I seem to have gotten the bag making bug! Immediate gratification, I think that's why I like them. Unlike a quilt, that at best takes a couple of weeks (well it does me anyway), and at worst can drag on for years, you can finish a pouch in an afternoon.
I was wondering what to send to my friend Caz for her birthday. Caz and I used to work together for 8 or 10 years in the early 80's and have remainded best friends since. I'm Godmother to her son. Sadly, because I live out in the Czech Republic, we only see each other every year or two, but when we do meet, it's just like old times! SO I was mulling over what to buy her. Last year I got a hand-made bag for her on Etsy, and was thinking of doing something similar this year. Jewellery, or a picture. Duh! I think I could possibly make something myself! So I made this gag (oops, that should be bag - freudian slip) for her.
She a Junior School teacher, so I'm hoping she can use it for her red pen, glitter and glue. Or whatever teachers need.
I thought I'd invest in a pattern for once, so I bought Elizabet Hartman's Perfect Zip Bag Pattern. It was very easy to use, and whilst I probably could've made one without the pattern, it all came together very easily. With the exception of the zip, which was a local purchase and had a rather large, metal end stop on it and made it impossible to get a neat end. I used one of the prints from the Outside Oslo collection, which is what Elizabeth made it in and what made me notice it in the first place. I have lined it with one of the Echo prints, which is I absolutely love, love, love.
It was also useful to see how someone "professional" photographs and writes up a pattern, as I battle through writing up a tutorial for my little Mouthy pouch. My main problem has been remembering to photograph each stage, and it's too late by the time I realise I've missed something!
Now I've got that out of my system, I can move on to other fabric combinations, or maybe something patchy. The whole family will get one now! As I'm writing this, I'm humming "Ain't no stoppoing us now, we're in the groove". I hum a lot. I know it's not a good thing, well not in public anyway!