So, I decided not to rip out the bag I finished yesterday. Instead I made another "bag" out of a lining material and sewed the upper half to the existing bag. It took several tries because I did not really measure the bag yesterday though I had an idea of how big it was. Then the liner piece of material kept slipping while I was trying to sew it. I hate it when that happens. I'm just glad I made the bag for me and didn't promise it out to someone else. If you look really closely you can see all my mistakes!
I wanted to avoid having to buy any material, so I used half from the liner of a coat (the one that I got the buttons from) and the other half was from a pair of tan pants. Since the blue material was thinner than the blue jean material, I used the liner material on the side with the blue jean and the heavier tan material on the side with the blue.
I ended up messing it up when I found that the liner was larger than the bag, so I had to rip out a little bit and resew it. I was surprised at how well it lays in there for not having sewn the bottom together. I suppose I could have tacked it down, but chose not to. It can hold about 4 skeins of Red heart yarn which means it should hold my prayer shawl yarn just fine. That's the main reason I wanted to sew this bag. I got tired of always trying to find something to put my prayer shawl yarn in when I go to knitting.
I also like that I made the handles long enough to put on my shoulder. I was worried that they wouldn't be long enough but there is plenty of room!
Next on my list, is to make a smaller sized project bag to hold my sock yarn projects. The material I used for the first bag (minus the liner) was about as big as I had. The rest of my fabric stash is smaller so I'll be limited to only making tiny bags, which is fine. A lot of times when I grab my knitting, it's usually for a small finish quickly project anyhow.
I've been re-thinking what I want to keep knitting wise. I think I'm going to find a home for most of my books, and just rely on my online patterns stored on the computer. I also think I'm going to give up on the magic loop method for socks and on the 9 inch length needles. Leave it for someone that enjoys that sort of thing. I'm a dpn person myself. I feel blessed that I learned this method first. I find it easy and enjoyable. I've heard a lot of folks that don't know how or don't enjoy it. Not me!
Well, just wanted to take a quick break to post up this picture before I get back to my housecleaning.
Here is the bag:
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