Yesterday I got the sewing machine out, I had a project in mind, something I spotted on Pintrest, which I thought would be useful for my sister. Like me she loves craft and often has projects on the go, with no where to keep everything together.
I did not have a pattern, so I worked it all out as I went along.
I wanted a tall bag, she often likes to knit and her wool can be bulky, plus there needed to be space for long knitting needles. The outside pocket was the factor which drew me to this design, I have a bag with inside pockets but they can be difficult to get to when there are items in the main body of the bag.
I cut a plastic circle for the base of the bag, the size of our tea plate, I was going to do a bigger base, but this size works well. On the inside I made a padded cushion so if you drop anything in, it lands on a soft base.
The buckle used on the handle can be undone if required.
Having made a bag for my sister I then made another for myself, the sides are not as tall as the one above, here you can see my knitting project tucked inside.
It works very well with the knitting needles inside,
and the pocket is deep enough to be useful.
I made the pocket at the back into 2 pockets on both bags,
here you can see some of the things I like to keep close when I am knitting.
These deep pockets running around the outside are brilliant.
I only had one buckle for the top, so I searched in my box with bigger buttons and other fastening, and found this ring, I have pulled the handles through, it is a bit heavy, but I do love the finished look.
I am rather pleased with my afternoon's work, so instead of my knitting being tucked in a drawer out of mind, now it sits beside my desk, and now I should pick it up and do some more, I purchased the wool last year whilst away at my niece's wedding, who this month had her 1st anniversary.
Yesterday we had lunch with Su, youngest daughter, we popped to the large M&S, very lovely sandwiches and cake, it was great to sit and chat, our daughter at 16 weeks pregnant is blooming. I only purchased one item, a new suitcase for our holiday in just over 3 weeks. Su got a new case and we got the same design, so we borrow each others and have matching cases.
Today we have to pop to Tesco, just a few store cupboard items required, this afternoon, I have to finish my fruit garden, transplant the strawberries into their new tubs and tidy the raspberries, I have a big bag of bark to go over the back to keep the moisture in.
Later we will pop to see Su and David, it's David's birthday, so cake will be served.
Enjoy your Bank Holiday Monday