Sunday, 25 January 2015


Proudly displaying my very first attempt of piping properly!!! It turned out better than I had hoped. To me it looks magnificent but I think that is mainly due to the fact I have always wanted to accomplish piping and that I didn't have to unpick it once. Was it a fluke I got it first time round? 

I can't really say that for the piping on the seams of the main part of the bag, now that was tricky!! I've come to the conclusion that the thick piping along side the canvas material and extra interfacing to make the bag really sturdy was just too much for me and my little machine to handle. There was quite a bit if swearing and unpicking but it paid off in the end.

I'm really happy with the overall shape of the bag. I just want to do a little bit of tweaking (as I always do). There are some little side panels to fit, a twist lock and the strap of course. Then I am going to tackle the lining, which includes the next thing on my "learn to" list which is to master the zippered pocket!!! 😧

Wish me luck x

Sunday, 18 January 2015


Here's to a very belated Happy New Year to you all. So then that was 2014 done and dusted. Christmas seems like a distant memory already. Maybe it's because I'm so focused on 2015. I have closed the door on a few events from last year and I'm excited about moving forward. I've never really been one for looking back so here's to a fun filled, adventurous year.

I opened my 'new' order book and first in line was this campervan bag, admittedly this one is for my Mam but she has been waiting patiently since Summer last year so it's only right this one be the first new bag of 2015. 

It's a new shaped satchel type bag. I never really have names for the style if bags I design, as I make all my patterns from scratch it's just what comes to mind whilst sketching. I predominately think about practicality and then begin to add little details as the pattern progresses.

I really love this polka dot material and thought it added a little fun to the muted colours of the campervan fabric.

One thing I promised myself for this year was that I would push myself as far as I could with design. I've always wanted to add piping to my bags. I have a well known branded bag I was bought as a gift some time ago and I love the fact it has chunky piping along the seams. To be totally honest I was absolutely petrified about trying it out. 

So far it's looking great, still a way to go but once I've got the hang of it I'll be feeling a lot more confident. It's a slow and steady approach for the moment.

My order book is already filled to March but I'm looking forward to an opportunity to pick a fabric myself and create one that I can offer for sale.

I'll pop back and show you some more progress soon 😊
Enjoy he rest of the weekend. x