Friday, September 11, 2009

A Little Diversion

I've told you already how much I love bags, boxes and other types of containers. I decided to make a longer variation of this little bag. I had an idea of the size, but I'm not always good with numbers, so I decided to do a "mock up." But I always use fairly decent fabric in case the mock up turns out OK.

Fortunately, I caught this mistake, above, before I started stitching. Those little loops would have been useless on the -inside- the bag.
This is the end.
This is the inside.
This is what I made the bag to hold.

This little bag is 7-3/4" long by 1" wide by 2" tall. It's okay, but could be a bit longer and wider.

Also, I used plastic tablecloth material for the lining, since toothbrushes usually get wet. It was a good idea, and will also provide some stiffness, but sewing with it demands a few adaptations.

For one thing, you poke a hole in this stuff with a pin, and the hole stays. So when I added the zipper, I held it in place with blue plastic painter's tape. (Last time I was at the hardware store I bought a roll 3/4" wide.)

Next, it doesn't want to slide under the presser foot of the sewing machine, so I used a small piece of tissue paper underneath, then just tore it off once I sewed a seam.

I'll also do the zipper a bit differently. I don't like seeing the white of the lining near the zipper.

The green fabric on the inside bottom of the bag covers the seam and also provides a bit of stiffness. I like that.

I think the next one will be better, and I can already envision little bags like these in fun color combinations stuffing Christmas stockings later this year.

I can picture one in selvages, too!


Sharon said...

Aren't you the clever one?! Very cute. And thanks for sharing your tips too. These would be great Xmas gifts, and really excellent in selvages, especially for a quilt retreat!

Thanks for your kind comments on my blog - you made me smile!

Kucki68 said...

This is a great idea, it would make a lovely gift for my guy who always chucks his in his bag without anything (ugh!)

Jackie said...

Great idea! What a wonderful little toothbrush holder.

Sara said...

That is a really cute idea...And, everyone who travels needs that for their toothbrush and toothpaste!

Deborah said...

I think we are related. I love bags, boxes, and the like. How about baskets? Another weakness. Beautiful work!