Thank you so much to everyone who read my last post on children's books and to those that sent emails too. It was lovely to hear from you all and to read about your favourite titles too. I'd say that Anne of Green Gables and the Little House books were probably the most popular amongst you all.
Well, it's been a pretty shitty week weather-wise I'm afraid. It seems to have rained, bucketed or drizzled, non stop since Wednesday morning and it's been cold and grey too. Perfect weather for staying in your workroom and sewing bags I'd say. I decided that I had to take the plunge and cut into that fabric - now or never and that bags would really be the best use for it. As before I used the tutorial here which is very, very good. There is a pic of the fabric here.
Both bags are a mixture of vintage William Morris fabric and linen. This is the other side of the one above left:
and this is the other side of the bag on the right:
Both bags are lined with linen on the inside and the outer fabric is interfaced. I am so pleased with them but I have to confess that they took me nearly two days. I have to take my hat off to the women who churn out bags like nobody's business - they take careful measurement and concentration these bags. I ought to put these up on Etsy so if you fancy one let me know - they are roughly 13" by 10" with a 4" bottom that has a stiffened base (which can be removed).
I'm going to make a couple more just to prove that I can make them in a shorter time! No really, I'm going to make some more to sell at our Summer Fair in July.
What else have I been up to? Well, I cut a pattern for a white horse ages and ages ago but he turned into a unicorn when I eventually picked him up to finish. Here he is:
and here's the other side of him:
He's made from white felt and his mane is white mohair. The blue flower is made with a sizzix paddle punch that I got in a swap from Kristin ages ago.
This is a pic of the horse I made last year using the same pattern - it's made out of blanket:
I have a pattern for this goose which is lost somewhere in an old post and I ought to put in my sidebar:
The pattern is here if you want to make a goose too. You know I ought to dig that fabric out and make a few more animals - it's really rather nice.
Well, I'm off to tuck into Lancashire Hotpot which is fitting for a rainy May day. It's rhubarb and banana crumble after and I should give you the recipe as it's the only time my children will touch rhubarb. The banana just takes the edge of it.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend and you make lots of horses, unicorns and geese. Do show me if you do.......................