I had the day off today, and instead of spending it sewing, I got caught up in another Pioneer Woman fantasy and ran around doing other ridiculously domestic stuffs – got up at 8am without an alarm, cleaned the majority of the house, planted a perennial, took some stuff to the Goodwill (got more sheets there and via Freecycle,) ran some errands, emptied half the garage and broke down the resulting boxen and then, when I was about out of steam, made a full, home-cooked meal for Mike (roast chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans.) I also started toying around with ideas for a tablecloth with a patchwork runner.
To be fair, I did take a few timeouts to cut the fabric for this bag, which I put off sewing together until after dinner. The pattern I was following is here: Film in the Fridge Market Bag. I am not wild about the tutorial, although it was her first one, so I’m willing to get her a bit of leeway. The construction, however, doesn’t seem as durable as the “classic tote bag” I’ve been making, and while it was quicker to put together, it was fussier and made less sense. I tried a decorative topstitch to help with both appeal and durability, and I added some reinforcements to the otherwise single-stitched handles. I decided to take a left turn on the straps – instead of one side of each fabric, I made a strap entirely out of each one. And by “decided,” I mean, “I was busy watching ‘Eureka’ and wasn’t paying close enough attention to what I was doing.”
It’s reversible, which is snazzy, and I like the coordinating fabrics. I wish I’d made the stripes vertical, though, on the liner. Anyhow, here it is:
Here, we see both the reinforcement on the straps, as well as the crooked decorative topstitching.
It’s got a separate bottom panel, but on the whole, I think I like the gussets better – they seem stronger and surely aren’t as much fuss to make.
I’ve now got 4 slightly different reusable grocery bags to take with me the next time we go shopping. We’ll see how they all hold up. Today, I forced myself to carry the original bag again today, thinking it might just be a matter of getting used to the bright, showy colors… still not convinced. It’s roomy and handy, but… a.) I hate purses, and b.) (and I know I keep bringing this up,) but as much as I’m drawn to sewing with the wacky colors, I’m not wild about having them on my actual person.
It’s time to put my achy, worn-out body to bed.