a quick sew to tidy up all those stray bags that still come back from shopping expeditions
a fat quarter or 18x 22 inch rectangle of material
8 inches of elastic , 1/2 inch wide is fine
8 inches of tape or ribbon
fold over 1 inch on a short end of the rectangle, which we will now call the bottom, and fold it over again then press and straight stitch at least 1/2 inch away from the top fold so you have made a casing for the elastic
fold over 1/2 inch once on the top edge of the fabric, fold again and press then stitch that so you have a neat hem at the open top where you will add bags in
fix a large safety pin to one end of the elastic and thread it through the casing, when it emerges pin the ends of the elastic together to form a circle
with right side of the fabric on the inside, fold the sides are together and seam from top to bottom to make a tube. While doing the seam make sure you sew the elastic ends together maybe back stitching over the elastic for security
Fold the tape in half and stitch in place near the top of the side seam to make a loop for hanging
trim loose threads and excess seam maybe using pinking shears for neatness, turn right sides out and stuff with all those loose bags
Method one: I cut a length of tape slightly longer than a hardback book, fixed on a ribbon clamp at either end with jewellry pliers and decorated one end with home made tassels made from embroidery thread.
I dug out some charms from the jewellry ‘bits box’ which I attached to the other clamps with jump rings. Made 3!
method 2: A simple ribbon book mark will be less robust but just as easy using clamps and tassels at both ends.
Method 3: two matching pieces of fabric were ironed to heat and bond then to the middle of the hessian piece. I sewed a decorative stitch around the fabric to halt the hessian fraying too much, then frayed the bottom up to the stitching to make a fringe. A ribbon clamp and cord tassel at the top finished this. However the back isn’t so pretty so this isn’t a success.
A set of fat quarters are going to provide inspiration for a ‘suite’ of kitchen kit. First off this hot pad with insulbright heatproof wadding and an extra layer of batting sandwiched between two contrasting fabrics.
Cut bottom fabric 3 inches wider and longer than the top piece so you can fold this over rather than bias bind the raw edges, cut insulbright and optional batting to same size as top piece
stick the insult right and batting between the two fabrics with removable fabric spray (stick and spray) with the bottom fabric – face down -aligned so there is a 1.5 inch border showing all the way round
quilt the pieces together. I stitched a rectangke 1 inch and 2 inches in from the edge all around
Fold and press the 1.5 inch frameof fabric in half so there is now .75 inch frame showing all around. Fold this over to the top fabric as though it was bias binding and pin or clip it in place. At the corner fold the fabric as though doing hospital corners on a bed , although you can trim away some of the bulk as you fold and pin each corner to mimic a mitred corner
top stitch around the edge to secure the frame in place
now shall I do mug rugs or coaster to go with this?
A hoop ( I used the inner of a 9 inch plastic embroidery hoop), six and a half sheets of paper from the Papermania ‘At Christmas’ pack, a trimmer and scissors, paper glue and hot glue, 24 inches of cord to hang the finished article, some embellishments and it is done. Takes an hour of so with trimming and snipping.
Trim the paper into 1.5 inch strips the length of the page so you end up with 30 strips. fold each strip in half around the frame with the ends matching and glue firmly all the way from end to the hoop. when dry cut fish tails in each strip.
Tie the cord in a loop and hot glue it to form a hanger and line for a central message,
Cut strips of paper (1 inch x 4 inches) and fold and stick the same way to make mini pennants to bear a message or pictures in the centre. I stuck on letters to make ‘merry’.