Friday, 27 March 2015

Floral Tote Bag with Zip Fastening

Friday already? There aren't enough days in my sewing week!

On my last post I shared with you a craft or general fabric storage caddie I'd made and after posting it on my Facebook page, I was challenged to make a bag using the same fabrics.

So, I couldn't find a pattern exactly suitable anywhere so I read lots and then designed my own. It needed to be big - big enough for me to use to carry my stash and project life stuff around in or to store extra clothes, toys, books and the rest of the house when I'm out and about with the boys as they always seem to be needing something that I couldn't fit in my bag.

Want to see? Ta-da:

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Yum colours and pattern I think with cute little birds, butterflies and flowers too. I found straps and ribbon trim to match which gave me a happy moment or two I can tell you! I've named it the Jelly Tote.

Now whilst I like my bags big and this one measures about 16" across the top and 14" high, I also like my bags to zip up as I'm always tipping stuff out or wondering if someone is going to pop their hand inside and help themselves to the contents. I'm such a trusting soul (not). So I popped a recessed zip inside with fabric to match the outside.

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The bag is fully lined and also has a lined matching pocket too, along with a sturdy reinforced plastic base to hold the bags shape - and it's contents.

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I'm making these to order now at £25 plus postage. Only to the UK. If you'd like to order one, please drop me an email at:
bluejellystampin@sky.com
or visit my Facebook page and send me a message.

Hugs
Victoria
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Monday, 23 March 2015

PDF Tutorials - only for a few more days

This post will stay at the top until 31st March - please scroll down for new posts.

Due to changes in my business focus and also changes to the way I sell my PDF tutorials, as of 1st April, I will no longer be offering these for sale on my blog.

If you'd like to purchase any of my tutorials, they will still be available via my right hand side bar until 31st march 2015, after this date they will NO LONGER be available.

Victoria
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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Craft Caddie and Zipper Pouch

Hope you're having a lovely weekend?
I had a day off and a girlie day on Friday when I visited the NEC Hobby craft and Sewing for Pleasure with my buddy Kay. We had such fun and I was a bit of a fabric magpie!!

I made myself a craft caddie basket type thing last week and asked for some feedback when I posted it on my Facebook page and the overwhelming response was to add them to my product range. So...

Ta-Dah:

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I am so in love with this gorgeous linen look fabric I bought at the show and the pretty coordinating spot fabric on the inside too. The caddie is a handy size measuring approx 12.5" square and it does fold almost flat for storage. Personally I'd keep craft stash in it, but you could pop toys in, knitting supplies, nappies, towels, whatever floats your boat!

I also made a matching zip pouch which is lined in the same pretty spot fabric inside.

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Here is my slightly larger one in old fashioned sweetie jar fabric - I use mine for keeping my stuffing in ready for all those fabric hearts!

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If you'd like to order one you can pop by my Facebook Page to order or email me at:

bluejellystampin@sky.com

The 9.5" square caddie is £15 plus postage and the zip pouch is £5 plus postage - UK only I'm afraid.

Righto, off to spend the rest of the afternoon with my boys, no doubt I'll get thrashed at some X-box game I have no comprehension of!

Hugs
Victoria
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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Fabric Hearts - The Girlie Collection

Hello. 
I'm trying to concentrate on sewing and blogging and crafting, you know as well as juggling housework, the kids etc and do you know what? The Spark is off work poorly, we're on day 3 now and I feel I should be spending less time doing my stuff and more time being Nurse Jelly!!! He's not often under the weather and I'm hoping he gets better really quickly, also kinda hope he doesn't share his germs with me as I'm off the the Hobbycraft show at the NEC on Friday and I want to be fighting fit ha ha!

I've been busy in the Room of Craft and have created a new range of fabric hearts, I'm calling these The Girlie Collection because quite frankly, that's what they are. Do you want to see?

