Monthly Archives: July 2008

Labor of Love

I’m in the middle of making 8 new totes. It takes a long time. Why do I do it?

Hmm…although many things I o because I enjoy the process, the majority of the steps involved in making these bags is sheer tedium:

  1. First I dye several large pieces of cotton duck (very similar to canvas). This is much harder than dyeing my normal dyer’s cloth, because of the weight of the duck. I can only work so long wringing and massaging this heavy stuff before my hands start to ache.
  2. Ironing the duck, not a joy either.
  3. I have to cut several large pieces of the heavy cotton duck very accurately.
  4. Then I have to cut interfacing to match all these pieces.
  5. Then I have to cut batting 1″ smaller than most of those pieces.
  6. Then I have to fuse all this interfacing to the cotton duck, most with batting. There’s no rushing this step…each place needs just the right amount of heat from the iron.
  7. Then I end up with a stack of pieces:
  8. A fun step – stitching the beginning of my Baubles.
  9. Another fun step, blocking out the bits of fabric to finish the Baubles:
  10. I then stitch out the Baubles.
  11. Next I begin making the pockets and handles and applying magnetic snaps.
  12. Finally…I assemble the bags….Phew!

So, why do I keep making these? The END RESULT! I love seeing these bags – each one unique, each one so cute. And I love seeing a bunch displayed all together, almost as much as I enjoy people buying one to take home for their own! (See all that I’ve made here.)

Making these bags really is a labor of love! I do want to start making some new bag shapes and styles, so these may be the last totes I make for a long while…

Art for Max

So, my step-sister Pam had a baby recently, a real cutie named Max. Talking to her on the phone shortly after he was born, she could tell I was hinting around at what I should make him and she asked for something to put on his wall. I know she likes the kind of stuff… Continue Reading

Brad & Nicholle’s Baby Shower

I threw a baby shower for good friends at the beginning of June. I had a lot of fun making presents for them, but as they were surprises, it was quite stressful. I always get worried that they recipient won’t like what I’m making, but have to say they like it because I made it…does… Continue Reading

Brad & Nicholle's Baby Shower

I threw a baby shower for good friends at the beginning of June. I had a lot of fun making presents for them, but as they were surprises, it was quite stressful. I always get worried that they recipient won’t like what I’m making, but have to say they like it because I made it…does… Continue Reading

My New Sewing Table

So, the upside of my little business is that I have made enough money to completely cover all my material expenses, plus I’ve been able to purchase a new camera (a Nikon D40) and a new Sewing Machine – a Juki TL-98Q. Yay! But now I needed a table that could fit both machines at… Continue Reading

My Little Business

I live in a city of ~70,000 in Southern California – Redlands. One of the neat things about it is that it feels like a small town, but it’s not! There are several “Art Fairs” each year where one can very inexpensively set up a table for a day or two, and hopefully sell some!… Continue Reading