Bags Bags Bags! 6 – Children’s Backpack

I cut out the pieces to make this bag last July, and they’ve been sitting on the ‘to do’ pile ever since!

Finally I got round to digging them out and finishing it off. It started off as a pile like this: And after several days of working on it it ended up like this: It is made from a pattern by Pattern Play. I used this blue monkey fabric with plain blue for the inside and straps.

The one adjustment I made was to add a drawstring at the top as I thought it would hold things in better than just a flap with vecro:DSCF1349 I used iron-on letters on white felt to add a name onto the top of the front pocket:DSCF1350 The straps on the back are adjustable using the metal rings:DSCF1351 After a bit of persuasion I managed to convince my little monkey to model his new monkey backpack for the camera:DSCF1345 DSCF1346He seems to like it! 🙂

Dr Who Shorts!

New shorts for the new year!

I used a pair of shop-bought trousers to draw round to make the pattern pieces and finished these in an afternoon:Front Perfect for our little Dr Who fan!

With a ribbon tag at the back so he can put them on the right way round himself:Label With lots of Daleks and TARDISes (anyone know the plural of TARDIS?) on the back too:Back We had to have an early morning trying on session:Modelling Standing on the bed to admire them in the mirror!Checking in the mirrorThey’re definitely a big hit – he wants trousers in this fabric too now! He appreciates his Mummy-made clothes 🙂

Bags Bags Bags 5 – Pink Owls Show-Off Bag

The second of my scheduled posts (because I’m not really on the computer on Christmas Day)!

This is another bag  (like the one I made my Mum for her birthday) from the show-off bag pattern from Made by Rae, this time for my (soon-to-be) sister-in-law.

I made it the same as the last one, this time with owls cotton at the bottom and pink cord at the top, with one pocket inside and boxed bottom corners.

I must be improving – my seams are much more in line on this one! 🙂Bag from side Inside bag Pink Owls Show-Off Bag

Geeky Tablet Sleeve

Woo, I started and finished something all in one afternoon!

I got this fabric from Spoonflower – just perfect for my Mathematician husband!

I’ve been wondering what to make with it since it arrived last month. It was originally going to be a cushion to put in his office, but then when he got a new tablet a cover for it was the perfect thing to make with it.

I didn’t use a pattern (it’s not a big name brand like all the patterns online are for) so I just put the tablet in the middle of the fabric and guessed!



It’s lined with black fleece to give the tablet a bit of protection when we go out and about, and has a pocket on the front to keep headphones or a stylus in.

Nice and easy, and it looks pretty cool too 🙂



Fancy Dress Tutu

Last week I had to go to a fancy dress party, and needed a tutu to wear to it!

I searched online and found lots of tutorials for how to make a tutu, so after a trip to the fabric shop to pick up pink tutu fabric off I went!


I found the rotary cutter the quickest way to cut up the fabric into lots of strips. Lots and lots of strips (9 metres cut into 6 inch strips!), until I had a huge pile of them:


And it didn’t even require any sewing – you just fold each strip in half and knot around a piece of ribbon that will fit your waist.

It’s very hard to take a photo of the finished thing because it’s so big, but here is the finished tutu!


P.S. I won the fancy dress competition 🙂

Waterproof Seat Pad

I've paused in the recent bag making to tackle the toddler milestone that is toilet training!

And so I found myself in need of some kind of waterproof mat to use in the buggy or on the bus or train to contain any little accidents.

I had all the materials I needed from making other things recently, so measured the buggy as a starting point and away I went!

I used this pretty cotton for the top – fish and whales are quite popular in our house at the moment, so he has an added incentive to want to keep them dry.


Inside is bamboo fleece to absorb any little accidents, a layer of PUL to make it waterproof, and it's backed in fleece.


Here it is all finished and ready to go 🙂


Bags Bags Bags! 3: The buttercup bag

Another bag finished today – I think that puts me about a third of the way through my bag to-do list!

This bag has been on my list to make for over a year, when I bought the pattern and the material, and I finally dug it out of the cupboard last week to finish it.

This is another Made by Rae pattern. The original pattern is available free here, and there is also a larger version with a license to sell the bags that you can buy on the site too. This one that I have made is the larger version. The fabric is a Michael Miller print which I bought from an etsy seller.

I made mine with a zip rather than a magnetic clasp (which is what is in the instructions). I’m likely to lose everything in it when I inadvertently turn it upside down without a zip! To put the zip in I used an online tutorial I found here.


I made the buttons to go on the front using some of the material from the lining and a button covering tool:


The inside is spotty, with a little pocket – because you can never have too many pockets!


And this is it from the outside, all finished 🙂


Bags Bags Bags! 2: The out and about hip bag

I told you there’d be more bags didn’t I 🙂

I’ve discovered that for all those people that you don’t know what to buy – a bag is just right!

This one I made for my Mother-In-Law’s birthday. It comes from a pattern shop I found on etsy.

I’m quite impressed with how this one turned out. It’s my first attempt with a zip – so the first time I’ve experimented with the zipper foot on my sewing machine!

Let’s have a look at it:

It has a long strap secured to nice shiny silver D-rings.


It has boxed corners at the bottom.


It has not one zip, but two – one on the top for the main compartment and one into a pocket on the front.



Doesn’t it look cool?! I like it so much I’m going to make myself one – after I finish the long list of other bags on my list! I may end up with quite a bag collection if I carry on like this…

Bags Bags Bags! 1: The show-off bag

I’ve got a long list of bags to make on my to-do list. This was the very first one I’ve made (that’s sewn, I did make the crochet owl bag a while back) but is likely to be first of many bag posts 🙂

I made this bag for my Mum’s birthday (which was yesterday, so it’s safe to post photos now!). I used the Showoff Bag PDF Sewing Pattern which can be purchased from Made by Rae. It took me ages walking round the fabric shop to pick a fabric I though would look good for the big bottom panel, and decided on this pretty bird fabric. The top panel needs to be a thicker material than cotton really and cord was all I had in the cupboard at home. I compared the birdie fabric with lots of colours and the green was the best match, so it’s bright but looks quite good!!

Inside I put a pocket on both sides, and the top is quite simple as it doesn’t have any zip or snap closure.


I learnt quite a few new things along the way: what a baste stitch is, how to box the corners, and that actually, bags aren’t as hard to make as I’d got them down to be 🙂

So here it is, my first bag!


Lots of lovely fabric :-)

The problem with working on several big projects at the same time is that there's big chunks of time where you have nothing finished to show for it, which is the reason I've been very quiet on here of late. I still don't have a completely finished thing to show off, but I have finally got to the point where I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, so will be back with some more finished makes soon!


In the meantime, I've had a week of parcel deliveries this week and have been looking at and photographing the lovely fabric that the postman has brought me. I'm trying my hand at quilt making and have bought a couple of jelly rolls (something I've never used before)

I have plans for 2 quilts. This is the first. The fabric is called Peak Hour by Robert Kaufman. I have a jelly roll, 8 FQs and some very strokable orange minky for this one.


And this is the second. The fabric is called Scoot by Robert Kaufman and I've got a jelly roll, 2 charm square packs and some lovely baby blue minky for this one.


Lots of lovely boy fabrics to make quilts for a lovely little boy!