Last weekend was a holiday weekend in Ontario, and conveniently coincided with my birthday, which was this Tuesday. I had to go to work on my actual birthday, so as a treat to myself I gave myself some extra time to sit and craft this weekend, and to plan some new projects.
I sat down with a few fabrics – mostly leftovers from my donut pillowcase, and some new bicycle-print fabric – and decided to put together a patchwork-y project bag. I wanted a bag big enough to hold everything I’d need for a summer cross stitch project that I’m planning to take traveling with me. I needed it to hold my 5″ hoop, as well as my floss and paper pattern.
I used the open wide zippered pouch pattern, which is my current go-to pattern for bags and pouches. I think I’ve made about four by now, and I love each of them. The large size is HUGE – I have one that I use for my toiletries when I travel, but it’s almost too big for that. The medium is the perfect size for knitting – big enough to hold two balls of yarn and a little bit of sleeve or shawl – while the small one is what I use to hold my Pony Club patchwork, needles, and scissors.
This bag was my first stab at impromptu, unplanned patchwork. I cut the lining out of the light pink camera fabric, first. Then, I created a paper template of the piece I’d need for the outside of the bag in size medium. I used the leftovers from the light pink fabric and some larger pieces of the bicycle print to create a patchwork piece just a bit larger than the paper template, and then trimmed it down to the correct size.
It’s not the most revolutionary or creative patchwork in the universe, but I’m proud of myself for trying something new and making it work, and I had fun.
Plus, this bag is exactly the right size for everything I wanted it to hold.
The other thing I spent some time on this weekend is my Pont Neuf sweater. I’ve been working away at the body and sleeves, and hit a milestone late last week – I’m all finished the plain stockinette, and have been working away on the lace panel for the front chest!