Monday, April 30, 2012

I'm back! (Well, almost.)

Alright, I'm putting an end to this little self-imposed blogging sabbatical. (Probably a week or two sooner than I really should, but I can't resist.) I must say, though, that the time away was good for me.

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of taking a class at Spool of Thread, Vancouver's awesome sewing lounge and fabric store. I was pretty excited about this, because I've been in there to buy patterns but I've never tried using the space! I have to say, it did not disappoint. Their equipment is great and the class was so well done. It was really nice to do some sewing along with other people, too... I'm so used to sewing being a solitary activity.

Here's what I made:


Isn't it adorable? Just a little reversible tote bag for shopping.

I couldn't stop thinking about sewing when I got home, so I decided to set about improvising a little pouch to stow the tote in. I find that super useful, so I can always have a shopping bag handy in the bottom of my purse. I took some quick measurements, pulled out my scraps, scrounged up an old button and sewed this little baby up:



When it's all packed up it's about four inches square and an inch and a half thick... so, not the tiniest tote bag I have, but by far the best! Spool of Thread sends you home with the pattern, so I'm thinking I might make a few more to match.


I'm in the midst of studying for a big test on Wednesday (Occupational First Aid 2 - ack, so hard!) and juggling a few other things, but I'm planning on trying to incorporate crafting back into my schedule because I've missed it dearly! I've still got the bathing suit in the works (being thwarted slightly by my serger's tension...) and fabric for a fashionably late arrival to the Pajama Party. And a few other exciting things, but you'll have to stay tuned for that...