Scrap Sunday: Keep your belongings with you

Whilst I was rather quiet online I had still been busy making rather quick birthday gifts. So here is a series of small bags, two are made out of waterproof fabric, the one in the middle is made of various cottons. I guess the waterproof ones aren’t exactly scrap fabrics as I have still so much stored of those two that we can hardly call it scrap. The pure cotton one however is cut from rather small pieces of scrap as are all the pocket and lining pieces of the other two.

All have nice patterned cotton lining and two pockets, one with a elastic band on top for more security and one with a zip, big enough for a mobile phone. And obviously another fabric behind that zip πŸ™‚ I might be unable to use the same fabric for all the lining.

So we have red hearts on white and white hearts on red….


crazy butterflies (I love that one but think it would be too much asΒ  a main fabric, so perfect as lining) and more subtle flowers …


and my current favourite: orange with dandelion pattern and the crazy butterflies. IMG_3512I think the orange looks particularly great with the outer pink. I had ordered a remnant for a skirt for myself and well, once it arrived, I realised that it wouldn’t really be suitable for a grown up skirt. But it is perfect for linings.

For all three bags I ironed a fleece on the lining which gives it a really nice feel and interfacing on the outer fabric. (loosely following instructions from the Bag Bible) The first two ones turned out too stiff I think. Particularly the cotton one doesn’t actually look great. The natural creases (after turning it inside out) come out much more with that interfacing (which is meant to be medium weight).


For the last one I have invested in some fancy Vilene interfacing and it is just so much nicer. I am not sure if it is because it is woven or because it is a better brand or because it is in fact lighter than the other one but the result is definitely much better.

For all three, I have used hook and loop fastening to close the main flap and I think it fits the purpose but I really need to work on my positioning as the last bag was actually not even closable πŸ™‚



Scrap Sunday: YOU can’t see it but I know it is there

So, the scrap skirt is still in progress. I have only basically managed to put the lining in. However this lining is the very positive version of one of my problems in life: you can’t see it but I know it is there.

Some people think that I have too high expectations of myself and the things that I am making and that I am never satisfied with anything I do. They seem to think it is a bad thing. Well, I don’t. If you are always just doing easy things and are than happy with the result, you will never improve (a little bit me in knitting really πŸ™‚ )

Anyway, I often have the following type of conversation:

– Oh, did you make this? It is beautiful.

– Yes, I did. But it is not quite what I wanted. Here, it has problem X.

– Oh, but no one can see that. It is different and people will love it.

– I don’t care what other people think. It is not what I wanted. The whole point of making your own cloths is that they fit you perfectly and that it is exactly what you wanted.

I know that sounds rude (this is why I often just think it rather than saying it out loud) and I know that people want to be nice, I really appreciate it but it is true and when I say it is not what I wanted, it is a fact.Β  And it bothers me be because I know it is there even if no one else can see it.

But I am not alone anymore. In my Friday sewing club there is another equally obsessed person. She made a thin piping between waistband and skirt. (After a long discussion with me which colour would be best πŸ™‚ ) And this piping is almost perfect, there is one spot where it is maximum 1mm wider than on the rest. I had not seen it before she pointed it out. Really. But it is true. If you look closely, I mean really closely, you will see it. (and probably get a restraining order). So I feel for her πŸ™‚

Now back to my skirt, I have chosen a light blue (same colour as pattern in godet) lining for it and while I was basting it to the skirt I was thinkingΒ  loudly about the point of the colour choice:

– Does it matter to chose a different colour for the lining? In the end, no one can see it?

And my new found soul mate finished my thought: Yes, but you will know it is there πŸ™‚

IMG_2785Sorry, can’t show you more πŸ™‚

In case you might think I am taking this Scrap Sunday challenge too easy by talking about the same thing over and over again, I have also used up some yarn by knitting a new – festive – window display. I just think that deserves its own post.

And as I know that some people are wondering how I can manage to knit and sew so much with two children around, this is what they do when I am busy:


They also line up all the toy animals on a yoga mat in the kitchen and put plates with plastic food in front of them. (sorry, no picture there).

It takes them ages to do these things. And then they are really tired. Too tired to tidy it up.