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Published February 13, 2018 by Fi-B

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Thanks Mum – a memory bag

Published February 9, 2018 by Fi-B

I had been thinking about childhood memories with my Mum recently.  Baking gingerbread people was one of our favourite holiday activities.  My Mum is very practical and not one for material things.  She requested if I can make her a shopping bag for Mother’s Day.  So I thought a perfect way to capture our memories and give her a gift she will use.

I used the bag instructions in Minki Kim’s Sew Illustrated Book. Her drawing/sewing techniques was the inspiration for my picture.  I can’t really draw, but managed to capture the elements on paper (to the best of my ability).  The bag’s lined with a zipper pocket inside (yes I did lining and a zipper – I’m impressed with myself).

The details are what makes the bag special for me and hopefully Mum.  Yes I sewed all the words on the sewing machine. How I love erasable pens.

My drawing was pretty close to final design, but I wasn’t sure how to do the detail of the gingerbread men.  I left the tray empty a few days after sewing the rest of the design, then wham – I saw something in my button bottle and luckily it was the right size for the tray.

Hope my Mum likes it.  Have to hide it till Mother’s Day, then remember where I put it 🙂


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Published February 5, 2018 by Fi-B

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Fabric paper doll Dream and a wish

Published February 1, 2018 by Fi-B


Made this fabric paper doll using a fabric panel of Riley Blake Designs by Sandra Blackman.  It was part of this range Dream and a wish Riley Blake, but they don’t show the panel I have, which is originally designed to turn into a pillow.  I also have the other panel pictured on the link, so will have to tackle that one another time.  With one daughter and five nieces I’ll have no trouble finding an owner for them.

This is what it looked like before I cut it up.  I decided the pillow was too much effort and decided to make it into a little book that you can take with you.

She’s all set for dresses – 8 to choose from and 3 hats.  I used the print fabric, a layer of fusible interfacing, then a layer of felt joined with double sided iron on adhesive.  I then sewed around the edge of all the pieces to secure and cut them out.   Would of been nice to have some co-ordinating fabric for the outside, but used some other fabric I had in my stash.  I sewed the castle picture for the front.

Bags – fabric

Published January 27, 2018 by Fi-B

Been working on some fabric bag creations this week.

  1. Fabic gift bag
  2. Fabric envelope

The Fabric gift bag is my second one I’ve made.  I used Fabric gift bag pattern which is really a good pattern and has good instructions.  It creates a lining and sturdy handles.  I embroidered the name using my embroidery machine.  I found these lovely hand made labels to sew on that I cut using pinking shears.

The pattern comes with different sizes.  I made this one previously.

I also created a fabric envelope using a pattern from the following book Sew Illustrated.  It’s got some great patterns and of course the sew illustrated technique is one of my new favourite ways to enhance any project.  I will use this envelope for my daughter’s diary at school and to exchange notes with the teacher.

Valentines tag – 2nd one

Published January 22, 2018 by Fi-B

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I used Minki’s valentine tag’s pattern Sew Illustrated Valentine’s Day Tags Pattern.  The cute envelope just made me so happy looking at it, I had to do this one next. I cut the one rectangle out – which looks like a little stamp, to put the envelope on top of. Then used the sewing machine to outline the envelope and add the detail.

I think I’ll hang them on the kids’ doors on Valentine’s with a little note.

This is my post about the other tag I made Book Mark/Gift Tag – You decide 🙂