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It’s official! I am now Flax and Loom!

I am no longer trading as The Cosy Bag Company. I am now trading as Flax and Loom.

My shop and new website have gone live (from 1 January 2015), so please keep following me by heading over to the new site flaxandloom.co.uk  You will find my shop to purchase my unique handmade products, information about my workshops and my blog too! Hope you will visit!

Have a wonderful 2015.


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Christmas gift making workshops

Fri 28 & Sat 29 November, Fri 5 December and Sat 6 December 

Cosy Christmas gift making workshops will be running again this year. Come along and enjoy the company of others to make some lovely personalised gifts for friends and family, or to make some decorations for your own home. If it’s cold outside I will have the log burner to keep you warm, whilst enjoying mulled wine & mince pies to get you in to the festive spirit!

The options to make this year will be:

Option 1

Drawstring bags – small, medium or large. You choose the size to suit the type of bag you want to make.

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You can design your bag to specifically suit the person you are making it for – anything from a child’s PE bag or laundry bag (make it really personal with the name and perhaps things they like appliquéd on) to a pretty slipper bag or lingerie bag for a friend, or even a laundry bag for your mans sports gear!

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Tea & coffee cosies – the perfect gift for tea or coffee lovers!

Option 3

Lavender hearts or bags

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Option 4

Buntings – either seasonal to decorate your home this Christmas, or as a gift for any time of year, or perhaps for a child’s room

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Option 5

Handmade brooches

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Making circles

I ran the first of my circle skirt workshops last Saturday. On the morning of the workshop the heavens opened and torrential rain fell from the sky forming large puddles on the drive – not the only circles to be made that day!

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However, it wasn’t too long before the sky cleared and the suns rays soon evaporated them away, so much so, we had a glorious end to the sewing day and I was able to take a picture of these lovely skirts outside in the sunshine!

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The design of this skirt is really flattering and it suits any figure. It really is a must for your wardrobe, as either a summer cotton skirt or a warm wooly winter version. I will certainly be making a range for my wardrobe. More workshops will be running in the coming months, so check out my workshop calendar for future dates. This workshop is even suitable for anyone new to sewing, without the need to follow any complicated pattern!

 

 


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Rainy day project

It was an overcast rainy Friday. I fancied a leisurely start to the day. I always seem to be rushing around never taking a moment to pause. I was in need of a slow start. The dark overcast morning made me lay in a little later than usual. I sat eating my morning porridge and in doing so glanced across to my ironing board leaning against the kitchen wall. Hmm… time for a new cover! I haven’t made an ironing board cover before. I’ve often thought about making one, but have always ended up purchasing them from a store,  yet they look so straight forward to make! I rummaged in my fabric cupboard to find a suitable material and before long was cutting and stitching. Here’s how it’s done.

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Lay the old cover on top of the fabric to use as a template. You don’t need to worry about seam allowances. Just cut it to the exact same size as the old one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I decided to line the back with a piece of curtain interfacing I had. You could always use an old towel or even reuse the sponge lining from the old cover. What ever you choose, cut a piece exactly the same size as the cover.

Pin the two layers together and machine close to the edge all the way around to secure.

Next you need to add the cord to gather the edge of your cover all the way round. I had a whole roll of blind cord I use for my roman blind making workshops. It was perfect for the job, but it’s easy to get hold of from haberdashery stores. You could even use the cord from the old cover. I needed something to house the cord, so some 1″ (2.5 cm) white tape I had was ideal for the purpose. It was a little fiddly to do this next stage – perhaps slightly wider tape might have made the task easier!

Starting at the centre point of the narrow end of the cover, I machined one edge of the tape to the back edge of the cover all the way round leaving the two ends a few cms longer where they met. I would have to return to that part later when I had decided how I was going to finish it!

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Facing the cover right side up, I lay the cord along where the tape and edge of the cover met. I placed it under the machine foot and bringing the other edge of the tape up and over to the top, with the cord laying inside, made my way slowly around the edge.  Don’t rush this part! You have to do this very carefully so as not to accidentally machine over the cord!

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IMG_3721Once I had sewn all the way round I had to revisit the ends. It’s a bit like adding bias binding as an edging really. Once you get to the point where the two ends meet you have to machine them across inside and trim away the excess, so that when you turn it to the right side, it looks as though it’s all one length and sits flat and neatly around the edge of the main fabric. The ends of the cord need to be exposed by a few cm at each end so you do need to leave a gap for these to hang out from the tape. I used the plastic toggle which had been supplied with the original cover to hold the cord tight. After threading the two ends through the toggle, knotted them together to ensure it didn’t slide off.

 

There we have it. A rainy day project that only takes a couple of hours at the most.

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Brightening up a basket

The sun has shone brightly today although a chill in the air. Following a dose of flu and only the four walls of my bedroom for the last few days, it was such a pleasure to feel the warmth of the sun on my cheeks as I ventured out into the sunshine. Lots of pretty bulbs springing up out of the ground and the smell of Spring finally arriving! Even the rhubarb in my garden is growing – almost enough stalks for a pie!

Feeling energised, I thought I’d turn my hand to making a floral brooch (in anticipation of the workshop I am running next week!) with some bright coloured silks to keep me in this happier mood!….just the thing to add a little something new to this old basket I have! Or as an extra splash of colour to my winter scarf. I’ve put some in my shop too. My NEW floral corsage workshop will be running next Thursday evening from 6-8 pm for anyone interested! IMG_3154

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Happy New Year!

The New Year has started well with  my  ‘Next Stitch’ intermediate bag making workshop.  I’m itching now to start some new IMG_2931style workshops for this year.IMG_2944IMG_2938

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How many of you have got a new sewing machine, with every intention of becoming a sewing bee, but are reluctant to admit – it’s still sitting in its box unopened! Perhaps you just need that little push to make a News Years resolution to brush off the dust and read through the guidance notes and begin your first project! Hmmm –  all well and good, but sometimes, you just need that little extra help.

Look no further! I will be running the first of my ‘Back to Basics’ in February. This is a great opportunity to learn how to use a machine for the first time, so you can plan some simple projects for the Spring. My new bunting making workshop will be a good place to start or perhaps a cushion cover workshop? All my workshops are listed on my ‘Which Workshops is Best for Me’ page. For images of recent workshops go to my blog here.


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I’m not biased….. to a bit of bias

Over the Easter holidays I thought I’d turn my hand to making some of my own bias binding. I have a few projects lined up for myself over the coming weeks. Some new clothes for the spring is high on the list. Firstly, a linen skirt with a nice bias binding trim. Imagine my delight, as I eagerly watched the new programme on BBC2 tonight Sewing Bee, there it was…. by one of the contestants ….handmade bias binding! Its made me even keener to get started!

I hope you are all watching the programme too!

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