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

Fabric of The Week 1 – Silk Scarf

Fabric of The Week

Here is part one of our new weekly feature – Fabric of the Week! Each week we will feature a different fabric and show you a craft that we have made from it. This feature has mainly been inspired by our massive fabric stash and the need to actually stop staring at it and saying “It’s so pretty” and make something from the fabric! (then, and only then, can we buy more!)

So the first fabric is this gorgeous vintage silk scarf. It features these lush and large flowers that really pop out of the orange background. We love silk scarfs but don’t really wear them – I know for a fact that I am not chic enough for a head scarf and my experiments with wearing a scarf round my neck just makes me look like I have mumps. So this project allows us to buy beatiful scarfs and make something a) practical and b) lovely — Shopping bags!¬†

The bags themselves are easy to make and very easy to use – I have one of my own and always get comments when I use it – and who doesn’t love a compliment when out shopping! The best festure is the wee pocket at the top of the bag which means you can fold it up and shove it in your bag for next time!

So there you go – our first fabric of the week! Vintage, upcylced craftiness which helps you to stop using plastic bags!

Lx