Monday, May 27, 2013

Project Bags

I mentioned participating in Kids Clothes Week back in late April. The challenge was to spend 1 hour a day making kids clothes.  I did it, but didn't produce a ton as I'm still learning about this whole "sewing clothing" thing.

I hadn't touched my sewing machine in a long while, and to be honest was a little afraid I might have forgotten how. I decided to start out by making some little lined zipper pouches for much needed knitting project bags and- surprise! 

I still know how to sew! 

I love having zippered project bags because it essentially guarantees that I won't pull out my project only to discover that I dropped a DPN somewhere along the way. It keeps everything together, I can usually throw an extra skein or two in the bag, stitch markers, etc. and I don't have to worry about dropping anything or having it super organized. I can throw a zippered project bag in my purse or the diaper bag without worrying about losing anything or damaging the project. This little white one is the perfect size for socks-on-the-go. Yarn, 5 DPNs, and a darning needle are all I need to be completely prepared for every sock knitting need.

I made a larger bag also for kid projects. Sweaters for the boys are taking 3-5 skeins now, and Ellie's are getting to be about the same. Couple that with the projects themselves being a little bulkier with all the growing these children do and I need more space in my project bags.

I intend to make 4 or 5 more- probably 3 more "kid project" sized bags (since that will probably also be a good size for lace projects), and I'm going to experiment with 1 or 2 larger sized bags for the adult sized sweater projects. The "me" sweaters may just stay in my work basket if the bags end up too bulky, but I'm sure I'll find a use for giant fabric zipper bags.

I've made a few of these little bags before and don't really use a pattern, but if you would like a tutorial, this is a great one with a ton of pictures and step by step process.

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