This morning started out fun. Harry and I were playing, and he bit my arm. Within just one minute, I had a heck of a bruise coming up-
10 minutes later, it was pretty big. I don’t think he will be biting again – I pretended to cry, but there was a lot of feeling behind that pretense because it hurt really bad – he got so upset, he kept saying “Sorry, Lowa” over and over and kept kissing me.
After that, he told me he was ready for a nap. I put him in the crib with no arguments and got started on Layla’s Butterfly Bag. Simplicity isn’t kidding when they say “It’s So Easy” – there are only 3 pattern pieces. I had to find a piece of light colored fabric for the lining, because the butterfly material is really kind of see-through. I found a small piece of white with tiny pink hearts all over it I think is perfect, and then for the contrasting casing and strap, I pulled out a particular favorite of mine-
I know exactly when I bought this purple stars material – summer of 2001. I used it to decoupage onto a dresser/armoire I bought at Sam’s Club – the kind you put together and finish yourself. First, I crackle-finished most of it and then covered the doors and a couple of the drawers with the material – we still have it-
Not a good picture, but it is in Alexis and Mike’s closet holding kids’ clothes and extra blankets, so kinda hard to get a good picture. I still love it. The purple material has a sparkle to it, so it is just so cool! I originally bought just 2 yards of it, but I loved it so much I went back and bought 3 more. The purple matches the butterflies perfectly.
I cut out the bag front and back sections and the lining pieces. For interfacing the outside front and back, I used the ultra lightweight fusible by Pellon.
Because the top of the bag will be covered by the strap casing, I didn’t have to worry about sewing the lining into the bag, I just sewed the outside and the lining along the sides separately.
It is here that I feel compelled to once again point out my stupidity. I would actually classify myself as an intermediate sewer- I know enough to be dangerous. But once again, I forgot to check my stitch length and the machine was still set on a basting stitch- last night I overcast the raw edges of a couple of pieces of fabric I want to wash. Argh. So I had to re-sew the side seams of both the outside and the lining. Okay, to make matters worse, when I turned the outside over to clip some threads, this is what I found-
So I have to sit down and take this out. I turn around to sit find my chair and this is what greeted me-
She’s annoyed that I am asking her to move. I am thinking I may have to quit for the day. And here I thought this was such an easy pattern I could do it in just a couple of hours.
Oh, and the mess is already starting.
I want to go back to bed.