Before I went off on my camping holiday to Cornwall with my boyfriend & his family, I spent a few evenings doing a bit of embroidery :) I did the design freehand, which made it abit messy... (I like to call it 'adding character')
I then stitched this onto some heavy duty calico that I had left over from my university fabric stash,
and made a simple rectangular tote bag with 2 straps.
I stitched around the edge of the square of embroidery and around the edges of the handles with blanket stitch in blues and greens :)
It is a little creased in the pictures, because it was very well used on holiday! It was the perfect size for my swimsuit, suncream and sketchbook.
I'd love to make some more of these in different designs to sell!
It has been a while since I did any posting on here, I've been enjoying myself rather too much on holiday in Cornwall...
I recently received an email from one of my blog's lovely readers, Paolina.
She has made her own lace collar, using the DIY I made in this post :)
It's really wonderful, check out her little post here!It really made me smile getting such lovely feedback from a reader, Thank you Paolina! :)
But back to the post...
I made this little dress a while ago now, but I seem to have taken a rather long time to post about it!
I bought a rather huge denim maxi dress from a car boot sale, reduced the hem a considerable amount and took it in by making darts front and back to give a more shapely fit.
I then added some lace around the neckline to create a peter pan collar (...I really must stop making things with peter pan collars, I have too many!!) and popped a little cameo brooch in the middle. I have worn it a couple of times with a brown zara cardigan, and my mum's old leather belt that she has had since she was 12!