Latest Sewing Projects

Latest Sewing Projects

I don’t know about anyone else, but when I get my sewing stuff out, I make a right mess! So I like to get lots of things done at once. I cut out the pieces for some coin purses a few weeks ago, it took a while, but I got the tops of the inside pockets blanket stitched so I could move on to the next stage of joining the pieces together and sewing the seams on the machine. Here are 3 pink ones sewn up:

This is what they look like closed:

The next step is to round off the corners of the front flaps, then stitch all around with blanket stitch. I think choosing the right thread for the blanket stitch can take as long as the stitching sometimes! I had to make a make-shift table out of a cardboard box to put all the things waiting to be stitched, that stack of boxes on the right is about 9 of the thread drawers I have:

At the beginning of last year I made a nuno sample piece with some strips from a viscose scarf and a linen scarf. I thought it would make a nice pencil pouch. I made myself one a few years ago and use it almost every day. The idea is to use an extra long cord to wrap around to close it instead of a zip or other fastener. This is what it looks like closed:

This is the back when it’s opened:

And, inside, I lined it with some nice fabric I got a few years ago:

And, while the machine is out, I may as well … root through all those offcuts I tidied away. This is a bookcover I’ve been working on; the front, inside front sleeve, and the back is finished. Here, I’m planning the layout for the inside back sleeve. I thought I’d make enough for a future one while I was at it, so made it extra long:

22 thoughts on “Latest Sewing Projects

  1. Everything looks gorgeous Zed, and I so agree that finding the right colour (thread, fabric or wool) can take as much time as the actual felting or sewing… But it’s all part of the challenge and fun. I haven’t had time for felting lately, but this post certainly makes we want to bring out all my bits and bobs and wool and fabric, and make a mess! πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks, Zara πŸ™‚
      I sometimes think it was easy when i had less choice! It’s amazing how many different shades of one colour there are though πŸ™‚ It’s a lot easier to tidy up a dry mess than a wet mess, so go for it!

  2. Zed, you are a mster in combining colours and fabrics. Gorgeous purses, and what a nice stash of sewing threads! .
    I too make a mess whether I am felting or doing something else, but this is what I call creative mess. I do tidy up before a start a new project.

    1. Thanks, Nada πŸ™‚
      I blame the Β£1 shops for my thread obsession, it seems like no two packets are the same!

  3. So happy to know I’m not the only one making a mess when the sewing machine is out πŸ˜€ Loving your purses, and that notebook cover is going to look gorgeous! Come be my neighbour so we can play with fibre and fabric together!

    1. Thanks, Leonor πŸ™‚
      that would great to be your neighbour and rifle through each other’s fibre stashes!

  4. Gorgeous gorgeous and gorgeous! Lovely colours indeed. How on earth do you get such straight stitching as on the purse with the cord wrap? Have you sold many of these in the past Zed?

    1. Thanks, Tracey πŸ™‚
      I didn’t realise the stitching was that straight! I usually just go ‘around’ in a square spiral, following the previous line. I haven’t sold many of the pencil pouches, I’m always short of cord, but purses sell quite well, probably my biggest seller.

  5. These are really pretty! I made a little felt coin purse like this once, but I used wool that was too “hairy” and found that it was constantly getting loose fibers as it was tossed around inside my purse. I think the trick for something that will get lots of use is to use a fiber that will felt very hard, which I haven’t tried. The embellishments on my little coin purse also got “ruffled up” and I was constantly needle felting them back into place… I notice in your first two pics, you use a white embellishment fiber over pink… do you find that it “stays” on your felt or is this the reason for the machine stitching over everything? The machine stitching/quilting is a great idea either way–it would make it so much more wear-proof. Thanks for the ideas! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Terri πŸ™‚
      Yeah, the first purse I made started to go a bit fluffy and bobbly, so I made a new one with more firmer felt and silk patches on it. I posted about it recently actually, and there are photos of how it has stood up to being used for 6 years:
      I pretty much always use Nuno felt for purses now for that reason. The pink purses are all nuno felt, and none of them have machine stitching over the top, just down the sides, and to secure the back inside pocket. What looks like a white fibre is part of the fabric, it was a very strange piece, kind of double layered, some sheer, some with denser parts, and a loose golden fibre sandwiched between! This is a super close up of the piece I made before I cut it:
      And this is what one of the layers looks like:
      The pencil pouch has stitching all over, this was to make it firmer, I use mine more often than my purse so wanted to make sure it was up to it!

  6. So if I have my sewing machine out all the time I can just have a continuous mess? Because that seems like what my room is like all the time πŸ™‚

    Love the pouches, pencil case and book cover. And yes, choosing the right thread is an art.

    1. Thanks, Ruth πŸ™‚
      Yeah, that’s smart thinking! And how much time would be saved with not having to tidy up/tidy away over and over?!

  7. Very nice coin purses. I love how the bookcover is coming along. You are so good at matching patterns and colors I should try it and get rid of some of my offcuts. I have a bed and a desk next to my machine and both are covered. I won’t clean up until I’ve finished my projects or have company coming. πŸ™‚ I’m not working out of the basement right now so I’ve got quite a few rooms messy. I look forward to getting back downstairs so I don’t have to look at the messes all the time.

    1. Thanks, Marilyn πŸ™‚
      I have to shift stuff off my desk onto the bed before I can use it, I bought a table so I could paint more, that’s covered in embroidery threads and sewing threads, half my shelves are empty and boxes are everywhre, it feels good to be making though πŸ™‚ I tidied the living room last night before I watched a bit of telly, and it felt nice to not have ‘bits’ everywhere!

  8. Creative people are messy! You’ve achieved a lot lately – love the pink purses and the pencil pounch. Great idea to use the cord instead of a zip or button – it’s classy.

    1. Thanks, Lyn πŸ™‚
      I think I’ll make more of those pouches. I might see if I can roll the cord in my bamboo blind rather than spinning like I usually do. Though a 1970’s plastic floor runner would be good, I wouldn’t have bamboo splinters to pick out!

  9. Great little purses. You didn’t show us what the inside pockets look like. That’s what I’ve been doing too but nothing like yours. I got some of the snap tops and I am learning to sew them on now. And yes it’s a mess. I discovered i do not have much in the red range so I will have to shop more. LOL

    1. Thanks, Ann πŸ™‚
      I didn’t think to show the insides! I always do them the same these days, but I’ll add a link to one of my other posts in case others are curious too:
      Now I have some more zips, I might do a few with those. I keep meaning to look for those snap closures, if they’re what we call press-studs. I want the kind you see on bags where they have a top and bottom to fit together without sewing πŸ™‚

    2. I’ve just realised, I did show the inside pockets, it’s on the top photo!

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