Today I can reveal a secret sewing project which kept me busy and happy for a few hours . . . making something for a friend’s birthday. The friend in question is Avis.
Not sure if she’ll actually use this, but if she doesn’t, I’m sure she had a chuckle anyway.
I made Avis a tote bag, with a matching pouch for tote bag to be folded into, so it can be clipped to a jean’s loop. I don’t know about you, but when I just nip to the shops for one or two bits, I always end up buying more than intended . . . and I don’t like to have to pay for a plastic carrier bag.
The tote bag measures approximately 16” x 16” so it’s a nice shopping bag size. The pouch, for when it’s folded measures approx 3.5” x 7”.
I bought this fabric especially. It’s a batik cotton but has a waterproof coating so will be brilliant for shopping on a rainy day. Mind you, I got a bit confused about which side was the right side . . . unsure if the coated side was meant to be on the outside or the inside. I ended up opting for the waterproof side on the outside.
And just to prove that the large tote bag can fit inside the pouch . . . there’s a folding method to stick to.
First, bag needs to be flat (and dry)
And you simply start by folding up the bottom
Until it’s a nice flat roll like this.
Fold one side in (about 1/3 in)
The second side in.
And then continue rolling the straps round.
And voilà! One good sized tote bag, all neatly folded into its pouch!
Anyway, I sent that to Avis, along with some fun plant pot decorations with little wooden hedgehogs on the ends and a copy of “The Sewing Machine” by Nathalie Fergie. If you haven’t read that, I’ll be doing a quick book review post in the coming days.