Thanks so much to everyone who left comments on my last post or emailed me. I’m not embarrassed about cutting up my ironing board cover at all now – in fact I shall be looking for even more ways to reuse and recycle and will definitely be implementing one or two of your ideas. Of course a great way to cut waste and help the environment is to stop using plastic bags, something that we’re particularly keen on down here in Devon. I always try to have a reusable bag tucked inside my pocket or handbag when I’m out shopping – and as last year’s bag is getting little the worse for wear I thought I’d include some new designs in the March issue of the Bustle & Sew eMagazine. There are three versions, all featuring easy machine applique. I started by photographing the Twelve of Hearts bag ….
Rosie’s already claimed this one when I’ve finished writing up the pattern! But the bag seemed a little flat and empty in the photo. Then I remembered a small softie who is always wanting to join in the fun …..
Yes, it’s Sidney from the August 2013 Magazine! He would make the perfect model for my tote bags I thought. So I brought him downstairs and tucked him inside the Bunny Love bag …
Where he looked rather nice. Then we tried the Fabric Daisy bag – Sidney was clearly becoming accustomed to his new career in modelling and posed to perfection!
I’ve included these bags in the magazine as part of my series “Making Money from Making.” Part Two in the March Bustle & Sew eMagazine is all about pricing – and includes why it’s important to offer makes at different price points as well as not undervaluing your time. The eco-totes are speedy, but attractive makes that I think would prove very popular at craft shows – and if you’re not making to sell (or give away) – they’ll be great for carrying your own shopping home!
Publication day for the February issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine is drawing closer and I’m busy working on the last project to be included. It’s not a traditional sort of pattern …. I’ve started a new series of articles for the magazine “Making Money Making” and I wanted to show how simple shapes can be used in a variety of ways to give great results that are sure to be popular at craft fairs and online. (I don’t at all mind people selling items they personally have made using my patterns, providing they credit Bustle & Sew with the design). I’ve chosen a basic sitting bunny shape and so far have worked it into four easy (and saleable) projects. There’s a set of three bunnies that would make a great Easter decoration ….
Perhaps a larger bunny with gusset for a novelty cushion? Or why not applique the bunny template to a patchwork base for a more traditional look….
And of course it’s always useful to have a little help when you’re trying to take photos ….
Especially when you don’t want dog hair everywhere! Thanks for your help Daisy, I don’t know how I’d manage without you – a little of your help goes a very long way indeed!
I’m just working on the final bunny idea for this month’s issue – I’m all out of time – but I may include another couple of ideas in the March issue. Here’s the final work in progress …..
Exactly the same template, but much much smaller with a border of spring flowers. The bunny project and the first article in my new series about making to sell will be in the February issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine – it’s out next week, so not too long to wait!
There’s only one thing to do on a miserable wet day in October – think of Christmas celebrations to come! And so I present to you …
Robert, the Red Nose Reindeer! Already snaffled by Rosie for her Christmas decorations this year. I made Robert from one of my most popular patterns ever – the Fabric Deer Head which you can purchase here if you want to make your own Robert, Richard, Rachel or indeed any other reindeer of your choice!
Cute button nose and shiny black eye?
A very handsome young fellow.
The pattern to make your own Sidney will be in the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine. Click here to learn more.