Monday, October 14, 2013
Preparation Is Key...
Here is another Market Bag that I recently sewed. I felt I needed to have an Autumn colored bag to brighten my shopping chores. I was also making a Market Bag for Sisty for her upcoming birthday.
Most projects need lots of preparation. Painting a room is one that comes to mind. Clear the room, clean the walls and woodwork, mask everything with paper and tape, etcetera until you finally get to the painting. I find sewing is also something that requires lots of prep work. My projects always go much smoother and come out much nicer when I take the time to prep.
After all the cutting and pressing and labeling I sit at my trusty machine and sew. When I have items that can be "daisy-chained" that is what I do. It saves on thread and makes the process a lot quicker. Just sew a seam on one item and keep sewing until all like pieces are completed for that step. These are pockets.
I really like the process of selecting coordinating fabrics from my stash. I have lined this with muslin. This combination really says Autumn. This is the bag I made for Sisty. Her birthday is in November. I included a large side pocket and this one has pockets on both front and back. I also put pockets inside. One can never have too many places to organize coupons, glasses, wallet, small food items and such. The large side pocket holds a wine bottle or a stalk of celery or ???
Another view of the other side with pocket. These are good sized bags and very sturdy. I put a separate bottom sturdy piece that is covered in vinyl cloth and removable for cleaning...just in case the milk drips. I have fun coordinating my clothes with my Market Bag when I go shopping. My friend makes similar bags and sells them for $20 each. These are a lot of fabric and even more time in cutting and preparation and sewing. Her customers are truly getting a bargain I feel. Yes, one can buy market bags for 99 cents and up but they are terribly generic and boring and not very sturdy. I prefer to be unique and create my own. I also think they make extremely nice gifts. Please tell me your thoughts...
We had a sprinkle of rain but nothing measurable. Gorgeous Autumn weather continues.
Thank you to my newest followers. I appreciate each and every follower. I read every comment and truly look forward to them. Mr. C says I am addicted and I say that is not a bad thing. Blogging opens my world and connects me with such talented and creative and generous souls. I am very grateful.
Now where did I put all those lists I actually wrote out? I really should get busy. I am so far behind on so many things. I owe some very serious thank yous to some wonderful gifts I have received lately. Please know I have not forgotten each of you. I am working on these this week.
My daughter invited us to her First Halloween Party and listening to her plans it will be epic! We won't be able to attend but I am certain I will hear squeals of delight and horror from 500 miles away. I am so thankful she is enjoying life and living it fully. My granddaughters will be helping her and enjoying also.
May you be enjoying BOO-tiful days and Creative ways...