People, this is the final Time Warp bag.
I am so happy, I can't even.
I have loved making every one of these bags because they so challenged me. Each each one was a completely new design, drafted around the specific use of its zippers as well as the print of the fabric. This meant that each bag was a prototype, but each also had to be photo-ready and shop-ready (if I ever get around to listing them) even while I was constructing them for the first time and photographing their in-progress stages for tutorial purposes.
Oh, how I do love a good challenge.
That said, this has been a frustrating year for me, goals-wise. This tutorial series, for instance, about which I'd been so excited, was supposed to have been launched in the summer.
But early in the year, everything got derailed by other, completely unforeseen projects, and my entire spring, summer and fall went out the window. And this without the usual three manic birthday parties, too. No birthday parties this year, apart from Kate's Minecraft one. Which wasn't even manic. Jenna's November birthday, which we usually celebrate outdoors in the summer, got pushed to December. Jenna, bless her heart, doesn't seem to mind, but I do. I mind that this year, it felt like I'd let work come before the things that are important to me and my kids.
And this beloved tutorial series got shoved under the table. Literally. I'd walk by my sewing table some days, stare longingly at the tubs of cut-out bags under it and grind my teeth, because I wanted so badly to just dive in and make. A. Bag. Already.
Because bagmaking is my therapy, you know?
But there were other deadlines. The ones that were answerable to people who weren't only me.
Next year, I'm going to say no, thank you a lot more. I'm going to read a lot more. I'm going to ignore the shop a lot more. I'm going to chill and drink tea a lot more. I'm going to focus on not doing, not always making for others, not trying to satisfy the creative hunger of faceless humanity. I'm going to pick a project I like, and enjoy it because it's mine and I chose it.
The idealistic part of my brain scoffs As if. There are always needs in the world to meet.
Well, someone else can step up to bat if they want to. I'll be the one on the bench in the dugout, lounging with a nice book that I'm reading to my kid. While eating chocolate cake. That we made with the time I saved by saying no, I think I'll pass.
Ah, hindsight. Ever empowering.
Now that I've vented on the whole internet (or whomsoever readeth this blog), let's talk about the good stuff:
this latest Time Warp bag, in Jessica Jones' gorgeous Sunburst barkcloth!
I'm going to save most of the detail-shots for the tutorial, so as not to bore you with repetition, but here are some how-it-works pictures.
There are 5 zippers in this bag, but 3 have particularly special functions.
Zipper #1 is in the carrying strap, that allows the bag to be slung cross-body, or over one shoulder,
and carried backpack-style. And see that side zipper with the key strap hanging out?
That's Zipper #2, the one that allows you to directly access the contents of the bag so you can easily dig out your keys.
Throwing back the flap, here's Zipper #3:
which unzips to open up the mouth of the bag
so you can pack and unpack all your stuff.
Can you believe it's December 1st?
Here's how I'm looking at things: I might be six months late sharing this tutorial series with you, but it's now turning out to be an early Christmas gift. Which, in the grand scheme of things, is not a bad thing at all, right?
Happy Advent, friends!