Okay, this is going to sound weird but sometimes, my posts put me to sleep.
I can't count the number of times I've dozed off while typing one of those Zip A Bag tutorials, only to wake up with a start, and have to check that I hadn't written something stupid while unconscious.
"See," I tell myself, "if you were posting about cardboard toys and such, you'd never fall asleep, because cardboard is so amazing."
Yes, cardboard totally is. Sewing (even if with gorgeous fabric and vinyl and zippers), though . . . not so much.
And going on and on about the technicalities of sewing - RS and WS and SA and "face the zipper" and "snip the gusset" and "edge-stitch here" and "baste there"- is . . . well, let's say I've listened to scientific lectures delivered by incoherent professors with indecipherable accents that are more interesting.
Some days, the only way I keep myself going is by remembering that writing sewing patterns is a hundred times worse, because pattern instructions have to be a hundred times more banal. So . . . chin up, LiEr! This is merely a tutorial, not a pattern. Whoo! Perspective can do wonders.
That's not to say I don't enjoy writing tutorials, friends - if I didn't, and were just faking it to get you guys to like me, I'd have given up long ago and just curled up and died. I'm not good at pretending. It takes too much energy. It's just that they're sewing tutorials (not even drafting, which would've been at least fun), and sewing is all standard construction methods and foundational techniques. In other words, when you've made one bag, you've kinda made them all.
Unlike drafting, which is mentally stimulating, or cardboard, which is - as we've mentioned - amazing.
Or maybe it's winter, and I'm missing the sunshine, and why do I have to wear jeans indoors (jeans are OUTDOOR semi-formalwear in Singapore!) just to stay warm, and who ate all the dark truffles and left the inferior milk ones behind? GRRR."
I can't pretend: I simply don't do well in the winter. Especially without dark chocolate.
But I will keep writing sewing tutorials, because I genuinely do like telling people what to do. Hahahahaha!
Uh. Did I say that out loud?
I hadn't meant to actually say that out loud.
As I said, I'm not good at pretending.
Anyway, just for a break from bagmaking, here's a fun, colorful project the kids did this weekend.
Have you guys made one of these?
We just discovered babbedabbledo literally days ago. Beautiful, and loads of fun. I've pinned a few Sciencey-Mathy things to do with the kids in the future. So exciting (unlike sewing tutorials)!
These are flextangles. They're morph-y. And I like anything that morphs. Check out our grainy video:
Initially, we weren't going to post about them, because I don't believe that one should do crafts just so they can appear on the old blog. However, this is what the kids looked like this weekend:
I can't remember the last time all three of them sat at the kitchen table, coloring. As if they were preschoolers and toddlers again. It was like stepping back in time to a hallowed moment from babydom - those precious (and exhausting) years that I thought I'd lost forever.
Incidentally, the reason everyone's got newspaper and adverts under their projects is because they're using sharpies and other bleed-through-the-paper markers. It's a rule in our house, and it has saved carpets, tabletops and other important surfaces.
We printed out Ana's pdf printable from and the kids drew their own patterns and colored them.
Here is one of the flextangle templates, colored, cut out and creased.
And here are the final flextangles, assembled and glued.