After a busy autumn, I slowed down for the Christmas season. After that, I spent weeks decluttering my house! And since I also home-educate my kids, I spent time reorganizing that whole project. In between decluttering spurts, I worked on some personal creative projects, some of which you will see here. And I also got started on some new projects for selling this coming year.
One item I’m particularly excited to have finished is a sunhat for me! I’ve made them before, but the pattern I used was too big for me. So, I put my geometry skills together with my pencil, protractor, compass, and old file folders; and made a new hat pattern that fits me. And then I dug through my silk fabric collection and chose colours.
It’s a reversible hat, too. The reverse side is cotton fabric appliqued with cotton fabric. I added embroidery stitches of all sorts, and I designed a button flower and sewed it on. I was very excited last night to finally put it all together, flip it around with both right sides out, and top-stitch the brim. Voila, done!
It’s just ever-so-slightly tight, but it’ll work for now to keep sun off my face. And now I know how to make a hat pattern, so I know how to adjust it for different sizes! Great excuse to make another one sometime….you know, with other silk colours….
Another project I began was making lined wristlet clutch bags from thrifted leather! This pretty red leather came from a red leather skirt (I found two red leather skirts!!). I also figured out how to make tabs for zipper ends, so that when the bag is finished, the ends of the zipper look more finished. I was pretty excited to see those come out so well! As you can see, I appliqued a flower to the outside (flower on each side of this bag). This one will be listed for sale as soon as I figure out pricing by working on a few more bags.
And then because I so enjoyed making the red leather bag, I decided to make a leather bag for myself, with a new-to-me three-dimensional flower-making technique:
The flower is made from wool felt and cotton scraps. It is glued and then sewn onto the bag. (zipper tabs – I love how they look!)
Below is more leather fabric I’ve cut out to make more bags with. The pink leather came from a big pink jacket, and the tan came from a skirt. Also in the photos are scraps of silk, cotton, and felted wool. I will use these to make more of the three-dimensional flowers. These bags will be for sale. Which one is your favourite combination?
Flower, up close:
Below are the silks and wools I have (with more buried underneath each pile!):
I also have SOOOOOO many new ideas for bags and brooches this year!!