Monday, 23 May 2011

Red Oilcloth Summer Giveaway

We've had a run of lovely warm sunny weather in Kent and it makes me think of summer!  My garden is looking quite advanced for end of May.  I thought I'd giveaway a gorgeous oilcloth bag that absolutely reeks of summer.  I've used these fab frames which come from Kleins
If you've never been to Kleins and you're up in London you should pay them a visit.  I had only shopped on line with them until a couple of months ago.  I found myself in London and called into the shop.  I was quite surprised.  It is quite a small shop but it is packed to the gunnells with every type of sewing and bag making item you could possibly want.  The staff are very knowledgeable and helpul too.

Sorry, back to the giveaway.  This bag is made from red floral oilcloth on the outside and pretty tiny red and white check on the inside.  It has a zippered interior pocket and two interior slip pockets.  I've made the handle (which is detachable) so that you can carry it in your hand or on your elbow, or over your shoulder.
Handy eh?  It is a good size for summer when you need to carry extras like your sunglasses and perhaps a bottle of water.  The bag without the straps measures 9.5 (24cms) inches high, 11 inches (28cms) across the bottom and 9 inches (23cms) across the frame.

To win this bag all you have to do is leave a comment on this post and mention this post on line - facebook, twitter, blog etc.  You need to say in your comment how you've mentioned this post.  I will choose one winner on Wednesday 1st June, so check back to see if you've won.  As always, international entries are welcome.

I wanted to make a square bag with a zip across the top.  I came across this tutorial at Sew Like My Mom The tutorial is easy to follow so I am going to give it a go. 
Finally, I've been trying to make a new website with BlueVoda and oscommerce but I'm finding it really difficult.  So if anyone has any advice please email me.  I've resorted to shouting at the programme now and Jessie the Sewing Wonder Dog is getting concerned!

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Happy Go Lucky fabric

I've been lucky enough to be speaking to Nel Watmore.  Nel is an artist and designer and has designed a range of beautiful fabric for Free Spirit Fabrics.  I will be making some bags in this gorgeous fabric so I am very excited. Nel is also going to be one of the featured designers at this years Festival of Quilts being held on the 11th to 14 August in Birmingham. This is the fabric she has sent me, but as you know I am not a good photographer so I have posted some below from her site and also from Cotton Patch.

Lovely designs and fresh and pretty colours I'm sure you'll agree.  You can see more of Nel's work here or read about her on her blog.
I've been busy making for Sew Hip magazine and my new bag got sent off yesterday.  But I got two "thumbs up".  My granddaughter loved her giraffe dress and Cirencester Museum was very happy with their Tudor costumes.  So now I can't put off a sort out of my sewing room.  I'm going now and I may be some time...