Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Midge Net and Drawstring Pouch

Le Challenge - Bright

Just before we came away to Portugal in Libby I finally got around to making the midge net that we needed. We both seem to attract midges, with very big teeth!

I found the perfect BRIGHT neon blue spotty binding for the top and bottom. Sorry girls, it's a very tenuous link!!

We've known for ages that we wanted a midge net, but the problem was also how to attach it to the van. Amazon had the answer, little magnets with hooks, but with a 20kg pull, enough to go through the van carpet lining. Well it's now been tested and it works perfectly.

The net needed a cute little drawstring bag. I wanted it to be unlined and I found this brilliant tutorial on aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com. The bottom is like the base of a coffee bag, which gives it some depth, without having to cut the corners off. You might be able to see what I mean in the top photo. It was such a good tutorial that I made a matching one for my down jacket, that I picked up in T K Max for a bargain £16.
These are the first things that I've made from this camping organic Birch fabric and I was very disappointed that the brown dye, left marks in my green water when I ironed it :o(
I will be washing the whole lot, before I use it in anything else.

....and other news, I didn't finish anything in my finish along list, despite its length, but I did start something else new. I've been embroidering the Best Friends Forever block of the month and managed one a week, so far!

I'm also slowly stitching EPP diamonds into stars and love the pattern already. These are both great hand stitching projects to have along in the van with me and it's nice to have the time to sit and sew. Other British 'vanners' are complaining about the loss of the BBC transmission to their satellite dish...wot no East Enders!!! Not a problem for us though.



  1. Nice projects! Good luck for finishing them.

  2. I like telly but surely part of holidaying is no telly, especially in a van! Maybe it's my age, I like it when the mobile runs out of charge!

  3. What perfect fabric for the drawstring bags!
    And I love your epp diamonds!

  4. great idea for your net holder, and I love these embroideries, I keep finding myself drawn back to embroidery again

  5. Aww, sorry about the Birch fabrics, I've never had a problem with them :o(

  6. Tenuous links are my favourite! Great idea to finish the net and I love the bright blue! Cute bags and stars too. Thanks for linking up to le challenge :)

  7. love the link :-) And such a great idea to make travel nets - I need some of those to keep the mozzies away!

  8. Love how amazon is full of amazingly useful stuff! thanks for participating in le challenge.

  9. Love your projects, especially the diamonds, hope the midge nets work well!