Sewing Sunday: DIY Tote Bags

Sewing Sunday: DIY Tote Bags

Ever since I first thought of making these tote bags as Christmas table favours I’ve been dying to blog about them, but I didn’t want to risk spoiling the surprise for my family. Now it’s 2016 I can finally post about these babies!

This Christmas, inspired by my bestie Beth who handmade all of her gifts to people, I decided to make each of my family members a personalised present just for them. Since the government introduced a 5p charge for single use carrier bags, I’ve found that there’s no such thing as having too many reusable shopping bags. Therefore, I thought it would be a nice idea to make everyone roomy, strong, reversible but compact fold-up tote bags.

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Most Popular Posts of 2015

Most Popular Posts of 2015 | Poppy alla Norma

With 2015 almost at a close, it seems like the perfect time to review my year of blogging on Poppy alla Norma. There have been 52 blog posts uploaded in the last 12 months, and I thoroughly enjoyed writing all of them – taking and editing the photographs, not so much…

It’s crazy to think that complete strangers from all over the world are interested in reading what I have to write on my li’l corner of the internet, so I just want to thank each and every one of you who read Poppy alla Norma, leave comments and follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Bloglovin’ and Pinterest. It’s so lovely to know that people like you actually read this blog, and I truly appreciate every single view, comment and share on social media. The blogging community is wonderful, and I’ve spoken to so many lovely people I otherwise would have never have met. This blog has been such a big part of my year, and I hope it continues for many years to come.

Anyways, enough of the mushy stuff, let’s have a look at the most popular posts on Poppy alla Norma from the past year!

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IKEA Hack – Vackis Alarm Clock

IKEA Hack - Vackis Alarm Clock

I don’t know about you, but I adore visiting IKEA. The beautiful designs, the low prices, the promise of a Quorn hot dog at the end… I revert into a five-year-old version of myself and go a bit nuts, running around to take in as much inspiration as I can. Some of my favourite things to look at on Pinterest are IKEA Hacks, which are simple ways to modify products from IKEA’s extensive range to more suit your style and taste. Inspired by IKEA hacking and the Pinterest favourite that is washi tape, I had a go at modifying one of IKEA’s cheapest yet most functional products – the Vackis alarm clock.

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Sewing Sunday: Cath Kidston Perfect Summer Skirt (from The Zen of Making)

Sewing Sunday: Cath Kidston Perfect Summer Skirt (from The Zen of Making)

This could be the project I’m proudest of to date. Deviating from a tutorial, gathering, making pockets AND inserting an invisible zip for the first time? Admittedly it was a daunting project since I’d never tried any of those things before, but it was absolutely worth the effort.

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Sewing Sunday: Cath Kidston Beach Bag (from The Bag Making Bible)

Sewing Sunday: Cath Kidston Beach Bag (from The Bag Making Bible)

Hello one and all, I’m back with another sewing project!

My parents are the best. Knowing that I don’t really eat chocolate, they decided to get me something much more special as an early Easter present – a sewing machine. Since my mum’s birthday was on April 9th, I decided that I was going to make her a really special present to show my appreciation for the sewing machine.

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