Bags .. Bags.. Baskets and Bags ..

From flags to bags i’ve experimented with all styles.  The first bag i made was a drawstring pump bag, the pattern i acquired from a book i borrowed from the library.  From this one i made 2 more personalizing them for my nephews to take to school for their pe.kit.

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I then discovered you could get tutorials on you tube, which is where i discovered Debbie Shore and her wonderful tutorials.  By now my fabric stock had doubled as every member of my family and friends offered my old curtains and bed covers.

001 (5)006 (2)By now i’ve healed and had to return to work so my sewing days had been reduced to hours 😦

When i could i continued experiments and mastering the art of bags, all sizes from kit bags to gift bags.  The patterns then became a little more complicated with the bags being lined and drawstings attached under decorative ribbons.   These have been my favourite makes.

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Most of the things i’ve made have become gifts.

I’ve also discovered the great properties of fabric stabilizers and how well it works making little baskets.  Easter saw a few baskets made for an easter display.

026001 (25)    002 (25)I love making bags and will continue to use them instead of wrapping paper when giving gifts to friends and family.

I have to young nieces that received little over the shoulder bags that contained little aprons for their birthdays.  🙂  poor girls i’m sure they would have preferred something plastic.

011 (6)If you should pass by my blog i’d love your opinions on my makes… or anything about my blog ….

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Self teaching and learning the hard way ….

The last time i used a sewing machine was during that home economics sewing class at school many many and a few more years ago.  I managed to just about complete an apron with the help of the teacher and a very old sewing machine oh and that trusted tool the stitch unpicker.

So armed with an old sheet and some thread i had lying around in a draw i loaded the or should i say threaded the machine and practised lines and lines …then lines of different stitches …. i soon got bored …. i wanted to produce something.

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So armed now with a few old sheets i’d found after a good clear up of the airing cupboard i started a small piece of patchwork referring to YouTube videos for advice now and then.  As impatient as ever i was keen to complete the first project so it didn’t turn out very big and is now used for the cat to lie on.


1st completed project
1st completed project

From there i experimented with bunting ….again from old sheets this time donated from mum.   I did a string for my allotment then 2 strings for the balcony of a care home i worked at.   I used a template i’d downloaded from the internet…. cutting 2 triangles, sewing the 2 longer sides together with the right sides of the fabric together then turning the right side out.  Quite pleased with the result and for the allotment i even  appliqued allotment plot letters.

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Then by chance it was close to my nieces birthday so was made my first homemade personalised gift, which was then followed very quickly by another string for another nieces expected baby.  With these 2 strings of bunting i splashed out and actually bought new fabric  (which i think is also when my addiction really took hold)

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How it all began …..

Way back in May 2014 after an operation i found myself with limited mobility and strength but a very active mind.  After 6weeks of pure and utter boredom i invested in a sewing machine which also filled an age old want too.

my machine
my machine

With full speed enthusiasm i started collecting every bit of fabric i could and trying to decide on my first project.

first fabric pile
first fabric pile
1st completed project
1st completed project

With full speed and hour sat at the kitchen table my new found hobby was growing fast and getting in the way of family life ..aswell as doing what i’d hoped it do was keep me from climbing the wall with boredom.  Time to find my new hobby a new home away from the kitchen table ….

my happy space (in the spare room)
my happy space (in the spare room)

From here my makes have gone from cushion covers, to pump bags for my nephews, to a lovely selection of gifts bags i’ve made for family and friends.   Oh with the odd bit of bunting in the middle  🙂

I source my fabric from different internet sites and so far have never been disappointed and also a small shop in town which is like an alladins cave of just fabric and accessories.

Now i thought its time to share my makes after a very successful summer fair so here we are

Welcome to Misha’s makes ….

Oh by the way Misha is actually the name of my dog …. which i think is a very pretty name 🙂