One of my freelance jobs for work this month is to make forty nine cotton bags. The first batch is fourteen and the deadline is pretty tight. Tomorrow in fact.
Deep in the middle of the sewing marathon this afternoon, whilst I was glaring at my sewing machine for running out of thread, Matilda sidled up, held my hand and gave me the puppy dog eyes.
"I really would like my very own little bag to put all of my special small things in to take to nursery. And maybe it could be a bit flowery, a bit spotty, and a little bit patterned. Do you think you could make me one mummy?"
How could I refuse?!
So I set to work making the simplest (but still very cute) bag ever. It was literally two squares of cotton & a 50cm strip for the handle. I sewed the top seams first, then sewed the two bag panels together (zigzagging over the edges). I turned it inside out and attached the strap on diagonally opposite corners.
For the strap I just folded the edges under, then folded it half, and ran a straight stitch down each side. Super easy.
Matilda was thrilled! And she's taken it to bed with her because well, that's what she does with her special new things!