Phoebe Bag

I hope Santa will bring me an SLR this year because then I could take better photos of the things I make, like this gorgeous (if I do say so myself) bag that I made for Myah's teacher.

The pattern is the Phoebe bag, a free pattern which you can find on this blog.

I saw some lovely versions of the bag on Pinterest that had centre panels of contrast fabric and I wanted to do the same. I'm not sure if I went about it the right way as my bag ended up smaller than I think it should have. I'm one of those people who really need a pattern!

Fabric ~ Contrast fabric from Spoonflower and some black linen-like fabric (??) from Spotlight 

Sewing : Simplicity Skirt

After sewing so many tops (yet to be blogged) from this pattern, I decided to try the skirt.  It was quick and easy and I love how it turned out. 

This started out as a reversible headband but when I was ironing it I thought it looked pretty cool half and half, a kind of mishmash.  So I went with it and topped it off with a yo-yo and fabric covered button.   

Myah modelled for me before we wrapped it and gave it to the birthday girl.  

Isn't she beautiful!

Skirt Pattern ~ Simplicity (Sewing for Dummies) 4206
Size ~ 10 on an 8 year old
Fabric ~ Michael Miller Dandy Damask and Michael Miller Dumb Dot

Crafting : Canvas Art

A few weeks earlier I had bought a large canvas to paint but it ended up being eyed off by my daughter and nieces during the September school holidays.

Being the cool mum and aunty that I am, I gave the girls my supplies.

After painting the canvas red, we ladelled the white paint from the tin into ziplock bags and then snipped the tiniest bit off the corner.  The girls were super nervous to paint over the red.

Finally, away they went.

The masterpiece!  Hanging proudly in the kids loungeroom.

Canvas ~ The Reject Shop
Paint ~ A sample pot of Retro Red from Bunnings and a tin of white paint from my shed
Cushions ~ Kmart

Sewing : Oliver + S Class Picnic Shorts

Earlier this year I made these, cute huh.

Pattern ~ Oliver + S Class Picnic Shorts
Size ~ 12
Fabric ~ Both from Spotlight