Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear!
I didn't go to the hospital on Monday. On Monday I realised that I have just one week to come up with a project for the Children's Classes in the September Holidays. That is whilst I'm driving up and down to the hospital and everything else going on. So it is panic stations here at the moment. Getting the project ready also entails preparing all the kits etc. I don't know if I can do this.
Anyway, we had decided on making a draw string bag. Not your normal easy to put together bag, one that is a bit more difficult. I have had to tweek the design a bit but I think I can come up with something. Normally this kind of bag is lined. This will not work on a production assembly line. All the kids will finish at the same time and we just won't be able to put them together. Most of the machine stitching will have to be done in advance. The solution to this problem is my major concern at the moment.
This bag has a round base 7" in diameter.
The sides are one piece of fabric 20.5" long and 10" deep. Normally with this kind of bag you would put the seam at the centre back but we won't have time to put the casing on so I have moved this to the side seam. To neaten the top edge I have bound it with a contrasting fabric the same as that round base.
Then stitched the draw string casing in place, also in a contrasting fabric. (I like to mark my construction lines with tailors chalk because it is easy to remove.) I think this is as much of the pre-construction that I can get away with. I have started work on the basic design which is based on yo yo's. Even beginners should be able to handle this. The good thing about this design is that it can be extended. I am just going to do the front designs, the rest is for the imagination.
After the kids get to this point we will have to sew up the back seam and insert the base. I timed myself and it takes 15 mins to sew the bag together. I think 2 of us will be able to handle this but I might need another volunteer on a machine. The finish is not what I would like, but it is more important to get a finished product here. There will be a few of my dedicated embroiderers who would prefer to make the bag in the traditional way so I will put together a few kits with just the components so they can finish their work at home,
One design down, I need to stitch another.
I have called this a 'Mary Bag' from the rhyme, 'Mary, Mary quite contary, how does you garden grow.' I have added a lady bug to this one but there are all kinds of creepy crawlies that could but put on, as embroideries or charms. I know a couple of the boys might like 'dead flowers or weeds'. I better be prepared for that.