Monday, September 29, 2008

Who knew unemployment was so productive?

So I still don't have a job. I probably enjoy this a little too much, as it gives me all the time for sewing projects I have been meaning to do for months. I made Jon a slightly girlie oilcloth lunch bag (Using this tutorial with the same fabric, but brown), a scarf, embroidered pencil bag (gifted), a toddler sized drawstring backpack and tiny coin purse (could not resist the smallness!), and finally, the Amy Butler Weekender bag. (choir sings in the background) This bag scared me. It involved making my own covered cording, stabilizers, template plastic, and the ever horror-inducing zipper. Not to mention the fact that I needed to sew really straight lines. And there was a billion pieces to cut out in 4 different types of fabric/stabilizers. This bag is amazingly big and awesome. From reading other experiences with the bag, I was prepared for days of stress and seam ripping. Perhaps due to my cautiousness, I did not have to rip out any major seams. (Although it took me the better part of a week to make.) Miracle! I am so proud of myself, I should be struck down by a lightening bolt. I have to thank Kenz for choosing the lining/contrast fabric, which is way cooler than what I picked originally. If you gifted me a Boston terrier or firstborn child, I may be willing to make you one. Just kidding, I'm only accepting Boston terriers.

I enjoy this bag more than looking at myself in my skinny mirror. And that thing gives me legs for DAYS.

Chock full of veggies. Jon wanted me to post a different picture that was more "satan-like." Sorry Jon.

9 comments:

Megan said...

I love love LOVE that bag. It is even more amazing than you explained. I am incredibly impressed and even more jealous. I dont really have boston terriers to spare but first born children I give out like candy....think about it. Unless its a girl. I keep girls.

Kyle and Lesley said...

love the weekend bag. Well done! I've been meaning to try some of Amy Butler's fabulous bag designs... glad to know that you had a positive experience!

And where did you find the fabulous oilcloth? I've been trying to find something to make Ella a splat mat, but I just keep finding nasty florals and polka dots...

Get Weird said...

I loved unemployment way more than I love my paycheck, I'm thinking of returning to my old ways.

But until then, I'd like your next project to be reupholstering a large chair with covered cording and then posting a tutorial of you doing it so I can learn how. I really believe you have the skillz to do it. I however need a teacher.

The Smiths said...

k, best bag ever!! Please send me the link, i must investigte. I never knew you were super crafty as well as super good at cooking healthy yummy foods. i must see this bag in action.

-marissa

Danielle said...

Wow!!! That's some talent right there! I'm impressed!

Tyler and Tara said...

Your bag is amazing! I am super impressed with your sewing skills! I love it!

Kenzie said...

Whatever! You said that you would make me a bag for my birthday.

The Broadbents said...

That would be the best diaper bag. It is so cute! Would you take Dan instead of our first born or every b-day gift from here on out until I'm 35? Think about it. By the way I loved the book you guys gave me. I finished it already. Thanks again.

The Laytons said...

I have been wanting to make that travel bad for a while now. I LOVE it! You did such a good job! It's so cute!