It was the first day back at work for me today after what have been lovely summer holidays. It's always a struggle to get out of bed after having six weeks off and I will miss being at my sewing machine during the day, but September always comes around and it is time for me to start earning my next summer holidays.
I have three small projects to show you, and in typical fashion they are all pouches/pencil cases. I continue to love making this little gifts, and now I know how to use my zipper foot they look better than ever.
First up is a little ballerina pencil case for my niece, Ava. She's four and attends ballet class. She has to push the furniture to the sides of the living room "to practise". She takes her ballet very seriously and I loved making this simple gift and filling it with colour pencils.
The next one is for my friend Di and it has lovely Liberty prints. Di lives in Australia and a couple of years ago I made her a Liberty quilt. She recently got a new teaching job and I thought this would be a nice best of luck gift. She's a classy lady, so it always has to be Liberty for her.
I included a strawberry fabric on the inside to remind her of English strawberries. I always try to put a memory of home in there somewhere. I hope that it will encourage her to come back to the UK!
The final one I made last night. At 9pm I was supposed to be getting ready for bed and having an early night before returning to work. That didn't happen! I decided that I needed a new pencil case. I opted for the most part for purple fabrics. I do love purple accessories! But I just included a couple of other colours to personalise it. The cats had to be in there, as well as the red ladybirds. They really are my talisman. I also included one of my favourite Liberty prints, Ros, for good measure. I think the pencil case was worth the last minute effort.