Crochet Yarn Bag

Every crazy crocheter knows the benefit of having a nice bag roomy bag to carry around your yarns and hooks.  What better way to do this that with your own gorgeous crocheted bag. Over the last few weeks I’ve been busy trying to find time to a do a few rows of Lucy from Attic 24’s crocheted bag pattern. I love the simplicity of this bag, the karge stitches mean it works up pretty fast and the lovely scalloped edging add a really nice touch.  If you fancy having a go at your own you can check out this wonderful free pattern at:

Happy Hooking 🙂


Doorstop Delights

It seems that the trend of making your own fabric doorstops are still as popular as ever, so I thought I would do a follow up refresh on my popular door stop post from 2009.  These days there are so many weird and wonderful styles and shapes of door stops, with everything from a plain square to the more elaborate owls (which I have to say are just the cutest things).  However for this review of my top 3 current  favourite doorstops based on the traditional rectangle shape, which you can download my FREE door stop pattern.

It’s cute, it’s useful, it’s British

This gorgeous Union Jack door stop is so fantastic.  This year has been jammed packed with patriotic goodness and so it’s no surprise that Best of British inspired apparel and products have sprung up everywhere.  This wonderful doorstop is available from sparklypinkdesigns however if you wanted make your own British inspired doorstop why not mix some union jack fabric along with your own ‘Keep Calm…’embellishment…perhaps ‘Keep Calm and Keep the Door Open’!

Funky and House Proud

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From Dress to Bag…Recycle, Reuse, just don’t THROW!!

Being both a part time eco warrior and a crafter i inevitably hate waste and probably hoard far to much stuff in the hope that i will one day find a use for it, not only do i hoard my own ‘expired’ belongings, i find myself taking on others, i really must learn to say no when offered something, no matter how useful it may look!  This is one ethos i shall slowly but surely implement onto my partner who has the same attitude to waste. 

Anyways enough of that lets talk about the simple drawstring bag, which is relatively easy to knock up in an hour and perfect to give presents in, fill with lavender and rice for an alternative on the door stop, or a travel toiletries bag. 

drawstring bag

To make the outer part, i simpy cut up an old dress (lovely fabric but horrible shape) and made a rectangle 10inches x 24 inches and a square 6.5inches x 6.5 inches.  I then cut the same from white lining material.

The longer side forms the bag whilst the square forms the base.  I sewed this in a standard lined bag fashion and then doubles up the hem of the top to form a ‘passage’ for my cord (leaving about a 2-3 inch gap for the cord to come out).  I will try to hunt out the tutorial i used and post this.  I am looking forward to trying a minature one.

klf – take two….

Originally uploaded by chrissylaw

ok so this time using the kristin pattern i extended the bottom for more depth and gave the patchwork a miss and found this really quick to make, it has no fastening as such but i am working on a ribbon and toggle idea. i took the mushrooms further and added beads and shells, will post a closer up photo of these shortly.

klf – first attempt….


Originally uploaded by chrissylaw

This was my first attempt at kristin la flamme gorgeous sweet sac pattern. The patchwork took a while as it was my first time however after a couple of goes i found it all a lot speedier.

Cute little bag

I found this wonderful tutorial for a lovely bag whilst browsing the purse project 

A very easy bag to make and can be knocked up using scraps left over, i chose some vintage buttons (god bless mum for keeping everything) and a cute little material mushroom (thanks to kristin la flamme) as i saw these on one of her sweet handbags, of which i have made a few, more to follow.