I finally unpacked and organized enough to create a space in my bedroom for sewing, so on Tuesday I started cutting into some of my favorite fabrics and making a bag. I’ve had my eye on this pattern by Faith of Fresh Lemons probably since she posted it in 2012, so it’s about damn time I got around to trying it. Honestly, I’m not great at machine sewing; I’m definitely still a beginner, and I have very little confidence in my skills, so I wasn’t at all sure that I could pull this together. But I had the entire house to myself, plenty of time, and no excuses for not trying. (Besides that, my friend Jen recently started cutting up her fabric stash to prep for making fabulous things, and there is just no way I’m going to let her outdo me. Umm..except when it comes to that whole triathlon thing she’s training for. You got me there, Jen. No contest. ;))
So, I have to report that not only is the pattern for this awesome bag FREE, it’s also pretty great for beginners. I had to revisit some YouTube videos to figure out how to use my rotary cutter to get straight lines whilst NOT cutting any of my fingers off, so when I say I’m a beginner, you can trust me. There are a couple of darts, but they were easy peasy, and I was pretty proud of myself.
The instructions were clear and easy to follow. I decided to rearrange some of the strips after I cut them, so I didn’t follow the pattern just exactly, but pretty close. In addition to be super do-able for a beginner, this bag is also something I’ll actually use when I finish, so that’s a lovely thing. 🙂
In true Rachel form, however, I didn’t pay close attention to how much fabric I needed. I thought I’d just grab from my stash and make do. But then halfway through I realized I really wanted to use that dark fabric at the bottom for the straps, and I didn’t have enough of it. I was able to get the bag and the lining assembled, and when my fabric arrives, I plan to finish this right up. Here’s what I have so far:
Also, extra bonus is that I’m one step closer to being proficient at using my sewing machine. The most important lesson I’ve learned so far is that when your thread starts ganking up for no apparent reason, your best bet is to re-thread your needle. Re-threading the needle and the bobbin is basically the sewing machine version of “turning it off and back on.” As in: “Have you tried turning it off and back on?” Have you seen the British comedy “The IT Crowd”? You really should. It’s on Netflix, so there’s really no excuse not to. In fact, maybe you should watch it while doing a little sewing.