Saturday, 22 June 2013

What's been keeping me so busy

I've had a very hectic few months lately, mainly because I was designing a new product, launching it on Instagram, and making a LOT of them! 

I am constantly asked for a bag with handles, specifically for transporting crafts - on holiday, to work, or just to keep them tidy around the house etc.  I already make a variety of bags, large and small but they don't have handles, they just keep closed with a button and loop closure.  I knew I wasn't a 'bag designer' so was reluctant to even attempt one, but since I had been thinking about it in the back of my mind for so long and was being asked more and more frequently, I thought I'd come up with something very simple yet very useful. 

Say hello to my new bag with HANDLES!


It's nothing fancy, there are no bells and whistles, it's just practical and extremely spacious.  In fact I think it's deceptively spacious, it really can hold lots! The bottom section, minus the handles is approx 9" high, 10" wide and 7" deep.  The pics above show how easily one of my small craft bags, crochet rolls and some balls of wool fit inside it with plenty of room to spare for your project as well. (PS. Since taking the pictures of this first bag I have since added a ribbon closure to all bags, just to stop them flapping open when being carried - you can see this a bit better in subsequent photos down the page.)


It doesn't have to be just for crafters either, look how good it doubles up as a lunch bag -


I've been having fun making these in lots of different colourways, I've been using home decor weight canvas so the bags are extra sturdy.  Here are just some I've made lately -


The bicycles and beach huts are definitely the most popular so far! 

Bags are £14 each plus £1.50 P&P (UK).  For overseas posting please let me know and I'll find out the cost.  If you're interested in placing a order simply drop me an email rachael@sewrayme.co.uk or click on the 'contact me' button on the top right of the page.  Remember, if you're on Instagram, come and say hello, I'm @sewrayme on there (and on Twitter). 

Ahh, enjoying the latest batch of bags in some sunshine on Friday afternoon, this made me smile :)

Sunday, 16 June 2013

A birthday gift

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Yesterday, my little pirate and I headed out to Lily's 4th birthday party.

(I should add that the costume was NOT homemade!)
Joshua and Lily have known each other since they were just a couple of months old.  Lily is a very girly girl so she needed a very girly present. 


I decided to make her one of my personalised cushions, I chose a floral background and used polka dot for the letters.


I think it turned out pretty cute!


A text this morning from Lily's mum confirms that they love the gift and it goes beautifully in Lily's newly decorated bedroom :)

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Being tourists

After a very busy few months (designing, sewing, sewing, sewing, etc...!) my other half and I finally managed to book in a 'day off' that we could spend together.  Joshua (our 3 year old) was at nursery all day so it was a day for just us grown ups to enjoy together. 

Can you guess where we went?


We are very luckily to live fairly close to Edinburgh so we headed through in the morning and arrived in time to alight our open top bus tour of the city!


It was so nice to just sit for an hour and be driven around, not having to worry about the traffic or how to get from A to B.  There was some commentary too giving us information about places of interest, historic stories, and pointing out things we'd never noticed before.  I was also keeping my eyes out for lovely looking places to eat!

I spied Patisserie Valerie on our travels so we headed back there once the tour was over and had a really nice lunch. 


This was our lunch!  Clockwise from top left is salad nicoise and strawberry cream mille feuille and the bottom (mine) is croque monsieur and pecan and walnut tart.  All very delicious!

Of course we had time for a little stroll round the shops...


I was particularly amused when I entered the changing rooms in White Stuff - I managed to get a sneaky picture -


Can you see?  It's a row of vintage wardrobes....the assistant opened a door and ushered me into my changing room...it was like entering Narnia!  Behind my wardrobe door was.....


A potting shed of course!!


I was a little gobsmacked to say the least!  I was allowed to peek inside the other wardrobes too, one was a 1980's style girls bedroom, a lavish bathroom and even a retro kitchen!  Absolutely fantastic, made my day :)

Now, back to that Cath Kidston carrier bag...I bet you want to know what was inside?


Some little treats for me :)

I'll leave you with a little mosaic of pictures from our day.