Christmas 2015

Christmas has been and gone, although with a week left of the holidays, I’m still very much in relaxing mode after lots of sewing pre-Christmas. This year my focus was on sewing for markets as I knew I had some markets close together and wouldn’t have time to re-stock in-between. Orders were quieter this year, which is a mixed blessing, as working 4 days a week leaves little time for sewing, and balancing making stock for markets or orders can produce a little stress (to say the least). This year I’ll see whether I can build up stock for markets AND get more orders AND be more organised.

Here’s a few of the items I made for markets and orders. The tartan stocking, upcycled from a skirt, was a particular favourite of mine and of course, there were elephants for the tree again! I made a few sets of covered notebooks and matching pencil cases, which make perfect presents, and the brolly bags sold as well as ever.

As ever, if you see something you like just send me a message.

Tartan stocking

Upcycled tartan stocking

 

Brolly bags

Brolly bags – for your wet umbrella

 

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Spitalfield Market and recent makes

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On Saturday 7th June I shared a stall with another crafter at Old Spitalfields Market, in London. I was excited about attending such an established market, and had no idea how much stock to make or take. I spent many, many nights sewing, with a focus on handbags. While it meant sewing every night after coming home from my day job, I became engrossed in making bags, and designing news ones. By the time the market came, I definitely had enough stock! Sadly, the day didn’t go well and I know it wasn’t just us, as I spoke to other stall holders around us and they said it was a quiet day and that people weren’t spending. It rained in the morning, and was sunny in the afternoon. I don’t think it was our products that meant we didn’t have sales. There were times when there was no one passing our stall, and while we had interest it wasn’t as much as we had expected. I made three sales all day (two fox sock toys so making more of those!), which just covered the cost of the stall. Oh well, better luck next time!

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On the plus side, I did manage to make a lot of stock, which can now be used for other markets, or to sell online. So here are photos of some of the new bags I’ve made lately.

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This next bag was an order made for a customer who wanted a bag to take to the allotment. Made in ripstop, its waterproof and can be put down anywhere!

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New market in Walthamstow

In January and March this year, I had a stall at a new craft fair in The Mall in Walthamstow. This market is being organised by the shopping centre, to try and enable local crafters and small businesses to sell their handmade produce. The money from the stall is being donated to charity. Walthamstwo March 14

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The markets has been fairly well attended, with lots of shoppers coming to have a look. As the market becomes more known, hopefully there will be repeat customers, but it’s early days and the organisers are hoping that it will expand.

At both markets, I had lots of different makes – handbags, aprons, sock animals, knitting/ crochet caddies and needle cases.

 

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The March market was on Mother’s Day, and it was lovely to see a few of the products being bought for their Mums – in one case with the Mum there who said she’d prefer a knitting caddy to the coat her daughter had just bought her!

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Needle cases – with little zip pockets inside. Perfect for little bits and bobs

Bags, bags and more bags!

I love bags, and I particularly love pretty bags, with different patterns and colours. Big bags, small bags and ones inbetween. Here are just a few of the bags I’ve made over the last year, apart from the first one, which I made a few years ago and is still my handbag.

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This next bag was made as a change bag and was also bought by some-one to use as a sports bag

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This bag is made from South African schwe schwe fabric which is a wax print. When it’s new, the fabric is stiff, but once washed, it is lovely and soft. Lots of great patterns.

Shwe shwe collage

These next few bags were based on my bag but with pleats.

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summer bag

And just a few more….

kerry bag

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And finally a few with oilcloth.

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owl oilcloth collage

So, many bags with different uses, different sizes and different fabrics, but all practical and fun to make!

(If you’ve seen a bag you like, or a style you like but you don’t like the fabric, just send me a message at crafteefox@gmail.com and I would be happy to discuss what you would like)

Craftee fox gets his CE mark

Like Sizzles, Craftee was prodded and poked, weighed and twisted, and passed all the tests. I made a non fox coloured test animal, as finding orange socks can be very difficult! My tester was yellow and black and without the orange and white didn’t look like a fox at all. Since then, the first CE marked fox has been made, and has been named Fidget! Fidget sports a dark blue jumper, with pictures of a little man catching butterflies, or is it a fishing net? I’m not quite sure, but Fidget loves everything to do with the outdoors – as most foxes do.

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At the same time as testing Craftee, I tested a little backpack and a tutu for my sock animals. While in South Africa, I used to sell the sock bunnies with backpacks on at Easter time, as the bunnies love to carry their easter eggs in the backpacks.

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Another Sizzles – but now they can be sold

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After much testing, prodding, probing, twisting and burning, I can now sell Sizzleses! Yay. My test Sizzles wasn’t given a name as I don’t like getting too attached to them, as I know whats going to happen to the poor animal. My daughter was very sad when she heard Test Sizzles was no more. But she sacrified herself for the good of other Sizzleses getting homes with children.