I’ve decided to craft each day through January. I thought if I got a running start in the year that I would still be hitting it hard all year long. But my husband is off work this week. I crafted so much New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day that I told him I would spend more time with him today, the second day of the year. My idea was to offer him control on a video game we are taking turns playing while I spin! I can chat with him and watch his progress.
Now you might think that is not very generous since guys are the video gamers of the world, but that is not true. I love Skyrim! I love that game. Being eaten by dragons on mountain tops is very thrilling. And I love spinning and can sit comfortably on the couch chatting and watching the game.
But I was really wanting to make another square bottomed drawstring bag like I made on New Year’s Eve. I made the sides of the bag with french seams but not the base. How to get to the sewing machine without leaving him alone again today? Well my husband said he wanted to go pick up Thai food and stop at the grocery store for beer. What do I do as soon as the door closes? I see my chance! I ran to my fat quarters!
Unfortunately I spent half the time he was gone troubleshooting a problem with my sewing machine. Apparently when I cleaned it out last night after making the bed for my parrot, I put the bobbin case in just a little lopsided. I didn’t even know you could do that and still get the case closed. Took me too long to work out the problem and I only had the sides of the bag sewn up before he came home.
I figured it would not take long to sew up the bottom. I told him to start the game without me, and here is my wonderful new bag. I like the base of this bag a little better, but now I think I wish it was round. The square bottom made the french seams very difficult to maneuver, especially since I didn’t want to take the time to pin it before sewing. Hmmm do I see round bags in my future?
With a new drawstring pouch, I needed another cord. I thought it would be nice to make a spiral cord. I had to pull out a sewing bird to hold the yarn so I could tat with a large ball of yarn.
I like the way the cord looks, but it is a little too textured to slip easily in the drawstring slot. Once the bag is cinched up, it is locked and difficult to open again. I’ll have to make another cord that has spiral ends, but a non-textured center that can slip through the drawstring slot with ease.
Since I was tatting, I made a small flower. I’ll have to make a few more and sew them onto some linen to make a tatted garden.