"Round my hometown, memories are fresh" - Adele
I had this song in my head the entire time I was sewing this bag. Is anyone else an Adele fan? I love her...!
Something else I love? The hometown line. I've had a few FQ's for a while now, some of which I used up in my table runner... but when I hit up the LQS at the weekend I got the "wanties" pretty bad for a bit more. They also had a pattern for a reversible tote bag, which, even though I bought the pattern, I probably didnt need to... The pattern is so simple! But being a bag making newbie, I thought I would buy it anyway
(you can find the pattern online here if you are interested ). The link didn't work in IE (Thanks Trudi!). You'll just have to go to the stores website and use the search facility. Type "tote bag" and its the last result.
The pattern suggests you use home dec weight fabric, but this was £18.95 a meter at my LQS. My wallet gave a little shriek of horror and begged me to work out an alternative. So I bought just normal quilters weight cotton (still £11.95 a meter mind you!) and used some of the 6 yards of medium weight iron on interfacing I have left at home. I had massively over ordered for a previous project, but at 99p a yard, who's counting!
I think this actually gives a nicer finish than the sample they had stitched up in the shop... It's a lot less stiff, and the hometown fabrics have a slight sheen to them which is lost in the home dec weight stuff. Maybe for the next one (I bought enough for 2), I might try some fusible fleece. I hear great things and I haven't really tried it to its full potential yet.
The little birds are machine appliquéd with my machine's blanket stitch function... I should have used heat n bond, or wonderweb or something as well but I couldn't find it anywhere when I tried. I think thats a sign I need to clean out my craft drawers.
I also really like the subtle detail of the reinforcement stitching around the handles. The whole bag has a pretty nautical theme, which as you may or may not know, is right up my street!
Anyway, this little number is headed onto the Christmas gift pile, and can be struck off my Winter Sewing List. It wasn't actually on my sewing list... but I have changed my mind about making aprons, and replaced them with these bags.
Happy 1st November peeps!
P.s. I just read my 1st November post from last year and had a bit of a giggle. You can too right here...