|My newly sewn bag!|
I find it difficult to try new products. I'm not sure why this is. Sometimes I see a new notion or technique in a book or magazine, or a demonstration by someone selling the product, and I am impressed. Immediately I think it's great and have all sorts of ideas on how I can use it.
So today, I decided that I would just wade right in and try out one of those products: "Soft and Stable". It is a foam- type of interfacing that you use instead of batting or stabilizer in totes or handbags.
And it is hard to try new things. Even if you have low expectations.
I like to make hand-bags, but I find that only about one in four that I make turns out to be one that I reach for to really use. Not sure why this is. I've been wanting to make one that has a lot of applique flowers on it using Japanese "taupe" fabrics.
Then, I browsed through my collection of hand-bag patterns and books to find something that looked not too hard. It's been a little while since I made a lined bag, and it suddenly seemed very complicated, combined with the idea of using a different type of interfacing.
I found one called the X-Bag that seemed do-able, and cut out the pieces for the outside and such, but the construction technique seemed a bit confusing to me at this point.
Ultimately, I decided to go very simple and just use one fabric for the outside, and one for the inside, and to not do any piecing, or any embellishments, or pockets or anything else. I just wanted to see how this stuff worked-- is it easy to cut? to sew? to iron? to turn inside out? whatever else came up.
So, I simplified the Japanese handbag pattern and made a cut-out pattern.
I sewed a lining and slipped it into the bag, wrong sides together, and then just put a binding made of a cloth ribbon around the raw edges of the openings. (I hope that made sense, if not, just don't read it,--in the ultimate scheme of things, it doesn't really matter how it was constructed)
So, I persevered. I just don't like trying new things. But in this case, I'm glad I did, because it actually worked really nicely.
Usually the bags I make with batting in them end up all slumped over if I don't hang them up by the handles. This one stands up nice and firmly!! It is soft and pliable, and the foam was really easy to work with. I like it better than tim-tex.
I'm glad that I just did a simple version. Maybe I will try it again and put on a pocket. Or perhaps I will try it by quilting all 3 layers together first and then just zig-zagging the seams instead of sewing a separate lining. I also wonder how it might behave with a "boxed" corner construction.
A note on the weather: This is very strange: the weather report on-line says it is -18 degrees, but there is melted water running off of our roof, and the outside thermostat says -3 degrees. Hmmm.