An owl-y purse / wallet

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:

Prototype purse / wallet

Inside of prototype purse / wallet

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!

All finished!

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:

Art wrap for a commission

Art wrap for a commission

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.

Prototype art wrap

Prototype art wrap

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I also got asked to make some mini coin purses – here they all are.

Mini coin purse

The fabrics here are Echino (red pig) and some recycled denim.

Mini coin purse

This time it’s Erin McMorris Flower Pop and Alexander Henry Crosshatch.

Mini coin purse

This one is some lovely Kokka owls, and a very useful Alexander Henry fabric called Heath.

Mini coin purse

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..

Applique and embroidery on coin purse

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!

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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!

Fabric news

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 from Hulu, 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!

Speaking of Hulu Craftstheir summer sale has just started... there’s not a huge amount of fabric on offer, but there are loads of lovely yarns and patterns if you knit or crochet.

There are also various Summer Sales ongoing – here are the ones that I’ve spotted:

Fabric Rehab

Simply Solids

Celtic Fusion Fabrics

Dots N Stripes

Fancy Moon

Seamstar

Saints and Pinners

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The Fabric Loft has its usual Sunday Stash offer on this week – the lovely Milly in Pink & Cafe Mocha in Red fabrics are both on sale at just £8 per metre, reduced from £11.50.

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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.

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Lovely Shwe Shwe fabrics from The African Fabric Shop
Lovely Shwe Shwe fabrics from The African Fabric Shop

As I haven’t a huge amount to share this week, I thought I’d revisit my Big List of UK Fabric Shops again, and check out some shops I haven’t mentioned in a while.  Have you ever shopped at the African Fabric Shop? I have been drooling over these wonderful Shwe Shwe fabrics for ages now – next time I have some money to spare I am definitely going to get some. There’s lots of lovely fabrics, and beads and buttons too – it’s all very tempting. This has got to be a far better way of supporting people in Africa than projects like Dress a Girl Around the World.

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Don’t forget that there are 2 Very Berry offers still running.. You can get 10% off your order at Fancy Moon until 31 July, and 10 % off at The Felted Rainbow until August 10.

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If you like Klona cottons and you need some beautiful solids for your stash, you’ll want to pop back tomorrow for a lovely giveaway that we’re doing thanks to the generosity of Alice at Backstitch.

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Finally, don’t forget to sign up for the Very Berry Scrap Swap – you can read more about it just here.

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Enjoy your Sunday evening, I’ll be back tomorrow with the Backstitch giveaway.