SEW(something I don’t normally do) + Testosterone (my three boys, my husband AND even my dog) = Me sewing a bag. Yes, you heard correctly, this “quilter” (non sewer) decided on a whim to try her hand at sewing a bag. And here’s why: I discovered this wonderful pattern for the Sew Together Bag at Pennington Quiltworks. If you haven’t stepped inside “Pennington Quiltworks” do yourself a favor and pay a visit to this store. In addition to coming across this darling pattern, I also felt the need to embrace the estrogen part of my world, every now and then I feel a little suffocated by all the maleness encompassing my four walls.
A fellow shopper in the store was kind enough to give me a heads up that the directions weren’t the absolute best, (thank goodness for the kindness of strangers) but if I googled the pattern I would find there is a blog sew along (no, not sing along, although I had so much fun I was singing while I sewed) Click here if you would like to have access to the blog. I chose this bag since it was touted as a beginner bag. Since I like easy peasy and being a non sewer I felt this pattern was right up my alley. Much to my surprise after googling the pattern, I found that some individuals didn’t agree that this was a beginner bag. Well, I am very competitive at heart, ask anyone who plays golf with me. Therefore, I gazed upon this pattern as if it were in a golf course and thought, “Back away from this non sewer, these opinions aren’t going to deter me.” FYI, lets not forget that I had also invested money in all the materials required to make this little bag so if you think I was about to waste my hard-earned cash Hell no!
Begrudgingly, I read through the directions. I am a visual learner and I cannot stand reading directions, don’t even think about commenting that I sound like a typical man. Anywho, I knew that in order to complete this little project I would actually need to follow the instructions step by step. The struggle was REAL!
DAY ONE: I completed most of the interior.
I actually completed all 3 zippers, now for me that’s pretty darn impressive! Remember people I am NOT a sewer, I am a quilter. A straight line I can sew, and occasionally a curved one but that’s really pushing it!
DAY TWO: I brought this project to a close, zippers and all!
Regardless of what the task is, new or old, I always learn something new. As I looked at my finished project I realized I would have liked longer handles. But overall for my initial attempt I am very happy and satisfied with the results. Lord help me if I stumble across some cool golf fabric, because then there will be many more of these in my future.
Please act surprised when you receive one of these from me during Christmas…LOL