Most of my time this last week has been spent on cork
! Unrolling it from the enormous roll on which it arrived, photographing it and setting up the products on the website..... but have I had time to play with it yet?? No, no! I seriously need to find me some more (child-free) hours in the day.....
Anyway, before the cork arrived (this period in my life henceforward to be referred to as BC) I was busy working on a couple of customer orders - another Necessary Clutch Wallet (NCW) and an oil cloth messenger bag.
First up - the NCW. I loved this one and didn't really want to let it go... It was so satisfying to make, not least because of how well all the fussy-cutting turned out, at least I think so - fussy-cutting being something that I have never really done before. I was very happy with the end result and, thankfully, so was the customer!
Next up - the oil cloth bag. I love making these and they always sell so well but this one was another commission. I adore the pretty butterfly fabric which is perfect with Spring being so close around the corner, and I think the pink spotty interior is a perfect fit (from Tula Pink's Elizabeth collection
). But I especially love the bright zip on the inside! I do so love to have a bit of bright colour pop out at you. Just like the hot pink lining of the pocket of the NCW above I guess :-)
So what's next on the long list of things to make? I've been asked to make a laptop bag out of waxed canvas, but because I'm using a pattern that I've not made before, I'm doing a test run first using just quilt weight cotton - this one from Tim Holtz's Eclectic Elements
collection to be precise. If you follow me on instagram
then you'll already know that I'm a bit of a Tim Holtz addict :-)
The pattern I'm using for this is the Marigold from Blue Calla Patterns
, but I'm leaving out most of the pockets as the customer said he just wants a very simple bag. Not only am I using this pattern for the very first time, I'm also using Pellon fusible foam for the very first time, about which, it has to be said, I am a little trepidacious!
After this I have promised myself some me-time with the cork fabric....I can't wait to get my hands on it, especially as I treated myself to some lovely new hardware to go with it! :-)
I am pondering the Miss Maggie from Emmaline Bags
for this, and then there's the Snowdrop bag from Blue Calla
, not to mention another NCW made out of cork.... See? Too many projects, not enough time!
(NCW pattern by Emmaline Bags