I promised I would show you my latest make from Mollie Makes magazine, and here it is...bunting bags. Trying as I am to make one thing from each issue (I am running about five issues behind at the moment, but anyway, moving on...) this little bunting design caught my eye. The pattern is intended for a summer skirt, something to be worn at jubilee fairs and the like, but I thought it would look sweet on a plain calico bag. I'll be honest - it was a bit of a fiddle. Projects like this remind me why I love to hand sew rather than sit hunched over a sewing machine. Tense does not begin to describe my posture while making these tiny flags. But they do look pretty and flap very nicely.
And they inspired me to make some quick and easy applique bunting bags, just perfect for an evening of light sewing in front of the television.
I am hoping to sell these at the craft fairs I mentioned. Any that don't sell will go into the emergency present drawer.
I also made eight little bags for small people (well, girls, clearly) and again, any unsold will have some stickers, hair slides and sweets popped inside them and will make handy (and cheap!) birthday presents.
Did you notice how I am cleverly preparing myself for not selling much stuff? Craft stalls can be a tricky business and pricing is hard to gauge. Too high a price and people will think "I'm not paying that, I could make that myself!"; too low and it's just not worth the effort involved. But if I can give my makes away as gifts then I tell myself that I've saved money so it's all ok! But really, i do this because I love to make things. Simple as that.