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 –

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 –
Appliquéd 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

ShweShwe fabric currently in stock for custom designs

My boy has just returned from a trip to South Africa, and he bought me some more ShweShwe fabric. Isn’t he a good boy 🙂

This new ShweShwe fabric is slightly different to the fabric I bought in January … this new fabric has a double sided print. So cool, it means that the fabric can be used either side…. or both!

Custom orders are available: You can enquire about custom orders through Etsy conversation 

or contact me via naomi[at]

Thanks, Nomes x

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blue, brown yellow double sided shweshwe durban
Blue, brown, yellow double sided ShweShwe African fabric from Durban, SA

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green, blue black double sided shweShwe group
Green, blue, black double sided ShweShwe African fabric from Cape Town

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Shwe-shwe  fabric has a long standing history in South Africa. It was introduced to South Africa with German settlers in the 19th century, but over time Xhosa women, who took a liking to the stiff indigo-dyed fabric, replaced their animal skin clothes with Shwe Shwe. It is said to be named ShweShwe after the sound the skirts make when you walk.

More information about the History of ShweShwe Fabric –

Custom orders for skirts, accessories and home-wares can be made through

ShweShwe A-line elastic waist skirt
ShweShwe A-line elastic waist skirt