Ohhh the sewing machine the sewing machine A friend in need. . .
Ohhh the sewing machine, the sewing machine Me pride and joy . . .”
The words from the song that Betty Hutton sings in a 1940’s film resonate with me completely – but not the whole song because she is a machinist who is being sardonic and is actually complaining. I really do value my own sewing -machine and “sewing” is my default activity onto which I can always fall back when life gets me down.
Two weeks ago I decided to sew a “knitting bag” as part of a “knitting kit” I was preparing for a friend’s birthday because she and her daughter want to learn to knit. Digging thorough my fabric stash I found a couple of incomplete Morsbags I had forgotten about. (Morsbags was started in 2007 by Claire and Joe Morsman, they were looking for a name that would be unique and not TOO obviously “green” / “eco” / “recycled and came up with part of their name, added to “bags” Click here for website.) Perfect. All I had to do was to attach the appliqué and stitch them up. The motif was of a monkey whose arms formed the bag handle. As I stitched the first bag I had an inspiration: my friend loves penguins. Why not a penguin on her bag? Better still, a knitting penguin? Trust me to make the project complicated. But the satisfaction of working all day to get the bag right was well worth it. Better still was the reception my bags got from my friend and her daughter when I produced them.
With that project finished it was time to tidy up and put all my sewing stuff away. Uh!Oh! When I popped around see my neighbour for a coffee –and-catchup she produced three IKEA cushion covers that were “far too good to throw away” and she was ”sure you could do something with them.” She mentioned shopping bags – ones with a gusset so that it would hold more than a flat bag. I should have politely refused! I have enough craft work in hand – not to mention regular chores. But the black and white fabric was just crying out to be worked on. I started by using my Sharpies to colour in the design. Adding the gusset presented a challenge, so of course I postponed all other chores to focus on my sewing.