Three days off in a row, and it feels like a holiday!
Sewed practically all day Friday (and took a couple of daylight photos of the bag)…
Saturday, did the grocery shopping and the library followed by a nice toasting in the sun. Pulled out some coconut oil that wasn’t being eaten and put some on my skin, and threw a blanket and a towel on the grass. Later we went to the gym. Enjoyed some reading time with one of my library books.
Sunday we were out early and had a walk along the lake…
Stopped for a tea at our favourite tea shop. Home for lunch then a little more sunshine time on the back deck.
There was still time for some more sewing and I made a drawstring project bag which required a lot less thought than Friday’s project. A palate cleanser, as it were, before I tackle another Yoan tutorial.
Then dinner and more reading.
And now my weekend is almost over. I hope you enjoyed your weekend and that all is well with you.
This bag is an amazing design. So much work must have gone into the planning and production. It took me most of the day to make this, about six hours actively sewing plus breaks for food and stuff.
It has two straps so you can wear it as a backpack or shoulder bag, attaching to either the upper or lower D rings.
The fabrics I used were in my stash. Four of them are from one grouping and the orange was from a different range but coordinated well.
The above photos are the finished pockets. There are four zippers in this bag!
Below are the component parts before assembly.
A lot of hardware too!
Considering the fabric, the interfacing (Thermolam and SF101 aren’t cheap), the swivel hooks, D rings and sliders, and the time it took to make, this wouldn’t be a viable product to sell, but I made this for the joy and the challenge so it’s OK!
I have tabs open on my laptop for a couple more Yoan videos so perhaps you’ll see another completed project this weekend.
Often when I get home from a full day on my feet, having lifted myriad bolts of fabric and dealt with lots of people (can you say extroverted introvert?!) I am wiped and all I have the energy for is food, tea, Netflix and bed.
Other days, given the right motivation, I can actually get things done.
One evening to make an apron and a second to make an oven mitt to add to the display.
My hand-dyed yarn crocheted over cotton clothesline.
Just because I love the camper fabric so much!
And another WhitneySews bag from the same tutorial as the cat bag I showed you last time. How adorable is this fabric, with the yarn-bombed trees!
One day, I managed to have a complete sewing room blitz and now everything is tidier and better organized.
I’m working tomorrow but then I have three days off. Ooh, what mischief can I get up to?!
The beach fabric with the camper vans, surfboards and beach houses has been put to good use in two more bags for the #dodgybagmal2021!
This zipper pouch is bigger than the owl one I talked about a couple of posts ago. I increased the height of the denim base by one inch and did the same with the upper exterior fabric. It made for a more roomy bag but maintained good proportions.
The inside has a couple of extra slip pockets just because.
Rather than piece a patchwork pocket (how’s that for alliteration) I used a single piece of the surfboard fabric and as I had fusible fleece inside I didn’t bother doing any quilting.
The handles are quite narrowly positioned but I wanted to avoid covering certain parts of the print. If I make this bag again, I will definitely add zipper tabs to avoid that pulled in look at the ends. And I would use my best fabric for the pocket as that’s the main feature.
As I was sewing my Flower Power bag, which I told you about in my last post, I was listening to Ali of the Little Drops of Wonderful podcast on YouTube.
How fortuitous that she announced the start of her annual Dodgy Bag Make-along during that podcast!
She has a group on Ravelry and there is a chatter thread for the MAL. I posted a photo of my bag in there, of course.
And today, I have another bag to add to the event. I followed her zippered project bag tutorial and made this…
I had this fabric in the stash, bought on a whim because it’s cute. Ditto the lining.
The base is denim and the handle is part of a zipper, the working part of which has previously been used in another project.
I love the name “Dodgy Bags”—so named because she is not accurate in her cutting and if a seam doesn’t get sewn properly the first time she doesn’t mind turning the bag through to redo it. (When I see her using a ruler, set square and scissors it makes me want to send her a rotary cutter, mat and gridded ruler on the mail!)
It’s very freeing to see that even if your cutting and stitching is a bit wonky and your bag isn’t perfect, it still comes out looking pretty good! It’s easy to get caught up in ideas of perfection rather than just having fun with it.
Of course I left it until late in the day to start mine. I’ll make another on the weekend, I think, when I’m less tired.