Catching up with old projects and starting new ones. WIPs.

Making a patchwork bag.

This is going to be a bit of a random post today. I’m chucking up pictures of where I’m at this week. There isn’t a theme as such, just things I’m tinkering about with.


I’ve had all these hexies stored away in a tatty old paper bag for about three years. I think I was knocked up when I was sewing the fabric to paper and now my boy is turning three soon. A long time.

backs of paper piecing

With spring on its way, the change in season has created a new surge in enthusiasm. I have the painstaking task of hand stitching them all together. It’s actually not that bad. Think I put it off for so long because I thought it was going to be a nasty job. I’m enjoying it!

paper piecing hexies.

I’m not going to go nuts, it’s only a bag. It’d be a definite labour of love to go bigger. I’ve got a patchwork blanket my Nanna made for me, I think she was at it for years.

not a very exciting photo

Next: a pile of Jedi appropriate fabrics. Both my boys have birthdays on the way so they will each have something Star Warsy. If I’ve got enough fabric, I’m thinking reversible robes. They can decide whether to be a Jedi or join the Dark side! Not sure how this’ll work right now but I’d better get on with it.

new sewing project.

For me, I want a summer dress. I saw a really pretty one on Instagram about a month ago, did some nosing and found out it was the Charlie Dress from Simply Sewing magazine. The pattern was spread over two issues and it was the second issue that was in the shops. I ordered the back issue of the first one and it arrived within a week. I’ve sorted the pattern pieces and dug out some ancient fabric from the depths of my fabric drawer. Fingers crossed I will actually do this. I have repeatedly got to this stage with many a dress pattern over the last few years. Then all stops. I chuck it all back in the fabric drawer and forget.  I think I’m pretty consistent like that.

Beginning something new

Also kicking about is my sweety tin. My sweety tin is a good size for keeping embroidery type projects in.

bits for hoop art.

I’m not very far ahead with this. I’ve drawn a rough sketch of what I want and now need to sort out all the little bits for it. Not sure how it’ll turn out, it’s more of an experiment at this stage. I just really enjoyed making my spring flower stitching a few weeks ago and want to play some more.

A new crochet ripple baby blanket.

Then there is an actual finished thing. A baby ripple. I’m going for the plain border. I wasn’t sure. I guess I could add something a bit snazzier but feel like I’m finished with it.

I thought that was it for WIPs but I’ve got that knitting kicking about somewhere.

It feels a bit weird to write this post as I reckon I’ve mostly been banging on about crochet for the last few months. This has actually been quite effective because traffic here has gone bonkers (relatively speaking). It’s tempting to try and force new crochet ideas upon myself to keep up with momentum. Not gonna do that though. Since I don’t get paid for blahing about my hobbies I’m going to carry on and do whatever I fancy. But it is lovely to know that people like things I do, so, thank you. I’m loving it here. x

17 thoughts on “Catching up with old projects and starting new ones. WIPs.

  1. Right! That’s it! I’m having a go at the hexie kit I have stashed away! Yours look so pretty! Enjoy making your dress, I got that pattern too, it looks like a really nice one. Teresa x

    1. Thanks! I’ve inadvertently started a Hexi-a-long!!
      I will try and get to the next stage of the dress by this time next week. It is such a lovely pattern and doesn’t look that difficult. Enjoy your weekend! x

  2. Love the patchwork 😀 I made my first ‘me’ size dress a couple of weeks ago (I’ve made my daughter and plenty of dolls and teddies dresses but not me) I thought it would be really hard but I even worked out alterations I’d not accounted for (I’m 5″2 and most British patterns are for 5″5 – 5″7 Google informs me) and I’m now hooked,the next one is being planned right now 😀 Happy stitching.

      1. I’m such a weird shape, I expect I’ll have to make some changes. I guess it’s the reason so many dresses remain unfinished. I probably need to do a course or something :/

      2. I’ve got some bargain Cotton + Steel fabric for my next attempt so I HAVE to try a muslin first because i’ll cry if I ruin it! 😉

  3. Lovely – I may need to dust off my sewing machine ! Your crochet is gorgeous too. What is the crochet stitch pattern on the blanket underneath the hexies please?

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