Friday, 9 December 2016

Vicky's Road Map Changing Bag




This beauty here was my latest collaboration with a lovely customer, Vicky. She contacted me with a bag in mind and knew exactly what she wanted. As an added bonus, she has also provided me with her own material. I cannot even begin to let you know how gorgeous this print is in person. It is rich, vibrant and full of sensory images. I was thrilled to be given the chance to work with this lovely oilcloth. It is such a welcome change from the floral prints that I am constantly working with. Using one of my designs, Vicky then added some details to personalised her bag to make it one of a kind. Keep scrolling down to see the features of her changing bag.

Vicky's changing bag :


- A zipped top under the flap for added security
- Two front pockets that will be secured by the flap when closed. 
- Side bottle pockets to make grabbing and storing bottle handy when on the go.
- Handy back slip pocket with a magnetic clasp closure. Perfect for storing and reaching out for little things when on the go, without having to got through the main bag compartment.
- Four large pockets inside the bag.

- A D ring attachment for attaching little things eg. baby's dummy, car keys, etc.

- This vibrant red lining material is waterproof.

- Detachable shoulder strap.
- Flap is secured with two twist turn locks.
 - A changing mat that could double up as a playmate, thanks to this beautiful print.

- A pair of detachable buggy straps that can be used instead of the long shoulder strap.

- Buggy straps can be used on buggies with two separate or continuous push handles. This versatility is made possible by the poppers on the straps.




- Metal feet to protect the bottom of the bag from general wear and tear. 












A couple of days after I posted the bag, she sent me this message :



That has just made my week! And on that note, have a lovely weekend ahead everyone!

Love,
Fely xxx

* You can find this oilcloth from www.onlyoilcloths.co.uk  and www.joleetablecloths.co.uk

* This is not a sponsored post



Friday, 25 November 2016

How to make a faux leather tassel


These little tassels are my latest craze! I have decided that I will be making a lot of these to give away to friends and family at Christmas (and beyond). I have already made a few to tsjuz up my handmade bags, as you can see in the pictures below.








I have also turned some into fun, colourful keyrings. The beauty of these tassels is that they're extremely quick and simple to make. So if you're stuck for a last minute gift or want something that is one of a kind, these tassels are just the thing for you. They are also wonderful as stocking fillers this Christmas!

I have put together a short 5 minute tutorial on how to make a faux leather tassel and hope this will help and inspire. My 9 year old absolutely loves making them, and that, to me, is the evidence of how simple these are to make. Simply follow the link below and it should direct you to my YouTube channel. I hope you find it useful!

Have a fabulous weekend ahead!

https://youtu.be/nLF06UexcUk


Love,
Fely xxx

Monday, 21 November 2016

A large tote for the lovely Sacha


Now this is a rather lucsious looking tote, if I do say so myself. I've always wanted to make one of these and very glad when my lovely friend requested it for herself. This simple yet elegant design lends itself to many different outfit combinations and occasions, which is exactly what every woman needs. Measuring approximately 13 inches wide, 14.5 inches tall and 5 inches deep, this is a lovely size tote to carry.  This handmade bag, which combines the beautiful floral printed oilcloth with a soft and supple faux leather, is priced at £50 + delivery. 




The tote in the picture above is actually the starting point of the large tote. This was her original store bought tote that she used on a regular basis when doing her weekly commute. Although she wanted this bag replicated, she trusted my instincts and gave me a license to alter and improve the existing design. So I did just that, altering and putting some additional features so she can make the most of her new commuting tote.



This tote is secured with a zip top. I've always thought that a zip top is essential to keep all your belongings tucked away safely from the wandering hands and eyes of other commuters. Or your children. 



I also added side slip pockets for little essentials like pocket tissues (or Mars bars or Snicker bars, let this be a public secret) 




The front slip pocket is slightly larger and secured with a magnetic clasp. This I thought, is a handy size pocket for items like a travel-size magazine, or a book for those long commutes.





I've also decided to add a bonus large zipped pocket at the back. Definitely for something like a mobile phone so there is no need to dig into the main compartment of the bag repeatedly.




There is a large zipped pocket inside the bag as added security for wallets or purses.


And those handy slip pockets for other little items.


Not forgetting a handy hook for keys.





And last but not least, bag feet to protect the bottom from scuffs and other icky stuff when placed on the floor. 

I hope this bag will go on many lovely adventures with my lovely friend and hope she loves it as much as I enjoyed making it. I am very grateful for a friend who trusts and believes in my skills. This sort of support means a lot to me. Thank you again Sacha!

Love,
Fely xxx


Saturday, 15 October 2016

Stepping into weekend with my new Coalition Bag


To continue with my personal and professional development in bag making and designing, I have decided to brave the October 2016 pattern from The Bag of the Month Club. This beautiful pattern was designed by Sara Lawson from Sew Sweetness. It is larger than most handbags I have made and the finished product measures approximately 13.5 inches long x 8.5 inches tall x 6 inches deep.  

This bag is actually the perfect mummy-size bag for me to watch my children at matches this autumn, as it has enough room to pack my gloves, hats and scarf. Also my coffee and secretly stashed Jaffa Cakes. 

Just when I thought I knew it all when it comes to bag making, this pattern took me out of my comfort zone and proved me wrong. It wasn't complicated, it was just very different from any bags I have ever made before. The construction of it was an eye opening experience and demanded my full attention, which meant watching Criminal Minds on Netflix while sewing was completely out of the question! 


The highlight of the design is this zip closure that runs from the top to the sides of the bag that makes it look like a framed bag. The added side pockets also added extra dimension to the bag. Every which way you look, there is always something that catches your eye and that to me, is very special.


The handle tabs are really lovely to sew although I have adapted the instructions to make it easier for me. 



The long zip tab was the one thing that made me nervous about putting this bag together. But naturally, I picked faux leather to test the pattern, instead of normal quilting weight cotton, like everybody else. That also meant that I am not allowed any mistakes because if I did, I will mark the faux leather and that, is a point of no return. Looking back now and seeing the finished result, I am actually really glad I used faux leather instead. As they say, the higher the risk, the greater the reward. All I needed to do was pace myself and attempt every single stitch slowly and carefully, without stopping to have any squares of chocolate in my secret drawer.


Unlike most of my other bags, I did not put feet on this one. I just LOVE how the accents join together in the centre, at the bottom of the bag and I did not want to take the attention away from that. 




But of course, never forget to bling a new bag with The Tassel! I am so in love with this one. I made it extra big and extra long. My rivets could just about handle the thickness of this one but ahhh....I do love you The Tassel!


With already so much going on, on the outside, I balanced everything off with a simple lining. Just plain off white cotton for my lining material for a fresh, clean finish.  




I am very well aware that the finished product is nowhere close to perfection, but that is the packaged elements that come with handmade items - the quirks, the imperfections, the assymetrical-ity of it all, these are what make handmade items special.

Anyways, The Coalition bag is definitely one to try if you haven't already done so. You can get the pattern by joining The Bag of Month Club, or wait for this pattern to be released on its own next year. But I promise you, this one, is definitely one you wouldn't like to miss. I don't think I will be adding this to my 'For Sale' collection just yet, but I am sure it will make its way there once I have improved  my skills making this design. 

Love,
Fely xxx

PS/ This is not a sponsored post