I was going to use those zippers. I had planned to have 2/3 patterned fabric and 1/3 calico on the front and full pattern on the back. They were always going to be lined... just executed in a neater fashion. I had plenty of time... and then all of a sudden it's ONE WEEK before we go on our overseas trip!
I am referring to the 'smalls' bags I bought material for.. ooohh... AGES ago and blogged about here. I don't know how I thought I would have the time or inclination to complete this project to the standard I usually expect of myself.
Anyway, they're done now... well, you know, in a manner of speaking.
The whole zipper insertion was quietly FREAKING ME OUT. I could have worked it out but I wanted these bags finished in a couple of hours. I didn't want to have to put much thought into them. I'm getting old and Brain Strain's a killer, you know. So I decided not to do the 1/3, 2/3 thing, easier to just cut out two squares and then cut 1/3 off one square then.... ohhhh, it's getting complicated again.
The other night I woke with a start at 2am with one thought, 'BUTTONS!!!' Why had I not thought of this before! Buttons! But it's so simple!
Then I thought, 'PATTERNED FABRIC BOTH SIDES! CALICO LINING! BUTTONS! THATS IT!' Yes, I meant those capital letters, I was shouting manically to myself by this stage. So there it was, my REFINED DESIGN. Two squares of calico and two squares of patterned fabric. Sewn together in the form of an open topped lined bag and then 5 button holes, 5 buttons, in contrasting colours and.... where's that button hole foot for the sewing machine? But do I HAVE to go to Spotlight?
tick tock tick tock tick tock (That's the clock. Ticking. Or a bomb, or that volcano in Iceland, I'm not sure which.)
The epiphany struck sometime between threading the machine and realising the calico bit was bigger than the patterned bit (no, I'm not going to explain, you either get it or you don't. All I'll say is that I sit here now with a heated wheat bag draped over the muscle tension in my shoulders.) The epiphany was... VELCRO! Thankyou, George de Mestral, you're the greatest.
SO, it's a lined open topped bag. With Velcro. Class all the way.
Then I came over all crafty and covered over a logo on a toiletries bag for Tom's toothbrush etc.
I'll be ticking that off my list then.