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Wiggly Bags – Stitching for charity

I made these two bags in just a few minutes with just two 6″ squares of fabrics, a tiny bit of Velcro and 2m of tape each. They are for the Olivia Holmes Foundation and they hold Hickman lines- also known as central lines- for ill children (used for chemotherapy, blood transfusions and giving medicine without having to have lots of needles) so they can have them tucked cleanly out of the way whilst they aren’t receiving treatments.

I must admit the idea of having a wiggly makes me feel very squeamish, I can’t even cope with belly buttons! I don’t know how these kids do it.

I’m going to make a couple more for The Liberty Rose Trust near Tamworth, which are a bit more local to me too.

The fabric I’ve chosen is for slightly older kids as I didn’t really have any fabric suitable for the very young at first glance. I’m pretty sure I have something with puppies and chicks on though somewhere, so they will be used for my next batch. I originally stitched these with ribbon and then realised that they might be a bit scratchy around the neck pieces so I’ve gone for more traditional twill tape. I have a big roll of it, it’s just a bit boring to look at!

Another minor adjustment I made- I put the end of the tape under the fold for the first pieces and simply folded it over when I stitched to hide the end.

So if you have some bright, fun scraps in your stash, this could be a great way of using them up whilst doing some good at the same time. They are really simple to make, so for more details on the cause and the instructions, please visit the Strawberry Patch blog.

 

Interview with… The Children’s Jewellery Company

 

Harriet’s designs are made with children and their parents in mind, what a child might choose to wear, as well as what their mum or dad would like to see them wearing. They are simple and classic in the way that they are put together to appeal to a wide range if age groups.

 

Who are you and where do you come from?
I’m Harriet, originally from Honiton in Devon but moved around a lot now back south in Taunton.

What do you do in your spare time other than craft?
I have 2 children and a business, I have no spare time.

Please tell us a little bit about what you make.
I make children’s jewellery. Each piece is designed to look like children’s jewellery, with small beads and clasps for little necks and wrists. They are also made with safety in mind using only acrylic and wood beads (no glass or high lead crystals) super strength softflex wire, and tripple crimping each item. I also make bespoke flower girl jewellery for weddings to co-ordinate with the brides chosen colour scheme and style, this includes hair accessories and earrings.

What do you enjoy making most?
The rose necklaces, I still think they are so pretty.

What part of jewellery making do you dislike the most?
Trying to get thick softflex through little crimps, or trying to close crimp covers without marking them!

What are your main inspirations for making a piece?
My own children and what I would like to see them wear (one boy and one girl) and just pretty beads, if I see some I have to buy them!

Do you plan out your designs or do you get stuck in straight away when inspiration strikes?
I tend to sit down and let it happen organically. This can be an expensive way of doing things as I have made some terrible things, but I like to experiment, so you don’t know until you try. I know other designers plan and draw out their designs that’s not me, I just start threading and see what happens.

What are you currently making?
I am trying to make some spring inspired pieces, but I am struggling to find the right beads I want in my head.

Do you make custom orders?
Yes I am currently working on four flower girl jewellery sets for a wedding in March. They are having the whole shooting match so lots of work but should look stunning. Wedding Ideas magazine are hoping to do a feature on it.

Where can we buy your work?
On line at www.thechildrensjewellerycompany.co.uk