African print bunting

A trip to Cornwall at Easter reinforced my feeling that it’s important to have a nice looking campsite, and to be comfortable !

List of this to brighten up a camping trip- ( 3 things to start with!)

Bunting – a must have, and I will be busily making some ahead of the next camping trip which planned for early May

Wellington boots – as long as they are brightly coloured and it’s not raining! Here are a pic of my boots I bought earlier this year from Joules – I love these, not only comfy, but perfect for slipping on when in a hurry to get from the tent to the loo !

A comfy chair to lounge in while watching friends slave over the camp fire, so to relax in while sipping a cold beer… or warm red wine (if you forgot to pack the esky!)

Neither of the last 2 items I can make, so I will be making some bunting- much to the disgust of my b/f.  He doesn’t like crafty stuff!

I have already cut out some trianges from offcuts of fabric, and will sew these together in the coming week.

bunting materials

Take 2 triange peices – with right sides together sew along the 2 long sides. Fold the to right way. repeat with all pieces.

Stitch the open ends inside bias binding and there you have it …. a length of bunting, perfect to brighten up any campsite or garden !

Garment Labels

I aspire to have my friends wear handmade clothes with a smile and to sell my garments to make a bit of pocket money. My 1951 singer Sewing machine is definitely up to the job, and has proved a solid worker and mostly reliable – a little temperamental which is understandable, considering her age.

Some neat, profession garment labels would ensure the items I make and sell are professional and high quality. Searching the Etsy site, I have found numerous people who print these labels and once I have the design completed, it is on my list to have done this April. Stay tuned and look out for my labels and swing tags.

Potato block printing

Whilst drinking a few Guiness’s at the pub on St Patrick’s day I was happily thinking all things Irish and that includes potatoes…… Not only have I planned a potato in my garden – one of those potatoes you find at the back of the cupboard which has started sprouting …. I hope to reap my rewards in a few months – 1 potato turns into a potato bush with at least 10 new potatoes. Another use for old and sprouting potatoes is to use them as a block to create a relief in a create a printing block to print onto fabric !!

take one potato – cut in half.

Use knife to shape out design

cover design in fabric paint

press on to fabric … repeat pattern.

I think I may practice on some paper first and use this a birthday or Christmas cards…. or maybe swing tags for madebynomes.com clothes…

The choice is endless ….. just need to get a few potatoes, fabric paint and white or cream fabric, maybe Calico will be suitable.