Sewing in the Whirlwind

Days have become weeks. And the days have been full, full, full.

First a four day fiddle workshop with two amazing Cape Breton fiddlers, Andrea Beaton and Wendy MacIsaac. But I missed the fourth day—got a nasty bug and was laid up in bed the day my husband left for a 10 day trip to the Dominican Republic (read about it here).

I finished my eight week French night class while he was gone, ferried the little one two and fro, tried to stay on top of laundry, and work, and remember to feed the chickens.

And in the midst of the madness, I found two days to sew.


Denise and I got together for two sewing binges and came up with these scrappy little spring bags, made from materials both old and new. It began with the magenta bag, cut from a wool skirt and a blue linen shift. They had a good life as garments, but methinks they’re even happier in their new incarnation.

Yellow and gray just made us both giddy, so we had some fun with that, using some Lotta Jansdotter fabric (the contemporary floral motif) that we found on a outing last fall. The number fabric came from that same expedition.

Covering the inside seams made for some blurting of expletives at first, but then we landed on the idea of using strips of t-shirts instead of bias tape. Having the fabric be stretchy made it so much easier to cover the seams. And now we have another great use for old t-shirts….and they come in so many good colors to be a seam-covering surprise inside.

This batch made the trip over to Norwich, Vermont, to ZuZu’s where they live happily among Eileen’s colorful spring assortment.

And in 30 minutes my husband will be home after a very long travel day that started in Santa Domingo at 5:00 a.m.

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. karlamcurry
    Mar 15, 2012 @ 10:19:13

    Ooh, I love those bags and the color combinations are fabulous! I’m just learning how to use my old sewing machine so I’ve been trying patterns here and there. Did you make this up or use a specific pattern? I love the felted ball on the zipper, too.


  2. Just A Smidgen
    Mar 15, 2012 @ 21:43:30

    Wow, I think you could sell these on Etsy.. I’d be buying one for sure!!


  3. Britta
    Mar 17, 2012 @ 04:41:33

    Dear Sue,
    Wow these bags are gorgeous, especially the first one with the dots and the kind of “coriander” fabric. I love the color combination of yellow and grey, it is so beautiful, I also have this color mixture on our sofa ;o) Have a great weekend !


  4. francesca
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 06:10:39

    I love your bag!!!!do u sell them?!!!!


  5. Lu
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 10:26:16

    These bags are fantastic!


  6. allisonmarsaydesign
    Apr 07, 2012 @ 19:28:03

    really lovely! great useful pockets too xx



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