I apologize if I’ve been less available this week – one of the many reasons I wish my body was covered under warranty is the plantar fasciitis/fasciosis I’ve been dealing with for years. It’s arch and heel pain and it’s probably genetic. There was a time when I couldn’t even get through one single trip to Target or JoAnn without being in tears from the pain. Now it’s more like 2 or 3 stores. :-/ So after driving reallllly far, way too often, to see a specialist, they determined I was a lost cause with conventional treatment (shocker, i’m always in that unlucky 1%) and decided to do surgery. And it’s a one-foot-at-a-time thing so as soon as I stop limping on one side, they’ll do the other. I’m still not moving very quickly and won’t be for a while. I always have my phone if I’m awake but lengthy email replies are waiting until the next time I crawl over to my computer. They did my left foot first, so I can still sew for a little bit – it’s getting to my sewing room and moving over to and standing at the ironing board that’s exhausting. I do have something to be thankful for though – no boot. And however the doc did it, I only had it wrapped for a day and waterproof bandages after that. :D (This is exciting because it means showering like a normal person and not getting creative with duct tape and garbage bags.)
Anyway, I made four prototypes in the last few weeks. I’m not at all happy with the top zip tote - I think because of the extra interfacing for a tote vs. a wristlet and the just looks better with an inset zipper. And I’m very “meh” right now about the sling bag. The pieces all fit together, I’m just not very excited about it. So, I’ll back-burner those and show you the two I like. I have several more ideas that need to get out of my head and crossed off the list, but two solid prototypes is a good stopping point.
You’ve already seen the pink one. I’m going to make it in a few more colors to try out some different hardware ideas. The delay on this one is nailing down the right hardware. Ideally I’d like some 5/8″ slides so I can use the same lobster clasps and D-rings as the wristlet. Or maybe some 3/4″ slides + rectangles or 3/4″ lobster clasps. I’m hoping El from Tantalizing Stitches can help me out with the right combo. These came off of 2 old dog leashes, so I don’t have a source for them.
The Backpack. I bought this fabric at least a year ago, maybe longer? and I’d always intended to make it into a backpack like this. There are a zillion tutorials and patterns for these for kids, but I wanted one for me to take to the gym. I have one of those cheapy nylon ones, but I wanted a cute one with a zipper. I don’t usually change at the gym, but I need my earbuds, inhaler, lock, etc. and if I don’t keep them in a designated bag, I forget them. And I can put my phone and keys in the front pocket so I don’t lose them deep in the bag. Of course I’m seeing the imperfections – the zippered pocket definitely needs to get moved down. Otherwise I’m thrilled with it. I gave it an oval bottom so it holds more stuff, especially my giant water bottle, and stands up! Plus no grommets on the bottom taking up space. Button holes make the straps lie flat. Most of you on FB were fine with button holes. Yell at me now if you hate them and will never ever consider making this bag if you must sew button holes. :)
So, what do you think? Which one should I write the pattern for first??