This post should really be called "why I shouldn't start sewing late at night". I was having a relaxing evening after a hectic day but then did my usual thing of coming alive about 8:30pm and deciding to do some crafting.
My organising challenge this week is the kids toys so I thought it would be good to make up a few puzzle bags to keep puzzle pieces in and also keep little things like Barbie stuff and toy baby stuff. My original idea was to make them using clear plastic so it would be easy to see what was in the bags.
This one has oil cloth on the back, with fabric lining on the oil cloth side as I didn't like the look of the back of the oil cloth. No overlocker so I cut the seams with my pinking shears. Looks marginally ok but pretty messy and tatty.
I thought I'd try sort of appliquing a clear plastic window to some oil cloth for the front of the purse. Nightmare trying to keep the two layers together and also the plastic just kept sticking to the sewing machine while I was sewing.
Changed from oil cloth to fabric that looks the same both sides. Looks absolutely terrible!
At this stage I'm nearly ready to call it quits but just can't bring myself to. Have a sit on the couch and then think of another way.
I decided to try just attaching 2 pieces of clear plastic to a zip, then use bias binding to go around the edges. Attaching bias binding to clear plastic..... another nightmare.
Completely gave up on using clear plastic, googled 'puzzle bag tutorial' and found this one.
(I changed the instructions slightly by adding the zip to each end of the fabric without sewing a seam and unpicking it first like it says in the tutorial.)
Made the first one in about 10 minutes and loved it, even if you can't see what's inside.
So much for my "need to have an early night tonight" that I say every morning when I wake up...but it was worth it as I do really like them!
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Thanks for visiting and hope to see you here tomorrow with my organising project number 3!