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Three easy Eco-Totes …. and Sidney!

by Helen on February 11, 2014

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!



I am lost for words….

by Helen on January 22, 2013

I received an email from Rosie this afternoon which began “4 days without a post?  Come on motherkins! ” She is quite right, it is indeed four days since I posted about my magazine subscription giveaway- a most unusual length of time between posts for me.  This is because I have been, quite simply, lost for words!

When I asked entrants to leave a comment telling me which was their favourite Bustle & Sew pattern, I expected just a list of pattern names.  But … I have been completely blown away – entirely overcome by the kindness and generosity of all your comments.  I had no idea – thank you all so very much for taking the trouble to let me know that you enjoy my designs, as well as telling me a little about the patterns you’ve stitched and the lucky people who’ve received your creations.  Once again, a great big “THANK YOU” to you all from the bottom of my heart. 

Ben and Daisy

“Thanks for being so nice to our Mum!”

 But although I’ve been quiet, I’ve been keeping myself busy as the next issue of the magazine is out next week.  I’m just putting the finishing touches to my “Mice are Nice” embroidery, and managed to take some photographs of another magazine project, the Daisy Knot Tote (named for the applique daisies, not the cute little Newfie puppy!)  earlier this week … 

Daisy Knot Bag

I’m also (assisted by Rosie) revising the magazine cover and have changed my pattern cover sheet too – reflected in the new-style photographs for this month’s projects – I hope you like these changes.   Meanwhile, there are just 3 days left to enter the magazine subscription giveaway, and only a tiny bit longer to take advantage of my $1 trial subscription offer - I will definitely be ending it on 27 January when I begin to upload the February issue. So, if you were thinking about trying the Bustle & Sew Magazine, please don’t delay, as I won’t be repeating this trial offer in the near future.