Weekend of Drawstring Bags and Dogs

We finished up our radio membership fundraising drive on Saturday, so I was really happy to have today as a Holiday and an extra day to recuperate. So I decided I was going to have a restful weekend at home with lots of sewing and hanging out with the dogs.

After the drive ended on Saturday I decided to take the dogs for a walk along the Willamette before heading home. So we walked from my office north along the waterfront for a little over a mile. Then turned around and headed back. It was a great way to get a little exercise in before heading home for a lazy two days. It just started to rain as we got back to the car.

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Sunday was a day spent at home. I didn’t even shower, but I did take the dogs out for a two-mile walk after dinner.

Then today I made a couple of pouches, hit the grocery store, and took the dogs for a 3.5 mile walk along the Fanno Creek Trail. It was a beautiful day with some amazing sunshine. It’s been such a dark and wet winter that it was really nice to get outside in the daylight. the forecast for the next ten days includes five days of sun or partial sun!

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I was really happy to get some time to do some leisurely sewing and ended up making four pouches over the two days. Here’s the link to my drawstring bag tutorial that shows how to make these knitting project bags.

The first was this turquoise and yellow bag made from Kaffe Fassett Collective scraps. I’ve wanted to put these colors together for awhile and I just love the result! I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a quilt made from this color combo of Kaffe fabrics, but this make me want to make one!

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And the lining…

Next I played with some batik scraps combined with some graphic black and white fabrics. I just love the bright colors with the black and whites. And that cow print is just so good! I’m not terribly crazy about the square block pocket panel. It’s just a little boring.

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Added a really fun bright yellow batik lining.

On the second batik with black and white I completely forgot to add the fusible batting. It still works. It just has less structure and isn’t quite as comfy feeling. It will be interesting to see how differently the fabrics age and the bags wear.

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The last one I made today is this batik wonky log cabin block combined with an indigo batik for the body. I used a brightgreen batik lining. I just love the bright batiks with the indigo.

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I think I’m going to combine some pink and green Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics for the next one. I pulled a few fabrics in these colors from my stash the other day and it was pretty fun!

Now back to work.

6 Replies to “Weekend of Drawstring Bags and Dogs”

  1. Really neat bags and Creative work!!
    I also enjoy walking my dog- Dogs are good for us! I’m going to Stitchcraft in Boca tomorrow- Saw your insta note on their post yesterday! It’s a great shop.

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