So, last Weekend I had a list of sewing to do as long as my arm. There were the chair cushions for mum, the new cool bag I desperately need for a lunch box, the big pile of WIPs I have, preparation for the upcoming blog hop... So what did I make?
A picnic bag. Yes. With napkins. I know, I know, it's October, I live in the coldest, windiest, rainiest country on earth (or so it feels) and there's no prospect of a picnic any time soon. I don't know how to explain it!
I'd gone up to my craft room and spotted these dumped on the sofa. I felt like cleaning up, but instead of tackling the piles of fabric, patterns strewed all over the room, mountain of boxes in the corner... I decided I needed to tidy up these poor picnic plates and cutlery.
I had the perfect fabric in my stash, some food print fabric I'd bought from Fabric Land ages ago with no plan in mind. Add in some IKEA solid red and Bob's your uncle.
I made a very simple drawstring bag with boxed bottom. It's not for the food, we have a large cool bag for that (not the smelly one I take to work, a family-sized one), it's just for the plate and cutler.
And for the napkins. Because I decided we needed napkins too. Hmmm. I used the pattern in Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew, One Project at a Time. It shows you how to do the perfect mitred corner.
Unfortunately, I didn't really understand the instructions the first two times. The bottom corner in the picture above shows my messy corner. Then I got it, you really had to push the corners out.
Ta-dah! I'm really quite proud of them. Useless though they will be for the next 9 months.
So now I have two perfect napkins and one bag. And two not-perfect napkins waiting to be unpicked... It may take a while as I may have the urge to sew a lifesized giraffe, or a TV-cover or something first...
BUT, at least the corner of my sofa that held the plates and cutlery is now tidy. Yay, a victory! ?!?!