New products coming soon!

Exciting times ahead for Turtle & Teal.  We are expanding our range and our reach with some gorgeous new products, a fabulous new logo and a brand new website to showcase everything we make, curate and sell.

Our mission is to select and create beautiful products which people really want to buy and keep or gift to someone special. It is also important to us that we choose products which are, where possible, kind to the environment and to the people who make them.

Gorgeous glassware, ceramics, sea grass baskets and original gifts are just some of the new products we will be launching soon. And we all know how difficult it is to find stylish yet practical gifts for men.  So we have also sourced the perfect presents for the males in your life. All will be revealed very soon!

Watch this space for more details.

Visit us at Abbeville Christmas Fair in Clapham

Come along and enjoy a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie or two and a spot of Christmas shopping at the Abbeville Christmas Fair in Clapham this Saturday 1 December. We have a new ceramics collection by Duck ceramics, our own gorgeous handmade creations – cushions, wash bags and zipper bags – plenty of gift ideas plus the best scented candles in town!

Find us at The Church of the Holy Spirit Narbonne Avenue (just off Abbeville Road) Clapham, London SW4 9JU.

Next Christmas market in Dulwich

We are super excited to be at the SoLo Christmas craft market in Dulwich for the first time!  Do come along and see us this Saturday 24 November, 11am-4pm at St Barnabus Church Hall Dulwich SE21 7BT.  With over 50 stalls, it is the perfect opportunity to get ahead with Christmas shopping – or treat yourself! – and choose from some beautiful and original products.

In addition to our gorgeous handmade cushions and home accessories, we will also be selling beautiful hanging planters and other ceramic pieces individually made by talented ceramicist Alice Duck. We have some divine scented candles too – orange & cinnamon and vanilla with rose petals – plus a selection of hand curated homewares.

There will also be a bar, live music and craft workshops. Even better, it’s free to enter!

Christmas fairs coming up

Just a quick post to let you know that we will be taking a stall at Wix’s Road Battersea Christmas Fair on 22 November, the SoLo craft market in Dulwich on Saturday 24 November,  Abbeville  Road Clapham Christmas Fair on 1 December and the Green & Ethical Fayre on Saturday 8 December.

We are also delighted to introduce a new handmade ceramic range from Duck Ceramics, including plant pots and hangers – perfect gifts or a treat for you!

Next fair at Balham Bowls Club

We’re super excited to be taking a stall at the SoLo Craft Fair in the ballroom of the Balham Bowls Club.  Their craft fairs are always lovely events and this one is on Saturday 2 June, noon – 5pm with over 30 independent traders (including us!). We will be selling our  handmade home wares – cushions, bags and accessories in gorgeous fabrics – along with our hand curated pieces such as ceramics, handmade candles and a cactus or two!

There will also be a badge making workshop, kids’ corner and of course Balham Bowls Club will be serving delicious food and drinks all day.

Details: Saturday 2 June, 12-5pm, free entry & sweets for everyone! Balham Bowls Club, 7-9 Ramsden Road, Balham SW12 8QX

Make a pretty gift bag from fabric scraps

This is a gorgeous little gift bag to make from fabric remnants. It’s not difficult – you could even sew it by hand although it’s easier and quicker to use a sewing machine.

Put a pretty bar of soap or a small scented candle inside and it makes a lovely personal birthday, seasonal or thank you gift.  The bag is reversible too.

You can also make a bigger version of course.

What you need

Enough material to cut 11 squares measuring 12x12cm. You’ll need 4 for the inner sides, 4 for the outer sides, 1 inner base, 1 outer base and 1 piece for the drawstring loops.

Matching thread

Drawstring cord or ribbon

Sewing scissors, pins and a needle/sewing machine

How to make

We think this bag works best when you use a mixture of fabrics. You could cut each square out of a different fabric or you could alternate the fabric or you could choose one pattern for one side of the bag and something different for the other. It’s up to you! If you’re a beginner, choose a fabric with patterns that don’t have to be a specific way up. Cut and then iron 11 squares of fabric, each measuring 12x12cm.

 

Take 2 squares and put them right sides together as in the above left photo. Pin the right hand edge and sew together. Take another square and pin it to one of the squares you have just sewn (right sides together) and then again so that you have 4 joined squares. Iron the seams flat.

 

Sew the two ends together now – right sides together – so that you have a tube (see photo left).This next part is the trickiest bit. Choose a square for your base. Pin one edge of the base (right sides together) to one of the ‘tube’ squares. Sew. Do the same with each edge of the base.  Now it really is looking like a bag (see photos below)!

Do exactly the same with another 5 squares so that you have two bags.  Put one bag inside the other, right sides together.

Now for the loops – the photos below should help.  Take the last square and cut it into quarters. Now fold each square in half and open out again. Then fold one edge into the middle. Press with an iron (carefully!). Fold the opposite end into the middle and press. Fold in half and press again. Finally stitch the open edges together.

Almost there!  Fold each loop in half and pin each one between the 2 bags so that the raw edges of the loop line up with the top edge of the bags.  The loops should be pointing down and each loop should be positioned where the seams are.

Once you’ve pinned them in place (you won’t be able to see them now), sew the two bags together along the top edge, taking care when you sew over the loop areas.  Leave one section between two loops unstitched.  This is so you can turn the bag the right way.

It’s the reveal time at last. Push the bag through the gap you have left unstitched. Iron carefully, paying attention to the edges. Sew up the gap either by hand or machine.

Now all you have to do is thread through your ribbon or cord and tie it into a bow.

Ta da!  You have created an original, beautiful reversible gift bag.  Try making one using different fabrics or a larger size.  We find making them a little bit addictive…

Green & Ethical Christmas Fayre

We’re back again at the much loved Green & Ethical Christmas Fayre on Saturday 9 December, 11am-4pm.  It’s a lovely traditional family event with special guest Father Christmas plus children’s activities and plenty of stalls selling gifts, jewellery, accessories, clothing and artisan food. With an ethically sourced and environmentally friendly focus, it’s Christmas shopping with a conscience!  We hope to see you there!