An afternoon at Sew Over It with GUMI

Monday, 3 February 2014

An afternoon at Sew Over It with GUMI


This Saturday I was able to spend a few child free hours at Sew Over It thanks to Growing Up Milk Info (GUMI.) The website enables parents to find out more about toddler nutrition and provides recipe ideas as well as giving you an idea of the milestones your little one should be reaching at specific time intervals. I would advise that you have a look at the site if you are due to take your little one for their 2 year check as I would have found this helpful in knowing the kinds of things that the health visitor would ask me about little man. 

I headed to Clapham to find that my 3G signal had deserted me and my inbuilt compass took me a long walk in the wrong direction. Luckily my signal came back and I found my way to Sew Over It where I met some lovely bloggers and the owner of the shop Lisa. If you are a fan of Kirsty Alsopp you may recognise Lisa and her shop from the TV.


Our project was to customise a tote bag. My head is usually full of ideas, but I went blank. Penny from Being Mrs C and Natalie from Style Me Sunday seemed to know exactly what they were doing and started on their patchwork ideas. Sammie from One Blue One Pink was focusing her bag on her blog theme, Alice from An Essex Wife had the cutest Owl design and Ruth from Rocknrollerbaby was making a "Jubilee" design for her daughter. All really good ideas and I had none!

Lisa asked me a few questions to help me decide what to do. I told her I wasn't very girly so she suggested blue fabric and circles. She left me alone for a while and before I knew it my inner girl emerged and I had picked some pretty fabrics and buttons and was asking for a flower template.



The fabric was applied with Bondaweb which is fantastic to use as long as you don't plan on washing things a lot. I had asked the question as I had tried to save time by using it on big man's school trousers before but it hadn't held for long.

I then got to use a sewing machine. The best thing was that as I was a total beginner, the machine could be set to a slow speed, so I actually found it easy to use. I then added a few buttons as the centre of the flowers and butterfly buttons at each strap. Hey presto one customised bag made in a couple of hours.



I had an absolutely fantastic afternoon, chatting with some lovely bloggers, crafting and eating cake. A pretty perfect day!

Penny,Sammie, Lisa, Nathalie, Ruth, Alice and Me with our bags


I would like to say a big thank you to Growing Up Milk Info for enabling me to have a fantastic afternoon. I was under no obligation to write this post, but had such a great time I wanted to share my day and my pictures.





18 comments:

Maddy said...

Sounds like a great few hours and I love the bags! tempted to get crafty myself now!

oneblueonepink said...

Awww I love your bag! I wish I had used the sewing machine now! Was lovely to meet you! X

Suzanne Whitton said...

That looks amazing Louise! How wonderful to be able to spend the day just creating and....eating cake....can't beat it :)

Colette Burgess said...

What a lovely afternoon! :) Most envious!
#MagicMoments

Charly Dove said...

This sounds brilliant Louise, what a wonderful thing to do. Creating wonderful things and eating cake - awesome. A great bag too, you did very well! Thanks for sharing with #whatsthestory

Jocelyn (@ihavecards) said...

That sounds fab, loads of fun :)

Tas D said...

Sounds like a brilliant thing to do! I haven't done any sewing for years.

Kim Carberry said...

How fantastic! Looks like you had a great time x

mummyoftwo said...

That sounds like a really fun afternoon - you lucky thing!

Nikki Pierce said...

fabulous!

Jaime Oliver said...

now this sounds fantastic Louise and how talented!!


thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

Lou's Lake Views said...

That looks like so much fun! and the Totes look awesome too, lucky girls!

Helen Actually Mummy said...

Oh all your bags look so lovely! I wish I was into sewing and craft - I love the creations, and the ingredients, but I just dont' have the patience!

Sarah said...

This looks like so much fun! You must be super proud of your creation. Great to have some you time too. :) #MagicMoments

Jodie May-Smith said...

I'm so upset that I couldn't make it because of my migraine! It looks like you had a wonderful day.

Vaichin @Rambling Through Pare said...

Super pleased to meet a fellow GUMI Mum :-) Hopefully in person at the next meet x

Kel said...

Sounds like a great afternoon and the final bag looks great too!

Steph @MisplacedBrit said...

Looks like you all managed to make gorgeous bags... great job!!
Linking over from #whatsthestory... couldn't resist an image with your blog name :-)