I’ve made another kanzashi flower hairband. This time, using these nifty hairbands from Wilkos, it’s a birthday present for someone. Idea is it goes over the whole head, rather than a ponytail. I used the same tutorial as before. Using smaller squares, 2 and a half inch square to be exact, I added the centre from a self-cover button with contrasting fabric. You may recognise the fabric from previous projects I’ve written about. I’ll likely have to adjust the length of the band (by measuring and sewing a new ‘join’) so it will fit the head of its recipient. It’s a birthday present for the same little girl who I made this for previously. I quite like using matching fabric for gifts when I can. It gives some continuity. Next time, I think I’d a) sew 8 petals rather than 6, so there is more even coverage of the flower; b) if I use the same sized button, I’d try using slightly bigger squares (maybe 3 inch) for better proportions. I got these self-cover buttons from Dunelm (22mm, sold in a pack of 5).
Here’s the other item I made for my housemate.
Having noticed her bringing her laundry down to the washing machine either immaculately folded or in a carrier bag, I thought she could do with a laundry bag. Last year the present idea I made seemed well intentioned in my mind, but not sure she ever used it. So that might happen this time too. But well, in case, I made the simplest laundry bag ever. Using an old pillow case, I transformed it so simply yet effectively following this marvellous method.
So I’ve made a bag in time for my housemate’s birthday. I haven’t checked with her, but I’m pretty sure that it’s tomorrow (same as Independence Day in the US). *As I type this, she’s come home with a cake in hand that a friend gave her today, ready for tomorrow – that’s confirmation enough for me!*
I made a couple of items: one simple and one much more complicated to execute.
I followed an easy-to-follow tutorial and have ended up with this:
3 bags in one. Like an analogy of the Trinity. All of them are the same bag (one God) but 3 distinct styles / persons. Not Father, Son and Holy Spirit in this instance but, shoulder bag, bag with wrist strap and clutch.
Not the best analogy, many differences for sure. But I’m pleased with how it turned out, except that the straps seem to get in the way of the fold when you close it. But that’s not a prob when you use the (detachable) wrist strap or as a clutch.
I hope she likes it. If I were to make it again/ improve on its design, I would consider making the long strap detachable as well. As currently it takes up quite a bit of room within the bag when you use it as a simple clutch or with the wrist strap.
But I like its elegant shape and pretty pleats (albeit mine aren’t as well executed as the example in the tutorial, but hey ho). Thank you sewmamasew.
Minutes became hours, frustration became exasperation (!), in churning out this bag just in time to see and give to my Mum on her birthday. A lined double drawstring bag. About a thousand times more complicated than an unlined one – or maybe that’s partly to do with the pattern I followed. I need to make my stitching a bit neater. I know a bad workman blames his tools, but maybe having a small arm on the sewing machine would help. I kept having to unpick stitches, having sewn the bag together in unintended places. Still, I’m pleased with the end result. I had planned to use cord ties, but struggled fitting them through with the snug openings… Not so much the width but the way the openings worked. Still, in return, my Mum gave me some bodkins, which will make the next ones easier to make 🙂 .
I’ve just finished this birthday present for my aunt. Need to wrap and package it up and it probably won’t get to her for her birthday which is on the weekend, and then we have a bank holiday on Monday so it may arrive a few days late. But anyhow..
My inspiration came from this picture I saw on the wikipedia:
Butterflies are beautiful creatures. But in order to exist in that state, they first have to break free from their chrysalis (and before that, the larvae and the egg). So in life if you’re feeling like a prickly caterpillar, or in a shell not ready to face the world, maybe there’s a breaking free stage around the corner for you. Keep on in there and in time you’ll be able to flap your beautiful butterfly wings and change the atmosphere all around you.
In the morning I thought of what I could make a friend for a round number birthday present. A twist of events meant I’d see her that evening. So, after work I dashed home, vacuumed the floor, decided what yo have for dinner. & Looked up a few ‘recipes’ as I tend to call them but know I probably shouldn’t & used this one to make a tote bag. http://www.molliemakes.com/projects/tutorial-tuesday-20-minute-tote-bag/
Here’s a quick pic of the finished article.
I like how it looks from the outside but the inside though following the recipe, looks a bit scrappy. Next time, I’d like to hide the end of the bag straps inside and try to do some French seaming inside. But not bad after a day’s work & I did get there a bit late, but still in plenty of time to sing Happy Birthday to the birthday girl!