Sunday stitches

The tissue holders are now made and I prefer the one with the children on it. I used sew-in interfacing on the blue fabric and lined it with quilting cotton which has given it a little more substance than the birdy one. The birdy version was lined with more of the outer fabric and is much softer. The pouch itself seems a little baggy but if I’d made it any smaller it might have been difficult to put the tissues into it. Because I hadn’t measured exactly where to place the children (duh!), they didn’t match up equally to the edge when folded in so I made that one as an open pouch but I think it’s much better and it shows off the lining nicely.




The floral panel was made to liven up the front of an otherwise extremely boring lightweight canvas shopper. I ironed freezer paper onto polycotton fabric then cut them to A4 size before printing the design in greyscale. I stitched it to a larger piece of identical fabric so that there would always be fabric in the hoop as I moved it around when free-motion embroidering. Trimmed to size when finished and edged with some satin ribbon. Something to do on a wet and windy Easter Sunday!


a new shopper

Before I started in my last job, I bought a generous sized shopper in which to carry my lunch, my Kindle, my brolly, anything I might buy during a swift lunch-time foray to the shops and my cardi if the weather forced me to peel off a layer (twice only).  Now, after nearly five years of continuous use and my recent retirement, my trusty indestructable shopper has itself been retired. Each time I now leave home, I don’t need to carry everything that I did before but I have only one handbag large enough to carry a brolly, and additionally, as I have not yet been classified as a full-blown hermit, I still need a shopper from time to time.


There are loads of bag patterns on the internet but I decided to design and sew my own – see the image below for the end result. I machine-quilted the leaves only, prefering to leave the background plain. Inside, there are two zipped pockets – one small and one the width of the bag. I included an upright bottomless tube pocket too at one side – just for my brolly! I used to get so fed up digging for my brolly amongst everything else at the bottom of my old shopper so a designated brolly pocket had to be an essential element of the design. I don’t really have a fixation on brollies but most women who live in rainy climates would agree that brolly storage in a handbag is something rarely considered by handbag designers!


I don’t yet know how much my new bag will comfortably hold, but it might serve as both handbag and shopper at the same time. When I’d finished it, I came across some forgotten upholstery fabric which would be just right for a ‘winter’ shopper so once I’ve gotten some other unfinished projects out of the way, I might have a go at one and fine-tune my pattern and construction methods at the same time, perhaps adding a top closure for added security.