I was given a few yards of denim material by a "hey, neighbor" (you know - the ones that you don't know very well, but you always wave and are friendly to because they have a dog like yours and that you say "hey" to?). Well, she had heard from a neighbor that I do know well that I sewed and quilted so she thought of me when clearing out stuff before she moved (what a nice person!). I was pleased to receive the fabric but didn't have an immediate use in mind.
So, yesterday, whilest looking at all the beautiful quilts posted at Blogger's Quilt Festival, I found the most wonderful project that would use the denim. Over at Creative Chicks,
the three sisters described their group's effort to collect 500 simple bags for school children or for use as market bags, etc. Bingo! The denim would be perfect for this use.
The sisters go on to say that their children are in Spanish Immersion School and each spring break a group from their school community travels to Zihuatanejo, Mexico for a service project organized thru http://projectmillionamigos.org/
There are some simple parameters for making the bags and a tutorial if you'd like on their blog. I made up two prototypes last evening and today and they work up fast. I was slowed down a little when attaching the handles - sewing thru 8 layers of denim at the seam is tough! - but my Viking pulled through like a real trouper. Without denim, that part would have been a snap and I also have some poplin (or sailcloth, I can't remember) that would be good to use, too - strong enough but not industrial strength like the denim. Embellishing is going to be fun!
|Sew on three sides (have pocket sewn if desired)|
|Sew across corners if want flat bottom bag|
|Turn under top edge and topstitch|
|Add handle (with denim I didn't fold under & into the top seam)|
|Shows inside pocket|
|Prototype with pockets|
|Prototype with fabric strip|
The following photos show part of my process and my two prototypes - one has just a decorative strip and the other has an inside and outside pocket. I like the pockets and think I will always add at least one pocket on all the next finishes.