Reversible Bag

Yesterday I tried out another bag pattern that I'd found online. 

This time a reversible one made using denim for one side and a print fabric on the other. 

The print fabric I had bought a few years ago with the intentions of using it to make an apron but then didn't want to cut in to it at the time. I do tend to do that quite often. Buy fabric then like it too much to use. It was sold as 70's vintage but I think that the print looks a bit 50's-ish.

Everyone I our house prefer this bag to others that I've made before. Maybe because it's not floral or not a tote bag .. I don't know.
The free pattern and tutorial that I used can be found here.

Last Weeks Sewing

Last week the children were on a half term break from school and I've noticed that my sewing machine comes out more during the school holidays. I think it is because Little L always wants something made or to make something even if she is just helping me. At the moment she loves helping me pin fabrics and she did have a go on my machine just before the holidays and made these coasters. 

She was fine sewing at first then I think it dragged on too long for her and by the time she was finishing her second one her concentration was wavering and she just wanted to do something else instead. Maybe she'll be ready for another go when she a bit older.

Over the hols we had a button sort out,

I made a sleeping bag for Little L's baby meerkat 

and made three of these fold up tote bags. I used this tutorial to make the bags but as I lined mine, I inserted the handles in between the outer bag and the lining.

We made some marbled eggs which Little L loved doing. 

Little L lost her first tooth. She has been wanting to lose a tooth for ages because lots of her friends have either lost some of theirs or had them taken out. I keep telling her that its good she has kept hold of her for so long but I've never seen a child so excited over a wobbly tooth.
Little L went to a friends party over the holidays. She does get invited to party's but usually chooses not to go because if the invitation is from a girl she thinks the party will be girly and shes more comfortable running around with a load of boys. It was a fancy dress party that she went to, all girls, all dressed as princesses besides Little L who went as Darth Vader. I suppose that she has a point with her party theory.

My Etsy Buys

Having not purchased anything crafty for a while I recently popped over to Etsy and bought some embroidery items.

These mini pendant hoops which I've never used before

and this embroidery book which only took ten days to arrive from Japan.

The patterns in the book range from animals and flowers to items of clothing and a few fairy tale characters.

The book explains how the brooches are constructed as well as diagrams of different embroidery stitches which can be used.

I just need to decide which one to try first.