Added Jul 20, 2011
by Laura Seale
We needed a bag for all of the train track we have. I wanted it to have a roomy pocket on the front to keep the trains in and the tunnel pieces as I thought they are more fragile than the rest. I also need to root out my french knitter knitting machine to run off a strong cord. I made the bag square at the bottom and have attached buttont to the flap so that the cord can be fastened behind it and this will turn it into a backpac.
It needed to be hardwearing and strong, I also like recycling and the curtain material sample squares and old pillow cases were perfect.
I also wanted a project that would let me play with my new machine, hence the applique train and button holes and it not being a straight pump bag.
The train was cut out of a piece of felt with added felt shapes from a children’s craft pack using the applique stitch on my machine.
Local curtain shop were selling off their sample rolls, I’ve used half of the ones in my roll and I still have a big piece of material left too.
Created the lining out of pillow cases, I unpicked them and overlocked them into 1 piece of material. It made the lining more interesting than just a plain piece. The pocket is also lined as I thought lining the whole project would give the bag more strength and hid the luminous yellow thread I used for most of the sewing! (Well it’s a huge cone and was free).
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