It’s Crafting Time

As I have a few more hours “free time” during the day, I’ve been planning sewing and craft projects. I’ve had a couple of busy weeks sewing  items for my Etsy shop, and I still feel like there isn’t enough hours in the day. So many plans…. never enough time to get them finished!

So my plans for the next 2 weeks are:

– create a couple of interesting purses using this fabulous South African Shwe Shwe fabric to sell on Etsy – MadeByNomes.Etsy.com

red shweshwe to make purse
Red Shwe-Shwe fabric

– Design and plan the construction of my first ever patchwork quilt using this beautiful Liberty fabric, which I bought in London before I moved to Prague. It looks as though I will have enough fabric for a single bed cover … so hopefully it wont take me months to complete!

liberty print bundle for patchwork quilt
liberty print bundle for patchwork quilt

– Buy some modge podge (or is it mod podge? somewhere in Prague …Any ideas??!) and cover these boards with some interesting tribal or geometric fabric. Yellow doesn’t really work in my apartment 🙂

yellow boards to be covered with modge podge and fabric
Wooden boards to be covered in fabric

– Create a wrap around skirt pattern (or something similar) for a reversible skirt. I have doubled sided Shwe-Shwe fabric that I think would look great if both sides could be seen and worn.

green, blue black double sided shweshwe group fabric
green, blue black double sided shweshwe

– Sew a cushion cover using this Shwe-shwe Madiba fabric. I’d like to find a complementary fabric to use on the back, and have Madiba’s face just on the front.

Madiba shweshwe fabric from SA to make cushion cover
Madiba shwe-shwe fabric from SA

And here is something I finished today –
AppliquĂ©d hippo on a cushion cover. It’s so cute. I think I’ll give this cushion cover away as a birthday gift next month 🙂
hippo blue cushion

I’ve also started taking pictures of fabric and products I like and putting them on Instrgram.
Made By Nomes   Instagram

Sewing with Selina

Selina popped around to my place 2 Sundays ago for a sew and take home workshop. She had in mind to design and make a fitted apron with big pockets which she could use during her up coming summer festival activities.

After an initial lunch break (food is very important before starting a project!) then some serious research, design ideas, some umming and arring and help for a top website http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/crafty_tool_belt our afternoon make and take home session got under-way.

stitching pockets onto tool belt apron
Selina stitching pockets onto tool belt apron

Using blue curtain fabric,  purchased cheaply from a North London charity shop as the base of the apron (strong thick cotton fabric) mixed with a piece of wild geometric print cotton our aprons began to take shape.

At least half an hour  was spent contemplating on the perfect size for the front pockets, a couple of cups of coffee later we opted not to follow the suggested 3 front pockets, and created 4 instead.

pinning waistband onto tool belt apron
pinning waistband onto tool belt apron

Sewing and designing is quite a energy draining activity, so we did need to break for a delicious BBQ dinner. Following our dinner break our final pinning and stitching began. The hardest part was making the tie/waistband – we didn’t follow the website instructions for this – choosing to do it our on way!

The finished product - tool belt apron
The finished product

The finished products are fab – and fit for purpose.
Selina will be using both of these at her festivals when she is running Boutique Babysitting