Since this is a blog about the crafting process, I thought I should include you in the beginning stages. But I am in a rush. The editing will not be perfect.
This whole sewing project started several years before I learned to knit. I bought some wonderful faux leathers in olive green ostrich, sparkly silver, and slightly practical creamy yellow. Just like yarn stash, they have been marinating until I felt brave enough to cut into them. Unlike yarn, once you make that first cut. There is no frogging. There is no do-overs. In other words, there is hesitation and fear.
Since I started making the knitting project bags, I’ve been cutting and sewing lots of faux leather and other great fabrics. I have overcome my fear of the faux.
I love my knitting project bags. They are colorful and fun and a little sophisticated. My own personal purse is BORING. It is a very practical early black Baggalini cross body. I need to show up with something more interesting. I need to add a bit of fun. Hence the panic.
That is the very beginning for my design process. I need to solve a few problems/criteria.
A. I need something with more style and color than basic black.
B. I need to finish it in 10 days.
C. It should still be in the ‘Calm’ and neutrals, so still on the practical side.
D. Cross body and/ or backpack style.
E. easy access to phone, lipgloss, sunglasses, biz cards and keys
F. Comfortable to carry (I’m short and have shoulder/neck issues)
G. Secure place for license, cash, and cards
H. Organized, easy to find anything
I. Not floppy when sitting on a table
Oops, that’s a long list.
Step one: Research. I’m not a shopper. Going around to the stores is not my idea of fun. So glad we have Pinterest now. I searched on cross body bags. Found too many. Changed search to cross body bag tutorials. Found enough to be interesting.
Step two: Model construction. I start with binder paper. Nothing fancy. I just need to understand basic construction and possible tweaking.
Critique and Wear