Morning all! For those of you who keep tabs on me on Twitter or Facebook (although mostly Twitter, as I always post there and posting on Facebook when it's not for a post is hit and miss at the moment) you'll have seen the above image this week. I was using the fabric to make a cute bag from this book.
What I love about the book is how many photos and illustrations there are because of the younger reader group it's aimed at. It's super easy to follow, and took just 4 hours for me to make a cute bag for my portable dvd player! I've got a new one which didn't come with a bag like it's predecessors, so I needed to make one. It's the first time I've sewn with wadding (aka batting in the USA, which I have a habit of saying and confusing my family with), and the longest part was the measuring and cutting out stage.
|And the ironing stage. I didn't have to iron the wadding though.|
I sewed the handles using a different pattern to the suggested handle version for the bag. I managed to go a bit wrong too...
|A lopsided handle isn't a good thing...|
|Here's the detail of where I sewed it to the inside fabric by accident.|
...I sewed the handle to the bag in an extra place! It didn't take long to unpick the stitches, but it gave me a newfound respect for sewers on the 2016 BBC Great British Sewing Bee who have to unpick during one of their challenges - mine was easy to see and I had all the time in the world, they use tricky fabrics and are extremely time limited!
|Tada! This is how the book looks, with the ends not sewn in...|
I honestly had meant to sew in the ends today, but ran out of time so you'll have to put up with them. I adore the funky cherries on the outside and the cute purple white gingham on the inside. The ribbons are not appropriate for the bag - they are too flimsy to hold something heavy, but I'd made this as a trial because I had no idea how successful I'd be (I'm not that confident a sewer) so simply used whatever spare ribbon I could find. This bag will hold light items only! Another will be made this month, hopefully. ^o^
I'd love to hear what you think of it!