Did you ever have it in your mind to create something and then as the sewing progressed, you realized it just wasn’t working out?
Well, I had another one of those “project gone wrong” things happen to me. Yep, there’s been more than one! I wanted to make a couple of “Bah Humbug Bags” and I didn’t want any raw edges in the bag. Thought I’d like it to have a layer of batting. Well. That just didn’t work out. Tried Traditional Batt on the larger bag and it was way too bulky. Tried Cotton Batt on the smaller bag & it was still too much. And the added bulk of the batting made sewing thru some of the seams with all those layers a bit much.
I don’t have a pattern for the Humbug Bag, but I had made the bag years ago after seeing it on a “Sewing with Nancy” program that featured the bag. I made several of those, at the time. They make nice gifts. And also a nice cover-up for a gift. Had made one for myself, too.
Well, my 2nd try (bags 3 & 4) turned out better. There are no exposed raw edges anywhere in the bag. Got back to basics and used denim for its durability. No batting. Nice fabrics for lining and decorating the handle. The fabric & denim are quilted together with some deco stitches on my new sewing machine.
The bags look just a bit different, cuz I found that I had lots of bulk when stitching the handle in the same place with the zipper insert as on the smaller bag. So, I moved the zipper insert away from the middle on the larger bag and that did the trick – the zipper insert & the handle are sewn thru separately, rather than all on top of each other. I even made each end of the handle to be sewn side by side, rather than on top of each other, again, less bulk.
This was a good project to choose for sewing on my new Janome 6600p. Lots of practice on many techniques, including using the zipper foot. Even the original idea with the green bags that didn’t work out gave me some nice practice on quilting with the AccuFeed Foot.
The old dog IS learning new tricks! LOL
The denim bags are a gift for a niece who will be starting college in the fall. I know Holly will put them to good use, transporting any manner of goodies in them.
The original green bags I will finish up and know I will find some use for them around here.