The other week (last week? It seems forever ago, but it was just last Tuesday) I booked a day's holiday from work and took myself off to Oh Sew Sweet Shop in Mapplewell (which is just down the road from my house) and went and did a class with my friend Hannah.
We were slightly rebellious, making some patchwork before we got to class to use instead of a single piece of fabric. The teacher was a little bit nervous about this but because I had cleverly measured the sample from the bag on display in the shop we had pieced the exact correct size which pleased the teacher greatly, and made us feel pretty good too.
I was class swot (there is no surprise there, it was my plan to be class swot) and finished mine on the day (except for finishing the binding) and Hannah was second fastest, we took this as sign that we were pretty darn cool. The teacher lady said they were 'jazzy', which I think was a polite way of saying she wasn't overly keen on our fabric choices and the lack of co-ordination, plus our flippant disregard for co-ordinating threads.
I took it as the ultimate compliment, because jazzy is an EXCELLENT word and I had gone for the more is best philosophy regarding colour and fabrics (and I used cotton + steel so it's clearly going to win most fash-on and bang on trend sewing bag going).
Here it is all closed up (I didn't add magnetic clasps, because I'd forgotten to buy some, I could add those later, or I could just leave it as is).
oooh....the inside flap (complete with very wonky quilting lines in a horrendously clashing thread).....
3 big zippy pockets (and more wonky quilting lines in the same clashing thread)!!!!
It has clear plasticy stuff in the middle (not a bundle of fun to sew) and a piece of leopardy ribbon plus flowery bias binding (bought - not made by me)!
The leopardy ribbon holds spools of thread! And the clear plasticy bit is see-thru! (obviously)
Fatty likes it....
This is Hannah's, who was also operating the more colour is best philosophy. And my sister in leopard print loving. She monogrammed hers, in case I tried to steal it. I would have, I actually like hers best, especially because she was sensible enough to have it sideways.
I'm not sure the poor teacher lady would like me (or Hannah) to go back to class, but I enjoyed it so much I think I'm going to do this every couple of months. I've managed to earn so many days in lieu at work since I started I should probably start taking them and a day spent sewing and giggling with friends is an amazing day, it's the ultimate treat and I get to hang out with the people that come to my classes when I'm teaching at Oh Sew Sweet, who are all so great I usually forget I'm supposed to be teaching and just sit and chat with them instead. This way they're probably getting better value for money, and they still learn stuff and I can still chat with them.
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