Samples snipped to take to the shop for matching zips and thread

Last weekend I spent a lovely day and evening Brighton with the awesome Caz/Caroline. She humoured me with a fair amount of fabric shop trawling, resulting in some gorgeous purchases. The tartan made into will be a dress for myself, the apples are for bags (to sell, see below) and the teal/mustard piece has yet to find a use. I suspect it may been one of those cuts that linger for months or years until the right project suddenly becomes obvious.

Despite not blogging last week, I have certainly been doing a fair bit of sewing recently. I am hoping to have a stall at a forthcoming Brixton Makers Market (with the fabulous Rose of Rose Kentish Kitchen) and am therefore working on items to sell.

Having previously mainly made things for either myself or for gifts, working out what to make that will: a) sell, b) not take too long to make and c) be cost-effective is proving to be something of a challenge. Having done a little poll on facebook, I’ve started off with some citrus coasters and shoulder bags (using up my stash).

Forthcoming: teacosies, placemats/napkins, smaller handbags and perhaps some wood or lino print cards. Phew, just a few things to make then! My focus will be on using beautiful prints and bright contrasting details to create lovely things for the home.

Watch this space for details of the market – I really hope lots of you will be able to make it down. The fabulous Brixton Village should be a draw in itself, as it’s ideal for a lazy weekend brunch, lunch, pre-dinner cocktail or eating/drinking into the evening. More of that another time, as I’ll definitely blog in the future about my favourite spots in Brixton…