Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Of bags and other things ...
Before Christmas I caught up with Amanda's Chocolate Marshmallow sampler blocks, and put the flying geese sashing on all the Threads of Memory blocks so they would be ready for a quick finish in the New Year, alas I forgot about the flying geese that I needed for two of the sides so there was no quick finish for me.
After receiving this lovely Boxy Pouch (the one on the right) from Sheila I thought I would have a go at making one too. The tutorial is here, I also looked at this tutorial here as well. It took me about 2 1/2 hours to make once I had decided on my fabric, I used a Parlon iron-on batting and used grosgrain ribbon for my tabs at each end as I couldn't be bothered making them the way the pattern showed, I also made mine an inch longer. For some reason my bag ended up slightly larger than the one Sheila gave me.
While the bag making mood was in full swing I also decided to attempt the Sew Together Bag (a digital pattern available from Craftsy. In addition to following the pattern instructions I followed the Quilt Barn sewalong and I also put tab ends on the pocket zippers as shown here. I didn't time how long the bag took to make as I spread it out over 3 days, I cut the fabric and interfacing one day, constructed most of the bag the next day and finished it off today, probably at least 8 hours all up.
Surprisingly, I enjoyed making both bags, it was a bit of a change from machine piecing and I think another couple of bags are on the sewing horizon.