Mini Makes Evening - by June

As usual there was a buzz around the ingredients table before we settled down and Julia began by giving the notices.

This was a mini-makes evening, so we divided into three groups for demonstrations of how to make three small bags.  One for those who love hand embroidery, Julia demonstrated a delightful small purse/bag decorated with rick-rack and embroidered designs which could be adapted to suit any occasion.  But if you're not an embroiderer they would be just as lovely made up in pretty fabrics. They could be hung on the Christmas tree, filled with small gifts, or used as children's party bags (if you're really dedicated!).

Pat demonstrated a rectangular purse finished with a popper, or a button and loop would work equally well.   Pretty co-ordinated fabrics would make these an ideal item for the tombola, something that children would be pleased to win. They would also be a decorative way of presenting a gift card or token, which could then be kept and used for holding small items.

Our third example was a draw string 'Labels' bag which Eileen explained to us. This was a slightly larger bag useful as a gift bag for sweets, biscuits, sewing bits and pieces, anything really. Again it was the co-ordination of the labels with the fabric in the body of the bag which made them so attractive.

All the bags could be enlarged as required for your own purposes and all were lined and beautifully made by our demonstrators. Better get going ready for the exhibition and Christmas!

We ended with a show and tell. What a range of things our members make, now also incorporating electronics and lights!