Well, it's half term and I have another lurgy, which is of course, what happens to us school people. I'm all blocked up and sinusy, the sort when you lean forward, your head hurts.
I'm trying not to let it get in may way.
I promised myself a sewing day. I can sew in straight lines and am of the generation that were taught how to sew in secondary school. I made dresses for Miss Clicky when she was little but I don't really use my machine much these days. I've been trawling Pinterest for bag patterns over the last few months and have pinned more bags than I can possibly do. I had fabric (more about that later) but nothing suitable for the handles so I popped down to Favourite Fabrics in Gloucester. They are an eBay shop but open to the public from 8.00am-4.00pm, Monday to Friday.
They had lots of lovely fabric (sorry for the rubbish photos the lights were very bright)
and lots of lovely ribbons, tapes and bias binding.
I bought this selection of fat quarters
and some plain webbing for bag handles.
And onto my bag. I had bought these tea towels in Tesco about a year ago with intention of making something with it.
I pushed the dining table against the wall and made myself a sewing corner. As I laid everything out Maisie said she wanted to keep an eye on me the make sure I did it right.
I used the Purl Bee 40 Minute Tote Pattern which can found here. I loved the idea of a reversible bag but decided I didn't want a pocket. As I mentioned the fabric was tea towels, and I decided to leave the hems on. Mistake No 1.
Mistake No 2 came when I (very proudly) looked at my bag and lining side by side. I'd made my first boxed bottom. Spot my mistake yet? Yes, both the lining and the outer are made with good side out. Obviously when the two are sewn together and you try the reverse the bag it won't work. Maisie gave me a disapproving look and I undid the stripy bag. I sewed it again and it was wrong.......again. Luckily it was right a third time. When I got ready to stitch the two bags together Mistake No 1 reared it's ugly head. Leaving the seams on the edges meant that there were a lot of layers of fabric to get through. Impossible.
I had to stitch up to the seam by hand and oversewed the lumpy bit. The pattern said to sew down the edge seam from the top to join the lining and outer together but again, that was impossible. Instead I stab stitched through the bottom corners.
Maisie forgave me in the end and even agreed to model for me.
She prefers the stripy side, but it's the spots for me.
I love the way they look together.
And I am over the moon with the result.
I've also learnt some lessons. The usual one, don't think 'I've got this,' that's always when it goes wrong, don't leave the seams on the tea towels...oh and make sure you take all the pins out of your fabric before you stitch together. I found 3 pins sealed inside, I had to cut the metal of the pin with pliers, leaving the round head inside. I suppose it makes my bag more unique!
And lastly I'll leave you with a picture of the dog, ~who loves sunlight~ catching a few rays on the stairs.
I'll see you soon, as always have fun.