrrr!

Thought I had better whip up a hotwater bottle cover quickly.  Something I can keep in the lounge… you know, matches the decor!  Plus needs to be snugly.  This is a 100% wool baby blanket bought in an opshop… a little bit of old New Zealand that we all love, complete with the blue ribbon trim.  Tidy!

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I have a lovely little daughter-in-law.  I hope she likes this little purse I’ve made her for her birthday.  However, how can you not, they are so HANDY!

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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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DaysforGirls is a wonderful group helping women and girls in third world countries.  I often sew the labels on the Days for Girls bags.  I find sewing them on isn’t a problem, but what takes time is the measuring and making sure they are sitting exactly straight on the bag.  So last week I made a little jig …

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Easter Friday 2018, what a beautiful day…. relaxing, peaceful, happy!

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Along the way…

 

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I actually cut out the base piece from a very stiff table runner that I decided I was never going to use.  It was great for the freemotion sewing as it held really nicely.  So, there will be more where that came from!

Have a good Easter.  Christians choose to remember Jesus at Easter and his death on the cross.  He died for all of us.  Read more about it here  xx

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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