Friday 16 December 2011

Knot Bags - Spa Kit (and some talk of flooring)

Wow, what a week!  I've been busy at work; busy trying to enter all the giveaways over at Sew, Mama, Sew; busy with Christmas preparations...  I am very pleased the week is nearly over now and hoping I can shake this headache that I've had since last Saturday.

Today I'm going to show you the final part of the spa kits, yep, that means I finally finished all the binding on those eye masks... I've just realised I never showed you the eye masks and that's not what this post is about.  Ah well, I'll show you the completed kits at the weekend.

The final part I'm on about is the bags that they come in.  I found the pattern for this in the latest issue of Making.   As soon as it arrived on the doorstep, I knew I'd found the bag I was going to use.

I have one of those all-in-one printers at home, printer, scanner, photocopier.  But you know what the damn things can't do?  Enlarge.  I mean, come on!  So I attacked the A4 size pattern on the work photocopier and ended up with 6 pieces of paper in the end.  I skillfully butchered them and stuck them back together to make my lifesize template.

And then I did some serious cutting and sewing!  I've actually missed one of the bags, the first one I made, out off all the pictures below.  Whenever I make something production line style, I always make one first, to check it all goes together right.  I'm really glad I did as the instructions were a little unclear in parts and I completely messed the first one up.  With a lot of unpicking, I managed to put it together correctly, but didn't take a photo!

A random hearts print from my stash with a plain pink lining.  What do you think to our brown carpet?  It's in the hallway from ground floor to top floor, and also in the spare bedroom.

This is a piece of Fig Tree Whimsy I had stashed away.  I bought it to go with something else, but I bought it online and when it arrived it didn't go, but I love it anyway.  Lined with plain pale pink from Fabricland I think.  Downstairs and our bedroom had a lovely dark red carpet, complete with cigarette burns and stains.

An IKEA fabric and an old white sheet.  We didn't lay this carpet, I really hope you don't think we did, it's just we're only doing up the house slowly as and when we have money and it hasn't stretched this far yet.

The whimsy again with a dark pink lining.  Downstairs we have laminte flooring and ripped lino in the kitchen - I have replacement lino tiles but Mr CA hasn't got round to it yet and I need his help as I can't move the fridge or washing machine myself.  Mr CA's daughter's room has the original floorboards painted white and my craft room has a lovely bluey/grey carpet which stars in many of my photos, there's one coming up in fact.

The IKEA fabric again, this time lined with an old pillow case.  We haven't decorated any other rooms.  The only reason my craft room was done is that my cousin used to live with me and it was her room, so I did it up for her before she moved in. 

Here they are all lined up on the floor, except number 1 of course.  See the blue/grey carpet?

And this is what they look like undone.  I think I've finished talking about carpets now.  It was a bit strange really, wasn't it?

I tried to take a photo of the inside of teh bag, with little luck.  It appears to be an action shot, though neither me nor the bag (nor the carpet) were moving.  I had named this post "knot bags - spa kit" but I think I'd better change it.


suzan almond said...

Very interesting reading - sounds just like our house, living with pinkish carpets that other people chose - never my idea of a pleasing colour scheme ! Have a great Christmas !

cauchy09 said...

these are some super sweet bags! i love your fabric combos.

Amber *SaltTree Creative* said...

Lovely job on the bags :) And I hear the carpet woes... we FINALLY just did our stairs to the second level (pulled the carpet and refinished) but that still leaves the entire second floor. Gah!

Kate said...

I love the knot bag and you've used great colour combos!

Allie said...

Those bags are lovely! Good job. We have carpet in here that my brother and hubby picked out years ago - it's the most horrid shade of blue and won't give up lint to the vacuum. I HATE it!

The Dotty One said...

Haha - you crack me up with all your carpet based news!! Its funny the random stuff you find out on other peoples blogs!
Love the bags too :o)

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Great bags girlfriend!
I personally hate carpet and prefer hardwood floors everywhere. My pocket book on the other hand say's "you will still have carpets young lady!" hee,hee,hee.

Mindie Hilton said...

Cute bags. Thanks for sharing at Bacon Time. I hope you have a very blessed Christmas.

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Looks like a great shaped bag for when you don't have much to carry!!!