It's been a busy bank holiday weekend in The House of Marmalade. We've been on the allotment, walking in the countryside, eating chocolate, and i've been in the sewing room.
Do you ever get those moods where you want to sew something, but you don't quite know what?
I have found that this type of mood is perfect for playing around and experimenting, when it doesn't matter if things go wrong - infact mistakes can turn into a series of happy accidents, ideas happen that you may not have had otherwise, and creativity flows from the challenge to make something beautiful from little bits and bobs which otherwise may not be used.
So I raided my scraps box, and came up with these little pouches and purses.
I found an old bangle and thought it might make a good 'handle' for this little purse which is big enough for a night's essentials. Phone, lipstick, money. Guaranteed to make you look good on the dancefloor - if you are so inclined!
This is my favourite. Call me stupid, but I didn't realise that it wouldn't be possible to get hold of metres of the Moda Urban Chicks Swell fabric range when I wanted. It seems, much to my dismay, these are annual ranges, so all I have left of the Swell fabrics i bought last year, are a few bits of jelly roll and a couple of scraps. Humph.
Stitch some together with coordinating bits though, and hey presto. Small things come in beautiful packages.
My friend BillyJane is doing a stall at the Village Carnival in aid of Help for Heroes which is a charity set up to help wounded soldiers - of which there are many including her son BillyJon. So these little pouches, plus other things I will make before July, are going to her stall for this very worthy cause.