Milk and Rain

Life and parenting in the tropics.

Felt Handbag 22/01/2012

Filed under: Craft — milkandrain @ 9:13 pm
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I made this bag for Juliet a couple of days ago.

For those of you following along you may notice that I have gone “off list” as the bag doesn’t appear on my list of projects for 2012. I considered adding it so I could cross it off (I love crossing things off  lists) but that seemed like cheating.

The pattern was a free download from and the materials were from Spotlight. It only took a couple of hours, plus glue drying time, and that was with toddler interuptions 🙂 I sewed the flower components together and then attached them to the bag with hot glue but they could easily be sewn on too. The only problem I encountered was with the base. The only piece of stiffened felt I could get was slightly smaller than the one recommended in the instructions so I couldn’t get the base to fit on in one piece. I ended up folding the pattern piece in half and cutting out two halves, each with a 1cm “seam” allowance which I used to glue them together. Other than that, I followed the instructions as written.

It hasn’t become the instant success I had hoped it would be (it is all about me after all) but she still seemed quite pleased to have it.


Projects 2012 13/01/2012

Filed under: Craft,Uncategorized — milkandrain @ 10:18 am

One of the forums I frequent has a yearly project thread. The idea is that you list the projects you want to complete during the year then come back and update when you finish each one. Points are awarded for projects completed and deducted for materials bought without a project in mind. It’s not a competition, PBs only but it’s a way of keeping on track. I am not collecting points as I have no intention of going a whole year without collecting more fabric :-0  but I have made a list, which I thought I would share with you. I have left the last few spots free for projects which may crop up later in the year. I will update the list periodically so you can see how I’m going and I’ll take plenty of photos so you can see the completed works.

This is my list…

1. Felt Christmas ornaments (I bought the felt and beads for these before Christmas and then ran out of time)

2. Finish embellished singlets for J (the cut-outs are stuck on I just have to sew around them)

3. Shorts for J, 3 pairs

4. Birthday present for J (not sure what yet. Maybe a quilt for the rag doll I made for her first birthday. Or a patchwork cushion in the shape of a “J”)

5. Christmas table decorations – table runner ? applique napkins

6. Flannel winter pj’s for J – I found some lovely leftover flannel from a previous project so if there is enough I will make pjs

7. Organise sewing room (sewing shed actually. Currently a store room for boxes we haven’t unpacked.)

8. Organise top shelf of wardrobe (it’s become a bit of a dumping ground)

9. Create garden beds for vegie garden

10. Plant vegetables

11. Replant wall-mounted pots with something hard to kill, probably succulents

12. Wide-leg pants for me

13. Bias-cut dress for me

14. Finish knitted baby blanket

15. Make gift for friend’s baby, due in May

16. Make paper covered J (I have some gorgeous wrapping paper left over from J’s birthday last year and I want to use it to cover one of those big craft letters for her. Mainly because I like the paper so much and I’m trying to think of non-disposable ways to use it. All other ideas warmly welcomed).

17. Pot holders x2. I made my mum 2 aprons and I thought I would do some matching pot holders with the leftover fabric. Mainly to learn how to quilt.

18. Hat for J (also from leftover apron fabric)

19. Christmas present for J (no idea what, will wait and see what her interests are closer to the time)

20. I’m going to leave the last 7 spots open for now (slightly random but 26 gives me one project a fortnight).







As you can see I have crossed out number 11. Yay! One project down. I will do a post on this one soon, with pics. I have also done two of the singlets from number 2 but there are three more to go so can’t cross that one off quite yet.

Does anyone else have projects lined up for 2012? Want to share?