Babushka sewing!

Finally the sewing bug has bitten me again!  I’ve been quite busy sewing over the last week or so and once again, I can’t understand why I haven’t made anything for so long.  Well, I do know why, life is just so busy these days and being stressed over running our business, financial pressure, 3 young kids… The silly thing is that when I sew, I kind of ”escape” from all the pressures of life and go in to a happy world of colours, fabric and whilst sewing think of other things I ”just have to make” which makes me feel really happy from the inside.  Best of all, I sew whilst the rest of the family is around me, it’s a hobby that I can do at any time of the day and the family is well used to the noise of the sewing machine, the huge amount of threads & scraps everywhere.  So, here is what I’ve been up to this week!
Sugar & Spice bag in Babushka fabrics – using ChrisW Designs pattern
My first ever ”purse frame” purse!  This was really fun to make, but I need to make a few more to prefect this! 
Babushka Shoulder Bag & Purse
Babushka Doll

Babushka Doll

I’ve been wanting to make this Babushka doll for a while and tonight I started my first one. I have another 4 to go. I made this one using fabric from Tone Finnanger’s TILDA collection. 

I found that the pattern (by Ooshka) was difficult to read as it was written in centimeters and not inches – most patchwork mats, rules etc are in inches – and also a lot of unnecessary pre-cutting of fabric, rather than just sew 4 strips together in correct width/length. The end result was the same, but I think the pattern should be re-written for the AU/USA market personally.