Category Archives: Sewing

Been playing with the sewing machine…


Hello!  I know, I know, again I have been a terrible blogger and have not blogged for far too long, but life, work and workshops got in the way!  Here’s an update on what I have been doing: starting my christmas knitting.  Obviously I’m not going to post photos or details of that on here!  And I got my beloved sewing machine out again for a little girl’s birthday and made this:

It’s a washbag with a tissue packet and cover inside it (tissue packet idea taken from, and it cost pennies to make.  The total cost of materials was about £3 and I have most of them left – some cotton and some waterproof material, plus a cord, so I think everyone might get shower caps for their birthdays!  Or I might must make a raincoat!  All from Abakhan in the Northern Quarter, for you Mancunians out there.  The washbag was made to go with the pink spotty suitcase my boyfriends bought for her, which he then had to use as his hand-luggage on the plane to give it to her.  Which would have been fine, except he was travelling for a concert and has the misfortune to have a gold cello case…

I’m planning on doing more sewing in the next few days, want to make some nice summer clothes and accessories, I’ll post pics!

Been sewing some yo-yos


It’s been a while since I’ve posted, life has suddenly got a bit mad!  So, the jumper is still going..!  I’ve needed something quick and easy to do to compensate for the slow progress of the jumper, and so I’ve been doing some sewing.  This was triggered by the fact that I have completely sorted through my bedroom, and let me tell you, it looks like a palace!  A quite small palace, I’ll admit, but I really like being in there now because it’s so tidy and relaxing.  So, I decided it needed things on the walls, so I have started to make a wall hanging.  Out of my old pyjamas.  Well, they had shrunk so much they were unwearable, and I liked the pattern.  This led me to dig out other old clothes that are not fit for anyone to wear, even in bed.  I found a red t-shirt.  And further digging has thrown up a purple nighty I had when I was 15 with ‘night party’ written on it.., and some black velvet left over from some trouser legs.  Here are some of the yo-yos I have made out of the pyjamas and t-shirt:

I’m going to sew them together into a heart-shape for my wall, and if I have any left over I will make matching cushion  covers.  I have quite a lot already – 29 –  and that’s only from the pyjama top and t-shirt, I haven’t started on the trousers or other fabrics yet.  Lots to do!  More knitting updates over the next few days!