I hope Jo enjoys her new tote as much as I enjoyed making it!
So here is the tutorial of how I made them:
- Cut two heart shapes out of felt. I used a printed felt for the front and a solid yellow for the back.
2. Place hearts wrong sides together and stitch around the edge leaving a 2 cm opening.
At the Brother stand I made a teapot pot holder which was really cute. At the Bernina stand I made an Orange free motion embroidered pillow complete with piping. I would love one of those machines!
And then I made a lampshade with No Chintz from Sydney. I choose a Marimeko fabric to cover it, which was gorgeous. It was my favourite make of the day, and I also bought a kit to make a pendant shade for our dining area at home. They’re super easy to make, I would recommend buying one of these kits and making your own if you are looking for a new lampshade.
It was such an awesome day, my soul was full by the end of the day! I was so inspired, I decided that I am going to have a stand at the Brisbane Craft Fair 16th-20th October. I will be selling my range of Burlap Bag Lady beginner sewing patterns and also memberships to The Handmade Swap. So if you are planning a day at the fair be sure to come past and say hello at The Handmade Swap Stand F18. I’m so excited!
If your not a member of The Handmade Swap and you would like to join and send and receive Handmade Gifts 5 times a year, you can join here.
This small bag, opens out and inverts into a stand up doll cradle!
I would like to claim credit for the ingenious design behind this cradle, but I can’t. A friend of mine recently showed me a knitted version that she had been given as a child. It was one of her favourite toys as a child and she had not seen anything like it since.
So I took it upon myself to create a Burlap Version. The great thing about sewing and crafting with Burlap is that you can use it to give your projects real structure and form. If you were to make this out of cotton, it would collapse when turned into the cradle position. But using Burlap, it stands really well.
I hope the judges at the show appreciate the dual functionality of this cradle. The Ekka starts next week, so I’ll let you know how I go.
It is a bit complicated to explain how to make, so I will work on a proper sewing pattern and put it in my pattern store soon.
This cradle got me to thinking about my favourite toys as a child. Most of the really memorable favourites were handmade. The timber crib for my dolls and washing line that my Uncle Dave made me, Maxi and Mini dolls that Uncle Dave’s Mum made me. What were your favourite handmade toys as a child? Have you made them for your kids? Let me know. I think we should restart the handmade toy movement! I’d love to hear about your handmade toys as I think my boys could do with some Handmade love!
I just love this Chevron design Printed Burlap, and thought it had great impact and would make a perfect statement piece. So it seemed the natural choice for the Funky Fashion Wearable Art category.
Last year I made a Burlap Cape with Free Motion embroidery for this category and managed to take out 2nd place. So this year I have my sights set on 1st place, but we’ll see!
I didn’t follow a pattern for the skirt, I just winged it as I went. If you are interested in making something similar I will give you the brief run down on what I did as a starting point.
Basically I measured waist to knee and cut a long strip of Burlap that width. I hemmed the bottom, sewed on two strips of ribbon. I then gathered the top and added two layer of tulle underneath (attached at the waistline) to give the skirt some structure. Then sewed the side seam together.
I then measured around my waist and cut another strip of Burlap that length by about 6 inches wide. I folded this in half long ways, wrong sides together. Stitch the ends together, then folded right side out. I then attached this to the top of the skirt, starting and ending at the side seam. I then inserted a zipper into the side seam from the waistband down about 5cm into the side seam.
I know that is a very rough guide, but that is pretty much all there is to it. If you don’t feel comfortable winging it, then probably best to purchase a pattern. Just make sure you allow for the skirt plus the tulle to give the skirt structure.
It’s not an everyday skirt as I think constant washing would ruin the stiffness of the skirt, but it is a fun special occasion skirt, perhaps for my next cocktail party….
Next week I’ll show you my last entry for the Agricultural Show.
In the meantime, I love to hear about anything you’ve made that would constitute Funky Fashion or Wearable Art! Let me know, I need inspiration for next year!
- Funky Fabrics and Wearable Art
- Christmas Decorations
- Childrens Toy