One of the projects that we made during our cruise craft classes was a Bucket Bag. A bucket bag is defined by its shape (AKA bucket!) but lends its self to hand sewing. It would have been really good if we could have taken sewing machines but 20 machines would have well exceeded out baggage limit! So it was hand sewing and away we went. There is something very therapeutic about the rhythm of hand sewing and all those who took part enjoyed it.
We had worked hard to prepare the fabrics and templates before we went on the cruise. This made the project quite do able within the environment of a ship and the time limits. The secret of the success of this bag is to make the oval base the correct size for the bag sides without having to gather or pleat. There was a choice of textiles with the spots or stripes being very popular. There was the option to make a tote bag, to add appliqué and or a pocket. The bags were lined with a contrasting fabric and finished with rope style handles.
It was a surprise and a delight to see the ladies enthusiasm and imagination. Every finished bag was lovely, different and amazing. I took a great delight in sharing knowledge. There were a few ladies who had NEVER stitched and some experts. We all discussed, helped and learned from each other. Most of all we had fun and friendship.
I use these plastic see through bags as storage when home and away. I use them to store, carry small craft projects, plugs and electrical accessories, tent pegs and even sometimes what they are intended for, toiletries and make-up! They are perfect as you can see what is in them. They zip shut. They come in varying sizes but often three in a pack. I buy them from Marks and Spencer and Aldi but I’m sure the they can be found in many retail places. Oh and they are cheap, squashy and light weight. Now how’s that for an advertisement? Sometimes you just stumble across a really good idea.
I started to knit a felted bag today. Oh boy did I get in a mess!
Number one problem was the circular needle. I’m not used to knitting in the round and found it really hard to get going. I was uber careful not to get the knitting twisted as advised in the pattern. I started with a needle too long and had to “un knit”.
Number two problem was having to use three strands of yarn, one of which is a lovely fluffy black. Needless to say the three balls of wool got knotted, knotted and knotted. I “un knitted” and started again.
Number three problem was that Benji the dog thought that the large balls of yarn were a good game and nosed them all around the carpet trying to pick them up!
Number four problem was that the Hubby kept talking to me when I was trying to concentrate. But don’t tell him he was a problem!
Not to be defeated I carried on and started the haute couture hand bag to be modelled at the spring fashion shows. Well you have to have a dream 💃👜