More Cartonnage

This time I tried my hand at the clutch bag, making an accessory for my new couture dress. I’ve lined it with some plain blue off cuts from a fabric that I’m using to make a shirt for my husband. I also picked up a pair of lovely shoes in a sale the other day. I will look stunning when we go out for dinner on Sunday!






Glasses Cartonnage


Yesterday, thanks to the magic and generosity of Twitter, I went to the Great British Craft Festival at Stoneleigh. I hadn’t seen anything locally about this show, but another Twitter user found she was unable to go and offered her ticket up for free. It arrived in a lovely card wishing me a good time and off I went.
To be honest, although it was packed with lovely crafts, most of it was paper craft and that’s not my thing at the moment. However, my eye was caught by a couple of things and purchases were made. One was a set of printing blocks and I’m sure ill blog about those when I get started with them, and another was cartonnage.



It was not something I had come across before but I was intrigued and bought three sets from Hazel May Designs: a pencil case, a mini clutch and a clutch template. With my husband’s need for a glasses case in mind, I started by trying the pencil case.
I read the instructions through a couple of times, but they weren’t the clearest, however once working through step by step a little bit of logic came into play to make it work. I had planned to take my time and leave the pieces to dry between instructions but in the end I was enjoying it so much I just cracked on. Getting the fabric completely flat was less challenging than I had expected, but I need. To improve my corners on the other templates.


It took about an hour to make with a real sense of achievement at the end. I’m now looking forward to making a clutch purse to match my new dress. I feel a new obsession coming on!



Bootie Bag

Another quick make today as there seems to be so much else to do at the moment. I made a bag to put those lovely kimono slippers in for the friend at work expecting his first child. This was a lovely make as I could fit it in between my school work, my sister popping round and dying my hair!

bag and booties

Although things appear to have been quiet on the sewing front I have been busy learning. A while back in the sale, I bought a Craftsy Class – the Couture Dress. I have been watching them up to lesson 5 and am eager to get on with creating my own muslin. I bought some calico at the weekend and hope to get started soon. I’ve also bought some blue fabric to make a plain Simplicity shirt for Robert, although he still seems to be enjoying wearing his multi-coloured version.

I’ll let you know which one I start soon.


Quick Make

My second make of the day is a zipped make up bag for a friend that’s going off travelling. I learnt to make this at The Sewing Cafe in Hinckley and I’ve used it lots of times since. I really recommend their workshops if you live nearby.