Some Custom Items and Some Crowns

Hello out there in the blogosphere. It has been sometime since writing and sharing what I have been up to. There has been plenty of sewing and both my Facebook page and Etsy page are now being regularly updated.
For those of you who may have missed some of my latest creations, here they are 😀

Advent Calender

Insulated reusable lunch bag

Corduroy bag with fleece flowers

Mini mermaid with fish friend

Full circle polka dot skirt

Full circle dolphin tie dye skirt

Dolphin skirt, reworked into a dress

A few of the most recent crowns

Oriental dragon cloak with velcro fastener

Be sure to let me know what you think of these creations and make sure you “Like” Zaleoqui on facebook to be up to date on what is available for sale.


The shop is OPEN!

That’s right. I am shaking in my boots but my etsy shop has officially opened it’s doors…..eeep!
So, its all new to me and its taken me a good part of the day to sort out everything, but I think I got there in the end. Its amazing how nerve wracking the process has been. So now I get to sit…..and wait. Please go have a look and tell me what you think!
My etsy shop – zaleoqui

In other news I started working on a mei tai today from the purple mandala material featured in this bag:

It’s looking lovely and hopefully with DP home for a few days it may get sewn quicker than usual.

Waiting, waiting

Yes, I’m going quietly insane. Well, maybe not so quietly, but anyway…..

So, I have been sewing, sewing, sewing. I have a bunch of bags ready to be assembled and sold once my labels arrive. Unfortunately the woman making my labels was very ill and then her machine broke down so still with the waiting! Not her fault, but very annoying.
Anyway, I thought I would do a kind of preview of these works in progress to whet your appetites.

This first bag is fully assembled and gives a good idea of how they work. The bags are what I call inside-out bags, in that they can be reversed and used whichever way suits your mood. They also all have cord as part of the body to give the bag structure and strength.
I love this butterfly design, both the fabric and the applique seem to work well together.

Butterfly applique pocket

This is the reverse, a bit more toned down but still lots of butterflies.

Butterfly reverse

This unfinished bag isn’t really to my taste with the hot pink and black being very striking (I’m more of an earthy colours type), but I know plenty of people who do like it so thought I would give it a go.
The applique on this one is interesting as it uses both cotton and fleece, making it lovely and tactile.

Hot flowers

The strips hanging down beside each of the bags are the straps that will be attached once the labels arrive!

Hot flowers reverse

I really like this fabric, I made a couple of christmas presents using it matched with a dark burgundy cord, the light mauve makes it a bit brighter though.

Mauve flowers

Mauve flowers applique pocket

A rare spotlight find! I am also contemplating making a basic mei tai with this and a dark burgundy cord.

Funky mauve

Funky mauve reverse

I couldn’t decide on an applique for this one. Being so busy I figured the material could stand on its own. I really love this material and am going to go buy some more to make Miss 4 a retro style dress or shirt. If it wasn’t so expensive I’d be making myself one.

Psychedelic on black

Psychedelic on black in reverse

And finally the applique panel for the mei tai I am going to make.
I plan for the mei tai to have lovely chocolate chord straps and the reverse panel will be an autumn themed cord (can you tell I love corduroy?).

Mei Tai panel work in progress

So there you have it, there are lots of other things in the works, including some bags made using upcycled materials and wrap around skirts for kids and mummas.
Hope you enjoyed the preview 🙂

PS If anyone wants to give me tips on photographing my wares (apart from the fact that ironing them first would be good) please feel free!