When all the comments started coming in on my last post, the one about sewing, all the advice and recommendations thrilled me! There are times when advice is much needed and all of you who sew as well as knit came to my aid with links and suggestions. I was delighted!
Of course I had done some googling of my own in preparation for sewing, but that people who knew what they were talking about offered me much linky-goodness was greatly appreciated. Over the course of days I gathered all the links together, had a bit of a think and today have spent a somewhat tortured but ultimately thrilling afternoon making my first properly ambitious project. I say ambitious because in reading through the instructions, I very nearly didn’t go forth. I just couldn’t see what was meant but I remembered back to all the times in knitting when I read instructions, thought ‘huh?’ and went on regardless. I wanted to make a bag with a proper bottom, so I gave it a go and I’m not disappointed.
Sometimes, a bit of faith in your own capacity to think is helpful. Here’s my first lined draw string bag. Look, Mum. I made something good!
I’ve had the fabric for this bag for a long time. Several years ago, while on a shopping outing with RoseRed and several other knitters I picked up a wad of fat quarters bundled together with a teapot theme. Look at the photo above, you’ll see the teapots. I bought them long before I had the slightest notion of learning to sew. I actually thought my mum might like to make something (for me!) out of the fabric. I never got around to passing them on and so instead kept them in a drawer ‘just in case’. My just in case day arrived. I lined it with some fabric I picked up last week.
I’m not going to pretend this was easy. But rather than calling it the fault of the tutorial, rather it was a lack of understanding on my part. I picked apart a few seams, scratched my head a lot, referred to the photos a lot. But I got there. And I’m thrilled. Sean, who is suffering a rather bad respitiratory infection at the moment, sat nearby watching Team America but pausing periodically to cheer me on as I managed each stage.
Now that I’ve done it, I’m excited to make more. We’ve got another quiet day planned tomorrow and I imagine I’ll get through it a little more quickly than today’s effort. Maybe I’ll even make my second one as a gift. In fact I think I’ll make one soon that I’ll give away as a blog prize, but I need to work on my skills a bit first.
So thanks for all the tips and help. Keep them coming. I even washed the fat quarters last night, drying them over the heating vents in preparation for today.
Soon, I hope to be able to make something cute for somebody lovely, like Alice. Isn’t this a great photo? She doesn’t like having her hair pulled up. This face says, ‘I’m not impressed, Mum.’ Indeed.
Any recommendations for simple toddler patterns much appreciated! Although I’m imagining that’ll be more appropriate for less chilly weather since I’m only working in cotton right now.