Getting ready for the dreaded return to school.

Not for me you understand but dreaded by all kids. I love the summer holidays but as I generally have to work much of it it can be a nightmare for childcare. Today I have bought most of the uniform stuff needed by both girls. I thought I would get in fairly early before the shops go crazy and everything sells out. Savannah is mostly done, Imogen still needs trousers and shoes but of course 15 year olds don’t want any old school uniform trousers….no……they have to be a specific style and fabric and really really hard to find.

What I have bought is now in the washing machine getting the newness out of them and I have just printed my own fabric labels to sew into the youngest ones stuff. This is a fab idea and you can buy the fabric for inkjet printing here. Just gotta sew it all on now bleurgh!

Whilst I am at it (and can you tell I am procrastinating as I have an essay to write still) I will make Savannah a drawstring bag for her PE kit I have loads of fabric to make her one with and it will be nice and unique for her to take to school. Also means it will be easy for her to find at PE time and maybe lost PE kit will become a thing of the past (yeah right!!!)

Right I am off to have a look around and see what other people are doing getting ready for back to school


Drawstring bags

Drawstring bags by Samantha Halliwell
Drawstring bags, a photo by Samantha Halliwell on Flickr.

I have finally managed to get the urge to sew. Been a while!!!!!
In case you didn’t know we are off on our camping hols soon and I decided we needed some cute little bags to store things in. I did an internet search and came up with this top way of making the bags which you can find here
What do you think then?

Grrrr……zips, corners and make up bags

Grrr….. I am not having a good time with these. I seem to remember being told at school (in textiles many eons ago) that covering the ends of your zips was a good idea, makes the zip look neater. And miracle of miracles I even vaguely recall how to do it and it ain’t rocket science. So I have decided to make some little zip bags that can be used for coin purses or slightly bigger ones for make up and even pencil cases. Can I get my zips to look neat????? NO!!!!!

Guessing photos may help you understand my problem

Yuk look at those bulky ends. I have pottered around the net looking at tuts and can’t see that I have done anything “wrong” or out of the ordinary so why are my ends so awful!!!

The larger bag looks kinda ok in the photo but I am so unhappy with it I would not dream of selling it!!! Any suggestions gratefully received. Final picture of my awful zip work

Actually I wonder if the type of zip is one of the reasons that the smaller bag looks wrong. It is a concealed zip and I only just realised. Mmmm…wonder if I have enough time now before work to make another with a different zip???

Please help


Winner and Do I or Don’t I??

The winner of my little pink tote bag is…..


I used the random number generator on the internet but having spent the last 10 mins trying to figure out how to save a screen shot or to work out where to place the HTML on WordPress to put it on the blog I have given up so please believe me number 3 it was!! Thank you so much to the 15 of you who left comments, I am pleased to see that I am not rambling to myself!

Shaz please can you send your full name and address to sam.halliwell38[at] and I will pop the bag into the post for you in the next few days!

I have had a few comments about selling my bags and if I do where do I do it. Right now I don’t sell through any site. I was thinking about taking orders but my work commitments mean that I am not always reliable in getting orders sorted and my money situation means that I cannot buy any huge amounts of fabric in to meet orders. That said if I make something and you like it then I am usually open to offers. I love seeing things I make go to homes where they will be loved as much as I love making them. I also don’t want the hassle of yearly tax returns for such small amounts of money that I am likely to make (or not in the case of my bead and jewellery business) I still have the 2009 / 10 tax return to sort out by the end of this month. This was one of the myriad of reasons for closing my bead and jewellery business. I simply cannot see the point for something that makes no profit! I know that I have no tax to pay and that the system has to ensure that no-one is “pulling a fast one” but I am not disciplined enough to get my act together to keep books for what amounts to pence per week!

So the long and the short of it is if you see something you like talk to me and we can sort something out 😉

Congratulations Shaz don’t forget to email me and thank you again for all your lovely comments please keep popping by to see what I am up to


Happy New Year ….do you want a giveaway?

pink tote bag

Originally uploaded by Samantha Halliwell

Happy new year to you all. I hope you had a good new year wherever you were and at 2011 brings you happiness, health and wealth. I had a fantastic evening with some very good friends, good food, good company and excellent dancing although my knees and ankles are giving me absolute hell today for the workout I put them through yesterday evening.

What are your plans for 2011? We have our summer holiday booked and not to wish my life away I cannot wait for the summer to go camping to France.

I have also managed to get some sewing done and have made this beautiful tote bag in a scrummy girly pink. The insides are a complimentary grey with a pocket for your phone. I am thinking I may give this bag away to a random person. What do you reckon? Leave me a comment and I will use a random number generator to pick a lucky winner on Monday evening.

Thank you for reading, spread the link to people you may think will like a chance to win this cute bag and spread the love