Tuesday, March 6, 2007

The Great Fabric Challenge

I just finished up my project for Mary Ann's Great Fabric Challenge.

Mary Ann - If you want to be surprised, don't read this post!

I know I've told you all about this before, but just in case you missed it here are the details. I sent Mary Ann one yard of fabric from my stash (as did 10 other people!). She made me an amazing scarf and really cool notecards and sent it back to me, along with one yard of fabric from her stash. I was to make something out of it and send it back. Isn't that a great idea! What a fun way to use up your fabric and get a new perspective on something (especially in my case) you've been staring at for years not knowing what to do with it.
This is the fabric MaryAnn sent me. Challenging, right?

So, I decided to punish myself and take the challenge one step further and really push myself. For this project I: 1. Used a pattern (I even followed it, down to the smallest detail. This is extremely rare for me.) 2. Sewed in a circle, which for some reason is very hard for me. It requires lots of pinning, which I am not a fan of, and 3. Sewed in a zipper! (semi-successfully). Without further ado, here is the finished product.

I would say this bag is made purely for function. It turned out cuter than I expected, but not exactly runway fashion or anything. It does however hold a ton of stuff! In order to take this picture, I had to shove it full of 12 skeins of yarn! I also made her a small zippered pouch pictured here (thats where the zipper came in).

Here is a picture of the deflated bag and the pile o' yarn that came out of it!

So, if any of you are planning a camping trip, are making one of these, or plan to run away from home and must take all your fabric with you...this is the bag for you! The pattern (Butterick #3562 Bag F) is relatively easy.

Hope you enjoy it MaryAnn!

On a side note, you should all go visit Amy. She is doing a giveaway every day this week! She has awesome stuff over there, hurry and leave a comment so you can win!


Judy said...

I just got off the phone with your Mom and decided to check out your blog. How awesome!! I am home from Wy now and glad to be back in Bismarck, but I am not working and kind of feel at loose ends. Maybe you all will inspire me to get busy. I am not really sure how all this works though.


amandajean said...

nice job using that fabric...and congrats on sewing a zipper (something I recently tried myself). the bag and the pouch look great!

Allison said...

Love the bag and the little bag!! You used great material too. I really like it :o)

Allie from Minneapolis

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