Thursday, April 19, 2018


Had a play at applique, and made these little bags....have more cut out, just need to make some more - were great fun to do!

these have now all been added to bags, couple already gone and forgot to take pictures:

Friday, April 13, 2018

Re-use and re-purpose - Jeans

Now that we have closed here is an archived post from the Ampthill Country Market stall blog...

One of our producers is turning old jeans into bags, lots of different sizes and shapes.  

If the jeans have zipped pockets or other fasteners this will mean that they will have an extra pocket.  So maybe you have some jeans destined for the bin drop them off at the stall.  
If they are of no use they will be added to a charity bag, charity shop or the recycling.

Holes on the knees are perfectly usable.

Above are the latest acquisitions that are destined to be bags in the near future.

So the jeans are laundered and then stared at for a few days :) to try and decide how to make them into pretty bags!  The fabric to line and make the strap is chosen from a large stash of fabric that seems to be ever growing after a visit to the shops....and also a large drawer of haberdashery...oh dear :)

Once cut up into pieces they are accessorised with lace and other trimmings.  The linings are made from a pretty contrasting fabric and have a slip pocket added, and maybe a button pocket, really as the fancy strikes.  Normally a handmade fabric flower added using the same or contrasting fabric as the lining, big button and a strap made that loops around or buttons through and adds to the 'decoration'.  Button holes are great fun on the new machine.

The challenge is to get the right size bag, with enough pockets, It can often mean piecing together denim to make it wider, but it all adds to the charm.

You can be assured that any sales will mean that more fabric can be purchased.....fabric obsession confession

So as you can see they are all made with loving care, and take quite a while...

And here are a few that have been on the stall in recent months:

Friday, April 06, 2018

Re-use & Re-purpose - Mini cloches

Now that we have closed here is an archived post from the Ampthill Country Market stall blog...

Did you want to plant out a few vegetable plants in the garden and it is a bit early as the nights are a little cold, you can put a cloche over the top and they should be fine from April onwards - you may even be OK in March too.

We have lettuce plants for sale at the moment on Ampthill Country Market, you can put them in your garden with a little hat on now, and they will be fine.  I would suggest that you make sure they don;t get too hot during the day.  Leave the lids off as that will give them some air.

There are other plastic containers that will do the job just fine, just see what you are throwing away, just cut a hole for air circulation...and it didn't cost you a penny.

Just search for plastic bottle cloche - here is a little more reading

Plastic bottle cloche

25 ways to repurpose plastic bottles

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Cutting table

I have been looking for a small sturdy table that i can add my cutting mat to, and this was just the right size from The Range.  I think you can get them from other places, but I wanted to see it before I committed to buy.

It works just right and when I am done I fold it away.  The legs are a bit of a faff, as you have to remove them. but not much of a problem really.

Clearly no good if you want to cut out big patterns - but for my 'crafting' type of sewing it is perfect.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Carrier bag holders

Just for fun I made a couple of these using the legs from some jeans that looked like they had hardly been worn.

Left them at Hexton Country Matters
Bottom is elasticated, top just has a couple of tucks.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


I thought it would be nice to make a few items that could be bought a 'sets', so made some little pouches and bought these little mirrors to pop into them.

I played with a pyramid pouch as well with matching tissue.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Ampthill Country Market Stall

It is with sadness that we have decided to close Ampthill Country Market stall - so we just have 2 more weeks.  We were running out of members, and really too much for the small number of us left to cope with, we have always shared the load with baking and making, as well as stall set up and take down.

I thought I would share some of the pictures of my things that have been on the market in the last year or two previously posted on the market facebook page.

The days out that were on the blog have now been added to a new blog as it seemed a shame to lose them.

I will also post some of my other favourite posts that I made on the Country Market here over the next few weeks.

I always have a few things at Hexton Country Matters they also have a facebook page.