Saturday, 25 July 2020

More Sewing

I've been doing quite a bit of stitching this past week, making bags, 'useful' containers and thread catchers but I must say that I've not noticed much of a reduction in my fabric mountain 🙄.  There is one project which I've been putting off for some considerable time using a pattern which I purchased probably at least early last year from Hochanda when Trisha was on.  It is a Messenger Bag which has a pocket on the outside, an inner 'letter-box' zipped pocket, magnetic fastener and an adjustable shoulder strap.  I've been looking at the pattern from time to time and saying to myself 'next time I'm sewing'!!  However, I decided I really should get down to it using some good weight denim which I purchased for just that purpose  The original pattern uses fusible wadding but I decided to use some iron on stabiliser instead with this fabric and I found some toning print for the lining, trim and strap.  In case you are wondering, I did include the inner zipped pocket and the outer pocket is hidden underneath the flap.  My original intention was to have a denim strap and I did spend some time actually making that only to find that it was far too thick to thread through the slider which makes it adjustable.  Fortunately I had sufficient of the floral fabric to make another strap which works well.

Now this is actually completed I'm wondering why I hesitated for so long before attempting it.  The instructions were excellent and explained the various processes very clearly, even the adjustable strap details were included - a technique which I'd not done before and couldn't really work out in my head.

Sunday, 19 July 2020

Lunchbox Bag

I have lots of odd pieces of fabric left over from years of patchwork and quilting so yesterday I had a search to find some pieces large enough to make up a bag using a pattern from Sew Totally Trisha.  This is a small bag with a sort of inner draw string top and it is called a Lunchbox Bag.  I think it would do equally well as a bag for carrying around maybe a small needlework project, or maybe some crochet.  Trisha appears on Hochanda from time to time and also has a Facebook page and various videos on YouTube.  I've enjoyed making the bag this morning and have a different one I want to try soon.