Monday, 18 July 2011

Lavender Wheat Bag

I was looking through my sewing photo album and found this. I made this lavender hot wheat bag at Christmas as a present for Doug's grandma :-) she liked the way I packaged it up with the tag and ribbon so much she refused to untie it!!

I made an inner wheat bag which was made using two rectangles of heavy weight cotton slowly filled at intervals with a mix of lavender, wheat and a few drops of lavender oil. Every few inches I sewed across the rectangular bag to make parcels of the lavender wheat mix. This stopped it moving around too much inside the inner bag. I then made the outer purple case as shown in the pictures with a flap at the back to allow Doug's Grandma to wash it.

Bag Tidy

I have been meaning to make myself a handbag organiser for a while so when Doug was out on Friday night I spent a few hours making this before going out myself.

I used the thick cotton I bought from Lincoln and made a lined IPad case with pockets on one side for my phone and handbag bits and pieces and a pocket for paperwork on the other side. It had been annoying me that when I took my iPad out of my handbag all of my handbag contents fell to the bottom of the bag, this is the solution.

The front...

The back...

The organiser inside my handbag...

I made this by cutting up 4 rectangles with 2cm squares cut out of the bottom two corners. The I made two more similar pieces, one was wider than the rest to allow for the pockets and one was less deep than the rest to make a pocket for papers.

My initial square without the notches taken out of the bottom...

The bag cut up and sewn prior to assembling...

The left pieces made the outer bag and the right hand piece made the lining of the bag.

I then used some straps I had pulled off a rucksack Doug had thrown out a while ago for making little handles for the sides and a key holder. The last pocket was a struggle so I made life easier and sewed pen holders.

I am so pleased with this, not only because I didn't use a pattern but also for coming up with the design, making it neatly and choosing a fabric which worked perfectly. It's strength and weight means it holds itself up without the iPad in it and i think the colour and design are great :-)

My favourite creation so far!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Happy Tuesday to me :-)

I am so excited, on Tuesday I went to Tesco at lunch and they were selling lots of different types of orchids. I decided to buy myself a Cambria Orchid which I named Spider. Meet Spider...

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Sail away purse

I decided when I saw this tutorial that I wanted to make myself a purse. I love making useful things like bags, iPod cases etc and find them easier and quicker to make than clothing so this appealed. I had bought some cute boat fabric from Lincoln a few weeks ago. At the time I thought I would use to make myself a beach bag but I'm not sure what I want the bag to look like so in the time being I decided a cute boat purse would be nice.

I like using the fabric's pattern to my advantage, in this case I wanted a boat on one side of my purse and the beach huts on the other.

The front...

The back...

I found it quite simple to make and the tutorial was easy to follow. I didn't use any interfacing in the end as I forgot to use a tea towel when I ironed the interfacing and as a result it stuck to the iron. Opps. So instead I depended on the strength of the fabric. The only things I would change are the alignment of the zip, and less seam allowance so the card pockets are less tight. The top stitching was tough due to the thickness of the fabric and I had to go really slow. I have plans for another purse!

I am really pleased with my purse :-)

Dairy Free Creamy Curry

This curry is one I have been playing with for a little while, mainly in my slow cooker. It reminds me of Korma. Initially I just threw stuff into my slow cooker that I thought would work and hey presto it actually turned out to be great. This curry is very much a sweet mild creamy curry but for those of you who haven't had a creamy curry in a long time due to lactose intolerance or being a vegan then this is defiantly a nice change to my normal tomato based curries!

I found that this works well in the slow cooker on the low setting for about 4 - 5 hours. I tried it in my slow cooker last night for 3 hours on high setting and it burnt. My version does not use any meat, but I am sure if you were to seal some chicken in a pan before throwing it in it would do well!

Serves 3 - 4


1 onion, finely chopped
1 mushroom, quartered
1 caugette, cut into chunks
2 bananas, cut into chunks
2 tsp easy garlic or 2 - 3 garlic cloves pressed
Handful raisins
1 can coconut milk
1-2 cups of ground almonds dependent on our thick you like your curry
3 tsp mango chutney
2 tbs tikka massala paste
Handful chopped coriander


1) Chop the mushrooms, courgette, onion, garlic, bananas.
2) Gently fry the onions with the garlic, then add the mushrooms and courgette.
3) Add the tikki massala paste to the vegetables and coat well, leave to fry for a few more minutes.
4) If using a slow cooker, transfer to the pot otherwise keep in the pan.
5) Add the coconut milk, ground almonds, banana, mango chutney and chopped coriander to the pan or slow cooker.
6) For the slow cooker leave to cook away until ready, use a high heat for 2 hours cooking time or a low heat for 4 hours cooking time.
7) if using a pan, leave to simmer with the lid on, and the pan on a low heat for 20 minutes. Now is a good time to put the rice on!