A couple of people have asked me about commissioning purses (if you’re in the USA, I mean wallet) recently, so I started to think about a pattern. I was getting absolutely NOWHERE (I’ve had a couple of attempts before and always found my ideas far too complicated to put into construction), so I thought I’d see if there was a tutorial or pattern I could use instead (ensuring that commercial use was ok of course!). I think I’ve found it over at Fabricaholic. This is a great tutorial, with excellent, helpful pictures, and a really fantastic design, and the designer has very generously allowed limited commercial usage.
Here’s my first go, completed today:
As promised earlier on Facebook – I’m going to give this version away… So, if you’d like a very owly wallet / purse, then just leave a comment before Sunday night, and I’ll use Mr Random to select a winner.. You don’t get my Camping and Caravanning club membership card as a free gift though, or the £7.20!
Thought it was time for a bit of a round up of what I’ve finished. One of the many fabulous things about blogging is that when I feel like I’m being massively underproductive I can see that I’ve actually achieved quite a lot! Over the weekend I finished this commissioned art wrap:
The fabrics are from the My Happy Nursery collection from Cloud 9. Please excuse the poor condition of the props in the 2nd photo – I had to filch all these from Tom’s pencil case… I can see that I am going to have to buy some nice pristine ones for photographic purposes.
Whilst I’m on the subject, I have this prototype art wrap that I made as part of the design process for the above… actually, to be frank, it’s the 2nd prototype… The first version (which I managed to make upside down!) is going to be chopped up and recycled.. But this one is pretty good, and although I wont put it in my official shop (there’s a couple of tiny bits of wonky stitching..), it seems a shame to attack it with scissors. If you are interested in buying it (less than half price, £8 incl. P&P), the just get in touch – veryberryhandmade (at) gmail (dot) com. There’s room for an A5 pad and around 18-20 pencils/pens.
I also got asked to make some mini coin purses – here they all are.
The fabrics here are Echino (red pig) and some recycled denim.
This time it’s Erin McMorris Flower Pop and Alexander Henry Crosshatch.
This one is some lovely Kokka owls, and a very useful Alexander Henry fabric called Heath.
Would love to know what this fabric is, if anyone knows. Jane very kindly sent it to me as part of the most recent Scrap Swap (and then she sent me some more, which was even kinder!!), and there’s more recycled denim. Here’s the reverse with a little bit of embroidery, just for fun..
It’s gone to a friend’s little boy – he now has a great way to carry his tuck (do kids still have tuck??) money!
Would love to see what you’ve been making recently – feel free to leave links in the comments. I need to see some creative loveliness to distract me from this awful wet autumn!
I think everything is slowing down a bit for the summer holidays, because I don’t have much to report this week….
Firstly, I wanted to say that I’ve been making a few orders for fabric & other bits and pieces lately, and I wanted to say how impressed I have been by the service fromHulu, Simply Solids, Sew and So, efabrics and M is for Make – all extremely trouble-free transactions, which were delivered within 2-3 days. A special mention goes to efabrics – I made the order at 11am one day, and the parcel arrived before 10am on the next – I was a bit shocked to see it!
I’m looking forward to the launch of the new Abakahn website next week – hopefully it will make it so much easier to search and find what you need. You can read all about it here on their website. The Eternal Maker also has a new website on the way – again, I really hope it makes it easier to buy fabrics online from this wonderful shop.