Natalie Bird has created this beauty essentials pack to help you travel in style. This set comprises a cosmetic bag pattern to hold everything from mascaras to foundations, plus a PVC-covered toiletries bag for your shampoos and shower gel and an eye mask with elasticised band which will let you elegantly nap. Use your appliqué skills to brighten up these bag patterns and make them individual. Includes instructions to make three different projects!
Full materials list included in instructions
Pattern sheet is included with pieces provided full size, ready for tracing
The perfect small project to use up fabric scraps from your stash
Instructions provided are for cosmetic bag, toiletries bag and eye mask
Makes a perfect gift for a friend, family member or to treat yourself with - great to make for someone about to go on a trip
Detailed step-by-step instructions, colour photographs and clear diagrams take you through all the steps for each project
Personalise it with choosing your favourite fabric prints and colours or the favourite colours of the recipient if you're making as a gift
A great pattern for beginner-level crafters looking for some small projects to learn the basics of bag making
Why this particular craft? I’ve tried lots of different crafts, but I think patchwork appeals to me so much because it can incorporate many things I love; hand appliqué, embroidery, EPP and the opportunity to create something that will be used and hopefully loved and enjoyed long after I’m gone.
If you weren’t doing this, what else would occupy your time? If I hadn’t started my business designing in the patchwork industry, I’d still be working as a graphic designer or something else creative. I still enjoy graphic-design work, which I do get to incorporate when I create my books.
Who taught you your crafting skills? My mum was a teacher and loves craft. We did every type of craft over the years. She tried to get me interested in patchwork long before I was, but I resisted. When I did eventually try it, I thought, “Yep, this is my thing”.I am very stubborn, though, and I usually like to jump in and work things out myself. I learn best this way.
What does this craft mean to you? I’ve met some of my best friends, from a shared passion for patchwork. Designing and working in this industry has allowed me to be at home while my girls grew up, to travel all over the world teaching and to be creative every day. I am very grateful for this.
Is it hard to find time to do it or is it a profession? If you love what you do, it’s not really hard work, but a joy. Luckily I’m a night owl, so I get a lot done in the evenings, after dinner is done, the family is in bed and the phone isn’t ringing.
From where do you draw inspiration? I’m mostly inspired by my family and friends, nature, critters, the garden and home. These themes appear in many of my designs. I like to include heartfelt verses and messages, also.
Why this skill – and this style? I have always leaned toward creative pursuits. I love handwork, in particular. It soothes my soul, when life is busily rushing around me. Needleturn appliqué, embroidery and EPP, keep my hands busy but still let my mind wander.
Where do you live and work? I live in my workspace. I do have an office, where I write patterns and books and we keep our stock, but I design and stitch at our dining table in the family room. I never wanted a sewing room where I would be away from the rest of the family. Soon after I began designing, we bought a much larger dining table, so I could have my work at one end and still have everyone sitting down to dinner. It’s messy, though, which is definitely the downside.