Yesterday was a busy day (what's new), and it was supposed to be a no-sewing kind of day because I didn't think there was time. While doing housework, I did embroider the front of a new bag made out of denim. I'm making purses specifically for certain sports to support the team (maybe I'll even get a couple of orders for purses so who knows).
The front turned out so nicely that I should actually be embroidering the front for the second bag right now as I type this. However, the area embroidered doesn't fit any particular bag pattern in my stash so I drafted one myself. It's not too little, not too big, just right for a tournament. I know some people like big bags and they do serve a purpose, but the only time I like a big bag is for PR Weekend. A big bag is just begging for a lead ball. The lead ball is actually the pile up of coins, lipstick tubes, gas station receipts, and a myriad of other goodies and who knows how they got there. The bigger the bag, the more I put in it and I'm not the most organized person in the world. So, the bag is simply a nice size for me.
On the inside flap of the bag, I'm going to embroider the name and number of my child. Just in case others want a similar bag, this is how we'll know whose bag is whose. On the back of the bag I'm going to put a pocket. At first I was thinking a zippered welt, but then I'd have to go out and buy a zipper for it. That would mean driving into town at least 10 miles and with gas prices being what they are, I'll choose the pocket route. The only thing I have to do now is buy some fabric for the lining but I'll do that locally in my town. Maybe my second bag will have the zippered welt.
Anyway, yesterday I thought there would be no time for sewing. However, there was a 20- minute block right after dinner and a 10-minute block just before 9 p.m. I was able to get the purse and flap cut out from the denim, the Timtex cut out, but have to do the lining now. Also, during the baseball game I basted the Timtex to the front and back pieces.
I was thinking about using buckram to interface the bag but it just felt so stiff and the bag has a slight curve. Maybe the buckram might be better suited to more boxy square or rectangle styles? Perhaps a buckram user could chime in and give me some input. Batting wouldn't be appropriate on this project because I want it to have some structure.
Duty calls. Maybe I'll have time to work on my purse and post a few pics later. It's really rainy here and that might cancel all our nightly activities. But right now I'm off to do my motherly responsibilities.