Hanmade in Cornwall

Hanmade in Cornwall

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Succulent inspired...

Succulents are all the rage at the moment, have you noticed?! As they are easy to care for and add a bit off greenery to the room. 
So with that in mind I thought I would make my own succulents, on bags of course! 

I used hessian for thd background fabric. As I like the loik it gives and thought that would suit the succulents. I cut out the succulents from felt and added a fun colourful plant pot.

I think they have turned out well. Which is your favourite succulent?

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Oyster catcher

I love sewing oyster catchers. The bright orange long beak and legs look great with machine embroidery.

My supplies

A work in progress

They look great on a linen background. They are simple and elegant. I hope you like them .
Check out my shop here if you would like to see more. 

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Cornish harbours and cottages

Mevagissey, Mousehole, Port Issac and Polperro to name a few traditional Cornish harbours and fishing villages in Cornwall. Filled with quaint cottages, small alleys and fishing boats by the sea. They are so picturesque and beautiful.

Here are a few snaps from a recent trip to Mevagissey. 

Surrounded by these sweet cottages and fishing boats I was inspired! I had to make mg own little cottages by the sea. I made my own scene into a cushion. I am really pleased with how it turned out. 
So I made some more! 

 And I didn't stop there! I loved adding in all thd little details.

So I turned these ones bags. 

Friday, 2 March 2018

Trevose head bag

I love taking photos of the local scenery. Or being somewhere and thinking that I would love to make it into a bag.

This is Trevose Head on the north coast of Cornwall.
This week I finished making this Trevose bag. Inspired by our adventures there a while back, when we saw seals swimming just infront of the lighthouse. Isn't that exciting?! 

Here it is. Simple and made with beautiful fabrics, including pink floral sky, green cord and blue stripe linen. I love mixing up fabrics, colours and textures in my fabrics to create a fabric landscape. 

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Shop update

Hello there, it has been a while, last year infact! So I thought I would give you a brief shop update with what I have been upto.
I love gulls gliding on the air. I just had to try and capture this on fabric. With matching purse and makeup bag. Simple and elegant. 

I have done lots of new bags recently. Including a strap over body bag, more Cornish scenes and of course some applique hearts. 

The seagull, is slways popular. I love the contrasting mustard colour zip. Doesn't it look great? I also love the hessian, I think it suits the seagull. 

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Beach bag photoshoot

It is starting to be abit warmer and feeling like summer. My beach bags have been popular. So I thought I would show you a few shots of the beach photoshoot.

Aren't they goegeous?! I am so pleased how they look. Which is your favourite?  They are the perfect size for everything: towel, drink, magazine, camera. Perfect! 

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Kid's project: PE bag

Good morning.
It has been half term here and a welcomed week off - which meand one thing for my daughter "mummy can I do some sewing!" I had thought about it thankfully, so had a few suggestions for her. She decided to make a PE bag. Good choice!

Here are the fabrics she chose. 

Cut out 4 rectangles two from each fabric. The pink will be the lining. These are approx 15" x 20" 

On the top end of the fabric fold over and press. Do this to each piece of fabric. Then sew that edge down. Repeat until all four fabrics are the same. 

She's getting stuck in. * note I got her to do some practice sewing on the machine to refresh her. If you are doing this with your little one give then time to practice too. 

Here are the pressed and stitched top edges. 

Look at those little fingers! 

With the fabric the wrong way round you want to sew the two fabrics together. Lay them ontop of each other. Wrong sides together. On the lining I drew a dot from where to start stitching. This dot is a few inches from the top. (This will eventually be folded gown to create a tunnel for your ribbon to go through - So fold down and then put your dot) 
I drew a line from the dot all the way to the bottom round the corner and then leave a gap on the bottom edge and then back up the other side up to the same place where the dot would be. Sew on that line. 

Do the same to the outside fabric. 

But you don't need a bottom gap but you don't need to sew the bottom corners. So leave a gap on the two bottom corners. (This will be where your ribbon will go) 

Here you can see where you sew from. 

Doing good! 
Next step turn the fabric round the right way. And insert the lining into the outer fabric. 

Now fold down the top edge into the bag with both layers together. Folding down enough space for ribbon. 

Turn it inside out and find the edges that create a 'V' shape. I drew a line on. Pin in place and stitch on that line. Repeat this to the other 'V' shape. 
(You could leave this step out but you will find it really neatens the edge wjere the ribbon comes out and is worth it ;-) ) 

Turn round and press that 'V' down. 

Edges are looking good. 
Remember you pressed down the top edge? Fold it fown again and pin together. 

Stotch as close the open edge as possible. Temember your ribbon needs to fit in here. 

She is doing so well. 

Here you can see the tunnels for the ribbon. 
** Almost done! 

Cut two pieces of ribbon. At least 1.5m each. Attach a safety pin to one ribbon, on one end. And thread it through from one end. Repeat with other ribbon from the other end. 
Pull the ends and pull down into the corner of the outer fabric. Pin into place. 
Sew those ends into your corners. Back stitch a few times to make this really secure. 
Last thing to do is stitch the gap in your lining together. 
And thats it! 
Let's take a look....