What do you think?? Not bad eh, even if I do say so myself.
Here's a close up of the double crochet band around the top. Very neat.
And the inside!! Did I mention I decided not to darn in the ends, just secure them? As the bag will be lined no-ones going to see them, so why bother??...
I made a little bag charm to go with it with beads I bought for goodness knows what but never used,
This shot shows how the front and back are joined. The pattern called for placing the 2 sides together right side out and working a row of double crochet through both layers. This would have formed a ridge along the join on the right side that I didn't fancy. So I put the 2 sides wrong side out before joining, so the ridge is on the inside and the outside is smooth.
And here are some more purely gratuitous photos!
I need to make the strap still - I've pretty well decided that I'll make a crocheted strap that will have fabric one side for strength. Just need to make it...
The final part next week will have details on how to make and attach the lining. I think I can work that out for myself and may well do a photo tutorial as I'll be adding pockets and a zip.
Am I getting on with that strap today?? No, of course not! I started another project.
I've often thought over the summer that it would be nice to work one in crochet using the purple cotton yarn leftover from my crochet bolero. Highlighted with variegated pink from the abandoned cardigan.
I drew round the bag on a piece of paper to use it as a pattern - crochet is brilliant like that. Just draw your shape and keep laying your work on it, and adjust the stitch height etc as you go.
This is what I've done I've got so far -
I have made a start on the other side - it's completely different, using freeform crochet. I've never tried that before but have plunged in to give it a try. Not sure quite how it's going to go but I do enjoy not having to follow a pattern - except a drawn shape that is!!
And I did a teeny bit of sewing too! We had some tiny embroidery scissors in at work in pastel colours and I thought maybe I could buy a pair to keep in my bargello project bag and make a little scissor keeper/needle rest for it. I used some of the scraps of flamingo fabric from the dress a girl dresses I made a couple of weeks ago, along with a scrap of aida and binca - they both have nice big holes, perfect for a darning/tapestry needle. (I only made one but it's double sided.)
I wonder what the girls at work will make of it tomorrow?? Til next time - T xx