Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Well? Whaddya think? It's close to perfection. The bottom is approx. 5" square and it's approx 12" tall.
I was inspired by a clear vinyl tote that I found under the bathroom sink. I didn't like the way the drawstring worked with the vinyl so I thought it would be ok to add fabric to the top. I reused the drawstring casing and bag bottom technique from previous attempts. This new bag has it's pluses & minuses:
+ you can see what's in the bag thus easily identifying your sock project without having to open all your project bags
- you can see what's in the bag so it's harder to keep your knitting a secret
+ the vinyl is stiff enough to hold the bag upright without any need for interfacing (major drawback for the last bag that I made)
- does not collapse for storage or compress for packing
- the vinyl smells funny; will the smell transfer to the yarn?
- not as easy to construct as I had first thought; vinyl sticks to the bed of my sewing machine
+ vinyl is inexpensive compared to quilting cotton
+ vinyl is easy to clean/wipe off
I think I'll head back to the fabric store and buy a slightly thinner gauge vinyl. I'd like to have something that smushes a little better for stuffing into my purse. I'll also pick up some tear-away interfacing to place between the vinyl and the sewing machine to prevent sticking. Plus leather needles would be a good investment since they'll sew through the vinyl more easily than the jeans/canvas needles I was using.
Let me know what y'all think about it.
Written by Dotty at 1:43 PM