Thursday, December 5, 2013

What I've been up to lately...

I think I'm in bag mania at the moment. If you look at the previous blog posts it certainly looks that way and this post won't make it look any different.

For the past 2 days I've been sewing shopping bags that I want to give away to family and friends for Christmas. I made a bunch of 16 bags so far, all following the pattern of Teresa from Green Bag Lady. They are so easy to sew, but I wish I had an overlock machine as I probably would have 60 by now instead of 16 if I did. The overlock stitch on my machine isn't quite the fastest *yawn, eye rub, back stretch*

Here are the ones that I made, I especially love the first 2, which were made with thick cotton fabric that was given to me by a friend. I think I will give these to my boss for Christmas, I really love them.

The next 4 were made out of cotton sheets that I bought at a very good price on sale at some point. I really like the colours of the fabrics and the appearance of the big 'stones' on the bright one.

The next ones were made out of a bit heavier cotton curtain fabric. They have a linen like texture. Back in the day I bought all of these as curtains, but with the purpose of making a baby quilt for my aunt. She received that 2 and a half years ago, just after her 2nd baby girl was born. :)

The next ones are all made from cotton sheets again. The pink ones I also own in brown colours and I only bought these because I thought they would make great bags. I've had them for a couple years and used them for several bags already, as lining or main fabric. I think the colour just really is the ultimate eye catcher and the big print goes well on bags. The cream fabric with flowers is one I have lots of as well and have often used to wrap swap packages with. 

And thennnnnnnnn...I have another project, which I need to get working on, because I need it to be finished for Christmas, as I want to give it to my brother. He's a Star Wars nerd, the little guy - he's 10 now - and when Kristy of Quiet Play started her paper-pieced Lego Star Wars pattern series, I just knew that I had to make a quilt as well.

I've done Leia, Chewbacca, Obi Wan and Han Solo. The first two already have their faces painted on with textile paint. I will do that with the rest once I have all of these done.

Then I've done Luke, Yoda, Lando and Palpatine as Sith Lord. The last two were adapted from the Han Solo and Obi Wan pattern. I saw on Kristy's Flickr group that someone had made Lando from the Han Solo pattern by changing fabrics and colours, which gave me the idea to do the same. I then changed Obi Wan's face and colours around to make Palpatine, because this quilt will only include the original, old characters of the first 3 movies.

I still have C3-PO, R2-D2, a Storm Trooper and Darth Vader to do. The last one I'm dreading the most because he looks a bit complicated, but I'll get there. Then I have a fleece blanket that I want to use as backing for the quilt, which has a big Lego Darth Vader printed on it, and I have bought dark blue fabric with a star print that glows in the dark for the sashing. So yeah, I really need to work on that.

But since my bag marathon has made sure that I now have most Christmas packages sorted and ready to be packed and shipped off, I think I will be working on more Star Wars characters just next week.

And what have you been up to? Lots of sewing Christmas presents? Would love to know :)

Hope you have a great pre-holiday season!

See you next time,
xx Lia


  1. I love theStar Wars quilt,I pinned this on my list to make. . .someday :)

  2. Great bags. I might try and fit in making some for my family. I'm making a set of christmas decorations and a wall hanging for my sisters and my mum so these would make the perfect gift wrapping. Loving how the Star Wars blocks are coming together, they really are a fabulous design.

  3. Oh my but you've been busy! The bags are great and will make terrific gifts. The Star Wars quilt is going to be a huge hit with your little brother I am sure. I am working on hardcover needle cases that will be gifts for sewing friends and I'm also making some pincushions. Like you I am busy!


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