I got my summer off to a great start by spending a few days with Mum and friends sewing in Belfast, Maine. We even had a delightful young new friend join in the fun and bring many smiles to the group!
Usually on these trips I have two or three projects lined up and ready to work on but with it being the end of a crazy school year I wasn’t as organized as usual! I went down with only one project in mind and then added scraps from my stash that I new I wanted too get used up.
I was gifted some Maine panels to make a tote bag out of earlier in the year so that was my planned project. The bag pattern I used is called the Simple Sack. I like it because the bag floss into itself. I will be great for travel and even better for quick trips into the store because it has loops for it to got onto the bag rack to keep it open while it is being loaded! Now that Maine is no longer using plastic bags in stores this is perfect! I really love how this bag came out, especially with this big fat, juicy blueberry print!
It came out so well that I used my scrap stash to make one for Jon in his favorite color!
Inspired by making easy to carry market bags I hopped onto Pinterest and saw a picture of a small bag that used the handles to secure it instead of a pocket. I could find a pattern but duplicated it in my own way and here is what I came up with. I might make the long handle a touch shorter next time around but this is a great size for when you know you just need a few small items.
I also made myself a new trash bag for my car! I made my first on nearly ten years ago and while it is still going strong it has really faded so I figured why not? I had the time, plenty of material from my own stash and while I didn’t remember exact measurement, I have made so many for others over the years that it didn’t require a pattern.
You may be thinking that I’ve turned into a bag lady! While I do quite enjoy sewing bags, that isn’t all I worked on this trip. I also used scraps from the mug quilt that I made earlier this year to make a table topper for our dining room. I just need to layer it, quilt it and bind it before next Christmas 😉
This getaway was a great time filled with laughter, new adventure, good food and scrap busting!