Friday, 15 July 2011

Time Enough*

I haven't finished any knitting this week, but I do have a finished object to share *smiles*

I decided to try and make another project bag (my last one turned out far too small). I used the same tutorial, but this time made the fabrics a little bigger than before, to compensate. It turned out too big *laughs*



It was also quite a stressful experience, as my sewing machine decided to play up quite dramatically. It would stitch for an inch, break the thread, stitch again (after being rethreaded) then jam... And so on. The bag took over an hour! Not fun. But I made it through, and managed to insert the zip and line the bag, so that bit worked out ok.


Not sure about the dimensions though - it's shallower and wider than I had planned *frowns* And, as I say, bigger than planned. Looking on the bright side, this means that I can fit a project larger than a sock into it (or 2 small projects as I have in there at the moment), so it could be worse.

Just have to do a Goldilocks now and manage to make one just the right size *laughs*

The sides are pretty far from even, thanks to the sewing machine malfunctions. Frankly I just wanted to get the stitching done, so I wasn't quite as careful about getting everything exactly straight. It's got a very cute lining though ;)



As it's Friday, you know the drill... head over to Tami's, Natural Suburbia and Wisdom Begins in Wonder for more finished objects, fiber arts and general creativity :)

And come back here on Monday to see my excitable ramblings about Knit Nation and my (hopefully) amazing purchases ;)

* "The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough".  Rabindranath Tagore 

31 comments:

  1. Ooh, I like it.... looks just about right for storing my new swift in.... off to find a tute!

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  2. that looks lovely, the fabric is gorgeous! I get so stressed with my sewing machine too which is very old and the last time I used it it took me almost 3 hours to do a pencil roll EEK!!! so I feel your pain!

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  3. Love it! Need one just that size!

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  4. It looks really cute. Too bad it is a bit big... 3rd time's the charm?

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  5. Awesome, much better to be big than small. My projects have a way of growing!

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  6. Nice! Honestly...who would ever look close enough to see any flaws but you?? The fabric is adorable, and I predict that something will end up fitting in it perfectly, as if you made it especially for that item/project! XXO-

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  7. Lovely bag! I love the goldilocks reference!

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  8. That's a rather nice combination of fabrics you've used :-) it needs to be modelled with a project in it though LOL

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  9. I love it. I had the same trouble with my sewing machine last night. Must have been in the air.

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  10. I adore the colors...they make me feel happy. I admire anyone who can sew. I have three sewing machines...all given to me...the crafter in the family. I am just all thumbs for some reason with the machine.

    With All That I Am

    Carrie "Forrest-Dweller" Duvall
    The Handmade Homemaker

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  11. Ooh, great fabrics! And I'm so wincing in sympathy about the sewing machine, yikes. It seems like every. damn. time. I try to use one, I get into a big jam-up-oh-my-god-did-I-break-it mess that makes everything take longer and become more stressful and AUGH. But I'm glad you conquered the mess and made this gorgeous bag---I hope the size will end up working out and being useful.

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  12. I'm definitely digging that butterfly fabric.

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  13. Regardless of the size, it's very pretty!

    The last time my sewing machine acted like that, I took it to a local repair shop and found that at some point, probably by breaking a needle, I had scraped up some of the internal moving parts. Once everything was polished & lined back up, it worked better than ever.

    I can't wait to hear about Knit Nation... Have a lovely time.

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  14. It's very pretty, love the colors, and from my perspective can't be too big. YOu just never know what you may need to put in there. Sounds like your machine has a tension issue?

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  15. I loved your first one, and love this one as well. I may just have to sit down and make one of these. I bought one on Etsy and LOVE it. It would be nice to have another. Hmmm, sounds like I might have a project to do today. I'm a very very beginner on my machine, but the instructions seem pretty straight forward. :)

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  16. i may have to try this tutorial, super cute! thanks for the comment :)

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  17. Love the lining! The size would probably fit my swift too. *runs off to make*

    Have fun at Knit Nation!!

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  18. This bag is so cute! Your fabric choices go together beautifully. I wonder if I can muster enough courage to give this a try.

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  19. very pretty!...i will look out for you at knit nation!!! my friend lee has bright red hair!! lol and i may have an old lady shopping trolly with me hehehe

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  20. I really like the fabrics you chose!

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  21. Love this bag! New follower, btw!

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  22. Lovely bag Natalie! Thanks for the links to the other blogs, not seen them before, so I'll pop off to have a look! :)

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  23. Very cute bag, and I can't wait to see the Knit Nation report next week.

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  24. I love the fabric ... butterflies make everything better!

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  25. The bag looks great and I love the fabric. I also am so jealous of sewing talent. have a great weekend.

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  26. Wow - it's beautiful!!! I wish I could sew and be multi-talented!!

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  27. The bag looks great. I like the butterfly fabric and the contrasting fabric on the inside. An hour doesn't seem like that long to me to make a great bag like that! Have fun at Knit Nation!

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  28. Cute bag. I usually find some tiny scrap thread somewhere around the bobbin when my sewing machine acts up that way. Or sometimes is just crap thread. I keep a swiffer cloth hand to dust out the machines innards whenever it misbehaves.

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  29. It's gorgeous!! Love the polka dot inside too

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  30. That is so cute, I love it! I love the lining, I'm such a sucker for polka dots :) shame about the machine acting up though.

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