I’ve been enjoying doing some drawing, linocutting and screenprinting to design fabric for bags. The only problem is that its fun and takes time which has resulted in less sewing time!
As ‘Craftee Fox’ I make bags, purses and other accessories for sale but I do really enjoy making clothes. I make them for myself and my children. I try and make my daughter a dress for her birthday, and after complaints from my son that I never make anything for him, have made a shirt for either Christmas or birthday. As well as these special occasions I had the chance to make my daughter a bridesmaids dress and helped a non-sewing friend to make herself a dress for a wedding that required African fabric (green dress photo). The pink skirt near the end was originally a dress made from tiers of fabric so I took off the top tier and sleeves.
Of course, you don’t need a reason to make clothes, so have made them ‘just because’. Here’s a selection of some of my makes, I may post more when I find other photos.
A while back I was clearing out my son’s wardrobe and found a few pairs of trousers that had holes in the knees. Instead of chucking them out I’ve cut them up to make bags. There isn’t enough fabric to make them into a bag on their own, so I’ve used the fabric in pieces, like I often do with my bags, and teamed it up with new fabric. I’ve been very pleased with the results and also love that you have ready made pockets to add to the bag. I’m now on the hunt for old trousers and am looking carefully at my son’s current jeans. Here are the bags…..
Hopefully customers will like them and find them fun and funky. The denim with blue fabric and denim with flower fabric sold quickly, so I hopefully the others will go in the markets that I have coming up.
I’m loving this oilcloth change bag I made recently. Made to order, its a messenger bag with lots of pockets. Vital for a change bag. As well as an outer zip pocket on the bag, there are two pockets for bottles and a larger pocket in the front. Inside are lots of pockets too. The problem is remembering where things are. To close it has two sets of magnetic snaps – one for full and the other for very full!! Versatile yet pretty. Perfect.
This bag isn’t oilcloth, but was also made to order as a change bag and came with a change mat and pouches to carry wipes and nappies.
All bags were made to order and range from £35 – £55, depending on fabric and size.
On Sunday, 26th January 2014 I’ll be at the first market being held by The Mall, who run the shopping centre in Walthamstow. They want to start a craft fair with handmade produce made in the community, so I thought I would go along and have a stall.
I haven’t had to make much, as I have quite a lot of stock already made up, but I have made a sausage sock dog (Chorizo, being studied by the cat!) and two monkeys (who have yet to be named), so here they are:
As well as these toys, I’ll be having handbags, children’s bags, knitting and crochet caddies, and other goodies. Let’s hope there are some customers!