|Indigo Dyed Handmade Bag – Copyright A Little Sew and Sow|
I really love to make gifts for my nearest and dearest and now that Christmas is over I can finally share some of the presents I made last year. Usually I don’t go for a theme but in 2017 I really felt inspired to dye my own fabrics so everyone pretty much ended up with gifts made of indigo dyed fabric.
Back in the autumn I ordered an indigo dye kit (affiliate link) and one day when I was at home alone I set to the job of preparing the fabric and dying it. This was a fairly simple process (which was well explained in the instruction manual that came with the kit) but it was a little messy. I undertook this job outside so splashes didn’t matter.
I would really recommend the kit but it didn’t contain many rubber bands so you will definitely need to grab some extra if you are thinking of trying this.
|Indigo Dyed Handmade Pouch – Copyright A Little Sew and Sow|
Once the fabric was dyed and washed I set about making a selection of bags and pouches for the lovely ladies in my family. I didn’t manage to get photos of them all but I made a different design for my mum, sister, mother-in-law and sister-in-law. I also made a couple of drawstring bags. I used a bag-making book (affiliate link) for the larger bag designs plus tutorials by Jeni Baker of In Color Order for the drawstring bags and the make-up pouch.
|Indigo Dyed Handmade Drawstring Bags – Copyright A Little Sew and Sow|
On a different note I also gave an I.O.U to my brother-in-law for a new quilt. He has been talking about a denim quilt for some time so I have promised to make him one over the next few months. I could have made this for him before Christmas but I thought he would enjoy being involved in the design and planning phase. He has a big quilt in mind so I will be interested to see how easy it will be to work with that amount of denim.
|Indigo Dyed Fabric – Copyright A Little Sew and Sow|