i know you are in shock.
posting twice in two days!
honestly i was laying in bed…just laying there…wondering what time it was.
when it became evident that i wasn’t going back to sleep and listening to d breathe and chloe cough i decided to get up.
i snuck downstairs and am now snuggled under a couple of quilts in my chilly house (we keep the temps low at night) with my computer on my lap.
once i’m done here i’ll conquer notes for my pantograph class at the end of the month…plus notes for cutting fabric.
but i realized that, if you missed it on Facebook, this would be the perfect place to chat about my new pattern!
when we were living in our old house in tacoma we were faced with the notion of trick-or-treating.
i was loathed to buy the cheap plastic pumpkins.
imaginings of cracked plastic, missing handles and buckets that get too heavy flashed through my mind.
really, other than avoiding the pumpkins, i couldn’t tell you what inspired this bag.
i wasn’t taught how to create a pattern.
no one showed me how to make sure the dimensions of a bag worked.
so when i make something like this i’m alway stunned.
(learning to trust myself and the inspirations in my mind is getting easier, by the way.)
now, now…please no lectures.
i’ve struggled with insecurity all my life.
by the grace and with the love of God, i’m getting better.
nothing like security to grow out of insecurity.
but i digress (a common problem in my posts)!
back to the cute bags!
so the original bags i made were with fall fabrics.
not the best photo (i just creeped upstairs, over squeaky floorboards) to get a pic of the originals.
i ended up having to pull from my stash because I don’t think I had four fat quarters…just three.
(that’s why we test!)
not to bad, right?
well, i got busy, the girls got bigger, life took over.
my notes, etc, went into a folder and there it sat.
until last month.
where i resurrected it because it’s going to be a class at the ben franklin in bonney lake.
really what i needed to do was make sure that:
1) it really does work as a pattern (not just a fluke…which does happen)
2) it can indeed use four fat quarters.
so over christmas break while waiting for my new machine to arrive i whipped up this cutie guy…
(once again…not such a great photo…)
and i’m starting to realize the depths of my love for polka dots…
these were all half yard cuts.
but it confirmed that the pattern was good, measurements right…ah yes.
now for class samples…
with a few embellishments…
these two little bags really ARE made with four fat quarters.
(yes, there are dots…and chevrons. oh dear!)
i think i’m going to try some with a rick-rack closure and a big cute button…
and one with some fun lace…
i think i’m addicted.
how many little girls do i know?
oh heck with that…little boys like to carry around things in bags too…
so…where can you get it?
or at etsy!
paper patterns arriving soon.