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:
- 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.
- Ironing the duck, not a joy either.
- I have to cut several large pieces of the heavy cotton duck very accurately.
- Then I have to cut interfacing to match all these pieces.
- Then I have to cut batting 1″ smaller than most of those pieces.
- 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.
- Then I end up with a stack of pieces:
- A fun step – stitching the beginning of my Baubles.
- Another fun step, blocking out the bits of fabric to finish the Baubles:
- I then stitch out the Baubles.
- Next I begin making the pockets and handles and applying magnetic snaps.
- 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…