in the press…

modflowers: my project in Love Sewing magazine!I hate having to keep things under my hat.

I’m not a good secret-keeper. By that I don’t mean that I just blab out stuff anyone tells me in confidence. But I do find it hard to keep exciting happenings quiet.

However, age, it seems, is my helper. I had, I admit, actually forgotten about this exciting happening until the magazine emailed me about it! Well, it was back in rainy April that I undertook the work – water under the sewing bridge, now we’re in hot and sticky July.

You may remember that back in the mists of time I made quite a few mini moggies.

modflowers vintage fabric mini mogsMy first one was a spur-of-the-moment make as my entry in the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition back in 2014.

modflowers: umbrella prints trimmings competition entry 2014Well, the original creation didn’t win, but it has since been re-pinned on Pinterest around 2000 times, so I guess I did something right.

Love Sewing Magazine must have thought so too, because they got in touch and asked whether I would be prepared to write and photograph a tutorial for the magazine, showing how to make the cat and mouse dinky duo.

To which I of course said “yes!”

The results are now published in the latest issue (Issue 29) – and my moggy project even appears on the cover, which is extra-specially gratifying!

modflowers: my project in Love Sewing MagazineSo if you fancy making a mini mog with it’s even mini-er mouse – pop along to the newsagents for your copy. There’s a template and step by step instructions for it and everything in the mag.

I haven’t actually seen the article yet myself. I’m hoping to get along to a newsagents this week.

modflowers: my project in love sewing magazineI’m also hoping I get to do more projects for Love Sewing in future.

Apart from waiting for the rainy April light to be good enough to take the photos, it was a lot of fun.

And it’s a nice feeling thinking that there might be mini moggies taking shape all over the place.

If you make one, drop me a line and let me know! ♥

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the good, the bag and the ugly

modflowers: vintage trimsGood things come in a bag.

Think of sweets; think of Santa’s sack; think of crisps. (Except, that is, for the crisps my Nanna once offered me, which were in a paper bag that emerged after having spent some considerable time in her handbag. Those were not good at all.)

I always love a good rummage through a bag. Boxes are good too, but bags… well, they hide their contents better.

This can be annoying when you’re searching for your keys, but when you are rummaging amongst charity shop stock it is definitely A Good Thing.

It means there could be stuff hidden at the bottom of a bag that other, less committed rummagers are unlikely to have ferreted out before you got there.

My local charity shop, the one I have mentioned before, often leaves stuff in bags. Or, as in yesterday’s case, sometimes they put lots of little things into a bag together, I guess to make it worthwhile buying them.

I refrained from sorting through the contents of the small bag I bought from there yesterday whilst in the shop, because I could see at a cursory glance that it contained goodies more than worth the price tag.

That, and I’ve always been a bit of a one for the pleasures of delayed gratification.

modflowers: vintage trimsIt was worth the wait.

Tiny trims galore spilled out as I upended said bag on the table at home.

Little flowers, the sort you used to find on childhood undies…

modflowers: vintage trimsA skein of lace, still with it’s factory printed label (with the old pre-1995 Nottingham telephone dialling code) from the days when Nottingham still made lace…

modflowers: vintage trimsA length of nylon frill, which reminds me of the front of a shirt that my Dad wore to a “posh” do sometime in the mid-1970s…modflowers: vintage trimsMore little flowers…modflowers: vintage trimsmodflowers: vintage trimsAnd some lengths of brownish trims, of which this is the nicest…modflowers: vintage trimsYes, mixed bags are definitely A Good Thing.

But they don’t call them “mixed bags” for nothing.

There’s usually something in the mix you’d rather there wasn’t.

Nothing smelly, squishy, dead, dirty or disgusting in this case (thank heavens!)

But I’m not quite sure about this…

modflowers: the good, the bag and the uglyAnd here’s another thing I would not have chosen for it’s own sake…

modflowers: the good, the bag and the uglyThat jewel is very plasticky indeed. Perhaps it fell off a little girl’s fairy wand. I bet it originated in China.

So there it is: the good, the bag, and the ugly.

What’s the best – or worst – thing you’ve ever found lurking at the bottom of a bag? ♥

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feline flower fairy

modflowers: feline flower fairyIt’s been a while since I made any dolls.

By that I mean a proper doll doll, rather than a miniature creature.

I have something of a stash of dolls that I haven’t quite got around to photographing and adding to my Etsy shop.

But the other day I had a photo from this blog post shared by massively popular Facebook page Folt Bolt (1,153,151 followers, no less!)

vintage Liberty fabric dolls by modflowersIt reminded me that rather than leave my dolls languishing in a trunk, I really ought to sort them out and get them on sale.

And the 8,234 likes, 629 loves and 1480 shares elicited by Folt Bolt’s post also – ahem – rekindled my interest in making them.

I keep having to do something different each time though. I don’t much like repeating myself when it comes to dolls.

modflowers: feline flower fairyI’ve made cat dolls before. But not like this feline flower fairy.

The main difference, other than her leafy wings and petal-tastic hat, is down to my forgetting to appliqué her face on before sewing her up.

modflowers: feline flower fairyAnd I also made her legs too thin to turn – a classic beginner’s mistake that I used to make quite often when I started making dolls, but hadn’t done for ages.

(Of course, if I used an actual pattern to make the legs I wouldn’t have this problem, but me being me, with my lazy ways, I just eyeball them instead.)

Anyway, the face faux pas forced me into trying a new thing, which was good.

Instead of using appliqué and embroidery, I painted over the pattern on the fabric with acrylic paint, and when it was dry I drew and painted on the features.

modflowers: feline flower fairyOn the whole I think I prefer embroidered faces, but you can’t sew on painted fabric without leaving great big puncture marks from the needle, so needs must.

Better than unpicking and starting again.

It feels good to be keeping my hand in on the doll-making front.

Even if a feline flower fairy face wasn’t quite what I had in mind to start with, happy accidents are always fun. ♥

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