Added Aug 11, 2010
North Hobart, Au...
This is a fun little bag for my new niece of nephew who is due to enter the world in October.
It’s more fun than practical. The roof flap is held down with a magnet and each animal has their own window pocket. There is a main lined bag compartment . The animals are supposed to have their arms attached with buttons so so they can move and stay in different positions but I just sewed them into the body to reduce choking risk. The animal were hard to make beacuse at first I used losely woven materials – they frayed too much and holes appeared in the arms and legs of the animals when I turned them out. I had to clip quite close to the stitching to be able to turn these little pieces out.
The sewing around the curved edges and around the windows was tricky and involved alot of unpicking – I wish my Elna had a speed control on it. The machine topstitching on the windows was a complete debacle – I had to abandon that and hand stitch,which was quicker than sewing and unpicking the first window 27 times. Any suggestions on how to easily sew curves and circles would be appreciated at this time.
The animal features are hand stitched.
The pattern is by Jodie Carleton http://vintagericrac.blogspot.com. Check out her selvedge dress – Sooo Impressive!!!! So Clever
The pattern was easy to follow if you actually used the suggeted materials and didn’t baby proof it as I did.
Cotton, fusible padded lining, bias tape, ebroidery thread
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