Whew. I think I'm finally out from under my black cloud of craftlessness. I guess I wasn't exactly craftless - just finish-less. I finally finished my crazy lunch bag project which was hugely getting in the way of anything else. I just finished cleaning up my craft room and have had the last week off of work to forget about any work woes that were weighing on my mind. I also have a new pattern that I want to start, but I refuse to do so until I finish the dress I started for Addie over a month ago. Nothing motivates me like a new pattern to try!
So back to those pesky lunch bags . . . I'm really not sure why I decided to make so many. I think it really came down to not being able to decide on one fabric, and the idea of having some gifts to give when needed was appealing, too. I used this tutorial which is a really great one that I had used before, but my heart just wasn't in it. Or it was in the beginning, but it just didn't stay there.
I had a lot of trouble sewing the layers together without creating lots of puckers. I like to think that I'm not a beginner sewer any more, so it was all the more frustrating. I tried my walking foot. I tried pinning different ways, but nothing really worked. I'm convinced that my problem was using weird fabric for the bag linings. With the nice cover to the bag, the inside really doesn't show that much, so I didn't want to waste any good fabric on that. I had a couple different colors of pretty heavy weight canvas in my stash that I used for most of the bags. I think it had too little stretch where the quilting cotton had too much. The only bags where I didn't have problems with puckering were the ones where I used similar weight fabrics inside and out. Now that the bags are done, I don't notice the puckers so much.
I added embroidery to a few of the bags. I got in my head that it would be fun to add something food related, so I scoured Etsy for a pattern, and I found one called "Not so Square Meals" in Wild Olive's shop. (I don't see it there now, but hopefully, if you convo her, she'll list it again.) It came with 12 different round food item characters. I chose, "Bitter Grapefruit"
And "Leafy Lettuce"
I'm not sure that the lettuce really looks like lettuce. What do you think? Addie said it looked like a brain. I'm sure it's just my sub-par embroidery skills.
I also added some simple embroidery to the cover on the owl bag.
I think it might be my favorite. If only I'd thought about how the bag would end up shaping up before I cut the fabric. I would have put the upside down owls on the bottom and the right side up ones on the top. Duuh.
Addie picked out the Busy Town fabric about a year ago. I'm not normally crazy about that kind of fabric, but I drag her around to so many fabric stores, I like to let her pick some out every once in a while. I thought it would be a nice lunch bag for her to bring to school. What was I thinking?! She has a Barbie lunch box. Oh, how I hate that shade of pink and everything else about it! Not only that, but Addie informs me that she was little when she picked that fabric, and her tastes have changed, and she'd like to pick a different fabric. Now, that, I can understand.
I had the crazy idea that it would be fun to make a bunch of coordinating accessories; a napkin, a coaster (or a large coaster - that might really be called something else - I just don't like the cheesy name), some of these cute little snack bags, but I'm so over the whole lunch bag thing right now. Maybe I'll do that later.
Back soon with more completed projects. (I hope.)