The Bothered Owl

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Something new! December 28, 2010

One of the fun things about doing custom orders is getting the chance to try out a new technique or even sometimes invent a whole new design, or just add something new to an existing design.

So when my friend/student Syeda asked me if I’d make something for her cousin’s birthday I jumped at the chance because what she wanted was something I’ve been meaning to have a crack at for AGES: a box purse. I’ve seen them around, heck I even have a really horrible plasticky one I got free with a knitting mag years ago, but I’ve not yet had a chance to sit down and figure out how they work.

Had a brief scout about for tutorials and confirmed that I was right about basic construction and then I went to town, tinkering. All the tutes I found were for purses made without a bottom seam, and with the side stitching showing on the inside. Which is fine but I am a little … funny… about exposed stitches. (The day I figured out how blind stitching works was one of the happiest of my sewing ‘career’. ) Couldn’t be too hard to do one with the stitches all neatly concealed, thought I.

And it wasn’t! I think it took me about an hour and a half, all up, to make this little cutie and part of that was just because I stopped part way through to figure out how to make this work and how to trim that seam and so on. The actual construction is fairly simple.

And as always, it’s all about the right fabric! This fabric is amazing – subtle hints of gold mixed in with the paisley. And with that black background, the colours just BURST out at you.


I’m already thinking about ways I can improve on it, make it longer, make it wider, put a handle in here, stick a little pocket on there, maybe attach some kind of clip so you can attach it to the strap of a bag…Then I can say I’ve really mastered a new technique!

Now, if I can just find a decent tutorial for making a mitred corner pocket, I’ll be really happy…




Mitred bag corners, internet trawling, Etsy stuff October 4, 2009

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I’m working on a bag at the moment, a bit like these little beauties from the lovely Mai but without the strap. I’ve sewn the seams a couple of times, unpicked and then re-sewn them and now I’m struggling with how to mitre the bottom corners of the lining and the outer fabric together, while retaining the ability to turn the bag right side out when I’m done. If I figure it out I’ll do the tute thing.

I’m still trawling the web for UK crafty resources and blogs and so forth and finding stacks of wonderful things I didn’t know existed! Like Crafter…oo which is a UK based craft forum. Looks shiny.

It’s exciting to me to discover all these things, because I always felt like there was a dearth of crafty type stuff going on here in the UK and now I’m discovering that if I get off my arse and go looking for it, it’s all there waiting to be found. Huzzah for being proactive :->

Speaking of which I feel like I should post some links to some other crafty ladies. They’re all on Etsy and we’re in a brand new Etsy team together, Team Exposure, helping each other to promote our wares. Most of the team members are incredible jewellery makers – lots of steampunk and neovictorian beauties to peruse.

So here we are, Team Exposure:

Octavia’s Beads

Dania’s Creations

Steampunk Jennie


Organic Alchemy

Milk’s Mom

Chandar Chandar

Go forth and look at their amazing creations. And ours, obviously :->