Saturday, June 16, 2012
More sewing... a bunch of bags
I found this cute sewing project on Martha Stewart's website... It's a good thing...
Again, using items on hand, I made four of them. The website has a printable pattern template which requires enlarging. I took the pattern to my local print shop and they were able to enlarge it (200%) as recommended. The printshop had a special printer which allowed the enlargement to be printed on one single page (cost $1.80).
Two of these bags are lined with lavender fabric and one is lined with tan fabric.
Ah, finally a photo which shows you the fabric in a flattering way! I think these bags will be nice project bags for small to medium sized knitting projects.
I had one problem with this pattern just like the problem I had with the market bags I made a few weeks back. The project resembles a "tank top". You first sew the tops of the handles and then the bottom curve of the bag. Then you sew the "neck" portion BUT you leave the "armholes" untouched. Eventually you have to fold under and iron/press the "armhole" portion (you have to leave it open for turning the bag inside out). It was tricky to fold under, press, and stitch in these areas. But as I am trying more and more patterns, and relearning things about sewing, the gears in my brain are turning and I am considering ways to modify the pattern to help me get over this hurdle. On the Martha Stewart website, you can also watch a brief video about making this project. Martha goes on and on about clipping the curves on both convex and concave curves. The written pattern doesn't mention this step. I was a bit lazy and I thought it was a bit tricky to clip curves on 1/4 inch seams but if I make this pattern again... I will clip the curves. Listen to Martha.
My mom taught me to clip the curves too. Mom knows best, too!
Listen to your Mom! It's a good thing!