a few words…

On a bag for those who don’t know what to use a bag for. A couple of flowers on the back for some frivolity. Calico for the outer and a remnant of blackout curtain fabric for the lining. This will go on sale at the Red Cross shop this week.


hoots man!

Having lots of fun with free-motion this week.

Raw edge applique on cotton.
Free-motion scarecrow coloured with Inktense blocks.

handy tote bags

I did two more applique pieces to complement the two pieces I showed in the previous post and then turned them into two tote bags. The little hen is supposed to be carrying a suitcase!

applique fun

I stitched these two free-motion appliques yesterday to be the front and back of one tote bag but I now think it would be better for each applique to be on a separate bag with a complementary image on the reverse side. Time to look through my scraps again.

Appliqued rooster approx 10″ x 10″ (25 x 25 cm)
Appliqued dog head approx 7″ x 7″ (18 x 18 cm)

free motion fun

I had lots of fabric scraps already fused to Bondaweb so I used some of them to make these fun houses then free motion stitched them to the background. When I began, I didn’t consider what I might do with them. Maybe a long pouch or a small wall hanging. Each ‘street’ is approx 8 x 5 inches (20 x 13 cm). They’re a bit very rough and ready but I like them.


dogs and birds

I’ve been in the mood to sew since last Friday so I cut out some little dogs and birds, added fusible batting to white fabric, and then appliqued the dogs and birds. My original intention was to make mug rugs but a couple of drawstring bags might be more saleable in the Red Cross shop. The bags are made from denim and each has a dog on one side and a bird on the other, colour co-ordinated purely by chance. Size is approx 7″ (18cm) square.

Tote bags

These were two tote bags I made last year for the Red Cross but they didn’t sell so we put them in a cupboard for a while and last month I added the floral applique. They sold within days of being on display!