Thursday, September 2, 2010

doh! and a wee giveaway

Don't you hate it when you put off trying something because you think it's SO HARD? I feel this way about a lot of crafts, particularly ones where there are pattern pieces. I freeze up when it comes time to cut the fabric. Hence all of my improvisational projects.


Making a simple drawstring bag was one of those things. I couldn't wrap my head around the casing. But last night I became a woman obsessed with making one. So I read many, many tutorials. And found this one to be intriguing. Because no lining? And French seams (another thing I feared)? Yay!


So this morning I gave it a try. This one is maybe 7" square and uses one of my favorite fabrics-- a japanese matryoshka linen. So freaking simple, why did I not try this sooner??? I see many, many of these in my future. So many, that I'm going to give this one away. I'll even fill it with some fun stuff. Just leave me a comment with one of those projects that you've been putting off, or overcame. I'll leave it open until midnight tomorrow (Friday, September 3) Alaska time.

Toodles!

30 comments:

Monica said...

oh gosh I hear ya! I had a mental block about those things too... and zips... oh don't get me started on zips...

Chris said...

I'm not alone! It is so reasuring to hear someone admit they are struggling with casings - I thought it was just me.
Bookmarked the tutorial to try it myself.
Chris x
P.S. I'm putting off buttonholes!

ninjadesigns said...

pretty much everything i do is trying something new to overcome a mental block. buttonholes, zippers, knits, pants without a pattern, cutting into a particularly pretty piece of fabric. i even put off installing a magnetic snap because it had no instructions on the package, and when i finally opened up the package and looked at the pieces, i was like "well that's so obvious. and easy! magnetic snaps for everything!!!" i think right now i'm putting off a particular bag that is not rectangular in nature....

Freda said...

That is some of the cutest fabric *ever*! Right now, I avoid sleeves in clothing....I know, so not good here in AK. I just hate sewing curves.

Kelly said...

i've just made myself a dress from a Japanese pattern book! it was way easier than i thought, so much so that i went straight out & ordered another book

Rachel at Stitched in Color said...

Cute! I was afraid of learning to sew in a zipper, but this weekend quelled those fears!

james and bess said...

ooooh, i've been putting off "modifying" a bag pattern that i bought that turned out to be kinda frumpy - i think i know how to help it out, but haven't actually put it into practice, yet. :)

bess

p.s. cute bag!

angela said...

Very cute - and thanks for the link! That's one of those things that I keep putting off, too!

Jenny said...

I keep putting off making clothing..id love to make myself a skirt. simple, right? I have a serious mental block over this one simple thing...

also, my sister gave me some fabric to make her a table runner...6 months ago. applique table runner...ugh.

seriously cute bag! thanks for the link.

teaginny said...

thanks for the link to the tutorial. I need to try it out!

Leslie said...

i, like you, am terrified of anything that involves a pattern. especially any clothing pieces. this little bag is so cute. you are so awesome to do a giveaway

camelama said...

I've been putting off working with knit fabrics - scary scary scary! But am tired of the shirts out there for my size, so will have to experiment and make some for myself! :)

felicity said...

I put off learning to use elastic thread. And of course once I tried it, I found it to be incredibly easy.

I have fear of drawstring casings too - the one I tried to fudge my way through is slowly unravelling. I think that tutorial might be perfect - thank you!!

Kelly O. said...

I really really really want to make a whole bundle of those gathered clutches by Noodlehead but I can't bring myself to try because of the zipper. I know everyone says it's easier than it looks but it stops me in my tracks

Dani said...

I have a major fear of sewing with knit fabric. Actually, anything beyond a basic cotton or cotton blend makes me a tad apprehensive.

I should get over it.

The fabric of this bag is da bomb.

Poppyprint said...

Japanese printed linen with Matryoshka dolls???? Are you kidding me? I'm so IN! I hear you with the draw string casing...I will check out that tute for sure. I never learned how to sew clothing really, so the first time I did a French seam on a pillowcase I loved it. This is such a sweet little bag, way to do something new!

Amy said...

It's adorable! I have a good one for you...I have been putting off finishing my duffle bag that was intended to be my hospital bag when Penny was born...14 months ago! I was having trouble turning one of the straps right side out and just gave up on it and put it in the attic! Your bag is so sweet.

Kadybug said...

I love the fabric on the little drawstring bag!! Too cute. I have been meaning to try french seams also...but conveniently haven't found the time. :)

Pam said...

What an adorable bag ...I love the fabric. Right now I am learning to overcome my fear of machine quilting. So far ...so good!

Rose said...

So sweet! I'm still afraid of patterns, but this is very inspiring!

Amy said...

I put off making a quilt for my sister for months and months because the idea I had was too intense and I didn't know how to do it. I simplified and went with a pattern I know how to do and now I'm almost done piecing the top! Yay!

Jen said...

Hmmm, not even sure what a french seam is, but your bag is sooo cute. I know exactly what you mean about putting things off. I had material for months before I made it into a pinafore for my niece - I think it was cos I was scared I would just stuff it up. But finally did it the week before her birthday!

deserae said...

I love that fabric too! So cute! :) I am a new quilter and this year, I finished three quilts for three first birthday parties! :) I am so proud of myself. :)

lulubloom said...

What a cute bag! I have just recently started making little zippered pouches (a project I once feared because of the zipper). I've made three so far and each one has gotten better. But there are definitely other projects I fear and it's mostly ones with detailed patterns. Sometimes I can have a hard time follow patterns that it almost seems easier to figure it out myself, which is just plain silly.

wilke[at]lulubloom[dot]com

Lael said...

A zippered pouch! Seems like alot of work for a little thing, but I hope to do it this weekend. If I do it as a production line, maybe having more completed will counter the feeling. PS I love your quilts! Your color combos are Fabulous!

lisawith4 said...

I have a quilt that has been in progress for over a year that I've not picked up in a LONG time because of one block. ONE BLOCK! I'm totally intimidated by this one block. In the back of my mind, I know that I need to just jump in and get it done.
very cute little bag. I love the cute linen fabric you chose.
thanks for the giveaway!

carmel said...

i am scared of free notion and binding- i never realy did it properly...
thanks alot!

courtney said...

I'm scared of making a jon jon romper for my baby! Don't know why, can it be that much harder than pants? the snap tape & button holes intimidate me.
courtlyons@yahoo.com

emedoodle said...

Oh beautiful! Where was that tutorial when I made one of these a few months ago? It took me way longer than it should have to figure out that drawstring (and the french seams are a great idea too!)

patchworkpalace said...

You would think drawstring bags are easy but I can never get the bit where the drawstring comes out right!!