As the garden is so cold and sad at the moment and there is very little to chat about, I have been busy in the craft room. My main aims have been improving my techniques in various things but my main project this last couple of weeks has been making a new Changing Bag for farm baby.
I researched and researched all the different designs out there and all the different pockets, positions of pockets and tied it all together with what I liked and disliked about the current changing bag I have - a free one from Boots!
A trip into town saw me spending a fortune on some lovely fabric, but then chickened out of using it without some practice attempts. I wasn't sure what I was going to use for my practice material but an impromptu trip to the local car boot sale resulted in a £3 purchase of some old blinds and curtain material I had what I needed for some practicing.
My first attempt was with some curtain fabric. I gave it a flap closure as I liked the idea of hiding all the pockets and things within.
Easy to access pockets on the front.
I wanted an internal zippered pocket and as I had never done this before I was glad of the chance to practice.
I also tried out some fancy edges to hide the internal raw edges of my pockets.
Although i liked my bag I wasn't happy with the proportions and I also wanted to try a bit of elasticated pocketing inside and out as this was something that I wanted on my final bag. So, after unpicking all the stitching on a roman blind from my car boot buy. I set out on bag number two. It was more square and I think I like this one better, shape wise.
Again the front pockets.
An elasticated pocket on the edge on the outside for holding a drinking bottle.
Internal stretchy pocket.
Had fun with the sewing machine's fancy stitching to give this bag a bit of excitement on the flap.
All in all I am happy with my practices. I have now bitten the bullet and started with the expensive fabric.
I made these two bags relatively quickly and without much difficulty. Of course, as soon as I got the 'real' fabric out it has all started to go wrong!!
I shall update you once the official bag is ready.