I took advantage of the fact that my mom was here ,to sign up for a full day Margo Bag Workshop. I had wanted to take this one for such a long time! It is a one day workshop and I hate leaving the kids alone at home after they are back from school. So I kept putting it off. Just before the workshop, M got sick because of the crazy low temperatures we were having here, I lost my voice and A was also catching a throat infection. In other circumstances, I wouldn’t have gone but since mom was there covering it all, I still got to go!
It was a really wonderful workshop. I learnt to make zippers in a new easy way.It was such a joy meeting all ladies who came there .There were two versions of the pattern and I chose to make the smaller version. We got to choose between making either the smaller version or the larger version.
Between the four of us at the workshop another lady and I chose the smaller version , the other two ladies choose the larger version .Each one turned out so different from the other.That was the fun part of the workshop. We ran a little late and so I could not get the picture of the other bags. Here is the one I made at the workshop
the front pockets closer look
I am still waiting for the pattern to arrive, so that I can start making the pattern all by myself.
Speaking of my mom, she has been busy too , making this little Elephant hankie for M. She saw the pattern online and drew by hand ! No tracing of patterns for this lady!. Is n’t Ellei cute?!
a close up
A member at SAARC group called it Midsummer Madness and I decided to keep that name coz I liked it a lot! 🙂
The light shows the handles a violet, its actually eggplant like in the picture above.
I had to work on the handles several times till I was satisfied with it. I still haven’t lined it but I plan to do it with a thicker cotton material so that it will be sturdy.
This is my second time making the Open City Tote
This time around……
I am happy with my fabric choices, the flamingo fabric being a favourite.
I was more confident and not intimidated with the cutting ,sewing and the sewing machine itself
I learnt a few additional things and can’t wait to try them out again.
I knew what I was doing and am quite pleased with outcome 🙂
Presenting the open city tote….. so tell me , do you like my fabric choice this time around?
I wanted to share this little story about the Summer Sunny Tote I made recently.
This past Saturday, as we were getting ready for Church, Dh and the boys were collecting all the books and CDs to be returned to the library and looking for a bag to put them all in.
This bag caught Dh’s eyes. He gave me two options to choose from.Either I sell it to him, or turn the other way, while he stole it. Not giving me much time to think,he fished out a 10 Dinar note from his purse , stuffed it into my hand and before I could say yes or no, he put all the library stuff into it and took it away.
So yes,I made my very first sale.Ever.For a whopping sum of 10 K.D.
Although I gave it away very reluctantly, I smile each time I look at it now coz its a pink ladies bag and the man has no reservations whatsoever carrying it around.Plus I feel weird not being able to have a say in how gently it should be used _ because I made it_ coz he paid for it too and now I no longer own it :))
What do you think I did with that 10 K.D??
With my parents away and our annual vacation postponed, I thought it would be really hard to pass the summer Holidays with nothing much to do(!)
But it seems like this is one of our busiest summers so far.I have no idea how the past month and a good part of this month whizzed past …anyways ….I have been working on a couple of things….. the latest off the hook…..
Pattern : Sunny Summer Tote
Yarn : Sugar and Cream Cotton Coral Swirl #1020 lot 82416 ; from the 1 LB cone
Hook : H hook
- I tested this pattern for JezzyZ of Chocolate Mints in a Jar and we met too :))
- I love how quick easy and no fuss this pattern is.
- I took way more than the deadline to finish it, because of the craziness these summer holidays have become for me.
- Swapna helped me with the instructions to attach handles.I am so happy that its crocheted in and not sewn in coz I always fear the handles would come off if they are sewn in.
- I plan to line it and add a zippered closure with a cellphone pocket and all that … lets see when I get to it 😀
- Oh and the bag in the picture, is standing on its own without any support.
- I had a friend’s two children, a boy and a girl come over to our home, to spend the day with the boys .The little girl who is seven and all girly girl, was eyeing this bag.I didnot have the mind to give it away so made her another bag with the same yarn.
Here it is
Same hook and yarn but no real pattern 🙂 and the little girl was very happy and said “ aunty its very very nice”
This was a one day workshop
I didnot have enough time to go shopping for fabric and had to make do with the ones I had.
Sat past midnight, measuring and cutting the fabric, the batting etc till 2 a.m the next morning.
Enroute to the workshop, we lost our way a couple of times although this place is quite near my home .Thankfully we reached at a decent time there although a little late.
The odds were all against me, but the workshop itself was fun.I didnot do free motion quilting on my tote , so it didnot take very long for me to complete.
The instructor is a nice lady and the other lady who came with me for the workshop was very friendly too
the picture of the tote.
The teacher gave us a set of instructions to make the bag with options for two other different sizes too
This pouch is then same Open City Tote, only a different dimensions. I left out the handles in this one as it seemed kind of odd to me and added in the button.