Crafting always soothes me. Enriches, and fulfills me. I know this is the case for many bloggers. It's a funny old thing this blogging. You may have never met a fellow blogger but it often seems as if you have. That belief that if you were to meet , you would become friends. I have been lucky enough to meet some ... And it has proved to be true. We were nervous to meet,but immediately there was a link, an area of common ground.I would love to meet a few more,but my goodness the blogs I follow are far flung. And, actually I am quite shy. So I would probably need a push in that meeting direction.
Anyway, this last week I needed some fragile days. Some quiet days. Some adjusting days. Some soothing days.
Our little family have left us now and are wending their way slowly back to Dubai. I have already eaten some runner beans. That was magical watering! I am also going to make some runner bean chutney. The cupboard is bare. I made it years ago and loved it.
When loved ones leave I bang the Hoover around. I clean and sort like a madwoman. I eat chocolate. And then at night I peep into those rooms which were full of life, and, for a moment feel bereft. Tidy the may be, empty they are. But, this sad time passes and life is for looking forwards as well as back. So, out came my new sewing machine. I love,love,love it. We don't argue,it behaves,it even threads itself. If you are thinking of buying one I recommend it so highly. How I wish I had saved up years ago!
When I was tidying up I realised I had quite a big, actually, very big material stash. I have been wanting to try some fabric baskets and material pouches for ages.
So, I decide to get going. Stop thinking. Stop procrastinating and DO it. On reflection I am quite determined,I am quite a perfectionist but I lack tenacity. I have a graveyard of projects that have been started..... Knitting with circular needles. Socks that turned into wrist warmers. Arumagami nightmares. I could go on. In one way or another they have not worked.
I googled, I You tubed, I followed Pinterest, I researched pouches and baskets. That was the easy part.
I bought 50 zips for £3.69 on eBay. Brilliant. Quickly delivered. And enough to make a small dent in that stash.
Firstly I followed this tutorial. The pouches looked amazing. Mine didn't . My zips were too baggy,too pinched at the ends and made me frustrated. I should of used tatty bits of material to practice. Instead I waded into making pouches using some rather lovely Batik fat quarters. A big mistake !
Here is the next tutorial I followed. Brilliant. By placing little folded pieces of material at both ends of the zip the side seams became flat, even and not pinched at all.
It is excellent apart from the fact that it forgets to tell you to unzip the zipper before you start pushing the pouch inside out. Why do I always think it's my fault when things don't work?
My machine has been whirring and I have totally " got it" I am thrilled and amazed in equal measure. I rarely add tenacity to my list of attributes. But I was determined to make these pouches. They proved the perfect distraction. And with three little babies on the way I thought they would make nice little presents to let the "Mummies to be " know that I am thinking of them.
Next came the fabric baskets.
I have been so determined to conquer the rotary cutter and mat.
Accuracy and I are not easy bedfellows.
But, I have done it. I can cut pieces of material that are exactly the same size.
I can't believe it.
But, I have a lot to learn about putting these baskets together. This little one is passable. But there is a fair amount if bodging under that pretty ribbon.
I am going to fill it with one of these organic washcloths and lovely baby products. Let's hope there is one little girl on the way!
Talking of washcloths. I found some fingering weight bamboo yarn and these have become a little bit of an addiction.
A few statistics if you want to follow my crafty footsteps.
- Zips are for sale on eBay and in my opinion a bargain.The seller is called dtwell1. £3.69 for 50.
- I can make 3 pouches out of 1 fat quarter plus lining material.
- I cut a little bit off both ends of the zips before machining on the material stops .
- I used iron on interfacing to give the pouches a little bit of body.
- Make sure you open the Zip before the last bit of machine sewing.
I am going to carry on crafting and I am glad I feel calmer.
As always can I say a big " Thank You" to my lovely followers. It often feels you journey with me.