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Spent a little time sewing with this little girl today.  I'd forgotten how much fun she is to sew with.  I need to use her more, but for some reason I don't like winding bobbins.  I think the magic bobbin winding fairy should come in the night and fill them all for me.  That way I could get right to the fun stuff - the actual sewing!  Crazy, right?  (or lazy, take your pick...)  

I've been working on some feed sack totes.  They are water proof and very sturdy.  

Not sure what I'll do with them yet.  Maybe gifts.  Found several free patterns/tutorials on-line, but just took the basic ideas from those and came up with a pattern that suited me.  The first bag was a trial run and didn't turn out as well as what I'd envisioned.  It is usable, so I'll keep it.  After I tweaked the process, the second one (below) turned out much better - or at least I like it better.  I have two more in the works.  Just need to get the handles on them and they'll be done.  

Basically, you just sew the bag across the bottom, box the corners, roll down the top edge, make the handles from strips that were cut off the top or bottom edge of the bag and sew them on.  Nothing fancy, but very functional.  


Headed out to see the grandson tomorrow for a couple of days.  He is at the army crawl stage.  He'll be 8 months old on Saturday.  Time goes.

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Comment by Prairie Quilter/NE on July 17, 2014 at 7:15pm

Ally, the bags are a woven, waterproof...something - maybe nylon.  I guess I wouldn't say plastic, but I don't really know how to describe them.  Not parachute material, either.  They do melt when burned.  

I just used a denim weight needle.  I used a nylon reupholstery thread on the first bag, but it didn't look very nice.  It was super heavy and would have lasted a long time, but on the subsequent bags, I used regular thread and that worked pretty well.  

Comment by Barbara Graham on July 17, 2014 at 2:41pm

Have a great time with the grandson! The bags are great.

Comment by Ally Bryant on July 17, 2014 at 5:53am
Great bag are they plastic? do you use a special needle to sew them?
Comment by B J Elder/WA on July 16, 2014 at 7:03pm

Great bag - you came up with a winner!  

Comment by June Johnson/Wi on July 16, 2014 at 7:03pm

How cute!

Comment by Barb/WI on July 16, 2014 at 5:57pm

Wonderful tote bags!  Bet they'd be a hit at craft shows, or as gifts.  I keep a similar tote made from a bid seed bag in my car for groceries, etc. 

Comment by Joanna liguz on July 16, 2014 at 5:55pm

Don't you just love the Old girl? She probably does what no one else can. I like the tote...Enjoy your time with Merrick...He won't stay small forever!

Comment by J.S. on July 16, 2014 at 4:40pm

I love that sewing machine and the tote.  Have a great time with Merrick.  Give him lots of extra hugs and kisses from all of us.

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on July 16, 2014 at 3:27pm

Nice totes, I have made a few of these using upholstery remnant fabrics.

Can you use the Simplicity bobbin winder for your Featherweight bobbins?

Comment by Irene Gallway on July 16, 2014 at 1:55pm

Sweet bag and I was thinking grocery tote as well.  A couple of my sewing club friends has these little Singer's.  They love them, and bring them to every class.  My GGdaughter just turned 8 months last month.  I hear what your saying about the army crawl. She goes faster on her hand and knee's then I can on my feet. lol  She lives in Georgia so I don't get to see her often.  Thanks to FB I get to see her grow.

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