I went to a really sweet quilting store the last time I was in Tecumseh, MI called The Quilt Patch. I’m inexplicably drawn to cute fat quarter fabrics and buy them like they’re going out of style, as you do. I really had nothing in mind to make with this fabric, and happily stumbled upon Kate Davies’ Two-Kates project bag. (Disclaimer: the pink striped fabric was not purchased from The Quilt Patch. I bought it at a big box store a few years ago and it matched the flowered fabric perfectly).
And I turned the fabric into this:
The instructions for this project are easy to follow, and it should have taken me only a few hours to complete this knitting bag. However, thread tension problems decided to suddenly appear out of thin air. My top thread was too loose, and no amount of adjusting, tightening, tinkering or rethreading was fixing the glitch. It wasn’t until Markus cleaned between the tension plates that my machine started sewing correctly. (I read about cleaning between the tension plates in the Sew Obsessed forum in Ravelry. Seriously, I don’t know what I’d do without Ravelry). This bag is holding 1 scarf and 4 skeins of yarn and still has more room inside.
I wanted the decorative stitching around the handle to be visible, so I used pink top thread and brown bobbin thread. The only real modification I made was the method I used to sew the handles together. I simply overlapped the tops of the handles and stitched them together which seemed much less fussy than Kate’s method. Overall great looking bag, and I’m already thinking about the next one I’ll make. Maybe I’ll do some boxed corners and possibly add some pockets inside. But that is for another day… Tomorrow, perhaps?