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Round Bottom Bag

22 Feb

Lately I’ve been thinking I don’t have enough project bags.

Actually I’m not sure it’s even possible to have enough project bags.

Anyway, my projects need homes,  so when I got the hankering to do some quick sewing yesterday, a drawstring bag was a natural idea. I like the look of round bottom bags, and a quick google search yielded me this spiffy tutorial for making one.

I’m happy with the end result, especially with this drawstring method. It’s much easier to use and looks nicer than other types I’ve seen/used. However, if I were to make another bag like this, I’d make it a little bit bigger still. This one is big enough to hold maybe two 50 gram balls of yarn and a sock on needles, but a little bit of extra room wouldn’t hurt.

I ended up calculating my own measurements, even though I tried to use those provided in the pattern. The finished bag is 22 cm high and 44 cm in circumference at the bottom.

My first bottom circle was way too small, so I got to calculate the radius of a circle based on the circumference of the loop I had already sewn. While searching for my compass and drawing the circle I kept wondering if it’s a bit strange to be so happy to get the chance to do even a little bit of maths. (Answer: it’s not strange.)

I didn’t do the gathering stitch ruffle-thing which I suppose is meant to make it easier to sew a straight piece onto a round piece. I was trying to save time – which I then spent struggling to get the loop and circle to match.

After that it got interesting as both light bulbs in my lamp burned out at the same time. I finished sewing the last couple of seams wearing a forehead lamp.The bag is currently holding the beautiful skein of Ranco Solid from Araucania that boyfriend gave me for Christmas, and of which I’ve since then neglected to blog about.

Mmm, yarn… It wants to be something special, something that would preferably use up the whole 100 g.

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My New Knitting Bag

20 Feb

I’m still very much in love with my first knitting bag, but a few of its features have started to bother me.

The fabric it’s made of is pretty thin, and I can’t help but feel that my knitting could be better protected. It’s also white and blue, and although the fabric is pretty, it doesn’t go together with any of my clothes.

The natural solution was to sew another bag.

This one’s made of a sturdier upholstery fabric. The lining is black and there’s a zipper  pocket that can hold my wallet, keys, cellphone and mp3-player (and more, but that’s what it’s going to hold).

The bag can be used as an open tote or closed with a magnetic clasp. I was happy to discover that a magnetic clasp like this only cost 3 euros at a local yarn store, and it was easy to attach.

The shoulder length straps are fake leather, and the same fake leather reinforces the bottom of the bag.

I’m tempted to go knitting in a cafe today, just to take the bag out on a test drive.

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