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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

How To Sew Leather Bag Straps

Winter is well and truly here in Sydney and I'm loving it. I love the feel of the crisp air on my face, whilst the rest of me is all rugged up in my new navy wool duffle coat and knitted snoodie.
It's actually known among my family that I have to ween myself off sleeping with the fan in spring, as I love being under the warm doona with the fan blowing on my face.

It's a new season so you know what that means right? It's your female right to get yourself a new bag. I've just finished the loveliest bag that is just perfect for cooler weather. It's made from burnt orange woolen felt, a gorgeous remnant I picked up about 3 years ago. The lining is vintage retro fabric from the 60's or 70's and some spiffy leather handles. I love love love the texture of this fabric; I hope you can see it in the photo.

 I'll be at the Paddington Markets this weekend and this furry friend will be there waiting for you should you pass by. Come and give her a pat, she loves to be stroked.

I've put together a little tutorial on how to make these leather straps. I hope it inspires you to give them a go if you've never sewn with leather before. You could also use faux leather if you like.

Monday, June 6, 2011

It's Knitting Season

Hooray, winter is here! I love winter. I love dinners in the slow cooker, baking impromptu chocolate self saucing pudding, Sheridan flannelette sheets, big warm wooly coats, staying indoors sewing when it's wet and cold outside, meat pie and sauce, taking a heat pack to bed, snuggly scarfs under my chin and my specialty homemade pumpkin soup.

I've knitted one scarf in my life, so this will be my second try at knitting. It's not just any old scarf though, this my friends is a twisty snood. I bought this cool kit from Finders Keepers Market from the girls at Knit Knit. It's 100% wool and feels so nice and thick, I can't wait to wear it.

What are your favourite things about winter? Or if you live on the other side of the seasons, warm me up with your summer favourites.
I hope you're enjoying the new season wherever you are.

Stay tuned for a leather strap tutorial later in the week

Have a great week everyone
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