Happy Birthday Michael Bond!

Today is the birthday of Michael Bond and to celebrate we would like to share this Paddington Bear shopping bag!

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I have always loved Paddington Bear – there is something so appealing about his character. We would also wave to a Paddington Bear, every time we got the bus into Glasgow and so this was a very nostalgic lovely make.

I decided to use chain stitch for the umberlla and I loved the effect  it helps to give the umbrella texture and also emphasise the shape of each section.

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The tag was upcycled from a pair of chinos and we were lucky because the stud on the trousers became the hole of the luggage tag. Serenpidity is an great thing!

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If you would like to look after this shopping bag feel free to purchase it from our Folksy store! http://www.folksy.com/givielane

Any other suggestions for author bags please let us know!

Lx

Fabric of The Week 2 – Rainbow Duvet

Fabric of The Week

Week 2 of Fabric of the Week ties closely into one of our main loves – charity shop shopping! This lovely fabric is actually a single duvet and pillow case set that we bought ages ago from a charity shop.

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We have used this fabric before – as backing for our character pinboards (check them out in our Folksy shop! https://folksy.com/items/7019621-Covered-Cork-Pinboard-Superhero-Pink-Hair-) but never made the fabric the focus as we wanted to do for this challenge.

We decided to focus on the rainbows and found an amazing quote from the brilliant author Maya Angelou.

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We stitched the letters on using two stands of embroidery thread (and one strand for the Maya Angelou because it was so small) We found that stem stitch made the writing too busy and so did a simple (and quick) back stitch for the letters. The coloured letters had the Rainbow song stuck in our heads but that is a worthy price to pay as they look so pretty against the clouds.

We managed to get three bags out of the duvet and the cloud placement meant that each one was slightly different in look.

As we also hate waste we managed to also make a make-up bag and headphone holder from the material.

The fabric was lovely to work with and a much needed burst of colour when the January blues hit!

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Gx and Lx

PS If you would love to own any of these unique items they are all available to purchase in our Folksy store! https://folksy.com/shops/givielane

Products made from one upcycled devet cover.

Posted by Givie Lane on Tuesday, January 9, 2018