Monday, August 13, 2012

Clean out your closet for FALL

What to do with your gently worn and memorable clothing, blankets, etc....??? A loved one's wool blanket or sweater that you just can't part with can now be transformed into a beautiful, very functional, oh so fashionable handbag, tote, messenger bag....or pillow??? Not too early to start thinking about the holidays and one of a kind, hand made gifts make the best presents ever!!! Give me a buzz if you are thinking about up cycling something old that is hanging around your attic or closet. Always think twice before you head to the thrift store with your bag of donations.....something could be just waiting to be turned into a wonderful little treasure to carry for many more years to come!!! drop me an email at if you have some ideas for recycling.

Monday, September 13, 2010

new Sewing classes for Fall

Sewing classes now available at Helen's Handbags, 3 Adams St., Natick, MA: Sundays from 2-4 and Tues. from 3-5....possibly another class option from 4:30 to 6:30 on Sundays...please let me know if you have any questions? thanks so mcuh, Helen

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Gazebo Lighting

Well, Memorial Day weekend officially marks the beginning of summer for me and has inspired me to get going on the outdoor projects that have been neglected all winter long. First, it was screen porch! My husband with all this time on his hands decides to rip off the vinyl siding on the wall connecting the porch to the house to make the porch feel more like a "room", which then led to painting the wall a beautiful peaceful green, which led me to go fabric shopping for covering the cheap Wal Mart cushions on our porch of that will follow as soon as we get the porch set up tomorrow. In the mean time, the outdoor gazebo went up which is where the family meals take place during the summer....which then led to lighting...which is where I run into creative friend who gave me the idea to blog this project. The first trip was to Jo Ann's to collect the wire wreaths, then to Home Depot to find the outdoor string of lights...and chain to connect the wire frames..and an extension cord. Now all I need are some ideas for covering up the cords..I thought pretty ribbons, or flowers or greenery??any ideas anyone? Looks great hanging over the table, can't wait to try it out at night! until next time.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

sewing and creativity camp

Summer will be here before you know it and Helen's Handbags along with Ginger Designs will be offering our 3rd Annual Creativity Camp at 3 Adams St., Natick, starting June 28 - July 1st, 9-12:30, Mon-Thurs. There will be an additional 2 weeks offered, to be determined. A combination of fun sewing projects coordinated with unique crafting designs will teach not only basic sewing skills, but inspire the inner creativity in each individual. Some examples of past projects are personalized pillow cases, lunch totes and pin cushions combined with paste paper switch plates, hand made journals, and decoupaged sewing boxes. How Fun is that???
Contact Helen at to sign up or inquire about specifics.
If you would like to be added to our contact list for further events and dates, please email us at and visit our website at

Spring Cleaning

Think Spring...Think Baseball.... New BAGS?

Visit our huge Spring Clearance Sale this Sat. March 27th, NOON-5 PM at 3 Adams St. downtown Natick, behind 5 Crows.. Print and bring in coupon for Buy one bag, get the 2nd Half OFF...
Visit our website at and see all styles of readymade or...
design your own.
tons of jeans and embellishments to choose from at the studio...come by or arrange an appt. with Helen at 508-667-9583.
Time to make yourself feel good..!!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Upcycling Frenzy

Now that my favorite fabric shop has closed, people keep asking me where I get my fabric.....well, the answer probably won't surprise you, but the fact is, I get most all of my inspiration now from the local thrift shops and my closet!! I can't seem to throw anything away, so outdated clothing, even my kids worn out sweat shirts can be customized into a very sporty tote, or look at these beatiful sweater bags....not even felted too much, but with iron on interfacing and fabric support with additional lining, these bags are ready to face the day...and oh so stylish, not to mention one of a kind!!! The beautiful blue plaid number is from a vintage skirt, no less.... what will tomorrow bring??? Only my closet knows for sure....keep sewing and check out my etsy shop and website..thanks for visiting and would love to hear your comments.