I have (finally!) had some free time to sew in recent weeks, but I have not yet got back into the routine of remembering to take photographs and sharing what I have made. It might take a little longer to reform those habits.
I rummaged around in my box of selvedges and made a pouch. I chose aqua because a handful of selvedges I pulled out of the pile coordinated nicely.
The pouch is again a modified version of Ayumi’s pattern from Patchwork, Please! This version is a little larger than the standard because I could not bring myself to trim off too much of the top selvedges on each side. Having made a couple of these pouches, adjusting the measurements was a breeze. I think I have also finally nailed the necessary adjustments to made the lining fit better.
The charm I added as a zipper pull is one I bought from Sew Delicious.
On Pinterest, I had seen simple bags for knitting on the go. The bags hang on one wrist, leaving both hands free to work, and the yarn secure and tangle free.
I made a test bag using this tutorial and pattern, which is written in Spanish but simple to follow. I chose Liberty for the lining and linen for the outside. I am happy with the size and shape, but I think I need to make the outside fancier next time. I might also not sew it so late at night that I fail to see that I have missed sewing one quilting line in the grid.
Finally, a colleague at Calico & Ivy had made herself a little bento bag. It looked like a cute way to wrap gifts, so I thought I would try to make a few as alternatives to Christmas wrapping.
The Internet is full of instructions on how to make bento bags. I soon realised that the principle is essentially that you start with a rectangle that is three times as long as it is wide. Interestingly, I did not find a tutorial that included seam allowances in its measurements, so I made up my own lined version. In my version, I added a ½ inch to each measurement for seam allowances.
I made mine with a 9 × 26-inch rectangle (determined by the remnant of fabric used for the lining), but this small size means that there is not a lot of fabric in the ties. Trying to minimise bulk, I used a lightweight cotton voile to line it, but the ties are still a bit bulky. A little disheartened, I stopped at one. Perhaps bigger bags work better; they would have more fabric to work with in the ties.
As cute as I thought my colleague’s bento bag was, I do not think I will make another. When not wrapping gifts, they are for wrapping up lunchboxes, and I already have a super-cute hand-made bag for that. It was made by my Japanese host family’s grandmother, and I still use it all these decades later.
I am making the most of the quiet week between Christmas and New Year to finish up some UFOs. I hope you are doing whatever makes you happy too!