You know those times you get a project idea in your head, and you know it is going to be so breathtakingly fantastic you have to make RIGHT NOW or someone might get hurt? This was a “craft craving” stronger than any food craving I’ve encountered in 146 weeks of pregnancy so far.
It started when I stumbled across a free downloadable Amy Butler pattern – the “Blossom Bag” from her Style Stitches book. An old wool coat found on the top of my “to donate” pile sealed the deal. I had to make it.
Unfortunately, this craving struck right as we were packing up to leave on a week-long family visit. On the bright side, it gave me more time to fantasize and plan out little details like switching out some of the accent pieces to scrap leather, and how to work in these fantastic little custom labels my in-laws gave me for Christmas. (Thank you, Mama and Papa!)
The cutting counter lady was very skeptical about the impressive quantity of interfacing and stabilizer the project requires. Do not skimp on it. It really gave body and shape to the bag. Peltex is some amazing stuff.
The wool was wonderful to work with. It has a lot of body and hid any sloppy stitches. Even with the thickness of it, I was still able to sew through 8 layers of it, plus 2 layers of stabilizer and interfacing. OK, Tabitha did whine a little, but it was still doable. The only part I did have to redo was the flap closure attachment. I couldn’t make my stitch lines straight enough to be happy. Instead, I hand sewed the flap on with a ladder stitch.
This bag is wonderfully roomy. It easily contains a wallet, planner, notebook, small bible, cellphone, keys, lotion, makeup, pens, and more. Next fall, I’ll slip in a couple diapers and travel wipes, too. 🙂
Now that I’ve sufficiently satisfied myself, on to my Project 12 goal!