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Friday, 8 August 2014

Sewing For Pleasure

 Hello there!

We're into the third week of the holidays already!  Mr Clicky, me and Master Clicky went to France with our friends to do some more work on the house.  Master Clicky was taken because as he's nearing 6 foot tall and with good muscly shoulders, is excellent at lifting plasterboard.  We even let him have a go with the angle grinder and bought him a bow saw and set him loose on the 'garden.'  You can read about our exploits here.

Back home and the sun was still shining, good for the mountains of washing that seemed to appear.

I've had it in my mind to get my sewing machine out.  It lives under the stairs, a bit unloved, making me feel guilty.
Mr Clicky had been on at me for ages to take up a pair of trousers he had, and Miss Clicky had a pair of jeans to do too.  When I asked her to try them on, she denied knowing she had them, they'd been in the basket that long.  I duly did both pairs of trousers ~ no pictures of that, too boring ~ and then decided to embark on some Sewing For Pleasure, but what to make?  
I went for a new cover for the poor, neglected machine. It's a Toyota and I've had it for at least 20 years.  Not that fancy, but does what I need.
The old cover is so disgusting I hardly want to show it to you. Yuk! 
I popped into Stroud to find some suitable fabric and came out with some fairly thick Duck Egg-ish ~ maybe Eau De Nil ~ spot cotton.
I used the old cover as a pattern, and winged it a bit too.
I pressed all the seams open and zigzagged as I don't own pinking shears.  I was pleased with how the corners came out, more luck than judgement I think.
And here we are Ta-Dah!  I made buttonholes around the bobbin holders??? ~ not sure if that is what they're called ~ and had read the instructions on how to do them, I'd clean forgot! 
 With hindsight ~ a wonderful thing ~ I should have made it a bit longer, but as I said I followed the old cover.  I added a bit of spotty ribbon along the bottom in pale blue just because....  So there we are Sewing For Pleasure, I quite enjoyed it.
 And now I have found some b e a u t i f u l birdie fabric on Ebay.  It's a heavy cotton and I have 2 metres of it.  I was thinking about large cushions for the garden, but now I'm thinking a simple shoulder bag, maybe both?  I'm not sure I want to cut into it, too nice!
I also got a remanent bundle on Ebay, as I am possibly the only person not to have made (or own)  bunting yet.  I know I am very late to this party, but better late than never.
Of course I am still knitting ~ I was very glad that I had my emergency knitting in the car the other day when we got stuck behind an accident in Worcestershire ~ and I'm attempting a turned hem on the bottom on my Green Cardi.

There's also a ton of jobs to do around the house and because I've bought some paint for the front door (undercoated at the start of last summer holidays) its now turned rainy.  Hey ho.

Me and Mr Clicky are off to France again this weekend for 4 days so I'll see you all after.

Have fun and I hope the sun shines on you.
Bye for now.....Clicky Needles.


  1. Volley cover for your much loved machine. I have not made bunting either, I love it I just do not have any.

  2. Nice work on those corners! The ribbon trim adds just the right touch. A beautiful improvement on the old cover. :)

    I never knew Toyota made sewing machines.

  3. Lol....emergency knitting in the car!!!!!Oh you've put that idea in
    my head. I get what you mean though. When I rush from work to pick my son
    up from school I have to just sit in the car....doing nothing! lol I will now have some
    emergency knitting left in there. Lovely fabrics you have there. Love the birds.
    Cheers, Anita.

  4. You read my mind!!! I'm about to make a cover for my Kenwood Chef!!!! Hope mine turns out as good as yours! xxx

  5. The cover for your machine is great, and I love the buttonholes for the spindle thingys! Hope that you have a good time en France. xx

  6. Fabric from eBay? What bliss! I have been very saddened by my local JLP store who did a makeover and ditched it 's previously excellent fabric/ haberdashery department. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

    Your little house is starting to come together, isn't it? Your hard work will be rewarded when it is all done.

  7. *C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!* to your daughter! It looks like a fab time in your villa.. loved the side tables to the bed.. the bed frame is gorgeous!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)


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