Once upon a time in a life not so far from this one, I worked for a designer who was concerned about sustainable and fair fashion. After a couple of years, she closed down her label and had to get rid of a large amount of things–equipment, fabric, supplies; there is a surprising amount of stuff that goes into running a label.
Now, it turns out that I am one of those potential hoarders. It is not yet a Channel 4 documentary type of problem, but I am loath to throw any perfectly good things away, and she probably knew this when she asked if I wanted anything before she disposed of it. Although I was very restrained, I ended up taking big bags of fabric, among other things, in spite of the fact that I don’t sew much, or particularly well.
There were organic cottons, jerseys, wool suiting, and one of my favorites, silk hemp. I have always loved the silk hemp, and couldn’t let it unceremoniously go to the dump.
As I have recently been downsizing my studio, I have again come across these big bags of fabric, just laying there, mocking me. So I got them out and decided to have a look.
I was trying to think of what to do with all this fabric, when I suddenly thought- project bags! Yes, my sewing skills can stretch to project bags! They can be simple, and useful and the sewing doesn’t have to be perfect….
And so I made one. And it worked!
I was so pleased I decided I would use all the fabric and make loads of bags and give them to everyone I know. Not that most people I know need or would use such a bag, but you know that excitement? It is very like matching the perfect yarn to the perfect pattern. Just a little everyday magic.
This would of course been a great idea if time and patience were infinite…So after getting out masses of fabric and ironing and cutting and generally faffing around, I realized the scope of the project was going to take more time than the afternoon I had allotted to it. I finished the bags I had started and carefully stuffed scrapes of fabric back into plastic bags and shoved plastic bags back into the nooks from whence they came.
Fear not! This is no tale of woe! I quite liked the sewing and it gave me a bit of confidence to get started on some other sewing projects. And I have a couple of nifty project bags made of my favorite hemp silk, and I will make more someday soon….
When I am more organised, I will make some more and do my first giveaway for the blog.
Happy knitting and sewing!