Ta-da:

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 I do like a bit of girlie stuff about the place, mainly to distract me from all the BOY stuff about the place! One day I will insist we have pink towels in the bathroom. Well a girl can dream eh?

Here's one for all you Shoe Queens:

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Or cake fans (Nom, nom):

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One for a friend who loves shoes as much as you:

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Figured I had better show you the back too! Oh and here is one for you cake fans in pink to make it uber girlie:

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 And of course the shoes again but in pink too:

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I can make these to order with wording of your choice and they are only £4.50 plus postage (UK only).

You can order by popping by my Facebook Page or emailing me at:

bluejellystampin@sky.com

Hugs
Victoria
xxx
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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Sewing Machine Customer Thank You Cards

Happy Mother's Day UK Mums!
I was treated to a lie in this morning - I didn't wake up until 7am (according to my Mum that's the middle of the night!), then I was treated to a coffee along with a scrummy hot breakfast and oodles of kisses and cuddles from my boys. They'd both made me beautiful cards and I think the Spark had a lot to do with my gift too. 

I've been given a pass out card to craft but with the promise not to work and then my Mum in Law is coming round for dinner later. Perfect day.

So I'm catching up with some Project Life layouts and boy am I having fun, proper in the zone I am. So what can I show you today? Well me sewing business is doing very well and of course I need to send out thank you cards with orders so I figured I'd start making them in batches.  I got 10 done really quickly too.

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I think these are Stampin' Up! note cards and envelopes, great for printing on. I used the same digi papers I'd used on my Mother's Day cards, this time I printed the patterned paper onto the front of the cards and then over printed the sewing machine images (all from Pink Petticoat).

Then I added a little detail using markers and a flower button on the sewing machine handle.

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With blue daisies:

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And with pink:

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Now I'm back to my Project Life layouts. I'm off to the Hobbycraft show at the NEC later this week with my friend Kay, can't wait I haven't been in over six years!!!

hugs
Victoria
xxx
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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Shabby Chic Easter Bunny Gift Bags

How is it Saturday afternoon already? I still have so much to do today. I finished up some orders this morning and at the moment I'm 'mid' making new zip up covers for my Mum in Laws sofa cushions and scatter cushions as a present for Mother's Day from The Spark. Hmm! 

The fabric is a bit gorgeous, it's a Sanderson design to match her wallpaper, was she mad to entrust me to the task? We shall see soon.

Moving on swiftly back to my comfort zone and all that. It might be Mother's Day here in the UK tomorrow but you'll only need to blink and then it will be Easter (or egg day as my boys call it).

So here are some vintage style Easter Bunny Gift Bags I made:

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These would be lovely packed full of goodies and treats. They measure 8" across and 9" in height and fasten with the drawstring.

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I added some lace trim (Victoria by Stampin' Up!) around the top edge.

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And added matching gift tags too.

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They cost £4.50 each plus postage (UK only) and you can order yours in plenty of time for Easter by emailing me at:

bluejellystampin@sky.com

Why not stop by my Facebook page for a nose around too?

Right then. I'm off back to cushion chaos - may share at a later date depending on how they turn out. Would you believe I have NEVER sewn a zip in my entire life?

Hugs
Victoria

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Friday, 13 March 2015

Mother's Day Cards....vintage style

So this morning after spending much time transforming the boys ready for Crazy Hair Day at school in aid of Comic Relief I almost, and I say almost; thought I wouldn't have time to make any Mother's Day cards and that I'd have to nip out and buy some.

Then I remembered, I have loads of card making stuff - doh! Plus nipping out to buy cards would take more time than actually making them. So, I shoved gently moved the sewing machine out of the way and got my paper crafting mojo on.

Ta-dah....

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I used some Kraft cards and envelopes I had lying around the place, dejected and ignored since my pre- Christmas rush (!) so figured they'd be a good start. Then I surfed over to one of my favourite digital image shops Pink Petticoat and popped a few items in The Sparks basket (the joys of having access to his paypal account). 

