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In which I speak to Quilters.

Box bags, yo.  I made some.

Blue Zipper Bag is sweater-sized, and Green Zipper Bag is mid-sized (though I affectionately refer to it as The Pudge Bag.)  Perfect for a child’s sweater project, several of which are in my queue for the fall.

Crazy gratifying, and also addictive:  I have several more cut and ready to sew.  I want to go back to IKEA for more fabric, and given that I am still scarred from my last trip, that is saying something.

The sizes have been determined by the lengths of the zippers I had in my stash, and of course , sizing on-the-fly is one of the benefits to sewing something one does not intend to wear.

This has been a wonderfully experimental learning process.  Like tweaking a recipe to your own tastes…

I don’t want to beat a dead horse (though now that I think about it, who wants to beat a live horse?  Really??  Why do we say these things??), but in case you’ve been living in a cave for the past half-decade, there are many, many tutorials out there for making box bags.  I will let Google give you the comprehensive list.

I perused several, but mainly I used this one by One Shabby Chick, because it was for an unlined bag.  I didn’t need or want a lining, because I used home decor weight from IKEA, not flimsy quilter’s cotton, which requires interfacing for its shape.

I had to go to a Local Quilt Shop for some thread, and after asking if they carried home decor weight fabrics (no!) and explaining that I was not in for the August sale on Batiks (but that I do indeed know what a Batik is!) we had a nice little cross-cultural exchange.  I described the box bags, one of the quilters admitted to keeping a little knitting project on the side at times, and we all shared a goodwill moment of maybe-your-thing-isn’t-really-my-thing-but-we’re-all-craftspeople.

I’m definitely a knitter (or more broadly, a yarn/fiber person), but I also dabble in sewing.  I think if you have one main craft, it’s likely you spread into other side crafts as well, it’s hard to avoid.

Or is it just me?  I feel like I’ve seen knitters foray into sewing, quilting, embroidery in several forms, even canning and preserving feels more crafty and less cooking at times….

What’s your side thing?

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  1. Martha #

    I love home decor weight fabrics, and Joann’s of all places tends to have a good selection. Although they don’t carry funky patterns like what you found at Ikea. I have to be honest, though, I don’t think even funky fabulous fabric could lure me into an Ikea. I get tired just thinking about that place.

    August 10, 2012
  2. Too funny. Love them! I was at Ikea today, but on a mirror mission — didn’t check out the fabrics, but will have to next time. My side thing? Running.

    August 10, 2012
  3. Jackie Pawlowski #

    That’s good to know about Joann’s. I haven’t been there in a couple of years, but last time I was there I picked up a great selection of cotton flannels – I was surprised at how good they were…

    August 10, 2012
  4. Jackie Pawlowski #

    If you’re there, the fabrics are a must see, but they’re tucked back in the corner, behind the lighting section. It’s super easy to miss, but worth seeking out.

    Running! A perfect complement to knitting. :)

    August 10, 2012

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