This week I bring you a tutorial for sewing little bags. It’s not rocket science, but they sure are pretty!
I made six bags from different pieces of left over fabric, some vintage, some Cath Kidston. I mainly picked up the ribbon from different places. They were all different sizes, which is fine as they aren’t for anything specific.
Firstly, I ironed the fabric. I have learnt that this helps no end when sewing things. I also ironed the hem before I put it through the machine. This helps to make sure that the hem is even before pinning.
I sewed three sides to make the edges neat, then folded the top over to create a section for the ribbon to go through. Be careful not to sew the ribbon into this bit! Then I simply stitched the side and the bottom. It couldn’t be easier & they only take about 5 minutes to make
This is a great way to use up any spare fabric & fabric and they can be used for so many things. Have a go & let me know how you get on!
This week’s Tuesday Treat is a massive hint for anyone who wants to buy me a present! It’s The Shop at Number 57. I discovered them through Domesticali who was making one of their embroidery kits at Needles & Natter one week. Naturally I had to go & explore what other lovely things they had for sale! I love the look of the website and I could easily buy all of the products! I’d love to have a go at one of their cross stitch kits sometime, which I think are really funky. I love the idea of stitching white thread onto black. It looks so effective.
I also love the fact that they have vintage products and upcycled products for sale too. Go and have a look – trust me, you won’t be disappointed!
I have just discovered PresentandCorrect. I found it via a blog post on Sewyeah & was instantly intrigued. It’s a website that sells vintage bits & pieces, as well as loads of stationery. As a stationery geek, this is my Mecca. I’m in seventh heaven as I look through al the pretty vintage things. The dateblock below is my current favourite thing, as I really need a new way of telling what the date is, plus it would totally fit in with the look & feel of my study. Now I just need to raid my piggy bank to fund the purchase!
What else can you do on a long bank holiday weekend but shop? I wanted to go to Witney as I’ve never been there before, it’s local and I’ve heard lots of good things about it.
On the way we stopped off at Aston Pottery. I follow them on Twitter & I love pottery so we headed there. They have plenty of pottery for you to choose from, as well as other little gifts. We didn’t venture to the cafe this time as we’d not long had brunch but I will be going back soon to try out their tea!
We then headed to Witney & after a mooch about the high street, we found the knitting shop. Unfortunately it was closed but next to it was The Old Pill Factory & they weren’t closed! I think I’ve found my new favourite shop! I really like antique/vintage shops and this one didn’t disappoint. I could have spent all day here. They had loads of vintage bits & pieces for your home and tons of vintage fabrics. I couldn’t leave without a Mason jar & some lovely vintage green buttons. I’d never seen one of the blue Mason jars before, except on Pinterest! I’m so chuffed to have my own. It’s currently on my windowsill until I can find a better home for it.
It was the perfect start to the weekend. The only downside was my lunch at Hacketts. It was a very bland and tasteless mushroom risotto. None of my party was overwhelmed by theirs either. Easter Sunday lunch at The Flowing Well more than made up for this, however, as it was amazing!
How did you spend your long weekend? Hope you dodged the rain and ate plenty of chocolate! x