Knitting bag

My daughter has recently taken to knitting, and it so happens that I received in my mailbox a tutorial for a small knitting bag from Sewspire, Here

Such a coincidence I couldn´t pass up, and so I  immediately went to work.

I decided to use a chintz fabric that I had bought a while back, because it´s just so inexpensive. Now in Portugal, ….where I live, by the way… this fabric is called Chita, and it is readily available in fabric stores and the markets because it is so cheap and versatile to make bags or for home decor, the fabric is basically a woven canvass with bold prints. I actually looked it up on google, because I am not a fabric connoisseur 😊 and found out that it was originally from India and that in the 1700 it was actually banned from England, because it was considered unfair competition for the local fabric manufacturers, anyway it´s pretty interesting, you can look it up also.

Well as I said I had some of this fabric, and that´s what I decided to use because it´s kind of old school and crafty all at the same time. The interior is a plain navy cotton fabric, and the handles are chopsticks, which I thought was just such a fun idea and luckily I had some at home.



I really whipped this up in about an hour, it´s quite small, but really cute, and my daughter loved it, so all in all, a great little project. 🙂



Beach Bag

With Spring around the corner, thoughts of hot summer days, lazy afternoons at the beach etc, have started to creep into mind, so I made a beach bag!

 My daughter Megan saw a beach bag that she liked last summer, but it was a tad expensive, so I told her I would make one. I really just wanted an excuse to make something new, useful and creative, because lets face it after purchasing all the bag making essentials, it probably cost more…….. but that’s crafting!………. why buy it for less when you can make it for more 🙂

 The main fabric is from Ikea, I bought it quite a while back because I really liked the pattern, and I think it looks quite pretty as a beach bag, then I added the green fabric at the bottom and the green pom-poms on top, I made 2 pockets and 2 loops on either side, so she can clip her keys, to them.



Well Megan likes it and will soon be parading it up and down the beach 😉

 I´m so bored with this horrible winter weather that we are having, and can´t wait for summer! How about you?

Isabella´s Backpack

Well here we are again, and once again Isabella is the muse for this post, ever since she  started school, I have wanted to make her a backpack, because it´s very important for 10 month olds to take their nappies, baby wipes, bottles and toys in a pretty backpack to nursery school, and also because I´ve been wanting to make a backpack for ages and this was the perfect excuse 😉

For most of the fabric I used  scraps left over from the quilt I made for her cot Here and also bought a strip of owl print fabric, I just love owls!


Before assembling the bag I quilted  with straight lines along the seams. The bag is lined in plastic so that it can be wiped down, it has press studs on the top of both sides so it can be opened up easily, and the straps are adjustable so that when she starts university she can still use it 🙂


Well here you have it, all finished and ready for Miss Muffet to use.



Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day!




Stone Paper Pouch

Last Saturday afternoon, the local craft store had a workshop on Stamperia stone paper, so I went along to support Manuela the owner and also because it´s always fun to learn new techniques. I must say I had a lot of fun making the pouch. I had never heard of Stamperia stone paper, so it was really interesting and the end result is a leather look.

So this stone paper is made from natural fibers, it doesn’t tear, and can be painted, stamped, sewn, and apparently can even be washed in the washing machine, but honestly, I don´t think I´ll try that!

We took a sheet of the stone paper and glued bits of printed rice paper onto it, basically just like the Decoupage technique, added modeling paste with the help of stencils to the paper, and then just color washed with different colors using the aqua colors from Stamperia, brushed on varnish and finally sewed the sides with cord.


The initial process

There you have it! a cute pouch all done during a fun-filled afternoon. You can actually make loads of things with this technique,  such as bags etc.


I found a tutorial online for this technique at  just in case you´re interested 😊

Thanks for the visit, and have a fun-filled day!


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Car Bin Bag

One of my best friends is a Sales Rep, so her car is her office, which she keeps  impeccably clean and tidy. One of her accessories is a little plastic bag that she hangs on the gear shift, so that she can throw in the daily rubbish, dirty tissues etc.

I decided to make  a special little quilted bin bag for her. The inside has plastic lining so that it can be wiped clean, and the handle is only on one of the sides, so that it can hang from the gear shift onto the passenger side.

here is what it looks like.



My friend lives in South Africa so I had to send it via DHL,  she received it yesterday and sent me a message saying how much she liked it, so that makes me happy!

One of the joys of sewing is being able to make and gift items, that are handmade with a special person in mind.

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And there you have it

Baby Clothes Pouch

Having finished the nursing pillow, I had some fabric left over, so I decided to make a pouch, which is very quick and easy to make.

These pouches are useful for a whole bunch of things, especially when you have to leave the house with baby, we generally use them to keep a change of clothes for baby. They can also be useful  when the little tots start nursery school, then you can just sew on some straps to the back of the pouch or a handle to the top, and they can wear them as a back pack or bag to take an extra set of clothes to school or whatever.

