Friday, 16 August 2013

Little ideas....

From time to time I get a little sewing design idea that nags at the back of my mind.  I have learned from experience not to ignore them.  They don't go away!!  Well, this week I had one of those ideas.  Nothing too exciting, just a little idea that I knew I had to follow through on. It has probably been done a million and one times by someone else and I could probably have looked up a tutorial on the internet but, I know that doesn't satisfy my need to create what I have in mind.

 
On a previous occasion I needed to make pincushions, so I made these. One just wasn't enough... I had to try at least two or three all different shapes and sizes!


Another time it was fabric trinket boxes and I drove everyone here nearly mad until I had tried at least four or five different construction techniques.  Some where I had followed tutorials and others where I had muddled through on my own.


This time I wanted to make a pretty little cover for a handbag mirror.  Don't ask me why I had to make one, I just did.  I have made some before but they were square.  This time the cover had to be circular to compliment the shape of the mirror.  I wanted it to be slimmer and neater than the ones I had made previously but still personalised with some stitching or appliqué.


I tossed various ideas around in my head, I slept on them and I had more or less decided that I could crochet a very nice cover in pretty shades of wool.  I was about to start down the crochet route when I realised that the inside of the cover would expose knots where I had changed wool colours and I decided that just wouldn't do.  Anyone who knows me, knows how much I hate anything left untidy!!  I did think that I could make a fabric lining for the crocheted cover but I wasn't sure how this would work and, by now, the crochet idea was no longer the answer.  So I went back to the original fabric personalised with stitchery/appliqué plan and set to work. A couple of hours later and this was the result.


I am rather pleased with how it has turned out but I don't think it will be the last of the handbag mirror covers!!  I am sure the crochet idea will have to be explored further but, at least the nagging has been assuaged for the moment!

6 comments:

  1. Love all of your ideas.
    I am thinking of ways to construct a patchwork 'treats' bag to hang from my belt when walking with the dogs, any ideas

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    1. Thank you Brenda! I'll have a think about the dog treat pouch and I'll send you any ideas I come up with.

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  2. You are brilliant! It came out very good! Glad the nagging has been relieved, for now!! (subliminal message for nag-time...quilt for Lisa.....)

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    1. Thanks Lisa! Subliminal message received! :)

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  3. All your projects look lovely. I like the mirror covers. I still think you should do some of your projects with specifically Swiss pictures on xx

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    1. Thanks Janet! I'm working on the 'Swiss' theme... watch this space!

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