Hello and welcome back to my blog 🙂
Today I want to tell you all about Sew Saturday, which is an annual event organised by Sew Magazine to promote and celebrate local haberdasheries and fabric shops. Jean at Goldstitch Sew Cafe near Durham has been involved since it was launched three years ago and always organises a fun-filled day of sewing demonstrations, fabric discounts and plenty of craft chat over tea and cake. You can read more about Sew Cafe in this feature which I wrote for The Northern Echo a few years ago.
Anyway, one of the best parts about Sew Saturday is Jean’s two hour sewing challenge. The first year we had to make something from a fat quarter, last year we were tasked with upcycling a pair of old jeans and this year we had to make a tote bag with a twist. Below is a picture of my teapot pin cushion, which I made in the first year.
For the tote bag I already had a pattern which I designed ahead of my Christmas stall last year. It is a simple rectangular shape, fully lined and has extra volume at the bottom. I sold quite a few on my stall and I knew I could whip one up quite quickly.
I now had my pattern but what about the twist? After giving it some thought I decided to make a beauty bag to take with me on overnight trips. Makeup bags are great but I wanted to expand this to provide storage for brushes, my mirror and other bits and bobs. I also liked the idea of being able to open the bag up to create a mat to spread all my lotions and potions out on while getting ready. I figured the best way to do this would be to insert zips on both sides but I couldn’t workout how this could be done along with the lining and the extra volume at the bottom. I ended up making a quick mock up and discovered it was possible but a little fiddly.
I was a little worried about time and whether I would be able to incorporate all of the elements I wanted on the inside. However, I am pleased to announce I finished and came 2nd – yay!! My top stitching is a little wonky in places and I did redo the zips when I got home but all in all it was a pretty successful make. I have included lots of photos below to demonstrate how it works. I hope you like it! I used 30cm of the fashion canvas fabric, which I bought at Goldstitch, and 60cm of corduroy from Boyes. As you will see in the pictures, I made a little matching makeup bag to go inside.
The competition was judged by Amanda Gledhill who appeared on The Great British Sewing Bee in 2015. Amanda is a super talented sewist and a lovely lady and it was so kind of her to award me second place. Check out the gorgeous craft goodies I received as my prize from Jean.
First place was awarded to my lovely friend Rosie who designed and made a bake sale bag. As well as being brilliant at sewing, Rosie is really good at baking and often takes her delicious creations into work to share with her colleagues. Rosie’s bag is big enough for her large cake container and also incorporates pockets for a plate and a knife. It turned out beautifully and definitely deserved first place.
Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoyed reading about Sew Saturday and my Beauty Bag.