I mentioned before that I was planning on celebrating Sewing Month by completing all of the projects in Lexie Barnes Sew What! Bags.
My goal is to spend at least one hour a night at my sewing machine, or complete one project, which ever comes first. This past weekend, I got a jump start and finished the first set of projects, the warm up bags. (I was just so excited to get started!) So, here are the first 5 projects:
Project 1: Eyeglass Case
By far the most basic "bag" in the book.
Re-purposed jeans, some scrap microsuede and about 5 minutes was all this took to complete. Really cute!
Project 2: Tissue Pouch
Also very easy, this project introduces a little embellishment.
Again, just a few fabric scraps and a few minutes was all it took. Turned out super cute!
I only wish I had a little pack of tissue to put in it.
Project 3: Grocery Bag Tube
In our house, it is called a poo-bag bag. Just tuck plastic grocery bags in the top, and pull them out the bottom.
This project was fun. It introduced elastic and a hanging loop. Really easy!
Project 3: Map Sack
My first attempt at the Map Sack suffered a small casualty, so I got to make it twice.
I learned that the grosgrain ribbon I used for the strap was a little too light weight. It frayed and came loose. Next time, I'll have to remember to re-enforce the stitching around the straps and finish the ends of the ribbon. I was really disappointed, it was cute.
But, I did get to remake it! This time I repuroposed more of the jeans I used for the eyeglass case and used some scrap to make a stronger strap and added a little pocket.
Directions for making a strap and the pocket are included in the book.
They call this a Map Sack in the book, but I found another great use for it:
Perfect size for holding a bottle of water (or Diet Dew.)
I can see this one coming in very handy!
Project 5: Zippered Wristlet
So far, this is my favorite project! I see lots of teacher gifts and Christmas presents coming from this one!
Why, yes. This is a zipper! My first ever zipper, at that!
I can't wait to get started on the next projects, totes. Stay tuned for more of my Sewing Month posts. Are you as excited as I am?