Two years ago, or maybe a little more, I was shopping in London with my friend, Katie, and we spotted a small project bag with matching needle case at Socktopus. The bag was big enough to carry a sock project, and was hand made from fabric with tiny sheep all over it, and I thought it was adorable. Katie bought one, but I was being cheap with myself that day, and I didn’t. The little box shaped bag has stayed with me though and I guess I’ve wanted one ever since.
A few weeks ago, Felix came for a working visit to record the ambient background sounds for our cd project. One of the places we needed to record was Narberth. Felix circled the town (twice) solo, while I popped into the HSBC branch to book an appointment to set up a new business account. With the errands done and the audio in the can, we made time for a little recreational prowl of the quilt shop. There amongst the bolts of fabric and baskets of neatly folded fat quarters, the box bag sewing project surfaced again. I couldn’t resist the novelty prints and brought three of them.
After Felix left I spent a lovely afternoon digging through my stash, matching up notions and fabric. My fabric stash isn’t large, but it does include some lovely pieces of silk kimono fabric, and vintage linens. I’ve bought very little fabric in the last ten years; most of the good stuff came with me when I moved to Wales. Though most of the pieces are small, I always knew I’d find a use for them one day. That day has finally arrived.
The very next Saturday I set up the sewing machine, and went to work.
I have enough project bags now. More than enough. Especially after yesterday’s spate of somewhat obsessive sewing resulted in, yes, more tiny bags. As well as a needle case designed to contain everything I need for toe up sock knitting. Made from tiny scraps, it’s not perfect, but it’s a prototype.
I wish I could say I’ve successfully managed to sew my way clear of this latest obsession, truly, but I haven’t. Remember that novelty fabric I bought in Narberth?
That would be the fabric with the vintage pattern illustrations, in the lower right corner of the image. But wait, there’s more. The knitting themed Liberty Tanna Lawn (upper right) is desperate to become a project bag. As is the wonderfully kitschy cupcake fabric, which I bought off eBay this week, because it matches some lovely stitch markers sent to me ages ago by listener Laura. The handmade cupcake shaped beads are destined to be zipper pulls on the cupcake bags. Could you plotz from the cuteness?
I know. I have a problem.