I had completely forgotten until M-R emailed me that TGIFF is spending the week with me! That’s what happens when you’re in the throes of terrible twos and hanging out for your weekend away with girlfriends sans children… Thankfully, it’s been a big week of finishes for me!
First up was my bento bag and tea bag pouch for my friend’s birthday (which she thoroughly loved and in true Japanese style, was embarrassed to receive).
Next was this quilt – I’ll be sharing this one tomorrow!
Today also marks the end of the Kate Spain blog hop – so come back later today for the final post to link up any Kate Spain projects finished during the blog hop!
And lastly, my Super Tote! My beautiful friend Gina bought me the pattern, and after spending hours and days agonising over what fabric to use, I finally commited, bought what I needed and started prepping.
And prepping. Cutting fabric, cutting interfacing, fusing interfacing, reading the pattern over and over again to get it worked out it in my head (not that it’s a confusing pattern, it’s just the first “real” bag I’ve made!). Wednesday I sat down all ready to finally sew it together.
My daughter, miraculously, behaved beautifully for one day and I was able to finish it all to the sound of a pouring, rainy-season-June day – it took about 4 – 4.5 hours all up of sewing, I’d say. I adapted the pattern a bit – adding a second, zipped exterior pocket and only using one interior pocket (not gathered either, just a little extra fabric and a seam down the middle for non-floppy pockets). Much more suited to my needs. I also didn’t use any piping, just added a half inch to the pocket lining so it would show on the front.
I used a Munsell cotton linen blend (the deer, the blue floral and the spot prints) with Honey Honey for the lining, and a locally-sourced interfacing… I was aiming for Pellon Shapeflex like the pattern suggested and was going off the Google images as I’ve never handled Shapeflex before! It worked well enough. I fully lined the exterior pockets and interfaced the exterior and “exterior lining” side so as to give a but more support. I think if I was to make it again, I’d go for a heavier interfacing. It’s a big bag and if it’s not stuffed full, it’s a little floppy for my liking.
I’m really happy with it! I wanted in time for this weekend’s trip away – just me, to a friend’s place in Osaka, for two nights. Can. Not. Wait! Bring on 5:30pm tonight! – as I’m only taking carry-on so a big handbag is a must, wink wink.
So if you’ve finished anything this week, link it up, link back to me or TGIFF and go check out everyone else’s pretties.