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Tue 26-Oct-10
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Toffeeapple said:

...Ben Fogle is in them, which might put some people off ...


 big_laughbig_laughbig_laugh Fraid so for me!

Another fleecy flash of inspiration, probably more suited to those where the pile isn't too thick.  Cut 2 xmassy shapes out back to back.  Sew/stick buttons / beads etc on front.  Glue together sandwiching in a ribbon loop at the same time.  Use as tree decs or pressie labels in appropriate letter shapes etc.  As fleece shouldn't fray saves sewing! wink ok

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Hi peeps (from France) - some of these ideas might have (!) to be worked on. I'll see if I can try out some when I get back to the UK.

I have already made some clever bags using old jeans - each bag made from one leg of the jeans. Each leg is cut as long as possible without impacting on to pockets etc. (I cut out a back pocket to go on the bag afterwards). Seams are cut out, and then the two pieces (front and back of leg) are cut in half lengthwise. I now have four long and thin-ish strips.

Four ends are joined together in a windmill shape. I'm finding this a little tricky to explain, so I will draw and copy as hubby has just called for a teabreak!!

Cheers everyone. Be back soon.

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Wed 27-Oct-10
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wave Hi BS, glad to know that you arrived safely.

I'll try that again!

Wed 27-Oct-10
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Me too. big_hug

I want to know how the bag continues though - got several pairs of past-it jeans that haven't been thrown out yet.  Tell hubby to hurry up with his tea. runawaytea whistle

Wed 27-Oct-10
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I'll be back soon.

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I wish I could whistle! 

I'll try that again!

Wed 27-Oct-10
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Okay, peeps, I'm back now.

What a faff - my scanner wouldn't work unless I shut down the whole pc. doh

Anyway, here are my pictures.

Now, as you can see in picture 1, each 'long end' of the 'windmill' is turned to join on the side of the adjacent 'long end'.

So, end A is joined on the side of B.

End B joined on to the side of C, etc etc.

Then the open sides should be joined together.

The last portion is left open to turn the whole thing the right side out, and this will result in a long 'tube', see picture 2. Sew by hand to close up the tube, which is actually a spiral shape, not straight as I have pictured.

At this point, one end is pushed inside the other. This makes the bag double-layered.

The third picture shows the spiral effect on the bag, and where I would sew on the patch pocket from the back of the original jeans - this could be inside or outside, in fact, depending on how you attach a handle (say with buttons, for example) the bag could possibly be workable as a double-sided item.

Hope you can understand my ramblings. big_laugh

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Toffeeapple said:

wave Hi BS, glad to know that you arrived safely.


Ruthdigs said:

Me too. big_hug

I want to know how the bag continues though - got several pairs of past-it jeans that haven't been thrown out yet.  Tell hubby to hurry up with his tea. runawaytea whistle


 

Thankyou - yes, it was a good easy trip - think everyone was on holiday, or not driving in case they couldn't buy fuel !!

Going through Rouen, we pass three petrol garages - two were closed, and the other had a queue for about a quarter of a mile! We decided to avoid the queue, so went through Rouen and stopped at the next autoroute, and there was no limit, so we topped up. We then stopped at Alencon - just to keep topped up, in case(!) - the limit was 30 Euros only. Finally, after coming off the main A10 at Saintes, we went to the local supermarket, Intermarche, and found not only that there was no limit, but also 10 cents per litre cheaper. Bargain. We filled up again!

 

However, there was one very sad thing to mar the trip. We found yet again that a Little Owl had come down a chimney, and was dead when we arrived. Owl poo everywhere!!!! Down the stairs, over the worktops/table/floors. He/she was just a beautiful little thing, and I felt very tearful when I saw him/her. cry

 

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Wed 27-Oct-10
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Aww, such a sad tale about the Little Owl.  Shame that it made so much mess too.  Good news about the fuel though.

I think I'll wait until you've completed the bag to see if I have the energy to do it...

I'll try that again!

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TA, why on earth do they come down the chimney? We have a 'table-top' effect on the top of the chimney - they would have to go underneath this to 'fall' down. We have plenty of barns they can use for shelter. It is just such a waste. aargh

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Toffeeapple said:

I think I'll wait until you've completed the bag to see if I have the energy to do it...


 I have made them - and sold them. They are fiddly, but great in that no two are the same, as I often add something to the material, e.g. ribbon sewn on just one of the lengths. Also I used some leftover strange bobbly thick wool to crochet a wide handle for another.

 

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Ruthdigs said:

Another fleecy flash of inspiration, probably more suited to those where the pile isn't too thick.  Cut 2 xmassy shapes out back to back.  Sew/stick buttons / beads etc on front.  Glue together sandwiching in a ribbon loop at the same time.  Use as tree decs or pressie labels in appropriate letter shapes etc.  As fleece shouldn't fray saves sewing! wink ok


 Ruth - I think I need to send you some fleece bits - you're full of inspirational ideas! welldone

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I've no idea why they choose to get into chimneys, sometimes it is to nest but LOs usually nest in holes in trees or in buildings.  I know Fiona and Danny have a problem with Jackdaws nesting in their chimneys.

 

I'll try that again!

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TA, why on earth do they come down the chimney? We have a 'table-top' effect on the top of the chimney - they would have to go underneath this to 'fall' down. We have plenty of barns they can use for shelter. It is just such a waste. aargh

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spork  big_laugh big_laugh big_laugh

I'll try that again!

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