View from Bag Making HQ

Sewing Made Difficult – Part 3

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And this time it doesn’t involve a cat!

Messenger bag, cross body bag
View from Bag Making HQ

Each morning, weather permitting, I take the dog out for a walk up and down the road before I start to sew.  This has two main functions – it gives me some exercise before I spend the rest of the day sat down behind a sewing machine, and it allows me time to plan what needs to be done that day/week/month.  The dog seems to appreciate it most days too.

Unfortunately, last Wednesday, due to an outbreak of clumsiness on my part, I fell whilst I was out walking.  Nothing extraordinary, just missed my footing.  But I tore the ligaments in my right ankle, which was surprisingly sore!  As I limped home I began to fear that sewing would be off the to do list – my right foot is the foot I use for the sewing machine pedal.

A rapid trip to the Doctor confirmed that the ankle wasn’t broken, so I was spared a trip to the hospital.  I was told to rest the ankle for a couple of days, then start to build up the ligaments again through short walks. Which would be fine if I wasn’t a self-employed bag maker with Galway Vegan Festival to attend on the Saturday, and bags to make in preparation. So I took Wednesday “off”, using the time wisely to hunt for new fabrics (more of that in a future post I am sure).

Messenger bag, cross body bag
Fuchsia
Dusky rose large messenger bag
Dusky rose large messenger bag

But by Thursday I was itching to get sewing again.  I strapped an icepack to my ankle using denim offcuts – I have quite a lot of them lying round the sewing room – and started to sew.  It was an unusual feeling – my right foot was FREEZING – but it worked and allowed me to get sewing.  I’ve been working on getting a few messenger bags ready, both large ones like the dusky rose one in the picture above, and my smaller messenger bags size like these:

Small messenger bags in apricot & pink marigold fabric
Small messenger bags in apricot & pink marigold fabric
Small messenger bag in pink paisley fabric
Small messenger bag in pink paisley fabric

It’s now almost a week since my fall and my walking is almost back to normal, with no limp.  I haven’t managed to walk the dog yet but that’s tomorrow’s task.

Small messenger bag in grey dandelion fabric
Small messenger bag in grey dandelion fabric

Bag making is going at full speed as I prepare for Chapel Lane Market this Saturday.  The hall is a Hallowe’en dream, with pumpkins and autumnal decorations galore.  You’ll have to call in to see what the decorating committee have achieved!  And of course, in just a couple of months’ time it is Christmas.  I know plenty of people are allergic to mention of Christmas until at least after Hallowe’en, but forgive me this small plug – Chapel Lane Market is having two weekend long Christmas markets the last weekend of November and first weekend of December.  The hall will be full to capacity with amazing crafts which make unique and different present ideas, and will be a winter wonderland with decorations and seasonal treats. You can find more details here

So you can see why I am sewing like a crazy bag woman in preparation for all these fantastic events.  I also hope that my online shop will be ready soon (delayed by my not being able to drive to see my e-commerce guru last week) – I’m grateful to you for your patience!

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