Lately, I've noticed a definite mental shift about sewing. I find myself wanting to sew things I need, and not just things I think are pretty. I've really been focused on making things that serve a purpose, things I'll use on a daily basis.
With that in mind, here's some of what I've been making:
The first is this giant tote bag:
I had been wanting a big ol' bag. We go on so many little outings around here-fountain splashing, festivals, etc-I wanted a bag I could fill with all the necessary items and still have room for a towel, my camera, maybe even a change of clothes for the girl. Plus, I wanted it to be able to double as a shopping bag or library tote.
I didn't follow any pattern when I made it-I had an image in my mind of what I wanted it to look like and just sort of went with that. By some stroke of luck it came out looking exactly as I wanted. I love it when that happens. It's made from a heavy duty cotton and is fully lined with the same fabric so it's tough enough to withstand the girl's giant weekly library haul.
The second thing I've been busying myself with are these snack/sandwich bags.
I really hate plastic baggies and want to buy them as rarely as possible. When I saw this tutorial on Angry Chicken, I knew I had to make a slew of them. So this past weekend I made quite a few, all in different sizes and fabrics. I'm still going to have to buy some plastic baggies, because the boy has no interest in using something that will set him apart from his peers, but Jay and the girl will use these almost daily. (Although Jay probably won't be touching the Disney Princess ones.)
And finally, my latest project. For some reason lately we haven't had a lot of luck with dog leashes. Our most recent one was a fancy $35 retractable one and it lasted two months. The other day as I was gathering up our many dog leash parts that we have laying around, it occurred to me that the construction of these things is quite basic and I could probably make one.
So I did: Honestly, it took maybe an hour. Again, I didn't follow any pattern. I basically just made it like how you'd make bias tape, only wider. I was all out of interfacing to put between the layers so I used a strip of canvas drop cloth that I had to give it some strength. (Don't ask me why a drop cloth made the move to Oregon, but hey, it came in handy.)
In the end, maybe none of these projects are all that impressive, but they're little things I'll use regularly that I didn't have to spend money on. It gives me a cheap thrill to not have to buy something that I'm sort of expected to have to buy, you know? Like I'm stickin' it to the man. I don't know who this man is, but he's out there. And hopefully he feels me stickin' it to him.