Here's the craft side of what I made last week.
A couple of cushion covers:
My first Nicole Mallalieu pattern, the super-simple zipped pouch - this one my purse test:
Then a pair of zipped pouches for my sister in law's upcoming birthday (it's OK, I'm just about 100% sure she's never read this blog). If I can, I'll try to make a matching little bag too.
The outer of one is the lining of the other, and vice versa:
These pouches were made from the zipped pouch pattern in Ms Mallalieu's "You Sew, Girl" book. I have to admit I felt like an absolute dunce making these - even though they were rated just Advanced Beginnner, it took me ages to understand what I was supposed to be doing. I think I was distracted by the colourful photos illustrating the instructions; so different to the B&W words and line drawings of the Big 4 :-).
My purses are a bit wonky - obviously homemade - and I managed to set one of the zips too low! I hope they're good enough for a gift.