As I gently re-enter my regular routine, I’ve returned to gift sewing. You see, I worked my proverbial butt off over January, doing what we call “sleepover shifts” during the school holidays, so I could be home with the kids. Once the kids headed back to school, I had a glorious ten days off work to get this house, and my sewing, back in to order! So today, I’m sharing a few goodies I managed to get sorted…..
A few weeks ago, I got myself one of these fabulous Moda Modern Building Blocks sets. I’ve seen some amazing quilts being made on Instagram (check out the hashtags #modabuildingblocks & #modamodernbuildingblocks) and was looking forward to making my own version.
When it came to making January’s Handmade Birthday Club gift for Leonie, I pulled out my handy-dandy-block-set and found myself stopping at block number 7! It’s an 18″ block, so the perfect size for a quilted cushion cover….
One of Leonie’s many favourite fabric designers is Tula Pink. So I rummaged through my stash and found some Acacia to pair with the most divine Deer print from her Moonshine range. I was incredibly happy with the way the colours played together, and love the way one block can look many different ways….
I used the gorgeous Dove Aurifil in 40wt for the quilting, and did a 1/4″ version of matchstick quilting. The textural finish is awesome. Leonie received her gift yesterday and thankfully loved it!
Once I’d ticked that pressie off my to-do list, I moved on to something for me! I have been in need of a new purse for a little while, but was baulking at spending a small fortune on something that wasn’t perfect. So I reached out to some of my crafting friends, and asked for a pattern recommendation. It was a resounding response – the Necessary Clutch Wallet! I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t scared to death about tackling this pattern, but it was worth the fear…..
Because at the end of a day and a half of cutting, reading pattern, ironing, reading the pattern again and again and again, and sewing – I had these two divine purses! Now, if you’ve been around these digs for a while, you will know I DON’T DO FIDDLY. Until now. Yes, they were a tad bit fiddly. And yes, I had to be incredibly patient. Especially with the installation of the clasp hardware. But I got there in the end.
As you can see – there is plenty of space for cards, money, receipts etc – and there’s a great amount of space in the centre section there, you could pop a phone or some lippy in too! So my beautiful purse now lives in its co-ordinating handbag. And the second one was grabbed up a friend who asked if she could purchase it. Win, win!
This little make up purse is for a family member as requested. I’m being very brave of late, and am cracking open my Tokyo fabric purchases frequently. This Enchino print is just so darn cute with its geometrics and the zebra!
Another family member’s request – this time from my youngest son….. When in class last week, he announced to his teacher he needed a pencil case, said teacher asked him why didn’t he ask his Mum? (Said teacher received a pencil case from me for Christmas!)
I whipped this pencil case up on Sunday, after a couple of days of him asking if I’d made it. This is literally only the second time in history Cadyn has asked me to make him something! His quilt was made a couple of years ago, so I thought I best strike whilst the iron was hot! He very proudly took it to school on Monday and has his pencils stashed safely.
And that, my friends, is my past week of sewing…. What have you been up to this past week?
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