Project – Seed Stitch and Cable Bag
Patons Pattern Library - Free Pattern
Yarn – Patons Shetland Chunky in Lilac Lace
A simple project, this bag, but that doesn't mean I can't find a way to make mistakes.
This time, it was the sewing.
I was so focused on what I was going to do with the lining, that I completely failed to 'see' how the bag was sewn together.
Far from being an 'envelope' style bag, like I thought, this turned out to be a bag where the front and back are sewn onto the strap, which forms the bottom and sides as well as the 'over-the-shoulder' bit.
So did you hear about that storm that raged up the East coast of the US last week? That was me, I'm afraid. I caused it when I discovered I had to rip out all the careful sewing I had done on the bag and start all over again.
Worth it though, because then I got to play with the lining (which, thankfully, I had not started to cut and sew before I discovered my mistake).
Sewing The Lining
I am far from a master seamstress (can you be a "Master" Seamstress?) but I have never been known to let lack of skill stand in the way of my ambitions.
Casting my mind back about thirty years to the only sewing classes I ever had, I measured, cut and sewed myself a little inside-out bag from a lovely greenish brocade, then stuffed it inside the knitted back and sewed along the flap edges and top edge of the knitted bag.
Customizing The Bag
The thing I love about making my own bags is that you can have exactly what you want.
This bag (I wonder if the designer realized this) turns out to be absolutely the perfect size for toting around my iPad.
Putting my own lining in allowed me to create custom pockets for my phone, too, as well as creating a key-corral so that all my gadgets would emerge from the bag scratch-free. I even put in a pocket for a pen, because I do like to go low-tech sometimes.
The Finished Item
I've been carrying this bag around with me all week and I think it's safe to say that it is going to hold up really nicely. The good thing about this yarn is that it is going to hold its shape and stitch definition much better than a pure wool would have. Also: no pilling! And no wet-dog smell on a rainy day (yes, I did have the opportunity to test that out).
And yes, the strap is a little short. I'm pretending that I didn't completely misread the instructions and instead that I had decided I wanted a short-strapped shoulder bag. I think it'll turn out to be just what I needed.
After all, creativity is just skill and practice mixed with a healthy dose of optimism, don't you think?