Today was the first decent Spring day we've had thus far and it was glorious. We took Sammy for a ride on his bike early, then got to pulling some weeds in the garden. In the afternoon we headed to a local park for a friends second birthday party and had fun playing in the sunshine. It was great being able to spend a decent part of the day outdoors after such a long cold winter. Here's hoping there is plenty of it ahead of us.
I have completed a couple of bags since my last post (considerably longer ago than I intended, where does time go?). For the first of the two I was in town shopping and saw a gorgeous tote style bag in a little boutique. I loved the look of it, it had a zippered opening and extra long body and was made of a natural linen. It wasn't lined and had a price tag over $350, I (ever the optimist) thought 'I can make one like that!' um can anyone say "silly girl". So I headed to Spotlight and couldn't find any linen in the colour I wanted but did find a nice silvery denim, so I brought a couple of meters of it and a zipper. I sat down and devised a plan of attack, realizing quickly that I haven't sewn a zipper into a bag before let alone a bag without a lining! Geez woman what you thinking??? I had a little look on the net for inserting zippers into bags. I found a way that I thought would work and had a go. It didn't. I am getting quite good a ripping seams. Anyhoo I made the body, four sides, one base and sewed them together. I made a strap the way I have done in the past but to the width of the sides. I sewed the zipper into two folded sides then sewed the sides to the top of the bag. I sewed on the strap at each end and folded the top over and sewed around it. It is ok, but not great! I will get use of it I'm sure, but it could have been much better. I think I might stick to patterns for a little while longer! Oh and it looks nothing like the one in the shop.
http://mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com/2011/09/copy-cat-bag-tutorial.html I kinda don't want to give it away now, but I will. I will just have to make another one for myself ;)