Perhaps you have seen these photos on my Instagram account? It seems I can’t crochet in peace – Simon will steal my ball of yarn away and Sophie will play with the length of yarn. This calls for a simple, but necessary project!
Perhaps you have seen this advertisement on Facebook or Instagram? This is an excellent idea, unfortunately I couldn’t get past the upside down trees on the zipper side of the bag.
So I decided to make my own.
I drew out my pattern piece and cut out my outer fabric and lining from cotton remnants and cut out my interfacings from fusible Shape-flex and fusible Thermolam.
My fusible Thermolam didn’t want to fuse, so I basted it on to my fabric. My iron isn’t the greatest though.
I sewed in my corners on all my pieces.
Sewed on my label – Whoo Hooo! 🙂
Sewed my inner pocket together and turned the corners out perfectly with my new toy, my Point Turner.
Inner pocket sewed on.
Outer bag pieces sewn together.
“Amber” my Singer 421G plowed through the many layers I put in front of her!
Pressing the seams open.
Outer bag done, and inner lining bag done the same way.
I placed one bag inside the other and sewed the curved openings together, leaving the handles open at the top.
I turned the bag through the opening at the handles.
Then I sewed the handles together.
Ready for topstitching and a few grommets to run my yarn through – unfortunately I have to wait until I buy some grommets!
All done! My craft bag can hold 3 5 oz balls of yarn – or all my crochet hooks, yarn, pattern and reference book. All safe from Sophie and Simon!
What are my #reSEWlutions?
I’m saying them out loud to help me keep them! Some of these are second nature for me now, some are new and will need some encouragement!
ONE: I have been on my own RTW fast since I did a year of Goodbye Valentino’s RTW fast in January of 2015. After 2015 was over I didn’t see any reason to go back to RTW. I learned I had the courage to try new projects and I discovered shopping didn’t have any appeal for me anymore. The only purpose in shopping now is to get ideas and copy them. So in 2018 I will continue my RTW Fast – with the possible exception of undergarments and socks, shoes and the like.
TWO: Make a bag – tote or handbag or wallet or whatever – possibly once a month. I haven’t bought myself a bag for 3 years now. I have purchased luggage since January of 2015, but not one handbag! I never used to be able to walk past a Bag Store without buying. Friends used to walk between me and the Store so I didn’t waver! I’ve broken that habit but now my supply is getting worn out and I’m starting to get the itch again and although this is something I have done a few times before here, here, and here, I think it is a reSEWlution that can teach me a lot of new techniques and make me very, very happy along the way!
THREE: Designin’ December 2018 – it will be the fourth year! I have to find my Designer Original. I’m happy to share my Designer research on Facebook, the Designin’ December group, and on my Pinterest, my Designin’ December and Designer Fashion boards. Join in with me if you would like to share ideas. We can follow each other! I will soon be updating my DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER widget in my menu, click on it and you will get all the details about Designin’ December 2018.
FOUR: Participate in some Facebook and Instagram Groups and Challenges like:
Dressmaking blogging network: I love reading what others are making.
Stashbusting sewalong: I have tallied up my fabric stash earlier this month and it is approximately 145 meters, give or take a few scraps only. I plan on keeping a counter at the end of each project post and I want to be at least 10% lighter by the end of the year, hopefully more!
#magamsewalong on Instagram: Sarah Liz always inspires me to sew for myself!
FIVE: Finish sewing some garments I have already cut out – a black & white print knit cardigan, a purple knit skirt, white print woven dress, navy woven pants and a blue knit skirt.
SIX: Possible sewing projects? I would also like to make some casual pants (linen), some casual knit tops, a red or blue print dress, and a cardigan or jacket. All these items will have to be sewn from my fabric stash.
SEVEN: Eat less sugar and exercise more! Bahahaha now that’s just plain silly!
How do you think I will do with NUMBERS ONE THOUGH SEVEN – any bets?
STASHBUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT? None, sewn with scraps, so still 145 meters remaining. Better luck next time!