I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 62, married to Fred and have one son, Matthew who is 24. I enjoy embroidery and applique and prefer to machine piece and quilt my projects. I love my vintage Singer sewing machines especially my Featherweight 222K. I've recently started collecting Miniature Sewing Machines, three Essex and one Singer 20 and a Vulcan Countess. My love of sewing I believe comes from my Grandmother - I still have the drawings she made for me to embroider on tea towels many many years ago!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010


Paper Doll FABRIC that is!!!  My wonderful prize arrived in last nights mail - here is how it looked when I opened the parcel.

I've since opened it up and all of the fabric is so lovely!  I can't wait to make something with it.  It's called "Paper Doll Christmas".

As promised, the first thing I will make is a bag for a CHRISTMAS GIVE-A-WAY.  So keep your eye out for a give-a-way announcement very soon:-)

This is the latest bag I have made.  It's a pattern by Rebeka Lambert from artsy-crafty babe patterns.  This is a fun bag to make - I will be taking it to the Craft Show tomorrow and most probably will fill it up!  Right now it has the Breast Cancer Bags in it to deliver at the show.

Rebeka designed the bag with re-purposing in mind..... she suggests using vintage sheets (I'll be keeping my eye out for them at the local thrift shops now!)  You need around 2 1/2 yards of fabric - I was lucky to have a piece of antique fabric in my stash.  That's the green floral I have used for the outside of the bag.  It's very old fabric and I think this bag pattern is just perfect for it.  On the inside I used a piece of batik type fabric which has been in my stash for years so I was very happy to find a use for it at last.  The bag is completely reversible, so the batik look will be nice for the beach.  (sorry, forgot to take a pic of the inside!)

Happy Sewing


  1. Great bag Helen - the fabric looks lovely! Enjoy your day at the Craft Show! Don't spend too much! Suz

  2. Beautiful Bag Helen! Have fun at the craft show! :o)

  3. Have fun at the craft show. I bet you'll come home with a happy heart and a lighter purse.

    Your latest bag looks absolutely fabulous! Love the idea of using vintage sheets. I love re-using stuff.

    Your fabric is beautiful.

  4. Hi Helen, what a lovely bag! I love the fabric you won, can't wait to see what you whip up!

  5. What beautiful Fabric.
    Will watch out for your giveaway.

  6. Great fabrics! You will have fun with them.

    I expect that you will share all of the goodies that you will put in that terrific bag. It should be a good haul.

  7. All of the bags you made are lovely, but I must admit, I really love this floral with the blue background the best.