This weekend, I've been taking it easy and doing a bit of recreational sewing and dabbling in a bit of fabric printing, using these fabric paints that I was given by a friend a couple of years ago.
I revisited the Zakka style sewing I blogged about a few months ago, using up tiny fabric scraps that I can't bear to throw away. It's amazing what you can do with them. I made some more fabric book marks. Many of the fabrics are offcuts of vintage Laura Ashley, Liberty, Sanderson and other well known makes. Just too lovely to throw away. I use one of these bookmarks, that I made a while back, on a daily basis and find it lovely to use. It makes me smile to open my book and see it there. I have made several as presents to pop into books that I'm giving this Christmas.
Here's a picture of some of the ones I made this time around.
I also made this one for Little Bird to use now, as she took a liking to it and was pestering me to give it to her. How could I not?
She liked the bird that I printed onto plain white cotton. This was actually the blank selvedge cut from another fabric, so provided another opportunity for practising Zero Waste.
I decided to try to make a small pencil case for her too, from some pretty left over fabric and a zip I had in my stash. I hand printed a bicycle patch to embellish it with. I'm not sure how well it will stand up to the rigours of the school bag, but she really liked it which I was pleased about.
I've enjoyed pootling about on these small projects this weekend, as it allows my imagination to run free. There's no pattern to follow. I just make it up as I go along. None of the things I make are perfect either. I like that about them though, it makes them more special and individual.
I've particularly enjoyed the fabric printing and can see myself doing a lot more of this in the future.