My, oh my, what a wonderful day. I made two more Sew Together Bags! It’s the truth, it’s actual. Everything is satisfactual.
I gave the hedgehog bag of my last batch to my god-daughter. Her mum saw it and envied all its zippery goodness. I did not promise anything, but I did check that her favourite colour is yellow. Eventually, over many, many months, this bag came into being. According to Instagram, I made the outside in January and bought the zippers in April. Clearly, I do not like to rush things.
In the meantime, a pile of scrap fabric morphed into hexagons, as scrap fabric tends to do in my house. I sewed up a bunch of the hexies that gathered together naturally, and they formed the outside of another bag. Then, I found the perfect fabric for the insides, except I did not have quite enough. I might have had enough, just, but only if I cut very, very carefully. Later, an even more perfect fabric from the Sarah Jane Sommer collection followed me home from Sunny Day Supply. (Yes, grammar police, I am messing with an absolute, and I know that ‘more perfect’ is not right, but I love the fabric so much I am throwing caution to the wind.)
As before, I used the pattern, the Quilt Barn tutorial and Crazy Mom Quilts’ zipper-end modifications, and I hand finished my bias-cut binding. This time, I perfected my own special way for sewing the long zipper ends. Because of the side panels, I modified the bags so they are half an inch longer than the standard; this avoided cutting off points or five-seventeenths of a hexie.
The first of these bags was scary. The fifth was a breeze. I still want to make more. I think I will even try to make some mini versions using Elizabeth’s clever modifications.
All of the Sew Together Bags I have made so far are pastel, except for my bright pink selvedges one. I do not know how that has happened. I really like bright colours. My next one will have to be bright – so bright it makes my eyes bleed. That sounds like a plan.