Ahhh, thank goodness for it being a little bit cooler outside today. I’ve spent today trying to bring down the temperature of the flat, with windows and the back door wide open, as unfortunately thanks to this flat’s uncommonly thick walls, it retains heat very well (which is great in winter mind you).
Whilst it’s been so hot I haven’t wanted to do anything and the flat consequently looks like it, even Mr. Lacer is being messy, constantly leaving empty boxes, packets and bags all over the place. So I should have done some housework today, but I felt more in need of the calming influence of the sewing machine, to help me try and forget about a mean sinus headache brewing.
I’ve been meaning to make for a while a set of dance bags for Girl Lacer, currently she uses two small child sized totes and her dance kit has outgrown them, so consequently her dance kit is always all over the place (I don’t think that’s the only reason mind you). So after the small sized gift bags I made, when?, last month I think, which I quite liked but wasn’t too keen on how I had sewn the exits for the ribbon pulling the bags shut, I tried another drawstring bag method today, this time creating two channels for the drawstring, one on each side of the bag and hemming the openings of the channels before sewing the channels themselves and consequently I think I’ve found a drawstring method I like!
The fabrics (gorgeous aren’t they?) are both from my new favourite online fabric store, Fabric Rehab, they have such incredibly lovely and more importantly fairly cheap, fabric. The bags I made today cost under a fiver each, if I had brought one of those overly pink, overly girly ballet bags (of which Girl Lacer wouldn’t have approved of, as she “doesn’t like pink”), it would have cost me more. This is actually my second order of fabric from Fabric Rehab, I have two pieces of gorgeous, very retro fabric (one with a space theme and the other boys and girls playing what looks like Ring-a-ring of Roses) that I’ve been too ‘nervous’ to cut into their loveliness.
Boy Lacer was watching me make these and wanting to know who they were for, when I told him Girl Lacer, he goes “You make bag for me now?” awwww, I think I will though, slightly smaller, something to tidy away his cars and his dinosaurs.