The last few days have been wet and miserable over here - the perfect excuse to immerse myself in another patchwork project... I saw some seaside-themed fabric in Dunelm and guessed that it would pull together all the stripy denim and checks from my fabric samples pile. I must confess that it took me ages to work out the width of the repeat in the pattern, and how I was going to create the patches.
I've never made a bag before in my life - and I didn't have a pattern - so it also took me ages to work out all the sizes and dimensions from another soft fabric bag. The final challenge was to work out how to fix the handles and lining. It took quite a lot of creative thinking during last Tuesday's thunder storm before I worked out that I had to stitch the first seam at the top of the bag THEN turn it inside out to finish off the top stitching!
This bag has excellent frugal credentials....
I've only used a third of the material I bought at Dunelm (about £1.50's worth)
This is the fourth project I've made out of the £10.00 pile of clearance fabric. There's still masses left so I'm guessing that these pieces are worth about £1.00.
The lining is inherited from my Great-Aunt's fabric stash.
The handles are made out of the back of an XL Denim shirt (M+S Blue Harbour - £1.00 clearance from a local charity shop. There's still loads of useful material left from this shirt so I'd guess that the handles cost me 50p)
I've done all my patchwork so far on an ancient Singer sewing machine that we inherited from Mark's Grandma. (I call her 'Sissy the Singer' because she's a sweet old lady who doesn't mind machining at my slow speeds!)
This bag is going on holiday with me shortly.
(I'm very excited about the prospect of a September holiday. Currently the weather in the area we're going to visit is a very pleasant 20-25 degrees, with sunshine and light cloud. I'm hoping that it's going to stay like that... I'm not looking for a heat-wave but some blue skies would be nice!)
To all the teachers out there... I hope that the start of the new school year is going well for you.
All the best,