25 Apr

Finally (I Think)

It started about four years ago with a drawing by my daughter of her daddy. I thought he looked military (which may or may not have been intentional on her part) and needed to become a patch on a messenger bag.

About a year ago, I found the perfect pattern and went so far as to make custom fabric using my kids’ drawings.

Last November I finally got around to making the bag, but I wasn’t happy with some of the choices I had made — namely stiff Peltex/Timtex instead of fusible batting as called for in the pattern (that will teach me).

So, I took it apart. And so it sat for the last four months, taunting me with it’s un-finishedness, taking up space on the futon in my guest room/sewing studio. It really bugged me to have to keep moving it’s pile around whenever guests came to visit. But I was mad at it for not being perfectly crafted. To the bag’s credit, it came apart easily and was mostly salvageable. But I was still mad at it.

Finally, I jumped in and finished it a few days ago. I used black binding which worked better than the green, and the softer batting in the body of the bag made all the difference in terms of  maneuverability for sewing.

But, once again, I did not heed the warning on the pattern, and I accidentally ironed the strap — making black smudges on the green facing in my lining. And though the black topstitching looks good on the outside of the bag, I don’t like it on the interior, especially as there is under-stitching as well and a couple of hiccups where the thread broke.

It would not be a huge project to take out the interior, replace the green strip and re-sew it all. But, I’m kind of over this project for a while.

13 thoughts on “Finally (I Think)

  1. What a wonderful project, Kristin — so much love in it. I think it’s perfect as is — your own “variations” from the pattern (ahem) make it YOURs, uniquely, so it’s all the more special.

  2. This is the most perfect bag I’ve seen. The combinations here are great – camo and child drawings, lovely words in military manner. Kristin – it’s a work of art, almost too good to be used. What a great love letter from his two sweathearts – love it!!!

  3. I was wondering what became of this and looking forward to seeing the finished project.

    Inspired by your self-print fabric I was planning on doing the same with my girls’ drawings. Looking at yours, it seems that the individual sketch is drawn in a single color and that the drawings overlap. How did you achieve that? And did you scan or photograph?

    I’ve had good results with spoonflower so this would be a summertime project for me ….

    PS: Did you hear how I ran into women from your Hearts & Castle guild?

  4. Awesome bag! What pattern did you use? I’m using an envelope style right now, but it has no strap..drives me nuts.

    I KNOW he loves it!

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