You can make them any size you want, just adjust the measurements. Mine is approximately 32cm x 23cm, including 1cm seams, so when finished it will measure 30 x 21. The little Flap for the pouch is 12cm x 23cm

After you have cut 2 parts of the outer fabric and 2 parts of the lining, (Lining and outside fabric are the same size), and cut 2 parts for the flap . Attach interfacing to both sides of the outer fabric, and to one side of the flap.



Right sides facing each other, sew around the edges of the outer part, the lining and the flap, leaving the top parts unsewn. In the lining leave about 6cm unsewn on the side, this gap is where the pouch will be turned inside out once it´s finished.

To give the pouch some depth make box corners, on both the outer part, and the lining.

To do this fold the corners into a triangle, measure about 3cm from the outer edge in the center, mark with a ruler and stitch along the line.



If you look carefully you will notice that I forgot to leave a gap open on the side of the lining, but no worries, if the same happens to you, just unpick some stitches.

Cut off the triangle bits, but before cutting them off, turn the bags inside out to make sure that the corner seams are aligned, if they aren’t, just unpick and redo. The first photo below shows  my seams,  not perfect but good enough.



Now the Flap ….turn the flap inside out and fold in the corners so  they become diagonal.



Next pin the flap to one side of the outer part.


Then with the right side of the lining facing the right side of the outer fabric, slide outer part including the flap inside the lining.


Pin around the top and sew all the way around, 1cm from the edge.


Trim off the excess bits on top and turn everything inside out through the gap on the side of the lining.

And there it is.


Top stitch around the edges of the flap so that it looks neater, and add some snap studs. Oh… and don’t forget to sew the gap in the lining closed.


And there you have it……. a new nifty pouch. 🙂


Here is a photo of another one I made, but here I chose a different fabric for the flap, and the pouch is slightly smaller.


Handy Handbag

Throughout the years I have bought numerous small handbags that I use on weekends. Handbags that I can use cross-body so that when I go shopping I don´t have to lug a large shoulder bag around, which is what I use during the work week.

However, I was never completely satisfied with them, too small…. too big…. too rigid…., whatever, …. so, I decided to make my own.

I opted to use a Capulana that I had been hoarding for years. What is a Capulana you might ask, well… it´s the name given to Mozambican  cotton fabric. These fabrics are used by the Mozambican ladies as a type of sarong, and for almost everything else, dresses, skirts, head coverings, wrapping babies, carrying babies……. They are beautifully ethnic and colorful, and I love them.

The Capulana I decided to use has a patchwork design, so even though it might be considered a cheat, I love the colors and it certainly took a lot less time to make, not having to sew different fabrics together, to get the final  patchwork look.

I decided to make the bag 33cm in height by 31cm wide.

So, we cut 2 x panels 35cm x 33cm allowing 1 cm on each side for seams. I say we, because I made it with the help of Manuela, a wonderful lady that helps me with my projects, below you can see her hands measuring away 🙂

We decided  that the bottom corners of the bag should have  cork corners, so we cut 2 triangles 12cm x 12cm  from a cork sheet.


We attached the triangles to the fabric corners, and sewed them with 0.5cm seam to the fabric, and cut the excess fabric.

Below is the front and back.



I then pinned a layer of interfacing, and quilted the panels of the bag. In the photo you  also see a panel of plain fabric which is joined to the outside panel and interfacing, just ignore that second fabric, at the time I  thought it would be better to add another layer of fabric, but that is totally unnecessary!

I basically eye-balled straight lines starting on the outside edge and rotating the panel untill I got to the center.

Here you can see the quilting lines.


I cut out 2 panels for the bag flap 22cm in height x 33 cm wide pinned interfacing to one of the panels and did the same quilting technique as above.



After sewing the 2 body panels of the bag together (right sides facing each other), I sewed diagonally across the corners about 3 cm in the center, to create box corners.


Below is the lining, where you can see better what I mean, about sewing the corners together, to get the box corner.

Fold the corner so that it looks like a triangle. Measure 3 cm from the pointy edge and draw a line, then sew along the line.


When sewing the lining together it´s important to leave a gap, because that´s where the whole bag will have to fit through when it´s finished.


Turn the bag inside out so that  the right side is facing out and attach the flap to one side of the bag.


To make the strap. Cut a strip of fabric approximately  11 cm wide and  the length that suits you. Because I didn’t want the strap to be to thick I used fusible fleece instead of interfacing.


Then you just  sew along the edges right sides facing together and then turn it inside out so that the right sides are on the outside.

Sew the strap to the body of the bag.

Below you can see that I also sewed a pocket to the lining, I used the print fabric for the pocket.


The whole bag, right sides facing out, is then slipped into the lining which has the wrong sides facing out


Then you sew the lining top  to the body of the bag, sewing all around the edge.

Then pull the whole bag through the hole in the lining so the lining flips into the inside of the bag.

And Voila, The handy handbag 🙂