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Book in a Bag Exhibition @ 69 Smith St Gallery

Went to the opening of the members exhibition ‘Book in a Bag’.  Fantastic concept each artist is given a book in a bag and from these two items they create their work.  Some really fantastic pieces – well worth visiting.

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Make It – Zip Purses

Make your own zip purse -

How to make very simple zip purses

Make your own zip purse -

These zipper purses are so simple to make and will help you practice your zip inserting skills and build your sewing confidents. Plus the finished are incredibly useful and a great way to use up smaller pieces of your fabric stash and any odd zips hanging about!

Make your own zip purse - Karhina.comMaterials

  • A zip
  • Outer fabric
  • Lining fabric
  • Matching or contrasting thread


Make your own zip purse - Karhina.comBefore you start cutting, decide how long you’d like your purse to be. Add 2cm to your desired finished length – this will be your cutting length. The purse for this example has a finished length of 14cm, so its cutting length is 16cm.

To work out your width just add 2cm to the length of the zipper you are using. This example uses a 16cm zip, so its cutting width is 18cm.

From the outer fabric and lining fabric cut two pieces.

Sew in the Zipper

Make your own zip purse - Karhina.comPlace one of the outer fabric pieces right side up so that the width sides are horizontal and the length sides are vertical.

Unzip the zipper so that the pull is in the middle and lay the zipper wrong side up along the top horizontal side. Align the top edge of the zipper with the top edge of the fabric. Centre the zipper so that its metal ends are approx. 1cm from each vertical side.

Place one of the lining fabric pieces on top, wrong side up. Pin all three layers together, being careful to keep the zipper centred and straight as you pin. When you get to the zipper pull, zip it over to a section that has already been pinned, so that the fabric of the zipper stays straight and flat.

Make your own zip purse - Karhina.comUsing your machine’s zipper foot, sew along the pinned edge with a 1 cm seam allowance being careful not to sew into the teeth of the zipper. When you reach the zipper pull, leave the needle down and pick up the machine’s foot, then slide the zipper pull to a section that you have already sewn so it doesn’t get in the way as you finish the seam.


Make your own zip purse - Karhina.comTurn both pieces wrong sides together so that the zipper teeth are right above the fold. Press and pin the fabrics together along the edge of the zipper’s teeth.



Make your own zip purse - Karhina.comYou can then edge stitch along the fold, starting and stopping at the zipper’s metal ends if you choose or leave plain.

Repeat for the other side of the zipper using the two remaining pieces of fabric.

You will end up with two identical sides with a zipper in the middle.

Sew the Purse Together

Make your own zip purse - Karhina.comFirst, slide the zipper pull to the middle to get it out of the way. Pull the two lining fabrics up and out of the way and bring the right sides of the outer fabric pieces together.

Pin the two outer fabric and lining fabric pieces together along all raw edges leaving an opening of approx. 6cm at the bottom of the lining fabric. Make sure the zip is left open and folded in such a way that you can pin its two fabric edges together with the teeth of the zipper pointing up and away from the outer fabric pieces.

Now pin the lining fabric pieces right sides together, leaving the zipper in the same orientation with the teeth pointed up and away from the outer fabric pieces.

Make your own zip purse - Karhina.comTurn the whole thing right side out through the gap in the horizontal side of the lining fabric.

Keep the lining section pulled out of the outer section and press both sections flat.

Pin the gap closed, tucking the seam allowance inside the lining. Edge stitch the gap closed. (Since this is the lining, you won’t see this little seam.)

Make your own zip purse - Karhina.comStuff the lining section inside of the outer section and press the whole pouch flat.

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Open House Melbourne

Opening Doors, Opening Minds

Since 2008, Open House Melbourne has been connecting people with good design and architecture in the city.

People are invited to explore outstanding houses, buildings, infrastructure and landscapes that illustrate our rich history, reflect how we live and work, and offer insights into our future city. This is done through our annual free weekend at the end of July and through a series of accessible, informative and entertaining talks, tours, workshops and events throughout the year.

The Weekend puts a spotlight on the unique spaces and places that form the foundation of Melbourne, providing an opportunity for you to consider what makes Melbourne unique. The Weekend showcases buildings of significance in a free and accessible format so everyone can experience the value of good design and architecture, and consider what makes a liveable city.

The dates for this year’s Open House Melbourne Weekend are 25 and 26 July 2015.  You will need to get in quick to book your favourite buildings as some are already booked out. Go to their website at

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The Hand Embroidery of Textile Artist Gilda Baron

Gilda Baron has a unique style of textile art, which bursts out of the frame with life and vitality.  The techniques she uses include fabric dyeing, batik, hand and machine embroidery, hand made felt and applied pieces.  It is wonderful the effects she creates. I found her work through a Talking Threads YouTube workshop .  More of her work can be found on her website –



Country Garden   64 x53cm
Country Garden 64 x53cm



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Be Yourself

Simple post for today.  Be yourself and enjoy your life.  I have spent the day sorting paperwork for for my father to try to ensure a smooth and quick transfer from his current apartment into residential age care as he is now not able to be alone. Watching him deteriorate has made me realise that you really do need to seize the day! It has also made me very aware of how long Centrelink forms are and how complex.  If he was alone there is no way he could have jumped the bureaucratic hoops and put all the information together. A good reason to have children!! 🙂