DIY polka dot handbag step by step pattern

I’ve got to say I’m more than a bit pleased with the polka dot leather bag and matching pouch I made last week. It’s going to make a nice gift for someone special – but first I thought I’d share my process, including a pattern with step by step instructions.

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Digital patterns enter the real world with printed cotton

This week I’ve finally brought several designs to life that I’ve been working on for quite a while. It’s helped me to move on to the next stage of my project and re-evaluate some designs from a new perspective.

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A curious case of the dog to end a week off sick.

I used to think that if you exhibit enough will power and manage the symptoms effectively you could never really be properly sick. Mucus-y runny nose? Blow it. Tickle-y cough? Hold it in even if your chest is about to explode and your eyes are pissing salty water. If your throat is sore gargle salty water and scrape that lurgy out with the gurgling action of a good old fashion exorcism.

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Orange fluffy pom-pom beanie + 80s nostalgia

If you have around £7 and a little bit of knitting know how you’ll be able to make yourself a super easy, comfy, toasty beanie with a big fluffy pre-made pom-pom attached. This fluff ball twigged a memory about a much loved folding plush from days gone by.

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Make it rain: lush green plant design

A lush green plant table repeat pattern and a lady who’s either catching well positioned rain or throwing some confetti in the air. I brought these two projects together to create a lady who could just blend into the background. But what can I do with her next that’s not been done to death?

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Knitted petals make a spinner GIF and a patterned jumper

I once spent a fair amount of time knitting petal shaped appliques. It was fun playing around with increasing and then decreasing stitches over and over. Now when I open up a cushion out pop knitted bits crawling over each other trying to escape incarceration.

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Bernina vintage sewing machine

Vintage Bernina 700 series oiling and cleaning

When I decided to invest in a vintage Bernina sewing machine I did a bit of research and found out that a machine kept in good nick is quite sort after. To ensure she’s kept stitching and sewing well into the future it’s essential to clean and maintain the internals regularly.

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Tombow Green Lady Repeat Pattern

I missed my Thursday deadline last week (oh my gosh is it Monday already?!), I don’t mind so much because I was enjoying making and designing too much to write about it. So here are some of the ideas I’ve been playing around with.

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Colour Sample Palette – Burnt red & bluey silver

Wandering the streets of London I pass some amazing buildings painted bright and bold. The Falcon building caught my eye and I used the image to make a colour swatch palette and applied that my girl’s outfit.

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chick knitted applique

3 digital developments for your crochet designs

I wrote last week about picking up long lost projects and developing them further using new skills. So in that spirit I’m going to take my crochet applique and make a gif, a fabric repeat pattern, and a chickie print baby grow.

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A crafty lady to inspire your long lost craft or design project

A sketch of a very focused knitting lady which went from stashed in my sketch folder to a colourful illustration and then to productivity gif, now she constructively knits over and over forevermore.

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courgette drawing on cotton shirt

How a day at the market inspired a fabric shirt print design

An insight into how a moments inspiration was taken from a watercolour painting all the way through to a fabric print concept for a button-up shirt.

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