We have lots of talented people in our Guild, including Bev who is a master at bag-making ... Bev kindly agreed to run a Maker's Tote workshop for those of us that are 3D sewing challenged (pick me, pick me!).
Bev got us off to a great start but it took me a few more home sewing sessions here, and there ... I also had to buy a few vowels making and attaching the binding ... But I got there just in the nick of time for a special trip to Sydney that I had planned.
A cotton weight denim for the gussets and binding.
Kraftex for all the pockets bound in selvage from the front panels
The handles I made myself using some left-over denim from the binding and Kraftex.
So far so good with those handles ... although I can see a stress tear trying to happen in the single thickness section of the Kraftex near where I have attached the handles to the bag ... so I may need to redesign these ... thinking cap on.
Overall, despite the swearing, I did enjoy making this bag. The swearing was due to using Kraftex for the inside pockets. They made the bag stiff and therefore it was difficult so squish the bag through my machine to sew on the gussets and binding. Not the pattern's fault. Just my fault for pushing the limits in material choices. But I'm glad I did persevere with the Kraftex. I love the look and the pockets are nice and sturdy. They will soften over time, with use ... they'll get lots of use ... because this is my new favourite bag.
So many happy memories with this bag already ... Oh the places we will go and the people we will meet!
|Makers Tote meet "Jen Kingwell" and "Tula Pink" - squee!! My friend Denise and I had the absolute pleasure of meeting these two cool cats at the recent Sydney Craft and Quilt fair|
|If I look stunned ... it's because I am!|
|Bought my first piece of Tula Pink fabric at the show and guess who signed it??|
|and of course the party hasn't started unless you've had a selfie with Sparkle!|
My bag and I had a wonderful time in Sydney ... including meeting a lot of the peeps I communicate almost daily with on Instagram. It was surreal to meet them in real life at the IG meet up kindly organised by Kristy from Quietplay, Keera from Live Love Sew and Molli Sparkles ... my head is still in a spin!
With so much talent in our own backyard ... you'd think I'd be inspired right? But actually I feel like a rabbit caught in head-lights ... stunned ... unable to move.
I think I'll just sit here for a while ... ponder all that I have seen and experienced and hopefully my brain will start functioning again!
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