Today was another crazy day, and it is 9 pm, but I really want to get some work done on the Butterfly Bag!
I spent the day taking care of my car – had to get new tires and an oil change. I have got to quit going to the dealership for oil changes – they look at everything and bring a list of what you need to have done. My car is almost 10 years old, so you can imagine the list they brought me – it came to over $3000! That is a down payment on a new vehicle! I told the guy I was unemployed and he backed off, but he still tried to make me feel guilty!
Then, I went with my daughter’s family for some fun- we went to the Ethel M Chocolate Factory to see the cactus garden decorated in Christmas lights. They have been doing this for years, but I have never gone. Of course, I will probably never go again – the crowd was crazy, hard to find a parking space, and it was cold- I don’t own a decent winter jacket! I tried to get pictures, these came out the best-
And then, because I was so cold and could not stand still, I got some real “artistic” shots-
That white upside down V in the last one is actually a plane going overhead, landing at McCarran.
Okay, so enough of my day- time to sew! When I last left off, I had only the body of the bag together. (Recap photo)
It is now ready for the casings. I was a bit nervous about the front casing – it has two buttonholes for the strap to come through. I think I have mentioned before that buttonholes are scary for me.
Okay, so I cut the piece, put interfacing where the buttonholes were to go, and then hemmed the bottom and sides.
And then I made the buttonholes – this took a while-
They actually came out pretty straight. They look a bit dark and gloppy on the ends because I put some Fray Check on them to give them some extra strength. I just can’t believe they were fairly consistent - I am so happy they only go on one side!
At this point, I need to stop. I can feel the tension in my shoulders from the stress of the buttonholes. Okay, so I am a sewing wimp. That’s why I am here, to hopefully inspire some of you other sewing wimps.
I swear, tomorrow, it will be finished.