Monday, 18 January 2010

New Year Sewing

Well this is the first of my New Year makes, my Mom's Birthday present. I got this Moda fabric some time last year and it's been sat in the cupboard with loads of other fabric waiting for the right project to come a long for it. Due to our lovely gloomy weather the colours don't look as good as in real life! This was the first time I used this pattern out of Bend the Rules Sewing but it wont be the last. I loved the finished look and wanted to keep it for myself.

I made a matching make up bag and wallet to pop inside.

And a matching card too!

I have always applied heavy weight iron on interfacing to the back of my fabric to make my bags sturdier but this pattern used flannel, I had no flannel so used an old flannelette sheet instead. It worked a treat! Perhaps not as rigid a finish a I am used too but the style of the bag was much more suited to this. I've now found a great way to use up old sheets, before we just used them as dust sheets when decorating.

I've decided to join the 20 minute crafting a day challenge (have a look in my side bar for details) to see if this can spur me on to use up some of the fabric I have accumulated over the years. My 20 mins today has been spent cutting out so hopefully tomorrow I can sew it together. I'll let you have a peek once it's finished. I spent the weekend making a present for my Niece's Birthday, more about that at a later date.


Today saw the first day of my keep fit challenge! I spent 40 minutes on Wii fit, I can already feel my arms and shoulders aching! I need to loose a few pounds and tone up before the summer comes otherwise it's not going to be a pretty site lying on that sun lounger! I'll keep you posted on how I'm doing.


MelMel said...

Such a lovely bag, great fabric!x

Tracey said...

I love the bag....lucky mum! xxx

MarmaladeRose said...

V. nice bag.
Welcome to the 20 Minuters, Jo. I've added you to the list. Don't forget to keep us all posted.

Fi x

Lace hearts said...

I love it - your mum will be thrilled. It's a really pretty fabric.
Thanks for popping by. I'm hoping to make a quilt, but I keep using the blocks for little projects instead! One day I'll get there!

Lisa said...

What a lucky mum!
Lisa x

Indigo Blue said...

Lovely bag shape. I also have that book, I think I ought to go and have another look at it! I am also in the 20mins challenge.

Twiglet said...

Love the bags/card combo - enjoy being a 20 minuter!

Tallis said...

Welcome to the group and it looks like smashing work here