29 July 2009

Not a Knitting FO ...

Remember this post, where I talked about taking a sewing class? I promised to show you the finished product in a future post ... and then forgot, until today. (I hope you weren't holding your [collective] breath, but if so, RIP.)

(Sorry, I couldn't resist that last sentence. I'm in a weird mood today, and amusing myself is easier than usual.)

Ahem. Moving on.

If you recall, we were making a Reversible Grocery Tote. The class was nice and small, only six people, so Laura, the instructor, spent a lot of time helping each of us, walking us through each step. It was a great experience, and fun to see everyone's bags take shape. Most people chose two prints for their fabrics, but I chose a solid and a print. Mostly because when I chose the print fabric (which I did first), I didn't think any other prints looked that good with it.

Here is the solid side of my bag:


And then the print side:



Yeah, I loved the bird cages and birds, so I knew that was the fabric I really wanted. And then I thought that since I don't have a lot of purple things, that it was time to add some!

I am so happy with how this turned out, and have considered making a few for gifts. Even using any of the very nice fabrics at Spool, the total cost would be roughly $10.00 per bag. Not to mention that no one would have the exact same design, even if they had the same bag, which would be a plus in my opinion - I always like having something that isn't *exactly* the same as everyone else ...

At the moment, I'm not sure what my next sewing project will be. Since funds are currently rather low, I'll have to revisit the fabric that I have, and go from there. Once again, stash to the rescue! (The fabric stash is small, but there are at least a couple of possibilities there, it's just a matter of some decision-making.)

Oh, and I'm glad you all enjoyed/commented on Jetsam's "assistance" with blocking my knitting project. As usual, he's quite pleased with himself, and I'm sure he will be ready at a moment's notice to help out again in the future - I probably won't even have to ask!

9 comments:

Chris said...

LOL about us holding our breath! Kinda like those people waiting to see actual knitting on my blog these days, eh?!

Your bag is adorable. :)

Lorraine said...

Bridget- The bag is great- did you notice that you can't use the plastic any more? People have been killed for less.

Channon said...

Beautiful!! Maybe one day, I'll learn to sew...

Quilting Mama said...

What a Lovel bag. You are more then welcome to come stash shopping at my house. I know you'll find lots of options.

Bookfool said...

Love your bag! And, thanks for mentioning the Jetsam post that I missed. What a great helper you have! I don't knit, but I'll let my cat know her duty, if knitting ever happens, around here.

Lisa said...

I've been looking forward to seeing this but it's too damn pretty for groceries. Gourmet kitty treats, maybe?

Carrie K said...

The bag looks great! And reversible to boot. Spool had a really good class for you.

Maybe Jetsam could teach the finer points of blocking one of these days. ;)

Lynn said...

This is why stash is so important!! We need it when funds get low. And we also need it during a bad storm. A couple of years back when we were waiting for Hurricane Fay to pass thru, it took a LONG time and all the craft projects I set aside for the storm were done. So I dug in the craft closet and pulled out some fabric paints that I've had for YEARS!!!! We're talking at least 10. They were still good and the kids had fun painting their new night shirts.
Stash will ALWAYS be important.

craftivore said...

Cute!! I'm sure you'll get a lot of use out of that bag. Good luck with your steeking, a glass of wine helps!