Saturday, August 7, 2010

So sew! plus DCD Christmas challenge

I've been altering lots of clothes for DD, when she finds something she really likes but it needs shortening or taking in a little I get the job.  I don't mind so long as it's an easy job; she's not so good with a sewing machine!  As I'm in sewing mode I made myself a bag yesterday.  This has 4 layers, plus lining.  To get the effect you sew through the 4 layers but cut through 3 then rough the fabric up.  I've just remembered I think washing it produces an even better effect.  The top fabric is much nicer than it looks here, it's shot cotton - something to do with the way it's woven; gives a shimmer to the fabric. The bird's eye is a button, which has an effect like little diamantes (just some silvery, shimmery dots), which glistens but again doesn't show well here.  You need to sew diagonally across the fabric.  I made the handle from cord, wrapped in fabric; I just wrapped thread tightly round the fabric instead of sewing it.  The bag measures 12"x10" Haha, just realised I meant to give him a wing but forgot!

The theme for the DCD Christmas Club this week is 'snowmen'.  It's 3 or 4 weeks since I joined in; but I'm nice and early this week as the new challenge is set on Saturdays.  I've used Tim's Vintage Shabby papers for thies.  The image is a Butterfly Kisses stamp from the 'around-2-it' collection xx

15 comments:

Karen said...

Very nice Anne and I love the papers and scrolls, thanks for joining us at DCD Christmas Club.
xx

Linby said...

Great bag-love the diagonal effect. The snowman card is so cute and that flourish behind it really sets it all off nicely.
I love that type of flower - as you say it is on my paper it is also on the blind in my bedroom!
Linbyx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm so in awe of your sewing skills. I couldn't sew a straight (or even diagonal) line if my life depended on it. At least without a wing, your little bird can't fly away (grin).

Sweet snowman card. But I'm still not able to think about Christmas with triple digit heat. It takes all the Christmas spirit out of me. Since I'm not big on sending Christmas cards, anyway (I prefer to send tip-ins or postcards), I will admire yours and appreciate all those supplies you have on hand.

Crafty Chris said...

Fantastic sewing Anne your too modest, love the colour, love to see a xmas card that hasnt got the xmas colours, cute little snowman.
Christine x

Cath Wilson said...

LOVE this bag - it's really unusual and very special. Pity about the bird's wing, lol, poor little birdie will never be able to fly :( Gorgeous colours, too.

Helen said...

Love the snowman card! and your bag is pretty - even if you did forget the bird's wing!!

Kathleen said...

Anne, the bag is lovely, beautiful coloured fabric. It sounds a really interesting technique I was thinking that maybe you could use oddment fabric on the underlayers, a good way to use up odd fabrics. You've inspired me to get my fabrics out. Thanks for sharing. Kathleen x

kayc said...

Love the bag and the snowman. Kathleen x

The Crafty Goat Girl said...

Hi Anne, wowee your bag is beautiful! You are such an inspiration, what a wonderful way to use up odd bits of fabric.

Love your little snowman card too! Great papers and colours.

hugs Heidi xx

patcrafts said...

Love your bag Anne you really are creative. Your card is cute.
Pat xx

Cheryl said...

oh wow hun how creative are you,this bag is just brilliant along with your stitching too,and your card is gorgoues,too hugs cheryl xxxx

Hels Sheridan said...

Aw you made me a birdy bag.. so kind of you ;o)) Love the bag, tis lush... he doesn't need wings, postal service to get him here will work just fine ROFL
Love your card too hun.., in fact, loving all your arty stuff :O)) xx

Spyder said...

this is fabulous!! and so's the card, love the snowman!! Did you pop over to Sylvies blog, she's has some nice freebies...link on my post, have a good week!
(Lyn)

Trisha said...

What a beautiful creation and cute image! Thanks for playing at DCD's Xmas Challenge! hugs, Trisha

Lori said...

This little guy is so cute in pink/green, great job. thanks for joining us this week at the DCD Christmas Challenge.