Sew I Knit?I missed joining this group last month, but made a skirt anyway. You should be SO glad that I didn't get any pictures of that little monstrosity!
So this month, the theme is bags. Unfortunately (or not), it's also use what you have month. My idea was to make a little bag for walking and knitting socks. Something light and airy. Well, what else was I going to use, but window screening (a.k.a. the miracle-fabric-of-the-future)?! I have a roll from a Nak-Nak/bug-catching bag for the kids. Great stuff!
The bug caught me after dinner last night, so the pictures are a little dark, but here's what I did:
I got out my scrapbooking supplies (yea for Creative Memories!) to cut a quick, perfect circle. I even used the mat and blade (medium circle with blue blade on the outside for those of you cutting along at home!).
I then measured out a rectangle that was as wide as the circle's circumference and as tall as I wanted to bag to be:
I then sewed the bottom circle to the rectangle's width - overlapping the side seam slightly. I then sewed up the side seam. I used fun rainbow thread on my first attempt, but used just solid red later. I pinned bias trim that I already had around the top to finish the edge and make a pocket for the elastic cording I wanted to use for a drawstring top:
I then realized that I didn't know if I had a safety pin small enough for my casing. Eureka! I still had my safety pins left over from my quilting days (in a Hershey's Cocoa box - safe and delicious smelling!) so I rooted through the stash looking for a tiny one. The only thing more fun than coaxing elastic through a casing is sorting through this barrel of monkeys:
I dodged that bullet! So it was onward to attaching the little-barrel-shaped-thing-that-is-on-the-end-of-strings-you-don't-want-sucked-back-into-your-jacket. Then I realized that it was too big and a little too use-what-you-have-month looking. I reworked my "design" and came up with this:
Maybe a fun friend would like this? (special note to sadly-blogless friends who knit and walk: you can custom order yours!) There's even a pocket to stash extra bamboo dpns to replace broken ones! And a label - because now we've been told how important a label can be!
Now that I got that out of my system - I need to go knit!