Saturday, June 30, 2018

End of June Checklist

 Make a Farewell Purse for Dorothy - check.  She's on her way to Florida.  I found this Zippy Purse pattern by Jen Fox Studios.  I'm sure I will make this one again.

 Play with the roll of Kraft-Tex that Sarah and Holly found at QuiltCon 2018 - check.  I like this little tote.  But it's too little.  I'm not sure I like Kraft-Tex, a paper product meant to wear like leather.  At this point I think I'd rather work with more cork.  The beauty of both products that is the edges can remain unfinished. 

  Speaking of which, here's a little zippered pouch made from cork.  It's not lined and went together in less than 30 minutes.  I think I like it.  I need to play with it more.  Under it is a little zip pouch made from the lining of a bag I tried to make with cork.  Between the cork and the Soft and Stable, it just didn't work.  And it's one of my favorite patterns - the Hey Mercedes bag by Sara Lawson. Ive made is several times - look here.  As I deconstructed it, it dawned on me that the lining zip pockets could make a nice little pouch.  And it did!

The last item on my checklist was to reorganize the studio and put things away so that I can devote July to Sew Powerful purses, the menstrual hygiene education program in Zambia.  I'm pleased - and luckily this horribly hot weather has helped - to say that I've gotten started.  My goal is to do 20 purses in July.  So far it's just Jury Duty and a couple of doctor appointments on the schedule.  The picture above shows all the parts necessary for just 2 purses - this pattern isn't an easy one.  But this project is so worthwhile.  Below are 7 purses already finished and just waiting to be mailed.  Look out, July!

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