What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Just do it.
I don’t know what to do. There are so many whats to do! So … what’s to do?? Well, here’s what I’m doing. (Did you ever notice that if you say a word often enough, it seems to lose its original meaning? What?? Really???)
First, I’m making grocery sacks. Well, that’s not entirely true … I’ve made A grocery sack. A … as in singular … as in Alone. But I have intentions of making more, so I’ll just leave it plural. See, I got this huge piece of material at a yard sale, like 3 or 4 yards, that’s just not pretty. I’ll use it for functional stuff, like grocery bags and doggy beds. But not together!!
The grocery store gives six cents credit per bag of our own that we bring, so making these saves us a little each shopping trip – but we always seem to have more groceries than we have bags. So, that means two things: (1) I obviously need to make more bags, and (2) I end up with extra plastic and paper bags from the store each trip. I use the plastic ones in the bathroom and sewing room trash cans. I also take them to the coast for wet socks and so forth. The paper ones are really good for various crafts, for patterns, as fire-starters, and for jewelry making (something I saw on FaveCrafts.com). So they’re not a total waste of resources, eh?
Second, what a mess I’ve been making! The sewing room looks like it’s been ransacked (sorry, no photos of the wreckage). Nosiree bobalooey, I have found no proven method for maintaining a pristine sewing table while in the midst of a sewing frenzy. Having just completed three purses and a grocery bag, with another purse on the cutting table and one to remake (so what’s new!), I’ve got a major mess going. Oh, to be retired so I could just sew all the time! But the Lord knows what I need, so I keep working until He says I can stop and stay at home. Who knows when that will be – or what I’d actually do with myself at that point.
And third … uhm … what else am I doing? Not a lot! As I said (see, ↑ right up there in that paragraph? Yeah, there), the plan is to make another purse and redo one I made last year. I like it a lot, but I find that it needs to be a little stiffer at the top. What’s that entail?? Taking it apart, of course. Well, at least I won’t be taking this grocery sack apart – chalk up ONE project that is done the first time around. No retakes!!
I did manage to get pictures of the grocery bag, after the fact. Again, I was more focused on the manufacturing process than on recording said process for posterity. Here’s a brief (well, my version of brief) look at the finished product. I do plan to make several more, since there are at least a couple of yards left of this material, so perhaps I’ll remember to take step by step pictures next time. They really aren’t that hard to make, even for this first try. I used the plastic bag as a pattern/model, and then used my buttonholer to make the holes for the bag holder thingy at the store.