Tuesday, August 5, 2008
How do I....?
Make a drawstring bag that pulls in from both ends? I'm sure it's pretty obvious when you've been sewing for ages and ages but I just can't figure it out. I need it to pull in at both sides so my DD can wear it like a back pack. It's a birthday present, she'll be 15 in 11 days. She is totally dolphin and whale crazy so when I saw this material (see I told you I have a fabric stash)I had to buy it even though at that stage my sewing machine and I weren't even comfortable in the same room let alone able to spend quality time together. But then I discovered how much fun sewing could be and I thought I could make a bag. She'd love a bag and having made a couple as test objects I was ready to try the real thing. I am very very pleased with the bag so far. I didn't get confused with the lining fabric, even though it's the same as the outer. I used a fabric pen to write lining piece on each bit. My measurements were accurate ( minor miracle, but following advice from Lisa here on measuring twice before cutting) and I did straight (ish) seams and in the right space. Then I threaded the cord through and well got a bit tangled. Literally. It is not a pretty sight to see a grown woman struggling with some blue cord with a cat hanging off the end.
Particularly as the cat is supposed to be resting and not doing exciting things like chasing blue cord. Peri went to have a little operation and to be microchip. He was most disgruntled last night when there was no supper forthcoming and he spent a while sitting on the dresser mewling plaintively when fixing me with his most sorrowful look. He would then turn his gaze towards the box of cat biscuits and then back to me. There was no mistaking his message, "get out of bed and feed me woman. He then decided to try the I love you lots tack and I got an enormous amount of rubs and purrs, all very nice but it was heading for midnight and I really wanted to sleep. He did eventually snuggle down and sleep but was pretty fed up to find there was no breakfast either.
All went well. He certainly couldn't resist playing with the paper ball I tried to shove down the side of the chair.
I also finished the little pink cardigan and today that went into the post to Melbourne. It's only size 0-3 months but the baby was only 5.5lbs so it should get plenty of wear. Also finished the cream sleeping bag.
This will be the next project but will have to be knitted clandestinely so that it can be a birthday present for the dd who will be 17 next month. I had them very young you know.
Sorry for bad photo It's from Woolbaa's site
Off to the local high school's production of Grease tonight with the Ranger unit. Hope everyone's having a great week.