Last week was Bug Party Week.
This week is Lunch Bucket Week.
Over my many, many years of sewing, I've realized that my favorite projects are bags. I like sewing clothes, but I get easily burnt out sewing them. I think it's because I'm so particular about fit and drape and stuff like that - it makes me wait until I have a big chunk of time to measure, draft, baste, adjust, pick the right fabric and all those other serious garmentmaking necessities- that it never happens. I mean, where would I find big chunks of time? I'm a stay-home mother of three small daughters, who runs a haphazard blog-pattern-etsy-business; my life consists of disconnected 10-minute packets of time interspersed with emergencies and crises. And that's just when I'm not cooking or cleaning something sticky/encrusted off the floor.
Bags, though, totally work with those discrete 10-minute time quanta. They're mostly geometrical shapes, so they require hardly any thought at all. I can plan their structure while in the bathroom, sketch their schematic diagrams on the backs of grocery store recipes while in line at the supermarket checkout, pull fabrics out of my homedec and canvas stash on my way to drop off a bunch of Tinkertoys in the playroom, lay out rectangles and circles while waiting for the oven to preheat, and stitch - sans basting- in between laundry and dishwasher loads and bedtime song crooning. True, bags are still work and those 10-minute time segments still add up and I'm still anal about the workmanship, but then, my bags actually get made. Unlike most of the clothes I've planned in my head.
Bottomline: you've gotta love bagmaking!
And, boy, will I find any excuse to do it.
Like when the girls were done with their school year and said goodbye-and-thank-you to their teachers. They brought Lunch Buckets with them.
Which their mother made while procrastinating on sewing a dress for a wedding. Which seems to be an annual tradition.
If you're new to my Lunch Buckets, they have swivel-able, detachable straps, a drawstring cover and a wipe-cleaning lining (this one is oilcloth).
This first bucket was for a teacher whose favorite color we weren't quite sure of. So I went a bit nuts with print and hues. Here's another angle:
Next up: Lunch Buckets to buy!