Friday, 11 October 2013

Using my stash.

Why is it that I seem to run out of essential materials when I want to get on with a project?? I have such lovely fabric to make bags but have run out of the Thermolan interfacing I usually use as well as fusible fleece. We are taking a short break next week (going to the Lake District!) and I didn't want to order more and then not be here when it comes in the post. So I decided to use my time profitably (I hope it will make a profit!!) and use what I had in my stash to make some pencil cases for a Craft Fair on 10 November. For once, I had outer fabric, lining fabric and matching zips to make what I wanted - five pencil cases. I even found reasonably suitable charms to use a zip pulls. Here are the finished products:


Last week I made my granddaughter's present for her 8th birthday. She loves her ballet so I made her some ballet dancer bunting and a drawstring bag for her ballet shoes. I might have to explain about the bunting as my sister tells me that it isn't trendy in South Africa - yet. It certainly is trendy here as I seem to be making quite a bit of it!



The next bunting I make will be Advent bunting, which will double up as Christmas bunting. I got the idea from Craftseller Magazine but will not follow their instructions.

Still using my stash, I am going to make two knitting needle cases using some rather pretty tea towels that I bought a long time ago. This is another idea I found in a magazine.

The other step I have taken is that I have set up a page for MBags on facebook. I have hesitated about doing this but it seems to look OK and I've had very nice feedback from my friends (and family). I suppose the next thing I'll have to think about is a website for selling my bags. The thought of that makes me rather nervous, though.

All this will happen when we return from our little holiday. We are so looking forward to it!

6 comments:

  1. I'm very impressed that you have used up some of your stash, I must take inspiration from you, I too need to price up the dreaded website (that and then look at vista for business cards) I'll have to have a look at other sites to see what I like, little wren pottery is a current fave, she links from her website onto Facebook blog & esty store, looks smart too! Have a great time in the lakes, I'm going to put off all of the above (& the mess in the kitchen off ) and just chill on the sofa for abit!

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    1. Thanks, Hayley. There just isn't enough time to do everything, is there?

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    1. Thanks, Hannah. Have a good week. xx

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  3. My problem is the opposite, I have too much stash but don't sew enough to use them up. Great projects Margaret!

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    1. Believe me, these little pencil cases made a very tiny dent in my stash! It seldom works out that I set out to make something new and don't need to buy at least one thing: a snap hook, magnetic snap, lining, interfacing... More stash-busting projects lined up, though!

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