Flora Waycott

In my browsing for lovely artwork for Wordless Wednesday, I have come across the wonderful little website of Flora Waycott. She has some absolutely beautiful images and patterns on her website, as well as details of where you can purchase her prints (including online through Etsy).

This is one of my favourite, craft-themed images.

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Sewing and making by Flora Waycott

Draw string bag tutorials

I went home to visit my family last weekend, and while I was there I had a bit of a sewing session with my mum. She’s meant to be doing a sewing workshop soon, and felt she needed some prep before she went. We used this old Singer machine, which used to belong to her mum, but she passed it on as she no longer uses it. We had it serviced, and it runs really nicely now.old singer sewing machineMy mum decided she wanted to make a little bag to put the pedal and wires in. So we raided her as yet quite small sewing stash, and used one of the fat quarters I bought her for Christmas! For maximum practice, we also sewed on a pocket decorated with an appliqué owl, and a long hidden pocket inside for scissors. sewing on pocketHere’s the finished item, complete with Bryn the dog. I’ve also found some links to some different types of draw string bags on Pinterest. They all have great instructions, enjoy!completed draw string bagDraw sting bag tutorials

My mum sent me a picture this morning of another bag she’s made, this time with cat appliqués. I think she may be addicted!

A round up of really easy beginner sewing projects

I’m by no means an accomplished sewist, but I am definitely getting more confident. I thought it may be useful to put together a list of projects suitable for very new seamstresses, looking to start their sewing journey.

A great first beginner project is bunting. There is really no end to what style you can do it in, as there are so many combinations of fabric and methods out there to chose from, but basically it is just lots of nice straight lines you need to sew.finished bunting flagsThe method I use to make bunting I got from Sew in Brighton, which I’ve summarised in this post. If you’re looking to get going with sewing, I can recommend booking into a sewing class. They’re a great way to learn the basics away from any distractions. There are classes springing up everywhere, so it is best google away to find one near to you.

I am terrified of zips, and this project changed my mind about them. I used this excellent tutorial from Rachel at Transient Expression to make this Russian doll patterned purse which I use as a make-up bag/pencil case.

Russian doll pencil caseTote bags are really simple and also really useful. I have this book – S.E.W. Sew Everything Workshop which has really clear instructions for all sorts of projects, including a tote bag and a more structured handbag style bag which I made as a present a couple of years ago. There are also TONNES of ideas and tutorials on Pinterest!

I also came up with this tutorial which shows how to make a tote bag with a little pocket inside for you to stuff it up really small and bung it in your handbag. It took a couple of attempts to work out the engineering behind it!finished retro tote bagWhile I have made a pair of self drafted PJ bottoms, my plans for this year include making a dress. I have a couple of patterns and fabric all lined up – I just need some time to sit down and do it really. No more excuses!

Crochet daffodils

It’s St David’s day on 1st March, hooray! Last year, I made a felt daffodil and some Welsh cakes. This year, I’ve made a crochet daffodil. I’ve also made some bara brith, which will be the subject of another post coming soon.

I followed (mostly) this pattern from Attic 24. I’m not great at following instructions, so there is definitely some degree of improvisation going on. I did my middle differently as well – two rows of UK trebles, using slip stitches at the end of each row to make a full circle.completed crochet daffodilThe pattern from Attic 24 is really easy to follow, and uses hardly any yarn at all, so it is great scrap buster.

Christmas craft link up continued

As promised, these are the rest of the wonderful crafts which have been compiled by Bugs and Fishes. I like the penguin!

Christmas craft link up

As you may have seen the other week, I did a Christmas-y sewing project which I linked to the Bugs and Fishes Christmas craft link up. My project was a shabby denim Christmas heart decoration, which you can find here. I took part last year, and was really pleased to take part again.

Anyway, here is the first of three links to some of the other projects. I hope you like them! I will be posting the other projects over the next few days, so keep an eye out. christmas craft link up 1Mini Teddy Bed – Grace’s Favours

Shiny Reindeer Embroidered Hoop Art – Candyfloss Ramparts

Teeny Tiny Snowman Pendant – i ManuFatti

Nativity Bunting Tutorial – Hoogally

Floating Pompom Garland – RetroDelicious

Printable Colouring-In Snowflake Labels – It’s Organised

Blackwork Pleated Heart – Carina’s Craftblog