Today is my friend Deb’s birthday. She does not sew but is always very supportive of my sewing addiction. She very politely humours me and asks to see what I have been making, even when that means opening a floodgate of boring her to death with stories and pictures of what I have made. She really is very kind and polite.
Earlier this month, I noticed her admiring a bag I keep my knitting in, and she confessed that, although she knits, she does not have a bag to keep her projects in. I had a lightbulb moment and decided on the spot to make her her own knitting bag for her birthday.
I used Ric Rac’s work in progress bag pattern as my base. I love the original embroidery that is part of the pattern, but as I am a slow embroiderer and wanted it finished in time for her birthday this year, I decided to decorate the bag using what I call scribbly stitches appliqué.
The bag’s colours were dictated by the binding. I bought the cute spotty binding, and then raided my stash for fabrics that worked with the green.
As Jodie from Ric Rac suggests in her pattern, I used Matilda’s Own bag batting. I had to order it online as I could not find it in my local craft shops. It was worth it as the firm batting ensures the bag is self-supporting and not at all droopy.
The pattern is very straightforward. The only part I found challenging was sewing the bias binding around the handles. After one failed attempt, which I unpicked, I realised that I would have to sew both sides (front and back) on by hand. Normally, as I did for around the top of the bag, I would machine sew one side of the binding and then fold it over and hand sew the other side down for a neat finish. I was not able to negotiate the handles’ tight curves with my machine as the binding wanted to curl over where I was trying to sew.
I hope to make another knitting bag like this one for myself. I have already chosen the fabrics. When I do that, I will take step-by-step photos of how I do the scribbly stitches appliqué and share them here.