Bra Bag Lady

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My holiday is looming comfortingly close and I decided, fairly last minute, to make myself a new bag to take with me.

The ‘Bra’ bag is the nickname of an altogether more seriously named bag which I first made umpteen years ago. When I showed it to an equally crafty person they immediately said, ‘ah a bra bag!’ called because… well you can work it out!20160726_135852


The bag opens out to have a square base so it holds a lot of stuff.

20160726_140011I bought the main fabric (dragonflies) several years ago with the intention of making a bag with it but it got put aside while I hunted around for a fabric to go with it and it was eventually relegated to the stash drawer.


A couple of weeks ago I went to a quilt exhibition and the perfect fabric was sitting on a trade stall calling out to me πŸ˜‰ Funnily enough the stall belonged to the same person I bought the original fabric from all those years ago!20160726_135922An inside pocket so I don’t have to scrabble round for my purse and other essentials.Β I do find it easier to find things if a bag has a light coloured lining and this japanese lady fabric must have been sitting in a drawer waiting to be used for longer than the dragonfly fabric!

And finally, why it got it’s nickname πŸ˜‰


I shall leave you with a couple of photos of a beautiful little quilt from the exhibition I bought the fabric at, made with Liberty fabric – just love those spool blocks and that central block is very reminiscent of a Dear Jane block which I really must get going on again πŸ™‚20160716_12323720160716_123246

Until next time,

Chris x


Well Done Son

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Son 1 has graduated for the second time. We all went to Portsmouth for the ceremony and almost melted in the heat of the day. Son 1 practically over -heated wearing his thick gown and mortar board!

Special times πŸ™‚


Portsmouth’s ‘colour’ is purple and someone somewhere decided to team it up with a fuchsia pink for the hood – it certainly made him stand out in a crowd πŸ™‚

Until next time,

Chris x


Knot Too Difficult

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Recently a friend gifted me some bits of fabric which were leftover from a spot of dressmaking. They included a striking orange cotton print which, in turn, made me immediately think of another friend who loves all things orange.

I passed the fabric on but was passed it back with a request to make her a Japanese knot bag.

I don’t know if you’ve seen these bags but they’re great for carrying small things around – like a purse and a phone. The handle arrangement makes them quite secure against pick pockets and easy to carry on your wrist.

This is the bag – weird handles but…


they form their very own bag closure – clever.


And as a bonus if you make it carefully it can be reversible too.

I used a pattern given to me by my friend but there are tutorials and patterns to be had on the internet.

I might just make one for my holidays.

Can anyone help

On an altogether different note I’d like to say to my bloggy friends that I’m really struggling with writing on Blogger blogs. For some reason whenever I try to write on them using my wordpress account my post just doesn’t seem to work – I press publish and up pops a draft again so I re-press publish and yet again up pops the draft at which point I usually give up! Also when I comment through google+ I never get a reply so can only assume that I come up as a no reply blogger even though it’s not linked to my blog. If any of you can help me with this I’d be grateful otherwise I’m so sorry for not commenting on your blogs – it’s not for want of trying.

Until next time,

Chris x


Hanging Around

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I’ve been sorting through my unfinished projects and came upon one which was inspired by a bottle of handcream!

Readers of my old blog, UK City Crafter, will know that I am working on a series of three wall hangings which all feature 3D flowers. I’ve made two of the hangings – you can see them bothΒ hereΒ – and now it’s the turn of the third.

This is the handcream which inspired the project, given to me by my lovely daughter last Christmas.


Lily of the valley always reminds me of my paternal Grandma, I have a hazy memory of her having a little arrangement of silk ones on her sideboard, and so these beautiful little flowers have a special place in my heart.

This is my design so far.


I shall be working on the quilting then adding the flowers which were made a while ago on a rather long and tedious car journey, that is if I can find them!

I hope it to have it finished by the end of the month – watch this space πŸ™‚

What’s the weirdest place you’ve found inspiration from?

Until next time,

Chris x

Button Up

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A while back a couple of my pals and I discovered Dorset buttons, a traditional method of making buttons using fine yarn and curtain rings of all things which, presumably, originated in Dorset in the South of England.

Because of all the time spent focusing on making flowers I forgot all about them but whilst tidying this week I came across the kit we bought and decided to get busy.

There are lots of different designs and the one I’ve had a go at is probably the most basic and is called the Crosswheel button or the Blandford Cartwheel.

It was a bit fiddly but fun and I can see me making quite a few more before I get them out of my system πŸ˜‰


I can see from the photo that I could have squeezed in a couple of more rows before finishing off, but, believe me, those gaps sure didn’t show up when I was making it!

I’ve put a brooch back on it now.


and am happily wearing it on my cardigan.


I do love a brooch for jazzing up an outfit but they seem to have gone out of fashion, certainly here in the UK. Perhaps it’s time to have a revival πŸ™‚

Until next time,

Chris x