I got the very delicate Amelie paper collection and printed one of the designs onto white linen card. Then I used the Lovely Mum sentiments and printed on another sheet over the pretty floral design.

A bit of cutting and layering and additions of doilies, washi tape and too cute wooden domes and I was done. But then I felt the need to doodle so added some dots and dashes round the edges 'cos that's the way I roll.

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I made three...Mum, Step Mum, Mum in Law. See - was worth popping things in The Spark's basket as now he doesn't need to buy a card for his Mum. One good turn and all that.

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And just because I think these are so pretty here's another close up:

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Did you want to see Zac and Blake with their crazy hair? Do you? Please say you do as I feel an overwhelming desire to blast you with them anyway...


Wonder what the bath water is going to look like later....

Hugs
Victoria
xxx
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Thursday, 12 March 2015

Easter Bunny Egg Cosy

Ooh it's nearly 'Egg Day' as my boys would put it! I have of course secretly squirrelled away their chocolate based goodies, obviously so that it's a surprise fort hem, but more to prevent me from scoffing the lot!

A slight alternative Easter Gift to share with you today....the sort that covers either a boiled egg or indeed a chocolate one and i know which I'd prefer under my cosy. Yes of course it's an egg cosy.

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Nicely padded out with wadding in between the layers so that if you do prefer boiled to chocolate, well it's going to stay hot whilst you cut your toast into regimental soldiers of course. Cor that's made me peckish now, I might have to boil one up for my lunch.

Of course these are available to order too, currently from my FACEBOOK PAGE whilst I'm working on my on-line shop.

Must dash, lots of heart orders to get working on today.

Hugs
Victoria
xxx
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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Gift Bags and Matching Tags

Where's the sun gone? Today started off so sunny and bright, I even pegged my washing out, but not to worry folks of Nottingham, I brought it back in again so you never know, it might not rain!

Thanks for so many cute messages asking after Blake. He was sent home from school poorly yesterday. Despite him insisting he wasn't tired he slept for four and a half hours on the sofa and then slept right through the night too. He's back at school today and doing much better - phew!

I'm going to share with you another recent fabric make. When I a Stampin' Up! demo I used to love making gift bags or boxes and tags and figured fabric shouldn't be so much different to work with really so I came up with these small tote bags:

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I love these sweetie jars with old school style Bonbons and Humbugs on, they make me smile.
Here's a close up on one of the bags:

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I made the tags using Perfectly Preserved stamps and coordinating dies from Stampin' Up! along with naturals card and some other stamps too.

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Don't these sweets make you want to go out and buy a quarter to enjoy?

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The bags themselves are a great size to use as gift bags measuring 8 1/4" across and 10" down (plus the handles) and are just £4.50 plus postage (to UK only).

Great idea for popping your Easter treats in. You can order by emailing me at:

bluejellystampin@sky.com 

or message me via my Facebook Page.

hugs
Victoria
xxx
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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Personalised Pet Fabric Hearts

Time to share another of the makes from my sewing shop!

Lots of you have got or have sadly lost beautiful pets. I've created some shabby chic style  hanging fabric hearts that I hope you will love. Would you like to see some examples of some of the orders I've made recently?

One lady ordered these of her sister and her own pooches:

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This fella got himself into a whole lot of hurt and inspired me!

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These were the first ones I created:

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I also did a very handsome cat too this week:

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If you'd like to order one or more (!) please drop me an email at:

bluejellystampin@sky.com

They are £4.50 each plus postage (to UK only) and all I need is a name and a clear digital photo. I have a new selection of fabrics to choose from which I'll share on my Facebook Page tomorrow too.

Sorry to be short and sweet today - got a poorly Blake snuggled up on the sofa downstairs, bless him I took him into school this morning thinking he was OK but he went downhill. He's slept all afternoon so that should have done him the world of good.

Hugs
Victoria
xxx


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