Zakka Style sewalong; week 2 The house pouch

Zakka Style sewalong; week 2 The house pouch

Last night I sat down to try and catch up with Zakka Style Sew-along hosted by 24 fantastic bloggers – see post below.

I completely missed out on week 1, but as I already have too many bags (yes it IS possible to have too many bags!) I wasn’t too miffed.

So here is my little house pouch! I loved making it although wonder how useful it will be withe small zip on top. Saying that I now no longer keep my make up in the hideous came-free-on-a-flight beige (BEIGE!!) washbag so I guess it is already useful. And SO pretty!

I have actually already made next week’s too as I was on a roll but I will reveal that on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend all!

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Zakka Style sew Along

Zakka Style sew Along

Zakka Style Sew Along

 I just bought this book last week and it is ADORABLE so I am excited to have found this Zakka Style Sew-ALong.
A group of 24 bloggers, led by Lindsey of LRstitched and Amy of Sukie, will be making every project from Rashida Coleman-Hales’ book Zakka Style.
There are 24 projects in the book and we will be sewing right through it from start to finish!
The sew along starts Monday April 2nd with the first project in the book and will continue through Monday September 10th with a new project introduced each Monday. We’ll each be sewing up a different project and will be sharing our finished projects, inspiration for fabrics, and helpful tips with you. I am up first with the Zig Zag tote. Get a copy and meet me here on April 2nd.
  • August 6th :: Sweet Sugar Cookie Sack with BettyCrockerAss
  • August 13th :: Little Pocket Pillowcase with Freshly Pieced
  • August 20th :: Sweet Memories Photo Frame with Noodlehead
  • August 27th :: Pleated Coin Purse with Shape Moth
  • September 3rd :: Happy Garland Message Board with Maureen Cracknell Handmade
  • September 10th :: Nesting Boxes with From the Blue Chair


There will be a week in between each project to give you time to sew along. If you want to join in, you will need a copy of the book! You can find it on Amazon, your local bookstore, etc. There are also copies of the e-book available online.

Just make sure to pick it up before we start!

Feel free to join in the flickr group and be sure to grab a button!

Zakka Style Sew Along
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The Significant Seams

The Significant Seams

The Significant Seams Neighbourly Quilt Easter Workshops at The Mill

Wednesday 4 April, 11-12, Embroidery for Kids (age 7+), suggested donation £3
Tuesday, 10 April, 11-12:30, Kids’ Patch Decorating (All ages welcome), suggested donation £3
Friday, 13 April, 11-1, Felting Raw Wool into a  Patch (age 10+), suggested donation £8
Saturday, 14 April, 4:30-6, Drawing with your Sewing Machine: Booking essential, suggested donation £6

About the Neighbourly Quilt Programme 2012
Area residents are being asked to represent the idea of neighborliness or something they love about
Walthamstow on a fabric square that will become part of the 2012 Significant Seams Community quilt: The E17 Neighbourly Quilt. They will be able to use any number of textile traditions or practices, and learn new ones from one of a number of workshops we will be hosting (minimum 6, a possible 20). You do not need to attend a workshop to contribute a patch.
Patches will be created by: area artists, craft clubs, community organisations , children, and other residents.The completed quilt will feature in the 2012 E17 Art Trail.

This Quilt will be created from volunteer participation, positivity, creativity, and community . It will be coordinated by Significant Seams and its partners. Costs will be funded by sponsorship support from good citizen businesses and organisations, ward funding, and sales of community quilt sewing kits.
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Pieced patchwork quilt block

Pieced patchwork quilt block

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Some of the blogs I love Pt 1

Some of the blogs I love Pt 1

I have been getting more and more into reading amazing, inspiring, beautiful blogs about sewing, crochet, knitting, and photography with some graphic design ones thrown in for good measure.

And today I want to share some of these with you. Not all at the same time as frankly there are quite a few of them, and it would be overwhelming, and anyway, you would probably give up after 5! So I will do them in installments. Today is part 1. By the way these are in no particular order and those in part 3 are in no way any less gorgeous or give less joy than those in part 1!

So here goes:

Fab site full of great colourful stitching stuff, including great tutorials, of among others this adorable purse:

Great sewing blog, this one has onspired me to take part in the Zakka Style Sew-Along (see new badge on the sidebar). I bought the book the other day and boy do I love it! 

colour in a simple life

  This lady has a serious addictive way with crochet, and colours. Yummy. Check out her blog for amazing inspiring posts and photography.

The happy zombie

 I LOVE this site, the logo, the fabrics she prints, the colours, it just makes me smile. One talented woman!

Orange you lucky 

 This lady is so super talented it makes me feel just a little jealous!

She just comes up with these gorgeous graphics, amazing colour combos, totally yummy.

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Update on monthly makes…

Update on monthly makes…

…now we are officially in month three I wanted to update you on how I am doing with the crafty resolutions I made at the beginning of January.
I haven’t actually finished anything from my list I think but I has made other things, quite a few of them. However I really wanted to make things from all the wonderful craft books I had bought so I really will have to crack on with the list. I guess I am an opportunistic seamstress, not a planner!

I made this because I loved the fabric:

I made this because I had wanted to see whether initials rather than names on cushions would sell:

I am actually knitting a pattern! The Paperdolls from the super talented Kate Davies. Found this on Ravelry when I was salivating over the Owl jumper I do have on my list. Owl is a quick jumper to knit. Paperdolls is not. Guess which one I am knitting? Doing well though, I am almost finished with the main body!

I have technically finished the leg warmers, I just need to seam them. Oops, forgot. Will post finished items soon!

I started knitting Max some mittens when it was still REALLY cold. I made the pattern up as I went along. Did one mitten in an evening. Am a bit stuck now as in knitters block…:

I used some crazy fat yarn to crochet the outside of a crochet hook roll. Super cute huh?:

I made a fab patchwork blind. But it is still leaning against the wall as I am so rubbish at drilling holes…:

I made a case for my brand new Kindle. It needed one. I whipped it up in about 20 minutes:

And last but not least I made this amazing quilt for the lovely Sophie and her tiny newborn little girl:

So, what do you think, have I failed miserably to make a monthly make or have I done alright even though I have made next to nothing I planned to make?

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